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C&N Donates $4,000 to Jersey Shore YMCA Renovation Campaign

Posted Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:58 | Filed under C&N News

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Sean Simcox, center, C&N Jersey Shore community office manager, presents C&N's donation to Barbara Schmouder, left, Jersey Shore YMCA Advisory Board chairperson and Laura A. McMahon, right, Jersey Shore YMCA executive director.

WELLSBORO, PA – Citizens & Northern Bank has donated $4,000 to the River Valley Regional YMCA – Jersey Shore Branch’s building renovation campaign. The campaign was initially launched five years ago, but plans were put on hold due to the downturn in the economy, said Laura McMahon, Jersey Shore YMCA executive director. The $350,000 renovation is being paid for entirely through fund raising efforts.

Plans call for construction to be complete this fall. Renovations to the more than 100-year-old facility include a 3,000 square foot Wellness Center that will accommodate treadmills, ellipticals, and strength training equipment. A new 1,600 square foot aerobics room will provide space for group exercise classes, as well as popular programs such as Zumba and Silver Sneakers.  Rounding out the new fitness areas will be a new 900 square foot free-weight room.

Separate from the fitness areas, another part of the renovation includes the creation of a new Teen Center. Once completed, teens will be able to use the new room to work on homework, socialize with friends, or enjoy games like air hockey, billiards, or sports, said McMahon.

“On behalf of C&N I am extremely honored to be able to contribute to the Jersey Shore YMCA's renovation project. It is a much needed and welcome improvement that will benefit the entire community and C&N is proud to be a part of this project,” said Sean Simcox, C&N Jersey Shore community office manager.

“Having been a member of the YMCA for many years and with fond memories of the bowling alley that once was the source of many hours of fun and excitement, it is truly satisfying to see this area finally being brought back to life. The plans for the space are exactly what are most needed and will be welcomed by the entire community. Moving the fitness equipment and weights into this large space will also allow the YMCA to better utilize the space in the rest of the building resulting in a new Teen Center that will certainly fulfill a need within Jersey Shore.

“C&N recognizes that the YMCA is a cornerstone of the community in Jersey Shore and as a community bank is glad to be a part of this renovation,” he said.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

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C&N Donates $50,000 to Williamsport YMCA Capital Funds Campaign

Posted Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:49 | Filed under C&N News

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David Fagerstrom, left, River Valley Regional YMCA president and CEO, receives Citizens & Northern Bank's $50,000 donation from John Zurich of the C&N Trust and Financial Management Group, second from left; Bruce Smithgall, C&N vice president and commercial team leader, third from left and Ray Mattie, member of the C&N Board of Directors, third from right. Also accepting the donation on behalf of the Y are
Chad Eberhart, Williamsport Branch YMCA executive director, second from right and Ron Cimini, right, YMCA trustee.

WELLSBORO, PA – Citizens & Northern Bank has donated $50,000 to the River Valley YMCA – Williamsport Branch’s Capital Funds Campaign. The Campaign, titled “It’s Time for a New Y”, will help fund the new $10 million, 63,000 square foot facility which will be located just south of Susquehanna Health's Williamsport Regional Medical Center. This location is within a residential area that invites pedestrian traffic into the YMCA and will allow the YMCA to reach more families, said David Fagerstrom, president and CEO of the River Valley Regional YMCA.

Fagerstrom said construction on the new facility will begin this fall or, at the latest, next spring. He anticipates construction to take 12 – 14 months.

“Citizens & Northern has supported our YMCA for a long time. The bank and the Williamsport Branch share the same service area and this donation will help us to get a lot of people healthy. This means a great deal for our community,” he said.

Locating the new YMCA near the hospital will allow both facilities to share services and work toward lowering the obesity rate and prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the community, Fagerstrom said.

