MidAtlantic Farm Credit Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

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Local agricultural lender, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, reports strong third quarter earnings.

CEO, MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Bob Frazee, CEO

Our performance is continuing on a strong and positive trajectory. Credit quality continues to improve and loans are growing.

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, a members-owned cooperative and an institution of the national Farm Credit system, recently reported their third quarter financial results for 2014. Net income for the quarter of $12.3 million was up $2.3 million from the $10.0 million for the same quarter of 2013. For the first nine months of 2014, net income increased 9 percent to $34.8 million. This improvement in profitability resulted primarily from a $5.9 million reduction in the loan loss provision for the first nine months of 2014, as compared to 2013. Net interest income for the third quarter of $16.9 million was flat compared to the same time period in 2013. Average accruing loan volume for the first nine months of 2014 was $2.20 billion, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to the same 2013 period.

“The allowance for loan losses represented over 92 percent of nonaccrual loans at September 30, 2014, compared to 85 percent at September 30, 2013,” said John Wheeler, CFO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “That is a sign of both our strong reserve, as well as the continuing strength of the agricultural sector in our territory.”

As of September 30, 2014, nonaccrual loans of $27.3 million were up $0.5 from December 31, 2013 but down $1.5 million from September 30, 2013. The Association’s nonaccrual loans as a percentage of total loans also decreased to 1.2 percent at the end of the third quarter of 2014, compared to 1.3 percent at September 30, 2013.

Bob Frazee, CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit, stated, “Our performance is continuing on a strong and positive trajectory. Earnings were $34.8 million and are almost 9 percent higher than the same time last year. Credit quality continues to improve and loans are growing. Our volume is increasing as accruing loans are up over 4 percent from the same time last year.”

At September 30, 2014, shareholders equity totaled $509.3 million, up 4.1 percent from December 31, 2013. This year is the first time shareholders equity has exceeded a half billion dollars. The permanent capital ratio was 20.38 percent, compared with the seven percent minimum mandated by the Farm Credit Administration (FCA).

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Association was advised that it would receive a special distribution of approximately $21 million dollars, which will be reflected in fourth quarter income.

About MidAtlantic Farm Credit
MidAtlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member‐borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. The co-op has over 10,500 members and over $2.2 billion in loans outstanding. MidAtlantic has branches serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America.

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