Howard Bancorp, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

BALTIMORE--()--Howard Bancorp, Inc. (“Howard Bancorp” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HBMD), the parent company of Howard Bank (“Howard Bank” or the “Bank”), today reported its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. A summary of results and other developments during the fourth quarter of 2019 is as follows:

  • Net income was $5.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $4.6 million for third quarter of 2019, and $145 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2018. This represented earnings of $0.31 per basic and diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $0.24 per share for the third quarter of 2019 and $0.01 per share for the fourth quarter of 2018. Pretax income for the fourth quarter of 2019 included $750 thousand of additional noninterest revenues resulting from an agreement entered into late in the fourth quarter to transfer our mortgage division employees to another company and thus to discontinue our mortgage activities. There was also a reduction in occupancy expense due to the elimination of a $339 thousand lease liability that was assigned to another institution on one branch location that we closed earlier in 2019. Pretax income for the third quarter of 2019 was reduced due to a $700 thousand charge related to the settlement of a legal suit stemming from mortgages originated at First Mariner Bank prior to its recapitalization in 2014. The aforementioned $1.1 million increase to fourth quarter pretax income and the $700 thousand decrease in pretax income for the third quarter 2019, net of tax, impacted basic and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) by $0.04 and ($0.03) respectively, leading to operating EPS of $0.27 in both the third and fourth quarter of 2019. The following table summarizes our key performance metrics for the periods presented:
   

($ in thousands except per share information)

   

DECEMBER 31, 2019

   

Twelve Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

   

Reported

 

Operating (3)

 

Reported

 

Operating (3)

    Net interest Income

$69,310

$69,310

$17,267

$17,267

    Provision

4,193

 

4,193

 

750

 

750

 

    Noninterest Income (1)

21,034

19,626

5,625

4,875

    Noninterest Expense (2)

64,078

59,425

14,361

14,701

    Pretax Income

22,073

25,318

7,779

6,690

    Net income

16,881

 

19,233

 

5,900

 

5,112

 

     
    Basic EPS

$0.89

 

$1.01

 

$0.31

 

$0.27

 

     
    ROA

0.75%

 

0.85%

 

1.02%

 

0.88%

 

    ROE

5.54%

 

6.31%

 

7.51%

 

6.50%

 

    Efficiency Ratio

70.93%

66.82%

62.74%

66.40%

     
    NPA’s to Total Assets

 

0.94%

 

0.94%

 

0.94%

 

0.94%

(1)

Year to date operating noninterest income was $1.4 million less than reported noninterest income to exclude a gain on the sale of securities of $658 thousand recorded in the second quarter of 2019 and the $750 thousand payment in the fourth quarter 2019 related to the agreement to transfer our mortgage employees and discontinue our mortgage activities.

(2)

Year to date operating noninterest expense was $4.7 million less than the reported noninterest expense to exclude (i) the $3.6 million of second quarter of 2019 occupancy expenses associated primarily from the remaining lease liability of closed branch locations (ii) a $651,000 penalty from the FHLB for the early repayment of advances associated with a realignment of the securities portfolio incurred in the second quarter of 2019 (iii) the $700 thousand charge related to a confidential legal settlement recorded in the third quarter of 2019 and (iv) the fourth quarter of 2019 reduction of $339 thousand of the lease liability expenses incurred in the second quarter as we were able to assign the lease on one closed branch location.

(3)

Operating results exclude the impact of revenues and/or expenses associated with second quarter initiatives regarding branch delivery optimization, the sale of investment securities and the restructuring of debt obligations, the long standing legal case and the payment relating to our exit from our mortgage activities is a non-GAAP financial measure. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to its comparable GAAP measure, see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this release.

 

  • As noted above, late in the fourth quarter of 2019, we entered into an agreement whereby we would release certain mortgage division management members from their employment contracts and allow those individuals to create a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) for the purpose moving Howard Bank’s mortgage employees elsewhere. In addition, the agreement transfers ownership of the domain name “VAmortgage.com” to the newly created LLC. In consideration of the release of the employment agreements, the assumption of the employees, and the transfer of VAmortgage.com domain name, the newly formed LLC paid the bank $750,000. Both parties agree that there would be a transition period of approximately 45 days, and that after the transition, Howard Bank would discontinue its mortgage banking operations. Howard Bank expects to have the majority of the residential first lien mortgage pipeline finalized by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
  • Total assets at December 31, 2019 were $2.4 billion, and increased by $81.1 million or 4% from total assets at September 30, 2019 from an increase in cash and cash equivalents of $35 million, an increase in the securities portfolio of $50 million. The net portfolio loan growth of $16 million or 1% during the fourth quarter of 2019, was offset by the decline of $16 million in Loans Held For Sale. A large commercial loan payoff late in the fourth quarter combined with two new expected commercial loan closings that shifted into January of 2020, impacted both average and period end linked quarter growth. Average C&I loan balances were 2.7% higher in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter while overall average commercial balances were 6% higher. The decline in Loans Held For Sale was due to the typical seasonal declines in mortgage originations during the fourth quarter each year. For the year ended December 31, 2019, total assets increased by $18.1 million or 5% from $2.27 billion at December 31, 2018 to $2.37 billion at the end of 2019. Total portfolio loans increased from 1.65 billion at December 31, 2018 to $1.75 billion to end 2019, representing growth of $95.8 million or 6%, with C&I loans increasing by $36 million or 11% for the year. Because of the timing of the loan growth during both 2018 and 2019, the average balances of our portfolio loans increased by 11.3% for 2019 compared to 2018, with average commercial real estate loans increasing by over 9%, and average C&I loans increasing by nearly 12%.
  • Total deposits of $1.71 billion increased by $59 million or 3.5% during the fourth quarter of 2019, led by a $35.2 million or 5.7% increase in our lower cost transaction deposits. As a result, our transaction deposits of $652 million at December 31, 2019 represented 38.1% of our total deposits compared to 37.3% of total deposits at September 30, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2019, total deposits increased by $28.6 million or 2%. The most coveted category of deposits, noninterest bearing deposits increased by $39.8 million or 9% when comparing December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2018.
  • Total common shareholders’ equity increased by $5.4 million or 2%, from $308.8 million at September 30, 2019 to $314.1 million at December 31, 2019. Late in the second quarter of 2019, Howard Bancorp announced a share buyback program to purchase up to $7 million in common shares if deemed beneficial to the Company’s long-term value. During the fourth quarter of 2019 the Company repurchased 14,864 shares resulting in total shares repurchased for the year ended December 31, 2019 of 19,764.

