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Provident Financial Services, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings, Declaration of Quarterly Cash Dividend and Annual Meeting Date

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ISELIN, N.J., Jan. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) (the “Company”) reported net income of $37.3 million, or $0.49 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to net income of $40.6 million, or $0.53 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company reported net income of $167.9 million, or $2.20 per basic share and $2.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $97.0 million, or $1.39 per basic and diluted share for 2020.

Earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021 were favorably impacted by growth in average interest earning assets, including assets acquired in the July 31, 2020 merger with SB One Bancorp ("SB One") and the deployment of liquidity, arising from increased deposits, into earning assets. Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2021 further benefited from a negative provision for credit losses attributable to an improved economic forecast and improved asset quality. The Company recorded a $397,000 provision for credit losses and a $24.3 million negative provision for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively, compared to a $2.3 million negative provision and a $29.7 million provision for credit losses for the respective 2020 periods.

Anthony Labozzetta, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Provident recorded strong results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021 despite continuing hurdles posed by the pandemic. Excluding PPP loan forgiveness, we had solid loan growth, including annualized growth in our commercial loan portfolio of 7.1% during the fourth quarter. Our net interest margin remained stable and our balance sheet is well positioned for a rising interest rate environment.” Labozzetta added, “Our fee income sources in the wealth management and insurance agency businesses continue to make significant contributions to our financial success. During this past year we strove to build for the future and I want to thank my talented colleagues for all of their hard work in that effort.”

Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per common share payable on February 25, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2022.

Annual Meeting Date Set

The Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on April 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time as a virtual meeting in light of continuing pandemic-related safety concerns. March 1, 2022 has been established as the record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

Balance Sheet Summary

Total assets at December 31, 2021 were $13.78 billion, an $861.5 million increase from December 31, 2020. The increase in total assets was primarily due to a $912.7 million increase in total investments and a $180.1 million increase in cash and cash equivalents, partially offset by a $241.3 million decrease in total loans.

The Company’s loan portfolio decreased $241.3 million to $9.58 billion at December 31, 2021, from $9.82 billion at December 31, 2020, despite strong originations, as prepayments, including Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loan forgiveness, were elevated. Total PPP loans outstanding decreased $378.3 million to $94.9 million at December 31, 2021, from $473.2 million at December 31, 2020. Excluding the net decrease in PPP loans, loans increased $137.0 million to $9.49 billion at December 31, 2021, from $9.35 billion at December 31, 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2021, loan fundings, including advances on lines of credit, totaled $3.52 billion, compared with $3.50 billion for 2020. Originations under PPP programs totaled $208.7 million and $397.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Excluding the net decrease in PPP loans, during the year ended December 31, 2021, the loan portfolio had net increases of $368.7 million in commercial mortgage loans and $141.2 million in construction loans, partially offset by net decreases of $165.1 million in consumer loans, $120.1 million in multi-family mortgage loans, $92.1 million in residential mortgage loans and $304,000 in commercial loans. Commercial real estate, commercial and construction loans represented 84.1% of the total loan portfolio at December 31, 2021, compared to 81.8% at December 31, 2020.

At December 31, 2021, the Company’s unfunded loan commitments totaled $2.05 billion, including commitments of $1.05 billion in commercial loans, $556.2 million in construction loans and $160.4 million in commercial mortgage loans. Unfunded loan commitments at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 were $2.17 billion and $1.99 billion, respectively.

The loan pipeline, consisting of work-in-process and loans approved pending closing, totaled $1.09 billion at December 31, 2021, compared to $1.61 billion and $1.23 billion at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

Cash and cash equivalents were $712.5 million at December 31, 2021, a $180.1 million increase from December 31, 2020, largely due to increases in liquidity from deposit growth pending deployment into higher yielding assets and an increase in short-term investments, partially offset by a decrease in cash collateral pledged to counterparties to secure loan-level swaps.

Total investments were $2.53 billion at December 31, 2021, a $912.7 million increase from December 31, 2020. This increase was primarily due to purchases of mortgage-backed and municipal securities, as the Company deployed excess liquidity driven by the net inflow of deposits and loan repayments, portions of which were attributable to proceeds from PPP loan forgiveness and government stimulus programs. These purchases were partially offset by repayments of mortgage-backed securities, maturities and calls of certain municipal and agency bonds and a decrease in unrealized gains on available for sale debt securities.

Total deposits increased $1.40 billion for the year ended December 31, 2021 to $11.23 billion. Total savings and demand deposit accounts increased $1.80 billion to $10.54 billion at December 31, 2021, while total time deposits decreased $401.7 million to $692.5 million at December 31, 2021. The increase in total savings and demand deposit accounts for the year ended December 31, 2021 was largely attributable to a $913.6 million increase in interest bearing demand deposits, as the Company shifted $450.0 million of maturing Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLB") borrowings into lower-costing brokered demand deposits, a $424.8 million increase in non-interest bearing demand deposits, which partially benefited from deposits retained from activity associated with PPP loans and stimulus funding, a $347.1 million increase in money market deposits and a $112.4 million increase in savings deposits. The decrease in time deposits was primarily due to the outflow of brokered time deposits, combined with additional maturities of longer-term retail time deposits.

