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Form 10-Q for AUBURN NATIONAL BANCORPORATION, INC


2-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

General

The following discussion and analysis is designed to provide a better understanding of various factors related to the results of operations and financial condition of the Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (the "Company") and its wholly owned subsidiary, AuburnBank (the "Bank"). This discussion is intended to supplement and highlight information contained in the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes for the quarters and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, as well as the information contained in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

Special Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made in this discussion and analysis and elsewhere, including information incorporated herein by reference to other documents, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to, the protections of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act").

Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond our control, and which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements through our use of words such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "assume," "attempt," "should," "desired," "indicate," "would," "believe," "deem," "contemplate," "expect," "seek," "estimate," "evaluate," "continue," "plan," "point to," "project," "predict," "could," "intend," "target," "potential," and other similar words and expressions of the future. These forward-looking statements may not be realized due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation:

the effects of future economic, business and market conditions and changes, domestic and foreign, including seasonality;

governmental monetary and fiscal policies;

legislative and regulatory changes, including changes in banking, securities and tax laws, regulations and rules and their application by our regulators, and changes in the scope and cost of FDIC insurance and other coverage;

changes in accounting policies, rules and practices;

the risks of changes in interest rates on the levels, composition and costs of deposits, loan demand, and the values and liquidity of loan collateral, securities, and interest sensitive assets and liabilities, and the risks and uncertainty of the amounts realizable and the timing of dispositions of assets by the FDIC where we may have a participation or other interest;

changes in borrower credit risks and payment behaviors;

changes in the availability and cost of credit and capital in the financial markets, and the types of instruments that may be included as capital for regulatory purposes;

changes in the prices, values and sales volumes of residential and commercial real estate;

the effects of competition from a wide variety of local, regional, national and other providers of financial, investment and insurance services;

the failure of assumptions and estimates underlying the establishment of reserves for possible loan losses and other estimates, including estimates of potential losses due to claims from purchases of mortgages that we originated;


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the risks inherent in estimating fair market and other values for other real estate owned and other Level 2 and Level 3 assets, including discount rates and estimated cash flows;

changes in technology or products that may be more difficult or costly to implement or less effective than anticipated;

the effects of war or other conflicts, acts of terrorism or other catastrophic events, that may affect general economic conditions;

the failure of assumptions and estimates, as well as differences in, and changes to, economic, market and credit conditions, including changes in borrowers' credit risks and payment behaviors from those used in our loan portfolio stress test;

the risks that our deferred tax assets could be reduced if estimates of future taxable income from our operations and tax planning strategies are less than currently estimated, and sales of our capital stock could trigger a reduction in the amount of net operating loss carry-forwards that we may be able to utilize for income tax purposes; and

other factors and information in this report and other filings that we make with the SEC under the Exchange Act, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and subsequent quarterly and current reports. See Part II, Item 1A, "RISK FACTORS."

All written or oral forward-looking statements that are made by or attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. We have no obligation and do not undertake to update, revise or correct any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this report, or after the respective dates on which such statements otherwise are made.

Business

The Company was incorporated in 1990 under the laws of the State of Delaware and became a bank holding company after it acquired its Alabama predecessor, which was a bank holding company established in 1984. The Bank, the Company's principal subsidiary, is an Alabama state-chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System and has operated continuously since 1907. Both the Company and the Bank are headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. The Bank conducts its business primarily in East Alabama, including Lee County and surrounding areas. The Bank operates full-service branches in Auburn, Opelika, Valley, Hurtsboro and Notasulga, Alabama. In-store branches are located in the Auburn and Opelika Kroger stores, as well as Wal-Mart SuperCenter stores in Auburn, Opelika and Phenix City, Alabama. Loan production offices are located in Montgomery and Phenix City, Alabama.

Summary of Results of Operations



                                                     Quarter ended September 30,           Nine months ended September 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)        2012               2011                2012                 2011

Net interest income (a)                            $         5,675      $     5,274      $         16,818       $      16,020
Less: tax-equivalent adjustment                                416              429                 1,246               1,304

Net interest income (GAAP)                                   5,259            4,845                15,572              14,716
Noninterest income                                           2,017            1,327                 8,695               3,716

Total revenue                                                7,276            6,172                24,267              18,432
Provision for loan losses                                    1,550              600                 2,750               1,800
Noninterest expense                                          3,770            4,268                15,360              12,170
Income tax expense                                             347              (63 )               1,054                  89

Net earnings                                       $         1,609      $     1,367      $          5,103       $       4,373

Basic and diluted earnings per share               $          0.44      $      0.38      $           1.40       $        1.20

(a) Tax-equivalent. See "Table 1 - Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."


