Central Federal, Corp. (NASDAQ:CFBK) Announces 3rd Quarter 2016 Results, Await Market’s Response

Holding company for CFBank, a federally chartered savings association formed in Ohio in 1892, Central Federal, Corp. (NASDAQ:CFBK), releases their Q3 2016 financial results.

WORTHINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Central Federal Corporation (CFBK) (the “Company”) announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $505,000 and increased $175,000, or 53.0%, compared to net income of $330,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in net income was due to a $482,000 increase in net interest income, a $30,000 decrease in provision expense and a $26,000 increase in noninterest income, partially offset by a $249,000 increase in income tax expense and a $114,000 increase in noninterest expense.

The Company reversed its deferred tax valuation allowance during the fourth quarter of 2015, and thus has recorded income tax expense in 2016.  On a comparable basis, income before income tax expense was $754,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and increased $424,000, or 128.5%, compared to $330,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Net income attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended September 30, 2016, totaled $291,000, or $0.02 per diluted common share, and increased $175,000, or 150.9%, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $116,000, or $0.01 per diluted common share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  For the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, preferred dividends on the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock and accretion of discount reduced net income attributable to common stockholders by $214,000 for each period.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $1.2 million and increased $195,000, or 18.6%, compared to net income of $1.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in net income was due to a $1.1 million increase in net interest income, partially offset by a $603,000 increase in income tax expense, a $199,000 decrease in noninterest income, a $64,000 increase in noninterest expense and a $30,000 increase in provision expense.

As indicated above, the Company reversed its deferred tax valuation allowance during the fourth quarter of 2015, and thus has recorded income tax expense in 2016.  On a comparable basis, income before income tax expense was $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and increased $798,000, or 76.1%, compared to $1.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Net income attributable to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, totaled $600,000, or $0.04 per diluted common share, and increased $195,000, or 48.1%, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $405,000, or $0.03 per diluted common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, preferred dividends on the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock and accretion of discount reduced net income attributable to common stockholders by $643,000 for each period.

Timothy T. O’Dell, President and CEO, commented, “Overall we are pleased with our business and earnings growth and trajectory.  CFBank has successfully recruited three seasoned commercial lenders experienced in commercial and industrial lending relationships and working with closely held businesses.  We believe the recent addition of these seasoned lenders will be instrumental in helping us to continue to grow as well as to diversify our Commercial Banking business.

Also, since the beginning of the year our CFBank Team was able to grow deposits by $55.4 million, or 19.1%, providing the funding needed for continuing to grow loans and earning assets.  In addition, we also have made investments in further strengthening our infrastructure including information technology and operations support, along with credit and risk management.”

Overview of Results

Net interest income.  Net interest income totaled $2.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and increased $482,000, or 19.6%, compared to $2.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in net interest income was primarily due to a $595,000, or 19.0%, increase in interest income, partially offset by a $113,000, or 16.5%, increase in interest expense.  The increase in interest income was primarily attributed to a $44.5 million, or 14.4%, increase in average interest-earning assets outstanding and a 16bps increase in average yield on interest-earning assets.  The increase in interest expense was primarily attributed to a $31.1 million, or 11.7%, increase in average interest-bearing liabilities outstanding and a 5bps increase in the average cost of funds on interest-bearing liabilities.  As a result, net interest margin of 3.32% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 increased 15bps compared to the net interest margin of 3.17% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Net interest income totaled $8.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and increased $1.1 million, or 14.9%, compared to $7.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in net interest income was primarily due to a $1.4 million, or 15.0%, increase in interest income, partially offset by a $301,000, or 15.6%, increase in interest expense.  The increase in interest income was primarily attributed to a $34.5 million, or 11.4%, increase in average interest-earning assets outstanding and a 13bps increase in average yield on interest-earning assets.  The increase in interest expense was primarily attributed to a $22.9 million, or 8.9%, increase in average interest-bearing liabilities outstanding and a 7bps increase in the average cost of funds on interest-bearing liabilities.  As a result, net interest margin of 3.34% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased 10bps compared to the net interest margin of 3.24% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Robert E. Hoeweler, Chairman of the Board, added “Our Team continues to execute well our fundamental tenets of quality growth, coupled with strong credit quality and risk management.  We remain enthused about our growth and expansion opportunities.  We believe the recent sales of market competitors has done nothing but enhance our business prospects going forward.”