“C&N has always been committed to the communities it serves and it gives us a great deal of pleasure to be able to make this contribution to our local YMCA,” said Bruce Smithgall, C&N vice president and commercial team leader. “The Williamsport Y is an integral part of our community and C&N strongly supports its mission to become an even stronger provider of youth development, healthy living and socially responsible activities for everyone.”

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

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C&N Places First Nationwide in Bank Performance Scorecard

Posted Thursday, 26 July 2012 22:56 | Filed under C&N News

WELLSBORO, PA – Citizens & Northern Corporation, parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, has been ranked Number One in the nation in Bank Director Magazine’s 2012 Bank Performance Scorecard. C&N placed first out of 195 financial institutions in the $1 billion to $5 billion category based on 2011 performance.

The scorecard is a ranking of publically owned U.S. banks and thrifts that are listed on the NASDAQ OMX and NYSE EURONEXT stock exchanges. The 2012 Bank Performance Scorecard uses five key metrics that measure profitability (core return on average assets and core return on average equity); capital strength (ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets); and asset quality (ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and real estate owned, and the ratio of net charge offs to average loans).

Jack Milligan, Bank Director magazine editor, said “Because the Scorecard ranks banks based on the combination of profitability, capitalization and asset quality, institutions that do well often have good marks on all five metrics rather than place first in any one category.” Mr. Milligan also observed, “The key to doing well on the Scorecard is to be highly profitable and well capitalized, instead of being more highly leveraged.”

C&N’s first place recognition is based on the following: Assets - $1.324 billion; Core Return on Average Assets – 1.66%; Core Return on Average Equity – 14.27%; Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets – 11.84%; Non Performing Assets/Loans and OREO – 1.34% and the ratio of net charge offs to average loans - .16%.

“Our number one ranking is testament to the dedication of our employees, leadership team and Board of Directors,” said Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO. “It was only three years ago that we faced major challenges in light of the worst recession since the Great Depression. As a team, we worked through it, always putting the needs of our customers and shareholders first. We are proud to receive the recognition.”

The article can be accessed online at www.bankdirector.com.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC

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C&N Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

Posted Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:39 | Filed under C&N News

WELLSBORO, PA – Citizens & Northern Corporation (C&N) has announced its unaudited, consolidated financial results for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012.

Net income for the second quarter 2012 was $5,685,000, or $0.46 per basic and diluted share, comparable to net income of $0.46 per share for the first quarter 2012 and down slightly from $0.47 per share for the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, net income was $11,272,000, or $0.92 per basic and diluted share, comparable to $0.92 per share in the first six months of 2011. Annualized return on average assets was 1.72% for the six months ended June 30, 2012, and annualized return on average equity for the same period was 13.12%.

Some of the more significant fluctuations in the components of earnings are as follows:Net interest income in the second quarter 2012 was $146,000 (1.2%) lower than in the first quarter 2012, and $313,000 (2.6%) higher than in the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, net interest income was $1,305,000 (5.7%) higher than for the first six months of 2011. The interest margin fell slightly to 4.33% in the second quarter 2012 from 4.41% in the first quarter 2012, as yields on earning assets (mainly loans and securities) dropped due in part to falling market interest rates. The higher level of net interest income in the second quarter 2012 and year-to-date June 30, 2012 as compared to the corresponding periods of 2011 reflected significant improvement in the margin, primarily because of a lower cost of funds. Net interest income included the benefit of accretion from the offset of a previous write-down on a security, with a benefit of $859,000 in the first six months of 2012, including $402,000 in the second quarter and $457,000 in the first quarter, as compared to a benefit of $271,000 in the first six months of 2011, with $160,000 in the second quarter 2011 and $111,000 in the first quarter 2011. The security matured in the second quarter 2012, with C&N receiving full repayment of principal.

