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MainSource Financial Group - NASDAQ, MSFG - Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

- Net income of $16.6 million, up 41% over 4th quarter 2016

- Quarterly Earnings Per Share of $0.64

- Loan Growth of 2% annualized

- Net Interest Margin of 3.78%

- Non-performing Assets 0.45% of Total Assets

GREENSBURG, Ind., Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Archie M. Brown, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. (MSFG), announced today the unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.  For the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded net income of $16.6 million, or $0.64 per common share, compared to net income of $11.7 million, or $0.48 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2016.  During the fourth quarter of 2017 the Company incurred costs of $391 thousand related to the upcoming merger with First Financial Bancorp, securities gains of $71 thousand, and a $2.5 million income tax benefit related to the recently-enacted "H.R. 1" tax reform legislation.  Excluding these items, the Company's net income would have been $14.4 million or $0.55 per share (see Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Actual to Operating Earnings included with this press release).

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported net income of $49.4 million, or $1.94 per common share, compared to net income in 2016 of $38.3 million, or $1.64 per common share.  During 2017 the Company recorded merger related costs of $9.0 million, a charge of $1.2 million related to the closing of seven branches, a $214 thousand prepayment penalty on an FHLB advance, securities gains of $84 thousand, and a $2.5 million income tax benefit related to tax reform.  Excluding these items, the Company's net income would have been $54.1 million or $2.12 per share (see Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Actual to Operating Earnings included with this press release).

CEO Comments
Mr. Brown commented, "I am very pleased with our company's performance for the fourth quarter and full year.  We achieved record net income with operating earnings per common share of $2.12 in 2017 compared to $1.86 in 2016, a 14% increase.  Our acquisition of FCB Bancorp in Louisville, Kentucky in April along with a strong net interest margin were the primary drivers of our record performance.  For the quarter, we also achieved record net income of $16.6 million dollars, a 41% increase over the same quarter in 2016.  On an operating earnings per share basis, we earned $.55, a 10% increase over the 4th quarter of 2016.  Higher earning assets from the FCB acquisition and a strong net interest margin drove our great quarter.  Our net interest margin of 3.78% was much improved from last year's 3.69% and relatively stable with the 3rd quarter of this year.  We have benefitted from the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes during the year as asset yields moved up much faster than our deposit costs."

Mr. Brown commented on loan growth and asset quality, "For the year and quarter, loan growth was below our expectations and historic trends.  The portfolio expanded by 2% on a linked quarter annualized basis.  Throughout 2017, our loan originations were not strong enough to offset an elevated level of payoffs.  As we move into 2018, this challenge remains.  However, we were very pleased with our asset quality for the year and quarter.  Non-performing assets (including troubled debt restructurings) were $20.7 million at the end of 2017 or .45%, which represents a 17% decline for the quarter and a 10% decline from the previous year end.  We continue to experience very low loan delinquency and net charge-offs and are optimistic about asset quality as we head into 2018.

Mr. Brown commented on the recently passed tax reform bill, "We were very pleased with the recent passage of the tax reform bill.  As a result of the new law, we established a new minimum wage of $15 per hour for new and existing team members.  This resulted in raises for over 200 of our associates, representing more than 20% of our workforce.  We are hopeful that the new law has a positive effect on our economy, our local communities and our shareholders."

Mr. Brown concluded, "We are very excited about our upcoming merger with First Financial Bancorp.  Our team is fully engaged in integration activities and the process is going very well.  We believe the combination with First Financial will create a "best-in-class" banking company that serves its customers in a very personal way while providing great products.  Our goal is for the combined company to achieve top quartile performance for its shareholders.  The merger remains on track for completion in the first quarter with the systems conversion scheduled in the second quarter."

FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS
NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income was $37.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $32.0 million a year ago.  The increase in net interest income was primarily due to an increase in average earning assets as well as an increase in acquisition accounting adjustments.  Average earning assets increased year over year by $520 million with $450 million coming from the FCB Bancorp acquisition and $70 million from organic growth.  Net interest margin, on a fully-taxable equivalent basis, was 3.78% for the fourth quarter of 2017, which was a nine basis point increase from the fourth quarter of 2016 and an increase of one basis point compared to the third quarter of 2017.  The increase in the net interest margin on a linked-quarter basis was primarily attributable to an increase in the accretion of acquisition accounting marks (three basis points) offset by an increase in the Company's cost of funds.

NON-INTEREST INCOME

The Company's non-interest income was $13.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $13.4 million for the same period in 2016. During 2017, the Company acquired two independent brokerage agencies.  The acquisitions drove a $468 thousand improvement in investment product fees and were the primary drivers of the overall increase in non-interest income.

