Sun, 29 Nov 2020

Bar Harbor Bankshares Reports Third Quarter Results

ACCESSWIRE
28 Oct 2020, 07:25 GMT+10

BAR HARBOR, ME/ ACCESSWIRE / October 27, 2020 / Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) reported third quarter 2020 net income of $8.4 million or $0.56 per share compared to $5.0 million or $0.32 per share in the same quarter of 2019. The non-GAAP measure of core earnings increased 30% to $9.2 million, or $0.61 per share in the third quarter 2020 compared to $7.3 million or $0.47 per share in the third quarter of 2019.

THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (compared to the third quarter of 2019, unless otherwise noted)

  • 13% annualized total commercial loan growth
  • 92% loan to deposit ratio
  • 2.98% net interest margin compared to 2.75%
  • 32% increase in non-interest income
  • 0.56% non-accruing loans to total loans, excluding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans
  • 0.88% return on assets compared to 0.55%; 0.96% core return on assets compared to 0.80% (non-GAAP)
  • 59.5% efficiency ratio compared to 65.0%

President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis C. Simard stated, 'As a direct result of our well executed strategies, the Company expanded all key performance metrics on a year-over-year and linked quarter basis. These strategies not only entailed expense and deleveraging initiatives, but also focused on increasing core deposits thus reducing overall funding costs, and expanding fee income. Core return on assets increased to 0.96% as we continue to achieve positive operating leverage with minimal reliance on accretion from PPP related fees. We continue to see an upswing in customer activity since our state economies re-opened this past summer on a limited basis and a further rebound in branch operations compared to the first half of the year. Our loan to deposit ratio improved to 92% as we continue to grow deposits on relatively flat, total loan growth. Given the current economic environment, we have selectively grown commercial loans by 14% for the quarter, excluding PPP loans, and pushed much of the mortgage production through our secondary market platform. Our teams did a great job of keeping pace with the high demand of the mortgage markets for new and refinanced loans, resulting in over four times the gains compared to the third quarter 2019. We continue to adhere to our risk-based credit philosophy and profitability disciplines as is evidenced by our results this quarter. Excess liquidity generated during the quarter was used to pay down wholesale borrowings as part of on-going initiatives to de-lever and expand net interest margin.'

Mr. Simard continued, 'One of our greatest strengths is the diversity in capabilities surrounding fee income. Our wealth management business is a significant contributor to fee income, as well as a keystone for deepening customer relationships with $2.1 billion in assets under management. We had previously consolidated leadership and combined operations onto a common platform in our wealth management business, leading to the unifying of policies and sharing of ideas under one environment driven by best practices. I'm now excited to say we are working with our regulators to bring both of our wealth management companies and our brokerage teams under one name Bar Harbor Wealth Management. Bringing this business together under one brand was the logical next step as we align talent, engagement and culture.'

Mr. Simard went on to say, 'From an asset quality perspective, the Company experienced a significant decrease in loans under COVID-related forbearance since the second quarter. As of September 30, 2020 total outstanding deferrals, which primarily consist of interest only forbearance, were $78.7 million or 3% of total loans, with consumer mortgages representing $4.6 million of the total or less than half a percent of the consumer portfolio. Our third quarter stress testing resulted in no significant risk-rating downgrades or changes to reserves. Our allowance for loan losses is well established to absorb any inherent losses in our portfolio and increased during the quarter on higher commercial loan growth. Our steady allowance levels coupled with an extensive stress testing process speaks to the quality of our credit culture, while we continue to report low levels of net charge-offs and past due accounts. The increase in non-accruing loans for the quarter is due to one additional commercial loan that has since paid off at its carrying value. The hotel industry is one of our bigger credit exposures; however, we have seen minimal degradation as those borrowers are strong, proven operators with an average loan to value ratio of less than 60% for the segment. More so, any individual hotel exposure with a loan to value ratio greater than 65% was specifically included in our stress testing.'

Mr. Simard further stated, 'Throughout the year we have supported our customers by originating approximately 1,900 PPP loans totaling $131.6 million. Net unearned fees remaining on PPP loans at the end of the third quarter was $3.8 million and accretion will accelerate as the loans are reimbursed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). At this time we have submitted over 50% of PPP loans to the SBA for forgiveness, pending approval, and our teams continue to work closely with customers on the remaining balance.'

Mr. Simard concluded, 'Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related market conditions, we continue to maintain high levels of capital and liquidity, diversified revenue streams, strong credit performance and an exceptional core deposit base. We are confident in our business model to grow investor returns while maintaining our culture and commitment to customers, employees and communities throughout this economic cycle.'

