Exhibit 99.1

LOGO

Bank of the James Announces First Quarter 2019

Financial Results and Declaration of Dividend

Commercial Loan Growth, Strong Mortgage Production, Record First Quarter EPS

LYNCHBURG, Va., April 26, 2019

— Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:BOTJ), the parent company of Bank of the James, a full-service commercial and retail bank serving Region 2000 (Greater Lynchburg MSA), and the Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Roanoke, Virginia markets, today announced unaudited results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $1.23 million or $0.28 per diluted share, compared with $1.12 million or $0.26 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The first quarter 2019 net income and earnings per share were the highest first quarter earnings in the Company’s 20-year operating history.

Robert R. Chapman III, President and CEO commented: “The first three months of 2019 reflect the execution of our strategic plan towards geographical expansion and year-over-year earnings growth. Our expanded regional markets continue to drive new business opportunities with solid activity in residential mortgage origination, insurance and investments, commercial banking and deposit growth. We look forward to subsequent quarters as our highly motivated team members continue the mission of value creation for our shareholders.”

Highlights

 

   

Led by growth in commercial lending, loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses, were a Company-record $535.96 million at March 31, 2019, up from $530.02 million at December 31, 2018 and up 7% from $501.88 million a year earlier.

 

   

Owner-occupied commercial real estate loan totals at March 31, 2019 rose 9% from a year earlier, while non-owner-occupied commercial real estate loans rose 36% and commercial & industrial (C&I) loans increased 8% compared with totals at March 31, 2018.

 

   

Total interest income rose 18% and net interest income before the provision for loan losses was up 15% from the first quarter of 2018, driven primarily by increased interest generated through loan growth and interest expense management.

 

   

Total noninterest income, including increased fee income from treasury services, income from the Company’s insurance and investments business and gains on sale of residential mortgages, rose to $1.22 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared with $1.19 million in the first quarter of 2018.

 

   

Deposits increased to $616.74 million at March 31, 2019, led by growth in noninterest bearing demand deposits linked to commercial banking relationships. Core deposits (noninterest-bearing demand, NOW, savings and money market accounts) comprised 69% of the Company’s total deposits.

 

   

Total assets were a Company-record $684.39 million at March 31, 2019.

 

   

The Company maintained strong asset quality, with a ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans of 0.67% at March 31, 2019.

 

   

Measures of shareholder value included a $2 million increase in total stockholders’ equity to $57.18 million at March 31, 2019 from $55.14 million at December 31, 2018, and tangible book value per share rose to $13.06, up from $12.59 at December 31, 2018 and $11.80 at March 31, 2018.

 

   

Based on the results achieved in the first quarter of 2019, on April 23, 2019 the Company’s board of directors approved a $0.06 per share dividend payable to stockholders of record on June 7, 2019, to be paid on June 21, 2019.


First Quarter Operational Review

Total interest income was $7.23 million in the first quarter of 2019, up from $6.16 million a year earlier, primarily reflecting loan growth and adjustable rate loans that repriced to reflect rising interest rates. Interest expense increased year-over-year, which reflected a larger deposit base and rate increases in demand and time deposits. Interest rates paid on total interest-bearing deposits in the first quarter of 2019 were 0.82% compared with 0.64% a year earlier.

“While growing our deposit base has resulted in higher interest expense, customer deposits continue to represent the most cost-effective source of funding for loans, particularly as the cost of borrowed funds has risen during the past year,” noted Chapman. “As in past quarters, we funded a growing loan portfolio without the use of borrowed funds. Our plan this year includes adding new offices with an emphasis on gathering deposits. In 2019, the Company anticipates opening three new full-service locations and relocating a full-service office to a more accessible location.”

Net interest income in the first quarter of 2019 was $6.13 million, up 15% compared with the first quarter of 2018. Net interest income after provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2019 was $5.92 million compared with $5.31 million in the first quarter of 2018, reflecting a modest year-over-year increase in the Company’s loan loss provision to reflect loan growth.

Commercial lending growth, increased rates, and an expanded interest rate spread contributed to the net interest margin increasing to 3.92% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with 3.65% a year earlier. The average rate spread for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was 3.77%, up from 3.54% for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Average rates on total earning assets rose to 4.62% compared with 4.22% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Noninterest income, including gains from the sale of residential mortgages to the secondary market, revenue contributions from BOTJ Investment Services, and income from the Bank’s line of treasury management services for commercial customers was $1.22 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared with $1.19 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $5.60 million compared with $5.10 million a year earlier. The increase primarily reflected increased personnel expenses from an expanded team of producing individuals, and higher occupancy costs related to new offices to support expanded business activity. Other real estate owned (OREO) expenses also increased slightly as a result of a write-down related to one of the properties in the OREO portfolio.

“Consistent with prior quarters, the strategic investments made are focused on generating growth, productivity and efficient delivery of services to customers,” explained Chapman. “Even with growth initiatives that impact performance in the short term, we are focused on continual productivity and efficiency improvement.”

