HMN Financial, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Results and Annual Meeting

Rochester, Minnesota, UNITED STATES


Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Net income of $3.1 million, up $1.9 million from $1.2 million for fourth quarter of 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.67, up $0.40 from $0.27 for fourth quarter of 2019
  • Gain on sales of loans of $3.0 million, up $1.9 million from $1.1 million for fourth quarter of 2019
  • Net interest margin of 3.51%, down 25 basis points from 3.76% for fourth quarter of 2019
  • Provision for loan losses of $1.2 million, up $1.0 million from $0.2 million for fourth quarter of 2019

Annual Highlights

  • Net income of $10.3 million, up $2.5 million from $7.8 million for 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share of $2.22, up $0.54 from $1.68 for 2019
  • Gain on sales of loans of $9.5 million, up $6.6 million from $2.9 million for 2019
  • Net interest margin of 3.55%, down 49 basis points from 4.04% for 2019
  • Provision for loan losses of $2.7 million, up $3.9 million from ($1.2) million for 2019
Net Income Summary Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)    2020   2019  20202019 
Net income$3,1251,236 $10,3027,793 
Diluted earnings per share 0.670.27  2.221.68 
Return on average assets (annualized) 1.37%0.64% 1.21%1.05%
Return on average equity (annualized) 12.18%5.29% 10.56%8.74%
Book value per share$21.6519.13 $21.6519.13 
         

ROCHESTER, Minn., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HMN Financial, Inc. (HMN or the Company) (Nasdaq:HMNF), the $910 million holding company for Home Federal Savings Bank (the Bank), today reported net income of $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $1.9 million compared to net income of $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $0.67, an increase of $0.40 from the diluted earnings per share of $0.27 for the fourth quarter of 2019.  The increase in net income between the periods was primarily because of a $1.9 million increase in the gain on sales of loans due to the increase in mortgage loan originations and sales between the periods, a $0.8 million increase in net interest income due primarily to an increase in the earning assets between the periods, and a $0.6 million decrease in non-interest expenses primarily related to decreases in compensation and legal expenses.  These increases in net income were partially offset by a $1.0 million increase in the provision for loan losses due primarily to the increase in the qualitative reserves that were established as a result of the stressed economic environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Income tax expense increased $0.6 million as a result of the increase in pre-tax income between the periods.

President’s Statement
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the related social distancing mandates continued to have a significant impact on the Company in the fourth quarter of 2020,” said Bradley Krehbiel, President and Chief Executive Officer of HMN.  “The economic effects of the pandemic resulted in the recording of additional provisions for loan losses in the fourth quarter as we continue to analyze the impact of the pandemic on our borrowers.   The increased provision for loan losses combined with the net interest margin compression we are experiencing, as a result of the historic low interest rate environment, continue to have a negative impact on the Company’s earnings.  Despite these challenges, we are pleased to report the increases in net income for both the quarter and the year, due in large part to the increased mortgage loan origination activity and the related gain on sales of loans.” 

Fourth Quarter Results
Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $7.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $0.8 million, or 11.2%, from $6.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Interest income was $8.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $0.4 million, or 5.4%, from $7.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Interest income increased primarily because of the $142.0 million increase in the average interest-earning assets between the periods.  However, the majority of that increase was offset by a decrease in the average yield earned on interest- earning assets between the periods.  The average yield earned on interest-earning assets was 3.76% for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 49 basis points from 4.25% for the fourth quarter of 2019.  The decrease in the average yield is primarily related to the decrease in loan yields as a result of the decrease in the average prime rate between the periods.

Interest expense was $0.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 38.9%, from $0.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Interest expense decreased despite the $130.1 million increase in the average interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest bearing deposits between the periods primarily because of the decrease in the average interest rate paid on deposits. The average interest rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest bearing deposits was 0.28% for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of 26 basis points from 0.54% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease in the interest paid on interest-bearing liabilities was primarily because of the decrease in deposit rates as a result of the decrease in the average federal funds rate between the periods.  Net interest margin (net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets) for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 3.51%, a decrease of 25 basis points, compared to 3.76% for the fourth quarter of 2019.  The decrease in the net interest margin is primarily related to the decrease in the average yield earned on interest-earning assets as a result of the prime rate decreases that occurred between the periods.

