American River Bankshares Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American River Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMRB) today reported net income of $1.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $1.5 million, or $0.20 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2015.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, net income was $6.4 million or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to $5.3 million or $0.70 per diluted share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

"We are very proud of what the team accomplished in 2016.  EPS increased 34% as a result of profitable growth, a decrease in overhead, a negative provision for loan loss, and a successful stock buyback," said David Taber, President and CEO of American River Bankshares. 

Financial Highlights
  • Net loans increased $35.0 million (12.1%) and core deposits increased $15.7 million (3.5%) during 2016.
  • The fourth quarter 2016 net interest margin was 3.57%, compared to 3.65% for the third quarter of 2016 and 3.63% for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Net interest income was $20.2 million in 2016, an increase of $236,000 (1.2%) over 2015.
  • The allowance for loan and lease losses was $4.8 million (1.47% of total loans and leases) at December 31, 2016, compared to $5.0 million (1.69% of total loans and leases) at December 31, 2015.   Nonperforming loans were just $19,000 at December 31, 2016.
  • Shareholders' equity was $83.9 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $86.1 million at December 31, 2015.  Tangible book value per share was $10.14 at December 31, 2016 compared to $9.50 per share at December 31, 2015.  Book value per share was $12.59 per share at December 31, 2016 compared to $11.72 per share at December 31, 2015.
  • The 2016 Stock Repurchase Program resulted in the Company repurchasing 716,897 shares of its common stock at an average price of $10.34 per share.
  • The Company continues to maintain strong capital ratios.  At December 31, 2016 the Leverage ratio was 10.5% compared to 11.0% at December 31, 2015; the Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital ratio was 19.0% compared to 19.3% at December 31, 2015; and the Total Risk-Based Capital ratio was 20.3% compared to 20.6% at December 31, 2015. 

Northern California Economic Update, December 31, 2016

Each quarter, management at American River Bank prepares an economic report for internal use that analyzes the recent historical rolling quarters within the three primary markets in which the Company does business - Greater Sacramento Area and Sonoma and Amador Counties.  Sources of economic and industry information include: Colliers International, Keegan & Coppin Company, Inc., ycharts/housing, State of California Employment Development Department, US Census, CBRE, Integra Realty Resources, and Sacramento Association of Realtors and Trading Economics. 

Overall, 2015 commercial real estate and employment trends were positive and this has continued throughout 2016.

Commercial Real Estate.  In the Greater Sacramento Area, when comparing third quarter 2015 to third quarter 2016, commercial real estate vacancies have improved in all segments.  Office vacancy decreased from 13.8% to 12.1%, retail vacancy decreased from 10.5% to 10.3% and industrial vacancy decreased from 10.1% to 8.6%.  In Sonoma County, for the same period (third quarter 2015 compared to third quarter 2016), commercial real estate vacancies improved or remained relatively flat.  Office vacancy decreased from 16.2% to 15.0%, retail vacancy was 3.9% for both periods, and industrial vacancy decreased from 6.4% to 5.0%.              In all segments (office, retail, and industrial), the Greater Sacramento Area reported positive absorption over the past 3 years, with the exception of first quarter 2016.  Office and retail experienced negative absorption that quarter as a result of two large office building vacancies, and one major retailer closing its doors.  Sonoma County has also reported (when data is available) positive absorption over the past three years for all segments.

In Greater Sacramento, commercial lease rates have been in a relatively narrow range over the past two years through the end of the third quarter 2016 with lease rates ranging from the following: office: $1.68/SF to $1.78/SF; retail: $1.33/SF to $1.40/SF and industrial: $0.35/SF to $0.47/SF.   As of third quarter 2016, lease rates per square foot were $1.78 for office, $1.35 for retail, and $0.46 for industrial.   As a proxy for Sonoma County, the City of Santa Rosa's gross lease rates in the past two years through the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 have shown some fluctuation in office and industrial segments and decreased in the retail segment.  The lease rates during the two year period ranged from: office: $1.47/SF to $1.88/SF, retail: $0.90/SF to $1.52/SF, and industrial: $0.66/SF to $0.95/SF.

The Amador region has the lowest level of commercial real estate concentration in the Bank.  There is limited supply for commercial real estate in this region and as a result, minimal information is available.