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE

The Company's non-interest expense was $31.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $28.9 million for the same period in 2016.  The year over year increase in total expenses were in the employee, occupancy and equipment expense categories and were primarily related to the acquisition of FCB Bancorp in April 2017.

FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS
NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income was $142.9 million for the full year 2017, which represents an increase of $25.3 million when compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  Net interest margin, on a fully-taxable equivalent basis, increased from 3.65% in 2016 to 3.77% in 2017.  During the past year the Company's yield on earning assets has outpaced the increase in its cost of funds as the Company has been able to lag its changes in deposit rates despite the Fed rate increases.  Also contributing to the increase in net interest income, average earning assets increased by $582 million in 2017 compared to 2016 as the Company realized the full year effect of the acquisition of Cheviot Financial Corp. and the partial year effect of the FCB Bancorp acquisition.

NON-INTEREST INCOME

The Company's non-interest income was $53.4 million for the full year 2017 compared to $52.6 million for 2016.  Increases in investment product fees of $754 thousand and interchange income of $752 thousand were partially offset by a decrease in other income of $859 thousand.  The decrease in other income was driven by the write-down of branches that were closed.

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE
The Company's non-interest expense was $132.6 million for the full year 2017 compared to $118.0 million for 2016.  The Company incurred merger-related expenses of $9.0 million and $7.1 million respectively in 2017 and 2016.  Excluding these costs, 2017 non-interest expense would have been $123.6 million compared to $110.9 million in 2016.  The increase of $14.6 million in non-interest expense year over year was primarily due to the full year effect of the Cheviot Financial Corp. acquisition, the partial year effect of the FCB Bancorp acquisition as well as a $1.9 million increase in acquisition related expenses.

BALANCE SHEET AND CAPITAL
Total assets were $4.6 billion at December 31, 2017, which represents a $568 million increase from a year ago.  The increase in assets was primarily related to the acquisition of FCB Bancorp ($524 million).  Loan balances (including loans that are classified as held for sale) grew $15 million on a linked quarter basis which represents a 2% increase on an annualized basis.  The Company's regulatory capital ratios remain strong and as of December 31, 2017 were as follows: leverage ratio of 9.6%, tier one capital to risk-weighted assets of 12.9%, common equity tier one capital ratio of 11.5%, and total capital to risk-weighted assets of 13.6%.  In addition, as of December 31, 2017, the Company's tangible common equity ratio was 8.5%.  Tangible book value per common share was $14.93 at December 31, 2017, a 5% increase from year end 2016.

ASSET QUALITY

Non-performing assets (NPAs) were $20.7 million as of December 31, 2017, a decrease of $4.3 million on a linked-quarter basis.  NPAs represented 0.45% of total assets as of December 31, 2017 compared to 0.54% as of September 30, 2017 and 0.57% as of December 31, 2016.  The Company incurred net charge-offs of $550 thousand and recorded $550 thousand of loan loss provision expense for the fourth quarter of 2017.  The Company's allowance for loan losses as a percent of total outstanding loans was 0.73% as of December 31, 2017 compared to 0.74% as of September 30, 2017 and 0.84% as of December 31, 2016.  The decrease in this metric year over year was primarily driven by the increase in acquired loans that were marked to fair value at the acquisition date and not included in the loan loss reserve analysis.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release includes financial measures prepared other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Specifically, we have included non-GAAP financial measures of the Company's earnings per share excluding the impact of costs associated with the announced upcoming merger of the Company with First Financial Bancorp, the impact of costs associated with the acquisitions of FCB Bancorp, Inc. and Cheviot Financial Corp., the impact of costs associated with branch closures, the impact of a pre-payment penalties on an FHLB advance, the impact of securities gains and the impact of income tax benefits associated with recent tax reform.  We have also included non-GAAP financial measures of non-interest expense excluding the impact of merger related expenditures.  These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  We believe this information is helpful in understanding the Company's results of operations separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact in any given period, such as acquisition accounting impacts, one-time costs of acquisitions or other non-core items.  A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP equivalent is included in the text or in the attached financial tables under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this report which are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections and benefits relating to the transaction between the Company and First Financial, which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties.  Words such as ''believes,'' ''anticipates,'' "likely," "expected," "estimated," ''intends'' and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.  Please refer to each of the Company's and First Financial's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as well as their other filings with the SEC, for a more detailed discussion of risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead express only management's beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the management's control.  It is possible that actual results and outcomes may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or outcomes indicated in these forward-looking statements.  In addition to factors previously disclosed in reports filed by the Company and First Financial with the SEC, risks and uncertainties for the Company, First Financial and the combined company include, but are not limited to:  the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed Merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that integration of the Company's operations with those of First Financial will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the inability to close the Merger in a timely manner; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the Merger, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals; the failure of the proposed Merger to close for any other reason; the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees; the effect of the announcement of the Merger on the Company's, First Financial's or the combined company's respective customer relationships and operating results; the possibility that the Merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations.  All forward-looking statements included in this filing are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at the time of the filing.  Except as required by law, neither the Company nor First Financial assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

