GLEN HEAD, N.Y., July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The First of Long Island Corporation (Nasdaq:FLIC), the parent company of The First National Bank of Long Island, reported increases in net income and earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.  In the highlights that follow, all comparisons are of the current three or six month period to the same period last year unless indicated otherwise.

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Income increased 21.4% to $7.6 million from $6.3 million
  • EPS increased 13.6% to $.50 from $.44
  • Cash Dividends Per Share increased 5.3% to $.20 from $.19
  • Raised $35.3 million of Capital in a Public Offering to support continued growth
  • The Mortgage Loan Pipeline at quarter end was strong at $170 million
  • The Credit Quality of the Bank’s loan and securities portfolios remains excellent

SIX MONTH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Income increased 17.9% to $15.1 million from $12.8 million
  • EPS increased 13.3% to $1.02 from $.90
  • Cash Dividends Per Share increased 5.3% to $.40 from $.38
  • Tangible Book Value Per Share increased 10.3% to $19.59 from $17.76 at year end 2015 
  • 21.4% growth in the average balance of Loans
  • 19.6% growth in the average balance of Total Deposits
  • 13.3% growth in the average balance of Noninterest-Bearing Checking Deposits
  • 14.2% growth in average Stockholders’ Equity

Analysis of Earnings – Six Months Ended June 30, 2016

Net income for the first six months of 2016 was $15.1 million, an increase of $2.3 million, or 17.9%, over the same period last year.  The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $5.7 million, or 15.6%, and a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $961,000.  The impact of these items was partially offset by increases in noninterest expense, before debt extinguishment costs, of $3.4 million and income tax expense of $678,000 and a decrease in noninterest income, before securities gains, of $265,000.     

The increase in net interest income was primarily driven by growth in average interest-earning assets of $423.3 million, or 15.6%.  Average interest-earning assets grew mostly because of increases in the average balances of loans of $402.5 million, or 21.4%, and nontaxable securities of $24.9 million, or 5.7%, partially offset by a decrease in the average balance of taxable securities of $26.7 million, or 7.2%.  While most of the loan growth occurred in mortgage loans, commercial and industrial loans also grew partially because of the Bank’s small business credit scored loan initiative. The growth in loans and nontaxable securities was primarily funded by growth in the average balances of noninterest-bearing checking deposits of $90.9 million, or 13.3%, and interest-bearing deposits of $322.3 million, or 22.7%. 

Intermediate and long-term interest rates are significantly lower now than they were at year-end 2015 and have been low and volatile for an extended period of time.  In a low interest rate environment: (1) loans are sometimes originated and investments are sometimes made at yields lower than existing portfolio yields; (2) some loans prepay in full resulting in the immediate writeoff of deferred costs; (3) prepayment speeds on mortgage securities can be elevated resulting in accelerated amortization of purchase premiums; (4) the benefit of no cost funding in the form of noninterest-bearing checking deposits and capital is suppressed; and (5) the Bank’s ability to reduce deposit rates diminishes.  Despite the downward pressure that these factors exert on net interest income, the Bank’s net interest margin of 2.91% for the first six months of 2016 was only down 3 basis points from the same period last year.  This is because a significant portion of the Bank’s loan portfolio was originated in a low rate environment at yields not significantly different than those available in 2015 and thus far in 2016.

The decrease in the provision for loan losses for the current six month period versus the same period last year is largely due to lesser loan growth, the absence of an increase in specific reserves, a decrease in historical loss rates and net recoveries on loans previously charged off.    

