Citizens Holding Company Reports Earnings

Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ:CIZN) announced today results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $1.752 million, or $0.36 per share-basic and diluted, down from $1.854 million, or $0.38 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2011. Net interest income for the second quarter of 2012, after the provision for loan losses for the quarter, was $7.216 million, approximately 1.9% higher than the same period in 2011, due to a decrease in the provision for loan losses offset partially by a decrease in net interest income. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $330 thousand compared to $683 thousand for the same period in 2011. 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 decreased to 4.16% in the first quarter of 2012 from 4.29% in the same period in 2011 primarily because of the decrease in yields on earning assets was greater than the decline in rates paid on interest bearing deposits.

Non-interest income increased in the second quarter of 2012 by $121 thousand, or 8.0%, while non-interest expenses increased $428 thousand, or 6.9%, compared to the same period in 2011. The increase in non-interest income was due primarily to an increase in service charges on deposit accounts and other service charges and fees. Non-interest expenses increased due to a $399 thousand increase in other operating expense and a $79 thousand increase in occupancy expense offset by a $50 thousand decrease in salaries and benefits.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 decreased 10.3% to $3.415 million, or $0.70 per share-basic and diluted, from $3.809 million, or $0.79 per share-basic and diluted, for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2012, after the provision for loan losses, decreased 2.4% to $14.068 million from $14.413 million for the same period in 2011. Net interest margin for the six months ended June 30, 2012, decreased to 4.13% in 2012 from 4.28% in the same period in 2011. The provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $866 thousand compared to the provision of $927 thousand in 2011. 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 increased by $147 thousand, or 4.7%, and non-interest expense increased by $438 thousand, or 3.7%, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011. The increase in non-interest income was primarily due to an increase in service charges from deposit accounts and other service charges and fees. Non-interest expense increased primarily due an increase in other operating expenses of $426 thousand and occupancy expenses in the amount of $22 thousand partially offset by a decrease in salaries and benefits in the amount of $10 thousand.

Total assets as of June 30, 2012 decreased to $844.781 million, down $9.164 million, or 1.1%, when compared to December 31, 2011. Deposits increased by $19.234 million, or 3.4%, and loans, net of unearned income decreased by $5.039 million, or 1.3%, when compared to December 31, 2011. The decrease in loans, net of unearned, was due to declining loan demand and repayments of existing loans. Non-performing assets decreased by $805 thousand to $15.632 million at June 30, 2012 as compared to December 31, 2011, because of decreases in non-accrual loans and other real estate owned partially offset by an increase in loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest.

During the first half of 2012, the Company paid dividends totaling $0.44 per share.

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-two 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,
2012   2011   2012     2011  
   
Interest income and fees $ 9,003 $ 9,444 $ 17,902 $ 18,789
Interest expense   1,457     1,682   2,968     3,449  
Net interest income 7,546 7,762 14,934 15,340
 
 
Provision for loan losses   330     683     866       927  
Net interest income after
provision for loan losses 7,216 7,079 14,068 14,413
 
Non-interest income 1,637 1,516 3,247 3,100
Non-interest expense   6,674     6,246     13,084       12,646  
 
Net income before taxes 2,179 2,349 4,231 4,867
Income taxes   427     495     816       1,058  
 
Net income $ 1,752   $ 1,854   $ 3,415     $ 3,809  
 
 
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.36   $ 0.38   $ 0.70     $ 0.79  
 
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.36   $ 0.38   $ 0.70     $ 0.79  
 
Average shares outstanding-basic 4,859,125 4,841,438 4,854,145 4,840,770
 
Average shares outstanding-diluted 4,866,006 4,854,237 4,862,799 4,849,826
 

 
As of As of
June 30, December 31,
2012     2011  
Period End Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 844,781 $ 853,945
Total earning assets 752,040 760,744
Loans, net of unearned income 384,223 389,262
Allowance for loan losses 7,211 6,681
Total deposits 591,572 572,338
Long-term borrowings 78,709 68,677
Shareholders' equity 88,397 86,079
Book value per share $ 18.21 $ 17.77
Dividends paid per share $ 0.44 $ 0.88
 
Average Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets $ 834,622 $ 829,177
Total earning assets 765,801 753,042
Loans, net of unearned income 387,469 407,748
Total deposits 571,798 543,711
Long-term borrowings 76,182 82,576
Shareholders' equity 86,860 82,254
 
Non-performing assets:
Non-accrual loans 10,632 11,299
Loans 90+ days past due and accruing 539 269
Other real estate owned 4,461 4,869
 
Net charge-offs as a percentage of
average net loans 0.09 % 0.66 %
 
Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets (1) 0.81 % 0.87 %
Return on average equity (1) 7.74 % 8.78 %
 
Net interest margin (tax equivalent) (1) 4.13 % 4.20 %
 
(1) Annualized

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