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Franklin Financial Reports Q3 2018 Earnings; Declares Q4 Dividend

Company Release - 10/23/2018 10:12 AM ET

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa., Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Financial Services Corporation (OTCQX: FRAF), the bank holding company of F&M Trust (the Bank), reported consolidated earnings of $4.0 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, as compared to third quarter 2017 earnings of $3.1 million, a 29% increase, and a net loss of $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2018. Net income for the first nine months of 2018 was $2.3 million compared with $9.4 million for the same period in 2017, a decrease of 75.4%. On a per share basis, diluted earnings were $0.91 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 and $0.53 for the first nine months of 2018, compared to $0.70 and $2.17 for the same periods in 2017. As previously reported, results for the second quarter, six months ended June 30, 2018, and nine months ended September 30, 2018, were adversely affected by impairment charges on a loan participation that was initially reported in our current report on Form 8-K filed May 31, 2018.

Compared to the third quarter of 2017, net interest income increased 9.8% to $10.4 million and the net interest margin increased to 3.77% from 3.71%. Noninterest income increased 5.0% to $3.1 million primarily from an increase in Investment and Trust Service fees and debit card income. Noninterest expense increased 3.2%, primarily due to increases in salaries and employee benefits during the period. The provision for loan losses remained unchanged at $250 thousand. The year-to-date provision for loan losses is negatively affected by the second quarter $8.7 million charge-off expense related to the loan participation.

Year-to-date net interest income increased by 8.7% to $30.1 million compared to the same period in 2017. Noninterest income grew by $437 thousand to $9.5 million.  Noninterest expense increased 16.3% due primarily to a $2.4 million reserve established in the second quarter for off-balance sheet commitments related to the previously disclosed loan participation. Without this reserve, noninterest expense increased 6.6% primarily due to increased salary and employee benefit expense and marketing initiatives.

Total assets at September 30, 2018 were $1.2 billion, a 2.5% increase when compared with total assets at September 30, 2017. Net loans increased 6.5% to $958.5 million, and total deposits increased 3.7% to $1.1 billion for the third quarter of 2018 from the same period last year. Additionally, the market value of assets under management and held at third-party brokers increased 6.8% to $871.4 million ($737.1 million and $134.3 million, respectively).

"The robust underlying momentum in each of our retail, commercial and wealth management business lines contributed to our strong earnings performance this quarter," said Timothy G. Henry, President and CEO. "As we near the end of 2018, we continue to focus on the expansion of our sales and service platforms while optimizing our digital capabilities to better serve customers and deliver exceptional returns for our shareholders."

On October 11, 2018, the Board of Directors of Franklin Financial Services Corporation declared a $0.27 per share regular cash dividend for the fourth quarter of 2018. This compares favorably to a $0.24 per share regular cash dividend for the fourth quarter of 2017, representing a 12.5% increase. Total cash dividends paid during the four quarters of 2018 will be $1.05 per share compared to $0.93 per share in 2017, an increase of 12.9%. The regular quarterly cash dividend will be paid on November 28, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 2, 2018.

Franklin Financial is the largest independent, locally owned and operated bank holding company headquartered in Franklin County with assets of more than $1.2 billion. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, F&M Trust, has twenty-two community banking locations in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties. Franklin Financial stock is trading on the OTCQX® marketplace of the OTC Markets under the symbol FRAF. Please visit our website for more information, www.franklinfin.com.

Management considers subsequent events occurring after the balance sheet date for matters which may 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 consolidated financial statements when filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Accordingly, the financial information in this announcement is subject to change.

Certain statements appearing herein which are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements refer to a future period or periods, reflecting management's current views as to likely future developments, and use words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," or similar terms.  Because forward-looking statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors over which Franklin Financial Services Corporation has no direct control, actual results could differ materially from those contemplated in such statements.  These factors include (but are not limited to) the following: general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, changes in the Corporation's cost of funds, changes in government monetary policy, changes in government regulation and taxation of financial institutions, changes in the rate of inflation, changes in technology, the intensification of competition within the Corporation's market area, and other similar factors.

