SAN JOSE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 29, 2021 / Avidbank Holdings, Inc. ('the Company') (OTC Pink:AVBH), a bank holding company and the parent company of Avidbank ('the Bank'), an independent full-service commercial bank serving businesses and individuals primarily in Northern California, announced unaudited consolidated net income of $2,507,000 for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $2,435,000 for the same period in 2020.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
- Total interest income was $12,863,000 for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $87,000 over the $12,776,000 we recorded in the first quarter of 2020. The 0.7% increase over the prior year quarter reflects year over year loan growth offset by declining loan yields, but augmented by increased investment securities income.
- Net income was $2,507,000 for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2,435,000 for the first quarter of 2020. Results for the first quarter of 2021 were affected by the full impact of the 150 basis point Federal Reserve rate cut in March 2020 which caused average loan yields to drop 9% from 5.34% to 4.87%.
- Diluted earnings per common share were $0.42 for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $0.41 for the first quarter of 2020.
- Total assets grew by 7% in the first three months of 2021, ending the first quarter at $1.5 billion.
- Total loans net of deferred fees grew by 3% in the first three months of 2021, ending the first quarter at $1.0 billion.
- Total deposits grew by 9% in the first three months of 2021, ending the first quarter at $1.4 billion.
- The Company continues to be well capitalized for regulatory purposes with a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of 8.87%, a Tier 1 Risk Based Capital and Common Equity Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratio of 10.38%, and a Total Risk Based Capital Ratio of 13.14%.
Mark D. Mordell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, 'Net interest income increased to $11.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, an 8% increase over the first quarter of 2020 due to a drop in deposit interest expense and an increase in investment securities income. Our loan growth for the last 12 months was offset by declining loan yields. Loans grew $34 million in the first quarter, primarily as a result of our participation in the latest round of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The large amount of liquidity released into the economy from government stimulus programs has slowed the pace of lending in some of our divisions. We have maintained our credit quality and reduced our level of criticized and classified loans since the beginning of the pandemic. We currently have no outstanding COVID-19 related loan modifications. We have selectively added key staff positions to build our infrastructure and accommodate our growth. During certain phases of our growth strategy, our efficiency and returns have temporarily dropped, but we strongly believe it is in the long-term interest of the Company to stay the course and work on improving our metrics. Our focus will continue to be employee health and safety along with our fiduciary responsibility to our clients and shareholders. For those reasons, we continue to be cautious in our plans for returning employees to the workplace.'
Mr. Mordell continued, 'Non-interest expense increased by $809,000 to $9,043,000 in the first quarter of 2021, up from $8,234,000 in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to increased investments in personnel across the entire Bank. Our efficiency ratio increased to 71.6% in the first quarter of 2021, up from 69.3% in the first quarter of 2020, as a result of increased staffing costs and a small drop in loan interest income from the decline in loan yields. Total deposits increased by $109 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 and increased by $369 million from the first quarter of 2020. The increase in deposits from December 31, 2020 was due to higher money market and demand deposit accounts. The increase in deposits over the first quarter of 2020 was due to an increase in demand deposits and money market accounts, partially offset by lower brokered deposits. Our net interest margin dropped to 3.44% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 4.21% in the first quarter of 2020 primarily due to a drop in loan and investment yields and an increase in overnight funds. Return on assets was 0.69% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 0.75% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.88% in the first quarter of 2020.'
Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021
For the three months ended March 31, 2021, interest and fees on loans were $12.1 million, a decrease of $59,000 or 0.5% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily the result of higher average loans outstanding offset by lower loan yields. Average total loans outstanding for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $1.0 billion, compared to $917 million for the same quarter in 2020, an increase of 10%. Average earning assets were $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a 33% increase over the first quarter of the prior year. Loans made up 72% of average earning assets at the end of the first quarter of 2021 compared to 87% at the end of the first quarter of 2020. Net interest margin was 3.44% for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 4.21% for the first quarter of 2020. A loan loss provision of $75,000 was taken in the first quarter of 2021 compared with a $273,000 loan loss provision taken in the first quarter of 2020.
Non-interest income was $711,000 in the first quarter of 2021, a decrease of $98,000 or 12% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Investment fund income was $50,000 in the first three months of 2021 compared to $214,000 in the first three months of 2020. Offsetting this decline, income from service charges on deposit accounts increased by $52,000 in the first three months of 2021.
Non-interest expense increased by $809,000 in the first quarter of 2021 to $9,043,000 compared to $8,234,000 for the first quarter of 2020. This increase was primarily due to higher compensation costs related to increased staffing. The Company's full-time equivalent employees at March 31, 2021 and 2020 were 126 and 116, respectively. The Company's efficiency ratio increased from 69.3% in the first quarter of 2020 to 71.6% in the first quarter of 2021 due to increased expenses from the growth in staff and a small drop in loan interest income from the decline in loan yields.
Total assets were $1.536 billion as of March 31, 2021, compared to $1.431 billion at December 31, 2020 and $1.205 billion at March 31, 2020. The increase in total assets of $105 million, or 7%, from December 31, 2020 was primarily due to increased deposits causing an increase in overnight funds with the Federal Reserve. Investments also increased $21 million due to the purchase of mortgage-backed securities with excess funds. The Company reported loans net of deferred fees at March 31, 2021 of $1.027 billion, which represented an increase of $34 million, or 3%, from $0.993 billion at December 31, 2020, and an increase of $61 million, or 6%, over $0.966 billion at March 31, 2020. The increase in total loans from December 31, 2020 was primarily a result of an increase in Commercial loans through the SBA PPP and increased Multi-Family loans, partially offset by a decrease in Specialty Finance loans. The increase in loans from March 31, 2020 was due to higher Construction, Commercial, CRE and Venture Lending loans, partially offset by lower Specialty Finance loans.
'We had $3.4 million in three non-accrual loans on March 31, 2021, compared to a balance of $3.5 million at the end of the prior quarter. Two of the non-accrual loans totaling $3.2 million are secured by commercial real estate with a very low loan to value,' observed Mr. Mordell.
The Company's total deposits were $1.363 billion as of March 31, 2021, which represented an increase of $109 million, or 9%, compared to $1.254 billion at December 31, 2020 and an increase of $369 million, or 37%, compared to $994 million at March 31, 2020. The increase in deposits from December 31, 2020 was due to higher money market and demand deposit accounts. The increase from March 31, 2020 was due to an increase in demand deposits and money market accounts, partially offset by lower brokered deposits. The Company had no FHLB advances outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 and $50 million outstanding as of March 31, 2020.
Demand and interest bearing transaction deposits represented 54% of total deposits at March 31, 2021, compared to 55% at December 31, 2020 and 51% at March 31, 2020. Core deposits, which include transaction deposits, money market accounts and CDs below $250,000, represented 91% of total deposits at March 31, 2021, compared to 90% at December 31, 2020 and 82% at March 31, 2020. The Company's loan to deposit ratio was 75% at March 31, 2021 compared to 79% at December 31, 2020 and 97% at March 31, 2020.
Avidbank Holdings, Inc. (OTC Pink:AVBH), headquartered in San Jose, California, offers innovative financial solutions and services. We specialize in commercial & industrial lending, venture lending, structured finance, asset-based lending, sponsor finance, real estate construction and commercial real estate lending. Avidbank provides a different approach to banking. We do what we say.
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