A summary of the Company’s net interest margin for the three month periods ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 is as follows:

  For the three month period ended 
  December 31, 2020  December 31, 2019 
(Dollars in thousands) Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Paid
 Yield/
Rate
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Paid
 Yield/
Rate
 
Interest-earning assets:              
        Securities available for sale$128,269 486 1.51%$91,940 449 1.94%
        Loans held for sale 8,334 59 2.84  4,567 43 3.76 
        Single family loans, net 139,836 1,350 3.84  120,117 1,248 4.12 
        Commercial loans, net 457,654 5,676 4.93  394,667 5,003 5.03 
        Consumer loans, net 57,311 683 4.74  70,302 896 5.06 
        Other 84,014 29 0.14  51,838 222 1.70 
Total interest-earning assets$875,418 8,283 3.76 $733,431 7,861 4.25 
               
Interest-bearing liabilities:              
        Checking accounts$145,626 49 0.13 $98,280 30 0.12 
        Savings accounts 97,444 17 0.07  79,550 15 0.07 
        Money market accounts 220,404 156 0.28  186,557 294 0.63 
        Certificates 105,121 336 1.27  126,479 575 1.80 
Total interest-bearing liabilities$568,595     $490,866     
         Non-interest checking 226,786      174,100     
         Other non-interest bearing deposits 1,856      2,137     
Total interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest
   bearing deposits
 
$
797,237 558 0.28  
$
667,103 914 0.54 
Net interest income   7,725      6,947   
Net interest rate spread     3.48%     3.71%
Net interest margin     3.51%     3.76%
               

Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $1.0 million from the $0.2 million provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2019. The provision for loan losses increased between the periods primarily because of the changes in the economic environment related to the disruption in business activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of the increase in the allowance for loan losses related to the economic environment is based, in part, on the amount of loans to borrowers in the hospitality, restaurant and entertainment industries that continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Bank had no loans to borrowers who had their loan payments deferred at December 31, 2020, compared to $82.0 million at September 30, 2020, and $119.1 million of loans to borrowers who had their payments deferred at June 30, 2020.  

All of the borrowers whose loan deferral period ended during the fourth quarter of 2020 have resumed making their normal payments except for the $34.6 million of loans that were granted loan accommodations in accordance with Section 4013 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The accommodations granted included $29.2 million of loans that are required to make interest only payments for up to one year and $5.4 million of loans that had their loan amortization period increased.  Of the loans removed from the deferred list during the period, $8.1 million were downgraded, of which $2.3 million were classified but still accruing at December 31, 2020.  The commercial credit area continues to communicate regularly with the borrowers that have been granted loan accommodations and monitors their activity closely.  This information is used to analyze the performance of these loans and to anticipate any potential issues that these loans may develop so that risk ratings may be appropriately adjusted in a timely manner.  It is anticipated that some of the remaining borrowers that have been granted accommodations will be in a position to resume making their regular loan payments at the end of the initial accommodation period.  Other borrowers, particularly in the hospitality and restaurant industries, may need additional accommodations when their initial accommodation period ends as their operations may need more time to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
     
The allowance for loan losses is made up of general reserves on the entire loan portfolio and specific reserves on impaired loans.  The general reserve amount includes quantitative reserves based on our past loan loss history and qualitative reserves for other items determined to have a potential impact on future loan losses. The general reserves increased during the quarter as a result of an increase in the qualitative allowance for loan losses because of the current economic environment related to the disruption in business activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It also increased due to an increase in the risk rating downgrades on certain commercial real estate loans between the periods.  Total non-performing assets were $3.3 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.3 million, or 12.4%, from $3.0 million at September 30, 2020.  Non-performing loans increased $0.1 million and foreclosed and repossessed assets increased $0.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2020.  

A reconciliation of the Company’s allowance for loan losses for the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 is summarized as follows:

     
(Dollars in thousands)                            2020  2019 
Balance at September 30,$9,532 $8,195 
Provision 1,151  236 
Charge offs:    
  Consumer (10) (14)
  Commercial business 0  (10)
Recoveries 26  157 
Balance at December 31,$10,699 $8,564 
     
Allocated to:    
General allowance$10,461 $7,839 
Specific allowance 238  725 
 $10,699 $8,564 
     

The following table summarizes the amounts and categories of non-performing assets in the Bank’s portfolio and loan delinquency information as of the end of the two most recently completed quarters and December 31, 2019.

