F&M Bank Corp. Announces Third Quarter Earnings and Dividend Increase

F & M Bank Corp. (OTCQX: FMBM), parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank, announces its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2017.

F & M Bank Corp. (OTCQX: FMBM), parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank, announces its financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2017.

Selected highlights for the quarter include:

  • Net income of $2.55;
  • Net interest margin of 4.48%;
  • Net interest income increased $413,000;
  • Return on Average Assets of 1.34%;

Dean Withers, President and CEO, commented “We are pleased to announce third quarter earnings of $2.55 million, which is in line with the same period last year.  Growth in loans held for investment totaled $16.6 million for the third quarter of 2017 and $41.9 million compared to the same period last year.  Our net interest margin at 4.48% continues to be driven by our strong loan to asset ratio.  Non-performing assets are relatively stable versus second quarter and have decreased $560,000 versus the same period in 2016.”

Withers stated, “On October 19, 2017 our Board of Directors declared a third quarter dividend of $.24 per share to common shareholders. This is an increase of $.01 over the prior quarter and $.02 over the same period last year. Based on our most recent trade price of $30.45 per share this constitutes a 3.15% yield on an annualized basis. The dividend will be paid on November 16, 2017, to shareholders of record as of November 2, 2017.”  Highlights of our financial performance are included below.

F & M Bank Corp. is an independent, locally-owned, financial holding company, offering a full range of financial services, through its subsidiary, Farmers & Merchants Bank’s thirteen banking offices in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page and Augusta Counties, Virginia. The Bank also provides additional services through a loan production office located in Penn Laird, VA and through its subsidiaries, VBS Mortgage and VS Title, both of which are located in Harrisonburg, VA.  Additional information may be found by contacting us on the internet at www.fmbankva.com or by calling (540) 896-8941.

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1) The net interest margin is calculated by dividing tax equivalent net interest income by total average earning assets. Tax equivalent interest income is calculated by grossing up interest income for the amounts that are nontaxable (i.e. municipal securities and loan income) then subtracting interest expense. The tax rate utilized is 34%. The Company’s net interest margin is a common measure used by the financial service industry to determine how profitable earning assets are funded. Because the Company earns nontaxable interest income from municipal loans and securities, net interest income for the ratio is calculated on a tax equivalent basis as described above.

2) The efficiency ratio is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The efficiency ratio is a common measure used by the financial service industry to determine operating efficiency. It is calculated by dividing non-interest expense by the sum of tax equivalent net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains and losses on the investment portfolio. The Company calculates this ratio in order to evaluate how efficiently it utilizes its operating structure to create income. An increase in the ratio from period to period indicates the Company is losing a greater percentage of its income to expenses.

Source: F & M Bank Corp.

Contact: Neil Hayslett, EVP/Chief Administrative Officer | 540-896-8941 or NHayslett@FMBankVA.com