For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019

Lower interest income due to declining loan yields that could not be offset completely by modest loan growth and significant securities portfolio growth was mitigated by a reduction in interest expense leading to a modestly higher net interest income for the fourth quarter.

Interest income of $22.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased by $405 thousand or under 2 % from the $23.0 million recorded in the third quarter of 2019. Although the quarterly average balance of our portfolio loans increased by $10.4 million or 0.6% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter, our loan interest income declined by $504 thousand or 2.4% as the yield on our loan portfolio declined by 15 basis points primarily due to prime rate reductions in mid-September and the end of October of 2019. Partially offsetting the reduced interest income on loans was an increase of $191 thousand or 13% in interest earned on our securities portfolio. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the average balance of our securities portfolio increased by $35.5 million or 21% which led to the increased securities income. Given the increases in the average balance of our loans and our securities, the average balance of interest earning assets increased by $55.5 million or 2.8%; however given the lower portfolio loan yields and the increased mix of lower yielding securities, the average yield on our earning assets declined from 4.62% to 4.41% when comparing the third quarter of 2019 to the fourth quarter.

Interest expense was $5.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $5.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, a reduction of $457 thousand or 8%. Average interest bearing deposits were relatively unchanged. Given this shift and a reduction in the rates paid on CD’s, the cost of our interest bearing deposits decreased from 1.30% for the third quarter to 1.23% for the fourth quarter of 2019, resulting in a reduction in interest expense on deposits of $248 thousand or 8.1% for the fourth quarter. In addition to the lower deposit costs, the interest expense on our borrowings decreased by $230 thousand given reduced rates paid on both our short and long term borrowings.

The overall net interest income of $17.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by $54 thousand or 1% compared to $17.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Although net interest income was higher, the rate environment impacted the net interest margin (“NIM”) with a NIM of 3.38% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter NIM of 3.46%. Fair market value adjustments on acquired loan portfolios continued to have a modest and declining impact on the margin of 7 bps in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The following table represents the NIM as reported each quarter, and the more stable NIM excluding the impact of the additional interest income due to the purchase accounting adjustments on acquired loans:

 

2019

2018

4th
Qtr

 

3rd
Qtr

 

2nd
Qtr

 

1st
Qtr

 

 

 

4th
Qtr

 

3rd
Qtr

 

2nd
Qtr

 

1st
Qtr

 

Excluding Fair
Value Loan Impact (1)

3.31%

3.39%

3.44%

3.54%

3.64%

3.66%

3.74%

3.51%

 
As Reported

3.38%

3.46%

3.53%

3.64%

3.74%

3.91%

3.84%

3.55%

(1)

The core NIM excludes the impact of purchase accounting adjustments on net interest income and is a non-GAAP financial measure. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its comparable GAAP measure, see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this release.

Our provision for credit losses for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $750 thousand compared to the third quarter provision of $608 thousand, both of which returned to more historically normalized levels compared to the second quarter provision of $1.1 million and the $1.7 million provision recorded for the first quarter of 2019. The provision level for the fourth quarter of 2019 was impacted by a specific reserve of $500 thousand on one commercial customer, with the remainder primarily resulting from the portfolio loan growth achieved during the fourth quarter. The provision for the third quarter was influenced by $130 thousand in net charge-offs for the quarter and the growth in the loan portfolio. The second quarter provision was increased by an unexpected charge-off of nearly $300 thousand resulting from a claim on the guaranteed portion of an SBA loan that was denied, while the first quarter provision was the result of a large charge-off of a loan that had been reserved during 2018. The loan that led to the higher first quarter provision has subsequently been sold at no additional loss, and the second quarter SBA loss was recovered during the fourth quarter of 2019.

The above trends in our provision are indicative of consistently improving asset quality metrics resulting in an improvement in the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans which was 1.10% for December 31, 2019 compared to 1.15% for September 30, 2019, and the ratio of non-performing assets to total assets which declined to 0.94% from 1.04% at the same dates.

