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BSB Bancorp, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results - Year Over Year Earnings Growth of 44%

BELMONT, Mass., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BSB Bancorp, Inc. (BLMT) (the "Company"), the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank (the "Bank"), a state-chartered savings bank headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts, today reported a 44% increase in net income to $3.67 million or $0.40 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to net income of $2.54 million or $0.28 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. This is the Bank's 15th consecutive quarter of earnings growth.

Robert M. Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are off to a very good start in 2017.  First quarter loan growth was strong and deposit growth kept pace.  Our local economy continues to exhibit growth in population, real estate values and employment."

NET INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME

Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $13.26 million as compared to $11.28 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 or a 17.6% increase. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $829,000 as compared to $599,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 or a 38.4% increase. This resulted in an increase of $1.75 million or 16.4% in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $630,000 as compared to $660,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 or a decrease of 4.5%.

  • Customer service fees decreased $43,000 or 19.1% primarily due to declines in NSF and other fees.
  • Net gains on sales of loans decreased $52,000 or 86.7% due to a lower number of units sold.
  • Other income increased by $42,000 or 140.0% primarily due to increases in the values of investments held in a Rabbi Trust. Investments held in the Rabbi Trust are used to fund the executive and director non-qualified deferred compensation plan. Corresponding deferred compensation expense is recorded within director compensation and salaries and employee benefits.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $7.48 million as compared to $7.25 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 or an increase of 3.1%.

  • Director compensation increased $69,000 or 29.5% primarily due to increases in the value of the securities held in a Rabbi Trust as discussed above in other income.
  • Deposit insurance expense increased by $122,000 or 43.6% primarily driven by asset growth and the FDIC's new assessment methodology that was effective for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.
  • Data processing fees decreased by $188,000 or 21.3% as we renegotiated certain contracts with service providers in late 2016.
  • Professional fees increased by $54,000 or 23.1% primarily due to increased attorneys fees.
  • Marketing costs increased by $57,000, or 25.8% primarily due to increased newspaper advertising as well as merchandising and promotions.

Our efficiency ratio improved to 53.8% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 from 60.7% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 as we continue to grow the balance sheet and manage costs. Effectively managing headcount has contributed to improvement in our efficiency ratio. Since going public in the fourth quarter of 2011, we've grown total assets from $669 million to $2.29 billion, or an increase of 242%, while only increasing full time equivalent employee headcount by 25 from 96 to 121 or 26.0%.

INCOME TAXES

We recorded a provision for income taxes of $1.92 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to a provision for income taxes of $1.55 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, reflecting effective tax rates of 34.4% and 37.9%, respectively. The decrease in our effective tax rate was driven by tax benefits received from stock based compensation activity.

BALANCE SHEET

At March 31, 2017, total assets were $2.29 billion, an increase of $128.16 million or 5.9% from $2.16 billion at December 31, 2016. The Company experienced net loan growth of $117.61 million or 6.3% from December 31, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Residential 1-4 family real estate loans including loans held for sale, commercial real estate loans and construction loans increased by $94.55 million, $31.25 million and $5.00 million, respectively. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease in indirect auto loans of $9.46 million, driven by the suspension of new originations due to current market conditions. The asset growth was primarily funded by growth in deposits and federal home loan bank advances.

At March 31, 2017, deposits totaled $1.57 billion, an increase of $96.45 million or 6.6% from $1.47 billion at December 31, 2016. Core deposits, which we consider to include all deposits other than CD's and brokered CD's, increased by $66.30 million from $1.13 billion at December 31, 2016 to $1.20 billion at March 31, 2017. Hal R. Tovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, "Our strong deposit performance continued in Q1. We saw good growth in our retail channel and continued success with our business banking segment strategy, particularly our efforts with colleges and universities."

Total stockholders' equity increased by $4.03 million from $160.92 million as of December 31, 2016 to $164.95 million as of March 31, 2017. This increase is primarily the result of earnings of $3.67 million and a $255,000 increase in additional paid-in capital related to stock-based compensation.

ASSET QUALITY

The allowance for loan losses in total and as a percentage of total loans as of March 31, 2017 was $14.38 million and 0.73%, respectively, as compared to $13.59 million and 0.73%, respectively, as of December 31, 2016.  For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company recorded net charge offs of $32,000, as compared to net charge offs of $8,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Total non-performing assets were $2.29 million or 0.10% of total assets as of March 31, 2017 as compared to $1.82 million or 0.08% of total assets as of December 31, 2016.

