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The First Bancorp Reports Record Nine-Month Results

Mittwoch, 19.10.2016 22:20



DAMARISCOTTA, Maine --(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The First Bancorp (Nasdaq: FNLC), parent company of First National Bank, today announced operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Net income was $13.7 million, up $1.3 million or 10.1% from the first nine months of 2015 and earnings per common share on a fully diluted basis of $1.27 were up $0.11 or 9.5% from the same period in 2015. The Company also announced operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. Net income was $4.6 million, up $374,000 or 8.9% from the third quarter of 2015 and earnings per common share on a fully diluted basis of $0.42 were up $0.03 or 7.7% from the same period in 2015.

“This was the best performance for the first nine months of the year in the Company’s history,” Tony C. McKim, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer observed. “It was also the second best quarter in the Company’s history, just $62,000 below the record set in the second quarter of this year. Increased net interest income continues to drive our 2016 performance, the result of strong growth in earning assets. We maintained the quarterly dividend at 23 cents per share in the third quarter and we continue to pay out more than half of our net income to our shareholders in the form of cash dividends.

“Total earning assets are up $60.6 million year to date and $113.7 million from a year ago,” noted President McKim. “Total loans have increased $40.4 million or 4.1% year to date, and year over year, total loans are up $65.8 million or 6.8%. After topping the $1.0 billion mark in the first quarter of this year, the loan portfolio dropped slightly in the third quarter. This was partly due to lines of credit paying down earlier than expected as a result of this year’s strong summer tourist season. The investment portfolio is up $7.8 million or 1.6% year-to-date despite the call of a significant volume of securities in 2016, and year-over-year, the portfolio is up $9.9 million or 2.1%. On the funding side of the balance sheet, low-cost deposits are up $93.4 million or 16.1% since year end and $98.8 million or 17.2% year-over-year.

“Net interest income on a tax equivalent basis for the first nine months of 2016 was up $1.9 million or 5.8% from the same period in 2015,” President McKim continued, “with all of the increase attributable to growth in earning assets, specifically in the loan portfolio, and a small takeaway attributable to our net interest margin slipping to 3.08% in 2016 versus 3.09% in 2015 due to the above-noted securities calls. Non-interest income for the first nine months of 2016 was down $28,000 or 0.3% from the first nine months of 2015 due to a lower level of gains from sale of securities. This was greatly offset, however, by a $441,000 or 40.3% increase in mortgage origination income. Non-interest expense for the first nine months of 2016 was $102,000 or 0.5% below the same period in 2015, primarily due to a reduction in other-credit-related costs outside of the provision for loan losses.

“This reduction in other-credit-related costs was driven by continued improvement in credit quality,” President McKim said. “Non-performing assets stood at 0.49% of total assets as of September 30, 2016 - well below the 0.65% level of non-performing assets a year ago, and down from 0.57% at year end. Past-due loans were 0.95% of total loans at September 30, 2016, down from 1.01% a year ago. We provisioned $1.1 million for loan losses in the first nine months of 2016, up $25,000 from the amount we provisioned in the first nine months of 2015. The allowance for loan losses stood at 1.00% of total loans as of September 30, 2016, even with our levels at December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015.”

“All of these positive factors can be seen in our operating ratios,” observed F. Stephen Ward, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our return on average assets was 1.15% for the first nine months of 2016 compared to a 1.11% return for the first nine months of 2015, and our return on average tangible common equity was 12.67% compared to 12.29% for the same periods, respectively. In comparison, the average for the Bank’s UBPR peer groups was 9.46% as of June 30, 2016, placing us in the 85th percentile. Our efficiency ratio stood at 50.19% for the first nine months of 2016 compared to 53.76% for the first nine months of 2015 and remains well below the Bank’s UBPR peer group average which stood at 64.25% as of June 30, 2016.

“The First Bancorp’s price per share was $23.97 at September 30, 2016, up $3.50 from December 31, 2015, and with dividends reinvested, our total return for the first nine months of 2016 was 21.03%,” Mr. Ward noted. “We outperformed the broad market during this period, as measured by the S&P 500 which had a total return with dividends reinvested of 7.84%, as well the Russell 2000, in which we are included, which had a total return of 11.45%. We also outperformed the banking industry, with total returns year to date of 7.60% for the KBW Regional Bank Index and 6.91% for the Nasdaq Bank Index.”