Borrowed funds decreased $549.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, to $626.8 million. The decrease for the period was largely due to the maturity and replacement of FHLB borrowings with lower-costing brokered deposits and the net inflow of retail deposits. Borrowed funds represented 4.5% of total assets at December 31, 2021, a decrease from 9.1% at December 31, 2020.

Stockholders’ equity increased $77.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2021 to $1.70 billion, primarily due to net income earned for the year, partially offset by dividends paid to stockholders, common stock repurchases and a decrease in unrealized gains on available for sale debt securities. For the three months ended December 31, 2021, common stock repurchases totaled 289,843 shares at an average price per share of $23.43. For the year ended December 31, 2021, common stock repurchases totaled 965,223 shares at an average price per share of $22.43, of which 44,078 shares, at an average price per share of $21.81, were made in connection with withholding to cover income taxes on the vesting of stock-based compensation. At December 31, 2021, 3.2 million shares remained eligible for repurchase under the current authorization. Book value per share and tangible book value per share(1) at December 31, 2021 were $22.05 and $16.02, respectively, compared with $20.87 and $14.86, respectively, at December 31, 2020.

Results of Operations

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, net interest income increased $5.2 million to $93.9 million, from $88.7 million for the same period in 2020. Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2021 increased $53.5 million, to $366.0 million, from $312.6 million for 2020. The increase in net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, was largely attributable to growth in the available for sale debt securities portfolio. For the year, growth in average earning assets further benefited from net assets acquired from SB One and PPP loan originations. Both periods were positively impacted by the inflow of lower-costing core deposits, along with an increase in fees related to the forgiveness of PPP loans in 2021. For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, fees related to the forgiveness of PPP loans totaled $1.9 million and $11.3 million, respectively, which were recognized in interest income, compared to $1.4 million and $3.8 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively.

The Company’s net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 increased one basis point to 2.95%, compared with 2.94% for the trailing quarter ended September 30, 2021. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 decreased two basis points to 3.19%, compared to the trailing quarter. The weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 decreased three basis points to 0.34%, compared to the trailing quarter. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 decreased two basis points to 0.28%, compared to 0.30% for the trailing quarter. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits increased $207.9 million to $2.76 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared with $2.55 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of all deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, was 21 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared with 23 basis points for the trailing quarter. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was 0.94%, compared to 1.08% for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

The net interest margin decreased six basis points to 2.95% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to 3.01% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 21 basis points to 3.19% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to 3.40% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, while the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 19 basis points to 0.34% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to 0.53% for the fourth quarter of 2020. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was 0.28%, compared to 0.41% for the same period last year. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $2.76 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $2.38 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The average cost of all deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, was 21 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared with 31 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was 0.94%, compared with 1.16% for the same period last year.

For the year ended December 31, 2021, the net interest margin decreased five basis points to 3.00%, compared with 3.05% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 25 basis points to 3.30% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to 3.55% for the year ended December 31, 2020, while the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 26 basis points to 0.41% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to 0.67% for the same period in 2020. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the year ended December 31, 2021 was 0.33%, compared to 0.53% for the same period last year. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $2.54 billion for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $1.98 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020. The average cost of all deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, was 25 basis points for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared with 40 basis points for the year ended December 31, 2020. The average cost of borrowings for the year ended December 31, 2021 was 1.09%, compared to 1.36% for the same period last year.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income totaled $20.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, an increase of $206,000, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Wealth management income increased $1.2 million to $7.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, which was largely a function of an increase in the market value of assets under management resulting from strong equity market performance and new business generation. Fee income increased $677,000 to $7.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, largely due to a $1.0 million increase in commercial loan prepayment fees, a $205,000 increase in deposit related fees and a $172,000 increase in non-deposit investment fee income, partially offset by a $953,000 decrease in debit card revenue, as the Company became subject to the fee limitations imposed by the Durbin amendment on July 1, 2021. Insurance agency income increased $406,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, largely due to an increase in retention fees. Partially offsetting these increases, other income decreased $1.8 million to $1.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to same period in 2020, primarily due to a $1.7 million decrease in net fees on loan-level interest rate swap transactions. Additionally, income from Bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI") decreased $241,000 to $2.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to same period in 2020, primarily due to a decrease in benefit claims.

