SOURCE: New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares

October 10, 2014 16:02 ET

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for Third Quarter of 2014

NEWPORT, NH--(Marketwired - Oct 10, 2014) -  New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. ("we," "us," "our" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NHTB), the holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb (the "Bank"), today reported consolidated net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 of $7.2 million, or $0.85 diluted earnings per common share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.87 diluted earnings per common share, for same period in 2013, an increase of $770 thousand, or 12.00%. For the quarter ended September 30, 2014, we reported consolidated net income of $2.7 million, or $0.32 diluted earnings per common share, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.35 diluted earnings per common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, an increase of $132 thousand, or 5.13%.

"We are pleased with these results as our strategic initiatives of entering new markets and expanding our product offerings continue to produce steady, improved core earnings," President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Theroux, commented. "Net interest income has increased as a result of the Randolph acquisition completed in December of 2013 and higher loan volumes being originated, particularly in our Nashua market. Coupled with fees generated through our wealth management and insurance subsidiaries, revenues have been created to offset the decrease of approximately $1.6 million in mortgage banking fees and a non-recurring remeasurent gain of $1.4 million from the Charter Trust purchase realized during the third quarter of 2013."

Financial Highlights

  • Total assets increased $59.2 million, or 4.16%, to $1.5 billion at September 30, 2014 from $1.4 billion at December 31, 2013.

  • Net loans increased $70.1 million, or 6.18%, to $1.2 billion at September 30, 2014 from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2013.

  • During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we originated $284.9 million in loans, a decrease of 3.31%, compared to $294.7 million during the same period in 2013. During the quarter ended September 30, 2014, we originated $95.3 million in loans, a decrease of 18.71%, compared to $117.2 million during the same period in 2013.

  • Our loan servicing portfolio was $409.0 million at September 30, 2014, compared to $417.3 million at December 31, 2013.

  • Total deposits increased $23.0 million, or 2.12%, to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2014 from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2013.

  • Net interest and dividend income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $31.5 million compared to $24.0 million for the same period in 2013. Net interest and dividend income for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $10.6 million compared to $8.1 million for the same period in 2013.

  • Net income available to common stockholders was $7.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $6.2 million for the same period in 2013. Net income available to common stockholders was $2.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2013.

  • As a percentage of total loans, non-performing loans decreased to 1.42% at September 30, 2014 from 1.86% at December 31, 2013.

Earnings Summary for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014

Net income of $7.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 represents the impact of strategic decisions to enhance net interest income and complement noninterest revenue with the 2013 acquisitions of Charter Holding Corp. and Randolph National Bank. Net interest and dividend income, our core source of earnings, increased $7.5 million, or 31.22%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. This increase represents the combined impact of our acquisition of Randolph National Bank in October 2013 and our originated loan portfolio growth, as well as the additional benefits of our improving spreads and our cost of funds management.

The provision for loan losses increased $42 thousand to $736 thousand which was based on adequacy calculations for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $694 thousand for the same period in 2013.

Noninterest income increased $3.3 million, or 29.31%, to $14.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $11.1 million for the same period in 2013. With the increases in long-term market rates, which began in the summer of 2013, the opportunities to originate and sell long-term fixed-rate mortgages have waned and the anticipated impacts have been realized as we recognized lower net gains on sales of loans. Net gains on sales of loans decreased $1.6 million, or 80.03%, to $411 thousand for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared $2.1 million for the same period in 2013. This is primarily driven by a change in volume from $80.7 million of loans sold in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $26.5 million for the same period in 2014, a decrease of $54.2 million, or 67.16%. Gains on sales of securities, net, decreased $25 thousand, or 3.20%, to $756 thousand for the nine month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to $781 thousand for the same period in 2014. 

Included in noninterest income is $6.2 million from trust and investment management fees representing revenue from our subsidiary, Charter Trust Company. This represents an increase of $5.2 million over our realized income of $294 thousand from our 50% ownership of Charter Trust Company and fee income of $679 thousand for the nine month period ended September 30, 2013. We completed the acquisition of Charter Holding Corp., the holding company of Charter Trust Company, in September 2013. Additionally, in September 2013 as part of the purchase accounting related to the acquisition, we recognized a remeasurement gain of equity interest in Charter Holding Corp. of $1.4 million.

