SOURCE: Greater Hudson Bank

Greater Hudson Bank

July 15, 2014 13:59 ET

Greater Hudson Bank, N.A. Reports a 92.2% Increase in Net Income for the 2014 Second Quarter

MIDDLETOWN, NY--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - Greater Hudson Bank, N.A. (the "Bank") (OTCQX: GHDS), with assets of $366.1 million, today reported net income of $986,000 or $0.10 per common share for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $513,000 or $0.05 per common share for the 2013 second quarter. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net income was $1.641 million, or $0.16 per common share, compared to $1.032 million, or $0.10 per common share, for the six month period ending June 30, 2013. Return on average common stockholders' equity was 9.80 percent and 8.20 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to 5.16 percent and 5.22 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively.

Edward T. Lutz, President and CEO stated, "Second quarter results continue to reflect progress in building our franchise and increasing shareholder value. Our Greater bankers continue to penetrate our core markets and take advantage of opportunities to attract new business from a variety of sources. The quarterly net income, one of the best results in the Bank's history, reflect both growth in our business and success in remediating two large problem assets. We continue to have great confidence in our future as our intensified calling efforts and our Ambassador program gain traction. We anticipate continued progress in meeting our business goals and objectives."

Financial highlights as of June 30, 2014 compared to December 31, 2013 are as follows:

  • Total assets increased $30.3 million, or 9.0 percent, to $366.1 million.
  • Loans, net of unearned income, increased $11.6 million, or 5.2 percent, to $232.3 million.
  • Investments increased $24.3 million, or 26.6 percent, to $115.3 million.
  • Deposits increased $28.1 million, or 10.5 percent, to $295.3 million.

Performance highlights for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the June 30, 2013 period are as follows:

  • Net interest income increased $222,000, or 7.7 percent, to $3.1 million.
  • Non-interest expense increased $367,000, or 19.1 percent, to $2.3 million.
  • Non-interest income increased $51,000, or 61.4 percent, to $134,000.
  • Gains on securities transactions decreased $17,000 or 48.6 percent.
  • Provision for loan losses declined $912,000.
  • Provision for income taxes increased $328,000, to $623,000.

Performance highlights for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the June 30, 2013 period are as follows:

  • Net interest income increased $546,000, or 9.8 percent, to $6.1 million.
  • Non-interest expense increased $650,000, or 16.5 percent, to $4.6 million.
  • Non-interest income increased $22,000, or 10.4 percent, to $233,000.
  • Gains on securities transactions increased $405,000.
  • Provision for loan losses decreased $700,000.
  • Provision for income taxes increased $414,000, or 69.8 percent, to $1.0 million.

"We are very pleased with the results for the second quarter and the six months ended June 30, 2014," stated Kenneth J. Torsoe, chairman of the board of directors of Greater Hudson Bank. Mr. Torsoe further stated that, "The dedication and hard work of the Bank's staff is having a very positive impact on our results. Our focus on core markets in the Hudson Valley is bringing about improved results and greater market share. We will continue to do everything possible to enhance our position in these markets as we build our reputation as the Bank of choice in the Hudson Valley."

EARNINGS

         
*Results Unaudited Three months Ended Six months Ended  
  June 30, June 30,  
  (in thousands, except ratios)   
SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS DATA: 2014   2013   2014   2013  
Net interest income $3,103   $2,881   $6,100   $5,554  
Provision for loan losses  (640 )  272    (462 )  238  
Noninterest income  134    83    233    211  
Net gains on securities transactions  18    35    440    35  
Noninterest Expense  2,286    1,919    4,587    3,937  
Income before income taxes  1,609    808    2,648    1,625  
Provision for income taxes  623    295    1,007    593  
Net income $986   $513   $1,641   $1,032  
                     
Efficiency Ratio  70.6 %  64.7 %  72.4 %  68.3 %
                     
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET DATA:  2014    2013    2014    2013  
Earning Assets $342,300   $295,139   $337,380   $297,129  
Total Interest Bearing Liabilities  280,417    243,259    278,018    246,472  
Net interest spread  3.52 %  3.79 %  3.53 %  3.65 %
Net interest margin  3.63 %  3.91 %  3.62 %  3.74 %
                

