Oregon Bancorp Announces Fourth Quarter 2023 Earnings

Fourth quarter 2023 net earnings of $0.5 million, or $0.22 per common share.

Quarterly return on average assets of 0.6% and return on average equity of 3.0%.


SALEM, Ore. –January 26, 2024 – Oregon Bancorp, Inc. (OTCBB: ORBN) (the “Company”), parent company of Willamette Valley Bank, reported net income for the fourth quarter of $547,000 and $0.22 per common share. The Company’s quarterly return on average assets and return on average equity was 0.6% and 3.0%, respectively. This compares to $640,000 in net income and $0.26 earnings per common share outstanding for the quarter ending September 30, 2023.

Year-to-date net income reached $3.6 million and $1.44 per common share outstanding compared to $6.9 million and $2.86 per common share during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, the Company’s return on average assets was 0.9% compared to 1.7% in 2022. The Company’s net interest margin was 4.2% for the fourth quarter and 4.3% for the 2023 fiscal year. This compares to 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2022 and 4.0% for the 2022 fiscal year.

The Company’s balance sheet declined $4.6 million during the prior quarter. This is primarily related to a $4.1 million decrease in deposits. Commercial loan balances increased $16.0 million during the same period.  Compared to December 31, 2022, the balance sheet declined $6.1 million primarily due to a decline in deposits of $6.3 million.  Commercial loans, however, increased $47.6 million over the last twelve months. Bank asset quality and capital remain good, and the Board of Directors distributed a $0.26 per share quarterly dividend on January 16, 2024.

Ryan Dempster, President and CEO, commented “Loan interest rates remain elevated compared to recent norms. This has resulted in less demand for residential mortgage loans which has impacted earnings.  Despite the higher interest rate environment, we continue to experience a good net interest margin and core deposits remain level from the prior year. Current expectations for interest rate reductions in 2024 are expected to result in lower lending rates and improve loan demand.”


About Oregon Bancorp, Inc.

Oregon Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Willamette Valley Bank (Bank), a community bank headquartered in Salem, Oregon. The Bank operates full-service branches in Salem, Keizer, Silverton, and Albany, Oregon. The Bank also operates Home Loan Centers in Bend, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford, Tualatin, and West Linn, Oregon, Vancouver, Spokane, Newport and Yakima, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene and Meridian, Idaho. For more information about Oregon Bancorp, Inc. or its subsidiary, Willamette Valley Bank, please call (503)485-2222 or visit our website at www.willamettevalleybank.com.

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