SOURCE: New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares

April 21, 2015 16:30 ET

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. Reports 2015 First Quarter Results

NEWPORT, NH--(Marketwired - Apr 21, 2015) -  New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. ("we," "us," "our" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NHTB), the holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb (the "Bank"), today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $2.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted common share, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2014 and $2.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.

"The first quarter results were in line with our expectations. During the latter part of the first quarter, we experienced upticks in our residential and commercial pipelines positioning us for strong production volume in the second quarter," President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Theroux, commented. "Additionally, as part of our ongoing efforts to prevent fraud which has become prevalent in our industry, we implemented the LSB Alert Center to enhance the detection of fraudulent debit card transactions. We anticipate this program will reduce our exposure to losses while simultaneously enhancing the security of customers' accounts."

First Quarter Highlights

Highlights of the first quarter of 2015 include:

  • Total assets decreased $16.6 million, or 1.11%, to $1.5 billion.
  • Loans decreased $14.2 million, or 1.18%, to $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2015
  • Loans totaling $60.1 million were originated.
  • Our loan servicing portfolio increased $7.1 million to $418.7 million.
  • As a percentage of total loans, non-performing loans decreased to 0.57% at March 31, 2015.
  • Net loan charge-offs were $376 thousand, or 0.12% (annualized), of average loans for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
  • Deposits decreased $21.5 million, or 1.86%, to $1.1 billion.
  • Return on average common equity of 7.02% and return on average assets of 0.62%.
  • Book value per common share increased 1.06% to $16.14 as of March 31, 2015.
  • Noninterest expense decreased 3.65% to $11.4 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

Earnings Summary

The net income available to common stockholders decreased $513 thousand, or 18.35%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease in net income available to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014 resulted from decreases of $170 thousand, or 1.63%, in net interest income and $432 thousand, or 3.65%, in noninterest expenses, offset, in part, by an increase of $706 thousand in provision for income taxes due to significant tax credits recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Net Interest Income and Margin

Net interest and dividend income for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 decreased $170 thousand, or 1.63%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily driven by the decrease in net loans receivable during the period. Interest and dividend income decreased $219 thousand, or 1.78%, to $12.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014, which included a decrease of $203 thousand, or 1.72%, in interest and fees on loans. Interest expense decreased $49 thousand, or 2.62%.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, our net interest margin decreased to 2.99% compared to 3.07% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 due primarily to a decrease in the average yield on loans. The average cost of deposits for the first quarter of 2015 was 0.39% compared to 0.41% for the fourth quarter of 2014. 

The average cost of funds for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 was 0.57% compared to 0.58% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. 

Provision for Loan Losses

We recognized an increase of $36 thousand in the provision for loan losses compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. Net loan charge-offs were $376 thousand, or 0.12% (annualized) of average loans for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to net loan charge-offs of $427 thousand, or 0.14% (annualized) of average loans for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the first quarter of 2015 was $4.8 million, a decrease of $68 thousand compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to decreases of $132 thousand in customer service fees, $157 thousand in net gains on sales of loans, and $107 thousand in trust and management fees, partially offset by increases of $165 thousand in gains on sales and calls of securities and $208 thousand in insurance commissions due, in part, to receipt of $135 thousand of contingency commissions during the first quarter of 2015.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2015 decreased $432 thousand, or 3.65%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease included decreases of $585 thousand in salaries and employee benefits driven by higher incentive expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014 and $80 thousand in advertising and promotion, partially offset by an increase of $94 thousand in occupancy expense including the seasonal increases of $125 thousand for snow removal and $61 thousand for heating fuel.

Income Tax Provision

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2015 increased $706 thousand to $1.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 primarily due to the recognition of a tax benefit related to funding of a tax credit investment during the fourth quarter of 2014. Our effective tax rate was 31.69% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Loans and Credit Quality

Loans decreased $14.2 million, or 1.18%, to $1.2 billion at March 31, 2015 compared to $1.2 billion at December 31, 2014. The decrease reflects decreases of $10.2 million in conventional real estate mortgage loans, $700 thousand in commercial real estate mortgage loans, $682 thousand in home equity loans, $5.6 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $856 thousand in consumer loans, partially offset by an increase of $3.4 million in construction and land loans.

At March 31, 2015, nonperforming loans totaled $6.8 million, or 0.57%, of total loans compared to $7.3 million, or 0.61%, of total loans at December 31, 2014. The allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans at March 31, 2015 was 132.62% compared to 119.74% at December 31, 2014.

Deposits and Funding

Deposits decreased $21.5 million, or 1.86%, to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2015 compared to December 31, 2014. The historically consistent first quarter decrease was primarily due to decreases of $9.1 million in noninterest accounts and $21.9 million in time deposits, partially offset by an increase of $9.7 million in savings and money market accounts. Our noninterest-bearing deposits decreased $9.1 million, or 7.72%, and interest-bearing deposits decreased $12.4 million, or 1.20%, comparing March 31, 2015 to balances at December 31, 2014.

Quarterly Dividend

On April 9, 2015, the Company declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share payable April 30, 2015 to stockholders of record as of April 23, 2015. 

Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on May 14, 2015 at the Lake Sunapee Bank Building, 1868 Room, 9 Main Street, Newport, New Hampshire at 10:00 a.m.