The increase in net income for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2013, is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $222,000 and a reduction to the provision for loan losses of $912,000 primarily as a result of the elimination of a specific reserve for a non-accrual loan that was paid off in the second quarter of 2014 as well as an increase in non-interest income. The increase in net interest income was driven by the growth in the loan portfolio. These increases were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense, primarily related to increases in salary, loan, and occupancy expenses, reflecting the Bank's continued growth.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 increased $609,000 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2013. An increase in net interest income of $546,000 combined with the reduction in the provision for loan losses of $700,000 and an increase in security gains of $405,000 attributed to the rise in net income. This increase in net income was offset by increases in non-interest expense of $650,000 primarily related to increases in salary, occupancy, data processing, loan expenses and legal fees. The Bank's reserve for unfunded commitments also declined year-over-year.

As a result of increased income before taxes, the provision for income taxes increased $328,000 for the second quarter of 2014 and $414,000 for the year compared to the prior year three and six month periods, respectively.

BALANCE SHEET & CREDIT QUALITY

         
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA - Unaudited        
(in thousands, except ratios) June 30,   Dec. 31,   June 30,  
  2014   2013   2013  
Total Investments $115,342   $91,080   $97,756  
Loans, net of unearned income  232,299    220,742    201,977  
Allowance for loan losses  3,182    3,861    2,745  
Total assets  366,131    335,787    316,402  
Total deposits  295,316    267,245    252,850  
Borrowings  26,703    27,667    22,694  
Nonperforming assets  3,790    3,666    1,777  
Allowance for loan losses to total net loans  1.37 %  1.75 %  1.36 %
Nonperforming assets to total assets  1.04 %  1.09 %  0.56 %
            

The Bank increased loans, net of unearned income, by $11.6 million and investments by $24.3 million as of June 30, 2014 compared to December 31, 2013. These increases were funded primarily by an increase in deposits of $28.1 million.

Nonperforming assets increased slightly to $3.8 million as of June 30, 2014 from $3.7 million as of December 31, 2013. While non-performing assets were up year-to-date, they are down $2.5 million from the first quarter of 2014. The Bank continues to actively attempt to remediate and closely monitor the limited loan relationships that comprise the Bank's remaining non-performing asset balance.

CAPITAL

     
EQUITY - Unaudited As of  
(in thousands, except ratios) June 30,   Dec. 31,   June 30,  
  2014   2013   2013  
Tier 1 Capital $40,801   $39,146   $39,133  
Total Stockholders' Equity  40,974    38,975    38,879  
Book value per common share  4.09    3.89    3.88  
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio  11.3 %  12.2 %  12.6 %
            

At June 30, 2014, the Bank had $41.0 million in stockholders' equity. The Bank's leverage ratio was 11.3 percent at June 30, 2014 compared to 12.6 percent at June 30, 2013. The Bank continues to be considered a well-capitalized institution under current Federal regulatory guidelines.

Greater Hudson Bank, N.A., founded in 2002, is headquartered in Middletown, New York. The Bank has 5 branches located in Middletown, Monroe and Warwick, Orange County, New York; Bardonia, Rockland County, New York; and White Plains, Westchester County, New York. The Hudson Valley's bank of choice for local businesses, not-for-profits and municipalities is chartered by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and its deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As evidence of the Banks' financial strength, Greater Hudson Bank has been recognized with a superior rating by the country's leading independent bank rating and research firm, BauerFinancial, Inc. Further information can be found on the Bank's website at www.GreaterHudsonBank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This Press Release may contain certain statements which are not historical facts or which concern the Bank's future operations or economic performance and which are to be considered forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Bank cautions that all forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, such as changing economic and competitive conditions and other risk and uncertainties. In addition, any statements in this news release regarding historical stock price performance are not indicative of or guarantees of future price performance.

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