The increase in noninterest expense, before debt extinguishment costs, of $3.4 million, or 15.6%, is primarily attributable to increases in salaries of $1.0 million, or 10.3%, employee benefits expense of $710,000, or 25.9%, consulting expense of $765,000, computer and telecommunications expense of $386,000 and marketing expense of $173,000.  The increase in salaries is primarily due to new branch openings, additions to staff in the back office, higher stock-based compensation expense and normal annual salary adjustments.  The increase in employee benefits expense is largely due to an increase in group health insurance expense of $230,000 resulting from increases in staff count and the rates being paid for group health insurance, higher incentive compensation costs of $132,000 and an increase in pension expense of $254,000.  The increase in pension expense is primarily attributable to the 2015 return on plan assets falling short of expectation and an increase in the number of plan participants.  The increase in consulting expense is due to a one-time charge of $800,000 in the second quarter of 2016 for advisory services relating to a vendor contract renegotiation.  The Corporation expects that the cost savings negotiated by the consultant over the life of the contract will far exceed the one-time consulting charge.  The increase in computer and telecommunications expense is mainly attributable to a growth-related increase in telecommunications capacity and one-time expenses of approximately $126,000 related to changes in the Corporation’s network and security systems.

The $265,000 decrease in noninterest income, before securities gains, is primarily attributable to a $177,000 decrease in real estate tax refunds and a $91,000 sales tax refund in the first quarter of 2015. 

The $678,000 increase in income tax expense is attributable to higher pre-tax earnings in the current six-month period partially offset by additional New York State income tax benefits derived from the Corporation’s captive REIT.

Analysis of Earnings – Second Quarter 2016 Versus Second Quarter 2015

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 was $7.6 million, representing an increase of  $1.3 million, or 21.4%, over $6.3 million earned in the second quarter of last year.  The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $2.8 million and a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $803,000.  The positive impact of these items was partially offset by increases in salaries of $503,000, employee benefits expense of $404,000, consulting expense of $766,000 and computer and telecommunications expense of $258,000. The increases in net interest income, salaries, employee benefits, consulting and computer and telecommunications expense occurred for substantially the same reasons discussed above with respect to the six-month periods.  The decrease in the provision for loan losses was largely due to lesser loan growth and the absence of an increase in specific reserves in the current quarter versus the same quarter last year.    

Analysis of Earnings – Second Quarter Versus First Quarter 2016

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 increased $190,000 over $7.4 million earned in the first quarter.  The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $572,000 and decreases in occupancy and equipment expense of $175,000 and provision for loan losses of $114,000, partially offset by higher consulting expense of $819,000.  The increases in net interest income and consulting expense occurred for substantially the same reasons discussed above with respect to the six-month periods.  The decline in occupancy and equipment expense reflects lower equipment maintenance and repair costs.

Asset Quality

The Bank’s allowance for loan losses to total loans decreased 3 basis points from 1.21% at year-end 2015 to 1.18% at June 30, 2016.  The decrease is primarily due to improved economic conditions and a reduction in the historical loss component of the allowance for loan losses.  The provision for loan losses was $392,000 and $1.4 million in the first six months of 2016 and 2015, respectively.  The $392,000 provision in the first half of 2016 is primarily attributable to loan growth partially offset by improved economic conditions and the aforementioned reduction in historical losses.  The $1.4 million provision in the first half of 2015 was primarily attributable to loan growth and the establishment of a $332,000 specific reserve on one loan deemed to be impaired, partially offset by improved economic conditions.

The credit quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio remains excellent.  Nonaccrual loans amounted to $5.1 million, or .22% of total loans outstanding, at June 30, 2016, compared to $1.4 million, or .06%, at December 31, 2015.  The increase in nonaccrual loans is primarily attributable to two related mortgage loans transferred to nonaccrual status, partially offset by loan sales and paydowns.  These two mortgage loans are current on principal and interest payments and, based on new appraisals, have loan-to-value ratios of less than 50%.   Troubled debt restructurings were essentially unchanged during the first half of 2016 amounting to $4.4 million, or .19% of total loans outstanding at June 30, 2016.  Of the troubled debt restructurings, $3.5 million are performing in accordance with their modified terms and $860,000 are nonaccrual and included in the aforementioned amount of nonaccrual loans.  Loans past due 30 through 89 days amounted to $1.3 million, or .06% of total loans outstanding, at June 30, 2016, compared to $1.0 million, or .04%, at December 31, 2015.    

