HELENA, Mont., April 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (Nasdaq:EBMT), (the "Company," "Eagle"), the holding company of American Federal Savings Bank, today reported earnings increased 38% to $907,000, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to $658,000, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the third quarter a year ago. In the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012 Eagle reported a loss of $40,000, or $0.01 per diluted share. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2013 Eagle earned $1.3 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $1.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal year 2012.
The Company also announced its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly cash dividend 1.75% to $0.0725 per share payable June 7, 2013 to shareholders of record May 17, 2013.
"While we generated record net interest income and noninterest income, our third quarter performance was negatively impacted by acquisition costs associated with our purchase of seven branch locations from Sterling Savings Bank in November 2012," stated Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO. "We believe that all acquisition costs have been accounted for and we expect expenses to return to more normalized levels before our fiscal year end."
Eagle's closed acquisition added approximately $41.2 million in loans and $181.6 million in deposits to the bank and more than doubled its franchise to 13 branches, while extending its branch network throughout Southern Montana. Of the seven branches acquired six are in new markets for Eagle, including two in Missoula, one in Billings, and one each in Hamilton, Livingston and Big Timber. The seventh is in Bozeman where Eagle already has a presence.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Highlights
- Net income of $907,000, or $0.23 per diluted share.
- Eagle's revenues (net interest income before the provision for loan losses, plus non-interest income) increased 68% to $6.85 million in the third quarter, compared to $4.6 million in the third quarter a year ago.
- Nonperforming assets improved to $2.1 million, or 0.41% of total assets at March 31, 2013, compared to $2.7 million, or 0.53% of total assets three months earlier and $5.4 million, or 1.62% of total assets a year ago.
- Nonperforming loans declined to $1.0 million, or 0.47% of total loans at March 31, 2013 compared to $1.5 million, or 0.70% of total loans three months earlier and $3.5 million, or 1.95% of total loans a year ago.
- Total loans increased 19% to $212.7 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $179.0 million a year earlier.
- Total deposits increased 92% to $421.6 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $220.2 million a year ago.
- Capital ratios remain strong with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.80%.
- Increased its regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.0725 per share.
Balance Sheet Results
"Although the loan portfolio did shrink slightly compared to the preceding quarter end, we are encouraged by the increase in construction loan originations, which is usually an indicator the housing economy is improving in our local markets," said Johnson. "Additionally, the percentage of purchased loans in our mortgage lending department has also picked up in recent months, which is another leading indicator of improvement in our local housing market." Largely due to the $41.2 million in new loans from the acquisition, total loans increased 18.9% to $212.7 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $179.0 million a year earlier. Commercial real estate loans increased 21.9% to $80.2 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $65.8 million a year earlier and residential mortgage loans increased 3.7% to $65.6 million compared to $63.2 million a year earlier. Commercial loans increased 15.7% to $17.4 million and home equity loans increased 48.2% to $36.1 million compared to a year ago.
"While a majority of the deposit increase came from the acquisition, we also had moderate organic deposit growth during the quarter across most deposit types," said Clint Morrison, SVP and CFO. Total deposits increased 91.5% to $421.6 million at the end of March compared to $220.2 million a year ago. Checking and money market accounts represent 49.4%, savings accounts represent 13.4%, and CDs comprise 37.2% of the total deposit portfolio at March 31, 2013. Eagle had no brokered deposits at the end of March.
Total assets increased 54.4% to $512.8 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $332.2 million a year earlier. Shareholders' equity was $53.0 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $53.5 million a year ago. Mainly due to the addition of goodwill related to the branch acquisitions, the tangible book value was $11.57 per share at March 31, 2013, compared to $13.78 per share a year ago.
Eagle's third quarter provision for loan losses was $116,000, compared to $187,000 in the preceding quarter and $258,000 in the third quarter a year ago. The allowance for loan loss ratio now stands at 189.6% of nonperforming loans compared to 121.3% three months earlier and 48.59% a year earlier.
