Press Release  | July 22, 2014


Second Quarter Highlights    


                                                                                Quarter Ended                   Quarter Ended
                                                                                 June 30, 2014                    June 30, 2013

Diluted earnings per share                                             $0.55                                    $0.45

Net Income                                                               $1,522,000                           $1,247,000

Return on average common equity                                11.09%                                 9.32%          

Return on average assets                                               1.02%                                  0.88%      

Millersburg, Ohio – July 22, 2014 – CSB Bancorp, Inc. (CSBB) today announced second quarter 2014 net income of $1,522,000 or $.55 per basic and diluted share, as compared to $1,247,000 or $.45 per basic and diluted share for the same period in 2013. 

Annualized returns on average common equity (“ROE”) and average assets (“ROA”) for the quarter were 11.09% and 1.02%, respectively, compared with 9.32% and 0.88% for the second quarter of 2013.

Eddie Steiner, President and CEO commented, “Loan demand has improved as businesses are investing in plant and equipment and signs of improved housing markets are emerging.  We continue to focus on expanding customer relationships within our primary markets.” 

Revenue, on a fully-taxable equivalent basis, totaled $6.3 million during the quarter, a 9% increase from the prior-year second quarter.  Net interest income improved by $453 thousand as compared to second quarter 2013 while other income increased $93 thousand, attributable to a $133 thousand gain on sale of investments during the quarter. 

Non-interest expense amounted to $3.8 million during the quarter, an increase of $186 thousand or 5% from second quarter 2013.  The Company’s second quarter efficiency ratio amounted to 62.1% as compared to 63.4% for the same quarter in the prior year.  

Net interest margin amounted to 3.66% for the quarter compared to 3.49% for the prior year’s second quarter. The margin improvement resulted from the combination of a $47 million increase in average balances of higher earning loans and investments, a $23 million average balance decrease in overnight investments, a $17 million average balance increase in noninterest bearing deposits and a 15 basis point decrease in interest rates paid on interest bearing deposits and borrowings.

Federal income tax provision totaled $683 thousand in second quarter 2014, compared to $538 thousand for the same quarter in 2013 reflecting an effective tax rate of 31% for current quarter versus 30% for the second quarter in 2013.

Average total assets during the quarter amounted to $598 million, an increase of $27 million or 4.6% above the same quarter of the prior year.  Average loan balances of $411 million were $36 million or 9.5% above prior year second quarter, while average securities balances of $146 million increased $12 million or 9% as compared to second quarter 2013.

Average commercial loan balances for the quarter, including commercial real estate, increased $30 million or 12% above year ago levels.  Average residential mortgage balances increased by $4 million or 5% over the prior year’s quarter.  The increase of in-house mortgage balances was the result of the bank originating and retaining some 15 year fixed rate mortgages.  Average home equity balances increased $1 million or 3%, and average consumer credit balances increased $300 thousand or 4% versus the same quarter of the prior year. 

Net charge-offs during second quarter 2014 were $152 thousand compared to second quarter 2013 net loan charge-offs of $69 thousand.  Annualized net charge-offs equated to 0.15% of average loans in the current quarter.

Nonperforming assets totaled $5.0 million or 1.22% of total loans plus other real estate at June 30, 2014, compared to $2.4 million or 0.63% at June 30, 2013.  Delinquent loan balances as of June 30, 2014 amounted to 1.50% of total loans as compared to 1.08% at June 30, 2013. During first quarter 2014 a $2.9 million commercial relationship was placed on nonaccrual with an assigned specific reserve.   

The Company funded $150 thousand in loan loss provision during the second quarter and the allowance for loan losses amounted to 1.23% of total loans on June 30, 2014.  The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans stood at 100.6% at June 30, 2014.  

Average deposit balances grew by $7 million, or 2%, from the prior year’s second quarter.  Average deposit balances totaled $469 million at June 30, 2014, reflecting a seasonal decrease of $10 million or 2% from the December 31, 2013 quarter.  Within the deposit category, average noninterest-bearing account balances for the second quarter increased by $17 million, or 17% above the same period in the prior year.  Average interest-bearing checking, money market and traditional savings balances increased $14 million or 7% from year ago levels, while average time deposit balances decreased $23 million or 15% during the year.  In addition to the changes in average deposit balances, the average balance of securities sold under repurchase agreement during the second quarter grew by $5 million or 13% above the average for the same period in the prior year.  The repurchase agreements, while considered short-term borrowings, are primarily tied to overnight customer sweep accounts.

Shareholders’ equity totaled $55.2 million on June 30, 2014 with 2.7 million common shares outstanding.  The tangible equity to assets ratio amounted to 8.3% on June 30, 2014, as compared to 8.1% on June 30, 2013.  The Company declared a common dividend of $.18 per share during the quarter.  Based on the June 30, 2014 closing stock price of $20.23 per share, the Company’s annual dividend yield approximates 3.6%.

About CSB Bancorp, Inc.
CSB is a financial holding company headquartered in Millersburg, Ohio, with approximate assets of $609 million as of June 30, 2014.  CSB provides a complete range of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through its wholly owned subsidiary, The Commercial and Savings Bank, with sixteen banking centers in Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas and Stark counties and Trust offices located in Millersburg and Wooster, Ohio. 

Forward-Looking Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry, and specifically the financial condition and results of operations, including without limitation, statements relating to the earnings outlook of the Company, as well as its operations, markets and products.  Actual results could differ materially from those indicated. Among the important factors that could cause results to differ materially are interest rate changes, softening in the economy, which could materially impact credit quality trends and the ability to generate loans, changes in the mix of the Company’s business, competitive pressures, changes in accounting, tax or regulatory practices or requirements and those risk factors detailed in the Company’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


Contact Information:
Paula J. Meiler, SVP & CFO






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