Bank of the James Announces Second Quarter, First Half 2022 Financial Results and Declaration of Dividend

Record Earnings, Organic Loan Growth, Strong Asset Quality

LYNCHBURG, Va., July 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:BOTJ), the parent company of Bank of the James (the “Bank”), a full-service commercial and retail bank, and Pettyjohn, Wood & White, Inc. (“PWW”), an SEC-registered investment advisor, today announced unaudited results of operations for the three month and six month periods ended June 30, 2022. The Bank serves Region 2000 (the greater Lynchburg MSA), and the Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Roanoke, and Wytheville, Virginia markets.

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $2.29 million or $0.48 per basic and diluted share compared with $2.01 million or $0.42 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was $4.43 million or $0.93 per basic and diluted share compared with $3.85 million or $0.81 per basic and diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Robert R. Chapman III, CEO, commented: “The Company’s record second quarter earnings and strong financial performance in the first half reflected balanced income contributions from our wide range of commercial, retail and wealth management services. The Company efficiently transitioned from the economic and pandemic-influenced climate of the past two years towards a more normalized environment, albeit one with new challenges and uncertainties, particularly inflation and a rapidly rising interest rate environment.

“Commercial real estate lending (CRE), which was strong throughout the pandemic, continued to grow. We had a record quarter for new loans in owner-occupied and non-owner-occupied CRE that reflected confidence in and the attractiveness of our markets. Commercial and industrial lending activity began a slow return towards more normal levels following the pandemic as business activity accelerated. The second quarter of 2022 reflected 6% net interest income growth from a year earlier.

“The electronic and web-based treasury services we offer to help businesses efficiently manage their finances continue to grow in use and popularity. Our reputation for service, expertise, and pricing led to these fee-based services enhancing noninterest income for the Company and allowed us to grow full-service relationships and attract new commercial banking customers. We continue to attract commercial and retail deposit business, which provides a foundation for lending.

“Our residential mortgage origination business, which has been exceptionally brisk in the past several years, continued at a strong pace, although rising interest rates have, as expected, impacted demand. Our established reputation for fast and efficient loan processing and outstanding service continues to position Bank of the James as a preferred mortgage provider, helping to ensure that we maintain a strong market share of origination business.

“The acquisition of Pettyjohn, Wood & White (PWW) in December has much enhanced the Company’s investment and wealth management capabilities and provided a new source of income. In its first six months with Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc., PWW contributed $2.0 million in revenue and $668,000 in net income, or $0.14 per share.

“As we enter the second half of 2022, we hope to stay ahead of the curve in providing the financial solutions customers need and the growth in value which shareholders expect.”

Highlights

  • Net income in the second quarter and first half of 2022 was highlighted by continuing revenue contributions from gains on the sale of originated residential mortgages and mortgage loan processing fees, a $600,000 recovery of loan losses in the first half, and strong income contribution from PWW.
  • Total interest income in the second quarter of 2022 increased 5% to $7.6 million from $7.2 million a year earlier, primarily reflecting increases in interest rates, commercial real estate loan growth and a gradual return to more normalized commercial and industrial lending following the pandemic and conclusion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan activity.
  • Net interest income after recovery of loan losses was $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared with $6.7 million in the second quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased interest income, the positive impact of a $300,000 recovery of loan losses in the quarter, and reduced interest expense. First half 2022 net interest income increased slightly from a year earlier.
  • Total noninterest income in the second quarter was relatively flat but increased in the first half of 2022 when compared with the first half of 2021. Noninterest income from gains on sale of mortgage loans remained strong in the 2022 periods, but were lower than a year earlier, reflecting slower residential mortgage origination activity as interest rates rose. For the year to date, noninterest income increased primarily due to the revenue of PWW but was partially offset by a decrease in the gain on loans held for sale.
  • Loans, net of the allowance for loan losses, increased to $607.32 million at June 30, 2022 compared with $576.47 million at December 31, 2021, primarily reflecting steady commercial loan growth throughout the first half of 2022. The Company had $4.5 million of loans held for sale, primarily originated residential mortgages, at June 30, 2022 that will be placed with the secondary market in subsequent quarters.
  • The Company experienced approximately $18 million in loan portfolio growth in the second quarter of 2022.
  • Asset quality remained exceptionally strong, reflected in a ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans of 0.14% at June 30, 2022 compared with 0.16% at December 31, 2021.
  • Total deposits were $875.35 million at June 30, 2022, down marginally from December 31, 2021, but reflecting continued strength of lower-cost core deposits (noninterest-bearing demand, NOW, savings and money market accounts), which were 85% of total deposits.
  • On July 19, 2022 the Company’s board of directors approved a quarterly $0.07 per share dividend payable to stockholders of record on September 2, 2022, to be paid on September 16, 2022.
  • On July 19, 2022, the Company’s board of directors approved a stock repurchase plan to purchase up to $500,000 of the Company’s common stock through July 18, 2023 in open market transactions or privately negotiated transactions, in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 and Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Second Quarter, First Half 2022 Operational Review

