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Hingham Savings Announces 18% Increase in Earnings per Share, 15% Return on Equity

HINGHAM, Mass., April 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS (NASDAQ:HIFS), Hingham, Massachusetts announced first quarter earnings for 2016. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $5,324,000 or $2.50 per share basic and $2.48 per share diluted as compared to $4,515,000 or $2.12 per share basic and $2.11 per share diluted for the same period last year. For the first quarter of 2016, the Bank’s return on average equity was 15.03% and the return on average assets was 1.19% as compared to 14.52% and 1.15% for the same period in 2015.

Strong growth trends of recent years continued, as deposits increased to $1.268 billion, representing a 12% increase from March 31, 2015 and a 17% increase on an annualized basis for the first quarter. Net loans increased to $1.454 billion, representing a 16% increase from March 31, 2015 and a 14% increase on an annualized basis for the first quarter. Total assets increased to $1.850 billion, an 18% increase from March 31, 2015, primarily driven by the Bank’s larger loan portfolio and cash holdings at the Federal Reserve. Book value per share was $67.21 as of March 31, 2016, a 14% increase from the same time last year.

Key credit and operational metrics remained steady in the first quarter. At March 31, 2016, non-performing assets totaled 0.19% of total assets, compared to 0.10% at December 31, 2015 and 0.17% at March 31, 2015. Non-performing loans as a percentage of the total loan portfolio totaled 0.22% at March 31, 2016 compared to 0.13% at December 31, 2015 and 0.16% at March 31, 2015. At March 31, 2016, the Bank owned only one piece of foreclosed residential real estate valued at $168,000. The efficiency ratio improved to 34.38% for the first quarter of 2016, as compared to 38.26% for the same period last year. Non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets fell to 1.09% in the first quarter, as compared to 1.23% for the same period last year. These metrics reflect the Bank’s disciplined focus on credit and expense management.

Robert H. Gaughen Jr., President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, in releasing these results, stated, “We are pleased to report that our current quarterly earnings per share represent an 18% increase over the same period in 2015 and a 15% return on average equity. At Hingham, we take our role as stewards of the owners’ capital seriously. We remain focused on careful capital allocation, conservative underwriting, and disciplined cost control – strategies that have served our owners well in fair weather and foul.”

Hingham Institution for Savings is a Massachusetts-chartered savings bank located in Hingham, Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1834, it is the oldest financial institution headquartered in Hingham and one of the oldest continuously operating banks in the United States. The Bank’s main offices are located on Main Street in Hingham. The Bank also maintains branch offices in South Hingham and the neighboring towns of Cohasset, Hull, Norwell, Scituate and Weymouth, as well as branches in the South End of Boston, on Beacon Hill and on the island of Nantucket.

The Bank’s shares of common stock are listed and traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol HIFS.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Selected Financial Ratios
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2016
(Unaudited)
Key Performance Ratios
Return on average assets (1)1.15% 1.19%
Return on average equity (1)14.52 15.03
Interest rate spread (2)3.09 3.03
Net interest margin (3)3.20 3.14
Non-interest expense to average assets (1)1.23 1.09
Efficiency ratio (4)38.26 34.38
Average equity to average assets7.90 7.89
Average interest-earning assets to average interest bearing liabilities 115.87 116.13


March 31,
2015
December 31,
2015
March 31,
2016
(Unaudited)
Asset Quality Ratios
Allowance for loan losses/total loans 0.74% 0.70% 0.70%
Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans 447.64 540.37 311.79
Non-performing loans/total loans 0.16 0.13 0.22
Non-performing loans/total assets 0.13 0.10 0.18
Non-performing assets/total assets 0.17 0.10 0.19
Share Related
Book value per share$58.95 $64.83 $67.21
Market value per share$99.00 $119.80 $119.11
Shares outstanding at end of period 2,128,750 2,128,750 2,130,750