Nonperforming loans (NPLs) decreased 33.3% to $1.0 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $1.5 million three months earlier, and decreased 71.3% when compared to $3.5 million a year ago. Other real estate owned (OREO) and other repossessed assets declined 7.9% to $1.1 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $1.2 million three months earlier and decreased 42.3% compared to $1.9 million a year earlier.
"During the quarter we had good activity in OREO as interest in these properties improved," said Morrison. Nonperforming assets (NPAs), consisting of nonperforming loans, OREO and other repossessed assets, loans delinquent 90 days or more, and restructured loans, decreased 22.2% to $2.1 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $2.7 million three months earlier, and decreased 61.2% when compared to $5.4 million a year ago.
Net charge offs were $42,000 in the third quarter compared to $162,000 in the preceding quarter and $58,000 in the third quarter a year ago. The allowance for loan losses was $1.90 million, or 0.89% of total loans at March 31, 2013, compared to $1.83 million, or 0.85% of total loans at December 31, 2012, and $1.70 million, or 0.95% of total loans a year ago.
The net interest margin was 3.12% in the third quarter, compared to 3.36% in the preceding quarter and 3.73% in the third quarter a year ago. Funding costs for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 28 basis points compared to the previous quarter while asset yields decreased 46 basis points compared to the previous quarter. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013 the net interest margin was 3.35% compared to 3.73% in the same period a year earlier. Impacting the margin was the fact that Eagle had $226 million in lower yielding securities compared to $94 million a year ago.
Eagle's revenues (net interest income before the provision for loan losses, plus non-interest income) increased 41.8% to $6.85 million, compared to $4.83 million in the preceding quarter, and increased 68.4% compared to $4.06 million in the third fiscal quarter a year ago. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, revenues increased 40.8% to $15.91 million compared to $11.30 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012. Net interest income before the provision for loan loss was $3.57 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $2.91 million in the preceding quarter and $2.76 million in the third quarter a year ago. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, the net interest income before the provision increased 9.5% to $9.15 million compared to $8.35 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012.
"Our gain on sale of loans was very robust during the third quarter due to significant mortgage refinance activity as well as it being the first full quarter operating the home loan activities resulting from the Sterling acquisition which augmented our existing mortgage lending," said Morrison. "Our pipeline is full and we expect similar mortgage loan origination volumes during the next couple of months."
Noninterest income increased 151.0% to $3.27 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $1.30 million in the third quarter a year ago. Included in other income during the current quarter was a one-time $285,000 gain on sale of Eagle's old Bozeman branch that had been taken out of service when the new Bozeman facility was built in October 2009. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013 noninterest income was $1.92 million. Eagle's third quarter net gain on the sale of loans increased to $1.72 million compared to $962,000 in the preceding quarter and $522,000 in the third quarter a year ago. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013 noninterest income increased 129.5% to $6.77 million compared to $2.95 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2013 noninterest expense was $6.45 million, compared to $4.79 million in the preceding quarter and $2.91 million in the third quarter a year ago. The increase is primarily attributable to acquisition costs associated with purchase of the seven branch banking locations from Sterling Savings Bank, which totaled $712,000 during the third quarter of fiscal 2013. Additionally, salary and employee benefits included approximately $110,000 in nonrecurring costs associated with the acquisition. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, Eagle's noninterest expense totaled $14.7 million compared to $8.24 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012. The increase was in part due to $1.92 million in acquisition costs.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2013 Eagle recorded a benefit for income taxes of $629,000 as a result of a number of factors. As income was lowered by acquisition costs and higher employee costs, the percent of tax free municipal bond income and Bank owned life insurance income to total income became significant. Likewise, the deductibility of goodwill for tax purposes caused the company to experience a negative effective tax rate which is furthered by its New Markets Tax credits first taken during 2Q13 that will last for seven years.
The new markets tax credit first taken in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 is based on a commercial real estate loan on which Eagle also holds the equity investment that provides for $2.9 million in federal tax credits over the next seven years. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013 Eagle had a benefit for income taxes of $103,000 and in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 Eagle recorded a provision for income taxes of $242,000.
Eagle Bancorp Montana continues to meet the well capitalized thresholds for regulatory purposes with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.80% at March 31, 2013.