“The Board of Directors maintained the quarterly dividend at 23 cents per share in the third quarter of 2016,” President McKim commented. “Based on the September 30, 2016 closing price of $23.97 per share, our annualized dividend yield is a respectful 3.84%. In managing our capital, we continue to balance the dividend payout level with retaining sufficient earnings to remain well capitalized and support future asset growth while remaining mindful that the dividend continues to be one of the major reasons people invest in our stock.

“We continue to have an excellent year in 2016,” President McKim concluded. “Growth in earning assets has fueled the $1.9 million increase in net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis posted in the first nine months of 2016, and our asset growth was primarily in the loan portfolio. By all appearances, Maine had an excellent summer tourist season in 2016 which positively impacted our balance sheet with continued strong loan demand and excellent deposit growth. I continue to be proud of the tremendous team of people we have at First National Bank whose dedication, hard work and customer focus results in our ongoing success.”

 
The First Bancorp

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

     
In thousands of dollars, except per share data   September 30, 2016   December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015
Assets      
Cash and due from banks $ 23,456 $ 14,299 $ 19,169
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks 15,098 4,013 301
Securities available for sale 282,293 223,039 215,933
Securities to be held to maturity 188,770 240,023 245,322
Restricted equity securities, at cost 14,048 14,257 13,912
Loans held for sale 1,228 349 200
Loans 1,028,992 988,638 963,151
Less allowance for loan losses   10,298     9,916     9,677  
Net loans 1,018,694 978,722 953,474
Accrued interest receivable 5,079 4,912 5,189
Premises and equipment 21,779 21,816 21,704
Other real estate owned 855 1,532 1,916
Goodwill 29,805 29,805 29,805
Other assets   33,983     32,043     32,747  
Total assets   $ 1,635,088     $ 1,564,810     $ 1,539,672  
Liabilities
Demand deposits $ 158,476 $ 130,566 $ 128,555
NOW deposits 295,708 242,638 246,155
Money market deposits 76,685 92,994 95,217
Savings deposits 218,425 206,009 199,131
Certificates of deposit 192,424 158,529 141,946
Certificates $100,000 to $250,000 183,991 175,077 204,707
Certificates $250,000 and over   48,040     37,376     42,654  
Total deposits 1,173,749 1,043,189 1,058,365
Borrowed funds 268,098 337,457 297,369
Other liabilities   17,247     16,666     16,797  
Total Liabilities   1,459,094     1,397,312     1,372,531  
Shareholders' equity
Common stock 108 108 107
Additional paid-in capital 60,500 59,862 59,667
Retained earnings 112,900 106,673 105,273
Net unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale 2,708 1,123 2,318
Net unrealized loss on transferred securities (124 ) (112 ) (99 )
Net unrealized gain on cash flow hedging derivative instruments 58
Net unrealized loss on postretirement benefit costs   (156 )   (156 )   (125 )
Total shareholders' equity   175,994     167,498     167,141  
Total liabilities & shareholders' equity   $ 1,635,088     $ 1,564,810     $ 1,539,672  
Common Stock
Number of shares authorized 18,000,000 18,000,000 18,000,000
Number of shares issued and outstanding   10,788,329     10,753,855     10,747,495  
Book value per common share $ 16.31 $ 15.58 $ 15.55
Tangible book value per common share   $ 13.53     $ 12.78     $ 12.75  
 
   
The First Bancorp

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

             
 

For the nine months ended
September 30,

 

For the quarter ended
September 30,

In thousands of dollars, except per share data   2016   2015   2016   2015
Interest income      
Interest and fees on loans $ 29,759 $ 27,247 $ 10,021 $ 9,235
Interest on deposits with other banks 17 16 9 3
Interest and dividends on investments   10,383     10,509     3,253     3,595
Total interest income   40,159     37,772     13,283     12,833
Interest expense
Interest on deposits 4,382 3,995 1,538 1,236
Interest on borrowed funds   3,568     3,486     1,216     1,086
Total interest expense   7,950     7,481     2,754     2,322
Net interest income 32,209 30,291 10,529 10,511
Provision for loan losses   1,125     1,100     375     200
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   31,084     29,191     10,154     10,311
Non-interest income
Investment management and fiduciary income 1,805 1,706 591 548
Service charges on deposit accounts 1,711 1,801 528 564
Net securities gains 668 1,396 137 1
Mortgage origination and servicing income 1,534 1,093 896 388
Other operating income   3,721     3,471     1,317     1,474
Total non-interest income   9,439     9,467     3,469     2,975
Non-interest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 11,136 10,944 3,931 3,784
Occupancy expense 1,735 1,772 589 556
Furniture and equipment expense 2,416 2,324 819 772
FDIC insurance premiums 631 667 210 221
Amortization of identified intangibles 32 47 10 11
Other operating expense   5,900     6,198     1,846     2,363
Total non-interest expense   21,850     21,952     7,405     7,707
Income before income taxes 18,673 16,706 6,218 5,579
Applicable income taxes   4,984     4,269     1,656     1,391
Net Income   $ 13,689     $ 12,437     $ 4,562     $ 4,188
Basic earnings per share $ 1.28 $ 1.17 $ 0.43 $ 0.39
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.27     $ 1.16     $ 0.42     $ 0.39
 
 
The First Bancorp

Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)

             
 

As of and for the nine months
ended September 30,

 

As of and for the quarters
ended September 30,

Dollars in thousands, except for per share amounts   2016   2015   2016   2015
     
Summary of Operations
Interest Income $ 40,159 $ 37,772 $ 13,283 $ 12,833
Interest Expense 7,950 7,481 2,754 2,322
Net Interest Income 32,209 30,291 10,529 10,511
Provision for Loan Losses 1,125 1,100 375 200
Non-Interest Income 9,439 9,467 3,469 2,975
Non-Interest Expense 21,850 21,952 7,405 7,707
Net Income   13,689     12,437     4,562     4,188  
Per Common Share Data
Basic Earnings per Share $ 1.28 $ 1.17 $ 0.43 $ 0.39
Diluted Earnings per Share 1.27 1.16 0.42 0.39
Cash Dividends Declared 0.680 0.650 0.230 0.220
Book Value per Common Share 16.31 15.55 16.31 15.55
Tangible Book Value per Common Share 13.53 12.75 13.53 12.75
Market Value   23.97     19.10     23.97     19.10  
Financial Ratios
Return on Average Equity (a) 10.48 % 10.05 % 10.24 % 9.97 %
Return on Average Tangible Common Equity (a) 12.67 % 12.29 % 12.33 % 12.18 %
Return on Average Assets (a) 1.15 % 1.11 % 1.12 % 1.09 %
Average Equity to Average Assets 10.94 % 11.05 % 10.99 % 10.88 %
Average Tangible Equity to Average Assets 9.06 % 9.03 % 9.12 % 8.92 %
Net Interest Margin Tax-Equivalent (a) 3.08 % 3.09 % 2.98 % 3.11 %
Dividend Payout Ratio 53.13 % 55.56 % 53.49 % 56.41 %
Allowance for Loan Losses/Total Loans 1.00 % 1.00 % 1.00 % 1.00 %
Non-Performing Loans to Total Loans 0.69 % 0.83 % 0.69 % 0.83 %
Non-Performing Assets to Total Assets 0.49 % 0.65 % 0.49 % 0.65 %
Efficiency Ratio   50.19 %   53.76 %   50.25 %   53.88 %
At Period End
Total Assets $ 1,635,088 $ 1,539,672 $ 1,635,088 $ 1,539,672
Total Loans 1,028,992 963,151 1,028,992 963,151
Total Investment Securities 485,111 475,167 485,111 475,167
Total Deposits 1,173,749 1,058,365 1,173,749 1,058,365
Total Shareholders' Equity   175,994     167,141     175,994     167,141  
(a) Annualized using a 366-day basis for 2016 and a 365-day basis for 2015.
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain information in this release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Management uses these “non-GAAP” measures in its analysis of the Company's performance and believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations and enhance comparability of results with prior periods as well as demonstrating the effects of significant gains and charges in the current period. The Company believes that a meaningful analysis of its financial performance requires an understanding of the factors underlying that performance. Management believes that investors may use these non-GAAP financial measures to analyze financial performance without the impact of unusual items that may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