 

















Three months ended December 31


Twelve months ended December 31




2017


2016


2017


2016


Income Statement Summary














Interest Income


$

42,341


$

34,854


$

158,547


$

128,327


Interest Expense



4,670



2,813



15,678



10,726


Net Interest Income



37,671



32,041



142,869



117,601


Provision for Loan Losses



550



850



1,250



1,705


Noninterest Income:














Trust and investment product fees



1,708



1,240



5,620



4,866


Mortgage banking



2,602



2,909



10,341



10,044


Service charges on deposit accounts



5,464



5,409



20,901



21,006


Securities gains



71



26



84



170


Interchange income



2,771



2,799



11,868



11,116


Other



1,197



988



4,551



5,410


Total Noninterest Income



13,813



13,371



53,365



52,612


Noninterest Expense:














Employee



18,084



16,897



72,614



64,327


Occupancy & equipment



6,315



5,624



24,480



21,994


Intangible amortization



612



343



2,011



1,342


Marketing



844



867



3,262



3,390


Interchange expense



753



818



3,387



3,376


Collection expenses



324



314



991



910


FDIC assessment



384



310



1,407



1,560


FHLB advance prepayment penalty







214




Merger-related expenses



391



166



9,004



7,130


Other



4,013



3,514



15,240



14,019


Total Noninterest Expense



31,720



28,853



132,610



118,048


Earnings Before Income Taxes



19,214



15,709



62,374



50,460


Provision for Income Taxes



2,619



3,965



12,936



12,137


Net Income Available to Common Shareholders


$

16,595


$

11,744


$

49,438


$

38,323
















Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Actual to Operating Earnings














Net Income as Reported


$

16,595


$

11,744


$

49,438


$

38,323


Add: Merger-related expenses, net of tax



349



109



6,265



4,910


        FHLB Prepayment Penalty, net of tax







139




        Branch closing expenses, net of tax





423



780



423


Less: Securities gains, net of tax



(46)



(17)



(54)



(111)


          Effect of tax rate change



(2,505)





(2,505)




Operating earnings (1)


$

14,393


$

12,259


$

54,063


$

43,545


Operating earnings per share (1)


$

0.55


$

0.50


$

2.12


$

1.86


 

















Three months ended December 31


Twelve months ended December 31




2017


2016


2017


2016


Average Balance Sheet Data














Gross Loans


$

3,059,754


$

2,619,707


$

2,906,671


$

2,416,256


Earning Assets



4,180,505



3,660,925



4,004,327



3,422,334


Total Assets



4,611,612



4,044,123



4,412,628



3,776,145


Noninterest Bearing Deposits



852,513



729,378



813,982



679,879


Interest Bearing Deposits



2,671,419



2,451,891



2,559,775



2,271,698


Total Interest Bearing Liabilities



3,069,909



2,709,592



2,916,366



2,533,188


Shareholders' Equity



526,344



455,333



500,762



428,979


 

















Three months ended December 31


Twelve months ended December 31




2017


2016


2017


2016


Per Share Data














Diluted Earnings Per Common Share


$

0.64


$

0.48


$

1.94


$

1.64


Cash Dividends Per Common Share



0.18



0.16



0.68



0.61


Market Value - High



40.24



34.57



40.24



34.57


Market Value - Low



34.83



23.94



31.55



19.95


Average Outstanding Shares (diluted)



26,000,362



24,450,851



25,514,638



23,431,355


 













Three months ended December 31


Twelve months ended December 31




2017


2016


2017


2016


Key Ratios (annualized)










Return on Average Assets


1.43

%

1.16

%

1.12

%

1.01

%

Return on Average Equity


12.51

%

10.26

%

9.87

%

8.93

%

Net Interest Margin


3.78

%

3.69

%

3.77

%

3.65

%

Efficiency Ratio


59.23

%

61.00

%

64.89

%

66.46

%

Net Overhead to Average Assets


1.54

%

1.52

%

1.80

%

1.73

%

 




