For the year ended December 31, 2021, non-interest income totaled $86.8 million, an increase of $14.4 million, compared to the same period in 2020. Insurance agency income totaled $10.2 million, an increase of $6.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, resulting from the prior year acquisition of SB One. Fee income increased $6.1 million to $30.0 million, compared to the same period in 2020, largely due to a $3.8 million increase in prepayment fees on commercial loans, a $973,000 increase in loan-related fee income, a $743,000 increase in non-deposit investment fee income and a $601,000 increase in deposit related fee income. These increases were partially offset by a $362,000 decrease in debit card revenues. The increases in fee income are partially attributable to the addition of the SB One customer base as well as a recovering economy compared to the severe negative effects that COVID-19 had on consumer and business activities in the prior year, while the decrease in debit card revenue was largely attributable to the Durbin amendment's impact on interchange transaction fees. Wealth management income increased $5.0 million to $30.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $25.7 million for the same period in 2020, primarily due to an increase in the market value of assets under management as a result of strong equity market performance and new business generation. Additionally, BOLI income increased $1.4 million to $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, primarily due to an increase in benefit claims, additional income related to the BOLI assets acquired from SB One and higher equity valuations. Partially offsetting these increases, other income decreased $5.1 million to $7.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, primarily due to an $8.2 million decrease in net fees on loan-level interest rate swap transactions, an $884,000 decrease in net gains on the sale of fixed assets and a $334,000 decrease in net gains on sale of foreclosed real estate, partially offset by income recognized from a $3.4 million reduction in the contingent consideration related to the earn-out provisions of the 2019 purchase of Tirschwell & Loewy, Inc. by Beacon Trust Company.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, non-interest expense increased $3.5 million to $62.1 million, compared to $58.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the Company recorded a $640,000 negative provision for credit losses for off-balance sheet credit exposures, compared with a $3.9 million negative provision for the same period in 2020. The reduction in the negative provision was primarily the result of the period-over-period relative change in loss factors. Compensation and benefits expense increased $855,000 to $35.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $34.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. The increase was principally due to increases in the accrual for incentive compensation, stock-based compensation and salary expense, partially offset by a decrease in employee medical benefits and a decrease in severance expense associated with the SB acquisition in the prior year. Other operating expenses also increased $826,000 to $10.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $9.7 million for the same period in 2020, primarily due to increases in consulting and pre-employment expenses, partially offset by decreases in debit card maintenance and loan collection expenses. Partially offsetting these increases in non-interest expense, data processing expense decreased $1.2 million to $5.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $6.3 million for the same period in 2020, largely due to non-recurring core system conversion costs related to the SB One acquisition in the prior year and a decrease in software subscription expense. Additionally, amortization of intangibles decreased $162,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, mainly due to scheduled reductions in amortization.

The Company’s annualized adjusted non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets(1) was 1.81% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared with 1.82% for the same period in 2020. The efficiency ratio (adjusted non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income)(1) was 54.74% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared with 54.12% for the same period in 2020.

Non-interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $250.1 million, an increase of $22.3 million from 2020. Compensation and benefits expense increased $12.5 million to $143.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $130.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. This increase was primarily due to increases in salary expense and employee medical benefits associated with the addition of former SB One employees, combined with an increase in the accrual for incentive compensation, company-wide annual merit increases and an increase in stock-based compensation, partially offset by a decrease in severance expense. Net occupancy costs increased $5.8 million to $32.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to 2020, mainly due to increases in rent, depreciation, utilities and maintenance expenses related to the facilities acquired from SB One, along with an increase in snow removal costs incurred earlier in the year. FDIC insurance expense increased $3.1 million to $6.3 million for year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2020, primarily due to an increase in the insurance assessment rate and an increase in total assets subject to assessment, including assets acquired from SB One, along with the receipt of the small bank assessment credit in the prior year that was not available in 2021. Other operating expenses increased $2.4 million to $38.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $36.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, largely due to a valuation adjustment on foreclosed assets and increases in debit card maintenance, insurance and business development expenses, as a result of the addition of SB One, partially offset by non-recurring merger related expenses incurred in the prior year. Partially offsetting these increases in non-interest expense, data processing costs decreased $1.0 million to $19.8 million, compared with 2020, primarily due to non-recurring core system conversion costs related to the SB One acquisition in the prior year, partially offset by increases in software subscription service expense and online banking costs. Additionally, advertising expense decreased $449,000 for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared with 2020, mainly due to the curtailment of certain product marketing campaigns in the current year.

The Company’s adjusted non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets(1) was 1.86% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared with 1.92% for 2020. The 2021 improvement reflects the benefits of greater scale driven by the significant increase in average assets acquired from SB One, growth in average available for sale debt securities and average PPP loans. The efficiency ratio (adjusted non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income)(1) was 54.89% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared with 56.68% for 2020.