Fourth quarter 2019 noninterest revenues of $5.6 million were $590 thousand or 12% higher than the $5.0 million recorded in the third quarter of 2019. However, excluding the $750 thousand in income from the mortgage agreement recorded in the fourth quarter, the fourth quarter noninterest revenues declined by only $160 thousand compared to the third quarter. Service charges and other core banking noninterest income for the fourth were $16 thousand higher than the third quarter, while given the seasonal decline in mortgage originations, our mortgage related revenues for the fourth quarter were $176 thousand lower than the third quarter.

Our total noninterest expenses of $14.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 represented a $1.0 million decrease from the $15.4 million of expenses in the third quarter of 2019. As described above, the fourth quarter of 2019 included a reduction in occupancy expenses as we were able to assign the lease on one of the closed branch locations and not incur the remaining lease liability, while the third quarter of 2019 included $700 thousand in other expenses from charges related to the legal settlement. Excluding the impact of these items, total expenses for the fourth quarter were $14.7 million, which was unchanged compared to the third quarter of 2019. Within that flat expense level, however, there were shifts in the components of expense that signify the greater efficiencies that we have previously announced. Excluding the above items, the fourth quarter compensation expenses were $128 thousand lower than the third quarter, occupancy costs were approximately $222 thousand lower mostly due to our reduction in branches, while marketing and business development related expenses increased by $308 thousand. FDIC insurance expenses of $62 thousand for the fourth quarter and $36 thousand for the third quarter were both reduced as we were able to use an assessment credit during both quarters instead of having to make our normal quarterly assessment payment. As of December 31, 2019, we have fully utilized this credit, so future assessment amounts are expected to return to normal levels.

Chairman and CEO Mary Ann Scully noted “As we enter a new decade, Howard Bank remains focused on successfully, sustainably and now singularly building momentum in our core commercial banking business. This focus has been reinforced with the financially attractive exit of our residential mortgage banking business. And that focus will continue to bear fruit for all of our stakeholders.

The longer term mid to high single digit commercial momentum evident in year over year numbers as well as linked quarter averages is apparent despite some normal short term volatility in our commercial loan portfolio. While loan yields remain under pressure in a very competitive marketplace, which, in combination with the short term balance volatility, impacted quarterly loan income growth, funding costs notably improved for the first time in several quarters. The drop in interest expense reflects both ongoing surgical product pricing as well as the ongoing focus on transaction deposits. We expect our deposit mix will be a significant driver of value for the foreseeable future. So, we anticipate that continued commercial loan balance growth and improved funding mix will help to mitigate the industry expectations associated with a competitive low interest rate environment.

The Bank has recently had some wins in talent acquisition as well with a number of notable hires in commercial real estate and small business deposit generation. We expect our ability to attract talent will be another driver of positive balance sheet and income statement momentum. It is the best demonstration that our brand and value proposition appeals to experienced and talented bankers in our marketplace looking for a place to see their impact more readily than in a larger non local entity.

The expense benefits associated with our successful execution of numerous structural enhancements over the past two years, especially in our distribution network, continue to flow through the income statement with a fuller impact each quarter as we will leave the final two consolidating locations in early 2020; our lower processing costs due to the previously disclosed renegotiated core data processing contract will also have a full quarterly impact in 2020. The higher operating efficiency ratio that was driven by our sizable residential mortgage business will decline with the planned departure of the remaining personnel in the first quarter of the new year.

However in addition to all of these costs efficiencies as well as the ability to creatively structure a mortgage exit that resulted in a modest net gain, our ability to drive higher revenue growth through that focus on the commercial banking business that is the core of our strategic differentiation will in the long term be most significant. We remain energized and optimistic about the unique opportunity that Howard Bank has to leverage our focus, our talent and our hard earned efficiencies in an attractive market.”

Earnings Conference Call

We will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter of 2019 results on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). To listen, please call 1-877-269-7756 and ask for the Howard Bancorp conference call. Please call at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time so that you can be sure to be entered into the conference before it begins.

A presentation will be used during the earnings conference call and will be available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.howardbank.com.

An internet-based audio replay of the call will be available on our Investor Relations page shortly following the conclusion of the call and will be available until Friday, February 21, 2020.

Company management will not be available to discuss the fourth quarter of 2019 results prior to the earnings conference call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains estimates, predictions, opinions, projections and other forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “trend,” “may,” “will,” “seek,” “believe,” and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the timing and effects of exiting our mortgage origination business, our expectations related to future FDIC insurance assessments, references to our predictions or expectations of future business or financial performance as well as our goals and objectives for future operations, financial and business trends, business prospects, and management’s outlook or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses, capital levels, liquidity levels, asset quality or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Such forward-looking statements are based on various assumptions (some of which may be beyond our control) and are subject to risks and uncertainties (which change over time) and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to difficult market conditions and unfavorable economic trends in the United States generally, and particularly in the markets in which we operate and in which our loans are concentrated, including the effects of declines in housing markets, an increase in unemployment levels and slowdowns in economic growth; our level of nonperforming assets and the costs associated with resolving problem loans including litigation and other costs; changes in market interest rates which may increase funding costs and reduce earning asset yields and thus reduce margin; the impact of changes in interest rates and the credit quality and strength of underlying collateral; the credit risk associated with the substantial amount of commercial real estate, construction and land development, and commercial and industrial loans in our loan portfolio; the extensive federal and state regulation, supervision and examination governing almost every aspect of our operations; changes in accounting principles; possible additional loan losses and impairment of the collectability of loans; our ability to comply with applicable capital and liquidity requirements, including our ability to generate liquidity internally or raise capital on favorable terms; any impairment of goodwill or other intangible assets; system failure or cybersecurity breaches of our network security; our ability to recruit and retain key employees; the effects of weather and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes as well as effects from geopolitical instability and man-made disasters including terrorist attacks; the effects of any reputation, credit, interest rate, market, operational, legal, liquidity, regulatory and compliance risk resulting from developments related to any of the risks discussed above; and the costs associated with resolving any problem loans, litigation and other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Item 1.A of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Forward-looking statements are as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf, except as required by law.