                                                                December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
(Dollars in thousands)                2020  2020  2019 
Non‑Performing Loans:         
  Single family$502 $352 $617 
  Commercial real estate 1,484  1,537  184 
  Consumer 689  641  659 
  Commercial business 9  11  621 
  Total 2,684  2,541  2,081 
          
Foreclosed and Repossessed Assets:         
   Single family 0  0  166 
   Commercial real estate 636  414  414 
Total non‑performing assets$3,320 $2,955 $2,661 
Total as a percentage of total assets 0.37% 0.33% 0.34%
Total non‑performing loans$2,684 $2,541 $2,081 
Total as a percentage of total loans receivable, net 0.42% 0.38% 0.35%
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 398.72% 375.19% 411.45%
          
Delinquency Data:         
Delinquencies (1)         
   30+ days$995 $995 $1,167 
   90+ days 0  0  0 
Delinquencies as a percentage of         
 loan portfolio (1)         
   30+ days 0.15% 0.14% 0.19%
   90+ days 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
          
(1) Excludes non-accrual loans.         

Non-Interest Income and Expense
Non-interest income was $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $2.0 million, or 78.6%, from $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Gain on sales of loans increased $1.9 million between the periods primarily because of an increase in single family loan originations and sales.  Other non-interest income increased $0.1 million due primarily to an increase in the fees earned on the sale of uninsured investment products between the periods. Loan servicing fees increased $0.1 million between the periods due to an increase in the aggregate balances of single family mortgage loans that were being serviced for others.  These increases in the non-interest income were partially offset by a decrease of $0.1 million in fees and service charges earned between the periods due primarily to a decrease in the overdraft fees collected.        

Non-interest expense was $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 8.2%, from $7.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Professional services expense decreased $0.3 million between the periods primarily because of a decrease in legal expenses relating to an ongoing bankruptcy litigation claim.  Compensation and benefits expense decreased $0.3 million because of an increase in the direct loan origination compensation costs that were deferred as a result of the increased mortgage loan production between the periods.  Occupancy and equipment expense decreased $0.1 million between the periods due to a decrease in building expenses as a result of having more staff working remotely in the fourth quarter of 2020.  Other non-interest expense decreased slightly due primarily to a decrease in advertising expense between the periods.  These decreases in non-interest expense were partially offset by a slight increase in data processing expenses between the periods due to an increase in internet and mobile banking costs. 
 
Income tax expense was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $0.6 million from $0.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.  The increase in income tax expense between the periods is primarily the result of an increase in pre-tax income.  

Return on Assets and Equity
Return on average assets (annualized) for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 1.37%, compared to 0.64% for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Return on average equity (annualized) was 12.18% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 5.29% for the same period of 2019.  Book value per share at December 31, 2020 was $21.65, compared to $19.13 at December 31, 2019.

Annual Results
Net Income
Net income was $10.3 million for 2020, an increase of $2.5 million, or 32.2%, compared to net income of $7.8 million for 2019.  Diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $2.22, an increase of $0.54 per share compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.68 for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in net income between the periods was primarily because of a $6.6 million increase in the gain on sales of loans due to the increase in mortgage loan originations and sales between the periods, a $0.5 million increase in net interest income due primarily to an increase in the earning assets between the periods, and a $0.1 million decrease in non-interest expenses primarily related to decreases in legal expenses.  These increases in net income were partially offset by a $3.9 million increase in the provision for loan losses due primarily to the increase in qualitative reserves that were established as a result of the stressed economic environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Income tax expense increased $0.7 million as a result of the increase in pre-tax income between the periods

Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $29.1 million for 2020, an increase of $0.5 million, or 2.0%, from $28.6 million for 2019.  Interest income was $32.0 million for 2020, an increase of $0.1 million, or 0.2%, from $31.9 million for 2019.  Interest income increased primarily because of the $112.8 million increase in the average interest-earning assets between the periods.  However, the majority of that increase was offset by a decrease in the average yield earned on interest earning assets.  The average yield earned on interest-earning assets was 3.90% for 2020, a decrease of 61 basis points from 4.51% for 2019.  The decrease in the average yield is primarily related to the decrease in loan yields as a result of the decrease in the average prime rate between the periods.

