Independent Bank Corporation Reports 2019 Third Quarter Results

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Independent Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: IBCP) reported third quarter 2019 net income of $12.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, versus net income of $11.9 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2019, the Company reported net income of $32.6 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.9 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  The increases in third quarter and year to date 2019 earnings as compared to 2018 primarily reflect an increase in net interest income that was partially offset by increases in non-interest expense and income tax expense, and for the year-to-date period, a decline in non-interest income.Significant items impacting comparable quarterly and year to date 2019 and 2018 results include the following:Changes in the fair value due to price of capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights (the “MSR Changes”) of a negative $2.2 million ($0.08 per diluted share, after taxes) and a negative $7.0 million ($0.24 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2019, respectively, as compared to positive MSR Changes of $0.6 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) and $2.6 million ($0.09 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2018, respectively.A reduction in non-interest expense of $0.3 million ($0.01 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2019 related to the Company’s use of its Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) Small Bank Assessment Credit (the “Assessment Credit”).  After the application of the Assessment Credit against the Company’s June 30, 2019 FDIC deposit insurance expense billing, approximately $0.4 million of Assessment Credit remains available to offset future expense.The acquisition of TCSB Bancorp, Inc. (“TCSB”), and its subsidiary, Traverse City State Bank, on Apr. 1, 2018 (referred to as the “Merger” or “TCSB Acquisition”) and the associated data processing systems conversions in June 2018.  The total assets, loans and deposits acquired in the Merger were approximately $342.8 million, $295.8 million (including $1.3 million of loans held for sale) and $287.7 million, respectively.Merger related expenses of $0.1 million ($0.003 per diluted share, after taxes) and $3.4 million ($0.11 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and nine-months ended Sept. 30, 2018, respectively.Third quarter 2019 highlights include:Annualized return on average assets and return on average equity of 1.42% and 14.64%, respectively (these ratios increase to 1.58% and 16.34%, respectively, when excluding the after tax impact of the MSR Changes and the Assessment Credit);Year-over-year increases in net income and diluted earnings per share of  4.4% and 12.2%, respectively;A year-over-year increase in quarterly net interest income of $1.2 million, or 4.0%;Total portfolio loan net growth of $15.9 million, or 2.3% annualized (the annualized growth rate increases to 7.7% when excluding the impact of $36.6 million of portfolio mortgage loans moved to held for sale as of Sept. 30, 2019);Continued strong asset quality metrics; andThe payment of an 18 cent per share dividend on common stock on Aug. 15, 2019.William B. (“Brad”) Kessel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Bank Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to report another quarter of solid financial performance.  This performance reflects strong mortgage banking revenues, favorable asset quality metrics, and continued loan growth. Excluding the after-tax impacts of the MSR Changes, Assessment Credit and the Merger related expenses, net income and diluted earnings per share increased by 20.5% and 29.8%, respectively, in the third quarter of 2019 as compared to the third quarter of 2018.  As we look ahead to the last quarter of 2019 and beyond, we are focused on building on the momentum generated in the first nine months of the year.”Operating ResultsThe Company’s net interest income totaled $30.9 million during the third quarter of 2019, an increase of $1.2 million, or 4.0% from the year-ago period, and up $0.1 million, or 0.4%, from the second quarter of 2019.  The Company’s tax equivalent net interest income as a percent of average interest-earning assets (the “net interest margin”) was 3.76% during the third quarter of 2019, compared to 3.91% in the year-ago period, and 3.87% in the second quarter of 2019.  The year-over-year quarterly increase in net interest income is due to an increase in average interest-earning assets that was partially offset by a decline in the net interest margin.  Average interest-earning assets were $3.29 billion in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $3.04 billion in the year ago quarter and $3.19 billion in the second quarter of 2019.  Third quarter 2019 and 2018 interest income on loans includes $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively, of accretion of the discount recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger. For the first nine months of 2019, net interest income totaled $91.9 million, an increase of $9.3 million, or 11.2% from the first nine months of 2018.  The Company’s net interest margin for the first nine months of 2019 was 3.83% compared to 3.86% in 2018.  The increase in net interest income for the first nine months of 2019 is due an increase in average interest-earning assets that was partially offset by a decline in the net interest margin.The decline in the net interest margin in 2019 as compared to 2018 primarily reflects the impact of lower market interest rates and a flattening of the yield curve.Non-interest income totaled $12.3 million and $32.1 million, respectively, for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, compared to $11.8 million and $35.9 million in the respective comparable year ago periods.  These changes were primarily due to variances in mortgage banking related revenues (net gains on mortgage loans and mortgage loan servicing, net).
