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Heritage Commerce Corp’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings Increased 48% From the Prior Year First Quarter

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heritage Commerce Corp (Nasdaq:HTBK), the holding company (the “Company”) for Heritage Bank of Commerce (the “Bank”), today reported net income increased 48% to $6.1 million, or $0.16 per average diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.13 per average diluted common share for the first quarter of 2015, and increased 38% from $4.4 million, or $0.12 per average diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2015. All results are unaudited and include the acquisition of Focus Business Bank (“Focus”) from August 20, 2015.

“Following one of our most profitable years in almost 10 years, our positive earnings results continued, and we achieved record net income in the first quarter of 2016,” said Walter Kaczmarek, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to demonstrate strong operating performance with excellent asset quality, a strong balance sheet and a solid net interest margin.”

“The first quarter of 2016 was our first full quarter since closing the Focus acquisition and, therefore, does not include any one-time closing or integration costs, all of which were recognized in 2015. The acquisition of Focus last year, and the acquisition of Bay View Funding in 2014, have had a favorable impact to our earnings and to our Greater San Francisco Bay Area franchise. As a result, our growing franchise is generating excellent results for our customers, communities, employees and shareholders.”

First Quarter 2016 Highlights (as of, or for the period ended March 31, 2016, except as noted):

  • Diluted earnings per share totaled $0.16 for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $0.13 for the first quarter of 2015, and $0.12 for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Net interest income increased 32% to $22.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $16.9 million for the first quarter of 2015, and increased 1% from $22.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • For the first quarter of 2016, the fully tax equivalent (“FTE”) net interest margin contracted 36 basis points to 4.22% from 4.58% for the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to higher average balances of lower yielding excess funds at the Federal Reserve Bank, interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions, and lower yields on securities. This was partially offset by accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction for the first quarter of 2016. For the first quarter of 2016, the net interest margin increased 9 basis points from 4.13% for the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to re-deploying excess liquidity into higher yielding loans and securities.
  • The accretion of the loan purchase discount in loan interest income from the Focus transaction was $518,000 for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The total purchase discount on non-impaired loans from the Focus loan portfolio was $4.6 million as of the acquisition date, of which $1.9 million has been accreted to loan interest income from August 21, 2015 through March 31, 2016.
  • The yield on the loan portfolio was 5.64% for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.71% for the first quarter of 2015, and 5.92% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in the yield on the loan portfolio for the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, primarily reflects a decrease in the proportion of loans in the higher yielding Bay View Funding factored receivables portfolio relative to the addition of the Focus loans and growth in the Company’s legacy portfolio, partially offset by the accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction. The decrease in the yield on the loan portfolio for the first quarter of 2016, compared to fourth quarter of 2015, primarily reflects a lower accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction. Excluding the accretion of the loan purchase discount and the Bay View Funding factored receivables portfolio, the yield on the loan portfolio was 4.78% for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 4.73% for the first quarter of 2015, and 4.79% for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Loans (excluding loans‑held‑for‑sale) increased $293.3 million, or 27%, to $1.40 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.10 billion at March 31, 2015, which included an increase of $162.2 million, or 15%, in the Company’s legacy loan portfolio, and $131.1 million from the Focus loan portfolio. Loans increased $36.5 million, or 3%, at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.36 billion at December 31, 2015.
  • Nonperforming assets (“NPAs”) decreased to $4.6 million, or 0.20% of total assets, at March 31, 2016, compared to $8.4 million, or 0.51% of total assets, at March 31, 2015, and $6.7 million, or 0.29% of total assets, at December 31, 2015.
  • Classified assets, net of Small Business Administration (“SBA”) guarantees, were $21.1 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $16.6 million at March 31, 2015, and from $20.5 million at December 31, 2015.
  • Net recoveries totaled $131,000 for the first quarter of 2016, compared to net recoveries of $235,000 for the first quarter of 2015, and net charge-offs of $182,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • There was a $401,000 provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2016, compared to a $60,000 credit provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2015, and a $371,000 provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • The allowance for loan losses (“ALLL”) was 1.39% of total loans at March 31, 2016, compared to 1.68% at March 31, 2015, and 1.39% at December 31, 2015. The ALLL to total nonperforming loans was 465.06% at March 31, 2016, compared to 275.57% at March 31, 2015, and 296.74% at December 31, 2015. The allowance for loan losses to total loans decreased at March 31, 2016, compared to March 31, 2015, primarily due to the Focus loan portfolio, which was marked to fair market value on the acquisition date, and an increase in the Company’s legacy loan balances with no default histories, coupled with the decrease in the Company’s legacy nonperforming assets, improving the quality of the loan portfolio overall.
  • Total deposits increased $605.1 million, or 43%, to $2.03 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.42 billion at March 31, 2015, which included an increase of $244.9 million, or 17%, in the Company’s legacy deposit portfolio, and $360.2 million from the Focus deposit portfolio. Total deposits decreased $34.0 million, or 2%, at March 31, 2016, compared to $2.06 billion at December 31, 2015, primarily due to decreases in noninterest-bearing demand deposits and brokered deposits.
  • The Company’s consolidated capital ratios exceeded regulatory guidelines and the Bank’s capital ratios exceeded the regulatory guidelines for a well-capitalized financial institution under the Basel III regulatory requirements at March 31, 2016.

