Juniata Valley Financial Corp. Announces Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2024

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Mifflintown, PA, April 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Juniata Valley Financial Corp. (OTCQX:JUVF) (“Juniata”), announced net income for the three months ended March 31, 2024 of $1.4 million, a decrease of 21.8%, compared to net income of $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023. Earnings per share, basic and diluted, for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $0.27 compared to $0.35 reported for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

President’s Message

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marcie A. Barber stated, “The first quarter saw the continuation of the challenges facing the banking industry during 2023; the most significant challenge continues to be net interest margin compression due to the increasing cost of funds. We continue to attempt to balance loan and deposit pricing to maximize profitability and relationship retention and acquisition. While, as expected, 2024 first quarter net income decreased in comparison to the first quarter of 2023, we are pleased to have had solid loan growth and increased noninterest income. Asset quality remains very strong contrary to national trends. Delinquent and nonperforming loans comprise only 0.1% of total loans. Having successfully completed our core conversion, we anticipate even greater focus on earning asset growth and operating efficiencies throughout 2024.”

Financial Results for the Quarter

Annualized return on average assets for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was 0.63%, compared to 0.83% for the three months ended March 31, 2023. Annualized return on average equity for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was 12.98%, compared to 18.80% for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

Net interest income was $5.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to $5.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023. Average interest earning assets increased 3.3%, to $857.1 million, for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, due to an increase of $46.9 million, or 9.6%, in average loans. The increase in average loans was partially offset by a decline of $21.2 million, or 6.2%, in average investment securities as principal paydowns on the mortgage-backed securities portfolio were used to fund loan growth rather than reinvested into the securities portfolio. Average interest bearing liabilities increased by $31.1 million, or 5.3%, for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023. This increase was due to increases of $34.7 million, or 21.1%, in average time deposits as customers preferred higher-rate deposit products and $5.4 million, or 7.3%, in average borrowings and other interest bearing liabilities due to an increase in repurchase agreements resulting from the addition of new customer relationships in the three months end March 31, 2024.

The yield on earning assets increased 44 basis points, to 4.23%, for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to same period last year driven by an increase in loan yields of 53 basis points. The cost to fund interest earning assets with interest bearing liabilities increased 88 basis points, to 2.24%, when comparing the two periods as the costs of interest bearing demand and time deposits, as well as borrowings increased 197 basis points and 120 basis points, respectively. The net interest margin, on a fully tax equivalent basis, decreased from 2.85% for the three months ended March 31, 2023 to 2.63% for the three months ended March 31, 2024. The prime rate and federal funds target range rose 50 basis points between March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2024, affecting rates on Juniata’s interest earning assets and, to a greater extent, interest bearing liabilities because the average rate paid on interest bearing liabilities has increased at a faster pace than the increase in rates on interest earning assets, impacting the net interest margin in the 2024 period. The Company anticipates continued margin compression throughout 2024 as the Federal Reserve continues to work to control inflation by maintaining target ranges for the prime rate and federal funds rate at levels above the levels experienced prior to 2022.

Juniata recorded a credit loss expense of $120,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to a credit loss expense of $243,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2023 following Juniata’s adoption of ASU 2016-13 – Financial Instruments – Credit Losses: Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments on January 1, 2023.

Non-interest income was $1.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to $1.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2023, an increase of 6.8%. Most significantly impacting non-interest income in the comparative three month periods were increases of $66,000 in fees derived from loan activity and $48,000 in customer service fees. Partially offsetting these increases between the comparative three month periods was a decline in trust fee income.

Non-interest expense was $5.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to $4.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2023, an increase of 8.4%. Most significantly impacting non-interest expense in the comparative three month periods was a $177,000 increase in other non-interest expense primarily due to a $95,000 increase in the allowance for credit losses on Juniata’s unfunded lending commitments, with a $44,000 expense recorded in the 2024 period compared to a $51,000 credit recorded in the 2023 period. Another component of the increase was an increase in postage expense as a result of the need to mail conversion booklets to customers prior to Juniata’s conversion to a new core processing system in March 2024. Also contributing to the increase in non-interest expense between the comparative three month periods was an $84,000 increase in FDIC insurance premiums due to an increase in the annual assessment rate for all institutions, a net increase of $83,000 in employee compensation and benefits expense and a $66,000 increase in data processing expense due to Juniata’s core conversion. Partially offsetting these increases in the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023 were declines in PA Shares Tax expense and the amortization of investment in low-income housing partnerships due to the completion of the amortization period for one of Juniata’s low-income housing partnership investments in January 2023.

An income tax provision of $201,000 was recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared to $247,000 recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2024. Juniata qualifies for a federal tax credit for investments in low-income housing partnerships. The tax credit decreased from $119,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2023 to $82,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2024 due to the completion of the amortization period for one of Juniata’s investments in low-income housing partnerships.

Financial Condition

Total assets as of March 31, 2024 were $865.7 million, a decrease of $6.1 million, compared to total assets of $871.8 million as of December 31, 2023. Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $15.5 million, or 53.5%, as of March 31, 2024 compared to December 31, 2023, as cash was used primarily to fund the growth in total loans, which increased by $11.3 million, or 2.2% as of March 31, 2024 compared to year-end 2023. Total deposits decreased by $10.6 million, or 1.4%, as of March 31, 2024 compared to December 31, 2023 due to a decline in interest bearing demand deposits, while short-term borrowings and repurchase agreements increased by $4.4 million, or 8.3%, primarily due to increased balances in repurchase agreement accounts.