Provision for loan losses.  The provision for loan losses totaled $20,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and decreased $30,000, or 60.0%, compared to $50,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The decrease in the provision for loan losses for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to a continued decrease in the majority of historical loss rates, favorable trends in certain qualitative factors and net recoveries for the quarter.  Net recoveries for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 totaled $260,000 compared to net charge-offs of $8,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The ratio of the ALLL to nonperforming loans improved to 794.1% as of September 30, 2016.

The provision for loan losses totaled $230,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and increased $30,000, or 15.0%, compared to $200,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in the provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to increased loan growth, which was partially offset by a continual decrease in the majority of historical loss rates and favorable trends in certain qualitative factors and net recoveries.  Net recoveries for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $43,000 compared to net recoveries of $6,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  The ratio of the ALLL to nonperforming loans improved to 794.1% as of September 30, 2016.

Noninterest income.  Noninterest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 totaled $350,000 and increased $26,000, or 8.0%, compared to $324,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The increase was primarily due to a $114,000 increase in service charges on deposit accounts, partially offset by a $70,000 decrease in other noninterest income and a $18,000 decrease in net gains on sales of loans.  The increase in service charges on deposit accounts was related to increased pricing, increased deposit growth and activity and new account relationships. The decrease in other noninterest income was related to decreased activity related to the Company’s joint ventures. The decrease in net gain on sales of loans was primarily due to lower sales activity. 

Noninterest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $944,000 and decreased $199,000, or 17.4%, compared to $1.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a $260,000 decrease in net gains on sales of loans and a $205,000 decrease in other noninterest income, partially offset by a $253,000 increase in service charges on deposit accounts.  The decrease in the net gains on sales of loans was primarily due to a SBA loan sale during the second quarter of 2015 and lower residential mortgage sales activity.  The decrease in other noninterest income was related to decreased activity related to the Company’s joint ventures.  The increase in service charges on deposit accounts was related to increased pricing, deposit growth and activity and new account relationships.

Noninterest expense.  Noninterest expense increased $114,000, or 4.8%, and totaled $2.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, compared to $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in noninterest expense during the three months ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to a $116,000 increase in salaries and employee benefits expense and a $90,000 increase in professional fees, which was partially offset by a $72,000 decrease in FDIC premiums. The increase in salaries and employee benefits was due to an increase in personnel in commercial lending and operations to support revenue growth, infrastructure and risk management practices.  The increase in professional fees was primarily due to increases in information technology consulting projects and legal expenses primarily related to our loan workout area, as we were able to successfully exit certain problem credits.  The decrease in FDIC premiums was due to lower assessment factors charged based on CFBank’s improved performance.

Noninterest expense increased $64,000, or 0.9%, and totaled $7.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $7.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  The increase in noninterest expense during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to a $268,000 increase in professional fees, partially offset by a $145,000 decrease in FDIC premiums and a $69,000 decrease in regulatory assessment expense.  The increase in professional fees was due to increases in recruiting fees, legal expense related to loan workouts, and information technology consulting projects.  The decrease in FDIC premiums and regulatory assessment expense was due to lower assessment factors charged based on CFBank’s improved performance.

Income tax expense.  Income tax expense was $249,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $249,000 compared to $0 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  As of September 30, 2015, the Company maintained a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax asset which reduced the deferred tax asset to zero; thus, no income tax expense was recorded for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  With the reversal of the deferred tax valuation allowance as of December 31, 2015, the Company is now recording income tax expense based on the federal statutory rate adjusted for the effect of bank owned life insurance and other miscellaneous items.  The effective tax rate for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, was approximately 33.0% which management believes is a reasonable estimate for the effective tax rate.

Income tax expense was $603,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $603,000 compared to $0 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  As of September 30, 2015, the Company maintained a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax asset which reduced the deferred tax asset to zero; thus, no income tax expense was recorded for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  With the reversal of the deferred tax valuation allowance as of December 31, 2015, the Company is now recording income tax expense based on the federal statutory rate adjusted for the effect of bank owned life insurance and other miscellaneous items.  The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, was approximately 32.7% which management believes is a reasonable estimate for the effective tax rate.

Balance Sheet Activity

General.  Assets totaled $408.4 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $57.1 million, or 16.3%, from $351.3 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase was primarily due to a $32.3 million increase in net loan balances and a $26.4 million increase in cash and cash equivalents.