In first quarter 2019, Return on Average Assets (ROAA) improved to 0.74% from 0.72% a year earlier, and Return on Average Equity (ROAE) was 8.73%, up from 8.62% a year earlier. The Company’s efficiency ratio improved to 76.19% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with 78.21% a year earlier.

Balance Sheet Review: Steady Growth, Sound Quality

Total assets were $684.39 million at March 31, 2019. The primary driver of asset growth continues to be loans held for -investment, net of the allowance for loan losses, which totaled $535.96 million. Loans held-for-sale were $2.60 million. Fair value of securities available-for-sale was $53.50 million compared with $52.73 million at December 31, 2018.

The Company’s commercial loan portfolio continued to provide balanced performance and year-over-year growth. Non-owner occupied commercial real estate (primarily commercial and investment property), was $80.12 million at March 31 compared with $58.95 million a year earlier. Owner-occupied commercial real estate was $107.70 million, up 9% from a year ago. Residential mortgages were $114.32 million at March 31, 2019, up 3% from a year earlier, with most of the growth coming from jumbo adjustable rate mortgages. Construction and land loans and home equity were slightly down year-over-year. Consumer loans and farm and agriculture loans, while relatively small segments of the portfolio, increased by double digits.

Total deposits at March 31, 2019 were a Company-record $616.74. During the past year, the majority of deposit growth has been core deposits, and particularly noninterest bearing demand deposits, which were $93.62 million at March 31, 2019, up 12% from $83.96 million at March 31, 2018.

 

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Asset quality remained strong, with a ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans of 0.67% at March 31, 2019. The allowance for loan losses to total loans was 0.86% at March 31, 2019, unchanged from December 31, 2018, and the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 129%.

The Company continued growing stockholder value. Total stockholders’ equity was $57.18 million March 31, 2019, up from $55.14 million at December 31, 2018. Retained earnings increased to $17.49 million in the first quarter of 2019 from $16.52 million at year-end 2018. Tangible book value per share was $13.06 at March 31, 2019. The Bank’s regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed accepted regulatory standards for a well-capitalized institution.

About the Company

Bank of the James, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. opened for business in July 1999 and is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. The bank currently services customers in Virginia from offices located in Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Forest, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, and Roanoke. The bank offers full investment and insurance services through its BOTJ Investment Services division and BOTJ Insurance, Inc. subsidiary. The bank provides mortgage loan origination through Bank of the James Mortgage, a division of Bank of the James. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. common stock is listed under the symbol “BOTJ” on the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC. Additional information on the Company is available at www.bankofthejames.bank.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan” and similar expressions and variations thereof identify certain of such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the dates on which they were made. Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the “Company”) undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, competition, general economic conditions, potential changes in interest rates, and changes in the value of real estate securing loans made by Bank of the James (the “Bank”), a subsidiary of the Company. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and previously filed by the Bank (as predecessor of the Company) with the Federal Reserve Board.

CONTACT: J. Todd Scruggs, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (434) 846-2000.

tscruggs@bankofthejames.com

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOLLOW

 

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Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data

unaudited

 

Selected Data:    Three
Months
Ending
Mar 31,
2019
     Three
Months
Ending
Mar 31,
2018
     Change  

Interest income

   $ 7,234      $ 6,155        17.53

Interest expense

     1,104        824        33.98

Net interest income

     6,130        5,331        14.99

Provision for loan losses

     210        22        854.55

Noninterest income

     1,219        1,186        2.78

Noninterest expense

     5,599        5,097        9.85

Income taxes

     306        275        11.27

Net income

     1,234        1,123        9.88

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

     4,378,436        4,378,436        -    

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

     4,380,959        4,378,526        (90

Basic net income per share

   $ 0.28      $ 0.26      $ 0.02  

Fully diluted net income per share

   $ 0.28      $ 0.26      $ 0.02  

 

Balance Sheet at

period end:

       Mar 31,    
2019
         Dec 31,    
2018
         Change             Mar 31,    
2018
         Dec 31,    
2017
         Change      

Loans, net

   $ 535,959      $ 530,016        1.12   $ 501,877      $ 491,022        2.21

Loans held for sale

     2,604        1,670        55.93     3,448        2,626        31.30

Total securities

     57,194        56,427        1.36     58,341        61,025        -4.40

Total deposits

     616,744        612,043        0.77     584,516        567,493        3.00

Stockholders’ equity

     57,177        55,143        3.64     51,675        51,665        0.02

Total assets

     684,388        674,897        1.41     653,635        626,341        4.36

Shares outstanding

     4,378,436        4,378,436        -         4,378,436        4,378,436        -    

Book value per share

   $ 13.06      $ 12.59        0.47     $ 11.80      $ 11.80      $ 0.00  

 

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Daily averages:    Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2019
     Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2018
     Change  

Loans, net

   $ 533,314      $ 492,469        8.29

Loans held for sale

     2,004        2,439        -17.84

Total securities

     58,770        62,673        -6.23

Total deposits

     614,066        570,680        7.60

Stockholders’ equity

     57,317        52,847        8.46

Interest earning assets

     634,995        592,312        7.21

Interest bearing liabilities

     526,494        493,675        6.65

Total assets

     678,346        629,948        7.68

 

Financial Ratios:    Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2019
    Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2018
    Change  

Return on average assets

     0.74     0.72     0.02  

Return on average equity

     8.73     8.62     0.11  

Net interest margin

     3.92     3.65     0.27  

Efficiency ratio

     76.19     78.21     (2.02

Average equity to average assets

     8.45     8.39     0.06  

 

Allowance for loan losses:    Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2019
     Three
months
ending
Mar 31,
2018
     Change  

Beginning balance

   $ 4,581      $ 4,752        -3.60

Provision for losses

     210        22        854.55

Charge-offs

     (133      (240      -44.58

Recoveries

     15        137        -89.05

Ending balance

     4,673        4,671        0.04

 

Nonperforming assets:        Mar 31,    
2019
         Dec 31,    
2018
         Change             Mar 31,    
2018
         Dec 31,    
2017
     Change  

Total nonperforming loans

   $ 3,622      $ 2,939        23.24   $ 3,545      $ 4,308        -17.71

Other real estate owned

     2,253        2,431        -7.32     2,096        2,650        -20.91

Total nonperforming assets

     5,875        5,370        9.40     5,641        6,958        -18.93

Troubled debt restructurings - (performing portion)

     422        424        -0.47     435        440        -1.14

 

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Asset quality ratios:        Mar 31,    
2019
        Dec 31,    
2018
        Change             Mar 31,    
2018
        Dec 31,    
2017
        Change      

Nonperforming loans to total loans

     0.67     0.55     0.12       0.70     0.87     (0.17

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

     0.86     0.86     0.00       0.92     0.96     (0.04

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

     129.02     155.87     (26.85     131.76     110.31     21.45  

 

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Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     (unaudited)         
Assets    3/31/2019      12/31/2018  

Cash and due from banks

   $ 28,533      $ 26,725  

Federal funds sold

     20,207        23,600  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total cash and cash equivalents

     48,740        50,325  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Securities held-to-maturity (fair value of $3,666 in 2019 and $3,515 in 2018)

     3,697        3,700  

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value

     53,497        52,727  

Restricted stock, at cost

     1,462        1,462  

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $4,673 in 2019 and $4,581 in 2018

     535,959        530,016  

Loans held for sale

     2,604        1,670  

Premises and equipment, net

     14,287        13,233  

Software, net

     186        193  

Interest receivable

     1,946        1,742  

Cash value - bank owned life insurance

     13,442        13,359  

Other real estate owned

     2,253        2,431  

Income taxes receivable

     797        1,102  

Deferred tax asset

     1,480        1,755  

Other assets

     4,038        1,182  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 684,388      $ 674,897  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

     

Deposits

     

Noninterest bearing demand

   $ 93,624      $ 91,356  

NOW, money market and savings

     331,848        331,298  

Time

     191,272        189,389  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total deposits

     616,744        612,043  

Capital notes

     5,000        5,000  

Interest payable

     154        127  

Other liabilities

     5,313        2,584  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

   $ 627,211      $ 619,754  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Stockholders’ equity

    

Common stock $2.14 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 4,378,436 as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018

     9,370       9,370  

Additional paid-in-capital

     31,522       31,495  

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)

     (1,207     (2,243

Retained earnings

     17,492       16,521  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

   $ 57,177     $ 55,143  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 684,388     $ 674,897  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

     For the Three Months  
     Ended March 31,  
Interest Income    2019      2018  

Loans

   $ 6,654      $ 5,674  

Securities

     

US Government and agency obligations

     185        198  

Mortgage backed securities

     61        68  

Municipals

     81        82  

Dividends

     18        8  

Other (Corporates)

     23        23  

Interest bearing deposits

     91        35  

Federal Funds sold

     121        67  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total interest income

     7,234        6,155  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Interest Expense

     

Deposits

     

NOW, money market and savings

     306        192  

Time Deposits

     668        501  

FHLB borrowings

     —          1  

Brokered time deposits

     80        80  

Capital notes

     50        50  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total interest expense

     1,104        824  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net interest income

     6,130        5,331  

Provision for loan losses

     210        22  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

     5,920        5,309  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Noninterest income

     

Gains on sale of loans held for sale

     691        620  

Service charges, fees and commissions

     439        464  

Increase in cash value of life insurance

     83        85  

Other

     6        17  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total noninterest income

     1,219        1,186  

 

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Noninterest expenses

     

Salaries and employee benefits

     2,928        2,713  

Occupancy

     421        395  

Equipment

     458        379  

Supplies

     162        149  

Professional, data processing, and other outside expense

     815        815  

Marketing

     145        140  

Credit expense

     127        125  

Other real estate expenses

     139        40  

FDIC insurance expense

     94        101  

Other

     310        240  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total noninterest expenses

     5,599        5,097  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     1,540        1,398  

Income tax expense

     306        275  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Income

   $ 1,234      $ 1,123  

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

     4,378,436        4,378,436  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

     4,380,959        4,378,526  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income per common share - basic

   $ 0.28      $ 0.26  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income per common share - diluted

   $ 0.28      $ 0.26  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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