Additional information is available at www.howardbank.com.

HOWARD BANCORP, INC.
 
Twelve months ended Three months ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data.) December 31, Dec 31 Sept 30 Dec 31
Income Statement Data:

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

2018

 

Interest income

$

91,434

 

$

80,389

 

$

22,550

 

$

22,955

 

$

22,428

 

Interest expense

 

22,124

 

 

13,771

 

 

5,283

 

 

5,740

 

 

4,485

 

Net interest income

 

69,310

 

 

66,618

 

 

17,267

 

 

17,215

 

 

17,943

 

Provision for credit losses

 

4,193

 

 

6,091

 

 

750

 

 

608

 

 

2,850

 

Noninterest income

 

21,034

 

 

17,860

 

 

5,625

 

 

5,033

 

 

3,683

 

Merger and restructuring expenses

 

15,549

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

88

 

Other noninterest expense

 

64,078

 

 

67,562

 

 

14,362

 

 

15,405

 

 

18,335

 

Pre-tax income/(loss)

 

22,073

 

 

(4,725

)

 

7,779

 

 

6,235

 

 

352

 

Federal and state income tax expense/(benefit)

 

5,192

 

 

(897

)

 

1,879

 

 

1,598

 

 

207

 

Net income/(loss)

 

16,881

 

 

(3,828

)

 

5,900

 

 

4,637

 

 

145

 

 
Per share data and shares outstanding:
Net income/(loss) per common share-basic

$

0.89

 

$

(0.22

)

$

0.31

 

$

0.24

 

$

0.01

 

Book value per common share at period end

$

16.48

 

$

15.48

 

$

16.48

 

$

16.18

 

$

15.48

 

Tangible book value per common share at period end

$

12.57

 

$

11.16

 

$

12.57

 

$

12.24

 

$

11.16

 

Average common shares outstanding

 

19,068,246

 

 

17,556,554

 

 

19,080,151

 

 

19,078,561

 

 

19,035,316

 

Shares outstanding at period end

 

19,066,913

 

 

19,039,347

 

 

19,066,913

 

 

19,081,777

 

 

19,039,347

 

 
Financial Condition data:
Total assets

$

2,374,619

 

$

2,266,514

 

$

2,374,619

 

$

2,293,475

 

$

2,267,053

 

Loans receivable (gross)

 

1,745,513

 

 

1,649,751

 

 

1,745,513

 

 

1,729,880

 

$

1,649,751

 

Allowance for credit losses

 

(10,401

)

 

(9,873

)

 

(10,401

)

 

(9,598

)

$

(9,873

)

Other interest-earning assets

 

364,513

 

 

351,917

 

 

364,513

 

 

295,677

 

$

351,917

 

Transaction deposits

 

652,422

 

 

656,522

 

 

652,422

 

 

617,194

 

$

656,522

 

Total deposits

 

1,714,365

 

 

1,685,806

 

 

1,714,365

 

 

1,655,623

 

$

1,685,806

 

Borrowings

 

319,368

 

 

276,653

 

 

319,368

 

 

302,353

 

$

277,192

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

314,148

 

 

294,683

 

 

314,148

 

 

308,752

 

$

294,683

 

 
Average assets

$

2,250,333

 

$

1,997,474

 

$

2,292,369

 

$

2,244,259

 

$

2,165,535

 

Average shareholders' equity

 

304,925

 

 

266,075

 

 

311,777

 

 

306,636

 

 

295,826

 

 
Selected performance ratios:
Return on average assets

 

0.75

 

%

 

(0.19

)

%

 

1.02

 

%

 

0.82

 

%

 

0.03

 

%

Return on average common equity

 

5.54

 

%

 

(1.44

)

%

 

7.51

 

%

 

6.00

 

%

 

0.19

 

%

Net interest margin(1)

 

3.50

 

%

 

3.78

 

%

 

3.38

 

%

 

3.46

 

%

 

3.74

 

%

Efficiency ratio(2)

 

70.93

 

%

 

98.38

 

%

 

62.74

 

%

 

69.24

 

%

 

85.19

 

%

 
Asset quality ratios:
Nonperforming loans to gross loans

 

1.10

 

%

 

1.50

 

%

 

1.10

 

%

 

1.15

 

%

 

1.50

 

%

Allowance for credit losses to loans

 

0.60

 

%

 

0.60

 

%

 

0.60

 

%

 

0.55

 

%

 

0.60

 

%

Allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans

 

54.33

 

%

 

39.94

 

%

 