Multi-family.  The multi-family market in the Sacramento area has reflected high occupancy with lease rates increasing and cap rates changing slightly.  Comparing the first quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2016, occupancy improved only slightly from 97.5% to 97.6%, monthly lease rates increased from $1,157 to $1,241, and trailing 12-month cap rates increased from 5.58% to 5.86%.

Employment.  National unemployment, which reached a high of 10.0% at October 31, 2009, has dropped steadily since and has stabilized.  Compared to December 2014, national unemployment decreased from 5.6% to 5.0% in December 2015, and decreased further to 4.7% as of December 2016.  California unemployment was 9.6% at December 31, 2012, 8.2% at December 31, 2013, 6.9% at December 31, 2014, and 5.9% at December 31, 2015.  As of November 2016, the rate decreased to 5.3%.  The number of employed Californians continues to increase.   There were 17.1 million employed at the end of 2013, 17.6 million employed at the end of 2014, and 17.9 million employed at the end of 2015.  The State added another 539,000 jobs in 2016 through November. 

At December 31, 2014, all three of our markets reported lower unemployment rates than at year end 2013.  This trend continued at a slower pace into 2015, and at December 31, 2015, unemployment rates were 5.5% and 4.2% for the Sacramento MSA and Santa Rosa-Petaluma MSA, respectively.  As of November 30, 2016, these figures decreased to 4.9% and 3.7%, respectively.  Over the same period, Amador County has been higher than the State every quarter with the exception of the third quarter 2015.  Amador County had shown significant improvement from 7.4% at December 31, 2014 to 6.3% at December 31, 2015, and at November 30, 2016 decreased to 5.5%.

Job growth was positive in all of our markets in 2014, 2015, and as of November 30, 2016.  Compared to December 2014, job growth was 1.06%, 2.13% and 0.61% for the Sacramento MSA, Santa Rosa-Petaluma MSA and Amador County, respectively, at December 31, 2015.  As of November, 2016, compared to December 2015, job growth was 2.89%, 5.43% and 6.28% for the Sacramento MSA, Santa Rosa-Petaluma MSA and Amador County, respectively.

Asset Quality and Balance Sheet Review

American River Bankshares' assets totaled $651.5 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $653.8 million at September 30, 2016, and $634.6 million at December 31, 2015.

Net loans totaled $324.1 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $10.8 million (3.4%) from $313.3 million at September 30, 2016 and an increase of $35.0 million (12.1%) from $289.1 million at December 31, 2015.  Nonperforming loans decreased $1.6 million (98.8%) from $1.6 million at December 31, 2015 to $19,000 at December 31, 2016.  Nonperforming loans decreased $759,000 (97.6%) from $778,000 at September 30, 2016. 

The loan portfolio at December 31, 2016 included: real estate loans of $289.4 million (88% of the portfolio), commercial loans of $35.4 million (11% of the portfolio) and other loans, which consist mainly of leases and consumer loans of $4.3 million (1% of the portfolio).  The real estate loan portfolio at December 31, 2016 includes: owner-occupied commercial real estate loans of $73.4 million (25% of the real estate portfolio), investor commercial real estate loans of $117.7 million (41% of the real estate portfolio), multi-family real estate loans of $73.4 million (25% of the real estate portfolio), construction and land development loans of $9.2 million (3% of the real estate portfolio) and residential real estate loans of $15.7 million (6% of the real estate loan portfolio).

Nonperforming assets ("NPAs") include nonperforming loans, leases, and other assets and other real estate owned.  Nonperforming loans includes all such loans and leases that are either placed on nonaccrual status or are 90 days past due as to principal or interest but still accrue interest because such loans are well-secured and in the process of collection.  NPAs declined to $1.4 million at December 31, 2016 from $6.1 million at year end 2015 and from $2.3 million at September 30, 2016.  The NPAs to total assets ratio stood at 0.21% at the end of December 2016, down from 0.96% one year ago and 0.35% three months earlier.   

At December 31, 2016, the Company had two OREO properties totaling $1.3 million. This compares to one OREO property totaling $653,000 at September 30, 2016 and three OREO properties totaling $3.6 million at December 31, 2015.  During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company sold one property for a gain of $89,000.  The Company also added two OREO properties totaling $1.3 million.  One of the properties had a prior book value of $722,000 and was increased to $961,000 after a market value adjustment of $239,000.  The $239,000 adjustment was recorded as a $66,000 loan recovery and $173,000 in OREO income.  At December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016, and December 31, 2015 there was not a valuation allowance for OREO properties. 