December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31




2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


Balance Sheet Highlights

















Total Loans (Including Loans Held for Sale)


$

3,071,257


$

3,056,238


$

3,035,466


$

2,618,980


$

2,664,152


Allowance for Loan Losses



22,543



22,543



22,306



22,369



22,499


Total Securities



1,077,573



1,083,903



1,079,555



1,022,208



1,007,540


Goodwill and Intangible Assets



150,991



150,766



149,766



110,180



108,734


Total Assets



4,647,862



4,601,500



4,589,556



4,042,475



4,080,257


Noninterest Bearing Deposits



868,384



838,490



849,470



812,301



767,159


Interest Bearing Deposits



2,639,219



2,583,497



2,672,873



2,342,836



2,343,712


Other Borrowings



404,198



380,798



343,378



287,643



309,230


Shareholders' Equity



532,958



524,019



516,424



459,779



449,494


 




















December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31




2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


Other Balance Sheet Data

















Tangible Book Value Per Common Share (1)


$

14.93


$

14.59


$

14.34


$

14.48


$

14.16


Loan Loss Reserve to Loans



0.73

%


0.74

%


0.73

%


0.85

%


0.84

%

Loan Loss Reserve to Non-performing Loans



139.50

%


108.27

%


114.77

%


110.84

%


125.39

%

Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets



0.39

%


0.49

%


0.47

%


0.54

%


0.49

%

NPA's (w/ TDR's) to Total Assets



0.45

%


0.54

%


0.54

%


0.62

%


0.57

%

Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets (1)



8.49

%


8.39

%


8.26

%


8.89

%


8.58

%

Outstanding Shares



25,586,013



25,582,413



25,575,804



24,148,132



24,067,364


 




















December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31




2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


Asset Quality

















Special Mention Loans


$

32,367


$

33,134


$

51,938


$

12,987


$

20,526


Substandard Loans (Accruing)



20,067



22,342



21,138



15,531



18,626


New Non-accrual Loans (for the 3 months ended)



2,057



6,215



1,128



9,051



3,416



















Loans Past Due 90 Days or More and Still Accruing


$

265


$

40


$


$


$

2,135


Non-accrual Loans



15,895



20,781



19,436



20,181



15,808


Other Real Estate Owned



2,126



1,568



2,072



1,783



1,875


Total Nonperforming Assets (NPA's)


$

18,286


$

22,389


$

21,508


$

21,964


$

19,818


Troubled Debt Restructurings (Accruing)



2,403



2,636



3,062



3,227



3,270


Total NPA's with Troubled Debt Restructurings


$

20,689


$

25,025


$

24,570


$

25,191


$

23,088



















Net Charge-offs - QTD


$

550


$

363


$

163


$

130


$

179


Net Charge-offs as a % of average loans (annualized)



0.07

%


0.05

%


0.02

%


0.02

%


0.03

%

 


(1) Use Of Non-GAAP Financial Measures



These financial statements include financial measures prepared other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  We believe this information is helpful in understanding the Company's results of operations separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact in any given period, such as acquisition accounting impacts, one-time costs of acquisitions or other non-core items.


Tangible common equity, tangible assets and tangible book value per share are non-GAAP financial measures calculated using GAAP amounts. Tangible common equity is calculated by excluding the balance of preferred stock, goodwill and other intangible assets from the calculation of stockholders' equity.  Tangible assets are calculated by excluding the balance of goodwill and other intangible assets from the calculation of total assets. Tangible book value per share is calculated by dividing tangible common equity by the number of shares outstanding. Because not all companies use the same calculation of tangible common equity and tangible assets, this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures calculated by other companies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures is provided below (dollars in thousands, except per share data).

 




















December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31




2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


Shareholders' Equity


$

532,958


$

524,019


$

516,424


$

459,779


$

449,494


Less: Intangible Assets



150,991



150,766



149,766



110,180



108,734


Tangible Common Equity



381,967



373,253



366,658



349,599



340,760



















Total Assets



4,647,862



4,601,500



4,589,556



4,042,475



4,080,257


Less: Intangible Assets



150,991



150,766



149,766



110,180



108,734


Tangible Assets



4,496,871



4,450,734



4,439,790



3,932,295



3,971,523



















Ending Shares Outstanding



25,586,013



25,582,413



25,575,804



24,148,132



24,067,364



















Tangible Book Value Per Common Share


$

14.93


$

14.59


$

14.34


$

14.48


$

14.16


Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets



8.49

%


8.39

%


8.26

%


8.89

%


8.58

%

 

 

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