The credit quality of the Bank’s securities portfolio also remains excellent.  The Bank’s mortgage securities are backed by mortgages underwritten on conventional terms, with 57% of these securities being full faith and credit obligations of the U.S. government and the balance being obligations of U.S. government sponsored entities.  The remainder of the Bank’s securities portfolio principally consists of high quality, general obligation municipal securities rated AA or better by major rating agencies.  In selecting municipal securities for purchase, the Bank uses credit agency ratings for screening purposes only and then performs its own credit analysis.  On an ongoing basis, the Bank periodically assesses the credit strength of the municipal securities in its portfolio and makes decisions to hold or sell based on such assessments.

Capital

The Corporation’s Tier 1 leverage, Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based, Tier 1 risk-based and Total risk-based capital ratios were approximately 8.9%, 14.9%, 14.9% and 16.1%, respectively, at June 30, 2016. During the second quarter of 2016, the Corporation raised $35.3 million of capital in a public offering of 1.3 million shares of common stock. In addition, the Bank completed a deleveraging transaction in April 2016 that involved the sale of $40.3 million of mortgage securities at a gain of $1,795,000 and prepayment of $30 million of long-term debt at a cost of $1,756,000. The capital raise and, to a much lesser extent, the deleveraging transaction and retained net income were the primary drivers of a 100 basis point increase in the Corporation’s Tier 1 leverage capital ratio during the second quarter.  The strength of the Corporation’s balance sheet positions the Corporation for continued growth in a measured and disciplined fashion.

On June 30, 2016, the Corporation increased the per investor limitation on quarterly stock purchases under its Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan from $20,000 to $50,000.  This change is expected to provide additional capital that can be used to accommodate future growth.

Key Strategic Initiatives

Key strategic initiatives will continue to include loan and deposit growth through effective relationship management, targeted solicitation efforts, new product offerings and continued expansion of the Bank’s branch distribution system, particularly in the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.  With respect to loan growth, the Bank plans to continue to prudently manage concentration risk and further develop its broker and correspondent relationships.  All loans originated through such relationships are underwritten by Bank personnel.  The Bank’s branch distribution system currently consists of forty-four branches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island and the boroughs of Queens and Manhattan.  The Bank anticipates opening new branches in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, College Point, Queens and East Islip, Long Island during the next twelve months and continues to evaluate sites for further branch expansion.  In addition to loan and deposit growth, management is also focused on growing noninterest income from existing and potential new sources, which may include the acquisition of fee-based businesses.  

Challenges We Face

The federal funds target rate increased by twenty-five basis points in December 2015.  Further increases could exert upward pressure on non-maturity deposit rates.  Intermediate and long-term interest rates are impacted by national and global forces and have been low and volatile for an extended period of time.  They declined significantly since year-end 2015 and could remain low for the foreseeable future.  This could cause investing and lending rates to be suboptimal.  There is significant price competition for loans in the Bank’s marketplace and little room for the Bank to further reduce its deposit rates.  These factors will make it difficult to improve net interest margin and could result in a decline in net interest margin from its current level and inhibit earnings growth for the foreseeable future. 

The banking industry continues to be faced with new and complex regulatory requirements and enhanced supervisory oversight.  Banking regulators are increasingly concerned about, among other things, growth, commercial real estate concentrations, underwriting of commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loans, capital levels and cyber security.  These factors are exerting downward pressure on revenues and upward pressure on required capital levels and the cost of doing business.

  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(Unaudited) 
      
  6/30/16 12/31/15 
  (in thousands) 
    
Assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents $  51,026  $  39,635  
      
Investment securities:     
Held-to-maturity, at amortized cost (fair value of $12,637 and $14,910)    12,206     14,371  
Available-for-sale, at fair value    862,001     737,700  
     874,207     752,071  
      
Loans held-for-sale    -     105  
      
Loans:     
Commercial and industrial    105,106     93,056  
Secured by real estate:     
Commercial mortgages    1,043,560     1,036,331  
Residential mortgages    1,110,977     1,025,215  
Home equity lines    87,971     87,848  
Consumer and other    5,998     5,733  
     2,353,612     2,248,183  
Allowance for loan losses    (27,677)    (27,256) 
     2,325,935     2,220,927  
      
