HAMBURG, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "Evans") (Nasdaq:EVBN), a community financial services company serving Western New York since 1920, today reported its results of operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 THIRD QUARTER
  • Core loans (defined as total loans and leases less direct financing leases) increased 9.7% to $485.8 million from the third quarter of 2009. Net interest income increased 4.4% year-over-year due to strong loan growth and despite net interest margin compression.
  • Third quarter net income decreased to $1.3 million from net income of $2.4 million in the prior year period. Last year's third quarter benefitted from a $0.7 million pre-tax gain from the acquisition of Waterford Village Bank and no provision for leasing losses after the leasing portfolio was marked to its market value in the second quarter of 2009.
  • Provision of $1.0 million in the 2010 third quarter included $0.3 million for leasing portfolio which continues to wind down after the Company exited the business in 2009.
  • Demand across multiple core deposit products drove total deposit growth of 6.5% to $535.3 million from last year's third quarter as Evans continues to capture greater market share in Western New York.
  • Strong capital position with Total Risk-Based Capital ratio of 14.54% at September 30, 2010, compared with 10.96% at September 30, 2009.

The Company had net income of $1.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010, compared with a net income of $2.4 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009 and $1.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the second quarter of this year. The decrease from third quarter 2009 was largely due to the $0.7 million gain on purchase of Waterford Village Bank ("Waterford") that benefitted last year's third quarter, as well as a $0.4 million increase in the provision for loan and lease losses and a $0.7 million increase in non-interest expenses. Waterford was acquired on July 24, 2009 in an FDIC-assisted transaction. The provision for loan and lease losses increased from $0.6 million to $1.0 million year-over-year including a $0.3 million provision for the Company's discontinued leasing portfolio. Last year's third quarter provision did not have any amount included for the leasing portfolio. The return on average equity was 7.93% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2010, compared with 22.45% in last year's third quarter.