GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independent Bank Corporation (IBCP) reported third quarter 2018 net income of $11.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, versus net income of $6.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, the Company reported net income of $29.9 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, compared to net income of $18.8 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. The increases in third quarter and year to date 2018 earnings as compared to 2017 primarily reflect increases in net interest income and in non-interest income and a decrease in income tax expense that were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense.
Significant items impacting comparable quarterly and year to date 2018 and 2017 results include the following:
- The acquisition of TCSB Bancorp, Inc. (“TCSB”), and its subsidiary, Traverse City State Bank, on Apr. 1, 2018 (referred to as the “Merger” or “TCSB Acquisition”) and the associated data processing systems conversions in June 2018. The total assets, loans and deposits acquired in the Merger were approximately $343.5 million, $295.8 million (including $1.3 million of loans held for sale) and $287.7 million, respectively.
- Merger related expenses of $0.1 million ($0.003 per diluted share, after taxes) and $3.4 million ($0.11 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2018, respectively.
- Positive changes in the fair value due to price of capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights of $0.6 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) and $2.6 million ($0.09 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2018, respectively, as compared to negative changes of $0.6 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) and $1.1 million ($0.03 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2017, respectively.
- The passage of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" which, among other things, reduced the federal corporate income tax rate to 21% (from 35%) effective January 1, 2018.
Third quarter 2018 highlights include:
- Year-over-year increases in net income and diluted earnings per share of 73.9% and 53.1%, respectively;
- A year-over-year increase in quarterly net interest income of $6.8 million, or 29.6%;
- Total portfolio loan net growth of $95.3 million, or 15.3% annualized;
- Continued strong asset quality metrics; and
- The payment of a 15 cent per share dividend on common stock on Aug. 15, 2018.
William B. (“Brad”) Kessel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Bank Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to report another quarter of solid financial performance. The favorable impact of the TCSB Acquisition combined with strong loan origination activity led to meaningful loan growth and increased net interest income. Net income and diluted earnings per share have increased significantly in 2018 as we gained greater operating leverage and efficiency as well as benefitting from a reduced corporate income tax rate. As we look ahead to the remainder of 2018 and beyond, we are focused on building on the momentum generated in the first nine months of 2018.”
The Company’s net interest income totaled $29.7 million during the third quarter of 2018, an increase of $6.8 million, or 29.6% from the year-ago period, and up $0.7 million, or 2.5%, from the second quarter of 2018. The Company’s tax equivalent net interest income as a percent of average interest-earning assets (the “net interest margin”) was 3.91% during the third quarter of 2018, compared to 3.66% in the year-ago period, and 3.93% in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year quarterly increase in net interest income is due to increases in both average interest-earning assets and in the net interest margin. Average interest-earning assets were $3.04 billion in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.52 billion in the year ago quarter and $2.96 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Third quarter 2018 interest income on loans includes $0.6 million of accretion of the discount recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger. The total discount initially recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger was $6.5 million (or approximately 2.2% of the total TCSB loans acquired in the Merger).
For the first nine months of 2018, net interest income totaled $82.6 million, an increase of $16.7 million, or 25.4% from the first nine months of 2017. The Company’s net interest margin for the first nine months of 2018 was 3.86% compared to 3.65% in 2017. Year-to-date 2018 interest income on loans includes $1.2 million of accretion of the discount recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger. The increase in net interest income for the first nine months of 2018 is due to increases in both average interest-earning assets and in the net interest margin.
Non-interest income totaled $11.8 million and $35.9 million, respectively, for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, compared to $10.3 million and $31.1 million in the respective comparable year ago periods. These increases were primarily due to growth in interchange income and mortgage loan servicing, net, as described below.
The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)” (“ASU 2014-09”) on Jan. 1, 2018, using the modified retrospective approach. Although ASU 2014-09 did not have any impact on Jan. 1, 2018 shareholders’ equity or 2018 net income, it did result in some classification changes in non-interest income and non-interest expense as compared to the prior year period. Specifically, in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, interchange income and interchange expense each increased by $0.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively, due to classification changes under ASU 2014-09.
Net gains on mortgage loans were $2.7 million and $3.0 million in the third quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. For the first nine months of 2018, net gains on mortgage loans totaled $8.6 million compared to $8.9 million in 2017. An increase in mortgage loan sales volume in 2018 was offset by margin compression due principally to competitive factors.
Mortgage loan servicing, net, generated income of $1.2 million and $0.001 million in the third quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. For the first nine months of 2018, mortgage loan servicing, net, generated income of $4.7 million as compared to income of $0.7 million in 2017. This activity is summarized in the following table:
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Mortgage loan servicing, net:||(Dollars in thousands)|
|Fair value change due to price||610||(572||)||2,586||(1,075||)|
|Fair value change due to pay-downs||(808||)||(518||)||(1,892||)||(1,510||)|
Non-interest expenses totaled $26.7 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $22.6 million in the year-ago period. For the first nine months of 2018, non-interest expenses totaled $80.6 million compared to $68.9 million in 2017. These year-over-year increases in non-interest expense are primarily due to the TCSB Acquisition (including the aforementioned Merger related expenses) as well as higher performance based compensation and health insurance costs.
