SOURCE: ESSA Bancorp

ESSA Bancorp

October 26, 2016 16:52 ET

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

STROUDSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Oct 26, 2016) - ESSA Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: ESSA) today announced financial results for fiscal three and twelve months ended September 30, 2016. The Company is the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust (the "Bank"), a $1.77 billion asset institution, which provides full service retail and commercial banking, financial, and investment services from 26 locations in eastern Pennsylvania, including the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and suburban Philadelphia.

The Company reported net income of $1.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year. For the year ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported net income of $7.7 million or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to $9.8 million or $0.93 per diluted share for the comparable period in 2015.

Results for the year ended September 30, 2016, include the acquisition of Eagle National Bank ("ENB"), which was completed on December 4, 2015. Non-recurring merger related charges were $245,000, or $0.02 per diluted share (after-tax), for the year ended September 30, 2016 compared with $285,000, or $0.02 per share for the comparable period in 2015.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total interest income in the fourth quarter of 2016, primarily reflecting year-over-year loan growth, was $14.7 million, up 10.1% from $13.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Total interest income for the year ended September 30, 2016 increased 7.7% to $58.4 million compared to $54.2 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.
  • Interest expense management and net earning asset growth contributed to net interest income of $11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 up from $10.7 million for the comparable period in 2015. Net interest income for the 2016 year increased 7.2% to $46.9 million compared to $43.8 million for the comparable period in 2015.
  • Core deposits rose to 58% of total deposits at September 30, 2016, compared with 46% of total deposits at September 30, 2015.
  • Total net loans at September 30, 2016 were $1.22 billion, up 10.6% from September 30, 2015.
  • Lending activity in fiscal 2016 included the closing of a record $102.5 million in commercial loans.
  • With total assets increasing to $1.77 billion at September 30, 2016 from $1.61 billion at September 30, 2015, asset quality remained strong. Non-performing assets declined to 1.24% of total assets at September 30, 2016 from 1.41% at September 30, 2015.
  • Total interest-earning assets increased to $1.65 billion at September 30, 2016 from $1.50 billion at September 30, 2015, while total stockholders' equity grew to $176.3 million at September 30, 2016 from $171.3 million at September 30, 2015.

"The Company had a great 2016 when we look at the amount and quality of the loans that we closed, yet growth has remained a challenge. A continued low interest rate environment and only modestly improving economic conditions have made businesses and individuals cautious about borrowing for expansion and more willing to pay off or refinance existing loans," said Gary Olson, President and CEO. "In addition to growth challenges, a flattening yield curve throughout most of our fiscal year provided negative pressure on our net interest margin. Going forward, we have committed additional lending resources to gain more traction in our existing and newer markets to improve our growth opportunities."

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Income Statement Review

Driven by loan growth, total interest income rose to $14.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 from $13.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Total interest income for the year of 2016 also increased compared with 2015.

Interest expense increased $372,000 for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting a larger base of deposits and increased borrowing activity. Increased costs of money market accounts and borrowed funds also contributed to the increase. The growth of lower-interest core demand deposits, which comprised 25.5% of total deposits at September 30, 2016, compared with 19.0% of total deposits at September 30, 2015, contributed to interest expense management. Total interest expense for the year of 2016 also increased compared with 2015 for the same primary reasons.

Net interest income increased 9.1% to $11.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 from $10.7 million for the comparable period in 2015. Net interest income increased $3.1 million or 7.2% to $46.9 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 from $43.8 million for the comparable period in 2015.

The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 2.82%, compared with 2.88% for the previous quarter, and 2.85% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Declines in net interest spreads more than offset increases in net interest earning assets for the 2016 fiscal fourth quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Net interest margin was 2.89% for the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 compared with 2.96% for the 12 months ended September 30, 2015.

Based on appropriate reserving for increased lending activity and growth, the Company's provision for loan losses increased to $750,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $575,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The Company's provision for loan losses increased to $2.6 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, compared with $2.1 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

Noninterest income rose 7.2% to $2.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $2.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Noninterest income increased $887,000 or 11.2%, to $8.8 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, compared with $7.9 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. The increases in the fourth quarter and year-end 2016 were primarily attributable to fees generated by deposit accounts and increased gain on sale of investments.

