Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter 2016; Declares 28 Cent Dividend

Lakeville, Connecticut, UNITED STATES


LAKEVILLE, Conn., April 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (“Salisbury”) (NASDAQ:SAL), the holding company for Salisbury Bank and Trust Company (the “Bank”), announced results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Net income available to common shareholders was $1.5 million, or $0.55 per common share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 (first quarter 2016), compared with $2.1 million, or $0.78 per common share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 (fourth quarter 2015), and $2.2 million, or $0.81 per common share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 (first quarter 2015).

Selected First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Net Loans increased $29.8 million, or 4.3%, in the first quarter 2016 to $728.8 million versus the fourth quarter 2015 and increased $52.1 million, or 7.7% versus the first quarter 2015.
  • Wealth assets under management increased $51.9 million to $422.9 million, or 14.0%, from fourth quarter 2015 and have increased $38.3 million, or 10% versus first quarter 2015.
  • Book value per common share increased to $33.20 at March 31, 2016 from $33.13 at December 31, 2015, and $31.96 at March 31, 2015.
  • Tangible book value per common share increased to $27.84 at March 31, 2016 from $27.69 at December 31, 2015 and $26.33 at March 31, 2015.

Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The highlights of our first quarter performance are reflected in the noteworthy growth of our two primary revenue generating asset classes: our loan and wealth management portfolios.  Net loan growth for the quarter was close to $30 million or 4%, and assets under management in our Trust and Wealth Advisory business grew by $52 million, or 14%.  Our teams delivered excellent results despite an extremely competitive landscape.

The earnings for the quarter were down as compared to the fourth and first quarter 2015 primarily as the result of a lesser interest income benefit from the purchased loan portfolio, increased interest expenses related to our issuance of the subordinated debt offering last December, an increase in expenses related to adjustments from sold loans, and an increase in provision for loan losses as a result of the exceptional loan growth.  Despite the lower earnings, our net interest margin, efficiency ratio, and return on assets continue to reflect solid core fundamentals, as we continue to profitably grow our bank and solidify our franchise.”

Net Interest Income

Tax equivalent net interest income for first quarter 2016 decreased $250,000, or 3.0%, versus fourth quarter 2015, and decreased $253,000 or 3.1%, versus first quarter 2015. Average earning assets decreased $3.2 million versus fourth quarter 2015, and increased $37.3 million versus first quarter 2015. Average total interest bearing deposits increased $3.7 million versus fourth quarter 2015 and increased $2.3 million versus first quarter 2015. The net interest margin of 3.79% decreased 9 basis points versus 3.88% for the fourth quarter 2015 and decreased 32 basis points versus 4.11% for the first quarter 2015.

Interest income for the first quarter reflects net accretion related to the fair value adjustments of loans acquired in the Riverside Bank acquisition in the amount of $443,000. The fourth quarter and first quarter of 2015 included similar adjustments of $691,000 and $650,000 respectively.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income for first quarter 2016 decreased $64,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $212,000 versus first quarter 2015. Trust and wealth advisory revenues increased $29,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $38,000 versus first quarter 2015. The first quarter increase is the result of an increase in assets under management and the year-over-year decrease is the result of fewer estate fees collected in first quarter 2016. Service charges and fees decreased $33,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $1,000 versus first quarter 2015. The decreases were a result of lower fees due to decreased transactional volume, mainly attributable to interchange and loan documentation fees. Income from sales and servicing of mortgage loans decreased $12,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $3,000 versus first quarter 2015 due to a decrease in servicing values as a result of a decline in the discount rate. First quarter 2016 mortgage loans sales totaled $1.8 million versus $2.0 million for fourth quarter 2015 and $2.1 million for first quarter 2015. First quarter 2016, fourth quarter 2015, and first quarter 2015 included mortgage servicing amortization and periodic impairment charges (net) of $71,000, $77,000, and $128,000, respectively. Gain on sale of securities for the first quarter 2016 totaled $2,000.  No gains were recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015, and gains in first quarter 2015 totaled $175,000. Other income includes bank owned life insurance income and rental income.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense for first quarter 2016 increased $497,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and increased $5,000 versus first quarter 2015. Total compensation expense increased $33,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 mainly due to 401K and payroll taxes on the annual performance related compensation paid in March. The total compensation expenses year-over-year increase of $117,000 is mainly attributable to increased staffing levels and timing differences related to the 401K match and payroll taxes associated with the prior year’s performance related compensation.   

