Hingham Savings Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

Hingham, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES


HINGHAM, Mass., April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS (NASDAQ: HIFS), Hingham, Massachusetts announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Earnings

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $16,350,000 or $7.65 per share basic and $7.45 per share diluted, as compared to $2,185,000 or $1.02 per share basic and $1.00 per share diluted for the same period last year. The Bank’s annualized return on average equity for the first quarter of 2021 was 21.72%, and the annualized return on average assets was 2.32%, as compared to 3.46% and 0.33% for the same period last year. Net income per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 645% compared to the same period in 2020.

Core net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, which represents net income excluding the after-tax gains and losses on securities, both realized and unrealized, was $13,725,000 or $6.42 per share basic and $6.25 per share diluted, as compared to $8,479,000 or $3.97 per share basic and $3.88 per share diluted for the same period last year. The Bank’s annualized core return on average equity for the first quarter of 2021 was 18.23% and the annualized core return on average assets was 1.95%, as compared to 13.44% and 1.30% for the same period last year. Core net income per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 61% over the same period in 2020.

See Page 8 for a Non-GAAP reconciliation between net income and core net income. In calculating core net income, the Bank does not make any adjustments other than those relating to after-tax gains and losses on securities, realized and unrealized.

Balance Sheet and Capital Management

Total assets were $2.844 billion at March 31, 2021, representing a 2% annualized decline year-to-date and 7% growth from March 31, 2020. Asset growth was below loan growth as the Bank continued to manage the balance sheet to minimize the carrying cost of its on-balance sheet liquidity.

Net loans increased to $2.508 billion at March 31, 2021, representing 2% annualized growth year-to-date and 8% growth from March 31, 2020. Growth was concentrated in the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio.

Total deposits, including wholesale deposits, increased to $2.274 billion at March 31, 2021, representing 25% annualized growth year-to-date and 33% growth from March 31, 2020. Total retail and business deposits increased to $1.621 billion at March 31, 2021, representing 8% annualized growth year-to-date and 9% growth from March 31, 2020. Non-interest-bearing deposits, included in retail and business deposits, increased to $327.3 million at March 31, 2021, representing 18% annualized growth year-to-date and 34% growth from March 31, 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, the Bank continued to manage its wholesale funding mix between wholesale time deposits and Federal Home Loan Bank advances in order to reduce the cost of funds.

Book value per share was $144.12 as of March 31, 2021, representing 21% annualized growth year-to-date and 24% growth from March 31, 2020. In addition to the increase in book value per share, the Bank declared $2.54 in dividends per share since March 31, 2020, including a special dividend of $0.70 per share declared during the fourth quarter of 2020. The Bank announced increases in its regular quarterly dividend in each of the last four quarters.

In March 2021, the Bank declared a regular cash dividend of $0.49 per share. This represented an increase of 4% over the previous regular quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share. This dividend will be paid on April 21, 2021 to stockholders of record as of April 12, 2021. This was the Bank’s 109th consecutive quarterly dividend and the Bank has consistently increased regular quarterly cash dividends over the last twenty-six years. The Bank has also declared special cash dividends in each of the last twenty-six years, typically in the fourth quarter.

The Bank sets the level of the special dividend based on the Bank’s capital requirements and the prospective return on other capital allocation options. This may result in special dividends, if any, significantly above or below the regular quarterly dividend. Future regular and special dividends will be considered by the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.

The Bank has previously communicated the declaration of the regular dividend via a separate press release. Going forward, the announcement of regular and special dividends, if any, will be communicated along with the quarterly results to simplify our internal process and reduce our costs.

Operational Performance Metrics

The net interest margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 increased 72 basis points to 3.54%, as compared to 2.82% for the same period last year. The Bank has benefited from a sharp decline in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities, including retail and commercial deposits and wholesale funding. The Bank has also benefited from continued growth in non-interest bearing deposit balances. These benefits were partially offset by a decline in the yield on interest-earning assets, driven primarily by the decline in the interest on excess reserves held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a lower yield on loans during the same period.

Key credit and operational metrics remained strong in the first quarter. At March 31, 2021, non-performing assets totaled 0.02% of total assets, compared to 0.27% at December 31, 2020 and 0.19% at March 31, 2020. Non-performing loans as a percentage of the total loan portfolio totaled 0.02% at March 31, 2021, compared to 0.16% at December 31, 2020 and 0.06% at March 31, 2020. The Bank recorded $1,000 in net charge-offs in the first three months of 2021, as compared to $681,000 in net charge-offs for the same period last year. The prior year charge-off related exclusively to the foreclosed property discussed below.

At March 31, 2021, the Bank did not own any foreclosed property, as compared to $3.6 million and $3.8 million at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020, respectively. This prior holding consisted exclusively of a single residential property that was purchased at auction in January 2020. The balance at December 31, 2020 included the capitalization of repairs and improvements completed by the Bank following acquisition, net of a writedown of $100,000 recorded in the fourth quarter of 2020. The property was sold during the first quarter of 2021 and the Bank recorded a $68,000 loss on disposal, included in foreclosure and related expenses.