Cash and cash equivalents.  Cash and cash equivalents totaled $52.3 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $26.4 million, or 102.0%, from $25.9 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase in cash and cash equivalents was a result of management’s efforts to increase deposit activity in order to fund anticipated loan growth and to improve the loan to deposit ratio.

Securities.  Securities available for sale totaled $9.2 million at September 30, 2016 and decreased $142,000, or 1.5%, from $9.4 million at December 31, 2015.

Loans and Leases.  Net loans totaled $329.4 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $32.3 million, or 10.9%, from $297.1 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase was primarily due to a $26.4 million increase in commercial loan balances, a $6.0 million increase in single-family residential loans balances, a $4.2 million increase in commercial real estate loan balances, and a $3.5 million increase in multi-family loan balances, partially offset by a $3.4 million decrease in construction loan balances, and a $4.1 million decrease in total consumer loan balances.  The increase in commercial loan balances, single-family residential, commercial real estate and multi-family loans was due to increased sales activity.  The decrease in construction loan balances was primarily attributed to the completion of projects.

Allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL).  The ALLL totaled $6.9 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $273,000, or 4.1%, from $6.6 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase in the ALLL was primarily due to an increase in overall loans balances and net recoveries for the quarter, which was partially offset by continued improvement in credit quality as certain historical loss rates continued to decline and total criticized assets decreased.  The ratio of the ALLL to total loans was 2.05% at September 30, 2016 compared to 2.18% at December 31, 2015.  In addition, the ratio of the ALLL to nonperforming loans was 794.1% at September 30, 2016, compared to 464.6% at December 31, 2015.

Foreclosed assets.  Foreclosed assets totaled $0 at September 30, 2016 compared to $1.6 million at December 31, 2015.  Foreclosed assets at December 31, 2015 consisted of one multi-family property that was transferred into REO at fair value at the time of transfer in 2013.  This property was sold during the second quarter of 2016.

Deposits.  Deposits totaled $345.9 million at September 30, 2016 and increased $55.4 million, or 19.1%, from $290.5 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase was primarily attributed to a $30.3 million increase in certificates of deposits, a $13.1 million increase in money market account balances, and a $9.8 million increase in checking account balances.  The majority of the deposit increase was a result of management’s focused sales and marketing efforts to grow deposits to fund anticipated loan growth and improve the loan to deposit ratio.

Stockholders’ equity.  Stockholders’ equity totaled $39.1 million at September 30, 2016, an increase of $809,000, or 2.1%, from $38.3 million at December 31, 2015.  The increase in total stockholders’ equity was primarily attributed to net income, which was partially offset by the dividends paid on the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock during the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

In May 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors adopted a stock repurchase program pursuant to which the Company may repurchase up to 3% of the Company’s common stock over the subsequent six-month period.  The Board of Directors subsequently approved the continuation of this repurchase program for an additional six-month period commencing November 10, 2016.  Any purchases under the repurchase program will be made from time to time in the open market in accordance with applicable federal and state securities laws and regulations.  The timing and amount of any stock repurchases will be determined by the Company’s management based on its evaluation of market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations.  Since the commencement of the program, the Company has repurchased 21,300 common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016.  All repurchased shares are held by the Company as treasury stock.

About Central Federal Corporation and CFBank

Central Federal Corporation is the holding company for CFBank, a federally chartered savings association formed in Ohio in 1892.  CFBank has four full-service banking offices in Fairlawn, Calcutta, Wellsville and Worthington, Ohio and a loan production office in Woodmere, Ohio (Cuyahoga County).  Additional information about CFBank’s banking services and the Company is available at www.CFBankOnline.com

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Central Federal, Corp. (NASDAQ:CFBK) shares are trading -3.33% on the news and in the range of $1.44 – 1.50 during the current trading session.  When taking a look at which direction the stock might be headed, investors often look to brokerage analysts who cover the stock.  Sell-side research firms on Wall Street currently have a consensus one-year price target of $0.00 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.

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Sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.00 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $-0.01 per share according to First Call.

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +0.56% away from its 50-day moving average of $1.44.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -13.69% off of its 52-week high of $1.68 and +31.82% away from its 52-week low which is $1.10.

In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 7.40.  Today, the stock opened at $1.49 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $1.45.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $1.44 and touched $1.50 as the high point.  Central Federal, Corp. (NASDAQ:CFBK) has a market cap of $23.20M and has seen an average daily volume of 13,808 over the past three months.

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