The Company recorded an income tax expense of $2.9 million and $7.0 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, respectively. This compares to an income tax expense of $3.2 million and $8.4 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2017, respectively. The decline in income tax expense is primarily due to a reduction in the statutory federal corporate income tax rate to 21% (from 35%) that became effective on Jan. 1, 2018, which was partially offset by an increase in income before income tax.
Commenting on asset quality, President and CEO Kessel added: “Non-performing loans and assets as well as loan net charge-offs remain at low levels. In addition, thirty- to eighty-nine day delinquency rates at Sept. 30, 2018 were 0.08% for commercial loans and 0.34% for mortgage and consumer loans. These early stage delinquency rates continue to be well-managed.”
A breakdown of non-performing loans(1) by loan type is as follows:
|(Dollars in thousands)|
|Ratio of non-performing loans to total portfolio loans||0.36||%||0.41||%||0.43||%|
|Ratio of non-performing assets to total assets||0.33||%||0.35||%||0.38||%|
|Ratio of the allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans||261.17||%||275.99||%||255.39||%|
(1) Excludes loans that are classified as “troubled debt restructured” that are still performing.
Non-performing loans increased $1.2 million from Dec. 31, 2017. This increase primarily reflects a rise in non-performing commercial loans. ORE and repossessed assets totaled $1.4 million at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $1.6 million at Dec. 31, 2017.
The provision for loan losses was a credit of $0.1 million compared to an expense of $0.6 million in the third quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. The provision for loan losses was an expense of $0.9 million and $0.8 million in the first nine months of 2018 and 2017, respectively. The level of the provision for loan losses in each period reflects the Company’s overall assessment of the allowance for loan losses, taking into consideration factors such as loan growth, loan mix, levels of non-performing and classified loans and loan net charge-offs. The Company recorded loan net recoveries of $1.0 million and $0.3 million in the third quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. For the first nine months of 2018 and 2017, the Company recorded loan net recoveries of $0.9 million and $0.4 million, respectively. At Sept. 30, 2018, the allowance for loan losses totaled $24.4 million, or 0.95% of total portfolio loans (1.06% when excluding the TCSB acquired loan balances), compared to $22.6 million, or 1.12% of total portfolio loans, at Dec. 31, 2017.
Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital
Total assets were $3.30 billion at Sept. 30, 2018, an increase of $507.8 million from Dec. 31, 2017, primarily reflecting the impact of the TCSB Acquisition as well as loan growth. Loans, excluding loans held for sale, were $2.56 billion at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $2.02 billion at Dec. 31, 2017.
Deposits totaled $2.80 billion at Sept. 30, 2018, an increase of $398.1 million from Dec. 31, 2017. The increase in deposits is primarily due to the TCSB Acquisition and growth in reciprocal deposits and brokered time deposits.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $53.2 million at Sept. 30, 2018, versus $54.7 million at Dec. 31, 2017. Securities available for sale totaled $437.0 million at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $522.9 million at Dec. 31, 2017.
In the second quarter of 2018, the Company recorded $29.0 million of goodwill, a core deposit intangible (“CDI”) of $5.8 million and discounts of $6.5 million, $0.4 million and $1.5 million on loans, time deposits and borrowings (including subordinated debentures), respectively, related to the Merger. These adjustments reflected the preliminary valuation of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the Merger. In the third quarter of 2018, goodwill was reduced by $0.7 million (to $28.3 million) related to the collection of a TCSB acquired loan that had been charged off in full prior to the Merger. Because of the status of the collection activities related to this loan at the time of the Merger, the Company determined that this transaction was a measurement period adjustment and reduced goodwill accordingly. The goodwill is being periodically tested for impairment, and the CDI is being amortized over a ten year period ($0.2 million and $0.4 million of amortization for this CDI was recorded in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, respectively). The discounts will be accreted based on the lives of the related assets or liabilities.
Total shareholders’ equity was $345.2 million at Sept. 30, 2018, or 10.47% of total assets. Tangible common equity totaled $310.2 million at Sept. 30, 2018, or $12.84 per share. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Independent Bank, remains significantly above “well capitalized” for regulatory purposes with the following ratios:
|Regulatory Capital Ratios||9/30/2018||12/31/2017||Well |
|Tier 1 capital to average total assets||9.73%||9.78%||5.00%|
|Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets||12.19%||12.95%||6.50%|
|Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets||12.19%||12.95%||8.00%|
|Total capital to risk-weighted assets||13.18%||14.10%||10.00%|
Share Repurchase Plan
As previously announced, on Jan. 22, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized a share repurchase plan. Under the terms of the 2018 share repurchase plan, the Company is authorized to buy back up to 5% of its outstanding common stock. The repurchase plan is authorized to last through Dec. 31, 2018. Thus far in 2018, the Company has not repurchased any shares.
