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Stock News Recap: Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC)

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Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC) changed 1.80% to recent value of $37.97. The stock transacted 4289 shares during most recent day however it has an average volume of 7.72K shares. It spotted trading -32.38% off 52-week high price. On the other end, the stock has been noted 43.55% away from the low price over the last 52-weeks.

Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC) reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, of $1,193,000, a decrease of $2,173,000 from the same period the prior year. Earnings per share for the first quarter of 2019 were $.25, compared to $.71 for the first quarter of 2018. Return on average assets and return on average equity were .47 percent and 4.08 percent, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019, versus 1.20 percent and 12.41 percent, respectively, for the same period the prior year.

President and CEO Tom Wiseman commented, “While we strive for positive earnings growth each quarter, we were not able to achieve that in the first quarter of 2019 due to several factors. This is not acceptable to us. Our teams are working strategically to improve loan growth and reduce overhead expense. Proof of OVBC’s subsidiaries’ work with the latter is already evident with a substantial decrease in the Company’s largest non-interest expense category over the same period last year. We expect overhead expense to continue to be positively impacted with the closing of our Milton Banking Division location in Jackson, Ohio, in early April, and with the pending sale of the New Holland and Mount Sterling branches in the second half of 2019. On the income side, specifically regarding loan growth, innovative programs like our Professionals Mortgage, RentBuster Loan program, and Additional College Expense Line, show much promise as they uniquely satisfy the needs of the communities we serve.”

For the first quarter of 2019, net interest income decreased $123,000, or 1.1 percent, from the same period last year. Contributing to the lower net interest income was the decrease in average earning assets. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, average earning assets decreased $122 million from the same period the prior year, primarily attributable to not processing tax refunds in 2019. As previously disclosed, a third-party tax refund product provider elected to terminate the Bank’s processing contract early. During the first quarter of 2018, the processing of tax refunds provided nearly $151 million in average deposits that was invested in the Federal Reserve. This activity generated approximately $569,000 in interest revenue that was not replicated in 2019. Absent the loss of interest revenue associated with processing tax refunds, net interest income did benefit from the growth in interest income on loans and securities exceeding the growth in interest expense on deposits and borrowed funds.  For the three months ended March 31, 2019, interest and fees on loans increased $663,000 and interest on securities increased $52,000 from the same period last year. These increases were due to a combination of average loan growth and the benefit of rising interest rates throughout 2018. For the same time period, interest expense on deposits and borrowed funds increased $472,000, primarily due to certificates of deposit repricing at higher market rates. For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, the net interest margin was 4.89 percent, compared to 4.38 percent for the same period the prior year. The increase in net interest margin was primarily related to the higher balances maintained at the Federal Reserve during the first quarter of 2018, which diluted the net interest margin due to the yield on those balances being less than other earning assets, such as loans and securities.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the provision for loan loss expense totaled $2,377,000, an increase of $1,621,000. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the provision for loan loss expense incurred was related to net loan charge-offs of $1,092,000 and to an increase in general reserves related to certain economic risk factors. During the first quarter, the level of classified loans, or those loans demonstrating financial weakness, increased from the prior quarter due to the deterioration in financial performance by certain loan relationships. In addition, our historical loan loss factors and our regional unemployment levels increased from the prior quarter. In association with these higher risk factors, the general reserves required for the allowance for loan losses increased. The allowance for loan losses was 1.03 percent of total loans at March 31, 2019, compared to .87 percent at December 31, 2018 and 1.04 percent at March 31, 2018.

For the first quarter of 2019, noninterest income totaled $1,846,000, a decrease of $1,230,000 from the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to a $1,228,000 reduction in tax processing fees. In relation to the third-party tax refund provider terminating the contract as previously discussed, the Company also experienced a decline in tax processing fees, which is a per item fee for each item processed. As a result of not performing such service in 2019, there was no corresponding revenue earned. Partially offsetting the decrease in tax refund processing fees was the increase in fee income related to interchange income earned from debit and credit transactions, which increased $53,000 from the same period last year.

Noninterest expense totaled $9,568,000 for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of $240,000, or 2.4 percent, from the same period last year. The Company’s largest noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits, decreased $166,000, or 2.9 percent, from the first quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily related to the expense savings associated with a lower number of employees more than offsetting the expense increase associated with annual merit increases. Further contributing to lower noninterest expense was data processing and FDIC insurance premiums. For the three months ended March 31, 3019, data processing expense decreased $179,000 from the same period last year in relation to lower consulting fees. For the same period, FDIC insurance premiums decreased $140,000 in relation to anticipated insurance credits based on the FDIC’s reserve fund achieving its target level. Partially offsetting the expense reductions above was an increase in professional fees, which increased $164,000 from the prior year first quarter primarily due to litigation related legal fees. The remaining noninterest expenses increased $81,000, led by foreclosure costs.

OVBC has an operating margin of 83.60% while its profit margin remained 18.30% for the last 12 months. Its earnings per share (EPS) expected to touch remained 27.40% for this year.

The company has 4.71M of outstanding shares and 3.92M shares were floated in the market. The price moved ahead of 0.47% from the mean of 20 days, 2.48% from mean of 50 days SMA and performed -1.62% from mean of 200 days price. Company’s performance for the week was -0.13%, 2.54% for month and YTD performance remained 7.29%.

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