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Financial Summary

The Company's net earnings were $5.1 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $4.4 million for the first nine months of 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $1.40 per share for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $1.20 per share for the first nine months of 2011.

Net interest income was $15.6 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $14.7 million for the first nine months of 2011. Average loans were $389.7 million in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of $15.3 million, or 4%, from the first nine months of 2011. Average deposits were $631.2 million in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of $11.4 million, or 2%, from the first nine months of 2011.

The provision for loan losses was $2.8 million and $1.8 million for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase in the provision for loan losses was primarily due to an increase in net-charge offs. Net charge-offs were $3.6 million and $3.1 million for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011, respectively. This increase was primarily due to an increase in net charge-offs in the commercial real estate portfolio of $2.4 million, which was partially offset by declines in net charge-offs of $1.5 million and $0.4 million, respectively, in the construction and land development and commercial and industrial portfolios. Overall, the Company's annualized net charge-off ratio was 1.24% in the first nine months of 2012, compared to 1.12% in the first nine months of 2011.

Noninterest income was $8.7 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $3.7 million in the first nine months of 2011. The increase in noninterest income was primarily due to a $3.3 million gain on sale of three affordable housing investments in January 2012 and an increase in mortgage lending income of $1.2 million.

Noninterest expense was $15.4 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $12.2 million in the first nine months of 2011. On January 19, 2012, the Company restructured its balance sheet by paying off $38.0 million of FHLB advances with a weighted average interest rate of 4.26% and a weighted average duration of 2.6 years. The increase in total noninterest expense was primarily due to prepayment penalties of $3.7 million incurred during the first nine months of 2012 on the repayment of the FHLB advances, compared to none in the first nine months of 2011. Other changes impacting noninterest expense were an increase in salaries and benefits expense of $0.5 million and a decrease in net expenses related to other real estate owned of $1.0 million.

Income tax expense was approximately $1.1 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $0.1 million in the first nine months of 2011. The Company's effective tax rate for the first nine months of 2012 was approximately 17.12%, compared to 1.99% in the first nine months of 2011. The increase in the Company's effective tax rate during the first nine months of 2012 when compared to the first nine months of 2011 was primarily due to a 38% increase in the level of earnings before taxes and a decrease in federal tax credits related to the Company's investments in affordable housing limited partnerships, which were sold in January 2012. The impact of these changes on the Company's effective tax rate during first nine months of 2012 was partially offset by the reversal of a previously established deferred tax valuation allowance of $0.5 million related to capital loss carryforwards.

In the first nine months of 2012, the Company paid cash dividends of $2.2 million, or $0.615 per share. The Company's balance sheet remains "well capitalized" under current regulatory guidelines with a total risk-based capital ratio of 17.00% and a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.54% at September 30, 2012.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting and financial reporting policies of the Company conform with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and with general practices within the banking industry. In connection with the application of those principles, we have made judgments and estimates which, in the case of the determination of our allowance for loan losses, our assessment of other-than-temporary impairment, recurring and non-recurring fair value measurements, the valuation of other real estate owned, and the valuation of deferred tax assets, were critical to the determination of our financial position and results of operations. Other policies also require subjective judgment and assumptions and may accordingly impact our financial position and results of operations.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The Company assesses the adequacy of its allowance for loan losses prior to the end of each calendar quarter. The level of the allowance is based upon management's evaluation of the loan portfolio, past loan loss experience, current asset quality trends, known and inherent risks in the portfolio, adverse situations that may affect a borrower's ability to repay (including the timing of future payment), the estimated value of any underlying collateral, composition of the loan


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portfolio, economic conditions, industry and peer bank loan loss rates and other pertinent factors, including regulatory recommendations. This evaluation is inherently subjective as it requires material estimates including the amounts and timing of future cash flows expected to be received on impaired loans that may be susceptible to significant change. Loans are charged off, in whole or in part, when management believes that the full collectability of the loan is unlikely. A loan may be partially charged-off after a "confirming event" has occurred which serves to validate that full repayment pursuant to the terms of the loan is unlikely.

The Company deems loans impaired when, based on current information and events, it is probable that the Company will be unable to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the loan agreement. Collection of all amounts due according to the contractual terms means that both the interest and principal payments of a loan will be collected as scheduled in the loan agreement.