Earnings Conference Call
Brad Kessel, President and CEO, and Rob Shuster, CFO, will review the quarterly results in a conference call for investors and analysts beginning at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
To participate in the live conference call, please dial 1-866-200-8394. Also the conference call will be accessible through an audio webcast with user-controlled slides via the following site/URL: https://services.choruscall.com/links/ibcp181025.html.
A playback of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (Conference ID # 10124591). The replay will be available through Nov. 1, 2018.
About Independent Bank Corporation
Independent Bank Corporation (IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $3.3 billion. Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation operates a branch network across Michigan's Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary. This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and insurance. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves.
For more information, please visit our Web site at: IndependentBank.com.
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In addition, factors that may cause actual results to differ from expectations regarding the April 1, 2018 acquisition of TCSB Bancorp, Inc. include, but are not limited to, the reaction to the transaction of the companies’ customers, employees and counterparties; customer disintermediation; inflation; expected synergies, cost savings and other financial benefits of the transaction might not be realized within the expected timeframes or might be less than projected; credit and interest rate risks associated with the parties' respective businesses, customers, borrowings, repayment, investment, and deposit practices; general economic conditions, either nationally or in the market areas in which the parties operate or anticipate doing business, are less favorable than expected; new regulatory or legal requirements or obligations; and other risks.
Certain risks and important factors that could affect Independent Bank Corporation's future results are identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and other reports filed with the SEC, including among other things under the heading “Risk Factors” in such Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Independent Bank Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether to reflect events or circumstances, after the date on which the statement is made, to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.
|INDEPENDENT BANK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|(In thousands, except share|
|Cash and due from banks||$||35,180||$||36,994|
|Interest bearing deposits||17,990||17,744|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||53,170||54,738|
|Interest bearing deposits - time||593||2,739|
|Equity securities at fair value||285||-|
|Securities available for sale||436,957||522,925|
|Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock, at cost||18,355||15,543|
|Loans held for sale, carried at fair value||41,325||39,436|
|Allowance for loan losses||(24,401||)||(22,587||)|
|Other real estate and repossessed assets||1,445||1,643|
|Property and equipment, net||39,012||39,149|
|Bank-owned life insurance||54,811||54,572|
|Deferred tax assets, net||8,449||15,089|
|Capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights||23,151||15,699|
|Accrued income and other assets||46,385||29,551|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Savings and interest-bearing checking||1,217,939||1,064,391|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||34,218||33,719|
|Preferred stock, no par value, 200,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding||-||-|
|Common stock, no par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding:|
|24,150,341 shares at September 30, 2018 and 21,333,869 shares at December 31, 2017||389,689||324,986|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(9,889||)||(5,999||)|
|Total Shareholders’ Equity||345,204||264,933|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity||$||3,297,124||$||2,789,355|
|INDEPENDENT BANK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||June 30,||September 30,||September 30,|
|2018 ||2018 ||2017||2018 ||2017|
|Interest Income||(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Interest and fees on loans||$||31,000||$||29,674||$||21,831||$||84,027||$||61,638|
|Interest on securities|
|Total Interest Income||34,452||33,103||25,371||94,352||72,283|
|Other borrowings and subordinated debentures||779||914||626||2,267||1,659|
|Total Interest Expense||4,755||4,123||2,459||11,739||6,413|
|Net Interest Income||29,697||28,980||22,912||82,613||65,870|
|Provision for loan losses||(53||)||650||582||912||806|
|Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses||29,750||28,330||22,330||81,701||65,064|
|Service charges on deposit accounts||3,166||3,095||3,281||9,166||9,465|
|Net gains (losses) on assets|
|Mortgage loan servicing, net||1,212||1,235||1||4,668||668|
|Total Non-interest Income||11,836||12,315||10,304||35,864||31,089|
|Compensation and employee benefits||16,169||15,869||13,577||46,506||41,104|
|Merger related expenses||98||3,082||10||3,354||10|
|Furniture, fixtures and equipment||1,043||1,019||961||3,029||2,943|
|Loan and collection||531||692||481||1,900||1,564|
|Legal and professional||477||456||540||1,311||1,366|
|FDIC deposit insurance||270||250||208||750||608|
|Credit card and bank service fees||108||106||105||310||432|
|Net (gains) losses on other real estate and|
|Total Non-interest Expense||26,740||29,761||22,616||80,636||68,946|
|Income Before Income Tax||14,846||10,884||10,018||36,929||27,207|
|Income tax expense||2,921||2,067||3,159||7,026||8,443|