Well-capitalized
Financial
Institution
Heritage Heritage Basel III
Commerce Bank of Regulatory
CAPITAL RATIOS Corp Commerce Guidelines(1)
Total Risk-Based 12.4% 12.3% 10.625%
Tier 1 Risk-Based 11.3% 11.2% 8.625%
Common Equity Tier 1 Risk-Based 10.2% 11.2% 7.125%
Leverage 8.8% 8.7% 5.000%
(1)Includes 0.625% capital conservation buffer effective January 1, 2016.

Operating Results

Net interest income increased 32% to $22.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $16.9 million for the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to loans acquired in the Focus acquisition, organic growth in the loan portfolio, the accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction, and an increase in the average balance of investment securities. Net interest income increased 1% from $22.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

The net interest margin (FTE) was 4.22% for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 4.58% for the first quarter of 2015, and 4.13% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decline in the net interest margin from the first quarter of 2015 was primarily due to higher average balances of lower yielding excess funds at the Federal Reserve Bank and interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions and lower yields on securities, partially offset by accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction for the first quarter of 2016. The increase in the net interest margin from the fourth quarter of 2015 was primarily due to re-deploying excess liquidity into higher yielding loans and securities. The accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction was $518,000 for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The total purchase discount on non-impaired loans from the Focus loan portfolio was $4.6 million as of the acquisition date, of which $1.9 million has been accreted into loan interest income from August 21, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

There was a $401,000 provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2016, compared to a $60,000 credit provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2015, and a $371,000 provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Noninterest income increased to $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to an $180,000 gain on sales of securities, a higher gain on sales of SBA loans, and higher service charges and fees on deposit accounts in the first quarter of 2016. Noninterest income for the first quarter of 2016 decreased from $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to a $642,000 gain on the sales of securities in the fourth quarter of 2015, partially offset by a higher gain on sales of SBA loans in the first quarter of 2016.

Total noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $14.7 million, compared to $12.3 million for the first quarter of 2015, and $17.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in noninterest expense in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, was primarily due to additional employees and increase in amortization of the core deposit intangible assets from the Focus acquisition in the first quarter of 2016, and the significant reduction of legal expenses on two problem loans that were paid off in the first quarter of 2015. The decrease in noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2016, compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, was primarily due to costs related to the acquisition and integration of Focus of $3.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2015. Full time equivalent employees were 260 at March 31, 2016; there were 251 at March 31, 2015, and 260 at December 31, 2015.

The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2016 improved to 58.93%, compared to 65.35% for the first quarter of 2015, and 69.54% for the fourth quarter of 2015, reflecting operating efficiencies generated from our acquisitions and the strong revenue growth during the year.

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $3.7 million, compared to $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2015, and $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2016 was 37.9%, compared to 37.0% for the first quarter of 2015 and 38.9% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in the effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, was primarily due to an increase in taxable income with a limited amount of tax deductions. The decrease in the effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2016, compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, was primarily due to certain Focus acquisition costs incurred during the fourth quarter of 2015 that were not tax deductible. The difference in the effective tax rate for the periods reported, compared to the combined Federal and state statutory tax rate of 42%, is primarily the result of the Company’s investment in life insurance policies whose earnings are not subject to taxes, tax credits related to investments in low income housing limited partnerships (net of low income housing investment losses), and tax-exempt interest income earned on municipal bonds.