The efficiency ratio fell to 22.02% for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to 30.64% for the same period last year. Operating expenses as a percentage of average assets fell to 0.77% for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to 0.86% for the same period last year. The Bank remains focused on reducing waste through an ongoing process of continuous improvement.

These operational metrics reflect the Bank’s disciplined focus on credit quality and expense management.

Annual Meeting

The Bank will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 3:00PM EST on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 via Zoom. Although we anticipate that a handful of Bank staff will be present at our Main Office for the business section of the meeting, we do not believe the public health environment will allow the Bank to hold a traditional in-person meeting in 2021. Immediately following the business meeting, the Bank will hold an informal meeting to discuss the results of the prior year and the operations of the Bank, as well as a questions and answers session. We strongly encourage all shareholders to vote by proxy. Electronic voting will not be available. Registration for the meeting is available on the Bank’s Investor Relations website (click here).

Chairman Robert H. Gaughen Jr. stated, “Returns on equity and assets were satisfactory in the first quarter of 2021, although performance in any one period should always be viewed cautiously, especially when tailwinds are blowing strongly in our favor. These tailwinds will not blow forever and we must be prepared for environments in which headwinds prevail. In doing so, we remain focused on careful capital allocation, defensive underwriting and disciplined cost control - the building blocks for compounding shareholder capital through all stages of the economic cycle. These remain constant, regardless of the macroeconomic environment in which we operate.”

The Bank’s quarterly financial results are summarized in this earnings release, but shareholders are encouraged to read the Bank’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which is generally available several weeks after the earnings release. The Bank expects to file Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on or about May 5, 2021.

Incorporated in 1834, Hingham Institution for Savings is one of America’s oldest banks. The Bank maintains offices in Boston, Nantucket, and Washington, D.C.

The Bank’s shares of common stock are listed and traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol HIFS.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Selected Financial Ratios

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 2020 2021
(Unaudited)     
      
Key Performance Ratios     
Return on average assets (1)0.33% 2.32%
Return on average equity (1)3.46  21.72 
Core return on average assets (1) (5)1.30  1.95 
Core return on average equity (1) (5)13.44  18.23 
Interest rate spread (1) (2)2.52  3.44 
Net interest margin (1) (3)2.82  3.54 
Operating expenses to average assets (1)0.86  0.77 
Efficiency ratio (4)30.64  22.02 
Average equity to average assets9.67  10.70 
Average interest-earning assets to average interest bearing liabilities121.37  126.10 
      


 March 31,
2020
 December 31,
2020
 March 31,
2021
(Unaudited)           
            
Asset Quality Ratios           
Allowance for loan losses/total loans 0.68% 0.69%  0.70%
Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans 1,099.51
  438.28   2,870.29
 
           
Non-performing loans/total loans 0.06  0.16   0.02 
Non-performing loans/total assets 0.05  0.14   0.02 
Non-performing assets/total assets 0.19  0.27   0.02 
           
Share Related          
Book value per share$116.34  $137.02  $ 144.12 
Market value per share$144.99  $216.00  $ 283.76 
Shares outstanding at end of period 2,136,750   2,137,900   2,139,400 
            

(1) Annualized.

(2) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

(4) The efficiency ratio represents total operating expenses, divided by the sum of net interest income and total other income (loss), excluding gain (loss) on equity securities, net and gain on disposal of fixed assets. Prior to the first quarter of 2021, the Bank’s calculation of the efficiency ratio included gains on disposal of fixed assets. This had the impact of slightly improving the efficiency ratio in periods in which the Bank recognized gains on the sale of former branch locations. The Bank believes it is more conservative to exclude such transactions. The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2020 stated above has been recalculated using this method.

(5) Non-GAAP measurements that represent return on average assets and return on average equity, excluding the after-tax gain (loss) on equity securities, net.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)March 31, 2020 December 31, 2020 March 31, 2021
(Unaudited)        
ASSETS        
         
Cash and due from banks$7,797 $6,798 $6,267
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments 203,729  227,188  208,206
Cash and cash equivalents 211,526  233,986  214,473
         
CRA investment 8,532  9,580  9,412
Debt securities available for sale 10  6  5
Other marketable equity securities 38,407  56,282  59,448
Securities, at fair value 46,949  65,868  68,865
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 29,868  19,345  14,185
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $15,833 at March 31, 2020, $17,404 at December 31, 2020 and $17,681 at March 31, 2021 2,320,369  2,495,331  2,507,873
Foreclosed assets 3,600  3,826  
Bank-owned life insurance 12,785  12,657  12,738
Premises and equipment, net 15,418  15,248  15,247
Accrued interest receivable 5,183  5,267  5,109
Deferred income tax asset, net 3,153  763  203
Other assets 5,720  4,802  5,421
Total assets$2,654,571 $2,857,093 $2,844,114