An impairment allowance is recognized if the fair value of the loan is less than the recorded investment in the loan. The impairment is recognized through the allowance. Loans that are impaired are recorded at the present value of expected future cash flows discounted at the loan's effective interest rate, or if the loan is collateral dependent, impairment measurement is based on the fair value of the collateral, less estimated disposal costs.

The level of allowance maintained is believed by management to be adequate to absorb probable losses inherent in the portfolio at the balance sheet date. The allowance is increased by provisions charged to expense and decreased by charge-offs, net of recoveries of amounts previously charged-off.

In assessing the adequacy of the allowance, the Company also considers the results of its ongoing independent loan review process. The Company's loan review process assists in determining whether there are loans in the portfolio whose credit quality has weakened over time and evaluating the risk characteristics of the entire loan portfolio. The Company's loan review process includes the judgment of management, the input from our independent loan reviewers, and reviews that may have been conducted by bank regulatory agencies as part of their examination process. The Company incorporates loan review results in the determination of whether or not it is probable that it will be able to collect all amounts due according to the contractual terms of a loan.

As part of the Company's quarterly assessment of the allowance, management divides the loan portfolio into five segments: commercial and industrial, construction and land development, commercial real estate, residential real estate, and consumer installment loans. The Company analyzes each segment and estimates an allowance allocation for each loan segment.

The allocation of the allowance for loan losses begins with a process of estimating the probable losses inherent for these types of loans. The estimates for these loans are established by category and based on the Company's internal system of credit risk ratings and historical loss data. The estimated loan loss allocation rate for the Company's internal system of credit risk grades is based on its experience with similarly graded loans. For loan segments where the Company believes it does not have sufficient historical loss data, the Company may make adjustments based, in part, on loss rates of peer bank groups. At September 30, 2012 and 2011, and for the periods then ended, the Company adjusted its historical loss rates for the commercial real estate portfolio segment based, in part, on loss rates of peer bank groups.

The estimated loan loss allocation for all five loan portfolio segments is then adjusted for management's estimate of probable losses for several "qualitative and environmental" factors. The allocation for qualitative and environmental factors is particularly subjective and does not lend itself to exact mathematical calculation. This amount represents estimated probable inherent credit losses which exist, but have not yet been identified, as of the balance sheet date, and are based upon quarterly trend assessments in delinquent and nonaccrual loans, credit concentration changes, prevailing economic conditions, changes in lending personnel experience, changes in lending policies or procedures and other influencing factors. These qualitative and environmental factors are considered for each of the five loan segments and the allowance allocation, as determined by the processes noted above, is increased or decreased based on the incremental assessment of these factors.

The Company periodically re-evaluates its practices in determining the allowance for loan losses. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company's management decided to eliminate a previously unallocated component of the allowance. As a result, the Company had no unallocated amount included in the allowance at September 30, 2012.

Assessment for Other-Than-Temporary Impairment of Securities

On a quarterly basis, management makes an assessment to determine whether there have been events or economic circumstances to indicate that a security on which there is an unrealized loss is other-than-temporarily impaired. For equity securities with an unrealized loss, the Company considers many factors including the severity and duration of the impairment; the intent and ability of the Company to hold the security for a period of time sufficient for a recovery in value;


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and recent events specific to the issuer or industry. Equity securities for which there is an unrealized loss that is deemed to be other-than-temporary are written down to fair value with the write-down recorded as a realized loss in securities gains (losses).

For debt securities with an unrealized loss, an other-than-temporary impairment write-down is triggered when (1) the Company has the intent to sell a debt security, (2) it is more likely than not that the entity will be required to sell the debt security before recovery of its amortized cost basis, or (3) the entity does not expect to recover the entire amortized cost basis of the debt security. If the Company has the intent to sell a debt security or if it is more likely than not that that it will be required to sell the debt security before recovery, the other-than-temporary write-down is equal to the entire difference between the debt security's amortized cost and its fair value. If the Company does not intend to sell the security or it is not more likely than not that it will be required to sell the security before recovery, the other-than-temporary impairment write-down is separated into the amount that is credit related (credit loss component) and the amount due to all other factors. The credit loss component is recognized in earnings, as a realized loss in securities gains (losses), and is the difference between the security's amortized cost basis and the present value of its expected future cash flows. The remaining difference between the security's fair value and the present value of future expected cash flows is due to factors that are not credit related and is recognized in other comprehensive income, net of applicable taxes.