Balance Sheet Review, Capital Management and Credit Quality

Total assets were $2.33 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.65 billion at March 31, 2015, and $2.36 billion at December 31, 2015.

The investment securities available-for-sale portfolio totaled $448.5 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $200.8 million at March 31, 2015, and $385.1 million at December 31, 2015. At March 31, 2016, the Company’s securities available-for-sale portfolio was comprised of $392.8 million agency mortgage-backed securities (all issued by U.S. Government sponsored entities), $30.3 million of U.S. Treasuries, $15.2 million of single entity issue trust preferred securities, $9.2 million of U.S. Government agency securities, and $1.0 million of corporate bonds. The pre-tax unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale at March 31, 2016 was $5.2 million, compared to a pre-tax unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale of $5.7 million at March 31, 2015, and a pre-tax unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale of $501,000 at December 31, 2015.

The Company received gross proceeds of $5.6 million on corporate securities available-for-sale it sold during the first quarter of 2016 with a book value totaling $5.4 million, resulting in a gain on sale of securities of $180,000. During the first quarter of 2016, the Company purchased $75.8 million of investment securities available-for-sale, which consisted of $51.8 million of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("FHLMC") securities, with an average book yield of 1.96%, and $24.0 million of Federal National Mortgage Association ("FNMA") securities, with an average book yield of 1.95%.

At March 31, 2016, investment securities held-to-maturity totaled $185.2 million, compared to $94.6 million at March 31, 2015, and $109.3 million at December 31, 2015. At March 31, 2016, the Company’s securities held-to-maturity portfolio, at amortized cost, was comprised of $92.6 million tax-exempt municipal bonds, and $92.6 million agency mortgage-backed securities.

During the first quarter of 2016, the Company purchased $78.7 million of Government National Mortgage Association ("GNMA") securities held-to-maturity, with an average book yield of 1.85%.

Loans (excluding loans‑held‑for‑sale) increased $293.3 million, or 27%, to $1.40 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.10 billion at March 31, 2015, which included an increase of $162.2 million, or 15%, in the Company’s legacy loan portfolio, and $131.1 million from the Focus loan portfolio. Loans increased $36.5 million, or 3%, at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.36 billion at December 31, 2015.

The loan portfolio remains well-diversified with commercial and industrial (“C&I”) loans accounting for 42% of the loan portfolio at March 31, 2016, which included $41.9 million of factored receivables at Bay View Funding. Commercial and residential real estate loans accounted for 44% of the total loan portfolio, of which 42% were owner-occupied by businesses. Consumer and home equity loans accounted for 7% of total loans, and land and construction loans accounted for the remaining 7% of total loans at March 31, 2016. C&I line usage was 44% at March 31, 2016, compared to 37% at March 31, 2015, and 39% at December 31, 2015.

The yield on the loan portfolio was 5.64% for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.71% for the first quarter of 2015, and 5.92% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in the yield on the loan portfolio for the first quarter of 2016, compared to first quarter of 2015, primarily reflects a decrease in the proportion of loans in the higher yielding Bay View Funding factored receivables portfolio relative to the addition of the Focus loans and growth in the Company’s legacy portfolio, partially offset by the accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction. The decrease in the yield on the loan portfolio for the first quarter of 2016, compared to fourth quarter of 2015, primarily reflects a lower accretion of the loan purchase discount into loan interest income from the Focus transaction. Excluding the accretion of the loan purchase discount and the Bay View Funding factored receivables portfolio, the yield on the loan portfolio was 4.78% for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 4.73% for the first quarter of 2015, and 4.79% for the fourth quarter of 2015.