The provision for loan losses was $367,000 in the second quarter 2012, as compared to a credit (reduction in expense) of $182,000 in the first quarter 2012 and a provision of $31,000 in the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, C&N’s provision for loan losses was $185,000 as compared to compared to a credit of $161,000 in the first six months of 2011. In the second quarter 2012, the provision included a net increase in specific allowances for loan losses on larger commercial loans of $177,000, including an increase of $263,000 related to one relationship. In the first quarter 2012, the credit included a reduction in a component of the allowance for loan losses that is determined based on the 3 previous years’ net charge-off experience The credits for loan losses in the first quarter 2012 and the first six months of 2011 resulted, in part, from a reduction in loans outstanding, as the general component of the allowance for loan losses was reduced in those periods. The credit for the first six months of 2011 also reflected the benefit of lower charge-off amounts than had been anticipated (and for which larger allowances had been established) related to three commercial loan relationships.

Total noninterest revenue was $4,095,000 in the second quarter 2012, up from $3,759,000 in the first quarter 2012 and $3,673,000 in the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, total noninterest revenue was $7,854,000 or 26.1% higher than in the first six months of 2011. The increases in noninterest revenue for both the most recent quarter and year-to-date 2012 included significant increases in gains from sales of residential mortgage loans and from brokerage revenues. In April 2012, C&N re-opened the Athens, PA branch, which had been closed due to a flood that occurred in September 2011. In the second quarter 2012, noninterest revenue included a gain related to re-opening the Athens branch of approximately $270,000, as the amount of insurance proceeds received exceeded the historical book value of the assets replaced or reconstructed. Also included in noninterest revenue in the second quarter 2012 were losses totaling $184,000 related to real estate properties acquired in foreclosures. In 2011, noninterest revenue was negatively impacted by an impairment loss in the first quarter of $948,000 related to an investment in a real estate limited partnership. Excluding the 2011 impairment loss, as well as the Athens and foreclosed property transactions, noninterest revenue for the first six months of 2012 was $445,000 (6.2%) higher than in the first six months of 2011.

Net gains from available-for-sale securities totaled $203,000 in the second quarter 2012, as compared to net losses of $2,000 in the first quarter 2012 and net gains of $163,000 in the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, net securities gains of $201,000 were considerably lower than gains of $2,002,000 in the first six months of 2011. In the first quarter 2011, C&N realized gains of $1,510,000 from two pooled trust-preferred securities that had been written off in prior periods.

Total noninterest expense was $8,280,000 in the second quarter 2012, down $237,000 from the first quarter 2012 and up $486,000 (6.2%) over the second quarter 2011. For the first six months of 2012, total noninterest expense was $740,000 (4.6%) higher than for the first six months of 2011. The reduction in expenses in the second quarter 2012 as compared to the first quarter includes the effect of lower payroll taxes and other employee benefit expenses that are typically higher in the first quarter than in the remainder of the year. The increase in noninterest expenses in the second quarter 2012 as compared to the second quarter 2011 included a charge of $143,000 related to pre-payment of a $5 million borrowing, which C&N funded by selling securities for a net gain of $166,000 and which management expects will result in a slightly favorable impact to the net interest margin in future periods. The increase in noninterest expense in the second quarter 2012 as compared to the second quarter 2011 also reflects increases in salaries and wages of $117,000 (3.4%) as well as increases in software subscriptions and updates, charitable donations and other expenses. The increase in noninterest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2012 as compared to the first six months of 2011 includes an increase in other operating expense of $622,000. Within other operating expense, the largest increases in the first six months of 2012 included the $143,000 charge for pre-payment of a borrowing described above as well as increases in software subscriptions and updates, legal and professional fees, ATM and debit card processing costs, expenses related to other real estate properties and charitable donations. FDIC assessments were $211,000 lower in the first six months of 2012 than in the first six months of 2011, reflecting the benefit of a change in the FDIC’s method for determining assessments that became effective in the second quarter 2011.

