ES Bancshares, Inc. reports a 45% increase in net income driven by loan growth for the first quarter 2017

Quarterly earnings of $123 thousand, or $0.04 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as compared to $85 thousand or $0.03 per common shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2016

Newburgh, New York, UNITED STATES


NEWBURGH, N.Y., April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ES Bancshares, Inc. (OTC:ESBS) (the “Company”) the holding company for Empire State Bank, (the “Bank”) today announced a 44.7% increase in net income to $123 thousand, or $0.04 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as compared to $85 thousand, or $0.03 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The improvement for the quarter was driven by a $310 thousand, or 16.0% increase in net interest income as a result of a $40.4 million, or 23.2% increase in loans receivable.  The increase in net interest income was partially offset by higher non-interest expenses of $167 thousand as well as a higher provision for loan losses of $57 thousand due to loan growth and higher income taxes.

Chief Executive Officer Philip Guarnieri stated, “We are pleased with the success the Bank has experienced in the past twelve months and in our First Quarter of 2017.  Our loan portfolio has grown by over $40 million in a year’s time, and in our most recent quarter, we have originated nearly $20 million of new loans.  This record breaking level for Empire Savings Bank shows our commitment to growth by serving our communities.”  He continued, “We are also encouraged by the improvement in earnings, and look forward to continued growth.”

President & Chief Operating Officer Thomas Sperzel commented, “...the sale of our New Paltz Branch was announced in January 2017.  That sale is progressing towards settlement in June 2017 and will contribute significantly to the Bank’s earnings and capital.  In addition we announced in March 2017 our plans to further expand our branch network into the Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY markets.  We are looking forward to taking advantage of the growth we have seen from the existing branches, and have already commenced with plans to open a loan production office in the second quarter of 2017.”

Financial Highlights

  • Net income of $123 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $85 thousand for the comparable period in 2016, representing an increase of $38 thousand, or 45%.
  • Net income before taxes of $287 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $218 thousand for the comparable period in 2016, representing an increase of $69 thousand, or 32%.
  • Net interest income of $2.02 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $1.71 million for the comparable period in 2016, representing an increase of $310 thousand, or 18%.
  • Net interest margin of 3.44% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to 3.59% for the comparable period in 2016, representing a decrease of 15 bps, or 4.2%
  • Loans, net of $214.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $173.9 million for the comparable period in 2016, representing an increase of $40.4 million, or 23%.
  • Total deposits of $214.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $169.9 million for the comparable period in 2016, representing an increase of $44.4 million, or 26%
  • Capital ratios of 8.6%, 10.4% and 11.7% for each of the Tier 1 Leverage ratio, Tier 1 Risk Based Capital ratio and Total risk Based Capital ratio, respectively.

Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

Total assets at March 31, 2017, amounted to $254.0 million, representing an increase of $17.1 million, or 7.2%, from $236.9 million at December 31, 2016.  The increase in assets consisted primarily of increases in total loans receivable, net of $15.0 million and in cash and cash equivalents of $2.0 million. This increase was offset by a decrease in total securities of $305 thousand.

Loans receivable, net, increased $15.0 million, or 7.5%, to $214.3 million at March 31, 2017 from $199.3 million at December 31, 2016. Commercial and multifamily real estate loans increased $13.4 million, or 11.3%, from $118.1 million to $131.4 million.  Residential real estate mortgage loans increased $2.4 million, or 6.2%, from $38.8 million to $41.2 million.  Commercial loans and commercial lines of credit decreased $1.5 million, or 4.1%, from $37.1 million to $35.6 million. Home equity and consumer loans decreased $368 thousand to $5.3 million at March 31, 2017. Management continues to emphasize the origination of high quality loans for retention in the loan portfolio.

Deposits increased by $8.7 million to $214.3 million at March 31, 2017 from $205.7 million at December 31, 2016. Non-interest bearing deposits increased $2.1 million and interest bearing deposits increased $6.5 million. Over this three month period the net deposit activity consisted mainly of increases in DDA and NOW accounts of $7.2 million, and in savings accounts of $2.0 million, partially offset by a decrease in money market accounts of $347 thousand and in certificates of deposit of $232 thousand.

Borrowings increased by $8.0 million to $20.3 million at March 31, 2017 from $12.3 million at December 31, 2016.

