Sandy Spring Bancorp Reports Net Income of $15.1 Million for the Third Quarter
Bank Demonstrates Solid Performance in Advance of Acquisition of WashingtonFirst
Company Release - 10/19/2017 7:00 AM ET
OLNEY, Md., Oct. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq:SASR), the parent company of Sandy Spring Bank, today reported net income for the third quarter of 2017 of $15.1 million ($0.62 per diluted share) compared to net income of $13.5 million ($0.56 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2016 and net income of $14.7 million ($0.61 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2017.
“Our solid core performance this quarter was once again driven by the loan and deposit growth that we’ve achieved over the past year. We continue to focus on building relationships with our clients and within the communities we serve to grow the company. We look forward to completing the acquisition of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. This acquisition will create the largest, locally headquartered community bank in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. It will expand access to the bank’s expertise and services, and ultimately benefit our clients and shareholders,” said Daniel J. Schrider, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Third Quarter Highlights:
- Total loans increased 11% compared to the third quarter of 2016 and 1% compared to the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was driven primarily by year-over-year growth of 15% in the commercial loan portfolio.
- Total deposits grew 12% from the prior year quarter and 2% from the prior quarter.
- The net interest margin was 3.54% for the third quarter of 2017, compared to 3.50% for the third quarter of 2016 and 3.60% for the second quarter of 2017. Net interest income from the second quarter of 2017 included $0.7 million from the full payoff of a previously acquired credit impaired loan. Exclusive of this non-core item, the previous quarter’s margin would have been 3.54%.
- Return on average common equity was 10.74% as compared to 10.11% from the prior year.
- The Non-GAAP efficiency ratio was 53.76% for the current quarter as compared to 56.33% for the third quarter of 2016 and 54.10% for the second quarter of 2017.
- Pre-tax, pre-provision income increased 17% compared with the third quarter of 2016.
Review of Balance Sheet and Credit Quality
At September 30, 2017, total assets were $5.3 billion, an 11% increase compared to $4.8 billion at September 30, 2016. Loan growth continues to be the driver of asset growth as total loans ended the period at $4.2 billion compared to $3.8 billion at September 30, 2016. The growth in the loan portfolio was funded primarily by a 12% increase in total deposits from September 30, 2016, to September 30, 2017.
Combined noninterest-bearing and interest-bearing checking account balances at September 30, 2017, an important performance driver of multiple-product banking relationships with clients, increased by 11% compared to balances at September 30, 2016.
Tangible common equity totaled $482 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $446 million at September 30, 2016. As a result of asset growth over the preceding 12 months, the ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets decreased to 9.18% at September 30, 2017, from 9.43% at September 30, 2016. Dividends at $0.26 per common share were 8% higher in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the $0.24 per common share of third quarter of 2016. At September 30, 2017, the Company had a total risk-based capital ratio of 12.01%, a common equity tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 10.99%, a tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 10.99% and a tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.28%.
The level of non-performing loans to total loans decreased to 0.72% at September 30, 2017, compared to 0.85% at September 30, 2016, as a result of the growth in the loan portfolio and a reduction in non-performing loans. At September 30, 2017, non-performing loans totaled $30.2 million compared to $32.0 million at September 30, 2016, and $32.2 million at June 30, 2017. Non-performing loans include accruing loans 90 days or more past due and restructured loans.
Loan charge-offs, net of recoveries, totaled $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase in charge-offs was the result of a commercial loan charge-off taken during the current quarter. The allowance for loan losses represented 1.07% of outstanding loans and 149% of non-performing loans at September 30, 2017, compared to 1.16% of outstanding loans and 137% of non-performing loans at September 30, 2016. The decline in the allowance to outstanding loans ratio is a reflection of improved credit quality and growth of the loan portfolio over the past year.