Asset Quality

The Company’s total non-performing loans at December 31, 2021 were $48.0 million, or 0.50% of total loans, compared with $66.2 million, or 0.69% of total loans at September 30, 2021, and $87.1 million, or 0.89% of total loans at December 31, 2020. The $18.2 million decrease in non-performing loans at December 31, 2021, compared with the trailing quarter, was due to a $15.7 million decrease in non-performing commercial mortgage loans, a $1.2 million decrease in non-performing residential mortgage loans, an $852,000 decrease in non-performing commercial loans and a $602,000 decrease in construction loans, partially offset by a $203,000 increase in non-performing consumer loans. At December 31, 2021, impaired loans totaled $52.3 million with related specific reserves of $4.3 million, compared with impaired loans totaling $68.0 million with related specific reserves of $5.2 million at September 30, 2021. At December 31, 2020, impaired loans totaled $86.0 million with related specific reserves of $9.0 million.

At December 31, 2021, the Company’s allowance for credit losses related to the loan portfolio was 0.84% of total loans, compared to 0.84% at September 30, 2021, and 1.03% of total loans at December 31, 2020. For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, the Company recorded a $400,000 provision for credit losses related to loans, while for the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company recorded a negative provision of $24.3 million for credit losses related to loans. This compares with a negative provision of $2.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 and a $29.7 million provision for year ended December 31, 2020, respectively. For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, the Company had net recoveries of $307,000 and $3.6 million, respectively, compared with net charge-offs of $2.5 million and $5.3 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2020. The reduction in provision for credit losses for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to the same period in the prior year, was primarily the result of an improved economic forecast and improved asset quality. The net recoveries realized for the year ended December 31, 2021 further contributed to the negative provision for credit losses in the period.

At December 31, 2021, the Company held $8.7 million of foreclosed assets, compared with $4.5 million at December 31, 2020. During the year ended December 31, 2021, there were four additions to foreclosed assets with an aggregate carrying value of $8.0 million and ten properties sold with an aggregate carrying value of $2.6 million and valuation charges of $1.2 million. Total non-performing assets at December 31, 2021 decreased $34.8 million to $56.8 million, or 0.41% of total assets, from $91.6 million, or 0.71% of total assets at December 31, 2020.

Income Tax Expense

For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, the Company’s income tax expense was $14.8 million and $59.2 million, respectively, compared with $12.3 million and $30.6 million, for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively. The Company’s effective tax rates were 28.4% and 26.1% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively, compared with 23.3% and 24.0% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively. The increases in tax expense and the effective tax rates for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, compared with the same periods in 2020, were partially attributable to increases in taxable income and the reduced proportion of income derived from tax exempt sources to total pre-tax income. Further, upon the filing of the 2020 state income tax returns in the fourth quarter of 2021, a discrete item resulting in additional tax expense was recorded related to the apportionment of income subject to state income taxes.

About the Company

Provident Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company for Provident Bank, a community-oriented bank offering "commitment you can count on" since 1839. Provident Bank provides a comprehensive array of financial products and services through its network of branches throughout northern and central New Jersey, as well as Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania and Queens County, New York. The Bank also provides fiduciary and wealth management services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company and insurance services through its wholly owned subsidiary, SB One Insurance Agency, Inc.

Post Earnings Conference Call

Representatives of the Company will hold a conference call for investors on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. The call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-336-7149 (Domestic), 1-412-902-4175 (International) or 1-855-669-9657 (Canada). Internet access to the call is also available (listen only) at provident.bank by going to Investor Relations and clicking on "Webcast."

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “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. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” "project," "intend," “anticipate,” “continue,” or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in accounting policies and practices that may be adopted by the regulatory agencies and the accounting standards setters, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an uncertain impact on the Company, its customers and the communities it serves. Given its ongoing and dynamic nature, including potential variants, it is difficult to predict the continuing impact of the pandemic on the Company's business, financial condition or results of operations. The extent of such impact will depend on future developments, which remain highly uncertain, including when the pandemic will be controlled and abated, and the extent to which the economy can remain open. As the result of the pandemic and the related adverse local and national economic consequences, the Company could be subject to any of the following risks, any of which could have a material, adverse effect on our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations: the demand for our products and services may decline, making it difficult to grow assets and income; if the economy is unable to remain substantially open, and higher levels of unemployment continue for an extended period of time, loan delinquencies, problem assets, and foreclosures may increase, resulting in increased charges and reduced income; collateral for loans, especially real estate, may decline in value, which could cause loan losses to increase; our allowance for credit losses may increase if borrowers experience financial difficulties, which will adversely affect our net income; the net worth and liquidity of loan guarantors may decline, impairing their ability to honor commitments to us; as the result of the decline in the Federal Reserve Board’s target federal funds rate to near 0%, the yield on our assets may decline to a greater extent than the decline in our cost of interest-bearing liabilities, reducing our net interest margin and spread and reducing net income; our wealth management revenues may decline with continuing market turmoil; we may face the risk of a goodwill write-down due to stock price decline; and our cyber security risks are increased as the result of an increased number of employees working remotely.

The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made. The Company advises readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not have any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement.

