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Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Reports Year End 2019 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Reports Year End 2019 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Reports Year End 2019 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

WESTFIELD, Mass., Jan. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western New England Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “WNEB”) (WNEB), the holding company for Westfield Bank (the “Bank”), announced today the unaudited results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.14 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. On a linked quarter basis, net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per diluted share, increased $212,000, or 6.6%, from net income of $3.2 million, or $0.12 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Net income of $13.3 million, or $0.51 earnings per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, decreased $3.1 million, or 18.6%, from $16.4 million, or $0.57 earnings per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on or about February 26, 2020 to shareholders of record on February 12, 2020.

“We are pleased to report a strong finish to 2019 with solid loan growth and core deposit growth during the third and fourth quarters of 2019,” stated James Hagan, President and CEO. “We are well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities as we continue to expand into the Connecticut marketplace with two new branches opening in 2020. We also recently announced the acquisition of a People’s United property in Huntington, Massachusetts. We are excited to become part of the Huntington community as we deepen our commitment to Massachusetts,” Mr. Hagan added.

Mr. Hagan concluded, “We believe our repurchase of 1.9 million shares during 2019 and our ongoing quarterly dividends enhance shareholder value. We are working to further enhance our profitability through continued prudent loan and core deposit growth. Growing and managing our balance sheet in this interest rate environment is a driving factor to our success, and we are positioned to take advantage of decreasing short-term interest rates as we go into 2020.”

Key Highlights:

  • Loans: Total loans as of December 31, 2019 were $1.8 billion, an increase of $24.4 million, or 1.4%, from September 30, 2019, and an increase of $79.2 million, or 4.7%, from December 31, 2018. Average loans increased $35.2 million, or 2.0%, from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to the three months ended December 31, 2019.

  • Deposits: Total deposits increased $81.9 million, or 5.1%, from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019. Total deposits increased $8.3 million, or 0.5%, from September 30, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Core deposits increased $11.8 million, or 1.2%, from September 30, 2019, and increased $89.3 million, or 9.5%, from December 31, 2018. At December 31, 2019, non-interest bearing deposit accounts represented 23.4% of total deposits. The loan-to-deposit ratio decreased from 106.3% at December 31, 2018 to 105.9% at December 31, 2019.

  • Allowance for Loan Losses and Credit Quality: Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 0.79% and 0.71% at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. Non-performing loans decreased from $13.5 million, or 0.79% of total loans, at December 31, 2018 to $9.9 million, or 0.56% of total loans, at December 31, 2019.

  • Net Interest Margin: The net interest margin was 2.90% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.88% for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 2.93% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.91% for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Consistent with much of the banking industry, we continue to address funding cost headwinds and are focused on acquiring the most cost effective sources to fund our loan growth. We intend to continue focusing on attracting lower-cost core deposits, which typically also generate fee income for the Company.

  • Repurchases: During the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased approximately 1.9 million shares under its previously approved repurchase plan. As of December 31, 2019, there were 1,126,866 shares available to repurchase under the plan.

  • Capital Management: Book value per share was $8.74 at December 31, 2019, compared to $8.35 at December 31, 2018, while tangible book value per share increased $0.36, or 4.6%, from $7.78 at December 31, 2018 to $8.14 at December 31, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s and the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed the levels required to be considered “well-capitalized” under federal banking regulations.

Net Income for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 Compared to the Three Months Ended September 30, 2019

The Company reported net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.12 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.63% and 5.82%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, as compared to 0.60% and 5.53%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

On a sequential quarter basis, net interest income increased $396,000, or 2.7%, to $14.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from $14.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The increase in net interest income was due to an increase in interest income of $233,000, or 1.1%, and a decrease in interest expense of $163,000, or 2.6%. The increase in interest income of $233,000, or 1.1%, was primarily due to prepayment penalties of $429,000 recognized during the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $44,000 of prepayment penalties during the three months ended September 30, 2019. Also, net interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 included $79,000 in negative purchase accounting adjustments, compared to $154,000 of favorable purchase accounting adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Excluding the prepayments penalties and the purchase accounting adjustments, net interest income increased $244,000, or 1.7%, from the three months ended September 30, 2019.