Restricted stock, at cost    23,074     28,435  
Bank premises and equipment, net    31,527     30,330  
Bank-owned life insurance    32,914     32,447  
Pension plan assets, net    14,451     14,337  
Other assets    14,154     12,056  
  $  3,367,288  $  3,130,343  
Liabilities:     
Deposits:     
Checking $  765,392  $  777,994  
Savings, NOW and money market    1,562,740     1,195,968  
Time, $100,000 and over     190,606     198,147  
Time, other     106,117     112,566  
     2,624,855     2,284,675  
      
Short-term borrowings    57,666     211,502  
Long-term debt    359,212     365,712  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities    9,497     12,313  
Deferred income taxes payable    10,406     5,205  
     3,061,636     2,879,407  
Stockholders' Equity:     
Common stock, par value $.10 per share:      
Authorized, 40,000,000 shares     
Issued and outstanding, 15,590,694 and 14,116,677 shares    1,559     1,412  
Surplus    96,273     56,931  
Retained earnings    194,128     185,069  
     291,960     243,412  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax    13,692     7,524  
     305,652     250,936  
  $  3,367,288  $  3,130,343  
          

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 
(Unaudited) 
          
  Six Months Ended Three Months Ended 
  6/30/16 6/30/15 6/30/16 6/30/15 
  (dollars in thousands)  
        
Interest and dividend income:         
Loans $  40,055  $  33,691  $  20,241  $  17,140  
Investment securities:         
Taxable    3,910     4,242     2,020     2,124  
Nontaxable     6,823     6,792     3,420     3,403  
     50,788     44,725     25,681     22,667  
Interest expense:         
Savings, NOW and money market deposits     2,343     1,150     1,410     605  
Time deposits    2,674     3,070     1,299     1,489  
Short-term borrowings    131     94     7     13  
Long-term debt    3,666     4,111     1,692     2,066  
     8,814     8,425     4,408     4,173  
Net interest income     41,974     36,300     21,273     18,494  
Provision for loan losses    392     1,353     139     942  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses    41,582     34,947     21,134     17,552  
          
Noninterest income:         
Investment Management Division income    990     1,039     514     532  
Service charges on deposit accounts    1,290     1,325     656     669  
Net gains on sales of securities    1,844     1,133     1,844     1,133  
Other    1,361     1,542     717     749  
     5,485     5,039     3,731     3,083  
Noninterest expense:         
Salaries     11,049     10,020     5,471     4,968  
Employee benefits     3,449     2,739     1,780     1,376  
Occupancy and equipment    4,579     4,569     2,202     2,111  
Debt extinguishment    1,756     1,084     1,756     1,084  
Other    6,470     4,777     3,663     2,503  
     27,303     23,189     14,872     12,042  
          
Income before income taxes    19,764     16,797     9,993     8,593  
Income tax expense    4,714     4,036     2,373     2,317  
Net Income $  15,050  $  12,761  $  7,620  $  6,276  
                  
Per Share Data:                 
Basic EPS $1.03  $.91  $.51  $.45  
Diluted EPS $1.02  $.90  $.50  $.44  
Cash Dividends Declared $.40  $.38  $.20  $.19  
          
FINANCIAL RATIOS 
(Unaudited) 
          
ROA  .94%  .92%  .93%  .88% 
ROE  11.16%  10.83%  10.74%  10.53% 
Net Interest Margin  2.91%  2.94%  2.89%  2.96% 
Dividend Payout Ratio  39.22%  42.22%  40.00%  43.18% 
          

 

 PROBLEM AND POTENTIAL PROBLEM LOANS AND ASSETS  
 (Unaudited)   
       
  6/30/16 12/31/15  
  (in thousands)  
       