(1) Annualized.
(2) Annualized. Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on earning assets and cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(3) Annualized. Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average earning assets.
(4) The efficiency ratio represents operating expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and other income.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Consolidated Balance Sheets
March 31, December 31, March 31,
(In thousands, except per share amounts)2015 2015 2016
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $5,901 $6,944 $7,643
Short-term investments 182,399 254,069 290,414
Cash and cash equivalents 188,300 261,013 298,057
Certificates of deposit 10,722 6,206 4,469
Securities available for sale, at fair value 66,853 40,603 37,400
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 17,855 19,796 20,679
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $9,284
at March 31, 2015, $9,905 at December 31, 2015
and $10,158 at March 31, 2016 1,254,913 1,405,533 1,453,722
Foreclosed assets 586 168
Bank-owned life insurance 11,486 11,697 11,764
Premises and equipment, net 15,091 15,094 14,921
Accrued interest receivable 3,001 3,270 3,435
Deferred income tax asset, net 2,632 3,281 3,127
Other assets 2,491 2,035 2,188
Total assets$1,573,930 $1,768,528 $1,849,930
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Deposits $1,135,850 $1,217,027 $1,268,301
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 300,568 402,464 425,429
Mortgage payable 960 922 909
Mortgagors’ escrow accounts 4,411 4,850 4,995
Accrued interest payable 341 303 324
Other liabilities 6,307 4,947 6,770
Total liabilities 1,448,437 1,630,513 1,706,728
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value,
2,500 shares authorized, none issued
Common stock, $1.00 par value, 5,000 shares
authorized; 2,129 shares issued and outstanding at March
31, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and 2,131 shares issued
and outstanding at March 31, 2016 2,129 2,129 2,131
Additional paid-in capital 10,965 11,052 11,260
Undivided profits 112,162 124,481 129,166
Accumulated other comprehensive income 237 353 645
Total stockholders’ equity 125,493 138,015 143,202
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,573,930 $1,768,528 $1,849,930


HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three Months Ended
March 31,
(In thousands, except per share amounts)2015 2016
(Unaudited)
Interest and dividend income:
Loans$14,538 $16,430
Debt securities 62 28
Equity securities 155 244
Short-term investments and certificates of deposit 136 326
Total interest and dividend income 14,891 17,028
Interest expense:
Deposits 1,827 2,290
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 721 890
Mortgage payable 14 14
Total interest expense 2,562 3,194
Net interest income 12,329 13,834
Provision for loan losses 175 255
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses 12,154 13,579
Other income:
Customer service fees on deposits 228 216
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance 70 67
Miscellaneous 48 49
Total other income 346 332
Operating expenses:
Salaries and employee benefits 2,904 3,070
Data processing 296 305
Occupancy and equipment 554 471
Deposit insurance 217 242
Foreclosure 77 56
Marketing 121 116
Other general and administrative 680 610
Total operating expenses 4,849 4,870
Income before income taxes 7,651 9,041
Income tax provision 3,136 3,717
Net income$4,515 $5,324
Cash dividends declared per common share$0.28 $0.30
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 2,129 2,130
Diluted 2,140 2,149
Earnings per share:
Basic$2.12 $2.50
Diluted$2.11 $2.48


HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Net Interest Income Analysis
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015 2016
AVERAGE
BALANCE

INTEREST
YIELD/
RATE*
AVERAGE
BALANCE

INTEREST
YIELD/
RATE*
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Loans (1) (2)$1,250,321 $14,538 4.65% $1,439,994 $16,430 4.56%
Securities (3) (4) 87,063 217 1.00 61,042 272 1.78
Short-term investments and certificates of deposit 204,586 136 0.27 260,669 326 0.50
Total interest-earning assets 1,541,970 14,891 3.86 1,761,705 17,028 3.87
Other assets 32,692 33,156
Total assets$1,574,662 $1,794,861
Interest-bearing deposits (5)$1,005,824 1,827 0.73 $1,120,656 2,290 0.82
Borrowed funds 324,979 735 0.90 396,378 904 0.91
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,330,803 2,562 0.77 1,517,034 3,194 0.84
Demand deposits 114,755 131,212
Other liabilities 4,750 4,947
Total liabilities 1,450,308 1,653,193
Stockholders’ equity 124,354 141,668
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,574,662 $1,794,861
Net interest income $12,329 $13,834
Weighted average spread 3.09% 3.03%
Net interest margin (6) 3.20% 3.14%
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities (7) 115.87% 116.13%

* Annualized

(1) Before allowance for loan losses.
(2) Includes non-accrual loans.
(3) Excludes the impact of the average net unrealized gain or loss on securities available for sale.
(4) Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock.
(5) Includes mortgagors' escrow accounts.
(6) Net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
(7) Total interest-earning assets divided by total interest-bearing liabilities.


CONTACT: Robert A. Bogart, Vice President & Treasurer (781) 783-1744

Source:Hingham Institution for Savings