54.33

 

%

 

48.09

 

%

 

39.94

 

%

Nonperforming assets to loans and other real estate

 

1.27

 

%

 

1.76

 

%

 

1.27

 

%

 

1.38

 

%

 

1.76

 

%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

 

0.94

 

%

 

1.28

 

%

 

0.94

 

%

 

1.04

 

%

 

1.28

 

%

 
Capital ratios:
Leverage ratio

 

9.55

 

%

 

8.91

 

%

 

9.55

 

%

 

9.39

 

%

 

8.91

 

%

Tier I risk-based capital ratio

 

11.09

 

%

 

10.16

 

%

 

11.09

 

%

 

10.83

 

%

 

10.16

 

%

Total risk-based capital ratio

 

13.14

 

%

 

12.31

 

%

 

13.14

 

%

 

12.87

 

%

 

12.31

 

%

Average equity to average assets

 

13.55

 

%

 

13.32

 

%

 

13.60

 

%

 

13.66

 

%

 

13.66

 

%

(1)

  Net interest margin is net interest income divided by average earning assets.

(2)

  Efficiency ratio is noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) PERIOD ENDED
December 31, Sept 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents:
Cash and due from banks

$

109,828

 

$

74,655

 

$

124,868

 

$

97,054

 

$

100,976

 

Federal funds sold

 

149

 

 

354

 

 

193

 

 

408

 

 

522

 

Total cash and cash equivalents

 

109,977

 

 

75,009

 

 

125,061

 

 

97,462

 

 

101,498

 

 
Interest bearing deposits with banks

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 
Investment Securities:
Available-for-sale

 

215,505

 

 

164,026

 

 

151,685

 

 

191,860

 

 

223,858

 

Held-to-maturity

 

7,750

 

 

9,750

 

 

9,750

 

 

9,250

 

 

9,250

 

Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost

 

14,152

 

 

13,642

 

 

11,220

 

 

11,050

 

 

11,786

 

Total investment securities

 

237,407

 

 

187,418

 

 

172,655

 

 

212,160

 

 

244,894

 

 
Loans held-for-sale

 

30,710

 

 

46,713

 

 

37,680

 

 

26,815

 

 

21,261

 

 
Loans

 

1,745,513

 

 

1,729,880

 

 

1,701,020

 

 

1,647,178

 

 

1,649,751

 

Allowance for credit losses

 

(10,401

)

 

(9,598

)

 

(9,120

)

 

(8,754

)

 

(9,873

)

Net loans

 

1,735,112

 

 

1,720,282

 

 

1,691,900

 

 

1,638,424

 

 

1,639,878

 

 
Accrued interest receivable

 

6,817

 

 

6,749

 

 

7,155

 

 

7,244

 

 

6,941

 

 
Bank premises and equipment, net

 

42,724

 

 

42,743

 

 

42,876

 

 

44,721

 

 

45,137

 

 
Other assets:
Goodwill

 

65,949

 

 

65,949

 

 

65,949

 

 

65,949

 

 

70,697

 

Bank owned life insurance

 

75,830

 

 

75,364

 

 

75,060

 

 

74,601

 

 

74,153

 

Other intangibles

 

8,469

 

 

9,186

 

 

9,932

 

 

10,698

 

 

11,482

 

Other assets

 

61,624

 

 

64,061

 

 

67,366

 

 

72,485

 

 

50,573

 

Total other assets

 

211,872

 

 

214,561

 

 

218,307

 

 

223,733

 

 

206,905

 

Total assets

$

2,374,619

 

$

2,293,475

 

$

2,295,634

 

$

2,250,559

 

$

2,266,514

 

 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Deposits:
Total transaction deposits

$

652,422

 

$

617,194

 

$

606,178

 

$

654,346

 

$

656,522

 

Interest bearing non-transaction deposits

 

1,061,943

 

 

1,038,429

 

 

1,111,038

 

 

1,019,122

 

 

1,029,284

 

Total deposits

 

1,714,365

 

 

1,655,623

 

 

1,717,216

 

 

1,673,468

 

 

1,685,806

 

Borrowed funds

 

319,368

 

 

302,353

 

 

248,811

 

 

250,363

 

 

276,653

 

Other liabilities

 

26,738

 

 

26,748

 

 

26,080

 

 

26,199

 

 

9,372

 

Total liabilities

 

2,060,471

 

 

1,984,723

 

 

1,992,107

 

 

1,950,030

 

 

1,971,831

 

Shareholders' equity:
Common stock – $.01 par value

 

191

 

 

191

 

 

191

 

 

191

 

 

190

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

276,156

 

 

276,431

 

 

276,218

 

 

276,128

 

 

275,843

 

Retained earnings

 

35,158

 

 

29,258

 

 

24,621

 

 

22,533

 

 

18,277

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net

 

2,643

 

 

2,872

 

 

2,497

 

 

1,677

 

 

373

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

314,148

 

 

308,752

 

 

303,527

 

 

300,529

 

 

294,683

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,374,619

 

$

2,293,475

 

$

2,295,634

 

$

2,250,559

 

$

2,266,514

 

 
Capital Ratios - Howard Bancorp, Inc.
Tangible Capital

$

239,729

 

$

233,616

 

$

227,646

 

$

223,881

 

$

212,504

 