The net interest margin was 2.90% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.88% for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 2.93% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.91% for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Excluding the purchase accounting adjustments and prepayment penalties, the net interest margin was 2.86% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.87% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

The tax-equivalent average yield on interest-earning assets decreased three basis points from 4.15% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 to 4.12% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the purchase accounting adjustments and prepayment penalties, the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased six basis points from 4.09% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 to 4.03% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, the average cost of funds decreased six basis points from 1.64% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 to 1.58% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of core deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, increased two basis points from 0.32% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 to 0.34% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of time deposits decreased three basis points from 2.18% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 to 2.15% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, while the average cost of Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) borrowings decreased 15 basis points during the same period. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, average demand deposits of $388.1 million, an interest-free source of funds, represented 23.2% of average total deposits, and increased $19.5 million, or 5.3%, from the three months ended September 30, 2019. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, average interest-earning assets increased $38.4 million, or 1.9%, to $2.0 billion, from the three months ended September 30, 2019. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to an increase of $35.2 million, or 2.0%, in average loans and an increase of $7.0 million, or 84.3%, in average short-term investments, partially offset by a decrease of $4.2 million, or 1.8%, in average securities.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses decreased $275,000, or 21.6%, from $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, to $1.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $170,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2019, as compared to net charge-offs of $426,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Non-Interest Income

On a sequential quarter basis, non-interest income decreased $205,000, or 7.9%, to $2.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, from $2.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in non-interest income was primarily due to a decrease in service charges and fees of $155,000, or 7.7%, partially offset by an increase in other income, due to swap fees on commercial real estate loans of $150,000. As reported last quarter, the third quarter typically includes seasonal non-interest income, which was approximately $180,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported $29,000 in unrealized losses on the Company’s marketable equity securities portfolio, compared to $45,000 in unrealized gains during the three months ended September 30, 2019. In addition, the Company reported realized losses on the sale of securities of $85,000, compared to realized gains on the sale of securities of $49,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, non-interest expense increased $165,000, or 1.4%, to $11.9 million from $11.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase in salaries and benefits of $212,000, or 3.1%, primarily due to year-end salary accruals. Other increases were noted in occupancy expense, which increased $55,000, or 5.6%, due to an increase in snow removal costs of $34,000, an increase in professional fees of $35,000 and an increase in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insurance expense of $8,000. FDIC insurance expense decreased in the third and fourth quarter from prior quarters due to receipt of the FDIC small bank assessment credits. FDIC small bank assessment credits will automatically be applied each quarter that the reserve ratio is at least 1.38%, up to the full amount of a small bank's credit or assessment, whichever is less. The Company has $92,000 in FDIC small bank assessment credits that will be applied in the future. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $130,000, or 35.7%, in advertising expense, a decrease of $7,000, or 1.0%, in data processing expense and a decrease of $7,000, or 1.7%, in furniture and equipment. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the efficiency ratio was 68.3%, compared to 68.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Income Tax Provision

The Company’s effective tax rate was 22.3% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 21.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Net Income for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 Compared to the Three Months Ended December 31, 2018

The Company reported net income of $3.4 million, or $0.13 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.14 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.63% and 5.82%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, as compared to 0.72% and 6.43%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income increased $104,000, or 0.7%, to $14.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, from $14.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Interest income increased $848,000, or 4.2%, from the three months ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019, while interest expense increased $744,000, or 13.9%, during the same period. Excluding negative purchase accounting adjustments of $79,000 and prepayment penalties of $429,000 recognized during the three months ended December 31, 2019 and favorable purchase accounting adjustments of $61,000 and prepayment penalties of $49,000 recognized during the three months ended December 31, 2018, net interest income decreased $136,000, or 0.9%.

The net interest margin was 2.90% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.97%, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The tax-equivalent net interest margin for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was 2.93%, compared to 2.99% during the three months ended December 31, 2018. Excluding the purchase accounting adjustments and prepayment penalties, the net interest margin was 2.83% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to 2.95%, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The tax-equivalent average yield on interest-earning assets increased five basis points from 4.07% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 4.12% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding the purchase accounting adjustments and prepayment penalties in both periods, the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased one basis point from 4.06% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 4.05% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, the average cost of funds increased 16 basis points from 1.42% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 1.58% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of time deposits increased 38 basis points from 1.77% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 2.15% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, increased 18 basis points from 0.87% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 1.05% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, while the average cost of FHLB borrowings decreased nine basis points during the same period. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, average demand deposits of $388.1 million, an interest-free source of funds, represented 23.2% of average total deposits and increased $28.9 million, or 8.0%, from the three months ended December 31, 2018.