At March 31, 2016, NPAs decreased to $4.6 million, or 0.20% of total assets, compared to $8.4 million, or 0.51% of total assets, at March 31, 2015, and $6.7 million, or 0.29% of total assets, at December 31, 2015. At March 31, 2016, the NPAs included no loans guaranteed by the SBA. Foreclosed assets were $386,000 at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.7 million at March 31, 2015, and $364,000 at December 31, 2015. The following is a breakout of NPAs at the periods indicated:

End of Period:
NONPERFORMING ASSETS March 31, 2016 December 31, 2015 March 31, 2015
(in $000's, unaudited) Balance % of Total Balance % of Total Balance % of Total
Commercial real estate loans $ 2,910 64% $ 2,992 44% $ 4,151 49%
Home equity and consumer loans 771 17% 781 12% 342 4%
Foreclosed assets 386 8% 364 5% 1,716 20%
Commercial and industrial loans 290 6% 301 5% 151 2%
Land and construction loans 213 5% 219 3% 1,290 15%
SBA loans - - 423 6% 799 10%
Restructured and loans over 90 days past due and still accruing - - 1,662 25% - -
Total nonperforming assets $ 4,570 100% $ 6,742 100% $ 8,449 100%

Classified assets (net of SBA guarantees) were $21.1 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $16.6 million at March 31, 2015, and $20.5 million at December 31, 2015. The increase in classified assets at March 31, 2016 from March 31, 2015 was primarily due to the Focus acquisition. At March 31, 2016, $12.2 million of the classified assets were in the Company’s legacy portfolio, and $8.9 million were in the Focus loan portfolio.

The following table summarizes the allowance for loan losses:

For the Quarter Ended
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES March 31, December 31, March 31,
(in $000's, unaudited) 2016 2015 2015
Balance at beginning of period $ 18,926 $ 18,737 $ 18,379
Provision (credit) for loan losses during the period 401 371 (60)
Net recoveries (charge-offs) during the period 131 (182) 235
Balance at end of period $ 19,458 $ 18,926 $ 18,554
Total loans $ 1,395,264 $ 1,358,716 $ 1,101,991
Total nonperforming loans $ 4,184 $ 6,378 $ 6,733
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.39% 1.39% 1.68%
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 465.06% 296.74% 275.57%

The ALLL at March 31, 2016 was 1.39% of total loans, compared to 1.68% at March 31, 2015, and 1.39% at December 31, 2015. The allowance for loan losses to total loans decreased at March 31, 2016, compared to March 31, 2015, primarily due to the Focus loan portfolio, which was marked to fair market value on the acquisition date, and an increase in the Company’s legacy loan balances with no default histories, coupled with the decrease in the Company’s legacy nonperforming assets, improving the quality of the loan portfolio overall. The ALLL to total nonperforming loans was 465.06% at March 31, 2016, compared to 275.57% at March 31, 2015, and 296.74% at December 31, 2015.

Total deposits increased $605.1 million, or 43%, to $2.03 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to $1.42 billion at March 31, 2015, which included an increase of $244.9 million, or 17%, in the Company’s legacy deposit portfolio, and $360.2 million from the Focus deposit portfolio. Total deposits decreased $34.0 million, or 2%, at March 31, 2016, compared to $2.06 billion at December 31, 2015, primarily due to decreases in noninterest-bearing demand deposits and brokered deposits.

The total cost of deposits remained the same for the first quarter of 2016 at 0.15%, compared to the first quarter of 2015, and increased one basis point from 0.14% for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Tangible equity was $197.9 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $170.6 million at March 31, 2015 and $191.3 million at December 31, 2015. The increase in tangible equity at March 31, 2016 from March 31, 2015 was primarily due to the shares issued to the Focus shareholders in connection with the Focus acquisition and an increase in the Company’s retained earnings. Tangible book value per common share was $5.54 at March 31, 2016, compared to $5.70 at March 31, 2015, and $5.35 at December 31, 2015. There were 21,004 shares of Series C Preferred Stock outstanding at March 31, 2016, March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2015, and the Series C Preferred Stock is convertible into an aggregate of 5.6 million shares of common stock at a conversion price of $3.75, upon a transfer of the Series C Preferred Stock in a widely dispersed offering. Pro forma tangible book value per common share, assuming the outstanding Series C Preferred Stock was converted into common stock, was $5.24 at March 31, 2016, compared to $5.31 at March 31, 2015, and $5.07 at December 31, 2015. The decrease in tangible book value per common share and the pro forma tangible book value per common share, assuming the outstanding Series C Preferred Stock was converted to common stock, at March 31, 2016 compared to March 31, 2015 was primarily due to an additional 5,456,713 shares of the Company’s common stock issued to Focus shareholders.

