Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings

YORK, Pa., April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. (Codorus Valley, or the Corporation) (NASDAQ:CVLY), parent company of PeoplesBank, a Codorus Valley Company (PeoplesBank), today announced net income available to common shareholders (earnings) of $3.4 million or $0.41 per share basic and $0.40 per share diluted, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as compared to earnings of $2.8 million or $0.33 per share basic and diluted, for the first quarter of 2016.     

“We are pleased with Codorus Valley’s strong start to 2017 considering the ever increasing competition in the markets we serve,” stated Larry J. Miller, Chairman, President and CEO.  “Gross loans grew $47.7 million in the first quarter and deposits increased by $37.0 million, when compared to the end of 2016.  This performance reflects the diligent, focused efforts of our associates as we continue to execute our long-term strategic plan.”

Mr. Miller continued, “During the first quarter, PeoplesBank continued to expand its footprint in Central Pennsylvania as it opened three new limited service banking centers located in retirement communities in the vibrant, growing Lancaster County area.  Each of these facilities is off to a strong start and we are confident that our teams will be successful in building long-term relationships with the residents of these communities.  In addition, members of our Board and leadership team were honored to participate in the closing bell ceremonies of the Nasdaq stock market in New York City on March 20, 2017. Codorus Valley received this invitation in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the holding company and its 20th anniversary as a Nasdaq-listed company.”

The Corporation’s net interest income for the first quarter of 2017 was $14.1 million, an increase of $1.1 million or 8 percent when compared to net interest income of $13.0 million for the first quarter of 2016.  The growth was driven by an increased volume of interest earning assets, primarily commercial loans.  The Corporation realized a net interest margin of 3.81 percent for the first quarter of 2017, which was down slightly compared to the net interest margin of 3.95 percent for the first quarter of 2016.  The margin was impacted by a decline in yields in our fixed rate commercial loan portfolio and an increase in overall funding costs as compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2017 was $650,000, a decrease of $150,000 as compared to a provision of $800,000 for the first quarter of 2016.  The decrease in the provision for the first quarter in 2017 was primarily due to a reduction in net charge-offs as compared to the same period in 2016.  The Corporation’s nonperforming assets ratio was 0.27% as of March 31, 2017, reflecting a decrease when compared to a nonperforming asset ratio of 0.56% as of March 31, 2016.

Noninterest income, excluding gains on sales of securities, for the first quarter of 2017 was $2.7 million, an increase of $490,000 or 22 percent more as compared to $2.2 million for 2016.  The increase in non-interest income, excluding gains on sales of securities, was attributed primarily to increases in gains on sales of loans, service charges on deposit accounts, income from bank owned life insurance and other income. There were no gains on sales of securities for the first quarter of 2017 as compared to $194,000 for the same period in 2016.

Noninterest expense was $11.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of $605,000 or 6 percent as compared to noninterest expense of $10.5 million for the first quarter of 2016.  Higher personnel costs, which include compensation and benefit expenses, external data processing, telecommunications and Pennsylvania bank shares tax accounted for a majority of the increase.   Health care costs along with normal business growth were the primary drivers in the aforementioned increases. Declines in first quarter marketing expenses, debit card processing, charitable donations and costs associated with other real estate owned somewhat offset the rise in other noninterest expenses.

Income tax expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $1.6 million versus $1.3 million for the same period in 2016. The effective tax rate for quarters ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were 32.0 percent and 31.2 percent, respectively.

Other News

As recently announced, on April 11, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Corporation declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.135 per share, payable on May 9, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 25, 2017.  The quarterly cash dividend is the same amount as paid in the previous quarter.

About Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc.

Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. is the largest independent financial services holding company headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.  Codorus Valley primarily operates through its financial services subsidiary, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company.  In addition to a full range of business and consumer banking services, the Corporation also offers mortgage banking, wealth management, and real estate settlement services through offices located in York, Cumberland and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania, and in Baltimore, Harford and Carroll Counties in Maryland.  Additional information can be found on PeoplesBank’s website at  Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CVLY.

Forward-looking Statements

Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. has made forward-looking statements in this Press Release.  These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Corporation and its subsidiaries.  When words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” or similar expressions occur in this Press Release, the Corporation is making forward-looking statements.  Note that many factors could affect the future financial results of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, both individually and collectively, and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release. Those factors include, but are not limited to: credit risk, changes in market interest rates, inability to achieve merger-related synergies, competition, economic downturn or recession, and government regulation and supervision.  The Corporation provides greater detail regarding these as well as other factors in its 2016 Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs, including Risk Factors sections of those reports, and in its subsequent SEC filings.  The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Accounting standards require the consideration of subsequent events occurring after the balance sheet date for matters that require adjustment to, or disclosure in, the consolidated financial statements. The review period for subsequent events extends up to and including the filing date of a public company’s financial statements when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the consolidated financial information in this announcement is subject to change.

Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc. 
Financial Highlights
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars, except per share data)
      Three months ended    
      March 31,    
        2017       2016          
Interest income     $   16,505     $   15,014          
Interest expense         2,445         2,049          
  Net interest income         14,060         12,965          
Provision for loan losses         650         800          
Noninterest income         2,681         2,385          
Noninterest expense         11,063         10,458          
  Income before income taxes         5,028         4,092          
Provision for income taxes         1,609         1,275          
  Net income         3,419         2,817          
Preferred stock dividends         0         16          
  Net income available to common shareholders   $   3,419     $   2,801          
Basic earnings per common share     $   0.41     $   0.33          
Diluted earnings per common share     $   0.40     $   0.33          
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (Unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,    
        2017       2016       2016      
Cash and short term investments     $   87,619     $   74,032     $   12,437      
Investment securities         198,705         201,665         205,287      
Loans         1,320,040         1,272,319         1,151,646      
Allowance for loan losses         (15,704 )       (14,992 )       (13,090 )    
Net loans         1,304,336         1,257,327         1,138,556      
Premises and equipment, net         24,532         24,573         24,796      
Goodwill         2,301         2,301         2,301      
Other assets         53,047         51,689         43,645      
  Total assets     $   1,670,540     $   1,611,587     $   1,427,022      
Deposits     $   1,301,208     $   1,264,177     $   1,120,833      
Borrowed funds         198,914         181,947         146,896      
Other liabilities         12,479         10,506         9,276      
Shareholders’ equity         157,939         154,957         150,017      
  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity     $   1,670,540     $   1,611,587     $   1,427,022      


Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc.   
Financial Highlights  
Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)  
     2017     2016     2016    2016    2016    
    1st Qtr   4th Qtr   3rd Qtr   2nd Qtr   1st Qtr    
Earnings and Per Share Data (1)                      
  (in thousands, except per share data)                      
  Net income available to common shareholders $   3,419     $   3,842     $   3,403   $   3,040   $   2,801    
  Basic earnings per common share $   0.41     $   0.46     $   0.41   $   0.36   $   0.33    
  Diluted earnings per common share $   0.40     $   0.46     $   0.40   $   0.36   $   0.33    
  Cash dividends paid per common share $   0.135     $   0.124     $   0.124   $   0.124   $   0.124    
  Tangible book value per common share $   18.45     $   18.11     $   18.25   $   18.00   $   17.66    
  Book value per common share $   18.73     $   18.39     $   18.53   $   18.28   $   17.94    
  Average common shares outstanding     8,430         8,398         8,378       8,365       8,358    
  Average diluted common shares outstanding     8,524         8,483         8,448       8,433       8,425    
Performance Ratios (%)                      
  Return on average assets (2)     0.85         1.01         0.89       0.84       0.79    
  Return on average equity (2)     8.71         9.86         8.79       8.01       7.22    
  Return on average realized equity (2)(3)     8.67         9.92         8.95       8.13       7.31    
  Net interest margin (4)     3.81         3.91         3.75       3.95       3.95    
  Efficiency ratio (5)     64.56         61.94         62.44       64.89       67.33    
  Net overhead ratio (2)(7)     2.10         2.07         2.00       2.19       2.33    
Asset Quality Ratios (%)                      
  Net loan (recoveries) charge-offs to average loans (2)     (0.02 )       (0.05 )       0.05       0.11       0.15    
  Allowance for loan losses to total loans (6)     1.19         1.18         1.18       1.16       1.14    
  Nonperforming assets to total loans                      
    and foreclosed real estate     0.27         0.51         0.44       0.46       0.56    
Capital Ratios (%)                      
  Average equity to average assets     9.81         10.22         10.12       10.45       11.00    
  Tier 1 leverage capital ratio     10.40         10.76         10.53       10.89       10.99    
  Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio     11.60         11.88         12.18       12.38       12.55    
  Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio     12.34         12.66         12.99       13.22       13.42    
  Total risk-based capital ratio     13.50         13.81         14.14       14.35       14.55    
(1) per share amounts and shares outstanding were adjusted for common stock dividends            
(2) annualized for the quarterly periods presented                      
(3) excludes accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), principally unrealized gains (losses) on investment securities
(4) net interest income (tax-equivalent) as a percentage of average interest earning assets            
(5) noninterest expense as a percentage of net interest income and noninterest income (tax-equivalent)        
(6) excludes loans held for sale                      
(7) noninterest expense less noninterest income as a percentage of average assets            


CONTACT: Questions or comments concerning this Press Release should be directed to:

Codorus Valley Bancorp, Inc.			
Larry J. Miller, Chairman, President and CEO	

Charles T. Field, CPA - Treasurer