Income Statement Review
Net interest income for the third quarter of 2017 increased 13% compared to the third quarter of 2016 as average loans from quarter to quarter increased 12%. The net interest margin improved to 3.54% for the third quarter of 2017 compared to 3.50% for the third quarter of 2016. The margin improvement reflects the impact of loan growth, the cumulative benefits associated with the execution of funding strategies and higher yields associated with the investment portfolio.
The provision for loan losses was $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $0.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 and $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2017. The current quarter’s provision increase as compared to the prior year quarter was the result of qualitative adjustments related to composition and concentration of loan credits which offset the impact of lower quarterly loan growth in 2017 versus 2016.
Non-interest income increased to $12.7 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $12.6 million for the third quarter of 2016. Wealth management income for the third quarter of 2017 increased to $4.9 million or 12% as compared to $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. Insurance agency commissions increased 9% for the third quarter compared to same period of the prior year as a result last year’s agency acquisition. These results were offset by the $0.5 million decline in mortgage banking income from the prior year’s results as mortgage loan originations declined in the current quarter compared to the prior year.
Non-interest expenses increased 6% to $31.2 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $29.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. The increase in the current quarter compared to the prior year quarter was driven primarily by a $0.6 million increase in salary costs related to performance incentives and volume driven compensation costs, $0.3 million in merger related expenses and $0.6 million in other expenses. The non-GAAP efficiency ratio was 53.76% for the third quarter of 2017 compared to 56.33% for the third quarter of 2016 as a result of the growth in net interest income.
Net interest income for the first nine months of 2017 increased 13% compared to the first nine months of 2016 due primarily to an increase in average loans, which was funded primarily by an 11% increase in average deposits. As a result, the net interest margin was 3.55% for the first nine months of 2017 compared to 3.49% for the prior year period. Net interest income for the first nine months of 2017 included $0.7 million from the full payoff of a previously acquired credit impaired loan. Exclusive of this recovery the net interest margin would have been 3.54%.
The provision for loan losses was $2.5 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $5.0 million for the first nine months of 2016 primarily reflecting the growth in the loan portfolio over the prior year period offset by the effects of improved credit quality of the loan portfolio.
Non-interest income was $38.9 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $38.7 million for the first nine months of 2016. The first nine months of 2017 included gains of $1.3 million on sales of investment securities. The same prior year period included a $1.2 million gain on the extinguishment of subordinated debentures and $1.9 million in gains on the sales of investment securities. Excluding these gains, non-interest income increased 6% compared to the prior year period primarily due to increases in wealth management income, insurance agency commissions and other non-interest income.
Non-interest expenses increased 2% to $94.0 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $92.5 million for the prior year period. The nine months ended September 30, 2017, included increases from the prior year of $1.2 million in salaries and benefits, $0.5 million in FDIC insurance as a result of asset growth, and $1.3 million in merger expenses. These increases were partially offset by the decrease in prepayment penalties of $1.9 million for the early payoff of high-rate FHLB advances as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The non-GAAP efficiency ratio decreased to 54.21% for the first nine months of 2017 compared to 59.05% for the first nine months of 2016 as a direct result of the growth in net interest income.
The Company’s management will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter results today at 2:00 P.M. (ET). A live Webcast of the conference call is available through the Investor Relations’ section of the Sandy Spring Website at www.sandyspringbank.com. Participants may call 1-866-235-9910. A password is not necessary. Visitors to the Website are advised to log on 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled start of the call. An internet-based replay will be available at the Website until 9:00 am (ET) November 2, 2017. A replay of the teleconference will be available through the same time period by calling 1-877-344-7529 under conference call number 10112289.
About Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.
Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Olney, Maryland, is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking, mortgage and trust services throughout central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the greater Washington, D.C. market. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc., Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and wealth management services. With $5.3 billion in assets, the bank operates 44 community offices and six financial centers across the region. Visit www.sandyspringbank.com for more information.
For additional information or questions, please contact:
Daniel J. Schrider, President & Chief Executive Officer, or
Philip J. Mantua, E.V.P. & Chief Financial Officer
Sandy Spring Bancorp
17801 Georgia Avenue
Olney, Maryland 20832
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