Tier 1 Leverage (to average assets)

 

9.55

%

 

9.39

%

 

9.06

%

 

9.04

%

 

8.91

%

Common Equity Tier 1 Capital (to risk weighted assets)

 

11.09

%

 

10.83

%

 

10.52

%

 

10.58

%

 

10.16

%

Tier 1 Capital (to risk weighted assets)

 

11.09

%

 

10.83

%

 

10.52

%

 

10.58

%

 

10.16

%

Total Capital Ratio (to risk weighted assets)

 

13.14

%

 

12.87

%

 

12.55

%

 

12.62

%

 

12.31

%

 
ASSET QUALITY INDICATORS
Non-performing assets:
Total non-performing loans

$

19,143

 

$

19,960

 

$

19,305

 

$

20,936

 

$

24,722

 

Real estate owned

 

3,098

 

 

3,926

 

 

4,702

 

 

4,392

 

 

4,392

 

Total non-performing assets

$

22,241

 

$

23,886

 

$

24,007

 

$

25,328

 

$

29,114

 

 
Non-performing loans to total loans

 

1.10

%

 

1.15

%

 

1.13

%

 

1.27

%

 

1.50

%

Non-performing assets to total assets

 

0.94

%

 

1.04

%

 

1.05

%

 

1.13

%

 

1.28

%

ALLL to total loans

 

0.60

%

 

0.55

%

 

0.54

%

 

0.53

%

 

0.60

%

ALLL to non-performing loans

 

54.33

%

 

48.09

%

 

47.24

%

 

41.81

%

 

39.94

%

 
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
December 31, Sept 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 
Total interest income

$

22,550

 

$

22,955

 

$

23,145

 

$

22,784

 

$

22,428

 

Total interest expense

 

5,283

 

 

5,740

 

 

5,791

 

 

5,310

 

 

4,485

 

Net interest income

 

17,267

 

 

17,215

 

 

17,354

 

 

17,474

 

 

17,943

 

Provision for credit losses

 

(750

)

 

(608

)

 

(1,110

)

 

(1,725

)

 

(2,850

)

Net interest income after provision for credit losses

 

16,517

 

 

16,607

 

 

16,244

 

 

15,749

 

 

15,093

 

 
NON-INTEREST INCOME:
Service charges and other income

 

2,892

 

 

2,124

 

 

2,687

 

 

2,550

 

 

2,205

 

Mortgage banking income

 

2,733

 

 

2,909

 

 

3,154

 

 

1,985

 

 

1,478

 

 
Total non-interest income

 

5,625

 

 

5,033

 

 

5,841

 

 

4,535

 

 

3,683

 

 
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:
Salaries and employee benefits

 

7,811

 

 

7,939

 

 

8,272

 

 

8,034

 

 

7,503

 

Occupancy expense

 

881

 

 

1,442

 

 

5,183

 

 

1,571

 

 

4,493

 

Marketing expense

 

853

 

 

545

 

 

484

 

 

457

 

 

689

 

FDIC insurance

 

62

 

 

36

 

 

281

 

 

287

 

 

424

 

Professional fees

 

704

 

 

747

 

 

718

 

 

785

 

 

705

 

Other real estate owned related expense

 

321

 

 

393

 

 

104

 

 

27

 

 

399

 

Merger and restructuring

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

88

 

Other

 

3,730

 

 

4,303

 

 

4,412

 

 

3,696

 

 

4,122

 

Total non-interest expense

 

14,362

 

 

15,405

 

 

19,454

 

 

14,857

 

 

18,423

 

 
Income before income taxes

 

7,780

 

 

6,235

 

 

2,631

 

 

5,427

 

 

353

 

 
Income tax expense

 

1,880

 

 

1,598

 

 

543

 

 

1,171

 

 

207

 

 
NET INCOME

$

5,900

 

$

4,637

 

$

2,088

 

$

4,256

 

$

146

 

 
TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

$

5,900

 

$

4,637

 

$

2,088

 

$

4,256

 

$

146

 

PRETAX INCOME EXCLUDING MERGER ITEMS

 

7,780

 

 

6,235

 

 

2,631

 

 

5,427

 

 

441

 

 
EARNINGS PER SHARE – Basic

$

0.31

 

$

0.24

 

$

0.11

 

$

0.22

 

$

0.01

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE – Diluted

$

0.31

 

$

0.24

 

$

0.11

 

$

0.22

 

$

0.01

 

 
Average common shares outstanding – Basic

 

19,080,151

 

 

19,078,561

 

 

19,061,164

 

 

19,052,694

 

 

19,035,316

 

Average common shares outstanding – Diluted

 

19,083,297

 

 

19,081,963

 

 

19,067,624

 

 

19,066,791

 

 

19,041,880

 

 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS:
(annualized)
Return on average assets

 

1.02

%

 

0.82

%

 

0.37

%

 

0.78

%

 

0.03

%

Return on average common equity

 

7.51

%

 

6.00

%

 

2.76

%

 

5.80

%

 

0.20

%

Net interest margin

 

3.38

%

 

3.46

%

 

3.53

%

 

3.64

%

 

3.74

%

Efficiency ratio

 

62.74

%

 

69.24

%

 

83.87

%

 

67.50

%

 

85.19

%

Tangible common equity

 

10.42

%

 

