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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:|
|January 23, 2020|
|Farmers and Merchants Bancshares, Inc.||Contact:||Mr. James R. Bosley, Jr.|
|4510 Lower Beckleysville Rd, Suite H||President|
|Hampstead, Maryland 21074||(410) 374-1510, ext.104|
FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANCSHARES, INC. REPORTS EARNINGS FOR 2019 OF $4,560,804 OR $1.54 PER SHARE
HAMPSTEAD, MARYLAND (January 23, 2020) – Farmers and Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”), the parent of Farmers and Merchants Bank (the “Bank”), announced that net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $4,560,804, or $1.54 per common share, compared to $4,712,676, or $1.61 per common share, in 2018. This was the second highest net income in the history of the Company and the Bank. The Company’s return on average equity during 2019 was 9.52% compared to 10.77% during 2018. The Company’s return on average assets during 2019 was 1.06% compared to 1.14% during 2018.
Net interest income for 2019 was $238,707 lower than 2018 due to a decline in the taxable equivalent net yield on interest earning assets to 3.67% in 2019 from 3.88% in 2018, offset by a $18.0 million increase in interest earning assets to $414.7 million for 2019 as compared to $396.7 million for 2018. Despite the recent Federal Reserve rate cuts, the net yield continues to decline as our cost of deposits and borrowings has increased 33 basis points to 1.15% for 2019 from 0.82% for 2018 while the yield on loans and investments has increased only 4 basis points to 4.55% for 2019 from 4.51% for 2018.
Noninterest income increased by $128,294 during 2019 when compared 2018 primarily as a result of a $125,943 increase in mortgage banking income and a $202,965 increase in bank owned life insurance income due to proceeds received from a policy, offset by a $86,491 decrease in the gain on the sale of SBA loans and a $154,800 write-down of other real estate owned (“OREO”) that was required by law due to the length of time that the OREO has been held. Noninterest expense was $543,334 higher during 2019 when compared 2018 due primarily to usual salary and benefit increases of $316,548, an increase in occupancy costs of $65,724, and an increase in other expenses of $178,849. Income taxes declined by $66,875 during 2019 when compared to 2018 due to lower income before taxes and a higher percentage of tax exempt revenue.
Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $1,060,786, or $0.36 per common share, compared to $1,136,805, or $0.39 per common share, for the same period in 2018. The decrease of $76,019 was due to a decrease in net interest income of $74,303, a decrease in noninterest income of $76,271, and an increase in noninterest expenses of $351,154, offset by a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $410,000 and a decrease in income taxes of $15,709.
The following information was filed by Farmers Merchants Bancshares, Inc. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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