Oregon Pacific Bank Announces First Quarter Earnings Results
Florence, Ore., April 20, 2021—Oregon Pacific Bancorp (ORPB) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- First quarter net income of $1.96 million; $0.28 per diluted share
- Quarterly gross PPP loan production of $46.2 million with $2.1 million in loan fees
- Quarterly deposit growth of $99.0 million, an annualized growth rate of 83.20%
- Quarterly non-PPP loan growth of $10.6 million, an annualized growth rate of 13.74%
- Tax equivalent first quarter net interest margin of 3.82%
Oregon Pacific Bancorp, and its wholly owned subsidiary Oregon Pacific Bank, reported quarterly net income of $1.96 million, or $0.28 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2021 compared to $642 thousand, or $0.09 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. First quarter net income was again elevated due to the processing of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness payments, which resulted in increased interest income due to amortization of the remaining loan origination fees at payoff. The Bank made no provision for loan losses during the first quarter as the Bank’s allowance for loan loss methodology indicated no provision was necessary based on current credit metrics.
“We are extremely proud of the first quarter performance as we continue to navigate the pandemic,” said Ron Green, President and CEO. “Our staff successfully onboarded a significant number of new deposit clients during the quarter. We believe this will contribute to managing the Bank’s future cost of funds and strengthen our enterprise value. We are also fortunate to see improvement in our credit metrics, and we will continue to be there for our clients as they work through the impacts of COVID-19 and any remaining economic uncertainty.”
During the quarter, deposit growth totaled $99.0 million, an annualized growth rate of 83.20%. On an annual basis, growth totaled $246.1 million, a 72.5% increase over March 31, 2020. Initially, the deposit growth experienced by the Bank closely mirrored the PPP loan totals, but during the first quarter deposit growth far exceeded the quarterly funding of new PPP loans. Management attributes growth to several factors: migration of new clients acquired through the first round PPP loans who experienced some delay in their account transition due to the pandemic, economic uncertainty leading to increased savings, and additional stimulus payments processed at the end of the quarter. The Bank still believes some of this deposit growth is temporary as some borrowers are delaying investment or capital purchases until the economy has fully recovered from the pandemic. The Bank continues to maintain funds in the InterFi Network Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) product. As of March 31, 2021, the one-way sell ICS deposits residing off-balance sheet totaled $44.0 million. The off-balance sheet deposits continue to remain a source of liquidity and can be moved back into a reciprocal position at any point.
In April 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which enabled eligible businesses and non-profit agencies to receive loans with forgiveness provisions to support payroll and other eligible expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. The PPP loans also carry a 100% SBA guarantee. During the initial round, Oregon Pacific Bank funded 752 PPP loans, totaling $125.2 million. Through March 31, 2021, the Bank received forgiveness and borrower payments totaling $90.3 million, representing more than 70% of the first funding loans.
At the beginning of 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program was expanded to allow certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. Through March 31, 2021, Oregon Pacific Bank funded an additional 332 PPP loans, totaling $46.2 million. The quarterly PPP loan production was almost fully offset by forgiveness payments received during the quarter. The forgiveness payments were expedited during the quarter due to the simplified forgiveness application for loans less than $150 thousand. As of March 31, 2021, the Bank had 364 outstanding PPP loans totaling $18.3 million with loan balances less than $150 thousand. The Bank continues to process forgiveness applications, however, applications greater than $2 million are experiencing a longer approval timeline.
Below is a summary of the PPP loan activity for the first quarter 2021:
“Oregon Pacific Bank has experienced significant growth during the last twelve months, primarily tied to the Bank’s ability to respond to PPP loan demand,” said John Raleigh, Chief Lending Officer. “The PPP loan production achieved during the first quarter 2021 has further led to customer loyalty and deepened the value Oregon Pacific Bank brings to our clients.”
Period-end non-PPP loans, net of deferred loan origination fees, totaled $322.5 million, representing quarterly net growth of $10.6 million, an annualized growth rate of 13.74%. The effective yield on the non-PPP loan portfolio declined to 4.63%, down from 4.69% in the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The Bank continued to see loan opportunities during the first quarter, but a competitive rate environment has led to a declining yield on the non-PPP portfolio and the potential for an increased risk of prepayments in future quarters.
During the quarter, the Bank experienced a decrease in classified assets as there were upgrades of six different lending relationships and a payoff of another relationship. One of the larger upgrades totaled $1,192 in exposure to a forest products client who was downgraded pre-COVID but has seen substantial business improvement as a result of lumber demand due to the Oregon forest fires in September 2020. Five other small lending relationships were upgraded, with total combined exposures of $263 thousand. Over the last two years, the Bank worked with a receiver to resolve a substandard agricultural credit relationship. During the quarter, the real estate securing one of the loans was sold, and additional collateral was liquidated, resulting in the payoff of the remaining book balances, which totaled $687 thousand as of December 31, 2020. As a result of the collateral liquidation, the Bank booked net recoveries for the quarter of $230 thousand. During the quarter, the Bank’s Chief Credit Officer, Robert (Bob) Edstrom, announced his pending retirement after working at Oregon Pacific for more than seven years. James Atwood, SVP, Sr. Credit Administrator, will be promoted to EVP & Chief Credit Officer upon Bob Edstrom’s retirement on June 25, 2021.
First quarter 2021 noninterest income totaled $1.4 million, which represents an increase of $49 thousand over the prior quarter and representing an increase of $162 thousand over the first quarter 2020. The Bank experienced growth of $44 thousand related to advisory income through the Bank’s wholly owned registered investment advisory (RIA) firm Oregon Pacific Wealth Management, LLC, which grew assets under management to $94.4 million as of March 31, 2021.
Noninterest expense in the first quarter totaled $4.0 million, down $189 thousand from the fourth quarter. The largest change occurred in the salaries and employee benefits expense which decreased $69 thousand from the fourth quarter of 2021. This decrease was partially attributable to an increase in the bonus accrual related to the level of Bank profitability experienced during the fourth quarter 2020, which normalized in 2021. The loan and collection expense decreased $55 thousand from the prior quarter and $118 thousand from first quarter 2020 as the receiver-related expenses tied to the agricultural property have diminished due to the collateral liquidation. The overall expense level during the first quarter was more normalized, and management believes accurately represents the expected noninterest expense moving into the rest of 2021.
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