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
         
Interest-bearing deposits$1,468,349 $1,825,700 $1,946,327
Non-interest-bearing deposits 244,546  313,497  327,279
Total deposits 1,712,895  2,139,197  2,273,606
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 676,231  408,031  246,200
Mortgagors’ escrow accounts 7,894  8,770  9,052
Accrued interest payable 359  252  154
Other liabilities 8,593  7,900  6,761
Total liabilities 2,405,972  2,564,150  2,535,773
         
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 2,500,000 shares authorized, none issued     
Common stock, $1.00 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 2,136,750 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020, 2,137,900 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2,139,400 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 2,137  2,138  2,139
Additional paid-in capital 12,322  12,460  12,556
Undivided profits 234,140  278,345  293,646
Accumulated other comprehensive income     
Total stockholders’ equity 248,599  292,943  308,341
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$2,654,571 $2,857,093 $2,844,114
         

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Consolidated Statements of Income

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
(In thousands, except per share amounts)2020 2021
(Unaudited)     
      
Interest and dividend income:     
Loans$25,710  $26,749 
Equity securities 498   218 
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments 741   52 
Total interest and dividend income 26,949   27,019 
      
Interest expense:     
Deposits 5,941   2,107 
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 2,947   444 
Mortgage payable 3    
Total interest expense 8,891   2,551 
Net interest income 18,058   24,468 
Provision for loan losses 1,138   278 
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses 16,920   24,190 
Other income (loss):     
Customer service fees on deposits 172   181 
Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance 58   81 
Gain (loss) on equity securities, net (8,074)  3,367 
Gain on disposal of fixed assets 218    
Miscellaneous 53   15 
Total other income (loss) (7,573)  3,644 
Operating expenses:     
Salaries and employee benefits 3,380   3,526 
Occupancy and equipment 455   406 
Data processing 489   461 
Deposit insurance 183   223 
Foreclosure and related 126   (82)
Marketing 180   124 
Other general and administrative 807   792 
Total operating expenses 5,620   5,450 
Income before income taxes 3,727   22,384 
Income tax provision 1,542   6,034 
Net income$2,185  $16,350 
      
Cash dividends declared per common share$0.42  $0.49 
      
Weighted average shares outstanding:     
Basic 2,136   2,138 
Diluted 2,184   2,195 
      
Earnings per share:     
Basic$1.02  $7.65 
Diluted$1.00  $7.45 
      

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Net Interest Income Analysis

 Three Months Ended March 31,  
 2020  2021 
 AVERAGE BALANCE INTEREST YIELD/ RATE (8)  AVERAGE BALANCE INTEREST YIELD/ RATE (8) 
(Dollars in thousands)                 
(Unaudited)                 
                  
Loans (1) (2)$2,271,019 $25,710 4.53% $2,497,119 $26,749 4.28%
Securities (3) (4) 65,302  498 3.05   63,927  218 1.36 
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments 228,170  741 1.30   204,887  52 0.10 
Total interest-earning assets 2,564,491  26,949 4.20   2,765,933  27,019 3.91 
Other assets 46,536        47,705      
Total assets$2,611,027       $2,813,638      
                  
Interest-bearing deposits (5)$1,513,343  5,941 1.57  $1,882,830  2,107 0.45 
Borrowed funds 599,659  2,950 1.97   310,683  444 0.57 
Total interest-bearing liabilities 2,113,002  8,891 1.68   2,193,513  2,551 0.47 
Non-interest-bearing deposits 238,005        311,800      
Other liabilities 7,589        7,246      
Total liabilities 2,358,596        2,512,559      
Stockholders’ equity 252,431        301,079      
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$2,611,027       $2,813,638      
Net interest income   $18,058       $24,468   
                  
Weighted average spread      2.52%       3.44%
                  
Net interest margin (6)      2.82%       3.54%
                  
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities (7) 121.37%       126.10%     
                  

(1) Before allowance for loan losses.

(2) Includes non-accrual loans.

(3) Excludes the impact of the average net unrealized gain or loss on securities.

(4) Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock.

(5) Includes mortgagors' escrow accounts.

(6) Net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.

(7) Total interest-earning assets divided by total interest-bearing liabilities.

(8) Annualized.

 

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS
Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The table below presents the reconciliation between net income and core net income, a non-GAAP measurement that represents net income excluding the after-tax gain (loss) on equity securities, net.

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
(In thousands, unaudited)2020 2021
      
Non-GAAP reconciliation:     
Net Income$2,185  $16,350 
(Gain) loss on equity securities, net 8,074   (3,367)
Income tax expense (benefit) (1) (1,780)  742 
Core Net Income$8,479  $13,725 
        

(1) The equity securities are held in a tax-advantaged subsidiary corporation. The income tax effect of the (gain) loss on equity securities, net, was calculated using the effective tax rate applicable to the subsidiary.

CONTACT:     Patrick R. Gaughen, President and Chief Operating Officer (781) 783-1761