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Oak Valley Bancorp Reports 4th Quarter Results and Announces Cash Dividend

January 24, 2020 GMT

OAKDALE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY) (the “Company”), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank (the “Bank”) and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, recently reported unaudited consolidated financial results. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, consolidated net income was $3,191,000 or $0.39 per diluted share (EPS), as compared to $3,231,000, or $0.40 EPS, for the prior quarter and $2,979,000, or $0.37 EPS for the same period a year ago. Consolidated net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $12,489,000, or $1.54 EPS, representing an increase of 8.3% compared to $11,537,000 or $1.42 EPS for 2018. The decrease from the prior quarter is due to net interest margin compression as a result of recent FOMC interest rate cuts during the third and fourth quarters of 2019, which negatively impacted yields on earning assets. The year-over-year net income increase was primarily driven by strong earning asset growth and corresponding increases to net interest income

Net interest income was $10,350,000 and $41,034,000 for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $10,445,000 during the prior quarter, $10,179,000 for the fourth quarter of 2018 and $38,567,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Net interest margin increased to 3.98% and 4.13% for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, as compared to 3.96% and 3.89% for the same periods of 2018. The net interest income and net interest margin increases over the comparable periods of the prior year were the result of strong loan growth. In addition, yields on earning assets increased slightly for 2019 as compared to 2018, as a result of the positive impact from interest rate increases during 2018, which were partially offset by rate cuts beginning in August 2019 when monetary policy shifted.

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $1,254,000 and $5,046,000, respectively, compared to $1,275,000 during the prior quarter, $1,232,000 for the fourth quarter of 2018, and $4,712,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. The fourth quarter and year-to-date increases compared to 2018 were mainly due earnings on new bank owned life insurance policies purchased in July 2019 and transaction fee income on bank debit cards related to the growth of our core deposit base and an overall shift towards electronic payment forms.

Non-interest expense for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $7,146,000 and $28,846,000, respectively, compared to $7,157,000 during the prior quarter, $6,921,000 for the fourth quarter of 2018 and $27,378,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. The fourth quarter and year-to-date increases compared to 2018 corresponds to staffing expense and general operating costs related to servicing the growing loan and deposit portfolios.

Total assets were $1.15 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $46.4 million over September 30, 2019 and $52.7 million over December 31, 2018. Gross loans were $751.0 million as of December 31, 2019, an increase of $18.7 million over September 30, 2019, and an increase of $39.1 million over December 31, 2018. The Company’s total deposits were $1.02 billion as of December 31, 2019, an increase of $41.9 million over September 30, 2019, and an increase of $33.4 million over December 31, 2018.

“Steady core deposit growth throughout the year and a robust second-half for loan production combined to elevate annual net income to a new all-time high. We are very happy with our 2019 results,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO of the Company and the Bank. “As we continue to instill a culture of client service, credit quality, and community in our employees, we are confident our team – working together – can execute our growth, service, and profitability goals in the prudent and deliberate manner we call the Oak Valley way.”

Non-performing assets as of December 31, 2019 were $1,103,000, or 0.10% of total assets, compared to $1,200,000, or 0.11% of total assets, as of September 30, 2019, and $920,000, or 0.08% at December 31, 2018. The decrease in non-performing assets compared to the prior quarter is the result of payments on non-performing loans. The increase compared to December 31, 2018 was a result of two consumer residential loans that were placed on non-accrual status during the third quarter of 2019.

The allowance for loan losses to gross loans was 1.22% at December 31, 2019, compared to 1.23% at September 30, 2019 and 1.22% at December 31, 2018. The Company recorded provision for loan losses of $210,000 and $545,000 during the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, which corresponded to growth of the loan portfolio, as loan loss reserves relative to gross loans remain at acceptable levels and credit quality remains strong.

The Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp at their January 21, 2020 meeting declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on February 3, 2020. The payment date will be February 14, 2020 and will amount to approximately $1,149,000. This is the first dividend payment made by the Company in 2020.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 17 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the corporation for which the corporation claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management’s knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the corporation’s possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, including increased energy costs in California, credit quality of borrowers, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the company conducts its operations. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Oak Valley Bancorp Financial Highlights (unaudited) ($ in thousands, except per share) 4th Quarter 3rd Quarter 2nd Quarter 1st Quarter 4th Quarter Selected Quarterly Operating Data: 2019 2019 2019 2019 2018 Net interest income $ 10,350 $ 10,445 $ 10,128 $ 10,111 $ 10,179 Provision for loan losses 210 240 95 - 555 Non-interest income 1,254 1,275 1,242 1,275 1,232 Non-interest expense 7,146 7,157 7,310 7,233 6,921 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Net income before income taxes 4,248 4,323 3,965 4,153 3,935 Provision for income taxes 1,057 1,092 1,002 1,049 956 Net income $ 3,191 $ 3,231 $ 2,963 $ 3,104 $ 2,979 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Earnings per common share - basic $ 0.39 $ 0.40 $ 0.37 $ 0.38 $ 0.37 Earnings per common share - diluted $ 0.39 $ 0.40 $ 0.37 $ 0.38 $ 0.37 Dividends paid per common share $ - $ 0.135 $ - $ 0.135 $ - Return on average common equity 11.38 % 11.86 % 11.39 % 12.54 % 12.16 % Return on average assets 1.12 % 1.18 % 1.13 % 1.17 % 1.08 % Net interest margin (1) 3.98 % 4.18 % 4.23 % 4.16 % 3.96 % Efficiency ratio (2) 59.74 % 59.67 % 62.27 % 62.20 % 58.78 % Capital - Period End Book value per common share $ 13.71 $ 13.31 $ 12.98 $ 12.45 $ 12.09 Credit Quality - Period End Nonperforming assets/ total assets 0.10 % 0.11 % 0.08 % 0.09 % 0.08 % Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 1.22 % 1.23 % 1.22 % 1.23 % 1.22 % Period End Balance Sheet ($ in thousands) Total assets $ 1,147,785 $ 1,101,132 $ 1,068,310 $ 1,059,130 $ 1,094,887 Gross loans 750,985 732,334 718,158 707,408 711,902 Nonperforming assets 1,103 1,200 906 967 920 Allowance for loan losses 9,146 9,005 8,770 8,677 8,685 Deposits 1,019,929 977,993 949,090 938,743 986,495 Common equity 112,570 109,320 106,583 102,218 99,038 Non-Financial Data Full-time equivalent staff 182 182 184 180 178 Number of banking offices 17 17 17 17 17 Common Shares outstanding Period end 8,210,147 8,210,637 8,208,853 8,209,750 8,194,805 Period average - basic 8,108,360 8,105,294 8,102,807 8,093,106 8,086,748 Period average - diluted 8,126,507 8,120,096 8,117,192 8,102,411 8,097,161 Market Ratios Stock Price $ 19.46 $ 16.77 $ 19.55 $ 17.64 $ 18.30 Price/Earnings 12.46 10.60 13.33 11.34 12.52 Price/Book 1.42 1.26 1.51 1.42 1.51 YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, ($ in thousands, except per share) 2019 2018 Net interest income $ 41,034 $ 38,567 Provision for loan losses 545 555 Non-interest income 5,046 4,712 Non-interest expense 28,846 27,378 - --------- - - --------- - Net income before income taxes 16,689 15,346 Provision for income taxes 4,200 3,809 Net income $ 12,489 $ 11,537 - --------- - - --------- - Earnings per common share - basic $ 1.54 $ 1.43 Earnings per common share - diluted $ 1.54 $ 1.42 Dividends paid per common share $ 0.270 $ 0.26 Return on average common equity 11.78 % 12.26 % Return on average assets 1.15 % 1.08 % Net interest margin (1) 4.13 % 3.89 % Efficiency ratio (2) 60.95 % 61.37 % Capital - Period End Book value per common share $ 13.71 $ 12.09 Credit Quality - Period End Nonperforming assets/ total assets 0.10 % 0.08 % Loan loss reserve/ gross loans 1.22 % 1.22 % Period End Balance Sheet ($ in thousands) Total assets $ 1,147,785 $ 1,094,887 Gross loans 750,985 711,902 Nonperforming assets 1,103 920 Allowance for loan losses 9,146 8,685 Deposits 1,019,929 986,495 Common equity 112,570 99,038 Non-Financial Data Full-time equivalent staff 182 178 Number of banking offices 17 17 Common Shares outstanding Period end 8,210,147 8,194,805 Period average - basic 8,102,442 8,081,482 Period average - diluted 8,116,627 8,100,098 Market Ratios Stock Price $ 19.46 $ 18.30 Price/Earnings 12.62 12.82 Price/Book 1.42 1.51 (1) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%. (2) Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 21%. A marginal federal/state combined tax rate of 29.56%, was used for applicable revenue.

Contact: Chris Courtney/Rick McCarty Phone: (209) 848-2265 www.ovcb.com