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Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results For Second Quarter 2013; Declares 28 Cent Dividend

LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. ("Salisbury") (Nasdaq:SAL), the holding company for Salisbury Bank and Trust Company (the "Bank"), announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Selected second quarter 2013 highlights

Net income available to common shareholders was $1,092,000, or $0.65 per common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (second quarter 2013), versus $890,000, or $0.53 per common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 (first quarter 2013), and $1,069,000, or $0.63 per common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (second quarter 2012).
  • Earnings per common share of $0.65 increased $0.12, or 22.6%, as compared to $0.53 for the first quarter 2013, and increased $0.02, or 3.2%, as compared to second quarter 2012.  
  • Tax equivalent net interest income increased $39,000, or 0.8%, versus first quarter 2013, and decreased $40,000, or 0.8%, versus second quarter 2012.  
  • Provision for loan losses for the second quarter was $240,000 versus $396,000 for the first quarter 2013 and $180,000 for second quarter 2012. Net loan charge-offs were $294,000, versus $70,000 for first quarter 2013 and $138,000 for second quarter 2012.  
  • Non-interest income increased $25,000, or 1.6%, versus first quarter 2013 and decreased $240,000, or 12.7%, versus second quarter 2012, which included $267,000 in gains on sale of securities.  
  • Non-interest expense decreased $95,000, or 2.0%, versus first quarter 2013 and $415,000, or 8.3%, versus second quarter 2012. Second quarter 2012 included non-recurring expenses totaling $591,000 which consisted of $341,000 in pension plan curtailment expense and $250,000 in litigation expense.  
  • Preferred stock dividends remained unchanged from the first quarter at $40,000 for second quarter 2013 and declined by $8,000 as compared with the second quarter 2012 dividend of $48,000.  
  • Non-performing assets increased $0.3 million, or 4.0%, to $9.6 million, or 1.6% of total assets, at June 30, 2013 versus March 31, 2013 and increased $1.2 million versus June 30, 2012. Accruing loans receivable 30-to-89 days past due decreased $0.5 million to $4.3 million, or 1.02% of gross loans receivable at June 30, 2013, versus March 31, 2013 and increased $1.8 million versus June 30, 2012.

Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our second quarter operating results reflect a consistent net interest rate margin and improvement in operating efficiency as compared to first quarter 2013. I'm pleased to report that our second quarter 2013 earnings per share of $0.65 represent a 3.2% increase over second quarter 2012 results.

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