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, 2014, 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 March 31,
 
(Dollars in thousands except for per share data)   2015     2014  
Net Income   $ 2,303     $ 2,143  
Per Common Share Data:                
  Basic Earnings     0.28       0.25  
  Diluted Earnings (1)     0.28       0.25  
  Dividends Paid     0.13       0.13  
  Dividend Payout Ratio     46.43 %     52.00 %
       
    As of  
(Dollars in thousands except for per share data)   March 31, 2015     December 31, 2014  
Total Assets   $ 1,487,146     $ 1,503,786  
Total Securities (2)     122,270       126,460  
Loans, Net     1,192,647       1,206,845  
Total Deposits     1,131,225       1,152,714  
Federal Home Loan Bank Advances     140,994       140,992  
Stockholders' Equity     141,396       139,836  
Book Value per Common Share   $ 16.14     $ 15.97  
Common Shares Outstanding     8,264,278       8,258,031  
                 
Leverage (Tier I) Capital     9.28 %     8.43 %
                 
Number of Offices:                
  Banking Offices     36       36  
  Insurance Offices     3       3  
  Trust Offices     7       7  
                 
  (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
 
    March 31,     December 31,  
(Dollars in thousands)   2015     2014  
ASSETS   (Unaudited)        
Cash and due from banks   $ 45,608     $ 24,957  
Interest-bearing deposit with the Federal Reserve Bank     194       26,163  
  Cash and cash equivalents     45,802       51,120  
Interest-bearing time deposits with other banks     747       747  
Securities available-for-sale     111,508       115,698  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock     10,762       10,762  
Loans held-for-sale     4,157       2,000  
Loans receivable, net of the allowance for loan losses of $9.1 million as of March 31, 2015 and $9.3 million as of December 31, 2014     1,192,647       1,206,845  
Accrued interest receivable     3,236       2,576  
Premises and equipment, net     24,448       24,391  
Investments in real estate     3,500       3,533  
Other real estate owned     607       251  
Goodwill     44,576       44,576  
Intangible assets     8,942       9,332  
Bank owned life insurance     20,342       20,187  
Due from broker     4,653       -  
Other assets     11,219       11,768  
    Total assets   $ 1,487,146     $ 1,503,786  
                 
                 
LIABILITIES                
Deposits:                
  Noninterest-bearing   $ 108,791     $ 117,889  
  Interest-bearing     1,022,434       1,034,825  
    Total deposits     1,131,225       1,152,714  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances     140,994       140,992  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     16,205       16,756  
Subordinated debentures     37,620       37,620  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     19,706       15,868  
    Total liabilities     1,345,750       1,363,950  
                 
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Preferred stock, $.01 par value per share: 2,500,000 shares authorized, non-cumulative perpetual Series B; 8,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014; liquidation value $1,000 per share     -       -  
  Common stock, $.01 par value per share: 10,000,000 shares authorized, 8,698,607 shares issued and 8,264,278 shares outstanding at March 31, 2015 and 8,692,360 shares issued and 8,258,031 shares outstanding at December 31, 2014     87       87  
  Paid-in capital     86,670       86,561  
  Retained earnings     65,071       63,876  
  Unearned restricted stock awards     (586 )     (598 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (3,095 )     (3,339 )
  Treasury stock, 434,329 shares as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, at cost     (6,751 )     (6,751 )
    Total stockholders' equity     141,396       139,836  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 1,487,146     $ 1,503,786  
 
 
 
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
    March 31,     March 31,
(Dollars in thousands, except for per share data)   2015     2014
Interest and dividend income              
  Interest and fees on loans   $ 11,590     $ 11,350
  Interest on debt investments:              
    Taxable     313       325
  Dividends     48       35
  Other     105       170
    Total interest and dividend income     12,056       11,880
               
Interest expense              
  Interest on deposits     1,066       1,102
  Interest on advances and other borrowed money     757       525
    Total interest expense     1,823       1,627
               
  Net interest and dividend income     10,233       10,253
               
Provision for loan losses     205       -
               
  Net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses     10,028       10,253
               
Noninterest income              
  Customer service fees     1,378       1,438
  Net gain on sales and calls of securities     373       8
  Mortgage banking activities     128       131
  Net loss on sales of other real estate owned, other assets and premises and equipment premises and equipment     (3 )     -
  Rental income     169       175
  Bank owned life insurance income     146       149
  Trust and investment management fee income     2,043       2,076
  Insurance commission income     523       484
    Total noninterest income     4,757       4,461
               
Noninterest expenses              
  Salaries and employee benefits     6,033       5,998
  Occupancy expenses     1,625       1,609
  Advertising and promotion     174       161
  Depositors' insurance     238       271
  Outside services     611       652
  Professional services     282       272
  ATM processing fees     188       221
  Supplies     110       164
  Telephone expense     269       295
  Amortization of intangible assets     390       435
  Other expenses     1,494       1,594
    Total noninterest expense     11,414       11,672
               
Income before provision for income taxes     3,371       3,042
               
Provision for income taxes     1,068       899
               
Net income   $ 2,303     $ 2,143
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 2,282     $ 2,085
               
Earnings per common share, basic   $ 0.28     $ 0.25
  Average number of shares, basic     8,261,383       8,218,465
               
Earnings per common share, assuming dilution   $ 0.28     $ 0.25
  Average number of shares, assuming dilution     8,275,690       8,231,992
               
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.13     $ 0.13

Contact Information

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