Interest expense was $2.9 million for 2020, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 14.6%, from $3.3 million for 2019.  Interest expense decreased despite the $105.9 million increase in the average interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest bearing deposits between the periods primarily because of the decrease in the average interest rate paid on deposits. The average interest rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest bearing deposits was 0.38% for 2020, a decrease of 14 basis points from 0.52% for 2019. The decrease in the interest paid on interest-bearing liabilities was primarily because of the decrease in deposit rates as a result of the decrease in the average federal funds rate between the periods.  Net interest margin (net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets) for 2020 was 3.55%, a decrease of 49 basis points, compared to 4.04% for 2019.  The decrease in the net interest margin is primarily related to the decrease in the average yield earned on interest-earning assets as a result of the prime rate decreases that occurred between the periods.

A summary of the Company’s net interest margin for 2020 and 2019 is as follows:

  For the twelve month period ended 
  December 31, 2020  December 31, 2019 
(Dollars in thousands) Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Paid
 Yield/
Rate
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Paid
 Yield/
Rate
 
Interest-earning assets:              
         Securities available for sale$107,771 1,857 1.72%$82,383 1,500 1.82%
        Loans held for sale 7,292 215 2.95  2,959 125 4.22 
        Single family loans, net 132,803 5,257 3.96  116,411 4,992 4.29 
        Commercial loans, net 449,364 21,457 4.77  400,503 20,969 5.24 
        Consumer loans, net 62,745 2,995 4.77  72,607 3,701 5.10 
        Other 59,321 178 0.30  31,679 603 1.90 
Total interest-earning assets$819,296 31,959 3.90 $706,542 31,890 4.51 
               
Interest-bearing liabilities:              
        Checking accounts$122,781 151 0.12 $96,387 103 0.11 
        Savings accounts 90,064 65 0.07  79,587 63 0.08 
        Money market accounts 209,522 840 0.40  177,587 1,171 0.66 
        Certificates 115,079 1,795 1.56  121,914 1,995 1.64 
        Advances and other borrowings 0 0 0.00  287 7 2.54 
Total interest-bearing liabilities$537,446     $475,762     
         Non-interest checking 207,456      163,420     
         Other non-interest bearing deposits 2,251      2,057     
Total interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest
   bearing deposits
$747,153 2,851 0.38 $641,239 3,339 0.52 
Net interest income   29,108      28,551   
Net interest rate spread     3.52%     3.99%
Net interest margin     3.55%     4.04%
               

Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses was $2.7 million for 2020, an increase of $3.9 million from the ($1.2) million provision for loan losses for 2019. The provision for loan losses increased between the periods primarily because of the changes in the economic environment related to the disruption in business activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and also because of a reduction in the recoveries received on previously charged off loans.  The amount of the increase in the allowance for loan losses related to the economic environment is based, in part, on the amount of loans to borrowers in the hospitality, restaurant and entertainment industries that continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Bank had no loans to borrowers who had their loan payments deferred at December 31, 2020, compared to $82.0 million at September 30, 2020, and $119.1 million of loans to borrowers who had their payments deferred at June 30, 2020. 
 
All of the borrowers whose loan deferral period ended during 2020 have resumed making their normal payments except for the $34.6 million of loans that were granted loan accommodations in accordance with Section 4013 of the CARES Act. The accommodations granted included $29.2 million of loans that are required to make interest only payments for periods up to one year and $5.4 million of loans that had their loan amortization period increased.  Of the loans removed from the deferred list during the period, $8.1 million were downgraded, of which $2.3 million were classified but still accruing at December 31, 2020.  The commercial credit area continues to communicate regularly with the borrowers that have been granted loan accommodations and monitors their activity closely.  This information is used to analyze the performance of these loans and to anticipate any potential issues that these loans may develop so that risk ratings may be appropriately adjusted in a timely manner.  It is anticipated that some of the remaining borrowers that have been granted accommodations will be in a position to resume making their regular loan payments at the end of the initial accommodation period.  Other borrowers, particularly in the hospitality and restaurant industries, may need additional accommodations when their initial accommodation period ends as their operations may need more time to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. 
    
