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

LAKEVILLE, Conn., April 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Selected first quarter 2013 highlights

Net income available to common shareholders was $900,000, or $0.53 per common share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 (first quarter 2013), compared with $531,000, or $0.31 per common share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 (fourth quarter 2012), and $1,167,000, or $0.69 per common share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 (first quarter 2012).
  • Earnings per common share of $0.53 increased $0.22 versus fourth quarter 2012, and decreased $0.16, versus first quarter 2012.
  • The net interest margin increased 22 basis points versus fourth quarter 2012 and remained the same as first quarter 2012 at 3.54%.
  • Tax equivalent net interest income increased $194,000, or 4%, versus fourth quarter 2012, and decreased $59,000, or 1%, versus first quarter 2012.
  • Provision for loan losses was $396,000, versus $380,000 for fourth quarter 2012 and $180,000 for first quarter 2012. Net loan charge-offs were $70,000, versus $199,000 for fourth quarter 2012 and $90,000 for first quarter 2012.
  • Non-interest income decreased $252,000, or 13%, versus fourth quarter 2012 and decreased $34,000, or 2%, versus first quarter 2012.
  • Non-interest expense decreased $629,000, or 12%, versus fourth quarter 2012 and increased $205,000, or 5%, versus first quarter 2012.
  • Net loans receivable increased $17.5 million or 4.5% during the first calendar quarter of 2013 to $406 million, which reflected an increase of $34.5 million or 9% from the end of the first quarter of 2012.
  • Non-performing assets decreased $807,000, or 8%, to $9.3 million, or 1.6% of total assets, versus fourth quarter 2012 and increased $1.7 million versus first quarter 2012. Accruing loans receivable 30-to-89 days past due decreased $911,000 to $4.7 million, or 1.15% of gross loans receivable, versus fourth quarter 2012 and increased $538,000 versus first quarter 2012.

Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Salisbury Bank achieved solid growth in both our loan portfolio and assets under management in our Trust and Wealth Advisory area. We continue to remain focused on growing our core businesses, reducing non-performing assets, and enhancing the value of our Company. Despite the challenges of the economy and the continued low interest rate environment, the results from the first quarter reflect progress in multiple areas. Efforts to continue to grow the loan portfolio increased net loans receivable by $17.5 million during the first quarter, as we were able to successfully redeploy earning assets from investments into higher yielding loans. This contributed to the 22 basis point improvement in the net interest margin during the first calendar quarter of 2013 versus the preceding quarter. During the first quarter of 2013, we continued to grow shareholder equity and continued to grow the assets under management by our Trust and Wealth Management division, which contribute to the institutions profitability and provide additional income beyond net interest income."

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