50% Increase in Earnings From Core Banking Operations YOY
By Christine Haugen, Executive Vice President and Chief FInancial Officer
Consolidated earnings were $1,913,000, or $1.06 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2022 compared to $1,918,000, or $1.06 per share, for the comparative period in 2021. While total consolidated earnings in 2022 trailed slightly behind those of 2021, consolidated earnings related to the Company’s core operations have increased.
Current year consolidated earnings of $1.06 per share were comprised of $0.96 per share attributable to core operations and $0.10 per share due to impacts from the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), whereas prior year consolidated earnings of $1.06 per share were comprised of $0.63 per share attributable to core operations and $0.43 per share due to impacts from the PPP.
Our core consolidated earnings increased over 50% year-over-year as net interest income increased 14% despite rapid rate increases by the Federal Reserve resulting in industry-wide margin compression. Supplementing the increase in net interest income was a 32% increase year-over-year in non-interest income as leadership placed a priority on this area in our strategic plan for 2022.
Total assets ended the year at $237.6 million. Significant in the fourth quarter was the change in asset composition as the Company had record net loan growth of $20.1 million. Loans ended the year at $163.0 million, an increase of 20% annually. This increase consisted of $32.2 million, or 24%, in net portfolio loan growth, offset by $4.6 million of PPP loan forgiveness received during the year.
Deposits ended the year at $203.3 million, a decrease of 1% from December 31, 2021. This decrease consisted of $17.3 million in anticipated deposit outflows relating to capital accounts for De Novo institutions that opened for business during 2022, offset by $15.2 million in deposit growth through deepening of existing relationships and generation of new banking relationships.
The Bank remains Well Capitalized with an 11.39% leverage capital ratio and maintains its Bauer five-star rating.