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, average interest-earning assets increased $60.1 million, or 3.0%, to $2.0 billion, from the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to an increase in average loans of $83.9 million, or 5.0%, partially offset by a decrease in average securities of $21.3 million, or 8.3%, and a decrease in average short-term investments of $2.0 million, or 11.6%. Average FHLB borrowings decreased $13.8 million, or 5.3%, from $258.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to $245.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses increased $700,000, or 233.3%, from $300,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to $1.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $170,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and $482,000 for the same period in 2018. Contributing to the increase in the general reserves was an increase in total loans of $24.4 million, or 1.4%.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income increased $168,000, or 7.5%, to $2.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, from $2.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase was due to an increase in swap fees on commercial real estate loans of $205,000 and an increase in service charges and fees of $93,000, or 5.3%, partially offset by unrealized losses of $29,000 on the Company’s marketable equity securities portfolio and realized losses of $85,000 on the sale of securities.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, non-interest expense increased $212,000, or 1.8%, to $11.9 million, or 2.17% of average assets, from $11.7 million, or 2.19% of average assets, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase in salaries and benefits of $671,000, or 10.4%, an increase in occupancy expense of $35,000, or 3.5%, and an increase in data processing of $22,000, or 3.2%. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in professional fees of $122,000, or 17.4%, a decrease in FDIC insurance expense of $127,000, or 90.7%, a decrease in advertising expense of $108,000, or 31.6%, and a decrease in other non-interest expense of $164,000, or 8.3%. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the efficiency ratio was 68.3%, compared to 68.6% for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Income Tax Provision

The Company’s effective tax rate decreased from 24.1% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 to 22.3% for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Net Income for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 Compared to the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported net income of $13.3 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $16.4 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported $1.1 million in favorable purchase accounting adjustments, compared to $16,000 in 2019. In addition, the Company received $715,000 in bank-owned life insurance (“BOLI”) death benefits in excess of cash surrender value in 2018. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.63% and 5.79% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to 0.78% and 6.82% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, respectively.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income decreased $2.0 million, or 3.4%, from $60.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to $58.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The decrease in net interest income was primarily due to a decrease in purchase accounting adjustments of $1.1 million, or 98.6%. Interest and dividend income increased $3.1 million, or 4.0%, and was offset by an increase in interest expense of $5.2 million, or 27.2%. The increase in interest expense was due to an increase in interest expense on deposits of $5.5 million, or 47.3%, partially offset by a decrease in interest expense on borrowings of $365,000, or 5.0%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding favorable purchase accounting adjustments of $16,000 and prepayment penalties of $496,000 recognized during the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and $1.1 million in favorable purchase accounting adjustments and $328,000 in prepayment penalties recognized during the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, net interest income decreased $1.1 million, or 1.8%.

The tax-equivalent net interest margin decreased 15 basis points from 3.08% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to 2.93% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments and prepayment penalties, the adjusted tax-equivalent net interest margin for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was 2.91% compared to 3.01% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

The average asset yield increased nine basis points from 4.05% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to 4.14% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of funds increased 33 basis points from 1.26% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to 1.59% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of time deposits increased 57 basis points from 1.55% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to 2.12% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The average cost of FHLB borrowings increased 25 basis points from 2.63% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to 2.88% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Average interest-earning assets increased $34.3 million, or 1.7%, to $2.0 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to an increase in average loans of $55.6 million, or 3.3%, and an increase in average short-term investments of $3.3 million, or 32.4%, partially offset by a decrease in average investments of $23.2 million, or 8.6%. Average FHLB borrowings decreased $36.8 million, or 13.3%, from $277.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to $240.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses of $2.7 million increased $775,000, or 40.8%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $1.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $626,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, as compared to net charge-offs of $678,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. Contributing to the increase in the general reserves was an increase in commercial real estate loans of $48.0 million, or 6.2%, from $768.9 million at December 31, 2018 to $816.9 million at December 31, 2019.