The allowance for loan losses is made up of general reserves on the entire loan portfolio and specific reserves on impaired loans.  The general reserve amount includes quantitative reserves based on our past loan loss history and qualitative reserves for other items determined to have a potential impact on future loan losses. The general reserves increased during 2020 as a result of an increase in the qualitative allowance for loan losses because of the current economic environment related to the disruption in business activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It also increased due to an increase in the risk rating downgrades on certain commercial real estate loans between the periods.  Total non-performing assets were $3.3 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $0.6 million, or 24.7%, from $2.7 million at December 31, 2019.  Non-performing loans increased $0.6 million and foreclosed and repossessed assets remained the same during 2020.  

A reconciliation of the allowance for loan losses for 2020 and 2019 is summarized as follows:

     
(Dollars in thousands)                            2020  2019 
Balance beginning of period$8,564 $8,686 
Provision 2,699  (1,216)
Charge offs:    
  Single family     0  (1)
  Commercial real estate (730) 0 
  Consumer (84) (107)
  Commercial business (8) (880)
Recoveries 258  2,082 
Balance at December 31,$10,699 $8,564 
     

Non-Interest Income and Expense
Non-interest income was $15.0 million for 2020, an increase of $6.5 million, or 76.9%, from $8.5 million for 2019.  Gain on sales of loans increased $6.6 million between the periods primarily because of an increase in single family loan originations and sales.  Other non-interest income increased $0.1 million due primarily to an increase in the fees earned on the sale of uninsured investment products between the periods. Loan servicing fees increased $0.1 million between the periods due to an increase in the aggregate balances of single family mortgage loans that were being serviced for others.  These increases in the non-interest income were partially offset by a decrease of $0.2 million in fees and service charges earned between the periods due primarily to a decrease in the overdraft fees collected.      

Non-interest expense was $27.0 million for 2020, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 0.4%, from $27.1 million for 2019.  Professional services expense decreased $0.2 million between the periods primarily because of a decrease in legal expenses relating to an ongoing bankruptcy litigation claim.  Compensation and benefits expense decreased slightly because of an increase in the direct loan origination compensation costs that were deferred as a result of the increased mortgage loan production between the periods.  Occupancy and equipment expense decreased slightly between the periods due to a decrease in building expenses as a result of having more staff working remotely in 2020.  These decreases in non-interest expense were partially offset by a $0.1 million increase in data processing expenses between the periods due to an increase in internet and mobile banking costs.   Other non-interest expense increased slightly due primarily to an increase in mortgage servicing expenses between the periods.  Income tax expense was $4.1 million for 2020, an increase of $0.8 million from $3.3 million for 2019.  The increase in income tax expense between the periods is primarily the result of an increase in pre-tax income.  

Paycheck Protection Program
The Bank actively participated in helping businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19 that applied for forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the CARES Act.  The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocated $349 billion in funding to help small businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Bank had the following PPP loan activity during 2020:

Dollars in thousands Number of
Loans
 Amount Net Deferred Fees
Originated 413 $53,153 $1,837 
Forgiven (130) (19,167)               - 
Non-forgiven portion repaid -  (317)               - 
Net deferred fees recognized -                 -  (1,097)
Balance, December 31, 2020 283 $33,669 $740 
       

The Bank continues to submit applications for forgiveness on the PPP loans that were still outstanding at December 31, 2020 and it is anticipated that the majority of these loans will be forgiven by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The remaining net deferred fees will be recognized into income over the remaining lives of the loans.

The Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, allocated $284 billion to the SBA to fund a second round of the PPP and extended the application period for the program to March 31, 2021. The Bank is actively participating in the second round of the program and began submitting applications for borrowers on January 15, 2021 when the application window officially opened for financial institutions with under $1 billion in assets.  The program was adjusted for the second round to allow applications from both first time borrowers and those that obtained loans during the first round of the program.  The revised program, among other things, requires that borrowers demonstrate or certify that they experienced a 25% or greater reduction in gross receipts from a quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019 and certify that current economic uncertainty makes the loan request necessary to support their ongoing operations.  For various reasons, including the increased requirements to qualify for a second loan, it is anticipated that the Bank will originate fewer loans in the second round of the program.         

Return on Assets and Equity
Return on average assets (annualized) for 2020 was 1.21%, compared to 1.05% for 2019.  Return on average equity (annualized) was 10.56% for 2020, compared to 8.74% for 2019.  Book value per share at December 31, 2020 was $21.65, compared to $19.13 at December 31, 2019.   