Company Profile

BSB Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and is the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank. The Bank provides financial services to individuals, families, municipalities and businesses through its six full-service branch offices located in Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham in Southeast Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The Bank's primary lending market includes Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "BLMT." For more information, visit the Company's website at www.belmontsavings.com.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on the beliefs and expectations of management, as well as the assumptions made using information currently available to management. Since these statements reflect the views of management concerning future events, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a result, actual results may differ from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, our ability to continue to increase loans and deposit growth, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the businesses in which the Company is engaged, changes in the securities market, and other factors that are described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

BSB BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)














March 31, 2017


December 31, 2016






(unaudited)



ASSETS





Cash and due from banks


$            2,265


$              2,211

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks


58,186


56,665




Cash and cash equivalents


60,451


58,876

Interest-bearing time deposits with other banks


235


234

Investments in available-for-sale securities


22,142


22,048

Investments in held-to-maturity securities (fair value of $133,447 






as of March 31, 2017 and $129,465 as of December 31, 2016)


134,007


130,197

Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost


29,605


25,071

Loans held for sale


25,631


-

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $14,382 as of 






March 31, 2017 and $13,585 as of December 31, 2016


1,958,011


1,866,035

Premises and equipment, net


2,340


2,355

Accrued interest receivable


4,857


4,635

Deferred tax asset, net


8,022


8,321

Income taxes receivable


1,071


423

Bank-owned life insurance


36,099


35,842

Other assets


4,397


4,667




Total assets


$     2,286,868


$       2,158,704









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Deposits:







Noninterest-bearing


$        204,364


$          208,082



Interest-bearing


1,361,505


1,261,340




Total deposits


1,565,869


1,469,422

Federal Home Loan Bank advances


532,250


508,850

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase


2,225


1,985

Accrued interest payable


1,113


1,023

Deferred compensation liability


7,241


7,043

Other liabilities


13,217


9,460




Total liabilities


2,121,915


1,997,783

Stockholders' Equity:






Common stock; $0.01 par value per share, 100,000,000 shares
  authorized; 9,688,451 and 9,110,077
shares issued and outstanding
  at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

 

97


91



Additional paid-in capital


92,268


92,013


Retained earnings


76,164


72,498


Accumulated other comprehensive income


170


103


Unearned compensation - ESOP


(3,746)


(3,784)




Total stockholders' equity


164,953


160,921




Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$     2,286,868


$       2,158,704

















Asset Quality Data:





Total non-performing assets


$            2,287


$              1,822

Total non-performing loans


$            2,287


$              1,819

Non-performing loans to total loans


0.12%


0.10%

Non-performing assets to total assets


0.10%


0.08%

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans


628.86%


746.84%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans


0.73%


0.73%









Share Data:





Outstanding common shares


9,688,451


9,110,077

Book value per share


$            17.03


$              17.66









Consolidated Capital Ratios:






Common Equity Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio


10.62%


10.80%


Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio


10.62%


10.80%


Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio


11.55%


11.71%


Leverage Ratio


7.42%


7.64%











 

BSB BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)




Three months ended


March 31,


2017


2016


(unaudited)

Interest and dividend income:





Interest and fees on loans

$      16,387


$     13,412


Interest on taxable debt securities

778


828


Dividends

256


155


Other interest income

85


44



Total interest and dividend income

17,506


14,439

Interest expense:





Interest on deposits

2,613


2,125


Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances

1,631


1,027


Interest on securities sold under agreements to repurchase

1


1


Interest on other borrowed funds

-


5



Total interest expense

4,245


3,158



Net interest and dividend income

13,261


11,281

Provision for loan losses

829


599



Net interest and dividend income after provision






 for loan losses

12,432


10,682

Noninterest income:





Customer service fees

182


225


Income from bank-owned life insurance

252


233


Net gain on sales of loans

8


60


Loan servicing fee income

116


112


Other income

72


30



Total noninterest income

630


660

Noninterest expense:





Salaries and employee benefits

4,672


4,600


Director compensation

303


234


Occupancy expense

266


251


Equipment expense

123


104


Deposit insurance

402


280


Data processing

694


882


Professional fees

288


234


Marketing

278


221


Other expense

450


446



Total noninterest expense

7,476


7,252



Income before income tax expense

5,586


4,090

Income tax expense

1,920


1,551



   Net income

$        3,666


$       2,539


Earnings per share






   Basic

$          0.42


$         0.29



   Diluted

$          0.40


$         0.28







Return on average assets

0.67%


0.56%

Return on average equity

9.08%


6.88%

Interest rate spread

2.32%


2.39%

Net interest margin

2.45%


2.53%

Efficiency ratio

53.82%


60.73%








 

Contact:


Robert M. Mahoney



President and Chief Executive Officer




Phone: 


617-484-6700

Email:


robert.mahoney@belmontsavings.com

 

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