Net Income of $22.2 million, EPS of $0.28
Record 2019 Net Income of $87.7 million, EPS of $1.10
BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) (the “Company”) today announced net income of $22.2 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $22.6 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019, and $21.1 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2018.
For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported net income of $87.7 million, or $1.10 per basic and diluted share. This compared to $83.1 million, or $1.04 per basic and diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018.
President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Perrault commented on the Company’s performance in 2019. “We had another successful year of solid growth and returns for our stockholders in 2019. For the second straight year Brookline Bancorp has achieved record earnings per share and net income. I would like to thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication, demonstrating the values of Brookline Bancorp, as we position ourselves for continued success and growth in the new decade.”
On December 4, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company approved a stock repurchase program authorizing management to repurchase up to $10.0 million of the Company’s common stock over a period of twelve months commencing on January 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020.
Total assets at December 31, 2019 decreased $21.6 million to $7.86 billion from $7.88 billion at September 30, 2019, and increased $464.0 million from $7.39 billion at December 31, 2018. At December 31, 2019, total loans and leases were $6.74 billion, representing an increase of $91.0 million from September 30, 2019, and an increase of $434.3 million from December 31, 2018.
Investment securities at December 31, 2019 increased $22.3 million to $589.4 million, as compared to $567.1 million at September 30, 2019, and decreased $32.4 million from $621.8 million at December 31, 2018. As of December 31, 2019, securities and cash and cash equivalents represented 8.5 percent of total assets as compared to 9.5 percent and 9.6 percent as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
Total deposits at December 31, 2019 increased $100.7 million to $5.83 billion from $5.73 billion at September 30, 2019 and increased $376.0 million from $5.45 billion at December 31, 2018.
Total borrowed funds at December 31, 2019 decreased $83.7 million to $902.7 million from $986.4 million at September 30, 2019 and decreased $17.8 million from $920.5 million at December 31, 2018.
The ratio of stockholders’ equity to total assets was 12.04 percent at December 31, 2019, as compared to 11.83 percent at September 30, 2019, and 12.18 percent at December 31, 2018. The ratio of tangible stockholders’ equity to tangible assets was 10.15 percent at December 31, 2019, as compared to 9.94 percent at September 30, 2019, and 10.15 percent at December 31, 2018. Tangible book value per share increased $0.17 from $9.63 at September 30, 2019 to $9.80 at December 31, 2019, compared to $9.21 at December 31, 2018.
NET INTEREST INCOME
Net interest income increased $0.7 million to $63.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2019 from $63.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The net interest margin decreased 2 basis points to 3.43 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from 3.45 percent for the three months ended September 30, 2019.
Non-interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased $0.1 million to $7.8 million from $7.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by decreases of $0.2 million in revenue on sales of loans and leases and $0.3 million in other non-interest income; partially offset by increases of $0.2 million in loan level derivative income and $0.2 million in gain on securities.
PROVISION FOR CREDIT LOSSES
The Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $3.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $0.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Total net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $1.6 million compared to $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2019. The ratio of net loan and lease charge-offs to average loans and leases on an annualized basis increased to 10 basis points for the fourth quarter of 2019 from 2 basis points for the third quarter of 2019.
The allowance for loan and lease losses represented 0.91 percent of total loans and leases at December 31, 2019, compared to 0.89 percent at September 30, 2019, and 0.93 percent at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan and lease losses related to originated loans and leases represented 0.91 percent of originated loans and leases at December 31, 2019, compared to 0.90 percent at September 30, 2019, and 0.96 percent at December 31, 2018.
Non-interest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased $1.4 million to $38.8 million from $40.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by decreases of $0.9 million in compensation and employee benefits, $0.1 million in equipment and data processing and $1.1 million in merger and acquisition expense, partially offset by an increase of $0.7 million in other non-interest expense.
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES
The effective tax rate was 24.2 percent and 24.4 percent for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, respectively.
RETURNS ON AVERAGE ASSETS AND AVERAGE EQUITY
The annualized return on average assets decreased to 1.13 percent during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 1.17 percent for the third quarter of 2019; and was 1.15 percent for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to 1.15 percent for the year ended December 31, 2018.
The annualized return on average tangible stockholders' equity decreased to 11.42 percent during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 11.85 percent for the third quarter of 2019; and was 11.67 percent for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to 11.70 percent for the year ended December 31, 2018.