Annual Meeting
HMN announced that its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

General Information
HMN Financial, Inc. and the Bank are headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. Home Federal Savings Bank operates twelve full service offices in Minnesota located in Albert Lea, Austin, Eagan, Kasson, La Crescent, Owatonna, Rochester (4), Spring Valley and Winona, one full service office in Marshalltown, Iowa, and one full service office in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The Bank also operates a loan origination office located in Sartell, Minnesota.

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A number of factors, many of which may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the same, could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s assumptions and expectations. These include but are not limited to the adequacy and marketability of real estate and other collateral securing loans to borrowers; federal and state regulation and enforcement; possible legislative and regulatory changes, including changes to regulatory capital rules; the ability of the Bank to comply with other applicable regulatory capital requirements; enforcement activity of the OCC and FRB in the event of our non-compliance with any applicable regulatory standard or requirement; adverse economic, business and competitive developments such as continued shrinking interest margins, reduced collateral values, deposit outflows, changes in credit or other risks posed by the Company’s loan and investment portfolios; changes in costs associated with traditional and alternate funding sources, including changes in collateral advance rates and policies of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) and the Federal Reserve Bank; technological, computer-related or operational difficulties including those from any third party cyberattack; results of litigation; reduced demand for financial services and loan products; changes in accounting policies and guidelines, or monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government or tax laws; domestic and international economic developments; the Company’s access to and adverse changes in securities markets; the market for credit related assets; the future operating results, financial condition, cash flow requirements and capital spending priorities of the Company and the Bank; the availability of internal and, as required, external sources of funding; our ability to attract and retain employees; or other significant uncertainties. Additional factors that may cause actual results to differ from the Company’s assumptions and expectations include those set forth in the Company’s most recent filing on Form 10-K  and 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified by, and should be considered in conjunction with, such cautionary statements. For additional discussion of the risks and uncertainties applicable to the Company, see the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and Part II, Item 1A of its subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

All statements in this press release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

(Three pages of selected consolidated financial information are included with this release.)

 HMN FINANCIAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
      
  December 31, December 31, 
(Dollars in thousands) 2020  2019  
  (unaudited)   
Assets     
Cash and cash equivalents$86,269  44,399  
Securities available for sale:     
   Mortgage-backed and related securities     
    (amortized cost $99,821 and $54,777) 101,464  54,851  
   Other marketable securities     
     (amortized cost $46,491 and $52,751) 46,626  52,741  
  148,090  107,592  
      
Loans held for sale 6,186  3,606  
Loans receivable, net 642,630  596,392  
Accrued interest receivable 3,102  2,251  
Mortgage servicing rights, net 3,043  2,172  
Premises and equipment, net 10,133  10,515  
Goodwill 802  802  
Core deposit intangible 57  156  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 7,241  8,052  
Deferred tax asset, net 2,027  1,702  
    Total assets$909,580  777,639  
      
      
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity     
Deposits$795,204  673,870  
Accrued interest payable 140  420  
Customer escrows 1,998  2,413  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 8,986  8,288  
    Total liabilities 806,328  684,991  
Commitments and contingencies     
Stockholders’ equity:     
    Serial-preferred stock: ($.01 par value)     
     authorized 500,000 shares; issued 0 0  0  
    Common stock ($.01 par value):     
     authorized 16,000,000 shares; issued 9,128,662 91  91  
Additional paid-in capital 40,480  40,365  
Retained earnings, subject to certain restrictions 117,849  107,547  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,282  46  
Unearned employee stock ownership plan shares (1,450) (1,643) 
Treasury stock, at cost 4,359,552 and 4,284,840 shares (55,000) (53,758) 
    Total stockholders’ equity 103,252  92,648  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$909,580  777,639  
      


HMN FINANCIAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
     
     Three Months Ended Year Ended    
    December 31,    December 31,    
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 2020 2019 2020 2019
   (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)  
Interest income:        
     Loans receivable$          7,768 7,190 29,924 29,787
     Securities available for sale:        
         Mortgage-backed and related 330 197 1,155 343
         Other marketable 156 252 702 1,157
     Other 29 222 178 603
         Total interest income 8,283 7,861 31,959 31,890
         
Interest expense:        
     Deposits 558 914 2,851 3,332
     Advances and other borrowings 0 0 0 7
        Total interest expense 558 914 2,851 3,339
        Net interest income 7,725 6,947 29,108 28,551
Provision for loan losses 1,151 236 2,699 (1,216)
        Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,574 6,711 26,409 29,767
         
