Citizens Holding Company Earnings Increase

Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ:CIZN) announced today results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $1.854 million, or $0.38 per share-basic and diluted, up from $1.696 million, or $0.35 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2010. Net interest income for the second quarter of 2011, after the provision for loan losses for the quarter, was $7.079 million, approximately 8.6% higher than the same period in 2010, due mainly to a decrease in interest expense and a decrease in the provision for loan losses. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $683 thousand compared to $695 thousand for the same period in 2010. The decrease in the provision reflects management’s estimate of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact of current local and national economic conditions. The net interest margin increased to 4.29% in the second quarter of 2011 from 3.97% in the same period in 2010 primarily because of the decrease in yields on earning assets was less than the decline in rates paid on interest bearing deposits.

Non-interest income decreased in the second quarter of 2011 by $246 thousand, or 13.9%, while non-interest expenses increased $81 thousand, or 1.3%, compared to the same period in 2010. The decrease in non-interest income was due primarily to a decrease in fees received on deposits and other service charges and fees.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2011 increased 3.7% to $3.809 million, or $0.79 per share-basic and diluted, from $3.672 million, or $0.76 per share-basic and $0.75 per share-diluted, for the six months ended June 30, 2010. Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2011, after the provision for loan losses, increased 7.1% to $14.413 million from $13.456 million for the same period in 2010. Net interest margin increased to 4.28% in 2011 from 4.08% in 2010. The provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2011 was $927 thousand compared to the provision of $1.320 million in 2010. The decrease in the provision reflects management’s assessment of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact caused by current local and national economic conditions.

Non-interest income decreased by $295 thousand, or 8.7%, and non-interest expense increased by $448 thousand, or 3.7%, for the six months ended June 30, 2011 when compared to June 30, 2010. The reduction in non-interest income was primarily due to a reduction in gains from sales of investment securities of $612 thousand. Non-interest expense increased mainly due to an increase in salaries and benefits in the amount of $195 thousand and an increase in other operating expenses.

Total assets as of June 30, 2011 increased to $845.253 million, up $27.020 million, or 3.3%, when compared to December 31, 2010. Deposits increased by $9.720 million, or 1.8%, and loans, net of unearned income decreased by $9.444 million, or 2.2%, when compared to December 31, 2010. The decrease in loans, net of unearned, was due to declining loan demand. Non-performing assets decreased by $1.357 million to $13.596 million at June 30, 2011 compared to December 31, 2010, because of a decrease in non-accrual loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest offset by an increase in other real estate.

During the first six months of 2011, the Company paid dividends totaling $0.44 per share. This represents an increase of 4.8% over the dividends paid in 2010.

Citizens Holding Company (the “Company”) is a one-bank holding company and the parent company of The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia (the “Bank”), both headquartered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The Bank currently has twenty-one banking locations in ten counties in East Central and South Mississippi and has a Loan Production Office in Biloxi, Mississippi. In addition to full service commercial banking, the Bank offers mortgage loans, title insurance services through its subsidiary, Title Services, LLC, and a full range of Internet banking services including online banking, bill pay and cash management services for businesses. Internet services are available at the Bank’s web site, www.thecitizensbankphila.com . Citizens Holding Company stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and is traded under the symbol CIZN. The Company’s transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company. Information about Citizens Holding Company may be obtained by accessing its corporate website at www.citizensholdingcompany.com.

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release regarding the Company’s financial position, results of operations, business strategies, plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, are forward looking statements. The Company can give no assurances that the assumptions upon which such forward-looking statements are based will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operation, performance, development and results of the Company’s and the Bank’s business include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) the risk of adverse changes in business conditions in the banking industry generally and in the specific markets in which the Company operates; (b) changes in the legislative and regulatory environment that negatively impact the Company and Bank through increased operating expenses; (c) increased competition from other financial institutions; (d) the impact of technological advances; (e) expectations about the movement of interest rates, including actions that may be taken by the Federal Reserve Board in response to changing economic conditions; (f) changes in asset quality and loan demand; (g) expectations about overall economic strength and the performance of the economics in the Company’s market area; and (h) other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should any such underlying assumptions prove to be significantly different, actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Citizens Holding Company

Financial Highlights

(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 
    Three Months     Six Months
Ending June 30, Ending June 30,
2011     2010     2011     2010

 
       
Interest income and fees $ 9,444 $ 9,452 $ 18,789 $ 19,327
Interest expense   1,682       2,241       3,449         4,551  
Net interest income 7,762 7,211 15,340 14,776
 
 
Provision for loan losses   683       695       927         1,320  

Net interest income after provision for loan losses
7,079 6,516 14,413 13,456
 
Non-interest income 1,520 1,766 3,094 3,389
Non-interest expense   6,250       6,169       12,640         12,192  
 
Net income before taxes 2,349 2,113 4,867 4,653
Income taxes   495       417       1,058         981  
 
Net income $ 1,854     $ 1,696     $ 3,809       $ 3,672  
 
 
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.38     $ 0.35     $ 0.79       $ 0.76  
 
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.38     $ 0.35     $ 0.79       $ 0.75  
 
Average shares outstanding-basic 4,841,438 4,833,609 4,840,770 4,832,749
 
Average shares outstanding-diluted 4,854,237 4,856,197 4,849,826 4,865,631
 
 
 
 
 
As of As of
June 30, December 31,
2011     2010
Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 845,253 $ 818,233
Total earning assets 765,351 741,383
Loans, net of unearned income 412,432 421,876
Allowance for loan losses 6,360 6,379
Total deposits 547,150 537,430
Long-term borrowings 94,617 84,760
Shareholders' equity 83,343 76,295
Book value per share $ 17.23 $ 15.77
Dividends paid per share $ 0.44 $ 0.85
 
Average Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 824,436 $ 839,212
Total earning assets 748,443 762,993
Loans, net of unearned income 415,197 437,563
Total deposits 533,232 556,798
Long-term borrowings 87,186 86,378
Shareholders' equity 79,323 78,776
 
Non-performing assets:
Non-accrual loans 10,301 10,932
Loans 90+ days past due and accruing 147 953
Other real estate owned 3,148 3,068
 

Net charge-offs as a percentage of average net loans
0.23 % 0.37 %
 
Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets 0.92 % 0.85 %
Return on average equity 9.60 % 9.09 %
 
Net interest margin (tax equivalent) 4.28 % 4.04 %
 
 
 

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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