Loans measured for impairment were $17.3 million at the end of December 2016, compared to $18.4 million at September 30, 2016, and $21.4 million a year ago.  Specific reserves of $421,000 were held on the impaired loans as of December 31, 2016, compared to $564,000 at September 30, 2016 and $899,000 at December 31, 2015.  There was a reversal of provision for loan and lease losses for $676,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and no provision for loan loss in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The Company had net recoveries of $515,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to net recoveries of $46,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015.  There was a reversal of $1.3 million in provision for loan and lease losses in 2016 and no provision for loan and lease losses for 2015.  The Company had net recoveries of $1.2 million in 2016 compared to net charge-offs of $326,000 in 2015.  The Company maintains the allowance for loan and lease losses at a level believed to be adequate for known and inherent risks in the portfolio.  The methodology incorporates a variety of risk considerations, both quantitative and qualitative, in establishing an allowance for loan and lease losses that management believes is appropriate at each reporting date. 

Investment securities, which excludes $3.8 million in stock of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco ("FHLB Stock"), totaled $254.5 million at December 31, 2016, up $500,000 (0.2%) from $254.0 million at September 30, 2016 and down $19.9 million (7.3%) from $274.4 million at December 31, 2015.  At December 31, 2016, the investment portfolio was comprised of 90% U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored agencies (primarily mortgage-backed securities), 9% obligations of states and political subdivisions, and 1% corporate bonds.

At December 31, 2016, total deposits were $544.8 million, a decrease of $1.4 million (0.2%) compared to $546.2 million at September 30, 2016 and up $14.1 million (2.7%) compared to $530.7 million one year ago.  Core deposits decreased $1.4 million (0.3%) to $461.8 million at December 31, 2016 from $463.2 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $15.7 million (3.5%) from $446.1 million at December 31, 2015.  The Company considers all deposits except time deposits as core deposits.

At December 31, 2016, noninterest-bearing demand deposits accounted for 37% of total deposits, interest-bearing demand accounts were 12%, savings deposits were 12%, money market balances accounted for 24% and time certificates were 15% of total deposits.  At December 31, 2015, noninterest-bearing demand deposits accounted for 36% of total deposits, interest-bearing demand accounts were 12%, savings deposits were 11%, money market balances accounted for 25% and time certificates were 16% of total deposits. 

Shareholders' equity decreased $816,000 (1.0%) to $83.9 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $84.7 million at September 30, 2016 and decreased $2.2 million (2.6%) from $86.1 million at December 31, 2015.  The decrease in equity from December 31, 2015 was due to a decrease in common stock of $7.1 million primarily related to repurchases made under the 2016 Stock Repurchase Program and a $1.5 million decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income related to a reduction in the unrealized gain on securities, partially offset by an increase in Retained Earnings of $6.4 million due to the net income for the year.  In 2016 the Company repurchased 716,897 shares of its common stock at an average price of $10.34 per share.

Net Interest Income

The net interest income during the fourth quarter 2016 remained consistent at $5.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, net interest income increased $200,000 (1%) to $20.2 million from $20.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  The net interest margin as a percentage of average earning assets was 3.57% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 3.65% in the third quarter of 2016 and 3.63% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the net interest margin was 3.62% compared to 3.63% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  Interest income for the fourth quarter of 2016 remained at $5.3 million from the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, interest income increased $200,000 (1.0%) to $21.2 million from $21.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased $3,000 (1.3%) to $232,000 from $229,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $100,000 (10.0%) to $900,000 from $1.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.     

The average tax equivalent yield on earning assets decreased from 3.80% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 3.73% for the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 decreased to 3.78% from 3.80% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  For the comparison of the fourth quarters and year over year, the decrease in the yield on earning assets was attributable to an increase in the quantity of loans added at yields lower than those being paid off.  Investment securities also were reinvested at lower yields. 

The average balance of earning assets increased $14.9 million (2.6%) from $568.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $583.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, increased $9.8 million (1.7%) to $571.9 million from $562.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. 

When compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, average loan balances were up $29.8 million (10.2%) from $292.1 million to $321.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 increased $27.0 million (9.7%) from $279.7 million to $306.7 million.  The Company has continued to generate new loans and over the past twelve months the production of new loans has outpaced loan payoffs resulting in an increase in average loans.  Average investment securities were down $14.9 million (5.4%) to $260.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $275.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 and decreased $17.1 million (6.1%) to $264.2 million in 2016 when compared to $281.3 million in 2015.

Average deposits increased $19.4 million (3.7%) from $530.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 to $550.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased $15.2 million (3.0%) from $515.1 million during the twelve months of 2015 to $530.3 million during the twelve months of 2016.  Average borrowings increased $2.4 million (19.0%) from $12.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 to $15.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, increased $3.1 million (22.0%) to $17.2 million from $14.1 million for the twelve months ended December 30, 2015.    

Noninterest Income and Expense

Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $529,000, an increase of $96,000 (22.2%) from $433,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, was $2.0 million, an increase of $30,000 (1.5%) from $2.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  On a quarter over quarter basis, the increase in noninterest income was predominately related to an increase in income from the OREO property as a result of the $239,000 market value adjustment mentioned above, of which $173,000 was recorded as OREO income. The OREO income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was from rental income ($87,000) and that compares to zero rental income in the fourth quarter of 2016 as the income producing property was sold in the fourth quarter of 2015.  On a year over year basis, the increase in noninterest income was predominately related to gains on sales of securities partially offset by lower OREO income.  Gains on sales of securities were $314,000, $63,000 (25.1%) higher than $251,000 in 2016.  OREO property rental income decreased $229,000 (68.4%) from $335,000 in 2015 to $106,000 in 2016, with the remaining 2016 OREO income being the $173,000 market value adjustment.   

Noninterest expense decreased $136,000 (4.0%) to $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 from $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, decreased $244,000 (1.7%) to $13.8 million from $14.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.  Quarter over quarter, noninterest expense decreased largely due to the decrease in expenses related to OREO property.  The above mentioned gain on sale of $89,000 allowed the Company to have a credit balance of $84,000 for the fourth quarter of 2016, a $146,000 change from the $62,000 expense in the fourth quarter of 2015.  On a year over year basis, salary and benefit expense and OREO expense resulted in the largest fluctuations.  Salaries and benefits decreased $93,000 (1.1%) resulting from decreases in employer insurance premiums, 401(k) matching and other benefits.  In addition, expenses related to OREO decreased $76,000 (23.6%) from $322,000 in 2015 to $246,000 in 2016. 

The fully taxable equivalent efficiency ratio for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 57.0% compared to 60.7% for the fourth quarter of 2015 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was 60.8% compared to 62.9% for 2015. 

Provision for Income Taxes

Federal and state income taxes increased $466,000 (71.5%) from $652,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The provision for income taxes increased $718,000 (26.9%) from $2.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 to $3.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  The higher provision for taxes in 2016 compared to 2015 primarily resulted from the higher level of pretax income in 2016 slightly offset by benefits from an increase in tax exempt loans and leases.  Pretax income increased $1.9 million (24.1%) from $7.9 million in 2015 to $9.8 million in 2016.

Earnings Conference Call

The fourth quarter earnings conference call will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).  David T. Taber, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Mitchell A. Derenzo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, both of American River Bankshares, will lead a live presentation and answer analysts' questions.   Shareholders, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join the call by dialing (888) 517-2458 and entering the Conference ID 6959006#.  A recording of the call will be available approximately twenty-four hours after the call's completion on AmericanRiverBank.com.    

About American River Bankshares

American River Bankshares [NASDAQ-GS: AMRB] is the parent company of American River Bank, a regional bank serving Northern California since 1983. We give business owners more REACH by offering financial expertise and exceptional service to complement a full suite of banking products and services. Our honest approach, commitment to community and focus on profitability is intended to lead our clients to greater success. For more information, call (800) 544-0545 or visit AmericanRiverBank.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release contains certain non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures in addition to results presented in accordance with GAAP.  These measures include tangible book value and taxable equivalent basis.  Management has presented these non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release because it believes that they provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in the Company's financial position reflected in the current quarter and year-to-date results and facilitate comparison of our performance with the performance of our peers.

Net Interest Margin and Efficiency Ratio (non-GAAP financial measures)

In accordance with industry standards, certain designated net interest income amounts are presented on ataxable equivalent basis, including the calculation of net interest margin and the efficiency ratio.  The Company believes the presentation of net interest margin on a taxable equivalent basis using a 34% effective tax rate allows comparability of net interest margin with industry peers by eliminating the effect of the differences in portfolios attributable to the proportion represented by both taxable and tax-exempt loans and investments.

Tangible Equity (non-GAAP financial measures)

Tangible common stockholders' equity (tangible book value) excludes goodwill and other intangible assets.  The Company believes the exclusion of goodwill and other intangible assets to create "tangible equity" facilitates the comparison of results for ongoing business operations.  The Company's management internally assesses its performance based, in part, on these non-GAAP financial measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are 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 and subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from the results in these forward-looking statements.  Factors that might cause such a difference include, among other matters, changes in interest rates, economic conditions, governmental regulation and legislation, credit quality, and competition affecting the Company's businesses generally; the risk of natural disasters and future catastrophic events including terrorist related incidents; and other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and in subsequent reports filed on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
American River Bankshares    
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)    
(Dollars in thousands)              
      December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
ASSETS     2016   2016   2015
Cash and due from banks   $ 27,589   $ 43,094   $ 23,727  
Interest-bearing deposits in banks     999     999     750  
Investment securities     254,503     254,010     274,442  
Loans & leases:              
Real estate     289,400     278,594     251,818  
Commercial     35,374     35,172     36,195  
Lease financing     404     462     732  
Other     3,952     4,305     5,553  
Deferred loan and lease origination fees, net     (222 )   (248 )   (221 )
Allowance for loan and lease losses     (4,822 )   (4,983 )   (4,975 )
Loans and leases, net     324,086     313,302     289,102  
Bank premises and equipment, net     1,362     1,259     1,407  
Goodwill and intangible assets     16,321     16,321     16,321  
Investment in Federal Home Loan Bank Stock     3,779     3,779     3,779  
Other real estate owned, net     1,348     653     3,551  
Accrued interest receivable and other assets     21,463     20,429     21,561  
    $ 651,450   $ 653,846   $ 634,640  
               
LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Noninterest-bearing deposits   $ 201,113   $ 209,586   $ 190,548  
Interest checking     64,652     61,398     61,324  
Money market     131,342     131,655     135,186  
Savings     64,740     60,605     59,061  
Time deposits     82,959     82,921     84,571  
Total deposits     544,806     546,165     530,690  
Short-term borrowings     3,500     5,000     3,500  
Long-term borrowings     12,000     9,000     7,500  
Accrued interest and other liabilities     7,294     9,015     6,875  
Total liabilities     567,600     569,180     548,565  
               
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Common stock   $ 42,484   $ 42,402   $ 49,554  
Retained earnings     40,822     38,907     34,418  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     544     3,357     2,103  
Total shareholders' equity     83,850     84,666     86,075  
    $ 651,450   $ 653,846   $ 634,640  
               
Ratios:              
Nonperforming loans and leases to total loans and leases     0.01 %   0.24 %   0.56 %
Net chargeoffs (recoveries) to average loans and leases (annualized)     -0.37 %   -0.30 %   0.12 %
Allowance for loan and lease losses to total loans and leases     1.47 %   1.57 %   1.69 %
               
American River Bank Capital Ratios:              
Leverage Capital Ratio     10.57 %   10.62 %   11.04 %
Common Equity Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital     18.93 %   18.15 %   19.07 %
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio     18.93 %   18.15 %   19.07 %
Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio     20.18 %   19.40 %   20.32 %
               
American River Bankshares Capital Ratios:              
Leverage Capital Ratio     10.50 %   10.56 %   10.97 %
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio     19.02 %   18.45 %   19.34 %
Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio     20.27 %   19.70 %   20.59 %
               