Stockholders’ equity increased by $115 thousand to $16.1 million at March 31, 2017, from $16.0 million at December 31, 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to a $123 thousand increase in retained earnings, partially offset by a decrease in other comprehensive income of $23 thousand. The ratio of stockholders’ equity to total assets decreased to 6.3% at March 31, 2017 from 6.8% at December 31, 2016.  Book value per share increased to $4.86 at March 31, 2017, from $4.82 at December 31, 2016.

         
 ES BANCSHARES, INC.       
 STATEMENTS OF CONDITION      
 (In Thousands)       
 (Unaudited)       
         
         
  3/31/2017 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 6/30/2016
 ASSETS       
 Cash and cash equivalents:$  12,773  $  10,768  $  24,872  $  21,151 
         
 Securities - Available For Sale   5,052     5,024     5,200     5,308 
 Securities - Held To Maturity   6,069     6,402     6,831     7,290 
 Total Securities   11,121     11,426     12,031     12,598 
         
 Loans held for sale   6,659     6,592     -     - 
         
 Loans   217,177     202,055     203,459     186,079 
 Less:  allowance for loan losses   (2,881)    (2,685)    (2,497)    (2,443)
 Loans, net    214,296     199,370     200,962     183,636 
         
 Premises and equipment, net   3,084     3,151     3,214     3,264 
 Other assets   6,051     5,552     5,946     6,094 
 Total Assets$  253,984  $  236,859  $  247,025  $  226,743 
         
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
 Deposits:       
   Demand and NOW deposit accounts$  82,137  $  74,915  $  77,328  $  68,411 
   Money market accounts   28,774     29,121     29,840     24,019 
   Savings accounts   47,877     45,865     47,911     35,634 
   Certificates of deposit   55,535     55,767     58,761     57,536 
   Total Deposits   214,323     205,668     213,840     185,600 
         
 Borrowings   20,250     12,250     13,250     23,000 
 Other Liabilities   3,313     2,958     4,260     2,607 
 Total Liabilities   237,886     220,876     231,350     211,207 
         
 Total Shareholders' Equity   16,098     15,983     15,675     15,536 
 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $  253,984  $  236,859  $  247,025  $  226,743 
                 

Results of Operations for the Quarters Ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016

General.  For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company recognized net income of $123 thousand, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, as compared to net income of $85 thousand, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Interest Income.  Interest income increased to $2.47 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to $2.04 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. An increase of $434 thousand was primarily attributable to a $453 thousand increase in loan interest income and partially offset by a decrease in interest income from securities of $32 thousand.

The average balance of the loan portfolio increased to $212.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 from $169.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016 while the average yield decreased from 4.47% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 to 4.41% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The average balance and yield of the Bank’s investment securities for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $11.2 million and 3.25%, respectively, as compared to an average balance of $15.2 million and a yield of 3.23% for the comparable quarter ended one-year earlier.

Interest Expense.  Total interest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 increased by $125 thousand to $448 thousand from $323 thousand for the prior year period.  Average balances of total interest-bearing liabilities increased $27.9 million to $161.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, from $133.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The average cost for those liabilities increased to 1.13% from 0.98% for the same respective period one year earlier reflecting higher market interest rates.

The average balances of the Bank’s certificates of deposit portfolio increased to $55.3 million at an average cost of 1.24% over the quarter ended March 31, 2017, from $52.6 million at an average cost of 1.29% over the same quarter ended one-year earlier.  Regular savings account average balances increased to $46.5 million, or $22.5 million, from $24.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. These had an average cost of 0.98% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 and a cost of 0.74% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  

Average money market account balances increased $5.5 million to $29.8 million at an average cost of 0.45% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, from $24.3 million at an average cost of 0.43% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the average balance of the Company’s borrowed funds was $12.4 million with an average cost of 3.76%, as compared to $19.7 million and an average cost of 1.42% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  The increase was largely due to the borrowing facility utilized by the Company to provide additional capital to the Bank.

Net Interest Income.  Net interest income was approximately $2.02 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as compared to $1.71 million for the same quarter in the prior year.  Our average interest rate spread decreased to 3.08% for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, from 3.30% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, while our net interest margin decreased to 3.44% from 3.59%, over the same respective periods. These decreases were primarily attributable to an increased cost of borrowings, and to a lesser extent, a lower yield on loans.   

Provision for Loan Losses.  For the three months ended March 31, 2017, management recorded $195 thousand provision for loan losses. Management records loan loss provisions based on historical loss experience and other qualitative factors. Comparatively, management recorded a provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 of $138 thousand.