Non-Interest Income

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, non-interest income of $9.7 million increased $472,000, or 5.1%, compared to $9.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, non-interest income included the recognition of $715,000 in BOLI death benefits in excess of cash surrender value. Excluding the BOLI income, non-interest income increased $1.2 million, or 13.9%, from the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 to the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in service charges and fees of $427,000, or 6.2%, and an increase in other income, due to swap fees on commercial real estate loans of $343,000 and $165,000 in unrealized gains on the Company’s marketable equity securities portfolio, partially offset by $97,000 in realized losses on the securities portfolio and a decrease in income from BOLI of $26,000, or 1.4%. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported gains on the disposal of other real estate owned (“OREO”) of $48,000.

Non-Interest Expense

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, non-interest expense increased $1.6 million, or 3.4%, to $47.8 million, or 2.24% of average assets, compared to $46.2 million, or 2.21% of average assets for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase of $1.7 million, or 6.4%, in salaries and benefits, an increase in occupancy expense of $200,000, or 5.0%, an increase in data processing of $142,000, or 5.4%, an increase in furniture and fixtures of $112,000, or 7.2%, and an increase in other non-interest expense of $52,000, or 0.7%. These expenses were partially offset by a decrease in professional fees of $371,000, or 13.2%, a decrease in FDIC insurance expense of $173,000, or 28.7%, and a decrease in advertising expense of $63,000, or 4.5%. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, there were approximately $309,000 in legal fees associated with a previously charged-off loan from 2010. The Company recovered $835,000 of the charge-off during the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The decrease in FDIC insurance expense of $173,000, or 28.7%, was due to the receipt of FDIC small bank assessment credits applied to the Company’s FDIC assessment in the third and fourth quarters of 2019. FDIC small bank assessment credits will automatically be applied each quarter that the reserve ratio is at least 1.38%, up to the full amount of a small bank's credit or assessment, whichever is less. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the efficiency ratio was 70.7%, compared to 67.1% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

Income Tax Provision

The effective tax rate for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 was 22.4% and 22.3%, respectively.

Balance Sheet

At December 31, 2019, total assets were $2.2 billion, an increase of $62.7 million, or 3.0%, from December 31, 2018, primarily due to an increase in loans of $79.2 million, or 4.7%, partially offset by a decrease in securities available-for-sale of $26.0 million, or 10.3%.

Loans

Total loans increased $79.2 million, or 4.7%, from $1.7 billion at December 31, 2018 to $1.8 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase was due to an increase in commercial real estate loans of $48.0 million, or 6.2%, an increase in residential real estate loans, including home equity loans, of $25.4 million, or 3.8%, and an increase in commercial and industrial loans of $5.4 million, or 2.2%. In order to reduce interest rate risk, the Company currently services $48.2 million in residential loans sold to the secondary market. The servicing rights will continue to be retained on all loans sold.

The following table is a summary of our outstanding loan balances as of the periods indicated:

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2018

(Dollars in thousands)

Commercial real estate loans

$

816,886

$

768,881

Commercial and industrial loans

248,893

243,493

Residential real estate loans

700,244

674,879

Consumer loans

5,747

5,203

Total gross loans

1,771,770

1,692,456

Unamortized premiums and net deferred loans fees and costs

4,264

4,401

Total loans

$

1,776,034

$

1,696,857

Credit Quality

Net charge-offs for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 totaled $626,000, or 0.04% of average loans, compared to net charge-offs $678,000, or 0.04% of average loans, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

At December 31, 2019, nonperforming loans totaled $9.9 million, or 0.56% of total loans, compared to $13.5 million, or 0.79% of total loans at December 31, 2018. At December 31, 2019, there were no loans 90 or more days past due and still accruing interest. Nonperforming assets to total assets were 0.45% at December 31, 2019 and 0.64% at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 0.79% at December 31, 2019, compared to 0.71% at December 31, 2018. At December 31, 2019, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 142.7%, compared to 89.4% at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans, excluding loans acquired from Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. (“Chicopee”), which were recorded at fair value with no related allowance for loan losses, was 1.01% at December 31, 2019 and 0.98% at December 31, 2018.