In several places net interest income is calculated on a fully tax-equivalent basis. Specifically included in interest income was tax-exempt interest income from certain investment securities and loans. An amount equal to the tax benefit derived from this tax-exempt income has been added back to the interest income total which, as adjusted, increased net interest income accordingly. Management believes the disclosure of tax-equivalent net interest income information improves the clarity of financial analysis, and is particularly useful to investors in understanding and evaluating the changes and trends in the Company's results of operations. Other financial institutions commonly present net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis. This adjustment is considered helpful in the comparison of one financial institution's net interest income to that of another institution, as each will have a different proportion of tax-exempt interest from its earning assets. Moreover, net interest income is a component of a second financial measure commonly used by financial institutions, net interest margin, which is the ratio of net interest income to average earning assets. For purposes of this measure as well, other financial institutions generally use tax-equivalent net interest income to provide a better basis of comparison from institution to institution. The Company follows these practices.

The following table provides a reconciliation of tax-equivalent financial information to the Company's consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. A 35.0% tax rate was used in both 2016 and 2015.

         
  For the nine months ended   For the quarters ended
In thousands of dollars  

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

 

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

Net interest income as presented $ 32,209   $ 30,291   $ 10,529   $ 10,511
Effect of tax-exempt income   2,291     2,332     785     775
Net interest income, tax equivalent   $ 34,500     $ 32,623     $ 11,314     $ 11,286
 

The Company presents its efficiency ratio using non-GAAP information which is most commonly used by financial institutions. The GAAP-based efficiency ratio is noninterest expenses divided by net interest income plus noninterest income from the Consolidated Statements of Income. The non-GAAP efficiency ratio excludes securities losses and other-than-temporary impairment charges from noninterest expenses, excludes securities gains from noninterest income, and adds the tax-equivalent adjustment to net interest income. The following table provides a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP efficiency ratio:

         
  For the nine months ended   For the quarters ended
In thousands of dollars  

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

 

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

Non-interest expense, as presented   $ 21,850     $ 21,952     $ 7,405     $ 7,707  
Net interest income, as presented 32,209   30,291   10,529   10,511
Effect of tax-exempt income 2,291 2,332 785 775
Non-interest income, as presented 9,439 9,467 3,469 2,975
Effect of non-interest tax-exempt income 267 136 89 45
Net securities gains   (668 )   (1,396 )   (137 )   (1 )
Adjusted net interest income plus non-interest income   $ 43,538     $ 40,830     $ 14,735     $ 14,305  
Non-GAAP efficiency ratio   50.19 %   53.76 %   50.25 %   53.88 %
GAAP efficiency ratio   52.46 %   55.21 %   52.90 %   57.15 %
 

The Company presents certain information based upon average tangible common equity instead of total average shareholders' equity. The difference between these two measures is the Company's preferred stock and intangible assets, specifically goodwill from prior acquisitions. Management, banking regulators and many stock analysts use the tangible common equity ratio and the tangible book value per common share in conjunction with more traditional bank capital ratios to compare the capital adequacy of banking organizations with significant amounts of goodwill or other intangible assets, typically stemming from the use of the purchase accounting method in accounting for mergers and acquisitions. The following table provides a reconciliation of average tangible common equity to the Company's consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles:

         
  For the nine months ended   For the quarters ended
In thousands of dollars  

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

 

September 30,
2016

 

September 30,
2015

Average shareholders' equity as presented $ 174,414   $ 165,421   $ 177,311   $ 166,572
Less intangible assets   (30,092 )   (30,137 )   (30,082 )   (30,125 )
Tangible average shareholders' equity   $ 144,322     $ 135,284     $ 147,229     $ 136,447  
 

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially, as discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact F. Stephen Ward, The First Bancorp's Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer, at 207.563.3272.

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