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Farmers Bankshares, Inc. Reports First Quarter and Year-to-Date Earnings

Company Release - 4/26/2018 9:23 AM ET

WINDSOR, Va., April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Bankshares, Inc. (OTC-PINK: FBVA) reports unaudited earnings of $899 thousand, or $0.29 per share for the first quarter of 2018.  These results decreased approximately 30.76% from the $1.3 million, or $0.42 per share, earned during the first quarter of 2017. 

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Return on average assets on an annualized basis of 0.79% for the first quarter of 2018 decreased from 1.23% from first quarter of 2017.  Return on average equity during the first quarter of 2018 was 7.66% as compared to the prior year first quarter of 12.00%. 

Richard J. Holland, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "As noted previously, we have devoted substantial resources to selecting and implementing a new strategic technology partner. New enhancements to our electronic delivery systems, including, online, mobile and telephone banking became available to our customers beginning on March 19, 2018.  While we believe this move and advancement in technology was necessary to offer customers more sophisticated products, we did incur several one-time expenses that have negatively impacted first quarter earnings."  

Several large loans repaid within in the normal course of business and therefore, net loans decreased by $5.5 million as compared to December 31, 2017.  Deposit balances increased by $436 thousand to $371.3 million as of March 31, 2018 from $370.9 million as of December 31, 2017.  Non-interest bearing deposits decreased approximately $3.8 million from December 31, 2017 but still make up approximately 27.89% of total deposits. The decrease in non-interest bearing deposits is largely due to the cyclical nature of several large municipal deposits. 

Net interest income increased 1.08% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017, as a result of pressure on deposit rates beginning to surface.  Non-interest income in the first quarter of 2018 was approximately $1.3 million and was increased by 14.72% over the same period in the prior year.  The first quarter of 2017 included a pre-tax, non-recurring gain on the sale of other real estate owned of approximately $590 thousand.  Exclusive of this transaction, non-interest income increased 144.11% over the first quarter of 2017.   Non-interest expense increased by approximately $1.0 million during the first quarter 2018 compared to same period in 2017, largely due to expenses related to our technology conversion and the continued consolidation of Manry Rawls, LLC, which began in May 2017. 

Capital ratios at the Bank level remain strong and well above regulatory requirements for "Well Capitalized" financial institutions. 

"We expected first quarter 2018 operating results to compare unfavorably to first quarter of the prior year, mainly due to the large nonrecurring gain recognized in first quarter 2017, and to a lesser extent, the nonrecurring expenses related to our core conversion in first quarter 2018.  We remain confident in core earnings and the strategic decisions made over the past several years to position us for a rising interest rate environment  We continue to focus on opportunities to grow non-interest income and to introduce new lines of business" stated Vernon M. Towler, President. 

Farmers Bank, founded in 1919, is headquartered in Windsor, VA, and is a community bank which operates seven branches and services areas throughout Tidewater Virginia.  Additional information is available at the company's website, www.farmersbankva.com.

The common stock of Farmers Bankshares, Inc. trades as an Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board stock under the symbol FBVA.  Any stockbroker can assist with purchase of the company's stock, as well as with sales of holdings.

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SOURCE Farmers Bankshares, Inc.

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