The holders of the Series C Preferred Stock have applied or intend to apply to the Federal Reserve for approval to exchange the 21,004 shares of Series C Preferred Stock for 5.6 million shares of common stock (the as converted equivalent). The Company has indicated to the holders that if such approval is obtained the Company would agree to enter into an exchange agreement to effect the exchange. One of the holders has received approval from the Federal Reserve. There is no assurance the other holder will obtain approval from the Federal Reserve.

Accumulated other comprehensive loss was ($3.5) million at March 31, 2016, compared to ($1.3) million at March 31, 2015, and ($6.2) million at December 31, 2015. The unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale, net of taxes, included in accumulated other comprehensive loss was an unrealized gain of $3.0 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $3.3 million at March 31, 2015, and $296,000 at December 31, 2015. The components of accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes, at March 31, 2016 include the following: an unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities of $3.0 million; the remaining unamortized unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale transferred to held-to-maturity of $394,000; a split dollar insurance contracts liability of ($3.6) million; a supplemental executive retirement plan liability of ($4.1) million; and an unrealized gain on interest-only strip from SBA loans of $795,000.

Heritage Commerce Corp, a bank holding company established in February 1998, is the parent company of Heritage Bank of Commerce, established in 1994 and headquartered in San Jose with full-service branches in Danville, Fremont, Gilroy, Hollister, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Pleasanton, Sunnyvale, and Walnut Creek. Heritage Bank of Commerce is an SBA Preferred Lender. Bay View Funding, a subsidiary of Heritage Bank of Commerce, is based in Santa Clara and provides business‑essential working capital factoring financing to various industries throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.heritagecommercecorp.com.

Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer

These forward looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may be outside our control and our actual results could differ materially from our projected results. In addition, our past results of operations do not necessarily indicate our future results. The forward looking statements could be affected by many factors, including but not limited to: (1) local, regional, and national economic conditions and events and their impact on us and our customers; (2) changes in the financial performance or condition of the Company’s customers; (3) volatility in credit and equity markets and its effect on the global economy; (4) competition for loans and deposits and failure to attract or retain deposits and loans; (5) our ability to increase market share and control expenses; (6) our ability to develop and promote customer acceptance of new products and services in a timely manner; (7) risks associated with concentrations in real estate related loans; (8) other than temporary impairment charges to our securities portfolio; (9) an oversupply of inventory and deterioration in values of California commercial real estate; (10) a prolonged slowdown in construction activity; (11) changes in the level of nonperforming assets and charge offs and other credit quality measures, and their impact on the adequacy of the Company’s allowance for loan losses and the Company’s provision for loan losses; (12) the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve Board; (13) changes in inflation, interest rates, and market liquidity which may impact interest margins and impact funding sources; (14) our ability to raise capital or incur debt on reasonable terms; (15) regulatory limits on Heritage Bank of Commerce’s ability to pay dividends to the Company; (16) changes in our capital management policies, including those regarding business combinations, dividends, and share repurchases, among others; (17) operational issues stemming from, and/or capital spending necessitated by, the potential need to adapt to industry changes in information technology systems, on which we are highly dependent; (18) the ability to keep pace with, and implement on a timely basis, technological changes; (19) the impact of cyber security attacks or other disruptions to the Company’s information systems and any resulting compromise of data or disruptions in service; (20) changes in the competitive environment among financial or bank holding companies and other financial service providers; (21) the effect and uncertain impact on the Company of the enactment of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and the rules and regulations promulgated by supervisory and oversight agencies implementing the new legislation; (22) significant changes in applicable laws and regulations, including those concerning taxes, banking and securities; (23) the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies, as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other accounting standard setters; (24) the costs and effects of legal and regulatory developments, including resolution of legal proceedings or regulatory or other governmental inquiries, and the results of regulatory examinations or reviews; and (25) our success in managing the risks involved in the foregoing factors.