Deposits

At December 31, 2019, total deposits were $1.7 billion, an increase of $81.9 million, or 5.1%, from December 31, 2018. Core deposits, which the Company defines as all deposits except time deposits, increased $89.3 million, or 9.5%, from $935.9 million, or 58.6% of total deposits, at December 31, 2018, to $1.0 billion, or 61.1% of total deposits, at December 31, 2019. Non-interest-bearing deposits increased $37.9 million, or 10.7%, to $393.3 million, money market accounts increased $37.0 million, or 9.3%, to $435.4 million, and savings accounts increased $7.8 million, or 6.6%, to $126.4 million and interest-bearing checking accounts increased $6.6 million, or 10.4%, to $70.2 million. Time deposits, which include brokered deposits, decreased $7.4 million, or 1.1%, from $660.0 million, or 41.4% of total deposits, at December 31, 2018 to $652.6 million, or 38.9% of total deposits, at December 31, 2019. Brokered deposits decreased $2.3 million, or 9.7% to $21.5 million at December 31, 2019, from $23.8 million at December 31, 2018.

FHLB Advances

FHLB advances decreased $26.8 million, or 10.0%, from $267.3 million at December 31, 2018 to $240.5 million at December 31, 2019.

Capital

At December 31, 2019, shareholders’ equity was $232.0 million, or 10.6% of total assets, compared to $237.0 million, or 11.2% of total assets at December 31, 2018. The decrease in shareholders’ equity during the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 reflects $19.2 million for the repurchase of the Company’s shares during the year and the payment of regular cash dividends of $5.3 million offset by net income of $13.3 million and an decrease of $4.4 million in accumulated other comprehensive loss. Total shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 were 26,557,981.

The Company’s book value per share increased $0.39, or 4.7%, to $8.74 at December 31, 2019 from $8.35 at December 31, 2018. The Company’s tangible book value per share increased $0.36, or 4.6%, to $8.14 at December 31, 2019 from $7.78 at December 31, 2018. The Company’s and the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed the levels required to be considered “well-capitalized” under federal banking regulations.

Share Repurchase

On March 1, 2019, the Company announced the completion of its 2017 Repurchase Plan (the “2017 Plan”), under which the Company repurchased a total of 3,047,000 shares. On January 29, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized the 2019 Repurchase Plan (the “2019 Plan”) under which the Company may purchase up to 2,814,200 shares, or 10% of its outstanding common stock. The 2019 Plan commenced upon the completion of the 2017 Plan. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 1,938,667 shares under both the 2017 Plan and the 2019 Plan. As of December 31, 2019, there were 1,126,866 shares remaining under the 2019 Plan.

About Western New England Bancorp, Inc.

Western New England Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, CSB Colts, Inc., Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Western New England Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate 22 banking offices throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. To learn more, visit our website at www.westfieldbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company and the Bank do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Net Income and Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

2019

2018

INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME:

Loans

$

19,366

$

19,111

$

18,302

$

18,058

$

18,111

$

74,837

$

70,795

Securities

1,431

1,465

1,630

1,690

1,754

6,216

7,157

Other investments

195

192

210

236

232

833

863

Short-term investments

45

36

73

76

92

230

175

Total interest and dividend income

21,037

20,804

20,215

20,060

20,189

82,116

78,990

INTEREST EXPENSE:

Deposits

4,417

4,454

4,367

3,969

3,516

17,207

11,683

Long-term debt

1,069

1,102

1,051

1,139

1,202

4,361

4,380

Short-term borrowings

627

720

596

626

651

2,569

2,915

Total interest expense

6,113

6,276

6,014

5,734

5,369

24,137

18,978

Net interest and dividend income

14,924

14,528

14,201

14,326

14,820

57,979

60,012

PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

1,000

1,275

350

50

300

2,675

1,900

Net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses

13,924

13,253

13,851

14,276

14,520

55,304

58,112

NON-INTEREST INCOME:

Service charges and fees

1,863

2,018

1,850

1,633

1,770

7,364

6,937

Income from bank-owned life insurance

452

444

478

425

451

1,799

1,825

Gain on bank-owned life insurance death benefit

-

-

-

-

-

-

715

(Loss) gain on sales of securities, net

(85

)

49

(96

)

35

(31

)

(97

)

(281

)

Gain on sale of OREO

-

-

-

-

-

-

48

Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable equity securities

(29

)

