Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ:CIZN) announced today results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.
Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2018 of $1.497 million, or $0.31 per share-basic and diluted, a decrease of $111 thousand from net income of $1.608 million, or $0.33 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2017.
Net interest income for the third quarter of 2018, after the provision for loan losses, was $6.430 million, approximately 5.3% lower than the same period in 2017. The provision for loan losses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $289 thousand compared to a negative $74 thousand for the same period in 2017. The increase in the provision reflects managements estimate of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact of current local and national economic conditions and an increase in total loans outstanding. The net interest margin was 3.07% for the third quarter of 2018 compared to 2.98% for the same period in 2017. This increase was due to both an increase in interest rates on interest bearing due from banks accounts and an increase in loans outstanding.
Non-interest income increased in the third quarter of 2018 by $94 thousand, or 4.4%, while non-interest expenses increased $7 thousand, or 0.1%, compared to the same period in 2017. The increase in non-interest income was mainly the result of an increase in service charges on checking accounts and other service charges and fees partially offset by a decrease in other non-interest income. Non-interest expense increased due to an increase in occupancy expense of $150 thousand offset by a decrease in other operating expenses of $66 thousand and a decrease in salary and benefit expense of $77 thousand. The increase in occupancy expense was due mainly to an increase in equipment rental and service contracts for the third quarter
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 increased 2.7% to $4.957 million, or $1.01 per share-basic and diluted, from $4.828 million, or $0.99 per share-basic and diluted, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, after the provision for loan losses, decreased 1.5% to $20.335 million from $20.648 million for the same period in 2017. Net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, increased to 3.10% in 2018 from 3.03% in the same period in 2017. The provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $141 thousand compared to negative $255 thousand in 2017. The increase in the provision reflects managements assessment of inherent losses in the loan portfolio including the impact caused by current local and national economic conditions and an increase in loans outstanding.
Non-interest income increased by $215 thousand, or 3.5%, and non-interest expense decreased by $18 thousand, or 0.9%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017. The increase in other non-interest income was the result of increases in service charges on deposit accounts and other service charges and fees. Non-interest expense decreased primarily due to a decrease in salary and benefits costs and other operating expenses partially offset by an increase in occupancy expense.
Total assets as of September 30, 2018 decreased to $962.968 million, down $30.128 million, or 3.0%, when compared to $993.096 million at December 31, 2017. Deposits increased by $36.695 million, or 5.1%, and loans, net of unearned income, increased by $29.196 million, or 7.2%, when compared to December 31, 2017. The increase in loans, net of unearned income, was due to new loan demand in excess of loan payments. Non-performing assets increased by $1.146 million to $13.515 million at September 30, 2018 as compared to $12.369 million at December 31, 2017, due to decreases in other real estate owned, loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest and a decrease in non-accrual loans.
During the nine months of 2018, the Company paid dividends totaling $0.72 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-four banking locations in fourteen counties in East Central and South Mississippi and a Loan Production Office in Oxford, Mississippi to offer loan services to north 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 banking services are available at the Banks website, www.thecitizensbankphila.com. Citizens Holding Company stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and is traded under the symbol CIZN. The Companys 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 Companys 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 Companys and the Banks 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 Companys market area; and (h) other risks detailed from time to time in the Companys 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.