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For the Quarter Ended: Percent Change From:
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS March 31,December 31,March 31, December 31,
March 31,
(in $000's, unaudited) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Interest income$ 23,062 $ 22,896 $ 17,366 1% 33%
Interest expense 758 758 508 0% 49%
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 22,304 22,138 16,858 1% 32%
Provision (credit) for loan losses 401 371 (60) 8% 768%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 21,903 21,767 16,918 1% 29%
Noninterest income:
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts 767 717 623 7% 23%
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance 449 472 400 -5% 12%
Servicing income 371 324 306 15% 21%
Gain on sales of SBA loans 305 183 207 67% 47%
Gain on sales of securities 180 642 - -72% N/A
Other 542 491 390 10% 39%
Total noninterest income 2,614 2,829 1,926 -8% 36%
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and employee benefits 8,947 9,034 8,042 -1% 11%
Occupancy and equipment 1,085 1,174 1,045 -8% 4%
Professional fees 825 882 95 -6% 768%
Other 3,828 6,271 3,094 -39% 24%
Total noninterest expense 14,685 17,361 12,276 -15% 20%
Income before income taxes 9,832 7,235 6,568 36% 50%
Income tax expense 3,726 2,812 2,430 33% 53%
Net income 6,106 4,423 4,138 38% 48%
Dividends on preferred stock (504) (448) (448) 13% 13%
Net income available to common shareholders 5,602 3,975 3,690 41% 52%
Undistributed earnings allocated to Series C preferred stock (403) (209) (274) 93% 47%
Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to common shareholders$ 5,199 $ 3,766 $ 3,416 38% 52%
PER COMMON SHARE DATA
(unaudited)
Basic earnings per share$ 0.16 $ 0.12 $ 0.13 33% 23%
Diluted earnings per share$ 0.16 $ 0.12 $ 0.13 33% 23%
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 32,125,716 32,109,440 26,509,723 0% 21%
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 32,377,493 32,389,213 26,680,253 0% 21%
Common shares outstanding at period-end 32,170,920 32,113,479 26,522,739 0% 21%
Pro forma common shares outstanding at period-end, assuming Series C preferred stock was converted into common stock 37,771,920 37,714,479 32,123,739 0% 18%
Book value per share $ 7.22 $ 7.03 $ 6.31 3% 14%
Tangible book value per share$ 5.54 $ 5.35 $ 5.70 4% -3%
Pro forma tangible book value per share, assuming Series C preferred stock was converted into common stock$ 5.24 $ 5.07 $ 5.31 3% -1%
KEY FINANCIAL RATIOS
(unaudited)
Annualized return on average equity 9.87% 7.11% 9.04% 39% 9%
Annualized return on average tangible equity 12.62% 9.09% 9.89% 39% 28%
Annualized return on average assets 1.05% 0.74% 1.03% 42% 2%
Annualized return on average tangible assets 1.07% 0.75% 1.04% 43% 3%
Net interest margin 4.22% 4.13% 4.58% 2% -8%
Efficiency ratio 58.93% 69.54% 65.35% -15% -10%
AVERAGE BALANCES
(in $000's, unaudited)
Average assets$ 2,349,224 $ 2,378,578 $ 1,634,923 -1% 44%
Average tangible assets$ 2,295,181 $ 2,324,661 $ 1,619,006 -1% 42%
Average earning assets$ 2,157,463 $ 2,159,447 $ 1,516,284 0% 42%
Average loans held-for-sale$ 4,746 $ 8,289 $ 987 -43% 381%
Average total loans$ 1,363,850 $ 1,325,872 $ 1,064,849 3% 28%
Average deposits$ 2,030,898 $ 2,042,654 $ 1,403,636 -1% 45%
Average demand deposits - noninterest-bearing$ 776,999 $ 785,876 $ 530,552 -1% 46%
Average interest-bearing deposits$ 1,253,899 $ 1,256,778 $ 873,084 0% 44%
Average interest-bearing liabilities$ 1,255,647 $ 1,259,033 $ 873,135 0% 44%
Average equity$ 248,700 $ 246,921 $ 185,620 1% 34%
Average tangible equity$ 194,657 $ 193,004 $ 169,703 1% 15%