FINANCIAL CONDITION

Total assets were $3.9 billion at the end of the third quarter compared to $3.8 billion in the second quarter of 2020. Loan balances in the third quarter 2020 decreased by $20.7 million largely due to secondary market sales and prepayments of residential mortgages offset by total commercial loan growth. Mortgage loan originations totaled $86.5 million from new and refinancing activity given the lower interest rate environment. During the quarter nearly all residential originations were sold in the secondary market to generate fee income. Total commercial loans grew at an annualized rate of 13% led by commercial real estate loans offset by a decrease in commercial and industrial (C&I) loans. The decrease in C&I is primarily due to one customer with loans totaling $39.8 million that were refinanced to a lower principal of $25.0 million along with an open line of credit. Core deposits increased 21% on an annualized basis due to growth from new accounts and an overall decrease in customer spending given current market conditions. As a result the loan to deposit ratio improved to 92% in the third quarter 2020 compared to 101% in the second quarter of 2020. Borrowings decreased by $161.4 million as excess liquidity primarily from higher deposit balances was used to pay down short-term borrowings. As part of the deleveraging strategy, total securities decreased $43.3 million in the third quarter as we allowed for natural run-off of amortizing and maturing fixed rate investments with the pay down of short term borrowings.

The third quarter 2020 allowance for loan losses increased by $1.4 million, which includes a $1.8 million provision for loan loss offset by net charge-offs of $402 thousand. The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio for the third quarter expanded to 0.66% from 0.60% in the second quarter 2020 based on commercial loan growth and adjustments to reflect current economic conditions. Past due and delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans decreased to 0.77% from 0.83% at the end of the second quarter. The increase in non-accruing loans in the third quarter is primarily due to an additional commercial loan totaling $693 thousand that has subsequently settled at its carrying value. Third quarter stress testing of the Company's commercial loan portfolio included the top 50 relationships, all criticized loans greater than $1.0 million, hospitality loans over $250 thousand with loan to values in excess of 65%, and any seasonal payment, restaurant, or term loans maturing within a year that are greater than $500 thousand. Results of the stress testing led to no significant risk-rating downgrades or changes to reserves. While the impact of COVID-19 and other market conditions remain uncertain, we believe the existing allowance for loan losses is sufficient to absorb inherent losses based on our disciplined credit approach, experienced losses and methodology, and current and ongoing stress testing reviews of the portfolio.

The Company's book value per share was $27.09 at the end of the third quarter 2020 compared to $26.56 at the end of the second quarter 2020. Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP measure) was $18.56 at the end of the third quarter 2020 compared to $18.18 at the second quarter 2020; an annualized growth rate of 8%. A continued low interest rate environment has had a positive impact on the fair value of the Company's securities portfolio. Other comprehensive income included unrealized gains on securities totaling $11.7 million in the third quarter 2020 compared to $11.4 million at the end of the second quarter 2020.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Net income in the third quarter 2020 was $8.4 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $5.0 million, or $0.32 per share, in the same quarter of 2019. The non-GAAP measure of core earnings in the third quarter 2020 totaled $9.2 million, or $0.61 per share, compared to $7.3 million, or $0.47 per share, in the same quarter of 2019. The improvement in net income is driven by expanded net interest margin and higher non-interest income. Net interest margin in the third quarter 2020 increased to 2.98% from 2.75% in the same period of 2019 primarily due to a lower cost of funds. Costs of funds decreased to 0.82% compared to 1.65% in the third quarter 2019 due to a shift in funding sources from borrowings to core deposits. Cost of deposits and borrowings also benefited from the Federal Reserve rate cuts in 2020 and other key indexes in response to COVID-19. Additionally, excess liquidity was used to pay off $239.4 million of borrowings since the third quarter of 2019 in connection with deleveraging strategies that further reduced interest expense. Yields from earning assets were 3.67% compared to 4.17% in the third quarter 2019 reflecting loan originations and repricing of variable rate products in a lower interest rate environment. Excluding the effects of PPP loans, the third quarter yield on total earning assets was 3.72%. Net unearned fees on PPP loans at the end of the third quarter was $3.8 million and accretion will accelerate as the loans are reimbursed by the Small Business Administration.

The third quarter 2020 provision for loan losses increased to $1.8 million from $893 thousand in the same quarter 2019. While overall credit quality in the loan portfolio remains strong, the increase in the reserve is indicative of the continued commercial loan growth and higher economic adjustments reflecting elevated risk from COVID-19.

Non-interest income in the third quarter 2020 was $10.1 million compared to $7.6 million in the same quarter in 2019. The increase is primarily due to a $2.2 million increase in mortgage banking income associated with secondary market sales of $86.2 million compared to $20.7 million in the same quarter of 2019. Customer service fees increased 13% and trust and investment management fees increased 17% as the result of expanded operations into Central Maine partially offset by lower activity stemming from COVID-19.

Non-interest expense was $22.4 million in the third quarter 2020 compared to $23.4 million in the same quarter of 2019. The decrease is principally due to lower acquisition, conversion and other expenses, which totaled $691 thousand in 2020 compared to $3.0 million in 2019. Salary and benefit expense and occupancy costs were also higher during the third quarter 2020 to support the Company's expanded branch model and wealth management business. Operating expenses remained controlled as demonstrated by the drop in the efficiency ratio to 59.5% compared to 65.0% for the same period a year ago.