Premises and equipment expense increased $37,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $13,000 versus first quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2015 benefited from year-end accrual adjustments, and the year-over-year decrease was related to lower fuel and utility costs. 

Data processing increased $46,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $27,000 versus first quarter 2015. The increase in expense was related to year-end processing and tax reporting. Tax preparation expenses totaling $18,000 were reclassified to consulting in 2016.

Professional fees decreased $128,000 versus fourth quarter 2015, and $270,000 versus first quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2015 included third party imaging, special project audit fees, and year-end accrual adjustments. First quarter 2015 expenses included consulting and audit fees related to the Riverside merger.

Loan related expenses increased $184,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and decreased $87,000 versus first quarter 2015. The increase was mainly due to a gain on sale of OREO in fourth quarter 2015 and the year-over-year decrease was mainly due to the write-downs associated with OREO properties in first quarter 2015.

Other expense increased $286,000 versus fourth quarter 2015 and increased $273,000 versus first quarter 2015 primarily as a result of expenses related to sold loans.

The effective income tax rates for first quarter 2016, fourth quarter 2015 and first quarter 2015 were 25.86%, 29.35% and 29.90%, respectively.

Loans

Net loans receivable increased $29.8 million during first quarter 2016 to $728.8 million at March 31, 2016, compared with $699.0 million at December 31, 2015, and increased $52.1 million compared with $676.7 million at March 31, 2015.

Asset Quality

Non-performing assets increased $0.5 million during first quarter 2016 to $16.8 million, or 1.9% of assets at March 31, 2016, from $16.3 million, or 1.8% of assets at December 31, 2015, and increased $1.9 million from $14.9 million, or 1.7% of assets, at March 31, 2015.

The amount of total impaired and potential problem loans increased to $30.6 million (4.17% of gross loans receivable) during first quarter 2016, compared to $27.1 million, or 3.85% of gross loans receivable at December 31, 2015, and decreased $0.3 million from $30.9 million, or 4.54% of gross loans receivable at March 31, 2015.  

Accruing loans receivable 30-to-89 days past due increased $3.5 million during first quarter 2016 to $8.0 million, or 1.1% of gross loans receivable, from $4.5 million, or 0.6% of gross loans receivable at December 31, 2015, and increased $2.4 million versus March 31, 2015.

Provision for loan loss expense (benefit) for the quarter was $463,000 for first quarter 2016 versus $266,000 for fourth quarter 2015, and ($200,000) for first quarter 2015. Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) were $302,000 for the first quarter 2016, $209,000 for fourth quarter 2015 and ($24,000) for the first quarter 2015. Reserve coverage, as measured by the ratio of the allowance for loan losses to gross loans, was 0.80% for the first quarter 2016, versus 0.81% for fourth quarter 2015 and 0.76% for first quarter 2015.

Salisbury endeavors to work constructively to resolve its non-performing loan issues with customers. Substantially all non-performing loans are collateralized with real estate and the repayment of such loans is largely dependent on the return of such loans to performing status or the liquidation of the underlying real estate collateral.

Capital

Book value and tangible book value per common share increased $0.07 and $0.15, respectively, during first quarter 2016, to $33.20 and $27.84, respectively. Tangible book value excludes goodwill and core deposit intangibles.

Shareholders’ equity increased $0.8 million in first quarter 2016 to $91.4 million at March 31, 2016. Contributing to the increase in shareholders’ equity for first quarter 2016 was net income of $1.5 million, and a $0.1 million increase in common stock offset by common stock dividends paid of $0.8 million.  