End of Period: Percent Change From:
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSMarch 31,December 31,March 31, December 31,March 31,
(in $000's, unaudited) 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks$ 25,573 $ 24,112 $ 27,388 6% -7%
Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions 117,562 319,980 124,388 -63% -5%
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 448,540 385,079 200,768 16% 123%
Securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 185,165 109,311 94,588 69% 96%
Loans held-for-sale - SBA, including deferred costs 2,389 7,297 1,390 -67% 72%
Loans:
Commercial 592,128 556,522 458,498 6% 29%
Real estate:
Commercial and residential 616,821 625,665 487,475 -1% 27%
Land and construction 95,547 84,428 74,972 13% 27%
Home equity 74,993 76,833 65,243 -2% 15%
Consumer 16,476 16,010 16,200 3% 2%
Loans 1,395,965 1,359,458 1,102,388 3% 27%
Deferred loan fees (701) (742) (397) -6% -77%
Total loans, net of deferred fees 1,395,264 1,358,716 1,101,991 3% 27%
Allowance for loan losses (19,458) (18,926) (18,554) 3% 5%
Loans, net 1,375,806 1,339,790 1,083,437 3% 27%
Company owned life insurance 60,470 60,020 51,657 1% 17%
Premises and equipment, net 7,625 7,773 7,340 -2% 4%
Goodwill 45,664 45,664 13,054 0% 250%
Other intangible assets 8,126 8,518 3,087 -5% 163%
Accrued interest receivable and other assets 50,413 54,035 45,790 -7% 10%
Total assets$ 2,327,333 $ 2,361,579 $ 1,652,887 -1% 41%
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Deposits:
Demand, noninterest-bearing$ 768,525 $ 821,405 $ 544,339 -6% 41%
Demand, interest-bearing 506,272 496,278 241,477 2% 110%
Savings and money market 493,275 496,843 380,486 -1% 30%
Time deposits-under $250 61,595 62,026 54,497 -1% 13%
Time deposits-$250 and over 179,048 160,815 164,316 11% 9%
Time deposits - brokered 11,829 17,825 28,126 -34% -58%
CDARS - money market and time deposits 8,192 7,583 10,408 8% -21%
Total deposits 2,028,736 2,062,775 1,423,649 -2% 43%
Borrowings - 3,000 - -100%N/A
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 46,938 50,368 42,461 -7% 11%
Total liabilities 2,075,674 2,116,143 1,466,110 -2% 42%
Shareholders' Equity:
Series C preferred stock, net 19,519 19,519 19,519 0% 0%
Common stock 194,153 193,364 133,992 0% 45%
Retained earnings 41,485 38,773 34,583 7% 20%
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,498) (6,220) (1,317) 44% -166%
Total shareholders' equity 251,659 245,436 186,777 3% 35%
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$ 2,327,333 $ 2,361,579 $ 1,652,887 -1% 41%

End of Period: Percent Change From:
March 31,December 31,March 31, December 31, March 31,
2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
CREDIT QUALITY DATA
(in $000's, unaudited)
Nonaccrual loans - held-for-investment$ 4,184 $ 4,716 $ 6,733 -11% -38%
Restructured and loans over 90 days past due and still accruing - 1,662 - -100% N/A
Total nonperforming loans 4,184 6,378 6,733 -34% -38%
Foreclosed assets 386 364 1,716 6% -78%
Total nonperforming assets$ 4,570 $ 6,742 $ 8,449 -32% -46%
Other restructured loans still accruing$ 145 $ 149 $ 163 -3% -11%
Net (recoveries) charge-offs during the quarter$ (131)$ 182 $ (235) -172% -44%
Provision (credit) for loan losses during the quarter$ 401 $ 371 $ (60) 8% 768%
Allowance for loan losses$ 19,458 $ 18,926 $ 18,554 3% 5%
Classified assets(1)$ 21,095 $ 20,493 $ 16,647 3% 27%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.39% 1.39% 1.68% 0% -17%
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 465.06% 296.74% 275.57% 57% 69%
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.20% 0.29% 0.51% -31% -61%
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.30% 0.47% 0.61% -36% -51%
Classified assets(1) to Heritage Commerce Corp Tier 1 capital plus allowance for loan losses 10% 9% 9% 11% 11%
Classified assets(1) to Heritage Bank of Commerce Tier 1 capital plus allowance for loan losses 10% 9% 9% 11% 11%
OTHER PERIOD-END STATISTICS
(in $000's, unaudited)
Heritage Commerce Corp:
Tangible equity$ 197,869 $ 191,254 $ 170,636 3% 16%
Tangible common equity$ 178,350 $ 171,735 $ 151,117 4% 18%
Shareholders' equity / total assets 10.81% 10.39% 11.30% 4% -4%
Tangible equity / tangible assets 8.70% 8.29% 10.43% 5% -17%
Tangible common equity / tangible assets 7.84% 7.44% 9.23% 5% -15%
Loan to deposit ratio 68.78% 65.87% 77.41% 4% -11%
Noninterest-bearing deposits / total deposits 37.88% 39.82% 38.24% -5% -1%
Total risk-based capital ratio 12.4% 12.5% 13.0% -1
% -5%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.3% 11.4% 11.7% -1
% -3%
Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 10.2% 10.4% 10.4% -2% -2%
Leverage ratio 8.8% 8.6% 10.5% 2% -16%
Heritage Bank of Commerce:
Total risk-based capital ratio 12.3% 12.6% 12.3% -2% 0
%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.2% 11.4% 11.0% -2% 2%
Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.2% 11.4% 11.0% -2% 2%
Leverage ratio 8.7% 8.6% 10.0% 1% -13%
(1)Net of SBA guarantees