Non-interest income:        
     Fees and service charges 741 795 2,877 3,100
     Loan servicing fees 380 321 1,356 1,278
     Gain on sales of loans 3,028 1,106 9,531 2,941
     Other 344 294 1,190 1,136
        Total non-interest income 4,493 2,516 14,954 8,455
         
Non-interest expense:        
     Compensation and benefits 3,884 4,163 15,646 15,659
     Occupancy and equipment 1,094 1,158 4,429 4,442
     Data processing 351 338 1,314 1,263
     Professional services 230 492 1,405 1,573
     Other 1,184 1,193 4,199 4,168
        Total non-interest expense 6,743 7,344 26,993 27,105
        Income before income tax expense 4,324 1,883 14,370 11,117
Income tax expense 1,199 647 4,068 3,324
        Net income  3,125 1,236 10,302 7,793
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax (61) 67 1,236 1,142
Comprehensive income available to common                               
   shareholders
$ 3,064  1,303  11,538  8,935
Basic earnings per share$0.68 0.27 2.23 1.69
Diluted earnings per share$0.67 0.27 2.22 1.68
         


HMN FINANCIAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Selected Consolidated Financial Information
(unaudited)  
          Three Months Ended    Year Ended 
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:        December 31,     December 31,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)       2020 2019       2020 2019 
I.   OPERATING DATA:        
      Interest income $8,283 7,861 31,959 31,890 
      Interest expense  558 914 2,851 3,339 
      Net interest income  7,725 6,947 29,108 28,551 
          
II.   AVERAGE BALANCES:         
       Assets (1)  910,086 768,860 854,166 738,908 
       Loans receivable, net  654,801 585,086 644,912 589,520 
       Mortgage-backed and related securities (1)  128,269 91,940 107,771 82,383 
       Interest-earning assets (1)  875,418 733,431 819,296 706,542 
       Interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest bearing         
          deposits 797,237 667,103 747,153 641,239
       Equity (1)  102,064 92,631 97,599 89,122 
          
III.  PERFORMANCE RATIOS: (1)         
       Return on average assets (annualized)  1.37%0.64%1.21%1.05%
       Interest rate spread information:         
          Average during period  3.48 3.71 3.52 3.99 
          End of period  3.48 3.66 3.48 3.66 
       Net interest margin  3.51 3.76 3.55 4.04 
       Ratio of operating expense to average         
         total assets (annualized)  2.95 3.79 3.16 3.67 
       Return on average common equity (annualized)  12.18 5.29 10.56 8.74 
       Efficiency  55.20 77.61 61.26 73.25 


  December 31, December 31, 
    
 
  2020 2019      
IV. EMPLOYEE DATA:        
       Number of full time equivalent employees                 172 181  
         
V.  ASSET QUALITY:        
       Total non-performing assets$3,320 2,661     
       Non-performing assets to total assets 0.37%0.34%   
       Non-performing loans to total loans         
           receivable, net 0.42%0.35%   
       Allowance for loan losses$10,699 8,564     
       Allowance for loan losses to total assets 1.18%1.10%   
       Allowance for loan losses to total loans
          receivable, net
 1.66 
%
1.44%   
       Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 398.72%411.45%
   
              
VI.   BOOK VALUE PER COMMON SHARE:         
       Book value per common share$21.65 19.13     
          
    Year Ended   Year Ended          
    Dec 31, 2020          Dec 31, 2019          
VII.  CAPITAL RATIOS:              
       Stockholders’ equity to total assets, at end of period 11.35%11.91%         
       Average stockholders’ equity to average assets (1) 11.43 12.06          
       Ratio of average interest-earning assets to              
         average interest-bearing liabilities and non-interest
         bearing deposits (1)
  109.66  110.18          
       Home Federal Savings Bank regulatory capital ratios:              
         Common equity tier 1 capital ratio 13.62 13.21          
         Tier 1 capital leverage ratio 9.85 10.89          
         Tier 1 capital ratio 13.62 13.21          
         Risk-based capital 14.87 14.46          
               
               
(1)  Average balances were calculated based upon amortized cost without the market value impact of ASC 320.

CONTACT:  
Bradley Krehbiel

Chief Executive Officer, President
HMN Financial, Inc. (507) 252-7169