Noninterest expense increased 19.8% to $11.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared with $9.4 million for the comparable period in 2015. The primary reasons for the increase included increases in compensation and employee benefits of $1.1 million, advertising of $275,000, professional fees of $271,000 and other expenses of $310,000. These increases primarily reflected the Company's growth initiatives: new employees and additional facilities resulting from market expansion. Noninterest expense increased $6.0 million or 16.3% to $42.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2016 compared with $36.9 million for the comparable period in 2015. The increases were primarily due to the merger with ENB and market expansion efforts.

Balance Sheet, Asset Quality and Capital Adequacy Review

Total assets grew $165.9 million to $1.77 billion at September 30, 2016, from $1.61 billion at September 30, 2015. This increase was primarily due to the merger with ENB and increases in cash and cash equivalents.

Total deposits increased $118.1 million, or 10.8%, to $1.21 billion at September 30, 2016, from $1.10 billion at September 30, 2015. The merger with ENB was the primary reason for the increase in deposit accounts. During the same period, borrowings increased $39.6 million, reflecting the Company's ability to obtain borrowed funds at what management believes are attractive rates. As noted, the amount of core demand deposits increased in proportion to total deposits.

Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses, was $1.22 billion at September 30, 2016 compared with $1.10 billion at September 30, 2015. Loan growth was driven primarily by the acquisition of ENB, and continued expansion of the Company's indirect auto lending business in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and other market areas.

Commercial real estate loans rose to $288.4 million at September 30, 2016 from $200.0 million at September 30, 2015, while commercial & industrial loans totals were $40.0 million at September 30, 2016 compared with $34.3 million at September 30, 2015. Strong performance and market expansion in indirect auto lending generated 19% growth from year-end 2015 to the close of 2016, as auto loans increased to $193.1 million from $162.2 million. Residential mortgage lending declined $13.9 million in 2016, reflecting continued soft housing demand in most of the Bank's market areas.

The Company reported continuing sound asset quality measurements. Nonperforming assets were $22.0 million, or 1.24%, of total assets at September 30, 2016, and $22.7 million, or 1.41%, of total assets at September 30, 2015 and $23.5 million, or 1.33%, at June 30, 2016. Net loan charge-offs in fiscal fourth quarter 2016 were $1.1 million compared to $423,000 in fiscal fourth quarter 2015. Net loan charge-offs were $2.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2016 compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2015. The allowance for loan losses was $9.1 million, or 0.74% of loans outstanding, at September 30, 2016 compared to $8.9 million, or 0.80% at September 30, 2015.

The Bank continued to demonstrate financial strength, with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of approximately 8.78%, exceeding accepted regulatory standards for a well-capitalized institution. The Company maintained a tangible equity to tangible assets ratio of 8.60%.

Stockholders' equity increased $5.1 million to $176.3 million at September 30, 2016, from $171.3 million at September 30, 2015. During the year ended September 30, 2016, the Company repurchased 22,700 shares at an average cost of $13.24 per share. Tangible book value per share at September 30, 2016 increased to $14.07, compared with $14.03 at September 30, 2015. The Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share on September 30, 2016.

About the Company: ESSA Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for its wholly-owned subsidiary, ESSA Bank & Trust, which was formed in 1916. Headquartered in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the Company has total assets of $1.77 billion and has 26 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono, Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and suburban Philadelphia areas. ESSA Bank & Trust offers a full range of commercial and retail financial services, financial advisory and asset management capabilities. ESSA Bancorp Inc. stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market (SM) under the symbol "ESSA".

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue," or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including compliance costs and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity, and the Risk Factors disclosed in our annual and quarterly reports.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above, as well as risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K (as supplemented by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q) could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

 
ESSA BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(UNAUDITED)
    September 30,
2016
    September 30,
2015
 
    (dollars in thousands)  
ASSETS                
  Cash and due from banks   $ 31,815     $ 15,905  
  Interest-bearing deposits with other institutions     11,843       2,853  
                 
    Total cash and cash equivalents     43,658       18,758  
  Certificates of deposit     1,250       1,750  
  Investment securities available for sale     390,410       379,407  
  Loans receivable (net of allowance for loan losses of $9,056 and $8,919)     1,219,213       1,102,118  
  Regulatory stock, at cost     15,473       13,831  
  Premises and equipment, net     16,844       16,553  
  Bank-owned life insurance     36,593       30,655  
  Foreclosed real estate     2,659       2,480  
  Intangible assets, net     2,487       1,759  
  Goodwill     13,801       10,259  
  Deferred income taxes     11,885       11,149  
  Other assets     18,206       17,825  
                 