About the Company
Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Helena, Montana and is the holding company of American Federal Savings Bank, a community bank established in 1922 that serves consumers and small businesses in Southern Montana through 13 banking offices. Additional information is available on the bank's website at www.americanfederalsavingsbank.com. The shares of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "EBMT."
Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and may be identified by the use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements of our goals, intentions and expectations; statements regarding our business plans, prospects, growth and operating strategies; statements regarding the asset quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements; general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas, that are worse than expected; competition among depository and other financial institutions; loan demand or residential and commercial real estate values in Montana; inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments; adverse changes in the securities markets; and other economic, governmental, competitive, regulatory and technological factors that may affect our operations. Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements.
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||(Unaudited)||(Unaudited)||(Unaudited)|
|March 31,||December 31,||March 31,|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 4,517||$ 8,076||$ 3,889|
|Interest-bearing deposits with banks||360||1,136||6,714|
|Federal funds sold||12,161||16,949||5,001|
|Total cash and cash equivalents||17,038||26,161||15,604|
|Securities available-for-sale, at market value||225,999||205,561||94,019|
|FHLB stock, at cost||1,949||1,967||2,003|
|Investment in Eagle Bancorp Statutory Trust I||155||155||155|
|Residential mortgage (1-4 family)||65,554||66,847||63,225|
|Commercial real estate||80,229||83,051||65,820|
|Unearned loan fees||(106)||(112)||(145)|
|Allowance for loan losses||(1,900)||(1,825)||(1,700)|
|Accrued interest and dividends receivable||2,237||1,954||1,451|
|Mortgage servicing rights, net||2,832||2,360||2,135|
|Premises and equipment, net||19,040||19,207||15,700|
|Cash surrender value of life insurance||9,393||9,322||9,101|
|Real estate and other assets acquired in settlement of loans, net of allowance for losses||1,087||1,174||1,872|
|Core deposit intangible||981||1,018||--|
|Total assets||$ 512,827||$ 508,121||$ 332,168|
|Accrued expense and other liabilities||3,714||5,337||4,652|
|Federal funds purchased||--||--||--|
|FHLB advances and other borrowings||29,411||29,461||48,746|
|Preferred stock (no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding)||--||--||--|
|Common stock (par value $0.01; 8,000,000 shares authorized; 4,083,127 shares issued; 3,898,685; 3,898,685; 3,878,971 outstanding at March 31, 2013, December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively)||41||41||41|
|Additional paid-in capital||22,106||22,103||22,111|
|Unallocated common stock held by employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)||(1,431)||(1,473)||(1,598)|
|Treasury stock, at cost (184,442 shares at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, and 204,156 at March 31, 2012)||(1,993)||(1,993)||(2,210)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain||790||1,947||2,456|
|Total shareholders' equity||52,960||53,443||53,461|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$ 512,827||$ 508,121||$ 332,168|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)||Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|March 31||December 31||March 31||March 31||March 31|
|Interest and dividend Income:|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 3,012||$ 2,753||$ 2,744||$ 8,316||$ 8,349|
|Interest on deposits with banks||10||11||4||26||13|
|Total interest and dividend income||4,109||3,499||3,526||10,833||10,839|
|Interest expense on deposits||305||333||260||886||822|
|Advances and other borrowings||208||230||481||732||1,596|
|Total interest expense||535||586||766||1,687||2,488|
|Net interest income||3,574||2,913||2,760||9,146||8,351|