The Bank’s regulatory capital ratios remain in compliance with regulatory “well capitalized” requirements. At March 31, 2016, Salisbury’s tier 1 leverage, total risk-based capital, and common equity tier 1 capital ratios were 8.57%, 12.92%, and 10.69%, respectively. The Bank’s tier 1 leverage, total risk-based capital, and common equity tier 1 capital ratios were 9.51%, 12.53%, and 11.68%, respectively, compared with regulatory “well capitalized” minimums of 5.00%, 10.00%, and 6.5%, respectively. Risk based capital information for 2016 incorporates the implementation of Basel III.

First Quarter 2016 Dividends on Common Shares

The Board of Directors of Salisbury declared a $0.28 per common share quarterly cash dividend at their April 29, 2016 meeting. The dividend will be paid on May 27, 2016 to shareholders of record as of May 13, 2016.

Background

Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, a Connecticut chartered commercial bank serving the communities of northwestern Connecticut and proximate communities in New York and Massachusetts, since 1848, through full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut; Great Barrington, South Egremont and Sheffield, Massachusetts; and Dover Plains, Fishkill, Millerton, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Red Oaks Mill, New York. The Bank offers a broad spectrum of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and wealth advisory services.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain statements relating to future results of Salisbury’s and the Bank’s future results that are considered “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the beliefs and expectations of management as well as the assumptions and estimates made by management using information currently available to management.  Since these statements reflect the views of management concerning future events, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including among others: changes in market interest rates and general and regional economic conditions; changes in laws and regulations; changes in accounting principles; and the quality or composition of the loan and investment portfolios, technological changes and cybersecurity matters, and other factors that may be described in Salisbury’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K, which are available at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website (www.sec.gov) and to which reference is hereby made.  Forward-looking statements made by Salisbury in this news release speak only as of the date they are made. Events or other facts that could cause Salisbury’s actual results to differ may arise from time to time and Salisbury cannot predict all such events and factors. Salisbury undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement unless as may be required by law.

   
Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
   
(in thousands, except share data)March 31, 2016
(unaudited)
December 31, 2015
ASSETS  
Cash and due from banks$9,309 $14,891 
Interest bearing demand deposits with other banks 22,194  47,227 
Total cash and cash equivalents 31,503  62,118 
Securities  
Available-for-sale at fair value 79,034  76,694 
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston stock at cost 3,117  3,176 
Loans held-for-sale 183  763 
Loans receivable, net (allowance for loan losses: $5,877 and $5,716) 728,845  699,018 
Bank premises and equipment, net 14,632  14,307 
Goodwill 12,552  12,552 
Intangible assets (net of accumulated amortization: $3,064 and $2,909) 2,183  2,338 
Accrued interest receivable 2,451  2,307 
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies 13,775  13,685 
Deferred taxes 2,013  1,989 
Other assets 1,516  2,245 
Total Assets$891,804 $891,192 
LIABILITIES and SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Deposits  
Demand (non-interest bearing)$192,184 $201,340 
Demand (interest bearing) 122,814  125,465 
Money market 192,357  183,783 
Savings and other 126,214  119,651 
Certificates of deposit 122,089  124,294 
Total deposits 755,658  754,533 
Repurchase agreements 2,620  3,914 
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston advances 27,031  26,979 
Subordinated debt⁽¹⁾ 9,770  9,764 
Note payable 365  376 
Capital lease liability 420  422 
Accrued interest and other liabilities 4,538  4,630 
Total Liabilities 800,402  800,618 
Shareholders' Equity  
Common stock - $.10 per share par value  
Authorized: 5,000,000;  
Issued: 2,753,426 and 2,733,576 275  273 
Unearned compensation - restricted stock awards (529) (110)
Paid-in capital 41,915  41,364 
Retained earnings 48,662  47,922 
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net 1,079  1,125 
Total Shareholders' Equity$91,402  90,574 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$891,804 $891,192 

⁽¹⁾ Net of issuance costs, which are capitalized and amortized as a component of interest expense over a period of 10 years.