Fair Value Determination

GAAP requires management to value and disclose certain of the Company's assets and liabilities at fair value, including investments classified as available-for-sale and derivatives. FASB ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, which defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. For more information regarding fair value measurements and disclosures, please refer to Note 8 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Fair values are based on active market prices of identical assets or liabilities when available. Comparable assets or liabilities or a composite of comparable assets in active markets are used when identical assets or liabilities do not have readily available active market pricing. However, some of the Company's assets or liabilities lack an available or comparable trading market characterized by frequent transactions between willing buyers and sellers. In these cases, fair value is estimated using pricing models that use discounted cash flows and other pricing techniques. Pricing models and their underlying assumptions are based upon management's best estimates for appropriate discount rates, default rates, prepayments, market volatility and other factors, taking into account current observable market data and experience.

These assumptions may have a significant effect on the reported fair values of assets and liabilities and the related income and expense. As such, the use of different models and assumptions, as well as changes in market conditions, could result in materially different net earnings and retained earnings results.

Other Real Estate Owned

Other real estate owned ("OREO"), consists of properties obtained through foreclosure or in satisfaction of loans and is reported at the lower of cost or fair value, less estimated costs to sell at the date acquired with any loss recognized as a charge-off through the allowance for loan losses. Additional OREO losses for subsequent valuation adjustments are determined on a specific property basis and are included as a component of other noninterest expense along with holding costs. Any gains or losses on disposal realized at the time of disposal are also reflected in noninterest expense. Significant judgments and complex estimates are required in estimating the fair value of OREO, and the period of time within which such estimates can be considered current is significantly shortened during periods of market volatility, as experienced during 2011 and 2010. As a result, the net proceeds realized from sales transactions could differ significantly from appraisals, comparable sales, and other estimates used to determine the fair value of other OREO.

Deferred Tax Asset Valuation

A valuation allowance is recognized for a deferred tax asset if, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more-likely-than-not that some portion or the entire deferred tax asset will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income and tax planning strategies in making this assessment. Based upon the historical level of taxable income and projections for future taxable income over the periods in which the deferred tax assets are deductible, management believes it is more-likely-than-not that the Company will realize the benefits of these deductible differences at September 30, 2012. The amount of the deferred tax assets considered realizable, however, could be reduced in the near term if estimates of future taxable income during future periods are reduced.


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Average Balance Sheet and Interest Rates



                                                           Nine months ended September 30,
                                                        2012                              2011

                                               Average         Yield/            Average         Yield/
(Dollars in thousands)                         Balance          Rate             Balance          Rate

Loans and loans held for sale                $   394,359           5.52%       $   376,273           5.70%
Securities - taxable                             206,713           1.98%           225,802           2.89%
Securities - tax-exempt                           78,409           6.25%            80,024           6.40%

Total securities                                 285,122           3.15%           305,826           3.81%
Federal funds sold                                20,288           0.21%            26,688           0.18%
Interest bearing bank deposits                       880            -                1,557           0.09%

Total interest-earning assets                    700,649           4.40%           710,344           4.67%

Deposits:
NOW                                              100,597           0.36%            91,125           0.62%
Savings and money market                         154,076           0.57%           139,037           0.72%
Certificates of deposits less than
$100,000                                         109,383           1.66%           114,981           1.99%
Certificates of deposits and other time
deposits of $100,000 or more                     161,196           2.11%           183,841           2.42%

Total interest-bearing deposits                  525,252           1.23%           528,984           1.57%
Short-term borrowings                              3,088           0.56%             2,383           0.50%
Long-term debt                                    49,752           3.74%            87,433           3.89%

Total interest-bearing liabilities               578,092           1.44%           618,800           1.90%

Net interest income and margin
(tax-equivalent)                             $    16,818           3.21%       $    16,020           3.02%

Net Interest Income and Margin

Net interest income (tax-equivalent) was $16.8 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to $16.0 million for the first nine months of 2011, as net interest margin improvement offset a decline in average interest-earning assets of 1%. Net interest margin (tax-equivalent) was 3.21% for the first nine months of 2012, compared to 3.02% for the first nine months of 2011. The improving net interest margin reflected management's efforts to increase earnings by shifting the Company's asset mix through loan growth, focusing on deposit pricing, and repaying higher-cost wholesale funding sources. The cost of total . . .

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