The ratio of total nonperforming loans and leases to total loans and leases was 0.29 percent at December 31, 2019 as compared to 0.33 percent at September 30, 2019. Nonperforming loans and leases decreased $2.1 million to $19.5 million at December 31, 2019 from $21.6 million at September 30, 2019. The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 0.28 percent at December 31, 2019 as compared to 0.30 percent at September 30, 2019. Nonperforming assets decreased $1.7 million to $22.1 million at December 31, 2019 from $23.8 million at September 30, 2019.
The Company’s Board approved a dividend of $0.115 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The dividend will be paid on February 28, 2020 to stockholders of record on February 14, 2020.
The Company will conduct a conference call/webcast at 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, January 30, 2020 to discuss the results for the quarter, business highlights and outlook. The call can be accessed by dialing 877-504-4120 (United States) or 412-902-6650 (internationally). A recorded playback of the call will be available for one week following the call at 877-344-7529 (United States) or 412-317-0088 (internationally). The passcode for the playback is 10137889. The call will be available live and in a recorded version on the Company’s website under “Investor Relations” at www.brooklinebancorp.com.
ABOUT BROOKLINE BANCORP, INC.
Brookline Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company with $7.9 billion in assets and branch locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, and First Ipswich Bank (the "banks"). The Company provides commercial and retail banking services, cash management and investment services to customers throughout Central New England. More information about Brookline Bancorp, Inc. and its banks can be found at the following websites: www.brooklinebank.com, www.bankri.com, and www.firstipswich.com.
Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among others, the risks outlined in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.
BASIS OF PRESENTATION
The Company's consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) as set forth by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in its Accounting Standards Codification and through the rules and interpretive releases of the SEC under the authority of federal securities laws. Certain amounts previously reported have been reclassified to conform to the current period's presentation.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as operating earnings, operating return on average assets, operating return on average tangible assets, operating return on average stockholders' equity, operating return on average tangible stockholders' equity, the allowance for loan and lease losses related to originated loans and leases as a percentage of originated loans and leases, tangible book value per common share, tangible stockholders’ equity to tangible assets, return on average tangible assets and return on average tangible stockholders' equity. These non-GAAP financial measures provide information for investors to effectively analyze financial trends of ongoing business activities, and to enhance comparability with peers across the financial services sector. A detailed reconciliation table of the Company's GAAP to the non-GAAP measures is attached.
|Contact:||Carl M. Carlson|
|Brookline Bancorp, Inc.|
|Chief Financial Officer|
|BROOKLINE BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Selected Financial Highlights (Unaudited)|
|At and for the Three Months Ended||At and for the Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31, 2019||September 30, 2019||June 30, 2019||March 31, 2019||December 31, 2018||December 31, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|(Dollars In Thousands Except per Share Data)|
|Net interest income||$||63,931||$||63,236||$||63,134||$||62,999||$||63,159||$||253,300||$||247,699|
|Provision for credit losses||3,602||871||3,757||1,353||123||9,583||4,951|
|Income before provision for income taxes||29,270||30,103||27,251||29,405||29,215||116,029||112,740|
|Net income attributable to Brookline Bancorp, Inc.||22,183||22,596||20,471||22,467||21,138||87,717||83,062|
|Net interest margin (1)||3.43||%||3.45||%||3.55||%||3.64||%||3.58||%||3.51||%||3.61||%|
|Interest-rate spread (1)||3.05||%||3.06||%||3.13||%||3.18||%||3.25||%||3.10||%||3.32||%|
|Return on average assets (annualized)||1.13||%||1.17||%||1.08||%||1.21||%||1.15||%||1.15||%||1.15||%|
|Return on average tangible assets (annualized) (non-GAAP)||1.15||%||1.19||%||1.11||%||1.24||%||1.17||%||1.17||%||1.18||%|