|Provision for loan losses||116||187||258||538||841|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||3,458||2,726||2,502||8,608||7,510|
|Service charges on deposit accounts||197||184||141||547||511|
|Net gain on sale of loans||1,718||962||522||3,492||1,161|
|Mortgage loan servicing fees||262||247||214||743||666|
|Net gain on sale of available-for-sale securities||465||245||115||777||281|
|Net gain (loss) on sale of OREO||(9)||(6)||(12)||(32)||(12)|
|Net gain (loss) on fair value hedge-FASB ASC 815||43||28||94||108||(280)|
|Total noninterest income||3,273||1,917||1,304||6,765||2,948|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,193||2,131||1,367||6,765||3,737|
|Occupancy and equipment expense||692||508||350||1,542||1,032|
|Amortization of mortgage servicing fees||158||221||201||566||468|
|Amortization of core deposit intangible and tax credits||145||48||--||193||--|
|Federal insurance premiums||82||43||51||174||137|
|Legal, accounting and examination fees||123||122||71||336||263|
|Provision for valuation loss on OREO||93||30||165||191||165|
|Total noninterest expense||6,453||4,786||2,906||14,674||8,241|
|Income before provision for income taxes||278||(143)||900||699||2,217|
|Provision (benefit) for income taxes||(629)||(103)||242||(590)||644|
|Net income||$ 907||$ (40)||$ 658||$ 1,289||$ 1,573|
|Basic earnings per share||$ 0.24||$ (0.01)||$ 0.18||$ 0.34||$ 0.42|
|Diluted Earnings per share||$ 0.23||$ (0.01)||$ 0.17||$ 0.33||$ 0.40|
|Weighted average shares outstanding (basic EPS)||3,752,813||3,741,815||3,716,480||3,739,806||3,726,453|
|Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted EPS)||3,937,255||3,933,114||3,920,636||3,933,105||3,916,486|
|Financial Ratios and Other Data|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|(Unaudited)||March 31,||December 31,||March 31,|
|Nonaccrual loans||$ 669||$ 1,200||$ 3,286|
|Loans 90 days past due||--||--||--|
|Restructured loans, net||333||304||213|
|Total nonperforming loans||1,002||1,504||3,499|
|Other real estate owned and other repossed assets, net||1,081||1,174||1,872|
|Total nonperforming assets||$ 2,083||$ 2,678||$ 5,371|
|Nonperforming loans / portfolio loans||0.47%||0.70%||1.95%|
|Nonperforming assets / assets||0.41%||0.53%||1.62%|
|Allowance for loan losses / portfolio loans||0.89%||0.85%||0.95%|
|Allowance / nonperforming loans||189.62%||121.34%||48.59%|
|Gross loan charge-offs for the quarter||$ 42||$ 218||$ 63|
|Gross loan recoveries for the quarter||$ --||$ 56||$ 5|
|Net loan charge-offs for the quarter||$ 42||$ 162||$ 58|
|Capital Data (At quarter end):|
|Tangible book value per share||$ 11.57||$ 11.68||$ 13.78|
|Profitability Ratios (For the quarter):|
|Return on average assets||0.71%||-0.04%||0.80%|
|Return on average equity||6.82%||-0.29%||4.88%|
|Net interest margin||3.12%||3.36%||3.73%|
|Profitability Ratios (Year-to-date):|
|Efficiency ratio *||90.26%||89.28%||70.29%|
|Return on average assets||0.43%||0.22%||0.63%|
|Return on average equity||3.19%||1.41%||3.92%|
|Net interest margin||3.35%||3.53%||3.73%|
|Average total assets for the quarter||$ 508,073||$ 384,921||$ 330,072|
|Average total assets year to date||$ 404,232||$ 352,375||$ 332,175|
|Average earning assets for the quarter||$ 458,676||$ 346,475||$ 295,643|
|Average earning assets year to date||$ 363,464||$ 315,904||$ 298,336|
|Average loans for the quarter **||$ 230,241||$ 191,703||$ 190,561|
|Average loans year to date **||$ 200,908||$ 186,242||$ 189,978|
|Average equity for the quarter||$ 53,202||$ 54,641||$ 53,893|
|Average equity year to date||$ 53,907||$ 54,063||$ 53,479|
|Average deposits for the quarter||$ 415,789||$ 287,327||$ 192,296|
|Average deposits year to date||$ 307,325||$ 253,336||$ 191,527|
|* The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP ratio that is calculated by dividing non-interest expense, exclusive of intangible asset amortization, by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.|
|** includes loans held for sale|
CONTACT: Peter J. Johnson, President and CEO (406) 457-4006 Clint J. Morrison, SVP and CFO (406) 457-4007Source:Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc.