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CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. REPORTS UNAUDITED SECOND QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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MANSFIELD, Pa., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Citizens Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: CZFS), parent company of First Citizens Community Bank, released today its unaudited consolidated financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

Highlights

  • During the second quarter, the Company uplisted to the Nasdaq capital market.

  • Net loan growth for the quarter was $116.7 million and for the year was $153.6 million or 21.6% on an annualized basis.

  • Net income was $13.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, which is 9.7% less than the net income for 2021’s comparable period. The decrease was due to life insurance proceeds received in the first quarter of 2021 due to the passing of two former employees and decreased gains on loans sold due to the rise in mortgage rates in 2022. The effective tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was 17.8% compared to 16.9% in the comparable period in 2021, with the increase being due to life insurance proceeds being exempt from taxable income.

  • Net income was $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, which is 3.8% higher than the net income for 2021’s comparable period. The effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was 17.7% compared to 17.9% in the comparable period in 2021.

  • Net interest income before the provision for loan losses was $34.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, an increase of $1.3 million, or 4.1%, over the same period a year ago. Amortization associated with PPP loans was $902,000 less in 2022 than 2021.

  • Non-performing assets decreased $2,580,000 since June 30, 2021 and totaled $8,362,000 as of June 30, 2022, which is $480,000 less than the balance at December 31, 2021. As a percent of loans, non-performing assets totaled 0.52%, 0.61% and 0.77% as of June 30, 2022, December 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

  • Return on average equity for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2022 was 12.49% and 12.48% compared to 13.19% and 15.19% for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2021.

  • Return on average tangible equity for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2022 was 14.68% and 14.69% compared to 15.77% and 18.22% for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2021 (non-GAAP). (1)

  • Return on average assets for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2022 was 1.25% for both periods compared to 1.32% and 1.54% for the three and six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2021.

  • If the life insurance proceeds on a former employees are excluded, the return on average equity and average assets would be 14.03% and 1.42%, respectively, for six months (annualized) ended June 30, 2021 (non-GAAP). (1)

Six Months Ended June 30, 2022 Compared to 2021

  • For the six months ended June 30, 2022, net income totaled $13,641,000 which compares to net income of $15,110,000 for the first six months of 2021, a decrease of $1,469,000 or 9.7%. Basic earnings per share of $3.43 for the first six months of 2022 compares to $3.79 for the first six months last year. Annualized return on equity for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021 was 12.48% and 15.19%, while annualized return on assets was 1.25% and 1.54%, respectively, with ratios in 2021 benefitting from life insurance proceeds on two former employees. If the activity associated with the passing of the former employees in 2021 are excluded, basic earnings per share in 2021 would have been $3.42 compared to $3.43 for the first six months of 2022 (non-GAAP) (1).

  • Net interest income before the provision for loan loss for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $33,991,000 compared to $32,653,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2021, resulting in an increase of $1,338,000, or 4.1%. Amortization on PPP loans decreased $902,000 during 2022 compared to 2021. Average interest earning assets increased $211.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the same period last year, as a result of growth in investments and organic loan growth funded by deposit growth and borrowings. Average loans increased $79.8 million while average investment securities increased $151.0 million. The yield on interest earning assets decreased 32 basis points to 3.67%, while the cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 12 basis points to 0.41%. The decrease in amortization on PPP loans accounts for 9 bps of the decrease in margin and the yield on interest earning assets. A large component of the remaining decrease is due to the percentage of interest earning assets in investments in 2022 that were purchased during a lower interest rate environment.

  • The provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was $700,000, a $450,000 decrease to the comparable period in 2021. The decrease in the provision is attributable to the improved credit metrics of the loan portfolio in comparison to June 30, 2021 and less impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, both of which helped offset the impact of the organic loan growth experienced.

  • Total non-interest income was $4,735,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2022, which is $2,206,000 less than the non-interest income of $6,941,000 for the same period last year. The primary drivers were the earnings of bank owned life insurance, which decreased $1,059,000 as the result of the passing of two former employees in 2021, gains on loans sold which decreased $668,000 due to a decrease in refinancing activity with the rise in rates that occurred in the first half of 2022, a loss on equity securities of $395,000 as a result of market performance when comparing 2022 to 2021. Other income decreased $478,000 due to fee income on derivative transactions for customers recorded in 2021. There were no corresponding fees in 2022.

  • Total non-interest expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $21,431,000 compared to $20,267,000 for the same period last year, which is an increase of $1,164,000. Salary and benefit costs increased $1,287,000 due to an addition 12.4 FTEs and merit increases for 2022. Additionally, salary and benefit costs for 2021 benefitted from a $400,000 reduction in deferred compensation due to the passing of a former executive in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease in ORE expenses of $500,000 is due to gains on the sale of ORE properties that totaled $491,000, compared to minimal gains in 2021.

  • The provision for income taxes decreased $113,000 when comparing the six months ended June 30, 2022 to the same period in 2021 as a result of a decrease in income before income tax of $1,582,000. The effective tax rate was 17.8% and 16.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. It should be noted the earnings on bank owned life insurance are exempt from Federal income tax and accounts for the difference in tax rates between 2021 and 2022.