BACKGROUND

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 130 years. Bar Harbor provides full-service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For more information, visit www.barharbor.bank.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements under the headings 'THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS', 'FINANCIAL CONDITION' and 'RESULTS OF OPERATIONS' contained in this document that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ('Securities Act'), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended ('Exchange Act'), and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this earnings release the words 'may,' 'will,' 'should,' 'could,' 'would,' 'plan,' 'potential,' 'estimate,' 'project,' 'believe,' 'intend,' 'anticipate,' 'expect,' 'target' and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but these terms are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including among other things, changes in general economic and business conditions, increased competitive pressures, changes in the interest rate environment, legislative and regulatory change, changes in the financial markets, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in documents that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to those discussed in the section titled 'Risk Factors' in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Because of these and other uncertainties, the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. In addition, the Company's past results of operations do not necessarily indicate future results. You should not place undue reliance on any of the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they were made. The Company is not undertaking an obligation to update forward-looking statements, even though its situation may change in the future, except as required under federal securities law. The Company qualifies all of its forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This document contains certain non-GAAP financial measures in addition to results presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ('GAAP'). These non-GAAP measures are intended to provide the reader with additional supplemental perspectives on operating results, performance trends, and financial condition. Non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures; they should be read and used in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financial information. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is provided below. In all cases, it should be understood that non-GAAP measures do not depict amounts that accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders. An item which management excludes when computing non-GAAP core earnings can be of substantial importance to the Company's results for any particular quarter or year. The Company's non-GAAP core earnings information set forth is not necessarily comparable to non- GAAP information which may be presented by other companies. Each non-GAAP measure used by the Company in this report as supplemental financial data should be considered in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financial information.

The Company utilizes the non-GAAP measure of core earnings in evaluating operating trends, including components for core revenue and expense. These measures exclude amounts which the Company views as unrelated to its normalized operations, including gains/losses on securities, premises, equipment and other real estate owned, acquisition costs, restructuring costs, legal settlements, and systems conversion costs. Non-GAAP adjustments are presented net of an adjustment for income tax expense.

The Company also calculates core earnings per share based on its measure of core earnings. The Company views these amounts as important to understanding its operating trends, particularly due to the impact of accounting standards related to acquisition activity. Analysts also rely on these measures in estimating and evaluating the Company's performance. Management also believes that the computation of non-GAAP core earnings and core earnings per share may facilitate the comparison of the Company to other companies in the financial services industry. The Company also adjusts certain equity related measures to exclude intangible assets due to the importance of these measures to the investment community.

CONTACTS

Josephine Iannelli; EVP, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer; (207) 288-3314

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED

  1. Core measurements are non-GAAP financial measures adjusted to exclude net non-operating charges primarily related to acquisitions, restructurings, system conversions, loss on debt extinguishment and gain or loss on sale of securities, other real estate owned and premises and equipment. Refer to the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in table J for additional information.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measure.
  3. All performance ratios are based on average balance sheet amounts, where applicable.
  4. Fully taxable equivalent considers the impact of tax-advantaged investment securities and loans.
  5. Earning assets includes non-accruing loans and securities are valued at amortized cost.
  6. Assets acquired from eight branches purchased from People's United Bank, National Association as of October 25, 2019, were excluded from calculation.

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
CONSOLIDATED LOAN & DEPOSIT ANALYSIS - UNAUDITED

LOAN ANALYSIS

DEPOSIT ANALYSIS

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (5 Quarter Trend) - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
AVERAGE YIELDS AND COSTS (Fully Taxable Equivalent - Annualized) - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
AVERAGE BALANCES - UNAUDITED


  1. Total loans include non-accruing loans.
  2. Average balances for securities available-for-sale are based on amortized cost.

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
ASSET QUALITY ANALYSIS - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA - UNAUDITED

BAR HARBOR BANKSHARES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA - UNAUDITED

  1. Assumes a marginal tax rate of 23.87% for the first three quarters of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019 and 23.78% in the first three quarters of 2019.
  2. Non-GAAP financial measure.
  3. Tangible shareholders' equity is computed by taking total shareholders' equity less the intangible assets at period-end. Tangible assets is computed by taking total assets less the intangible assets at period-end.
  4. Securities adjustment, net of tax represents the total unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities recorded on the Company's consolidated balance sheets within total common shareholders' equity.
  5. All performance ratios are based on average balance sheet amounts, where applicable.
  6. Adjusted return on tangible equity is computed by taking core earnings divided by shareholders' equity less the tax-effected amortization of intangible assets, assuming a marginal rate of 23.87% for the first three quarters of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019, and 23.78% in the first three quarters of 2019.
  7. Efficiency ratio is computed by dividing core non-interest expense net of franchise taxes and intangible amortization divided by core revenue on a fully taxable equivalent basis.

SOURCE: Bar Harbor Bank and Trust



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