   
Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)
   
Periods ended March 31, Three months ended
(in thousands, except per share amounts)   2016  2015 
Interest and dividend income    
Interest and fees on loans  $7,925 $7,922 
Interest on debt securities    
Taxable   293  326 
Tax exempt   286  390 
Other interest and dividends   74  33 
Total interest and dividend income   8,578  8,671 
Interest expense    
Deposits   508  444 
Repurchase agreements   1  1 
Capital lease   18  18 
Note payable   5  - 
Subordinated debt   156  - 
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston advances   231  282 
Total interest expense   919  745 
Net interest and dividend income   7,659  7,926 
Provision (benefit) for loan losses   463  (200)
Net interest and dividend income after provision (benefit) for loan losses   7,196  8,126 
Non-interest income    
Trust and wealth advisory   784  822 
Service charges and fees   730  731 
Gains on sales of mortgage loans, net   39  94 
Mortgage servicing, net   12  (40)
Gains on sales of available-for-sale securities, net   2  175 
Other   117  114 
Total non-interest income   1,684  1,896 
Non-interest expense    
Salaries   2,574  2,540 
Employee benefits   1,088  1,005 
Premises and equipment   895  908 
Data processing   447  474 
Professional fees   380  650 
Collections, OREO and loan related   157  244 
FDIC insurance   134  198 
Marketing and community support   200  110 
Amortization of core deposit intangibles   155  169 
Other   810  537 
Total non-interest expense   6,840  6,835 
Income before income taxes   2,040  3,187 
Income tax provision   528  953 
Net income  $1,512 $2,234 
Net income available to common shareholders  $1,512 $2,194 
     
Basic earnings per common share  $0.55 $0.81 
Diluted earnings per common share   0.55  0.80 
Common dividends per share   0.28  0.28 
         


Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA (unaudited)
      
At or for the three month periods ended     
(in thousands, except per share amounts and ratios)Q1 2016Q4 2015Q3 2015Q2 2015Q1 2015
Total assets$891,804 $891,192 $904,233 $860,794 $865,037 
Loans receivable, net 728,845  699,018  687,719  677,726  676,734 
Total securities 82,151  79,870  83,886  82,932  84,694 
Deposits 755,658  754,533  761,479  720,734  724,910 
FHLBB advances 27,031  26,979  26,928  28,033  28,403 
Shareholders’ equity 91,402  90,574  105,450  104,104  103,211 
Wealth assets under management 422,918  371,012  350,102  374,141  384,574 
Non-performing loans 16,829  16,264  16,435  14,728  14,000 
Non-performing assets 16,829  16,264  16,602  14,995  14,875 
Accruing loans past due 30-89 days 7,995  4,499  2,486  2,796  5,564 
Net interest and dividend income 7,659  7,928  7,897  7,793  7,926 
Net interest and dividend income, tax equivalent 7,985  8,235  8,195  8,084  8,238 
Provision (benefit) for loan losses 463  266  655  196  (200)
Non-interest income 1,684  1,748  1,769  1,900  1,896 
Non-interest expense 6,840  6,343  6,202  6,540  6,835 
Income before income taxes 2,040  3,068  2,809  2,957  3,187 
Income tax provision 528  900  824  885  953 
Net income 1,512  2,167  1,985  2,072  2,234 
Net income available to common shareholders 1,512  2,129  1,945  2,032  2,194 
      
Per share data     
Basic earnings per common share$0.55 $0.78 $0.71 $0.74 $0.81 
Diluted earnings per common share 0.55  0.77  0.71  0.74  0.80 
Dividends per common share 0.28  0.28  0.28  0.28  0.28 
Book value per common share 33.20  33.13  32.72  32.26  31.96 
Tangible book value per common share - Non-GAAP⁽¹⁾ 27.84  27.69  27.21  26.69  26.33 
      
Common shares outstanding at end of period 2,753  2,734  2,734  2,731  2,729 
Weighted average common shares outstanding,  to calculate basic earnings per share  2,723  2,710  2,708  2,706  2,699 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, to calculate diluted earnings per share  2,741  2,727  2,724  2,724  2,716 
      
Profitability ratios     
Net interest margin (tax equivalent) 3.79% 3.88% 3.91% 4.01% 4.11%
Efficiency ratio(2) 69.28  63.64  60.40  62.91  65.45 
Non-interest income to operating revenue 18.01  18.06  18.25  19.51  17.84 
Effective income tax rate 25.86  29.35  29.31  29.96  29.90 
Return on average assets 0.68  0.94  0.87  0.94  1.03 
Return on average common shareholders’ equity 6.68  9.34  8.64  9.26  10.22 
      