 
American River Bankshares              
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)    
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                  
    Fourth Fourth       For the Twelve Months    
    Quarter Quarter %     Ended December 31,   %    
    2016   2015 Change     2016   2015   Change    
Interest income   $ 5,344   $ 5,325   0.4   %   $ 21,153   $ 20,968   0.9   %
Interest expense     232     229   1.3   %     910     961   (5.3 ) %
Net interest income     5,112     5,096   0.3   %     20,243     20,007   1.2   %
Provision for loan and lease losses     (676 )   -   nm %     (1,344 )   -   nm %
Noninterest income:                            
Service charges on deposit accounts     121     122   (0.8 ) %     502     498   0.8   %
Gain on sale of securities     -     -   -   %     314     251   25.1   %
Income from other real estate owned     173     87   98.9   %     279     335   (16.7 ) %
Other noninterest income     235     224   4.9   %     950     931   2.0   %
Total noninterest income     529     433   22.2   %     2,045     2,015   1.5   %
Noninterest expense:                            
Salaries and employee benefits     2,101     2,028   3.6   %     8,435     8,528   (1.1 ) %
Occupancy     290     295   (1.7 ) %     1,175     1,183   (0.7 ) %
Furniture and equipment     159     163   (2.5 ) %     652     690   (5.5 ) %
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation assessments     23     85   (72.9 ) %     256     324   (21.0 ) %
Expenses related to other real estate owned     (84 )   62   (235.5 ) %     246     322   (23.6 ) %
Other expense     795     787   1.0   %     3,072     3,033   1.3   %
Total noninterest expense     3,284     3,420   (4.0 ) %     13,836     14,080   (1.7 ) %
Income before provision for income taxes     3,033     2,109   43.8   %     9,796     7,942   23.3   %
Provision for income taxes     1,118     652   71.5   %     3,392     2,674   26.9   %
Net income   $ 1,915   $ 1,457   31.4   %   $ 6,404   $ 5,268   21.6   %
                             
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.29   $ 0.20   45.0   %   $ 0.95   $ 0.70   35.7   %
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.29   $ 0.20   45.0   %   $ 0.94   $ 0.70   34.3   %
                             
Net interest margin as a percentage of                            
average earning assets     3.57 %   3.63 %         3.62 %   3.63 %    
                             
Average diluted shares outstanding     6,647,926     7,315,109           6,783,210     7,579,074      
                             
Operating Ratios:                            
Return on average assets     1.16 %   0.91 %         1.00 %   0.85 %    
Return on average equity     9.04 %   6.71 %         7.60 %   6.03 %    
Return on average tangible equity     11.21 %   8.28 %         9.43 %   7.42 %    
Efficiency ratio (fully taxable equivalent)     56.98 %   60.72 %         60.81 %   62.87 %    
                                     

 
American River Bankshares    
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)    
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                      
      Fourth   Third   Second   First   Fourth
      Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter
      2016   2016   2016   2016   2015
Interest income   $ 5,344   $ 5,304   $ 5,229   $ 5,276   $ 5,325  
Interest expense     232     223     221     234     229  
Net interest income     5,112     5,081     5,008     5,042     5,096  
Provision for loan and lease losses     (676 )   (668 )   -     -     -  
Noninterest income:                      
Service charges on deposit accounts     121     124     128     129     122  
Gain on sale of securities     -     33     (1 )   282     -  
Income from other real estate owned     173     -     -     106     87  
Other noninterest income     235     242     236     237     224  
Total noninterest income     529     399     363     754     433  
Noninterest expense:                      
Salaries and employee benefits     2,101     2,073     2,101     2,160     2,028  
Occupancy     290     295     292     298     295  
Furniture and equipment     159     165     163     165     163  
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation assessments     23     77     76     80     85  
Expenses related to other real estate owned     (84 )   (30 )   20     340     62  
Other expense     795     766     763     748     787  
Total noninterest expense     3,284     3,346     3,415     3,791     3,420  
Income before provision for income taxes     3,033     2,802     1,956     2,005     2,109  
Provision for income taxes     1,118     989     652     633     652  
Net income   $ 1,915   $ 1,813   $ 1,304   $ 1,372   $ 1,457  
                       
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.29   $ 0.28   $ 0.19   $ 0.19   $ 0.20  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.29   $ 0.27   $ 0.19   $ 0.19   $ 0.20  
                       
Net interest margin as a percentage of                      
average earning assets     3.57 %   3.65 %   3.64 %   3.63 %   3.63 %
                       
Average diluted shares outstanding     6,647,926     6,621,271     6,746,099     7,130,444     7,315,109  
Shares outstanding-end of period     6,661,726     6,656,594     6,655,980     6,994,300     7,343,649  
                       