Footnotes

(1) Tangible book value per share, annualized return on average tangible equity, annualized adjusted non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets and the efficiency ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the Notes following the Consolidated Financial Highlights which contain the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures and the associated calculations.


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

December 31, 2021 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2020

(Dollars in Thousands)

Assets

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Cash and due from banks

$

506,270

$

404,355

Short-term investments

206,193

127,998

Total cash and cash equivalents

712,463

532,353

Available for sale debt securities, at fair value

2,057,851

1,105,489

Held to maturity debt securities (fair value of $449,709 and $472,529 at December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively).

436,150

450,965

Equity securities, at fair value

1,325

971

Federal Home Loan Bank stock

34,290

59,489

Loans

9,581,624

9,822,890

Less allowance for loan losses

80,740

101,466

Net loans

9,500,884

9,721,424

Foreclosed assets, net

8,731

4,475

Banking premises and equipment, net

80,559

75,946

Accrued interest receivable

41,990

46,450

Intangible assets

464,183

466,212

Bank-owned life insurance

236,630

234,607

Other assets

206,146

221,360

Total assets

$

13,781,202

$

12,919,741

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits:

Demand deposits

$

9,080,956

$

7,395,508

Savings deposits

1,460,541

1,348,147

Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more

291,737

717,216

Other time deposits

400,778

376,958

Total deposits

11,234,012

9,837,829

Mortgage escrow deposits

34,440

34,298

Borrowed funds

626,774

1,175,972

Subordinated debentures

10,283

25,135

Other liabilities

178,597

226,710

Total liabilities

12,084,106

11,299,944

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none issued

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 83,209,012 shares issued and 76,969,999 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021, and 77,611,107 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020, respectively.

832

832

Additional paid-in capital

969,815

962,453

Retained earnings

814,533

718,090

Accumulated other comprehensive income

6,863

17,655

Treasury stock

(79,603

)

(59,018

)

Unallocated common stock held by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan

(15,344

)

(20,215

)

Common stock acquired by the Directors’ Deferred Fee Plan

(3,984

)

(4,549

)

Deferred compensation—Directors’ Deferred Fee Plan

3,984

4,549

Total stockholders’ equity

1,697,096

1,619,797

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

13,781,202

$

12,919,741


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Consolidated Statements of Income

Three Months (Unaudited) and Year Ended December 31, 2021 (Unaudited) and 2020

(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Interest income:

Real estate secured loans

$

64,972

$

62,290

$

252,336

$

224,925

Commercial loans

23,393

23,919

99,163

82,157

Consumer loans

3,325

4,898

13,574

16,922

Available for sale debt securities and Federal Home Loan Bank stock

6,587

5,777

23,798

25,446

Held to maturity debt securities

2,621

2,800

10,743

11,461

Deposits, federal funds sold and other short-term investments

770

466

2,725

2,398

Total interest income

101,668

100,150

402,339

363,309

Interest expense:

Deposits

6,018

7,588

26,513

33,589

Borrowed funds

1,485

3,518

8,614

16,638

Subordinated debentures

276

306

1,189

512

Total interest expense

7,779

11,412

36,316

50,739

Net interest income

93,889

88,738

366,023

312,570

Provision for credit losses

397

(2,298

)

(24,339

)

29,719

Net interest income after provision for credit losses

93,492

91,036

390,362

282,851

Non-interest income:

Fees

7,345

6,668

29,967

23,847

Wealth management income

7,842

6,658

30,756

25,733

Bank-owned life insurance

1,960

2,201

7,930

6,491

Insurance agency income

2,207

1,801

10,216

3,513

Net (loss) gain on securities transactions

(3

)

26

255

81

Other income

1,303

3,094

7,685

12,766

Total non-interest income

20,654

20,448

86,809

72,431

Non-interest expense:

Compensation and employee benefits

35,628

34,773

143,366

130,868

Net occupancy expense

7,774

7,780

32,932

27,142

Data processing expense

5,126

6,328

19,755

20,767

FDIC Insurance

1,345

1,163

6,260

3,116

Amortization of intangibles

890

1,052

3,664

3,425

Advertising and promotion expense

1,365

1,626

3,951

4,400

Credit loss (benefit) expense for off-balance sheet credit exposures

(640

)

(3,900

)

1,515

1,814

Other operating expenses

10,575

9,749

38,610

36,196

Total non-interest expense

62,063

58,571

250,053

227,728

Income before income tax expense

52,083

52,913

227,118

127,554

Income tax expense

14,780

12,346

59,197

30,603

Net income

$

37,303

$

40,567

$

167,921

$

96,951

Basic earnings per share

$

0.49

$

0.53

$

2.20

$

1.39

Average basic shares outstanding

76,125,889

76,860,297

76,471,933

69,548,499

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.49

$

0.53

$

2.19

$

1.39

Average diluted shares outstanding

76,226,747

76,928,834

76,560,840

69,625,958


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Consolidated Financial Highlights