For the Quarter Ended For the Quarter Ended
March 31, 2016 March 31, 2015
NET INTEREST INCOME AND NET INTEREST MARGIN Average Interest
Income/
Average
Yield/
Average Interest
Income/
Average
Yield/
(in $000's, unaudited) Balance Expense Rate Balance Expense Rate
Assets:
Loans, gross(1) $ 1,368,596 19,188 5.64% $ 1,065,836 $ 15,004 5.71%
Securities - taxable 480,515 2,774 2.32% 219,853 1,604 2.96%
Securities - tax exempt(2) 93,121 891 3.85% 79,872 779 3.96%
Other investments and interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions 215,231 521 0.97% 150,723 252 0.68%
Total interest earning assets(2) 2,157,463 23,374 4.36% 1,516,284 17,639 4.72%
Cash and due from banks 32,949 27,338
Premises and equipment, net 7,754 7,403
Goodwill and other intangible assets 54,043 15,917
Other assets 97,015 67,981
Total assets $ 2,349,224 $ 1,634,923
Liabilities and shareholders' equity:
Deposits:
Demand, noninterest-bearing $ 776,999 $ 530,552
Demand, interest-bearing 501,952 236 0.19% 231,453 100 0.18%
Savings and money market 498,622 272 0.22% 382,015 185 0.20%
Time deposits - under $100 23,287 17 0.29% 19,680 15 0.31%
Time deposits - $100 and over 207,113 190 0.37% 200,947 151 0.30%
Time deposits - brokered 14,825 30 0.81% 28,117 55 0.79%
CDARS - money market and time deposits 8,100 2 0.10% 10,872 2 0.07%
Total interest-bearing deposits 1,253,899 747 0.24% 873,084 508 0.24%
Total deposits 2,030,898 747 0.15% 1,403,636 508 0.15%
Short-term borrowings 1,748 11 2.53% 51 - 0.00%
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,255,647 758 0.24% 873,135 508 0.24%
Total interest-bearing liabilities and demand, noninterest-bearing / cost of funds 2,032,646 758 0.15% 1,403,687 508 0.15%
Other liabilities 67,878 45,616
Total liabilities 2,100,524 1,449,303
Shareholders' equity 248,700 185,620
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,349,224 $ 1,634,923
Net interest income(2) / margin 22,616 4.22% 17,131 4.58%
Less tax equivalent adjustment(2) (312) (273)
Net interest income $ 22,304 $ 16,858
(1)Includes loans held-for-sale. Yield amounts earned on loans include loan fees and costs. Nonaccrual loans are included in average balance.
(2)Reflects tax equivalent adjustment for tax exempt income based on a 35% tax rate.


CONTACT: Heritage Commerce Corp Debbie Reuter, EVP, Corporate Secretary (408) 494-4542

Source:Heritage Commerce Corp