Operating Ratios (annualized):                      
Return on average assets     1.16 %   1.13 %   0.84 %   0.87 %   0.91 %
Return on average equity     9.04 %   8.62 %   6.29 %   6.44 %   6.71 %
Return on average tangible equity     11.21 %   10.70 %   7.83 %   7.95 %   8.28 %
Efficiency ratio (fully taxable equivalent)     56.98 %   59.88 %   62.26 %   64.07 %   60.72 %
                       

 
American River Bankshares
Analysis of Net Interest Margin on Earning Assets
(Taxable Equivalent Basis)
(Dollars in thousands)
Three months ended December 31,   2016   2015
                             
ASSETS   Avg Balance       Interest     Avg Yield    Avg Balance       Interest   Avg Yield
Taxable loans and leases   $ 304,338     $ 3,584   4.68 %   $ 279,302     $ 3,455   4.91 %
Tax-exempt loans and leases     17,559       251   5.69 %     12,778       165   5.12 %
Taxable investment securities     237,231       1,422   2.38 %     249,307       1,574   2.50 %
Tax-exempt investment securities     23,116       207   3.56 %     25,925       252   3.86 %
Corporate stock     77       -   0.00 %     81       -   0.00 %
Interest-bearing deposits in banks     999       2   0.00 %     997       1   0.40 %
Total earning assets     583,320       5,466   3.73 %     568,390       5,447   3.80 %
Cash & due from banks     41,539             32,118        
Other assets     36,942             40,828        
Allowance for loan & lease losses     (5,193 )           (4,942 )      
    $ 656,608           $ 636,394        
                 
LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Interest checking and money market   $ 195,693     $ 36   0.07 %   $ 197,773     $ 52   0.10 %
Savings     62,338       5   0.03 %     60,234       6   0.04 %
Time deposits     82,794       144   0.69 %     85,253       135   0.63 %
Other borrowings     15,011       47   1.25 %     12,565       36   1.14 %
Total interest bearing liabilities     355,836       232   0.26 %     355,825       229   0.26 %
Noninterest bearing demand deposits     209,336             187,484        
Other liabilities     7,179             6,914        
Total liabilities     572,351             550,223        
Shareholders' equity     84,257             86,171        
    $ 656,608           $ 636,394        
Net interest income & margin     $ 5,234   3.57 %     $ 5,218   3.63 %
                 
Twelve months ended December 31,   2016   2015
                             
ASSETS   Avg Balance       Interest     Avg Yield   Avg Balance       Interest     Avg Yield
Taxable loans and leases   $ 289,699     $ 14,008   4.84 %   $ 270,267     $ 13,547   5.01 %
Tax-exempt loans and leases     17,038       967   5.68 %     9,461       481   5.08 %
Taxable investment securities     240,149       5,755   2.40 %     255,137       6,280   2.46 %
Tax-exempt investment securities     23,952       867   3.62 %     26,128       1,015   3.88 %
Corporate stock     75       14   18.67 %     79       12   15.19 %
Interest-bearing deposits in banks     996       7   0.70 %     994       5   0.50 %
Total earning assets     571,909       21,618   3.78 %     562,066       21,340   3.80 %
Cash & due from banks     33,806             26,313        
Other assets     37,753             39,941        
Allowance for loan & lease losses     (5,192 )           (5,271 )      
    $ 638,276           $ 623,049        
                 
LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Interest checking and money market   $ 190,237     $ 146   0.08 %   $ 196,120     $ 244   0.12 %
Savings     60,543       19   0.03 %     58,910       29   0.05 %
Time deposits     83,114       565   0.68 %     86,930       544   0.63 %
Other borrowings     17,201       180   1.05 %     14,092       144   1.02 %
Total interest bearing liabilities     351,095       910   0.26 %     356,052       961   0.27 %
Noninterest bearing demand deposits     196,434             173,130        
Other liabilities     6,494             6,537        
Total liabilities     554,023             535,719        
Shareholders' equity     84,253             87,330        
    $ 638,276           $ 623,049        
Net interest income & margin     $ 20,708   3.62 %     $ 20,379   3.63 %
                 
Investor Contact:Mitchell A. DerenzoExecutive Vice President andChief Financial OfficerAmerican River Bankshares916-231-6723Media Contact:Erica DiasVice President, MarketingAmerican River Bankshares916-231-6717

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