Credit quality ratios     
Net charge-offs to average loans receivable, gross 0.17% 0.12% 0.03% 0.19% -0.01%
Non-performing loans to loans receivable, gross 2.29  2.31  2.37  2.16  2.05 
Accruing loans past due 30-89 days to loans receivable, gross 1.09  0.64  0.36  0.41  0.82 
Allowance for loan losses to loans receivable, gross 0.80  0.81  0.82  0.74  0.76 
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 34.92  35.15  34.43  34.35  37.02 
Non-performing assets to total assets 1.89  1.82  1.84  1.74  1.72 
      
Capital ratios     
Common shareholders' equity to assets 10.25% 10.16% 9.89% 10.24% 10.08%
Tangible common shareholders' equity to tangible assets - Non-GAAP⁽¹⁾ 8.74  8.64  8.37  8.62  8.45 
Tier 1 leverage capital 8.57  8.56  10.31  10.42  10.29 
Total risk-based capital 12.92  13.51  13.90  14.22  13.65 
Common equity tier 1 capital 10.69  11.17  10.74  11.01  10.50 

⁽¹⁾ Refer to schedule labeled “Supplemental Information – Non-GAAP Financial Measures”.
⁽²⁾ Calculated using SNL’s (publicly recognized resource of bank data) methodology, as follows: Noninterest expense before OREO expense, amortization of intangibles, and goodwill impairments as a percent of net interest income (fully taxable equivalent) and noninterest revenues, excluding gains from securities transactions, litigation expenses, and one-time pension termination expenses.

 
Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION – Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
      
At or for the quarters ended     
(in thousands, except per share amounts and ratios)Q1 2016Q4 2015Q3 2015Q2 2015Q1 2015
Shareholders' Equity$91,402 $90,574 $105,450 $104,104 $103,211 
Less: Preferred Stock -  -  (16,000) (16,000) (16,000)
Common Shareholders' Equity 91,402  90,574  89,450  88,104  87,211 
Less: Goodwill (12,552) (12,552) (12,552) (12,552) (12,552)
Less: Intangible assets (2,183) (2,338) (2,496) (2,657) (2,821)
Tangible Common Shareholders' Equity$76,667 $75,684 $74,402 $72,895 $71,838 
Total Assets$891,804 $891,192 $904,234 $860,794 $865,037 
Less: Goodwill (12,552) (12,552) (12,552) (12,552) (12,552)
Less: Intangible assets (2,183) (2,338) (2,496) (2,657) (2,821)
Tangible Total Assets$877,069 $876,302 $889,186 $845,585 $849,664 
Common Shares outstanding 2,753  2,734  2,734  2,731  2,729 
      
Book value per Common Share – GAAP$33.20 $33.13 $32.72 $32.26 $31.96 
Tangible book value per Common Share - Non-GAAP 27.84  27.69  27.21  26.69  26.33 
      
Common Shareholders’ Equity to Assets – GAAP 10.25% 10.16% 9.89% 10.24% 10.08%
Tangible Common Shareholders’ Equity to Tangible Assets – Non-GAAP 8.74  8.64  8.37  8.62  8.45 
      
Non-interest expense$6,840 $6,343 $6,202 $6,571 $6,835 
Less: Amortization of core deposit intangibles (155) (158) (161) (164) (169)
Less: Foreclosed property expense 12  168  (27) (131) (148)
Less: Strategic initiatives -  -  -  -  - 
Operating expenses$6,697 $6,353 $6,014 $6,276 $6,518 
Net interest and dividend income, tax equivalent$7,985 $8,235 $8,194 $8,084 $8,238 
Non-interest income 1,684  1,748  1,769  1,900  1,896 
Gains on securities, net (2) -  (6) (11) (175)
Operating revenue$9,667 $9,983 $9,957 $9,973 $9,959 
Efficiency Ratio less strategic initiatives 69.28% 63.64% 60.40% 62.91% 65.45%
      

 


        

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