45

79

70

48

165

(142

)

Other income

205

55

206

8

-

474

131

Total non-interest income

2,406

2,611

2,517

2,171

2,238

9,705

9,223

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:

Salaries and employees benefits

7,105

6,893

6,876

6,780

6,434

27,654

25,982

Occupancy

1,030

975

998

1,171

995

4,174

3,974

Furniture and equipment

417

424

427

405

412

1,673

1,561

Data processing

703

710

702

665

681

2,780

2,638

Professional fees

581

546

607

705

703

2,439

2,810

FDIC insurance

13

5

236

176

140

430

603

Advertising expense

234

364

370

364

342

1,332

1,395

Other

1,822

1,823

1,924

1,757

1,986

7,326

7,274

Total non-interest expense

11,905

11,740

12,140

12,023

11,693

47,808

46,237

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

4,425

4,124

4,228

4,424

5,065

17,201

21,108

INCOME TAX PROVISION

988

899

971

994

1,223

3,852

4,700

NET INCOME

$

3,437

$

3,225

$

3,257

$

3,430

$

3,842

$

13,349

$

16,408

Basic earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.12

$

0.13

$

0.13

$

0.14

$

0.51

$

0.57

Weighted average shares outstanding

25,819,623

25,854,040

26,047,187

27,037,520

28,252,383

26,185,336

28,886,904

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.12

$

0.12

$

0.13

$

0.14

$

0.51

$

0.57

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

25,946,894

25,969,365

26,160,169

27,153,160

28,395,964

26,303,140

29,029,394

Other Data:

Return on average assets (1)

0.63

%

0.60

%

0.62

%

0.66

%

0.72

%

0.63

%

0.78

%

Return on average assets, exclusive of tax benefits (1)(3)

0.63

%

0.60

%

0.62

%

0.66

%

0.72

%

0.63

%

0.77

%

Return on average equity (1)

5.82

%

5.53

%

5.76

%

6.05

%

6.43

%

5.79

%

6.82

%

Return on average equity, exclusive of tax benefits (1)(3)

5.82

%

5.53

%

5.76

%

6.01

%

6.43

%

5.79

%

6.75

%

Efficiency ratio (2)

68.25

%

68.88

%

72.54

%

73.35

%

68.62

%

70.71

%

67.10

%

Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis

2.93

%

2.91

%

2.92

%

2.97

%

2.99

%

2.93

%

3.08

%

(1) Annualized.

(2) The efficiency ratio represents the ratio of operating expenses divided by the sum of net interest and dividend income and non-interest income, excluding realized and unrealized gains and losses on securities and OREO and gain on bank-owned life insurance death benefit.

(3) Please refer to the “Reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures” on page 15 for further details.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

24,741

$

45,399

$

25,688

$

44,482

$

26,789

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value

227,708

231,258

234,999

244,878

253,748

Marketable equity securities, at fair value

6,737

6,726

6,639

6,518

6,408

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and other restricted stock - at cost

14,477

13,064

11,756

12,407

14,695

Loans

1,776,034

1,751,582

1,722,161

1,680,666

1,696,857

Allowance for loan losses

(14,102

)

(13,272

)

(12,423

)

(11,879

)

(12,053

)

Net loans

1,761,932

1,738,310

1,709,738

1,668,787

1,684,804

Bank-owned life insurance

71,051

70,599

70,155

69,677

69,252

Goodwill

12,487

12,487

12,487

12,487

12,487

Core deposit intangible

3,312

3,406

3,500

3,594

3,688

Other assets

59,031

52,435

52,182

52,867

46,951

TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,181,476

$

2,173,684

$

2,127,144

$

2,115,697

$

2,118,822

Total deposits

$

1,677,864

$

1,669,515

$

1,644,551

$

1,629,834

$

1,595,993

Short-term borrowings

35,000

35,000

50,000

35,000

59,250

Long-term debt

205,515

205,681

175,683

196,039

208,018

Other liabilities

31,073

31,507

27,194

27,507

18,532

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,949,452

1,941,703

1,897,428

1,888,380

1,881,793

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

232,024

231,981

229,716

227,317

237,029

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

2,181,476

$

2,173,684

$

2,127,144

$

2,115,697

$

2,118,822


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

Other Data: