Carroll Bancorp, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results
Eldersburg, MD
10/20/2015 09:57 AM

Carroll Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQB: CROL), the parent company of Carroll Community Bank (the “Bank”), today announced quarterly net income of $81,000, or $0.08 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 compared to net income of $117,000, or $0.21 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, a $36,000, or 31%, decrease. The Company earned $211,000, or $0.23 per diluted common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to net income of $273,000, or $0.54 per diluted common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, a $62,000, or 23%, decrease.

 

As we continue our plan to expand our footprint into the Washington Metropolitan area and Howard County, net income was negatively impacted. Net income was lower than last year primarily by the compensation cost for two seasoned commercial lenders, a seasoned branch manager and supporting staff hired in late 2014 and in 2015 along with the provision for loan losses required for the additional loan growth. During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Bank has originated $34 million in new loans mostly due to the increase in our lending staff.

 

Net interest income increased during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, primarily as a result of the above mentioned loan growth, by $206,000 and $451,000, respectively, compared to the same periods ended September 30, 2014. Our net interest margin improved to 3.73% and 3.74%, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to 3.67% and 3.66%, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. Average earning assets increased by $13.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the same period last year with all the growth attributable to increased loan balances. We anticipate that this growth trend will continue as we proceed with our strategic expansion plans.

 

The Company reported at September 30, 2015 total assets of $136.2 million, an increase of 20.7%, gross loans of $111.8 million, an increase of 24.2%, and total deposits of $105.2 million, an increase of 11.9%, compared to September 30, 2014. Compared to December 31, 2014, total assets increased by $20.3 million, or 17.5%, gross loans increased by $21.1 million, or 23.2%, and total deposits increased by $8.3 million, or 8.6%. Non-interest bearing and interest bearing checking balances increased by $3.0 million, or 27.6%, to $13.9 million compared to September 30, 2014 as we continue to focus on growth in relationship-based accounts and balances.

 

Nonperforming loans decreased to $201,000 at September 30, 2015 from $482,000 at September 30, 2014 while total nonperforming assets decreased to $254,000 at September 30, 2015 from $535,000 at September 30, 2014. Our past due loans increased to $1.1 million compared to $112,000 at September 30, 2014. The increase was primarily the result of a residential construction loan for $748,000 becoming past due. The Bank has significant equity in the underlying property.

 

“Loan growth generated by our Washington Metropolitan and Baltimore Banking Groups continued to be very strong in the third quarter. This growth is fueling new core banking relationships and enhancing our presence in our markets. We expect that our new Bethesda branch which celebrated its grand opening on October 15th will significantly enhance our ability to generate deposit growth in the future.” stated Russell J. Grimes, President and CEO of Carroll Bancorp.

 

Carroll Bancorp, Inc.’s common stock trades on the OTC Markets (www.otcmarkets.com) under the symbol “CROL.” For more information, visit our website at www.carrollcobank.com or contact Russell Grimes, President & CEO at 410-795-1900

 

Forward-Looking Statements: The statements in this release that we anticipate that our current growth trend will continue as we proceed with our strategic expansion plans and the enhancement of our ability to generate deposit growth in the future as a result of the opening of our new Bethesda branch are forward-looking statements within the meaning of and pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, such forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, deterioration in general economic conditions, particularly in our market areas, the impact of new governmental regulations, and technological changes within our industry, unexpected changes in interest rates and loan demand as well as in, deposit flows in our existing branches, and changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings, as well as other risks and uncertainties as described in Carroll Bancorp, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (File No. 000-54422), and in other filings we may make. We do not take any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or developments after a forward-looking statement was made.

 

About Carroll Bancorp, Inc. and Carroll Community Bank

Carroll Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of Carroll Community Bank. Carroll Community Bank, originally founded in 1870, is a state-chartered commercial bank with branch offices in the towns of Eldersburg and Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland. Carroll Community Bank operates as a community-oriented institution, offering a variety of loan and deposit products and serving the financial needs of its local community.

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Russell J. Grimes
(410) 795-1900
 
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