(Dollars in Thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)

At or for the

At or for the

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

STATEMENTS OF INCOME:

Net interest income

$

93,889

$

88,738

$

366,023

$

312,570

Provision for credit losses

397

(2,298

)

(24,339

)

29,719

Non-interest income

20,654

20,448

86,809

72,431

Non-interest expense

62,063

58,571

250,053

227,728

Income before income tax expense

52,083

52,913

227,118

127,554

Net income

37,303

40,567

167,921

96,951

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.49

$

0.53

$

2.19

$

1.39

Interest rate spread

2.85

%

2.87

%

2.89

%

2.88

%

Net interest margin

2.95

%

3.01

%

3.00

%

3.05

%

PROFITABILITY:

Annualized return on average assets

1.08

%

1.25

%

1.26

%

0.86

%

Annualized return on average equity

8.74

%

10.01

%

10.03

%

6.49

%

Annualized return on average tangible equity (1)

12.04

%

14.10

%

13.89

%

9.28

%

Annualized adjusted non-interest expense to average assets (1)

1.81

%

1.82

%

1.86

%

1.92

%

Efficiency ratio (1)

54.74

%

54.12

%

54.89

%

56.68

%

ASSET QUALITY:

Non-accrual loans

$

48,027

$

87,090

90+ and still accruing

Non-performing loans

48,027

87,090

Foreclosed assets

8,731

4,475

Non-performing assets

56,758

91,565

Non-performing loans to total loans

0.50

%

0.89

%

Non-performing assets to total assets

0.41

%

0.71

%

Allowance for loan losses

$

80,740

$

101,466

Allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans

168.11

%

116.51

%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.84

%

1.03

%

Net (recoveries) charge-offs

(307

)

2,548

(3,574

)

5,277

Annualized net (recoveries) charge offs to average total loans

-0.01

%

0.10

%

-0.04

%

0.06

%

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET DATA:

Assets

$

13,715,235

$

12,902,381

$

13,338,911

$

11,337,140

Loans, net

9,479,369

9,672,072

9,556,702

8,367,663

Interest-earning assets

12,577,181

11,641,602

12,181,121

10,244,987

Core deposits

10,410,706

8,650,117

9,752,245

7,492,058

Borrowings

628,404

1,210,959

789,838

1,227,894

Interest-bearing liabilities

9,034,078

8,641,827

8,891,775

7,614,132

Stockholders' equity

1,693,567

1,611,691

1,673,715

1,494,563

Average yield on interest-earning assets

3.19

%

3.40

%

3.30

%

3.55

%

Average cost of interest-bearing liabilities

0.34

%

0.53

%

0.41

%

0.67

%

LOAN DATA:

Mortgage loans:

Residential

$

1,202,638

$

1,294,702

Commercial

3,827,370

3,458,666

Multi-family

1,364,397

1,484,515

Construction

683,166

541,939

Total mortgage loans

7,077,571

6,779,822

Commercial loans

2,188,866

2,567,470

Consumer loans

327,442

492,566

Total gross loans

9,593,879

9,839,858

Premium on purchased loans

1,451

1,566

Unearned discounts

(6

)

(12

)

Net deferred

(13,700

)

(18,522

)

Total loans

$

9,581,624

$

9,822,890


Notes and Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Dollars in Thousands, except share data)

The Company has presented the following non-GAAP (U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures because it believes that these measures provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. Presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is consistent with how the Company evaluates its performance internally and these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the Company’s industry. Investors should recognize that the Company’s presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for GAAP basis measures and the Company strongly encourages a review of its condensed consolidated financial statements in their entirety.

(1) Book and Tangible Book Value per Share

At December 31,

2021

2020

Total stockholders' equity

$

1,697,096

$

1,619,797

Less: total intangible assets

464,183

466,212

Total tangible stockholders' equity

$

1,232,913

$

1,153,585

Shares outstanding

76,969,999

77,611,107

Book value per share (total stockholders' equity/shares outstanding)

$

22.05

$

20.87

Tangible book value per share (total tangible stockholders' equity/shares outstanding)

$

16.02

$

14.86

(2) Annualized Return on Average Tangible Equity

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Total average stockholders' equity

$

1,693,567

$

1,611,691

$

1,673,715

$

1,494,563

Less: total average intangible assets

464,740

466,775

465,214

449,711

Total average tangible stockholders' equity

$

1,228,827

$

1,144,916

$

1,208,501

$

1,044,852

Net income

$

37,303

$

40,567

$

167,921

$

96,951

Annualized return on average tangible equity (net income/total average stockholders' equity)

12.04

%

14.10

%

13.89

%

9.28

%

(3) Annualized Adjusted Non-Interest Expense to Average Assets

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Reported non-interest expense

