Carroll Bancorp, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
Eldersburg, MD
07/27/2015 03:30 PM
Carroll Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQB: CROL), the parent company of Carroll Community Bank (the “Bank”), today announced quarterly net income of $75,000, or $0.08 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 compared to net income of $82,000, or $0.15 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, a $7,000, or 9%, decrease.  The Company earned $130,000, or $0.15 per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to net income of $155,000, or $0.32 per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2014, a $25,000, or 16%, decrease.

As anticipated, with the implementation of our plan to expand our footprint into the Washington Metropolitan area and Howard County, net income has declined compared to the prior year.  Net income was impacted by the provision for loan losses required for the loan originations of $22.5 million that have occurred during the six months ended June 30, 2015 along with the compensation cost for two seasoned commercial lenders, a seasoned branch manager and supporting staff hired in late 2014 and 2015.

Net interest income increased during the three and six months ending June 30, 2015, primarily as a result of the above mentioned loan growth, by $131,000 and $245,000, respectively, compared to the same periods last year.  Our net interest margin improved to 3.80% and 3.75%, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 3.64% and 3.65%, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.  Average earning assets increased by $10.6 million with average loan balances increasing by $10.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period last year.  We anticipate this growth trend will continue as we proceed with our strategic expansion plans.

Total assets were $128.1 million at June 30, 2015, an increase of $12.2 million, or 10.5%, and $17.1 million, or 15.4%, respectively, compared to December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2014 as loan balances increased substantially by $14.1 million and $16.8 million, respectively, for the same period comparisons.   Deposits increased slightly by $1.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2015.  Deposits at December 31, 2014 included escrow funds of $2.9 million held in connection with the private placement offering of our common stock, which were transferred to capital in January 2015 upon the closing of the offering.  Non-interest bearing and interest bearing checking accounts increased by $3.0 million to $13.8 million, or 27.2%, at June 30, 2015 compared to June 30, 2014 as we continued to focus on growth in relationship-based deposit accounts.

Nonperforming loans increased slightly to $201,000 at June 30, 2015 from $190,000 at June 30, 2014 while total nonperforming assets increased to $254,000 at June 30, 2015 from $243,000 at June 30, 2014.  Our past due loans declined to $358,000 at June 30, 2015 from $379,000 at June 30, 2014.

“Our business development efforts to expand our footprint in the Washington Metro area have significantly accelerated our loan and asset growth in 2015.   We are gratified with the new relationships that have been developed by our new Washington Banking Group.  Additionally, we were granted approval by the FDIC to open our first Washington Metropolitan area branch located at 7126 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.  We anticipate opening the branch location in the near future pending final approval by the State of Maryland.  We are excited to bring our commitment of community banking to the Bethesda and Montgomery County communities we intend to serve.” stated Russell J. Grimes, President and CEO of Carroll Bancorp, Inc.
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Russell J. Grimes
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