Other Information:

Changes in other unaudited financial information are as follows:

  • Total assets amounted to $1,327,527,000 at June 30, 2012, up from $1,316,764,000 at March 31, 2012 and $1,309,650,000 at June 30, 2011.
  • Net loans outstanding (excluding mortgage loans held for sale) were $696,777,000 at June 30, 2012, up from $690,218,000 at March 31, 2012 and down 1.3% from $705,667,000 at June 30, 2011. Total nonperforming assets as a percentage of assets was 0.72% as compared to 0.70% at March 31, 2012 and 0.75% at June 30, 2011.
  • The outstanding balance of residential mortgages originated by C&N for sale to third parties totaled $74,070,000 at Ju ne 30, 2012, up from $39,416,000 one year earlier. Of the total balance of mortgage loans originated for sale, $70,880,000 had been sold as of June 30, 2012. C&N provides servicing on these loans, including the loans that have been sold.
  • Deposits and repo sweep accounts totaled $1,033,698,000 at June 30, 2012 as compared to $1,020,831,000 at March 31, 2012 and $1,015,704,000 at June 30, 2011. Deposit balances increased significantly in late June due to the timing of many government-related direct deposits. Average total deposits and repo sweeps for the first six months of 2012 amounted to $1,010,023,000.
  • Total shareholders’ equity was $176,062,000 at June 30, 2012, up from $171,614,000 at March 31, 2012 and $153,693,000 at June 30, 2011. Tangible common equity as a percentage of tangible assets was 12.46% at June 30, 2012, up from 10.90% a year earlier.
  • Assets under management by C&N’s Trust and Financial Management Group amounted to $669,538,000 at June 30, 2012, up 5.5% from a year earlier.

Citizens & Northern Corporation is the parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Lycoming, Potter, Cameron and McKean counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and South Hornell, NY. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Safe Harbor Statement: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty, including without limitation, the following: changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Government, particularly related to changes in interest rates; changes in general economic conditions; legislative or regulatory changes; downturn in demand for loan, deposit and other financial services in the Corporation’s market area; increased competition from other banks and non-bank providers of financial services; technological changes and increased technology-related costs; changes in management’s assessment of realization of securities and other assets; and changes in accounting principles, or the application of generally accepted accounting principles. Citizens & Northern disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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C&N Declares Dividend

Posted Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:35 | Filed under C&N News

WELLSBORO, PA – Directors of Citizens & Northern Corporation, parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, have declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share. The record date is August 1, 2012 and it is payable on August 13, 2012 to shareholders of record. The amount is increased from the previous dividend of $0.20 per share, which was paid in May, 2012, and is the tenth consecutive quarterly increase in the dividend.

Declaration of the dividend was made at the July 19, 2012 meeting of the C&N Board of Directors.

Citizens & Northern Corporation is the parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank. Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, Potter, McKean, Steuben, Sullivan and Tioga Counties. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com . The Corporation’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

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Terry Moore Joins C&N Business Banking Division

Posted Monday, 02 July 2012 10:07 | Filed under C&N News

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WELLSBORO, PA – Terry Moore, an experienced business banker, has joined the Citizens & Northern Bank commercial lending team in Lycoming County. She is working from the bank’s Old Lycoming office.

Moore has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry with a broad range of retail and commercial banking experience. In her new position with C&N, she is responsible for business banking relationship development for both existing and prospective clients.

She is a graduate of Williamsport Area High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College. For 26 years she worked in banking in the Stroudsburg area, returning to Williamsport six years ago covering Snyder-Union and Northumberland counties as a business banker.

Active in her community, Moore is a member of the board of directors of the Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity, serving as chairperson for the Family Selection Committee. She assists with the children’s musical ministry at Faith Wesleyan Church in Williamsport, is a choir parent member at Warrior Run High School and has served as a loaned executive for the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way. Moore has one daughter and lives in Watsontown.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our Lycoming County commercial clients the services of such an experienced lender,” said Hal Hoose, EVP and Director of Lending. “We are committed to Lycoming County and the expansion of our commercial division there further honors that commitment. Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the division and looks forward to serving our clients in Lycoming County,” he said.

Moore can be reached directly at 323-9284 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

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