Noninterest expense increased $9.0 million, or 34.77%, to $34.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $25.8 million for the same period in 2013. Within noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits increased $5.4 million, or 41.55%, to $18.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $13.0 million for the same period in 2013. This increase includes expenses related to additional staff and operations for Charter Trust Company and Randolph National Bank and its eight branches, which represent approximately 66% of the increase in salaries and employees benefits. Occupancy expense increased $1.0 million, or 33.21%, to $4.3 million for the nine month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to $3.2 million for the same period in 2013. The occupancy expenses from Charter Holding Corp. and the former Randolph National Bank branches represent $213 thousand and $497 thousand, respectively, of the increase. Depositors' insurance increased $199 thousand, or 34.67%, due to the growth in deposits comparing the nine month period ended September 30, 2014 to the same period in 2013. The increase of $935 thousand in outside services for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, includes increases of $569 thousand related to Charter Trust Company operations, $131 thousand related to our core processing provider and $39 thousand related to account statement rendering. We did not record merger-related expenses during the nine month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to $801 thousand recorded during the same period in 2013. Amortization of intangible assets increased $693 thousand, or 117.06%, to $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $592 thousand for the same period in 2013 due to the additional core deposit intangible from the acquisition of Randolph National Bank and the customer list intangible from the acquisition of Charter Holding Corp. Other expenses increased $708 thousand to $4.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, including an increase of $493 thousand from Charter Trust Company operations and an increase of $146 thousand in contributions, which includes an increase of $120 thousand in tax-qualified contributions.

Earnings Summary for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2014

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $2.7 million, an increase of 5.14%, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2013. Net interest and dividend income increased $2.6 million, or 31.67%, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. This increase represents the combined impact of our acquisition of Randolph National Bank and our originated loan portfolio growth, as well as the additional benefits of our improving spreads and our cost of funds management.

The provision for loan losses decreased $91 thousand to $27 thousand which was based on adequacy calculations for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $118 thousand for the same period in 2013.

Noninterest income increased $305 thousand, or 6.68%, to $4.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $4.6 million for the same period in 2013. Net gains on sales of loans decreased $209 million, or 46.44%, to $241 thousand for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared $450 thousand for the same period in 2013. This is primarily driven by a change in volume and valuations on $16.8 million of loans sold in the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $13.8 million for the same period in 2014, a decrease of $3.0 million, or 17.86%. Gains on sales of securities, net, increased $313 thousand to $313 thousand for the three month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to no gains recorded for the same period in 2013. 

Income related to Charter Trust Company increased $1.3 million for the three month period ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2013. This includes an increase of $1.4 million of trust fees and a decrease of $53 thousand of realized income from our 50% ownership of Charter Trust Company. Additionally, in September 2013 as part of the acquisition accounting related to the acquisition of Charter Holding Corp., we recognized a remeasurement gain of equity interest in Charter Holding Corp. of $1.4 million.

Noninterest expense increased $2.0 million, or 20.23%, to $11.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $9.5 million for the same period in 2013. Within noninterest expense, salaries and employee benefits increased $1.7 million, or 37.02%, to $6.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $4.6 million for the same period in 2013. This increase includes expenses related to additional staff and operations for Charter Trust Company and Randolph National Bank and its eight branches, which represent approximately 79% of the increase in salaries and employees benefits. Occupancy expense increased $211 thousand, or 19.76%, to $1.3 million for the three month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1.1 million for the same period in 2013. The occupancy expenses from Charter Holding Corp. and the former Randolph National Bank branches represent $62 thousand and $237 thousand, respectively, of the increase. Depositors' insurance increased $37 thousand, or 18.97%, for the three month period ended September 30, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. The increase of $242 thousand in outside services for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, includes an increase of $120 thousand related to Charter Trust Company operations and an increase of $49 thousand related to our core processing provider. We did not record merger-related expenses during the three month period ended September 30, 2014, compared to $801 thousand recorded during the same period in 2013. Amortization of intangible assets increased $204 thousand, or 96.23%, to $416 thousand for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $212 thousand for the same period in 2013 due to the additional core deposit intangible from the acquisition of Randolph National Bank and the customer list intangible from the acquisition of Charter Holding Corp. Other expenses increased $120 thousand to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, including an increase of $117 thousand from Charter Trust Company operations.

Balance Sheet Summary as of September 30, 2014

Total assets were $1.5 billion at September 30, 2014, compared to $1.4 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of $59.2 million, or 4.16%. Securities available-for-sale decreased $19.1 million to $106.2 million at September 30, 2014, from $125.2 million at December 31, 2013. Net loans held in portfolio increased $70.1 million, or 6.18%, to $1.2 billion at September 30, 2014, from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2013. Conventional real estate loans increased $41.8 million and commercial real estate loans increased $25.7 million, representing 59.63% and 36.66%, respectively, of the net loan growth. The allowance for loan losses was $9.5 million at September 30, 2014, compared to $9.8 million at December 31, 2013. The change of $210 thousand in the allowance for loan losses is the net effect of provisions of $736 thousand, charge-offs of $1.3 million and recoveries of $351 thousand in addition to net charge-offs of $39 thousand to the reserve for the overdraft protection program. Additionally, the Bank had a credit mark of $5.7 million at September 30, 2014, related to acquired loan balances of $163.3 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we originated $284.9 million in loans, a decrease of 3.31%, compared to $294.7 million during the same period in 2013. During the quarter ended September 30, 2014, we originated $95.3 million in loans, a decrease of 18.71%, compared to $117.2 million during the same period in 2013.

Goodwill increased $208 thousand, or 0.47%, to $44.8 million at September 30, 2014, from $44.6 million at December 31, 2013. Intangible assets decreased $1.3 million, or 11.66%, to $9.7 million at September 30, 2014, compared to $11.0 million at December 31, 2013. This reflects ordinary amortizations of intangible assets of $1.3 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Total deposits increased $23.0 million, or 2.12%, to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2014, from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2013, including an increase of $30.2 million in brokered deposits used in conjunction with additional Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances to fund loan growth. Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank increased $39.3 million, or 32.25%, to $161.0 million at September 30, 2014, from $121.7 million at December 31, 2013. Securities sold under agreements to repurchase decreased $11.0 million, or 39.57%, to $16.9 million at September 30, 2014 from $27.9 million at December 31, 2013.

Stockholders' equity of $153.9 million resulted in a book value of $15.88 per common share at September 30, 2014 based on 8,244,065 shares of common stock outstanding. The Bank remains well capitalized with a Leverage Capital ratio of 8.28% at September 30, 2014.

Branch Consolidation

On September 30, 2014, we consolidated our two offices in Rutland, Vermont, into one location.

Quarterly Dividend

On October 9, 2014, we declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share payable October 31, 2014 to stockholders of record as of October 24, 2014.

About New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc.

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb, a federally chartered savings bank that provides a wide range of life-cycle banking and financial services. Lake Sunapee Bank has four wholly owned subsidiaries: Lake Sunapee Financial Services Corp.; Lake Sunapee Group, Inc., which owns and maintains all buildings and investment properties; McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance, Inc., a full-line independent insurance agency; and Charter Holding Corp., which wholly owns Charter Trust Company, a trust services and wealth management company. New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc., through its direct and indirect subsidiaries, operates 30 offices in New Hampshire in Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan counties and 16 offices in Vermont in Orange, Rutland and Windsor counties.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this release. The Company and Lake Sunapee Bank do not undertake and specifically decline 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.

 
 
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc.
Selected Financial Highlights
             
    Three Months
Ended September 30,
    Nine Months
Ended September 30,
 
(Dollars in thousands except for per share data)   2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net Income   $ 2,704     $ 2,572     $ 7,189     $ 6,419  
Per Common Share Data:                                
  Basic Earnings     0.32       0.35       0.85       0.87  
  Diluted Earnings (1)     0.32       0.35       0.85       0.87  
  Dividends Paid     0.13       0.13       0.39       0.39  
  Dividend Payout Ratio     40.63 %     37.14 %     45.88 %     44.83 %
 
 
    As of  
(Dollars in thousands except for per share data)   September 30, 2014     December 31, 2013  
Total Assets   $ 1,483,112     $ 1,423,870  
Total Securities (2)     116,918       134,998  
Loans, Net     1,204,230       1,134,110  
Total Deposits     1,111,111       1,088,092  
Federal Home Loan Bank Advances     160,990       121,734  
Stockholders' Equity     153,944       149,257  
Book Value per Common Share   $ 15.88     $ 15.37  
Common Shares Outstanding     8,244,065       8,216,747  
                 
Leverage (Tier I) Capital     8.28 %     8.29 %
                 
Number of Offices:                
  Banking Offices     36       37  
  Insurance Offices     3       3  
  Trust Offices     7       6  
                   
(1) Diluted earnings per share are calculated using the weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the period, including common stock equivalents, as appropriate.
   
(2) Includes available-for-sale securities shown at fair value and Federal Home Loan Bank stock at cost.
   
   
   
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
             
    September 30,     December 31,  
(Dollars in thousands)   2014     2013  
ASSETS   (Unaudited)          
Cash and due from banks   $ 40,036     $ 12,005  
Overnight deposits     -       21,573  
  Cash and cash equivalents     40,036       33,578  
Interest-bearing time deposits with other banks     747       1,743  
Securities available-for-sale     106,156       125,238  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock     10,762       9,760  
Loans held-for-sale     2,405       680  
Loans receivable, net of the alloance for loan losses     1,204,230       1,134,110  
Accrued interest receivable     3,167       2,628  
Premises and equipment, net     24,476       23,842  
Investments in real estate     3,570       3,681  
Other real estate owned     137       1,343  
Goodwill     44,840       44,632  
Intangible assets     9,735       11,020  
Bank owned life insurance     20,022       19,544  
Other assets     12,829       12,071  
  Total assets   $ 1,483,112     $ 1,423,870  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
LIABILITIES                
Deposits:                
  Noninterest-bearing   $ 106,065     $ 101,446  
  Interest-bearing     1,005,046       986,646  
    Total deposits     1,111,111       1,088,092  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances     160,990       121,734  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     16,850       27,885  
Subordinated debentures     20,620       20,620  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     19,597       16,282  
    Total liabilities     1,329,168       1,274,613  
                 