Non-Interest Income.  Non-interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 decreased $16 thousand to $305 thousand as compared to $321 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The decrease was primarily attributable to a net decrease in gain on sale of securities of $26 thousand, partially offset by net increases in gain on sale of loans of $9 thousand and in other income of $6 thousand.

Non-Interest Expense.  Non-interest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 increased $167 thousand when compared to the same quarter in 2016. The increases are primarily attributable to net increases in professional fees of $55 thousand, compensation and benefits of $51 thousand, data processing service fees of $29 thousand, and other expense of $19 thousand.

Income Tax Expense.  Income tax expense was $164 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $133 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

     
 ES BANCSHARES, INC.   
 STATEMENTS OF INCOME   
 (In Thousands)   
 (Unaudited)   
     
  Quarter to Date Quarter to Date
  3/31/2017 3/31/2016
     
 Total interest income$  2,471 $  2,037
 Total interest expense   448    323
 Net interest income 2,023  1,714
 Provision for loan losses 195  138
     
 Net interest income after   
 provision for loan loss 1,828  1,576
     
 Total non-interest income 305  321
     
 Compensation and benefits 1,019  968
 Occupancy and equipment 271  256
 Professional fees 150  95
 Data processing service fees 109  80
 NYS Banking & FDIC Assessment 60  52
 Other operating expenses 237  228
 Total non-interest expense 1,846  1,679
     
 Net Income Before Taxes 287  218
     
 Provision for income taxes 164  133
 Net income 123  85
     


         
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
  3/31/2017 12/31/2016 9//30/2016 6//30/2016
         
 Total interest income$  2,471  $  2,405  $  2,271  $  2,110 
 Total interest expense   448     458     424     346 
 Net interest income 2,023   1,947   1,847   1,764 
 Provision for loan losses 195   185   100   150 
         
 Net interest income after       
 provision for loan loss 1,828   1,762   1,747   1,614 
         
 Total non-interest income 305   495   247   353 
         
 Compensation and benefits 1,019   1,049   957   923 
 Occupancy and equipment 271   262   259   248 
 Professional fees 150   99   125   128 
 Data processing service fees 109   104   96   96 
 NYS Banking & FDIC Assessment 60   61   54   56 
 Other operating expenses 237   277   248   254 
 Total non-interest expense 1,846   1,852   1,739   1,705 
         
 Net Income Before Taxes 287   405   255   262 
         
 Provision for income taxes 164   72   130   133 
 Net income 123   333   125   129 
         
 Basic Earnings per Share$  0.04  $  0.10  $  0.04  $  0.04 
         
 Diluted Earnings per Share$  0.04  $  0.10  $  0.04  $  0.04 
         
       
 ES BANCSHARES, INC.      
 OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES      
 (In Thousands)      
 (Unaudited)       
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
  3/31/2017 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 6/30/2016
 Asset Quality       
   Allowance for Loan Losses$  2,881  $  2,685  $  2,497  $  2,443 
   Nonperforming Loans / Total Loans 0.9%  1.0%  1.0%  1.6%
   Nonperforming Assets / Total Assets 0.9%  1.0%  1.0%  1.3%
   ALLL / Nonperforming Loans 136.9%  127.6%  118.7%  83.4%
   ALLL / Loans, Gross 1.29%  1.29%  1.23%  1.32%
         
 Capital       
   Shares Issue - Basic 3,312,867   3,312,867   3,312,867   3,312,867 
   Book Value per Share$  4.86  $  4.82  $  4.73  $  4.69 
   Tier 1 Capital Ratio 8.59%  8.41%  8.59%  8.70%
   Tier 1 Risk Based Capital Ratio 10.44%  11.04%  10.96%  10.82%
   Total Risk Based Capital Ratio 11.70%  12.29%  12.21%  12.07%
         
         
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
  3/31/2017 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 6/30/2016
 Profitability       
   Yield on Average Earning Assets 4.20%  4.08%  4.09%  4.15%
   Cost of Avg. Interest Bearing Liabilities 1.13%  1.09%  1.07%  0.97%
   Net Spread 3.08%  2.99%  3.02%  3.18%
   Net Margin 3.44%  3.31%  3.32%  3.47%
                 

Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose any statements contained in this report that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” or “continue” or comparable terminology, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, many of which are not within Empire State Bank’s control. The forward looking statements included in this report are made only as of the date of this report. We have no intention, and do not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements.


        

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