                                                                                                                                
Net gains on mortgage loans were $5.7 million and $2.7 million in the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively.  For the first nine months of 2019, net gains on mortgage loans totaled $13.6 million compared to $8.6 million in 2018.  These increases were primarily due to higher mortgage loan origination and sales volumes in 2019 reflecting lower market interest rates, which have increased mortgage loan refinance activity.
Mortgage loan servicing, net, generated a loss of $1.6 million and income of $1.2 million in the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. For the first nine months of 2019, mortgage loan servicing, net, generated a loss of $4.7 million as compared to income of $4.7 million in 2018. This activity is summarized in the following table:Non-interest expenses totaled $27.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $26.7 million in the year-ago period.  For the first nine months of 2019, non-interest expenses totaled $82.4 million compared to $80.6 million in 2018.  These year-over-year increases in non-interest expense are primarily due to higher compensation, health insurance, data processing and interchange costs as well as lower gains on other real estate and repossessed assets. The Company recorded an income tax expense of $3.1 million and $8.0 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, respectively.  This compares to an income tax expense of $2.9 million and $7.0 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, respectively.  The increase in income tax expense is primarily due to higher pre-tax earnings in 2019.Asset QualityCommenting on asset quality, President and CEO Kessel added: “Non-performing loans and assets as well as loan net charge-offs remain at low levels.  In addition, thirty- to eighty-nine day delinquency rates at Sept. 30, 2019 were 0.04% for commercial loans and 0.35% for mortgage and consumer loans.  These early stage delinquency rates continue to be well-managed.”A breakdown of non-performing loans(1) by loan type is as follows:(1) Excludes loans that are classified as “troubled debt restructured” that are still performing.Non-performing loans have decreased $1.9 million from Dec. 31, 2018.  This decrease principally reflects declines in non-performing commercial and mortgage loans due primarily to pay-downs, charge-offs and transfers to other real estate.  Other real estate and repossessed assets totaled $1.8 million at Sept. 30, 2019, compared to $1.3 million at Dec. 31, 2018.  This increase is primarily due to the addition of a $0.6 million commercial office building located in Grand Rapids during the second quarter of 2019. The provision for loan losses was a credit of $0.3 million and $0.1 million in the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively.  The provision for loan losses was an expense of $1.0 million and $0.9 million in the first nine months of 2019 and 2018, respectively. The level of the provision for loan losses in each period reflects the Company’s overall assessment of the allowance for loan losses, taking into consideration factors such as loan growth, loan mix, levels of non-performing and classified loans and loan net charge-offs.  The Company recorded loan net recoveries of $0.5 million and $1.0 million in the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively.  For the first nine months of 2019 and 2018, the Company recorded loan net recoveries of $0.2 million and $0.9 million, respectively.  At Sept. 30, 2019, the allowance for loan losses totaled $26.1 million, or 0.96% of total portfolio loans, compared to $24.9 million, or 0.96% of total portfolio loans, at Dec. 31, 2018. Excluding the remaining TCSB acquired loan balances, the allowance for loan losses was equal to 1.02% and 1.06% of portfolio loans at Sept. 30, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2018, respectively.Balance Sheet, Liquidity and CapitalTotal assets were $3.55 billion at Sept. 30, 2019, an increase of $197.6 million from Dec. 31, 2018, primarily reflecting loan growth.  Loans, excluding loans held for sale, were $2.72 billion at Sept. 30, 2019, compared to $2.58 billion at Dec. 31, 2018.  During the third quarter of 2019, approximately $36.6 million of portfolio mortgage loans were transferred to held for sale and were valued at the lower of cost or fair value at Sept. 30, 2019.  The Company expects to securitize/sell these loans on a non-recourse basis in Oct. 2019 and record a gain of approximately $1.1 million upon the completion of this transaction. Deposits totaled $3.05 billion at Sept. 30, 2019, an increase of $138.9 million from Dec. 31, 2018.  The increase in deposits is primarily due to growth in reciprocal deposits that was partially offset by a decline in brokered time deposits. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $82.4 million at Sept. 30, 2019, versus $70.2 million at Dec. 31, 2018. Securities available for sale totaled $439.6 million at Sept. 30, 2019, compared to $427.9 million at Dec. 31, 2018.Total shareholders’ equity was $340.2 million at Sept. 30, 2019, or 9.58% of total assets.  Tangible common equity totaled $306.3 million at Sept. 30, 2019, or $13.63 per share.  The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Independent Bank, remains significantly above “well capitalized” for regulatory purposes with the following ratios:Share Repurchase PlanAs previously announced, on Dec. 18, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized a 2019 share repurchase plan.  Under the terms of the original 2019 share repurchase plan, the Company was authorized to buy back up to 5% of its outstanding common stock.  On June 18, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Company supplemented the 2019 share repurchase plan and authorized the repurchase of up to 300,000 additional common shares. The 2019 share repurchase plan is authorized to last through Dec. 31, 2019. During the first nine months of 2019, the Company repurchased 1,204,688 shares at a weighted average purchase price of $21.82 per share (including 25,000 shares at a weighted average purchase price of $20.09 per share in the third quarter of 2019).Earnings Conference Call
Brad Kessel, President and CEO, and Rob Shuster, CFO, will review the quarterly results in a conference call for investors and analysts beginning at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.
To participate in the live conference call, please dial 1-866-200-8394. Also the conference call will be accessible through an audio webcast with user-controlled slides via the following event site: https://services.choruscall.com/links/ibcp191024.html. A playback of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (Conference ID # 10134896). The replay will be available through Oct. 31, 2019.About Independent Bank CorporationIndependent Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $3.6 billion.  Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation operates a branch network across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary.  This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and insurance.  Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit our Web site at:  IndependentBank.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, predictions, forecasts, objectives, or assumptions of future events or performance, may be forward-looking. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “can,” “could,” “may,” “predicts,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “should,” “will,” “estimate,” “plans,” “projects,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expects,” “seeks,” “intends” and similar words or phrases. Accordingly, these statements involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions, and uncertainties that could cause actual strategies, actions, or results to differ materially from those expressed in them, and are not guarantees  of timing, future results, events, or performance. Because forward-looking statements are necessarily only estimates of future strategies, actions, or results, based on management’s current expectations, assumptions, and estimates on the date hereof, there can be no assurance that actual strategies, actions or results will not differ materially from expectations. Therefore, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.  Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences are changes in general economic, political or industry conditions; changes in monetary and fiscal policies, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; volatility and disruptions in capital and credit markets; the interdependence of financial service companies; changes in regulation or oversight; unfavorable developments concerning credit quality; any future acquisitions or divestitures; the effects of more stringent capital or liquidity requirements; declines or other changes in the businesses or industries of Independent Bank Corporation’s customers; the implementation of Independent Bank Corporation’s strategies and business models; Independent Bank Corporation’s ability to utilize technology to efficiently and effectively develop, market and deliver new products and services; operational difficulties, failure of technology infrastructure or information security incidents; changes in the financial markets, including fluctuations in interest rates and their impact on deposit pricing; competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Independent Bank Corporation’s markets; changes in customer behavior; management’s ability to maintain and expand customer relationships; management’s ability to retain key officers and employees; the impact of legal and regulatory proceedings or determinations; the effectiveness of methods of reducing risk exposures; the effects of terrorist activities and other hostilities; the effects of catastrophic events; changes in accounting standards and the critical nature of Independent Bank Corporation’s accounting policies.Certain risks and important factors that could affect Independent Bank Corporation’s future results are identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other reports filed with the SEC, including among other things under the heading “Risk Factors” in such Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Independent Bank Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether to reflect events or circumstances, after the date on which the statement is made, to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise. 
 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Independent Bank Corporation
Independent Bank Corporation believes non-GAAP measures are meaningful because they reflect adjustments commonly made by management, investors, regulators and analysts to evaluate the adequacy of common equity and performance trends.  Tangible common equity is used by the Company to measure the quality of capital.The tangible common equity ratio removes the effect of goodwill and other intangible assets from capital and total assets.  Tangible common equity per share of common stock removes the effect of goodwill and other intangible assets from common shareholders’ equity per share of common stock. 

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