Net interest income after recovery of loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 was $7.4 million compared with $6.7 million a year earlier, primarily reflecting higher interest income, reduced interest expense, and a $300,000 recovery of loan losses, as indicated by the Bank’s allowance for loan losses methodology.

For the six months ended June 30, 2022, net interest income after recovery of loan losses was $14.1 million compared with $13.5 million a year earlier, reflecting increased interest rates, an increase in interest income from the Bank’s securities portfolio, a decrease in interest expense, and a $600,000 recovery of loan losses, as indicated by the Bank’s allowance for loan losses methodology.

Total interest income increased to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared with $7.2 million a year earlier, and up from $6.92 million in the first quarter of 2022. Year-over-year quarterly comparisons reflected lower accreted fees from PPP loan processing, accelerating organic loan growth and interest rate increases. Management anticipates higher rates will continue to have a positive impact on both earning assets and loan yields in the coming quarters. The return on interest earning assets during the second quarter of 2022 was 3.19% as compared to 3.39% in the second quarter of 2021. Total interest income in the first half of 2022 was $14.5 million compared with $14.6 million in the first half of 2021.

Total interest expense in the second quarter of 2022 was $474,000 compared with $524,000 a year earlier, primarily reflecting ongoing reductions in the cost of time deposits and high levels of lower-cost core deposits (noninterest-bearing demand, NOW, savings and money market accounts), partially offset by interest expense on a loan used to finance the acquisition of PWW. During the quarter, the Company maintained low rates on deposits despite the rising rate environment and also negotiated a lower rate paid on the acquisition loan. In the first half of 2022, total interest expense was $1.0 million compared with $1.1 million in the first half of 2021.

During the first half of 2022, the Company diligently monitored and managed funds held as investments, anticipating and responding to a changing rate environment. Actions included shifting a significant amount of investment funds from Fed Funds into its fixed income portfolio, including $30 million in agency mortgage-backed securities, as yields became more attractive. The net interest margin was 2.99% and the interest spread was 2.93% in the second quarter of 2022 and 2.92% and 2.87%, respectively, in the first half of 2022.

Noninterest income in the second quarters of both 2022 and 2021 was $3.0 million, reflecting mortgage processing fees, strong but lower gains from the sale of residential mortgages to the secondary market, income from the Bank’s line of treasury management services for commercial customers, and fee income from PWW. Noninterest income in the first half of 2022 was $6.7 million compared with $5.5 million a year earlier.

Noninterest expense in the second quarter of 2022 was $7.6 million compared with $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2021. In the first half of 2022, noninterest expense was $15.2 million compared with $14.1 million a year earlier. Both periods of 2022 reflected increased salaries and employee benefits primarily related to the addition of PWW.

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, return on average equity (ROAE) was 12.68% and return on average assets (ROAA) was 0.89%, essentially stable compared with a year earlier. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, ROAE was 12.48% and ROAA was 0.89%, also relatively unchanged from a year earlier.

Balance Sheet Reflects Organic Loan Growth, Strong Asset Quality

Total assets were $961.34 million at June 30, 2022 compared with $987.63 million at December 31, 2021, with the decline primarily reflecting a trimming of cash and cash equivalents during the first half and the final payoffs of PPP loans, partially offset by increased securities available for sale, organic (non-PPP) loan growth and increases in the deferred tax asset and loans held for sale.