Juniata maintains a strong liquidity position, and as of March 31, 2024, had additional borrowing capacity with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh of $216.9 million and with the Federal Reserve’s Discount Window of $16.5 million. In addition, Juniata has internal authorization for brokered deposits of up to $175.0 million. Juniata had no brokered deposits outstanding as of March 31, 2024.

Subsequent Event

On April 16, 2024, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per share to shareholders of record on May 17, 2024, payable on May 31, 2024.

Management considers subsequent events occurring after the statement of condition date for matters which may require adjustment to, or disclosure in, the consolidated financial statements. The review period for subsequent events extends up to and including the filing date of a public company’s consolidated financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the financial information in this release is subject to change.

The Juniata Valley Bank, the principal subsidiary of Juniata Valley Financial Corp., is headquartered in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, with fifteen community offices located in Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Franklin, McKean and Potter Counties. More information regarding Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and The Juniata Valley Bank can be found online at www.JVBonline.com. Juniata Valley Financial Corp. trades through the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol JUVF.

Forward-Looking Information*This press release may contain “forward looking” information as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Juniata’s management with respect to, among other things, future events and Juniata’s financial performance. When words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “goal,” “target,” “would” and “outlook,” or the negative variations of those words or similar expressions are used in this release, Juniata is making forward-looking statements. Such information is based on Juniata’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of its business, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond the control of Juniata. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, events or results and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materializes, or if underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from this forward-looking information. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and many factors could affect future financial results. Juniata undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward looking information, whether because of new or updated information, future events, or otherwise. For a more complete discussion of certain risks and uncertainties affecting Juniata, please see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Forward-Looking Statements” set forth in the Juniata’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Financial Statements

Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and SubsidiaryConsolidated Statements of Financial Condition

       
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)    (Unaudited)     
  March 31, 2024 December 31, 2023
ASSETS      
Cash and due from banks $12,863  $17,189 
Interest bearing deposits with banks  574   11,741 
Cash and cash equivalents  13,437   28,930 
       
Equity securities  1,060   1,073 
Debt securities available for sale  66,639   67,564 
Debt securities held to maturity (fair value $193,182 and $198,147, respectively)  198,680   200,644 
Restricted investment in bank stock  2,018   1,707 
Total loans  536,716   525,394 
Less: Allowance for credit losses  (5,792)  (5,677)
Total loans, net of allowance for credit losses  530,924   519,717 
Premises and equipment, net  8,135   8,180 
Bank owned life insurance and annuities  14,900   14,841 
Investment in low income housing partnerships  1,073   1,154 
Core deposit and other intangible assets  321   343 
Goodwill  9,812   9,812 
Mortgage servicing rights  81   83 
Deferred tax asset  11,033   11,319 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets  7,561   6,444 
Total assets $865,674  $871,811 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Liabilities:        
Deposits:        
Non-interest bearing $199,770  $197,027 
Interest bearing  538,650   552,018 
Total deposits  738,420   749,045 
       
Short-term borrowings and repurchase agreements  57,214   52,810 
Long-term debt  20,000   20,000 
Other interest bearing liabilities  884   951 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities  6,418   7,612 
Total liabilities  822,936   830,418 
Commitments and contingent liabilities      
Stockholders' Equity:        
Preferred stock, no par value: Authorized - 500,000 shares, none issued      
Common stock, par value $1.00 per share: Authorized 20,000,000 shares; Issued - 5,151,279 shares at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023; Outstanding - 5,000,518 shares at March 31, 2024 and 4,991,129 shares at December 31, 2023  5,151   5,151 
Surplus  24,802   24,924 
Retained earnings  52,810   52,553 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (37,583)  (38,640)
Cost of common stock in Treasury: 150,761 shares at March 31, 2024; 160,150 shares at December 31, 2023  (2,442)  (2,595)
Total stockholders' equity  42,738   41,393 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $865,674  $871,811 

Juniata Valley Financial Corp. and SubsidiaryConsolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

       
  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data) March 31
     2024     2023 
Interest income:    
Loans, including fees $7,467  $6,120 
Taxable securities  1,465   1,580 
Tax-exempt securities  30   36 
Other interest income  43   16 
Total interest income  9,005   7,752 
Interest expense:        
Deposits  2,642   1,443 
Short-term borrowings and repurchase agreements  697   415 
Long-term debt  118   116 
Other interest bearing liabilities  9   10 
Total interest expense  3,466   1,984 
Net interest income  5,539   5,768 
Provision for credit losses  120   243 
Net interest income after provision for credit losses  5,419   5,525 
Non-interest income:        
Customer service fees  371   323 
Debit card fee income  404   417 
Earnings on bank-owned life insurance and annuities  56   55 
Trust fees  107   132 
Commissions from sales of non-deposit products  102   95 
Fees derived from loan activity  159   93 
Mortgage banking income  10   13 
Change in value of equity securities  (13)  (22)
Other non-interest income  100   107 
Total non-interest income  1,296   1,213 
Non-interest expense:        
Employee compensation expense  2,208   2,035 
Employee benefits  645   735 
Occupancy  332   304 
Equipment  143   165 
Data processing expense  663   597 
Professional fees  254   195 
Taxes, other than income  56   109 
FDIC Insurance premiums  155   71 
Amortization of intangible assets  22   11 
Amortization of investment in low-income housing partnerships  81   112 
Other non-interest expense  600   424 
Total non-interest expense  5,159   4,758 
Income before income taxes   1,556   1,980 
Income tax provision  201   247 
Net income $1,355  $1,733 
Earnings per share        
Basic $0.27  $0.35 
Diluted $0.27  $0.35 

Michael Wolf Email: michael.wolf@jvbonline.com Phone: (717) 436-7203

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