Carroll Bancorp, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
Sykesville, MD
07/21/2016 08:48 AM

– Carroll Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQB: CROL), the parent company of Carroll Community Bank (the “Bank”), today announced quarterly net income of $53,000, or $0.06 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to $75,000, or $0.08 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Company earned $123,000, or $0.13 per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to net income of $130,000, or $0.15 per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2015.

 

Total assets grew to $158.3 million at June 30, 2016, an increase of $6.9 million and $30.2 million, respectively compared to December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015. Loan balances remained relatively flat compared to December 31, 2015 as residential mortgage loans declined by $5.7 million, mostly offset by commercial loans increasing by $5.6 million. Total loan commitments originated amounted to $19.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 with outstanding balances of $12.2 million at June 30, 2016, and total deposits increased by $3.8 million during the six months ended June 30, 2016, with core deposits increasing by $12.0 million partially offset by the maturity of brokered deposits of $8.2 million. In addition, non-interest and interest bearing checking balances increased by $5.0 million, or 29.5%, to $21.8 million at June 30, 2016 compared to December 31, 2015.

 

Net interest income increased during the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 by $154,000 and $373,000, respectively, compared to the same periods last year as a result of the loan growth we experienced throughout 2015. Noninterest income decreased by $5,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and increased by $31,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to the same periods in 2015. The year to date increase is primarily due to the implementation of a new secondary market loan program with the Federal Home Loan Bank resulting in gains of $46,000 partially offset by a write down of $30,000 on a foreclosure property in connection with a pending sale. Noninterest expenses increased by $213,000 and $450,000, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to the same periods in 2015. This was a result of increased operating expenses related to the personnel and facilities infrastructure put in place to expand our footprint into the Washington Metropolitan market, along with supplementing our Carroll County branch locations with experienced staff made available following the acquisition of Susquehanna Bank by BB&T in 2015. In addition, we incurred $56,000 in expenses as part of our strategic initiative of identifying and pursuing potential acquisition candidates.

 

Nonperforming loans and assets were $112,000 and $281,000, respectively at June 30, 2016 compared to $0 and $199,000, respectively, at December 31, 2015. Our past due loans declined significantly to $622,000 at June 30, 2016 compared to $1.7 million at December 31, 2015.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company purchased 5,800 shares of its common stock as part of the plan approved by the Company’s Board of Directors to repurchase up to 38,634 shares of its outstanding shares of common stock. As of June 30, 2016, the Company had purchased a total of 14,522 shares of common stock under this plan.

 

“2016 continues to be a strong year for loan originations in our Carroll County and Washington Metropolitan markets, totaling around $19 million. The loan originations consisted mostly of commercial real estate, commercial construction and residential home equity lines of credit. The rapid pace of refinancing of our residential mortgage loan portfolio has slowed our overall loan and balance sheet growth, which in turn has hindered our net income for the year. We expect strong commercial loan originations for the second half of 2016 coupled with an appropriate tightening of operating expenses” stated Russell J. Grimes, President and CEO of Carroll Bancorp, Inc.

 About Carroll Bancorp, Inc. and Carroll Community Bank

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. 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 Eldersburg, Westminster and Bethesda, 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.

 

 Forward-Looking Statements: The statement in this release that the Company expects strong commercial loan originations for the second half of 2016 is a forward-looking statement within the meaning of and pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statement is based on our current beliefs and expectations and is inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, such forward-looking statement is 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 in our market areas, the impact of new governmental regulations, and unexpected changes in interest rates, deposit flows and loan demand, 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, 2015 (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.

Reference
Russell J. Grimes
410-795-1900
 
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