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses, increased to $607.32 million at June 30, 2022 from $576.47 million at December 31, 2021. The growth in loans receivable primarily reflected new CRE loans. Commercial real estate loans (owner occupied and non-owner occupied and excluding construction loans) were approximately $331.00 million at June 30, 2022, an increase from $307.95 million at December 31, 2021 and significantly up from $295.80 million at June 30, 2021.

Michael A. Syrek, President of the Bank, commented: “The second quarter of 2022 was one of our strongest quarters ever for lending, with particularly strong activity in commercial real estate and consumer lending. The Bank increased its loan portfolio by approximately $18 million during the quarter, driven by high quality new loans. We achieved this growth despite receiving a payoff of $12 million in commercial credits.

“While customers are dealing with the same challenges as the rest of the country – inflation, fuel prices, supply chain difficulties – the general economic health of our served markets is sound. We have solid loan pipelines, continued growth in the use of commercial treasury services, excellent customer credit quality and strong relationships with customers.”

Commercial loans (primarily C&I loans) were $102.88 million at June 30, 2022 compared with $105.07 million at December 31, 2021. The commercial loan portfolio at quarter-end was approximately $33 million lower than a year earlier, primarily reflecting the completed paydowns and forgiveness of PPP loans. Management noted that businesses’ significant cash reserves and conservative operations driven by inflation concerns, supply chain issues and a tight labor market continue to have a drag on normal levels of commercial and industrial lending.

Commercial construction loans at June 30, 2022 of $23.1 million declined slightly from prior quarters as previous projects were completed. Residential construction lending has steadily increased, reflecting continuing demand for new housing in several of the Company’s markets. Secured consumer lending increased significantly at June 30, 2022 compared with June 30, 2021.

Improved qualitative factors due to the economy and delinquency trends (as reflected in the non-performing loan ratio improvement) resulted in recovery of $600,000 from the allowance for loan losses in the first half of 2022. Asset quality has been consistently strong and stable, with a ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans of 0.14% at June 30, 2022. The allowance for loan losses to total loans was 1.08% at June 30, 2022 as compared to 1.19% at December 31, 2021. Total nonperforming loans of $855,000 were down 10% from December 31, 2021. Management believes the current levels of the allowance for loan losses is a reasonable estimate of the probable losses inherent in the Company’s loan portfolio.

Total deposits at June 30, 2022 were $875.35 million, compared with $887.06 million at December 31, 2021. Total deposits continued to reflect good demand deposit activity and continued trimming of time deposits.

At June 30, 2022, the Company reported total retained earnings of $27.2 million compared with $23.4 million at December 31, 2021. Total stockholders’ equity decreased by $16.1 million to $53.3 million as of June 30, 2022 from $69.4 million at December 31, 2021. This corresponds to a decrease of $3.40 per share in book value to $11.25 at June 30, 2022 from $14.05 at December 31, 2021. These decreases directly resulted from the impact that increased interest rates had on the market value of the Company’s available-for-sale securities portfolio. As of June 30, 2022, the Bank had a net unrealized loss of $21.26 million on the market value of its available-for-sale securities portfolio. This loss was responsible for a $4.49 per share decrease in tangible book value. This decrease in book value per share was partially offset by the Company’s earnings during the first six months of 2022. These mark-to-market losses should accrete back to capital over time. The duration of our overall securities portfolio is 6.5 years.

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, Lexington, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, Roanoke, Rustburg, and Wytheville. 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. The Company provides investment advisory services through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pettyjohn, Wood & White, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor. 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, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes in the value of real estate securing loans made by the Bank. 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.

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

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOLLOWS

Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

  (unaudited)    
Assets 6/30/2022   12/31/2021
       
Cash and due from banks $34,249     $29,337  
Federal funds sold   40,605       153,816  
Total cash and cash equivalents   74,854       183,153  
       
Securities held-to-maturity (fair value of $3,361 in 2022 and $4,006 in 2021)   3,647       3,655  
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value   201,429       161,267  
Restricted stock, at cost   1,387       1,324  
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $6,616 in 2022 and $6,915 in 2021   607,322       576,469  
Loans held for sale   4,460       1,628  
Premises and equipment, net   18,152       18,190  
Software, net         161  
Interest receivable   2,315       2,064  
Cash value – bank owned life insurance   19,010       18,785  
Customer relationship Intangible   8,126       8,406  
Goodwill   3,819       3,001  
Other real estate owned   761       761  
Income taxes receivable         77  
Deferred tax asset   5,883       1,371  
Other assets   8,412       7,322  
Total assets $959,577     $987,634  
       
