LIMERICK, PA — The Victory Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VTYB), the holding company for The Victory Bank, announced unaudited results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023.
Joseph W. Major, Bank Leader and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Despite recent disturbances in the banking industry and a fluctuating economic environment, our experienced team’s commitment to providing quality lending and deposit options to clients and prospects has continued to propel the bank forward. We are pleased with the core performance of the bank in the first quarter, as both loans and deposits remained steady, with loans increasing approximately 1% and deposits declining approximately 2%.”
Major concluded, “In 2020 and 2021, our bank, like many others, held excess liquidity on our balance sheet. However, we opted for a conservative approach to building our investment portfolio over time. As a result, our unrealized investment losses have been modest, representing only 6% of our bank capital as of March 31, 2023, compared to 7% at the end of 2022, and in spite of these adjustments, the bank’s book value has increased each quarter. We ensure that off-balance sheet liquidity is readily available, while also fostering steady loan and asset growth.”
First Quarter 2023 Highlights compared to First Quarter 2022
- Net Loans increased 11% to $330.5 million from $297.4 million at March 31, 2022
- $1.6 million increase in stockholders’ equity
- $0.065 per share cash dividend paid to shareholders
- Net interest margin at the Bank was 3.76% for the quarter
- Net income of $665 thousand, totaling approximately $0.32 per common share fully diluted
- Book value per share as of March 31, 2023 was $13.70
- Total assets decreased by $37.7 million to $420.4 million as of March 31, 2023
- Credit quality remained stable
Capital Insights and Credit Quality:
- Nonaccrual loans decreased in the first quarter of 2023, from $85 thousand at year end in 2022 to $0 in the current quarter.
- Non-performing assets to total assets increased from 0.02% in the linked quarter to 0.08% in the current quarter.
- Delinquencies greater than 30 days were 0.13% of total loans as of March 31, 2023, up from 0.06% as of December 31, 2022.
- The Allowance for Credit Losses (ACL) was reported under CECL for the first time in 1Q23.
- The bank’s ACL ratio was 0.98% as of March 31, 2023, down slightly from the ALLL-to-total loans ratio of .99% as of December 31, 2022. The March 31, 2023, ACL covered non-performing loans over 10.2 times.
- The implementation of CECL did not require an audit adjustment. While future recessionary concerns are influencing the CECL qualitative adjustments, the ACL is heavily weighted on historical losses which have been minimal for many years.
- The bank remains well capitalized.
Additional information about Victory Bancorp is available on its website, VictoryBank.com.
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