    TOTAL ASSETS   $ 1,772,479     $ 1,606,544  
                 
                 
LIABILITIES                
  Deposits   $ 1,214,820     $ 1,096,754  
  Short-term borrowings     129,460       91,339  
  Other borrowings     230,601       229,101  
  Advances by borrowers for taxes and insurance     4,956       4,273  
  Other liabilities     16,298       13,797  
                 
    TOTAL LIABILITIES     1,596,135       1,435,264  
                 
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common stock     181       181  
  Additional paid in capital     181,900       182,295  
  Unallocated common stock held by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan     (9,174 )     (9,627 )
  Retained earnings     87,638       83,658  
  Treasury stock, at cost     (82,369 )     (82,832 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,832 )     (2,395 )
                 
    TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     176,344       171,280  
                     
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 1,772,479     $ 1,606,544  
                 
                 
 
ESSA BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
           
    For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
  For the Year
Ended September 30,
 
    2016     2015   2016   2015  
    (dollars in thousands)  
INTEREST INCOME                            
  Loans receivable   $ 12,328     $ 11,120   $ 49,084   $ 45,067  
  Investment securities:                            
    Taxable     1,818       1,770     7,402     7,199  
    Exempt from federal income tax     298       244     1,074     965  
  Other investment income     225       189     806     948  
    Total interest income     14,669       13,323     58,366     54,179  
                             
INTEREST EXPENSE                            
  Deposits     1,903       1,782     7,595     7,425  
  Short-term borrowings     274       107     658     431  
  Other borrowings     792       708     3,178     2,534  
    Total interest expense     2,969       2,597     11,431     10,390  
                             
                             
NET INTEREST INCOME     11,700       10,726     46,935     43,789  
  Provision for loan losses     750       575     2,550     2,075  
                             
                             
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES     10,950       10,151     44,385     41,714  
                             
NONINTEREST INCOME                            
  Service fees on deposit accounts     895       845     3,552     3,271  
  Services charges and fees on loans     327       289     1,176     1,152  
  Trust and investment fees     177       241     780     901  
  Gain on sale of investments, net     477       388     1,258     786  
  Earnings on Bank-owned life insurance     245       234     938     935  
  Insurance commissions     206       208     843     790  
  Other     66       28     236     61  
    Total noninterest income     2,393       2,233     8,783     7,896  
                             
NONINTEREST EXPENSE                            
  Compensation and employee benefits     6,119       5,047     23,630     20,606  
  Occupancy and equipment     1,258       1,039     5,129     4,150  
  Professional fees     816       545     2,529     1,983  
  Data processing     964       883     3,960     3,449  
  Advertising     524       249     1,061     974  
  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Premiums     248       275     1,160     1,125  
  (Gain)loss on foreclosed real estate     (47 )     19     27     (148 )
  Merger related costs     -       285     245     285  
  Amortization of intangible assets     174       151     762     637  
  Other     1,259       949     4,355     3,804  
    Total noninterest expense     11,315       9,442     42,858     36,865  
                             
Income before income taxes     2,028       2,942     10,310     12,745  
  Income taxes     499       636     2,583     2,954  
                             
                             
Net Income   $ 1,529     $ 2,306   $ 7,727   $ 9,791  
                             
Earnings per share:                            
  Basic   $ 0.15      $  0.22    $  0.74    $  0.94  
  Diluted    $  0.14      $  0.22    $  0.73    $  0.93  
                             
                             
                         
    For the Three Months
Ended September 30,
    For the Year
Ended September 30,
 
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
    (dollars in thousands)     (dollars in thousands)  
CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCES:                                
  Total assets   $ 1,763,741     $ 1,593,301     $ 1,732,496     $ 1,580,889  
  Total interest-earning assets     1,648,479       1,495,455       1,623,130       1,481,428  
  Total interest-bearing liabilities     1,421,228       1,299,855       1,397,068       1,301,650  
  Total stockholders' equity     179,067       173,443       175,487       172,290  
                                 
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:                                
  Average shares outstanding - basic     10,456,404       10,426,195       10,398,489       10,454,456  
  Average shares outstanding - diluted     10,579,315       10,550,898       10,519,068       10,543,130  
  Book value shares     11,393,558       11,353,244       11,393,558       11,353,244  
                                 
Net interest rate spread     2.75 %     2.78 %     2.81 %     2.89 %
Net interest margin     2.82 %     2.85 %     2.89 %     2.96 %