10.53

%

 

10.26

%

 

10.30

%

 

9.73

%

 
Average Balance and Yields
           
Three months ended December 31,   Three months ended September 30,

2019

 

2019

Average   Income   Yield   Average   Income   Yield
Balance   / Expense   / Rate   Balance   / Expense   / Rate
           
Loans and leases:          
Commercial loans and leases

$

381,463

 

$

4,528

 

4.71

%

 

$

371,745

 

$

4,646

 

4.96

%

Commercial real estate

 

679,767

 

 

8,426

 

4.92

 

 

676,046

 

 

8,481

 

4.98

Construction and land

 

120,617

 

 

1,574

 

5.18

 

 

121,296

 

 

1,701

 

5.57

Residential real estate

 

488,505

 

 

5,228

 

4.25

 

 

488,053

 

 

5,405

 

4.39

Consumer

 

46,232

 

 

578

 

4.96

 

 

49,068

 

 

606

 

4.90

Total loans and leases

 

1,716,584

 

 

20,334

 

4.70

 

 

1,706,208

 

 

20,839

 

4.85

Loans held for sale

 

37,500

 

 

339

 

3.59

 

 

36,326

 

 

344

 

3.76

Other earning assets

 

65,216

 

 

186

 

1.13

 

 

56,732

 

 

273

 

1.91

Securities:          
U.S Gov agencies

 

71,675

 

 

495

 

2.74

 

 

62,154

 

 

450

 

2.87

Mortgage-backed

 

110,039

 

 

796

 

2.87

 

 

86,539

 

 

665

 

3.05

Corporate debentures

 

9,728

 

 

148

 

6.05

 

 

9,750

 

 

149

 

6.06

Other investments

 

16,304

 

 

251

 

6.10

 

 

13,830

 

 

235

 

6.74

Total securities

 

207,746

 

 

1,690

 

3.23

 

 

172,273

 

 

1,499

 

3.45

Total earning assets

 

2,027,046

 

 

22,549

 

4.41

 

 

1,971,539

 

 

22,955

 

4.62

Cash and due from banks

 

14,205

     

 

16,442

   
Bank premises and equipment, net

 

42,813

     

 

42,929

   
Other assets

 

218,036

     

 

222,668

   
Less: allowance for credit losses

 

(9,731)

     

 

(9,319)

   
Total assets

$

2,292,369

     

$

2,244,259

   
           
Deposits:          
Interest-bearing demand accounts

$

185,278

 

$

189

 

0.41

%

 

$

179,038

 

$

181

 

0.40

%

Money market

 

357,617

 

 

771

 

0.86

 

 

359,295

 

 

761

 

0.84

Savings

 

131,847

 

 

62

 

0.19

 

 

134,312

 

 

63

 

0.19

Time deposits

 

565,213

 

 

2,810

 

1.97

 

 

565,568

 

 

3,057

 

2.14

Total interest-bearing deposits

 

1,239,955

 

 

3,832

 

1.23

 

 

1,238,213

 

 

4,062

 

1.30

Short-term borrowings

 

186,531

 

 

902

 

1.92

 

 

211,315

 

 

1,204

 

2.26

Long-term borrowings

 

70,492

 

 

548

 

3.09

 

 

28,161

 

 

474

 

6.68

Total interest-bearing funds

 

1,496,978

 

 

5,282

 

1.40

 

 

1,477,689

 

 

5,740

 

1.54

Noninterest-bearing deposits

 

457,748

     

 

434,701

   
Other liabilities

 

25,866

     

 

25,233

   
Total liabilities

 

1,980,592

     

 

1,937,623

   
Shareholders' equity

 

311,777

     

 

306,636

   
Total liabilities & equity

$

2,292,369

     

$

2,244,259

   
Net interest rate spread  

$

17,267

 

3.01

%

   

$

17,215

 

3.08

%

Effect of noninterest-bearing funds    

0.37

     

0.39

Net interest margin on earning assets    

3.38

%

     

3.46

%

           

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain financial measures we use to evaluate our performance and discuss in this release and the accompanying tables are identified as being “non-GAAP financial measures.” Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures and should be read along with the accompanying tables, which provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. In accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, we classify a financial measure as being a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP as in effect from time to time in the United States in our statements of operations, balance sheets or statements of cash flows.

The non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non-GAAP financial measures that we discuss in this release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other banking organizations calculate their financial measures with names similar to the non-GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this release when comparing such non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company's management uses non-GAAP financial measures as management believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide additional useful information that allows readers to evaluate the ongoing performance of the Company and provide meaningful comparison to its peers. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as promulgated under GAAP, and investors should consider the Company's performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the Company.

Net Interest Margin

The Company recognizes interest income and interest expense from the amortization and/or accretion of purchase accounting fair value measures incurred in connection with recent acquisitions that are based upon customer activities, such as prepayments of loans and can create volatility in the reported NIM when measuring comparable periods.