$

62,063

$

58,571

$

250,053

$

227,728

Adjustments to non-interest expense:

Credit loss (recovery) expense for off-balance sheet credit exposures

(640

)

(3,900

)

1,515

1,814

Merger-related transaction costs and COVID-19 expenses

3,380

7,697

Adjusted non-interest expense

$

62,703

$

59,091

$

248,538

$

218,217

Annualized adjusted non-interest expense

$

248,767

$

235,079

$

248,538

$

218,217

Average assets

$

13,715,235

$

12,902,381

$

13,338,911

11,337,140

Annualized adjusted non-interest expense/average assets

1.81

%

1.82

%

1.86

%

1.92

%

(4) Efficiency Ratio

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net interest income

$

93,889

$

88,738

$

366,023

$

312,570

Non-interest income

20,654

20,448

86,809

72,431

Total income

$

114,543

$

109,186

$

452,832

$

385,001

Adjusted non-interest expense

$

62,703

$

59,091

$

248,538

$

218,217

Efficiency ratio (adjusted non-interest expense/income)

54.74

%

54.12

%

54.89

%

56.68

%


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Net Interest Margin Analysis

Quarterly Average Balances

(Unaudited) (Dollars in Thousands)

December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

Average

Average

Average

Average

Balance

Interest

Yield/Cost

Balance

Interest

Yield/Cost

Interest-Earning Assets:

Deposits

$

455,454

$

162

0.14

%

$

479,035

$

172

0.14

%

Federal funds sold and other short-term investments

207,311

608

1.16

%

217,662

638

1.16

%

Available for sale debt securities, at fair value

1,968,628

6,192

1.26

%

1,641,816

5,352

1.30

%

Held to maturity debt securities, net (1)

431,295

2,621

2.43

%

432,478

2,638

2.44

%

Equity securities, at fair value

1,106

%

1,108

%

Federal Home Loan Bank stock

34,018

395

4.64

%

35,618

525

5.89

%

Net loans: (2)

Total mortgage loans

7,035,981

64,972

3.64

%

6,850,281

62,470

3.59

%

Total commercial loans

2,108,915

23,393

4.37

%

2,248,505

24,454

4.29

%

Total consumer loans

334,473

3,325

3.94

%

340,227

3,345

3.90

%

Total net loans

9,479,369

91,690

3.81

%

9,439,013

90,269

3.77

%

Total interest earning assets

$

12,577,181

$

101,668

3.19

%

$

12,246,730

$

99,594

3.21

%

Non-Interest Earning Assets:

Cash and due from banks

125,539

118,729

Other assets

1,012,515

1,005,097

Total assets

$

13,715,235

$

13,370,556

Interest-Bearing Liabilities:

Demand deposits

$

6,208,858

$

4,747

0.30

%

$

5,984,271

5,096

0.34

%

Savings deposits

1,441,867

428

0.12

%

1,424,931

373

0.10

%

Time deposits

731,318

843

0.46

%

804,895

826

0.41

%

Total deposits

8,382,043

6,018

0.28

%

8,214,097

6,295

0.30

%

Borrowed funds

628,404

1,485

0.94

%

652,441

1,768

1.08

%

Subordinated debentures

23,631

276

4.64

%

25,224

303

4.77

%

Total interest bearing liabilities

9,034,078

7,779

0.34

%

8,891,762

8,366

0.37

%

Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities:

Non-interest bearing deposits

2,759,981

2,552,107

Other non-interest bearing liabilities

227,609

232,954

Total non-interest bearing liabilities

2,987,590

2,785,061

Total liabilities

12,021,668

11,676,823

Stockholders' equity

1,693,567

1,693,733

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

13,715,235

$

13,370,556

Net interest income

$

93,889

$

91,228

Net interest rate spread

2.85

%

2.84

%

Net interest-earning assets

$

3,543,103

$

3,354,968

Net interest margin (3)

2.95

%

2.94

%

Ratio of interest-earning assets to

total interest-bearing liabilities

1.39x

1.38x

(1) Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses.

(2) Average outstanding balances are net of the allowance for credit losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premiums and discounts and include non-accrual loans.

(3) Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


The following table summarizes the quarterly net interest rate spread and net interest margin for the previous five quarters.

12/31/21

9/30/21

6/30/21

03/31/21

12/31/20

4th Qtr.

3rd Qtr.

2nd Qtr.

1st Qtr.

4th Qtr.