We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. They only reflect management's analysis as of this date. The Corporation does not revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or changed circumstances. Please carefully review the risk factors described in other documents the Corporation files from time to time with the SEC, including the Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and any Current Reports on Form 8-K.

 

   




















FRANKLIN FINANCIAL SERVICES CORPORATION



















Financial Highlights (Unaudited)






































Earnings Summary





















For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended



(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


9/30/2018


6/30/2018


3/31/2018


12/31/2017


9/30/2017


2018


2017


% Change






















Interest income


$11,477


$11,053


$10,488


$10,339


$10,063


$33,019


$29,547


11.8%



Interest expense


1,122


954


795


691


629


2,871


1,800


59.5%



     Net interest income


10,355


10,099


9,693


9,648


9,434


30,148


27,747


8.7%



Provision for loan losses


250


9,129


200


250


250


9,579


420


2180.7%



Noninterest income


3,120


3,221


3,148


3,137


2,971


9,489


9,052


4.8%



Noninterest expense


8,571


11,188


8,648


18,750


8,305


28,408


24,423


16.3%



     Income (loss) before income taxes


4,654


(6,997)


3,993


(6,215)


3,850


1,650


11,956


-86.2%



Income taxes


654


(1,816)


491


1,048


774


(671)


2,517


-126.7%



Net income (loss) 


$4,000


($5,181)


$3,502


($7,263)


$3,076


$2,321


$9,439


-75.4%






















Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$0.91


($1.18)


$0.80


($1.67)


$0.70


$0.53


$2.17


-75.6%



Regular cash dividends declared


$0.27


$0.27


$0.24


$0.24


$0.24


$0.78


$0.69


13.0%






















Balance Sheet Highlights (as of)


9/30/2018


6/30/2018


3/31/2018


12/31/2017


9/30/2017









Total assets


$1,194,624


$1,177,541


$1,168,542


$1,179,813


$1,165,549









Investment and equity securities


125,786


128,302


133,732


127,336


132,322









Loans, net


958,457


954,814


930,664


931,908


899,960









Deposits


1,071,857


1,057,680


1,034,461


1,047,181


1,033,148









Shareholders' equity


114,028


111,172


117,124


115,144


124,580




























Assets Under Management (fair value)



















Investment and Trust Services


737,102


695,860


684,648


686,941


662,733









Held at third party brokers


134,267


134,366


152,728


158,145


153,200






























As of or for the year-to-date period ended









Performance Ratios


9/30/2018


6/30/2018


3/31/2018


12/31/2017


9/30/2017









Return on average assets*


0.26%


-0.29%


1.21%


0.19%


1.11%









Return on average equity*


2.70%


-2.89%


12.17%


1.80%


10.50%









Book value, per share


$25.93


$25.36


$26.83


$26.44


$28.66









Market value, per share


$34.77


$34.25


$36.54


$37.36


$35.05









Market value/book value ratio


134.09%


135.06%


136.19%


141.30%


122.30%









Price/earnings multiple*


48.97


N/A


11.42


74.72


12.13









Current quarter dividend yield


3.11%


3.15%


2.63%


2.49%


2.74%









Dividend payout ratio year-to-date


146.92%


-132.58%


29.84%


185.25%


31.66%









Net interest margin


3.77%


3.75%


3.72%


3.72%


3.71%









Nonperforming loans / gross loans


0.56%


0.59%


0.29%


0.28%


0.34%









Nonperforming assets / total assets


0.68%


0.71%


0.46%


0.45%


0.49%









Allowance for loan loss / loans


1.29%


1.29%


1.27%


1.25%


1.27%









Net loans charged-off(recoveries)/average loans*


1.23%


1.82%


0.00%


-0.01%


-0.01%




























* Year-to-date annualized



















 

 

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