Following is a reconciliation of the core NIM results excluding the impact of net interest income recognized from purchase accounting adjustments and the GAAP basis information presented in this release:

(in thousands)

2019

2018

Fourth Third Second First Fourth Third Second First
Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
Interest Income
as reported (1)

22,550

 

22,955

 

23,145

 

22,784

 

22,428

 

22,436

 

21,165

 

14,360

 

 
Purchase Accounting
adjustments on loans
included in interest income

331

 

384

 

461

 

464

 

488

 

1,196

 

481

 

147

 

 
Interest Income
excluding purchase
accounting adjustments

22,218

 

22,571

 

22,684

 

22,320

 

21,940

 

21,239

 

20,684

 

14,213

 

 
Interest expense

5,283

 

5,740

 

5,791

 

5,310

 

4,485

 

3,789

 

3,285

 

2,212

 

 
Net Interest income
as reported

17,267

 

17,215

 

17,354

 

17,474

 

17,943

 

18,647

 

17,880

 

12,148

 

 
Net Interest Income
excluding purchase
accounting adjustments

16,935

 

16,831

 

16,893

 

17,010

 

17,455

 

17,451

 

17,399

 

12,001

 

 
Average earning assets

2,027,046

 

1,971,539

 

1,970,508

 

1,947,944

 

1,901,967

 

1,890,093

 

1,868,241

 

1,387,967

 

 
NIM using net interest income:
 
As reported (1)

3.38

%

3.46

%

3.53

%

3.64

%

3.74

%

3.91

%

3.84

%

3.55

%

 
Excluding purchase
accounting adjustments(2)

3.31

%

3.39

%

3.44

%

3.54

%

3.64

%

3.66

%

3.74

%

3.51

%

Noninterest Income and Noninterest Expenses

In 2019, the Company recognized expenses in connection with the continued execution of its branch delivery optimization initiative under which it will close several branch locations as well as other revenue and expense items that are considered to be infrequent in nature.

Following is a reconciliation of the operating results excluding infrequent revenues and expenses and other infrequent items and the GAAP basis information presented in this release:

 
For the Year Ended December 21, 2019
 

HOWARD BANCORP, INC.

 
Twelve months ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data.) December 31, 2019
Income Statement Data: Reported Infrequent Operating
Interest income

$

91,434

$

91,434

Interest expense

 

22,124

 

22,124

Net interest income

 

69,310

 

-

 

69,310

Provision for credit losses

 

4,193

 

4,193

Noninterest income

 

21,034

 

(1,408)

 

19,626

Merger and restructuring expenses

 

-

Other noninterest expense

 

64,078

 

(4,653)

 

59,425

Pre-tax income

 

22,073

 

3,245

 

25,318

Federal and state income tax expense

 

5,192

 

893

 

6,085

Net income

 

16,881

 

2,352

 

19,233

 
Per share data and shares outstanding:
Net income per common share-basic

$

0.89

$

0.12

$

1.01

Average common shares outstanding

 

19,068,246

 

19,068,246

 

19,068,246

Shares outstanding at period end

 

19,066,913

 

19,066,913

 

19,066,913

 
Selected performance ratios:
Return on average assets

 

0.75

%

 

0.85

%

Return on average common equity

 

5.54

%

 

6.31

%

Efficiency ratio

 

70.93

%

 

66.82

%

Three month Period Ended December 31, 2019
 
HOWARD BANCORP, INC.
Three months ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data.) December 31, 2019
Income Statement Data: Reported Infrequent Operating
Interest income

$

22,550

$

22,550

Interest expense

 

5,283

 

5,283

Net interest income

 

17,267

 

-

 

17,267

Provision for credit losses

 

750

 

750

Noninterest income

 

5,625

 

(750)

 

4,875

Merger and restructuring expenses

 

-

 

-

Other noninterest expense

 

14,362

 

339

 

14,701

Pre-tax income

 

7,779

 

(1,089)

 

6,690

Federal and state income tax expense

 

1,879

 

(300)

 

1,579

Net income

 

5,900

 

(789)

 

5,112

 
Per share data and shares outstanding:
Net income per common share-basic

$

0.31

$

(0.04)

$

0.27

Average common shares outstanding

 

19,080,151

 

19,080,151

 

19,080,151

Shares outstanding at period end

 

19,066,913

 

19,066,913

 

19,066,913

 
Selected performance ratios:
Return on average assets

 

1.02

%

 

0.88

%

Return on average common equity

 

7.51

%

 

6.50

%

Efficiency ratio

 

62.74

%

 

66.40

%

Year to date operating noninterest income was $1.4 million less than reported noninterest income to exclude a gain on the sale of securities of $658 thousand recorded in the second quarter of 2019 and the $750 thousand payment in the fourth quarter 2019 related to the agreement to transfer our mortgage employees and discontinue our mortgage activities.

Year to date operating noninterest expense was $4.7 million less than the reported noninterest expense to exclude (i) the $3.6 million of second quarter of 2019 occupancy expenses associated primarily from the remaining lease liability of closed branch locations (ii) a $651,000 penalty from the FHLB for the early repayment of advances associated with a realignment of the securities portfolio incurred in the second quarter of 2019 (iii) the $700 thousand charge related to a confidential legal settlement recorded in the third quarter of 2019 and (iv) the fourth quarter of 2019 reduction of $339 thousand of the lease liability expenses incurred in the second quarter as we were able to assign the lease on one closed branch location.

Contacts

Howard Bancorp, Inc.
George C. Coffman, Chief Financial Officer, 410-750-0020

Contacts

Howard Bancorp, Inc.
George C. Coffman, Chief Financial Officer, 410-750-0020