Interest-Earning Assets:

Securities

1.29

%

1.32

%

1.46

%

1.87

%

1.96

%

Net loans

3.81

%

3.77

%

3.79

%

3.78

%

3.72

%

Total interest-earning assets

3.19

%

3.21

%

3.31

%

3.41

%

3.40

%

Interest-Bearing Liabilities:

Total deposits

0.28

%

0.30

%

0.34

%

0.39

%

0.41

%

Total borrowings

0.94

%

1.08

%

1.18

%

1.12

%

1.16

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.34

%

0.37

%

0.44

%

0.49

%

0.53

%

Interest rate spread

2.85

%

2.84

%

2.87

%

2.92

%

2.87

%

Net interest margin

2.95

%

2.94

%

2.99

%

3.05

%

3.01

%

Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities

1.39x

1.38x

1.36x

1.35x

1.35x

Note: The previously reported average balances of the interest bearing cash and non-interest bearing cash for the prior periods in the preceding table were recalculated. These recalculations resulted in the previously reported net interest margin changing from 3.10% to 3.05% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and 3.04% to 3.01% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Net Interest Margin Analysis

Average Year to Date Balances

(Unaudited) (Dollars in Thousands)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Average

Average

Average

Average

Balance

Interest

Yield/Cost

Balance

Interest

Yield/Cost

Interest-Earning Assets:

Deposits

$

421,898

$

533

0.13

%

$

199,234

$

478

0.24

%

Federal funds sold and other short term investments

181,982

2,192

1.20

%

124,979

1,920

1.54

%

Available for sale debt securities, at fair value

1,539,811

21,515

1.40

%

1,043,799

21,736

2.08

%

Held to maturity debt securities (1)

437,994

10,743

2.45

%

446,666

11,461

2.57

%

Equity securities, at fair value

1,063

%

822

%

Federal Home Loan Bank stock

41,671

2,283

5.48

%

61,824

3,710

6.00

%

Net loans: (2)

Total mortgage loans

6,878,382

252,336

3.67

%

5,958,823

224,925

3.77

%

Total commercial loans

2,320,077

99,163

4.27

%

2,016,334

82,157

4.07

%

Total consumer loans

358,243

13,574

3.79

%

392,506

16,922

4.31

%

Total net loans

9,556,702

365,073

3.82

%

8,367,663

324,004

3.87

%

Total interest earning assets

$

12,181,121

$

402,339

3.30

%

$

10,244,987

$

363,309

3.55

%

Non-Interest Earning Assets:

Cash and due from banks

142,981

133,091

Other assets

1,014,809

959,062

Total assets

$

13,338,911

$

11,337,140

Interest-Bearing Liabilities:

Demand deposits

$

5,794,398

$

20,458

0.35

%

$

4,364,257

$

22,763

0.52

%

Savings deposits

1,414,560

1,604

0.11

%

1,143,381

1,689

0.15

%

Time deposits

868,185

4,451

0.51

%

868,161

9,137

1.05

%

Total deposits

8,077,143

26,513

0.33

%

6,375,799

33,589

0.53

%

Borrowed funds

789,838

8,614

1.09

%

1,227,894

16,638

1.36

%

Subordinated debentures

24,794

1,189

4.79

%

10,439

512

4.90

%

Total interest bearing liabilities

$

8,891,775

36,316

0.41

%

$

7,614,132

50,739

0.67

%

Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities:

Non-interest bearing deposits

2,543,287

1,984,420

Other non-interest bearing liabilities

230,134

244,025

Total non-interest bearing liabilities

2,773,421

2,228,445

Total liabilities

11,665,196

9,842,577

Stockholders' equity

1,673,715

1,494,563

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

13,338,911

$

11,337,140

Net interest income

$

366,023

$

312,570

Net interest rate spread

2.89

%

2.88

%

Net interest-earning assets

$

3,289,346

$

2,630,855

Net interest margin (3)

3.00

%

3.05

%

Ratio of interest-earning assets to

total interest-bearing liabilities

1.37x

1.35x

(1) Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses.

(2) Average outstanding balance are net of the allowance for credit losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premium and discounts and include non-accrual loans.

(3) Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

(4) The previously reported average balances of the interest bearing cash and non-interest bearing cash for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2020 were recalculated. These recalculations resulted in the previously reported net interest margin changing from 3.09% to 3.05%.


The following table summarizes the year-to-date net interest rate spread and net interest margin for the previous three years.

Years Ended

December 31,
2021

December 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Interest-Earning Assets:

Securities

1.42

%

2.24

%

2.76

%

Net loans

3.82

%

3.87

%

4.51

%

Total interest-earning assets

3.30

%

3.55

%

4.17

%

Interest-Bearing Liabilities:

Total deposits

0.33

%

0.53

%

0.84

%

Total borrowings

1.09

%

1.36

%

2.10

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.41

%

0.67

%

1.08

%

Interest rate spread

2.89

%

2.88

%

3.09

%

Net interest margin

3.00

%

3.05

%

3.35

%

Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities

1.37

x

1.35

x

1.31

x

Note: The previously reported average balances of the interest bearing cash and non-interest bearing cash for the prior periods in the preceding table were recalculated. These recalculations resulted in the previously reported net interest margin changing from 3.09% to 3.05% for the period ended December 31, 2020, while the period ending December 31, 2019 remained unchanged at 3.35%.