Loans, excluding troubled debt restructurings:      
Past due 30 through 89 days  $  1,331  $  1,003   
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing     -     -   
Nonaccrual (includes $105,000 in loans held-for-sale at 12/31/15)    4,217     535   
     5,548     1,538   
Troubled debt restructurings:      
Performing according to their modified terms     3,530     3,581   
Past due 30 through 89 days     -     -   
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing     -     -   
Nonaccrual     860     900   
     4,390     4,481   
Total past due, nonaccrual and restructured loans:      
Restructured and performing according to their modified terms     3,530     3,581   
Past due 30 through 89 days     1,331     1,003   
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing     -     -   
Nonaccrual     5,077     1,435   
     9,938     6,019   
Other real estate owned    -     -   
  $  9,938  $  6,019   
       
Allowance for loan losses $  27,677  $  27,256   
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans  1.18%  1.21%  
Allowance for loan losses as a multiple of nonaccrual loans  5.5x   19.0x   
       

 

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET, INTEREST RATES AND INTEREST DIFFERENTIAL  
(Unaudited)  
                 
  Six Months Ended June 30,   
  2016 2015  
  Average Interest/ Average Average Interest/ Average  
  Balance Dividends Rate Balance Dividends Rate  
Assets: (in thousands)  
Interest-earning bank balances $  43,242  $  111  .52%$  20,662  $  25  .24%  
Investment securities:                
Taxable    345,785     3,799  2.20     372,462     4,217  2.26   
Nontaxable (1)    460,309     10,497  4.56     435,445     10,449  4.80   
Loans (1)     2,287,335     40,062  3.50     1,884,834     33,699  3.58   
Total interest-earning assets    3,136,671     54,469  3.47     2,713,403     48,390  3.57   
Allowance for loan losses    (27,711)         (23,704)       
Net interest-earning assets    3,108,960          2,689,699        
Cash and due from banks    30,165          28,404        
Premises and equipment, net    30,958          28,839        
Other assets    58,558          59,065        
  $  3,228,641       $  2,806,007        
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                
Savings, NOW & money market deposits$  1,436,975     2,343  .33  $  1,097,823     1,150  .21   
Time deposits    306,485     2,674  1.75     323,352     3,070  1.91   
Total interest-bearing deposits    1,743,460     5,017  .58     1,421,175     4,220  .60   
Short-term borrowings    53,690     131  .49     61,307     94  .31   
Long-term debt    371,500     3,666  1.98     380,832     4,111  2.18   
Total interest-bearing liabilities    2,168,650     8,814  .82     1,863,314     8,425  .91   
Checking deposits    774,043          683,160        
Other liabilities    14,707          22,020        
     2,957,400          2,568,494        
Stockholders' equity    271,241          237,513        
  $  3,228,641       $  2,806,007        
                 
Net interest income (1)   $  45,655       $  39,965      
Net interest spread (1)     2.65%     2.66%  
Net interest margin (1)     2.91%     2.94%  
                 

(1) Tax-equivalent basis.  Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis includes the additional amount of interest income that would have been earned if the Corporation's investment in tax-exempt loans and investment securities had been made in loans and investment securities subject to Federal income taxes yielding the same after-tax income.  The tax-equivalent amount of $1.00 of nontaxable income was $1.54 for each period presented using the statutory Federal income tax rate.

Forward Looking Information

This earnings release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term as set forth in Rule 175 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Such statements are generally contained in sentences including the words “may” or “expect” or “could” or “should” or “would” or “believe”.  The Corporation cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause future results to vary from current management expectations include, but are not limited to, changing economic conditions; legislative and regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; changes in interest rates; deposit flows and the cost of funds; demands for loan products; competition; changes in management’s business strategies; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; changes in real estate values; and other factors discussed in the “risk factors” section of the Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this report, and the Corporation assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

For more detailed financial information please see the Corporation’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.  The Form 10-Q will be available through the Bank’s website at www.fnbli.com on or about August 9, 2016, after it is electronically filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Our SEC filings are also available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  You may also read and copy any document we file with the SEC at the SEC’s public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, DC 20549.  You should call 1-800-SEC-0330 for more information on the public reference room.

 

For More Information Contact:
Mark D. Curtis, SEVP, CFO and Treasurer 
(516) 671-4900, Ext. 7413