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
       
Deposits      
Noninterest bearing demand $148,292     $162,286  
NOW, money market and savings   591,615       582,000  
Time   135,439       142,770  
Total deposits   875,346       887,056  
       
Capital notes, net   10,035       10,031  
Other borrowings   10,721       10,985  
Income taxes payable   133        
Interest payable   37       46  
Other liabilities   9,987       10,087  
Total liabilities $906,259     $918,205  
       
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock $2.14 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding      
4,740,657 as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021   10,145       10,145  
Additional paid-in-capital   37,230       37,230  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)   (21,264)       (1,386)  
Retained earnings   27,207       23,440  
Total stockholders’ equity $53,318     $69,429  
       
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $959,577     $987,634  
           

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 June 30,
  For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
Interest Income   2022       2021     2022       2021
Loans $6,174     $6,624   $12,079     $13,484
Securities              
US Government and agency obligations   322       219     580       410
Mortgage backed securities   452       84     759       161
Municipals   289       203     578       356
Dividends   27       29     31       35
Corporates   143       50     251       100
Interest bearing deposits   27       5     34       19
Federal Funds sold   164       20     201       34
Total interest income   7,598       7,234     14,513       14,599
               
               
Interest Expense              
Deposits              
NOW, money market savings   115       138     241       273
Time Deposits   146       278     324       651
Finance leases   24       27     49       54
Other borrowings   108           222      
Capital notes   81       81     163       163
Total interest expense   474       524     999       1,141
               
Net interest income   7,124       6,710     13,514       13,458
               
Recovery of loan losses   (300)           (600)      
               
Net interest income after recovery of loan losses   7,424       6,710     14,114       13,458
               
               
Noninterest income              
Gains on sale of loans held for sale   1,299       2,310     3,203       4,084
Service charges, fees and commissions   658       637     1,250       1,191
Wealth management fees   961           1,976      
Life insurance income   112       100     225       198
Other   4       2     11       10
               
Total noninterest income   3,034       3,049     6,665       5,483
               
Noninterest expenses              
Salaries and employee benefits   4,533       4,076     8,522       7,808
Occupancy   432       405     903       833
Equipment   617       631     1,223       1,257
Supplies   122       116     264       234
Professional, data processing, and other outside expense   871       1,035     1,925       1,949
Marketing   247       238     439       511
Credit expense   259       284     521       560
Other real estate expenses, net   6       7     12       73
FDIC insurance expense   131       123     261       288
Amortization of intangibles   140           280      
Other   234       322     890       613
Total noninterest expenses   7,592       7,237     15,240       14,126
               
Income before income taxes   2,866       2,522     5,539       4,815
               
Income tax expense   574       508     1,108       966
               
Net Income $2,292     $2,014   $4,431     $3,849
               
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted (1)   4,740,657       4,748,356     4,740,657       4,757,480
               
Net income per common share – basic and diluted (1) $0.48     $0.42   $0.93     $0.81
               

(1) Shares and per share amounts for all periods have been adjusted to reflect a 10% stock dividend declared in June 2021.

Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data
unaudited        

Selected Data: Three
months
ending
June 30,
2022
Three
months
ending
June 30,
2021
Change Year
to
date
June 30,
2022
Year
to
date
June 30,
2021
Change
Interest income $7,598 $7,234 5.03% $14,513 $14,599 -0.59%
Interest expense 474 524 -9.54% 999 1,141 -12.45%
Net interest income 7,124 6,710 6.17% 13,514 13,458 0.42%
Recovery of loan losses (300) (600)
Noninterest income 3,034 3,049 -0.49% 6,665 5,483 21.56%
Noninterest expense 7,592 7,237 4.91% 15,240 14,126 7.89%
Income taxes 574 508 12.99% 1,108 966 14.70%
Net income 2,292 2,014 13.80% 4,431 3,849 15.12%
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic (1) 4,740,657 4,748,356 (7,699) 4,740,657 4,757,480 (16,823)
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted (1) 4,740,657 4,748,356 (7,699) 4,740,657 4,757,480 (16,823)
Basic net income per share (1) $0.48 $0.42 $0.06 $0.93 $0.81 $0.12
Fully diluted net income per share (1) $0.48 $0.42 $0.06 $0.93 $0.81 $0.12

(1) Shares and per share amounts for all periods have been adjusted to reflect a 10% stock dividend declared in June 2021.