Second Quarter of 2022 Compared to the Second Quarter of 2021

  • For the three months ended June 30, 2022, net income totaled $6,901,000 which compares to net income of $6,647,000 for the comparable period of 2021, an increase of $254,000 or 3.8%. Basic earnings per share of $1.74 for the three months ended June 30, 2022 compares to $1.67 for the 2021 comparable period. Annualized return on equity for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021 was 12.49% and 13.19%, while annualized return on assets was 1.25% and 1.32%, respectively.

  • Net interest income before the provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $17,729,000 compared to $16,212,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021, resulting in an increase of $1,517,000. Average interest earning assets increased $192.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the same period last year as a result of the organic loan and deposit growth. Average loans increased $107.9 million while average investment securities increased $148.7 million and average interest bearing cash holdings decreased $61.4 million. The tax effected net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was 3.43% compared to 3.46% for the same period last year. The margin was impacted by the decrease in the average yield on interest earning assets of 10 basis points to 3.75% of which 5 basis points was due to $227,000 of decreased amortization on PPP loans.

  • The provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $450,000, a $50,000 decrease to the comparable period in 2021. The decrease in the provision is attributable to the solid credit metrics of the loan portfolio and less impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

  • Total non-interest income was $2,304,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2022, which is $402,000 less than the comparable period last year. The primary drivers were gains on loans sold which decreased $270,000 due to a decrease in refinancing activity with the rise in rates that occurred in 2022, and a loss on equity securities of $163,000 as a result of market performance when comparing 2022 to 2021. Other income decreased $273,000 due to fee income on derivative transactions for customers recorded in 2021. There were no corresponding fees in 2022. Service charges increased $161,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

  • Total non-interest expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $11,200,000 compared to $10,320,000 for the same period last year, which is an increase of $880,000, or 8.5%. Salary and benefit costs increased $637,000 due to an addition 17.4 FTEs and merit increases for 2022.

  • The provision for income taxes increased $31,000 when comparing the three months ended June 30, 2022 to the same period in 2021 as a result of an increase in income before income tax of $285,000. The effective tax rate was 17.7% and 17.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

Balance Sheet and Other Information:

  • At June 30, 2022, total assets were $2.21 billion compared to $2.14 billion at December 31, 2021 and $2.00 billion at June 30, 2021. The loan to deposit ratio as of June 30, 2022 was 84.92% compared to 78.51% as of December 31, 2021 and 84.11% as of June 30, 2021.

  • Available for sale securities of $462.9 million at June 30, 2022 increased $50.5 million from December 31, 2021 and $93.9 million from June 30, 2021. The yield on the investment portfolio decreased from 2.07% to 1.77% on a tax equivalent basis due to the amount of securities purchased in 2020 and 2021, which was a low rate environment due to the pandemic. Purchases made in the first half of 2022 have been at higher rates than those made in 2020 and 2021.

  • Net loans as of June 30, 2022 totaled $1.58 billion and increased $153.6 million from December 31, 2021, which is 21.6% on an annualized basis. In comparison to June 30, 2021, net loans have grown $179.6 million, or 12.8%, and, if PPP loans are excluded, loans increased $202.8 million or 14.8%.

  • The allowance for loan losses totaled $17,570,000 at June 30, 2022 which is an increase of $266,000 from December 31, 2021. The increase is due to recording a provision for loan losses of $700,000 and recoveries of $17,000, offset by charge-offs of $451,000. The allowance as a percent of total loans was 1.10% as of June 30, 2022 and 1.20% as of December 31, 2021.

  • Deposits increased $42.6 million from December 31, 2021, to $1.88 billion at June 30, 2022, primarily due to customers holding more cash and new customer relationships in the Delaware market.

  • Borrowings increased $36.6 million from December 31, 2021 to $110.5 million at June 30, 2022 to fund organic loan growth.

  • Stockholders’ equity totaled $195.0 million at June 30, 2022, compared to $212.5 million at December 31, 2021, a decrease of $17.5 million. Excluding accumulated other comprehensive loss (AOCI), stockholders equity increased $8.9 million and totals $221.6 million. The increase in stockholders equity, excluding AOCI, was attributable to net income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaling $13.6 million, offset by cash dividends for the first two quarters of 2022 totaling $3.8 million and net treasury stock activity of $897,000. As a result of increases in market interest rates impacting the fair value of investment securities, the unrealized loss on available for sale investment securities, net of tax, increased $29.2 million from December 31, 2021.

Dividend Declared

On May 31, 2022, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.475 per share, which was paid on June 24, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 10, 2022. This quarterly cash dividend is an increase of 3.20% over the regular cash dividend of $0.456 per share declared one year ago, as adjusted for the 1% stock dividend declared in June 2022. The Board declared a 1% stock dividend, payable on June 24, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 10, 2022.

Citizens Financial Services, Inc. has nearly 1,900 shareholders, the majority of whom reside in markets where its offices are located.

Note: This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not historical facts; rather, they are statements based on the Company’s current expectations regarding its business strategies and their intended results and its future performance. Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to the Company’s actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause or contribute to these differences include, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions, including changes in market interest rates and changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors disclosed periodically in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this press release or made elsewhere periodically by the Company or on its behalf. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.

(1)

See reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP measures at the end of the press release

CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

As of or For The

As of or For The

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Income and Performance Ratios

Net Income

$ 6,901

$ 6,647

$ 13,641

$ 15,110

Return on average assets (annualized)

1.25 %

1.32 %

1.25 %

1.54 %

Return on average equity (annualized)

12.49 %

13.19 %

12.48 %

15.19 %

Return on average tangible equity (annualized) (a)

14.68 %

15.77 %

14.69 %

18.22 %

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)(a)

3.43 %

3.46 %

3.35 %

3.59 %

Earnings per share – basic (b)

$ 1.74

$ 1.67

$ 3.43

$ 3.79

Earnings per share – diluted (b)

$ 1.74

$ 1.67

$ 3.43

$ 3.79

Cash dividends paid per share (b)

$ 0.470

$ 0.456

$ 0.941

$ 0.912

Number of shares used in computation – basic (b)

3,973,402

3,983,274

3,969,621

3,984,970

Number of shares used in computation – diluted (b)

3,973,417

3,983,346

3,969,725

3,985,005

Asset quality

Allowance for loan and lease losses

$ 17,570

$ 16,931

Non-performing assets

$ 8,362

$ 10,942

Allowance for loan and lease losses/total loans

1.10 %

1.20 %

Non-performing assets to total loans

0.52 %

0.77 %

Annualized net charge-offs to total loans

0.11 %

0.04 %

0.06 %

0.00 %

Equity

Book value per share (b)

$ 55.81

$ 50.82

Tangible Book value per share (a) (b)

$ 47.55

$ 42.53

Market Value (Last reported trade of month)

$ 70.00

$ 63.00

Common shares outstanding

3,970,153

3,951,573

Other

Average Full Time Equivalent Employees

312.8

295.4

308.8

296.4

Loan to Deposit Ratio

84.92 %

84.11 %

Trust assets under management

$ 143,015

$ 155,394

Brokerage assets under management

$ 269,744

$ 262,158

Balance Sheet Highlights

June 30,

December 31,

June 30,

2022

2021

2021

Assets

$ 2,212,862

$ 2,143,863

$ 2,003,300

Investment securities

465,192

414,672

371,150

Loans (net of unearned income)

1,595,376

1,441,533

1,415,109

Allowance for loan losses

17,570

17,304

16,931

Deposits

1,878,711

1,836,151

1,682,387

Stockholders’ Equity

195,032

212,492

204,419

(a)

See reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP measures at the end of the press release

(b)

Prior period amounts were adjusted to reflect stock dividends.

CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(UNAUDITED)

June 30,

December 31,

June 30,

(in thousands except share data)

2022

2021

2021

ASSETS:

Cash and due from banks:

Noninterest-bearing

$ 18,306

$ 14,051

$ 17,403

Interest-bearing

2,366

158,782

90,791

Total cash and cash equivalents

20,672

172,833

108,194

Interest bearing time deposits with other banks

8,048

11,026

12,266

Equity securities

2,309

2,270

2,148

Available-for-sale securities

462,883

412,402

369,002

Loans held for sale

1,205

4,554

5,282

Loans (net of allowance for loan losses: $17,570 at June 30, 2022;

$17,304 at December 31, 2021 and $16,931 at June 30, 2021)

1,577,806

1,424,229

1,398,178

Premises and equipment

17,476

17,016

17,243

Accrued interest receivable

5,874

5,235

5,564

Goodwill

31,376

31,376

31,376

Bank owned life insurance

38,922

38,503

30,353

Other intangibles

1,449

1,627

1,705

Fair value of derivative instruments

14,639

4,011

2,934

Other assets

30,203

18,781

19,055

TOTAL ASSETS

$ 2,212,862

$ 2,143,863

$ 2,003,300

LIABILITIES:

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing

$ 382,155

$ 358,073

$ 339,414

Interest-bearing

1,496,556

1,478,078

1,342,973

Total deposits

1,878,711

1,836,151

1,682,387

Borrowed funds

110,540

73,977

97,830

Accrued interest payable

566

711

789

Other liabilities

28,013

20,532

17,875

TOTAL LIABILITIES

2,017,830

1,931,371

1,798,881

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Preferred Stock $1.00 par value; authorized

3,000,000 shares; none issued in 2022 or 2021

Common stock

$1.00 par value; authorized 25,000,000 shares at June 30, 2022, December 31, 2021 and

June 30, 2021: issued 4,427,687 at June 30, 2022 and 4,388,901 at December 31, 2021

and June 30, 2021

4,428

4,389

4,389

Additional paid-in capital

80,892

78,395

78,412

Retained earnings

153,315

146,010

135,714

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(26,559)

(155)

1,610

Treasury stock, at cost: 457,534 at June 30, 2022 and 444,481 shares

at December 31, 2021 and 437,328 shares at June 30, 2021

(17,044)

(16,147)

(15,706)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

195,032

212,492

204,419

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$ 2,212,862

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