|Return on average stockholders' equity (annualized)||9.42||%||9.74||%||8.98||%||10.14||%||9.40||%||9.56||%||9.51||%|
|Return on average tangible stockholders' equity (annualized) (non-GAAP)||11.42||%||11.85||%||10.98||%||12.48||%||11.54||%||11.67||%||11.70||%|
|Efficiency ratio (2)||54.15||%||56.48||%||56.09||%||55.83||%||57.86||%||55.63||%||56.88||%|
|Per Common Share Data:|
|Net income — Basic||$||0.28||$||0.28||$||0.26||$||0.28||$||0.26||$||1.10||$||1.04|
|Net income — Diluted||0.28||0.28||0.26||0.28||0.26||1.10||1.04|
|Cash dividends declared||0.115||0.115||0.110||0.110||0.105||0.450||0.395|
|Book value per share (end of period)||11.87||11.70||11.53||11.30||11.30||11.87||11.30|
|Tangible book value per share (end of period) (non-GAAP)||9.80||9.63||9.45||9.22||9.21||9.80||9.21|
|Stock price (end of period)||16.46||14.73||15.38||14.40||13.82||16.46||13.82|
|Total loans and leases||6,737,816||6,646,821||6,505,329||6,388,197||6,303,516||6,737,816||6,303,516|
|Brookline Bancorp, Inc. stockholders’ equity||945,606||932,311||918,468||900,572||900,140||945,606||900,140|
|Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets||0.28||%||0.30||%||0.30||%||0.36||%||0.38||%||0.28||%||0.38||%|
|Allowance for loan and lease losses||$||61,082||$||59,135||$||58,635||$||58,041||$||58,692||$||61,082||$||58,692|
|Allowance for loan and lease losses as a percentage of total loans and leases||0.91||%||0.89||%||0.90||%||0.91||%||0.93||%||0.91||%||0.93||%|
|Net loan and lease charge-offs||$||1,622||$||366||$||3,082||$||2,101||$||1,252||$||7,171||$||4,651|
|Net loan and lease charge-offs as a percentage of average loans and leases (annualized)||0.10||%||0.02||%||0.19||%||0.13||%||0.08||%||0.11||%||0.08||%|
|Stockholders’ equity to total assets||12.04||%||11.83||%||12.03||%||11.98||%||12.18||%||12.04||%||12.18||%|
|Tangible stockholders’ equity to tangible assets (non-GAAP)||10.15||%||9.94||%||10.08||%||9.99||%||10.15||%||10.15||%||10.15||%|
|(1) Calculated on a fully tax-equivalent basis.|
|(2) Calculated as non-interest expense as a percentage of net interest income plus non-interest income.|
|BROOKLINE BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)|
|December 31, 2019||September 30, 2019||June 30, 2019||March 31, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|ASSETS||(In Thousands Except Share Data)|
|Cash and due from banks||$||33,589||$||93,841||$||46,532||$||51,276||$||47,542|
|Total cash and cash equivalents||77,790||178,530||92,796||112,339||89,584|
|Investment securities available-for-sale||498,995||467,339||482,497||489,020||502,793|
|Investment securities held-to-maturity||86,780||95,163||103,572||113,694||114,776|
|Investment securities trading||3,581||4,581||4,698||4,341||4,207|
|Total investment securities||589,356||567,083||590,767||607,055||621,776|
|Loans and leases held-for-sale||—||—||1,575||869||3,247|
|Loans and leases:|
|Commercial real estate loans:|
|Commercial real estate mortgage||2,491,011||2,441,091||2,421,104||2,355,507||2,330,725|
|Total commercial real estate loans||3,669,222||3,589,451||3,493,554||3,410,468||3,351,736|
|Commercial loans and leases:|
|Total commercial loans and leases||1,838,748||1,850,388||1,826,336||1,786,582||1,768,958|
|Total consumer loans||1,229,846||1,206,982||1,185,439||1,191,147||1,182,822|
|Total loans and leases||6,737,816||6,646,821||6,505,329||6,388,197||6,303,516|
|Allowance for loan and lease losses||(61,082||)||(59,135||)||(58,635||)||(58,041||)||(58,692||)|
|Net loans and leases||6,676,734||6,587,686||6,446,694||6,330,156||6,244,824|
|Restricted equity securities||53,818||57,896||55,270||54,192||61,751|
|Premises and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation||74,350||75,229||75,373||75,520||76,382|
|Right-of-use asset operating leases||24,876||26,216||25,928||26,205||—|
|Deferred tax asset ("DTA")||25,017||25,204||25,629||27,084||21,495|
|Identified intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization||4,423||4,843||5,264||5,684||6,086|
|Other real estate owned and repossessed assets||2,631||2,132||1,966||3,912||4,019|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Demand checking accounts||$||1,141,578||$||1,106,684||$||1,042,854||$||1,011,031||$||1,033,551|
|Money market accounts||1,682,005||1,666,231||1,669,782||1,706,708||1,675,050|
|Certificate of deposit accounts||2,021,642||2,011,622||1,984,453||1,907,228||1,789,165|
|Total interest-bearing deposits||4,688,494||4,622,655||4,579,639||4,609,602||4,420,493|
|Advances from the FHLBB||758,469||854,481||791,559||730,018||784,375|
|Subordinated debentures and notes||83,591||83,551||83,512||83,472||83,433|
|Other borrowed funds||60,689||48,373||55,693||52,515||null|