Oregon Pacific Bank Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Results
Florence, Ore., January 26, 2020—Oregon Pacific Bancorp (ORPB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.
- Fourth quarter net income of $2.1 million; $0.30 per diluted share
- Quarterly non-PPP loan growth of $5.8 million
- Tax equivalent fourth quarter net interest margin of 4.29%
- Annual loan growth of $92.1 million or 30.32%
- Annual deposit growth of $168.3 million or 52.92%
- Annual net income of $4.4 million, representing growth of 23.74% over 2019
Oregon Pacific Bancorp, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Oregon Pacific Bank, reported quarterly net income of $2.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share compared to $1.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. On an annual basis, the Bank recorded net income totaling $4.4 million, or $0.62 per diluted share compared to $3.5 million, or $0.51 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. Fourth quarter net income was elevated primarily 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. In addition, the Bank made no provision for loan losses during the fourth quarter as the Bank’s allowance for loan loss methodology indicated no provision was necessary based on current credit metrics. At year end, the Bank’s coverage level of non-PPP loans was 1.86%, up from 1.20% as of December 31, 2019, representing growth of $2.2 million.
“Oregon Pacific Bank has built its foundation and overall culture on creating value for our shareholders, clients, communities, and staff,” said Ron Green, President and CEO. “Although there continues to be much uncertainty relating to the pandemic and its effect on our local economies, Oregon Pacific Bank is positioned well to continue creating value for all we serve. Our value proposition is our staff. I have never been so proud and honored to work side by side with such amazing and committed professionals.”
At the beginning of April, 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 first round of PPP loan production, Oregon Pacific Bank made 752 PPP loans, totaling $125.2 million. Through December 31, 2020, the Bank received forgiveness and borrower payments totaling $44.4 million. As a result of the loan payoffs, the bank recognized quarterly PPP fee income of $1.6 million. Below is a summary of the third and fourth quarter PPP loan and income totals to illustrate how the PPP forgiveness payments affected PPP-related interest income during the periods.
Subsequent to the end of the year, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was expanded to allow certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. Oregon Pacific Bank is participating in the program, and through Monday, January 25, 2020, the Bank received borrower applications totaling $40.5 million, of which $23.0 have been approved by the SBA at the time of this release.
Period-end non-PPP loans, net of deferred loan origination fees, totaled $311.8 million, representing quarterly net growth of $5.8. million. The effective yield on the non-PPP loan portfolio declined to 4.69%, down from 4.70% in the quarter ended September 30, 2020. During the fourth quarter, the Bank received loan prepayment penalties totaling $17 thousand. Without the prepayment penalties, the non-PPP loan yield would have been 4.67% representing a decrease of 0.03%. In total, the Bank recognized prepayment penalties of $241 thousand during 2020, compared to $132 thousand during 2019. The Bank continued to see loan opportunities during the fourth quarter. However, 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.
On an annual basis, deposit growth totaled $168.3 million. A large portion of the deposit growth came through the PPP as proceeds of PPP loans were credited to internal deposit accounts. Client utilization of the PPP deposits was slower than originally anticipated and was partially offset by onboarding new client relationships. During the quarter, deposit growth totaled $754 thousand. Deposit growth experienced during the quarter was partially masked due to changes in the Bank’s reciprocal brokered deposits. The Bank participates in the InterFi Network (formerly Promontory Interfinancial Network) Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) product. Historically the Bank utilized this product in a reciprocal manner, maintaining the ICS deposits on-balance sheet. Due to elevated levels of liquidity, the Bank migrated a portion of the reciprocal deposits into a one-way sell position, removing those deposits from the balance sheet. As of December 31, 2020, the sold deposits totaled $35.8 million, all of which were included in the Bank’s deposit totals as of September 30, 2020. The off-balance sheet deposits continue to remain a source of liquidity and can be moved back into a reciprocal position at any point.
The Bank continued to work with borrowers experiencing financial difficulty related to COVID-19 during the fourth quarter. As of December 30, 2020, the Bank had remaining borrowers with full payment deferral modifications totaling $812 thousand to two individual borrowers. COVID modification on interest only status totaled $4.9 million to ten individual borrowers. During the quarter, the Bank did see an increase in classified assets as there was some migration of substandard credits, primarily due to COVID-19. The Bank downgraded two hospitality-related hotel loans, to separate borrowers, with exposures totaling $534 thousand and $301 thousand, respectively. Additionally, the Bank downgraded three residential real estate loans to separate borrowers, totaling $987 thousand. The Bank’s Credit Administration team is proactively monitoring loan relationships to determine if future downgrades are necessary.
During the fourth quarter of 2020, noninterest income totaled $1.4 million, which was flat with the income recognized during the third quarter and representing an increase of $104 thousand over the fourth quarter of 2019. On an annual basis, the Bank experienced growth in noninterest income of $403 thousand over the prior year, which was primarily related to growth in both trust fee income and income from the Bank’s wholly-owned registered investment advisory (RIA) firm Oregon Pacific Wealth Management LLC.
Noninterest expense in the fourth quarter totaled $4.2 million, up $326 thousand from the quarter. The largest change occurred in the salaries and employee benefits expense which increased $131 thousand over the third quarter. This increase was primarily attributable to an increase in the bonus accrual related to the level of Bank profitability experienced during the fourth quarter. There was also an increase in the other operating expense category of $122 thousand, which was partially tied to two different non-recurring expenses. During the fourth quarter, the Bank sold the servicing rights on a residential mortgage portfolio originated by the Bank over ten years ago. Due to changes in interest rates, the Bank saw the outstanding loan totals dwindle, with the overhead associated with servicing the portfolio more than offset any servicing income. During the fourth quarter, the mortgage servicing rights were sold, resulting in a loss of $45 thousand, which included both a write-down of the remaining MSRs and the fees paid to third parties to transfer the loans. The Bank also saw increased expense associated with the processing of PPP forgiveness applications. The Bank contracted with a third party to facilitate the initial PPP forgiveness application review. The Bank recognized an expense of $33 thousand during the fourth quarter associated with the third-party review, which alleviated a portion of the forgiveness burden from the market staff.
Lastly, the Bank saw an increase in the Trust expense category, which was partially due to succession planning for the Trust Department. Effective September 11, 2020, Beth Knorr was promoted to Director of Trust Services, succeeding Jay Boelter. Jay Boelter will remain with the Trust Department on a part-time basis before he retires in June of 2021. During this time, there is some duplication of salary expense, which is expected to be temporary, and the Bank believes it will help in the transition.
“We are proud to announce the promotion of Beth Knorr to Director of Trust Services,” said Ron Green, President and CEO. “Beth has been a trust officer with Oregon Pacific Bank since 2012 and has over nineteen years of trust experience. She has the knowledge to successfully lead this Department into the future. We are also thankful to Jay for his leadership and wish him well upon his upcoming retirement.”
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