NEWARK – Park National Corporation (Park) (NYSE American: PRK) recently reported financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2019 (three and six months ended June 30, 2019). Park’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.01 per common share, payable on September 10, 2019 to common shareholders of record as of August 16, 2019.
Park’s net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $22.2 million, a 21.5 percent decrease from $28.2 million for the second quarter of 2018. Second quarter 2019 net income per diluted common share was $1.33, compared to $1.83 in the second quarter of 2018. Park’s net income for first half of 2019 was $47.6 million, a 19.8 percent decrease from $59.4 million for first half of 2018. Net income per diluted common share was $2.94 for the first half of 2019, compared to $3.85 for the first half of 2018.
Park Chairman and CEO David Trautman said, “Comparing the first half of 2019 to the first half of 2018 is a challenge. The first half of 2018 included some unanticipated nonrecurring revenue and the second quarter of 2019 included anticipated merger-related expenses.”
“Our banking organization continues to perform consistently well, including increases in commercial loans and installment loans in the first half of this year,” Trautman said.
Park’s community-banking subsidiary, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $29.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, a 2.1 percent increase from $28.8 million reported for the second quarter of 2018. The bank reported net income of $56.1 million for the first half of 2019, compared to $55.5 million for the first half of 2018. In the first half of 2019, the bank (not including loans from the Carolina Alliance Bank Division) grew installment loans by 10.1 percent annualized and commercial loans by 3.5 percent annualized.
Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, Park National Corporation had $8.7 billion in total assets (as of June 30, 2019). The Park organization consists of community bank divisions, specialty finance companies, and a non-bank subsidiary. Park’s banking operations are conducted through Park subsidiary The Park National Bank and its divisions, which include Fairfield National Bank Division, Richland Bank Division, Century National Bank Division, First-Knox National Bank Division, United Bank, N.A. Division, Second National Bank Division, Security National Bank Division, Unity National Bank Division, The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division, NewDominion Bank Division and Carolina Alliance Bank Division. Park also includes Scope Leasing, Inc. (d.b.a. Scope Aircraft Finance), Guardian Financial Services Company (d.b.a. Guardian Finance Company) and SE Property Holdings, LLC.