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Preferred stock, $.01 par value per share: 2,500,000 shares authorized, non-cumulative perpetual Series B; 23,000 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013; liquidation value $1,000 per share     -       -  
  Common stock, $.01 par value per share: 10,000,000 shares authorized, 8,678,394 shares issued and 8,244,065 shares outstanding at September 30, 2014 and 8,651,076 shares issued and 8,216,747 shares outstanding at December 31, 2013     87       87  
  Paid-in capital     101,356       100,961  
  Retained earnings     62,156       58,347  
  Unearned restricted stock awards     (598 )     (490 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (2,306 )     (2,897 )
Treasury stock, 434,329 shares as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, at cost     (6,751 )     (6,751 )
    Total stockholders' equity     153,944       149,257  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 1,483,112     $ 1,423,870  
                 
 
 
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,     September 30,   September 30,  
(Dollars in thousands, except for per share data)   2014     2013     2014   2013  
Interest and dividend income                              
  Interest and fees on loans   $ 11,869     $ 9,071     $ 34,854   $ 27,276  
  Interest on debt investments:                              
    Taxable     314       231       1,034     1,041  
  Dividends     41       16       122     39  
  Other     95       270       443     621  
    Total interest and dividend income     12,319       9,588       36,453     28,977  
                               
Interest expense                              
  Interest on deposits     1,154       957       3,324     3,063  
  Interest on advances and other borrowed money     535       558       1,583     1,875  
    Total interest expense     1,689       1,515       4,907     4,938  
                               
  Net interest and dividend income     10,630       8,073       31,546     24,039  
                               
Provision for loan losses     27       118       736     694  
                               
  Net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses     10,603       7,955       30,810     23,345  
                               
Noninterest income                              
  Customer service fees     1,570       1,314       4,547     3,766  
  Gain on sales of securities, net     313       -       756     781  
  Net gain on sales of loans     241       450       411     2,058  
  Net gain (loss) on sales of premises and equipment     -       (18 )     12     (14 )
  Net gain (loss) on other real estate and property owned     (1 )     -       194     25  
  Rental income     181       189       528     557  
  Bank owned life insurance income     151       154       453     430  
  Income from equity interest in Charter Holding Corp.     -       53       -     294  
  Mortgage servicing income, net of amortization of mortgage servicing rights     16       22       149     23  
  Insurance and brokerage service income     359       351       1,161     1,170  
  Trust fees     2,038       679       6,190     679  
  Remeasurement gain of equity interest in Charter Holding Corp.     -       1,369       -     1,369  
    Total noninterest income     4,868       4,563       14,401     11,138  
                               
Noninterest expenses                              
  Salaries and employee benefits     6,326       4,617       18,419     13,013  
  Occupancy expenses     1,279       1,068       4,260     3,198  
  Advertising and promotion     222       159       658     471  
  Depositors' insurance     232       195       773     574  
  Outside services     639       397       2,000     1,065  
  Professional services     281       342       1,000     995  
  ATM processing fees     230       153       650     466  
  Supplies     128       100       426     350  
  Telephone expense     257       159       823     494  
  Merger-related expenses     -       801       -     801  
  Amortization of intangible assets     416       212       1,285     592  
  Other expenses     1,448       1,328       4,526     3,818  
    Total noninterest expense     11,458       9,531       34,820     25,837  
                               
Income before provision for income taxes     4,013       2,987       10,391     8,646  
                               
Provision for income taxes     1,309       415       3,202     2,227  
                               
Net income   $ 2,704     $ 2,572     $ 7,189   $ 6,418  
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 2,646     $ 2,514     $ 7,017   $ 6,161  
Earnings per common share, basic   $ 0.32     $ 0.35     $ 0.85   $ 0.87  
  Average Number of Shares, basic     8,242,181       7,102,893       8,229,665     7,080,299  
Earnings per common share, assuming dilution   $ 0.32     $ 0.35     $ 0.85   $ 0.87  
  Average Number of Shares, assuming dilution     8,255,350       7,113,611       8,237,850     7,084,795  
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.13     $ 0.13     $ 0.39   $ 0.39  
                               

Contact Information

  • For additional information contact:
    Laura Jacobi
    First Senior Vice President
    Chief Financial Officer
    603-863-0886