Balance Sheet at
period end:
June 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2021
Change June 30,
2021
Dec 31,
2020
Change
Loans, net $607,322 $576,469 5,35% $595,172 $601,934 -1,12%
Loans held for sale 4,460 1,628 173,96% 6,253 7,102 -11,95%
Total securities 205,076 164,922 24,35% 134,627 93,856 43,44%
Total deposits 875,346 887,056 -1,32% 819,442 764,967 7,12%
Stockholders’ equity 53,318 69,429 -23,21% 68,091 66,732 2,04%
Total assets 959,577 987,634 -2,66% 908,364 851,386 6,69%
Shares outstanding 4,740,657 4,740,657 4,741,560 4,339,436 402,124
Book value per share $11,25 $14,65 $(3,40) $14,36 $15,38 $(1,02)

Daily averages: Three
months
ending
June 30,
2022
Three
months
ending
June 30,
2021
Change Year
to
date
June 30,
2022
Year
to
date
June 30,
2021
Change
Loans $596,775 $610,338 -2.22% $592,702 $610,876 -2.98%
Loans held for sale 4,074 5,542 -26.49% 3,856 5,848 -34.06%
Total securities 232,697 116,214 100.23% 215,718 106,283 102.97%
Total deposits 924,094 829,187 -12.00% 900,192 808,861 -10.59%
Stockholders’ equity 72,489 66,066 9.72% 71,600 65,434 9.42%
Interest earning assets 957,353 855,748 11.87% 932,943 836,285 11.56%
Interest bearing liabilities 753,863 671,812 12.21% 747,567 657,756 13.65%
Total assets 1,030,984 918,350 12.26% 1,006,321 897,917 12.07%

Financial Ratios: Three
months
ending
June 30,
2022
Three
months
ending
June 30,
2021
Change Year
to
date
June 30,
2022
Year
to
date
June 30,
2021
Change
Return on average assets 0.89% 0.88% 0.01 0.89% 0.86% 0.03
Return on average equity 12.68% 12.23% 0.45 12.48% 11.86% 0.62
Net interest margin 2.99% 3.15% (0.16) 2.92% 3.25% (0.33)
Efficiency ratio 74.74% 74.16% 0.58 75.52% 74.58% 0.94
Average equity to average assets 7.03% 7.19% (0.16) 7.12% 7.29% (0.17)

Allowance for loan losses: Three
months
ending
June 30,
2022
Three
months
ending
June 30,
2021
Change Year
to
date
June 30,
2022
Year
to
date
June 30,
2021
Change
Beginning balance $6,870 $7,106 -3.32% $6,915 $7,156 -3.37%
Recovery of loan losses (300) (600)
Charge-offs (1) (9) (64) -85.94%
Recoveries 47 106 -55.66% 310 120 158.33%
Ending balance 6,616 7,212 -8.26% 6,616 7,212 -8.26%

Nonperforming assets: June 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2021
Change June 30,
2021
Dec 31,
2020
Change
Total nonperforming loans $855 $954 -10.38% $1,985 $2,064 -3.83%
Other real estate owned 761 761 0.00% 761 1,105 -31.13%
Total nonperforming assets 1,616 1,715 -5.77% 2,746 3,169 -13.35%
Troubled debt restructurings – (performing portion) 432 372 16.13% 380 392 -3.06%

Asset quality ratios: June 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2021
Change June 30,
2021
Dec 31,
2020
Change
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.14% 0.16% (0.02) 0.33% 0.34% (0.01)
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.08% 1.19% (0.11) 1.20% 1.17% 0.02
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 773.80% 724.84% 48.96 363.32% 346.71% 16.62

Bank of the James Financial Gr Bank of the James Announces Second Quarter, First Half 2022 Financial Results and Declaration of Dividend