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Oak Valley Bancorp Reports 1st Quarter Results

OAKDALE, Calif., April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY) (the “Company”), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, recently reported consolidated financial results. For the three months ended March 31, 2017, consolidated net income was $2,207,000, or $0.27 per diluted common share. This compared to consolidated net income of $2,322,000, or $0.29 per diluted common share, for the prior quarter and $1,509,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share, for the same period a year ago.

The increase in net income compared to the first quarter of 2016 was primarily the result of continued loan growth, a reduction in the provision for loan losses, and an increase in non-interest income mainly due to gains on called securities recorded in the first quarter of 2017. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, these gains were offset by increased operating costs and provision for income taxes as we recorded one-time tax benefits during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $8,082,000, compared to $8,049,000 in the prior quarter and $7,542,000 for the same period last year. The increase is mainly attributable to growth of our loan and investment portfolios. The net interest margin for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was 3.69%, compared to 3.68% for the prior quarter and 3.76% for the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease in loan and investment yields is a direct result of the low interest rate environment, but the Company has been able to mitigate margin compression by deploying low interest earning cash balances into higher yielding loans and investments.

Non-interest expense totaled $6,207,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $6,017,000 in the previous quarter and $6,187,000 in the same quarter a year ago. The increases are due primarily to an increase in salaries and benefits.

Non-interest income was $1,471,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $1,242,000 for the prior quarter and $1,037,000 for the same period last year. The increase compared to the prior periods is primarily related to an increase in gains from called investment securities.

“We’re pleased to report another quarter of solid operating results and are optimistic of continued financial performance given the strong loan demand we’ve recently experienced, and the emerging strength and confidence we’re seeing in the communities we serve,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO.

Total assets were $989.9 million at March 31, 2017, a decrease of $12.2 million over December 31, 2016 and an increase of $84.1 million over March 31, 2016. Gross loans were $612.9 million at March 31, 2017, an increase of $1.9 million over December 31, 2016, and an increase of $44.7 million over March 31, 2016. The Company’s total deposits were $899.2 million as of March 31, 2017, a decrease of $14.9 million and an increase of $76.7 million from December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016, respectively.

As of March 31, 2017, non-performing assets were $3.8 million or 0.38% of total assets, compared to $4.2 million or 0.42% of total assets as of December 31, 2016 and $8.8 million or 0.97% of total assets as of March 31, 2016. The decrease in year-over-year non-performing assets compared to the same period one year ago is due primarily to proceeds received for the payoff of one loan relationship which occurred in April 2016 resulting in the reduction of non-performing assets by $3.9 million at that time.

The Company did not record a provision for loan losses during the first quarter of 2017. The allowance for loan losses remained flat at 1.28% of gross loans at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, and decreased slightly from 1.33% at March 31, 2016.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & Eastern Sierra Community Bank, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 16 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the corporation for which the corporation claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the corporation's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, including increased energy costs in California, credit quality of borrowers, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the company conducts its operations. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Oak Valley Bancorp
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
             
($ in thousands, except per share) 1st Quarter 4th Quarter 3rd Quarter 2nd Quarter 1st Quarter
Selected Quarterly Operating Data:   2017     2016     2016     2016     2016  
             
  Net interest income $ 8,082   $ 8,049   $ 7,829   $ 8,106   $ 7,542  
  Provision for loan losses   -     69     90     125     200  
  Non-interest income   1,471     1,242     1,077     1,056     1,037  
  Non-interest expense   6,207     6,017     5,924     6,187     6,187  
  Net income before income taxes   3,346     3,205     2,892     2,850     2,192  
  Provision for income taxes   1,139     883     962     946     683  
  Net income $ 2,207   $ 2,322   $ 1,930   $ 1,904   $ 1,509  
             
  Earnings per common share - basic $ 0.27   $ 0.29   $ 0.24   $ 0.24   $ 0.19  
  Earnings per common share - diluted $ 0.27   $ 0.29   $ 0.24   $ 0.24   $ 0.19  
  Dividends paid per common share $ 0.125   $ -   $ 0.12   $ -   $ 0.12  
  Return on average common equity   10.73 %   11.07 %   9.28 %   9.48 %   7.68 %
  Return on average assets   0.91 %   0.95 %   0.82 %   0.85 %   0.67 %
  Net interest margin (1)   3.69 %   3.68 %   3.73 %   4.03 %   3.76 %
  Efficiency ratio (2)   63.84 %   60.79 %   62.08 %   62.48 %   67.46 %
             
Capital - Period End          
  Book value per common share $ 10.40   $ 10.19   $ 10.24   $ 10.14   $ 9.76  
             
Credit Quality - Period End          
  Nonperforming assets/ total assets   0.38 %   0.42 %   0.43 %   0.42 %   0.97 %
  Loan loss reserve/ gross loans   1.28 %   1.28 %   1.29 %   1.32 %   1.33 %
             
Period End Balance Sheet          
($ in thousands)          
  Total assets $ 989,879   $ 1,002,110   $ 947,017   $ 925,635   $ 905,750  
  Gross loans   612,894     610,949     602,569     579,774     568,227  
  Nonperforming assets   3,777     4,247     4,099     3,884     8,763  
  Allowance for loan losses   7,827     7,832     7,767     7,680     7,557  
  Deposits   899,169     914,093     859,756     838,458     822,440  
  Common equity   84,061     82,450     82,858     81,993     78,960  
             
Non-Financial Data          
  Full-time equivalent staff   159     161     158     158     164  
  Number of banking offices   16     16     16     16     16  
             
Common Shares outstanding          
  Period end   8,082,205     8,088,455     8,093,555     8,088,155     8,088,155  
  Period average - basic   8,041,829     8,032,380     8,030,782     8,028,332     8,008,602  
  Period average - diluted   8,071,768     8,066,575     8,063,381     8,060,464     8,051,776  
             
Market Ratios          
  Stock Price $ 13.20   $ 12.55   $ 10.20   $ 9.75   $ 9.27  
  Price/Earnings   11.86     10.94     10.70     10.25     12.27  
  Price/Book   1.27     1.23     1.00     0.96     0.95  
             
(1)  Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%.      
(2)  Ratio computed on a fully tax equivalent basis using a marginal federal tax rate of 34%,      
and a marginal federal/state combined tax rate of 41.15% for applicable revenue.      

/EIN News/ --  

Contact:	Chris Courtney/Rick McCarty
                    Phone:	(209) 848-2265	
                    www.ovcb.com

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