Independent Bank Corporation Reports 2018 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 26, 2018 -

Independent Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: IBCP)

reported

second quarter 2018 net income of $8.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, versus net income of $5.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company reported net income of $18.0 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to net income of $11.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  The increases in second quarter and year to date 2018 earnings as compared to 2017 primarily reflec t increases in net interest income and in non-interest income and a decrease in income tax expense that were partially offset by increases in the provision for loan losses and in non-interest expense.

Significant items impacting comparable quarterly and year to date 2018 and 2017 results include the following:

The acquisition of TCSB Bancorp, Inc. (“TCSB”), and its subsidiary, Traverse City State Bank, on Apr. 1, 2018 (the “Merger”) and the associated data processing systems conversions in June 2018.  The total assets, loans and deposits acquired in the Merger were approximately $342.8 million, $295.8 million (including $1.3 million of loans held for sale) and $287.7 million, respectively.

Merger related expenses of $3.1 million ($0.10 per diluted share, after taxes) and $3.3 million ($0.11 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2018, respectively.

Positive changes in the fair value due to price of capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights of $0.5 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) and $2.0 million ($0.07 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2018, respectively, as compared to negative changes of $0.6 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) and $0.5 million ($0.02 per diluted share, after taxes) for the three- and six-months ended June 30, 2017, respectively.

The passage of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" which, among other things, reduced the federal corporate income tax rate to 21% (from 35%) effective January 1, 2018.

Second quarter 2018 highlights include:

Year-over-year increases in net income and diluted earnings per share of 48.7% and 33.3%, respectively;

A year-over-year increase in quarterly net interest income of $7.5 million, or 34.8%;

Total portfolio loan net growth of $101.4 million, or 19.6% annualized, excluding $294.5 million of TCSB loans acquired in the Merger;

Continued strong asset quality metrics; and

The payment of a 15 cent per share dividend on common stock on May 15, 2018.

William B. (“Brad”) Kessel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Bank Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to report another quarter of solid financial performance. 

Excluding the impact of Merger related expenses and the positive fair value change in the price of our capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights, our second quarter 2018 results exceeded our expectations.  The favorable impact of the TCSB acquisition combined with strong loan origination activity led to significant loan growth and increased net interest income.  We successfully completed the TCSB data processing conversions in June 2018, and are on-track to realize our projected cost savings of approximately $0.9 million per quarter beginning in the third quarter of this year.  As we look ahead to the remainder of 2018 and beyond, we are focused on building on the momentum generated in the first half of 2018.”

Operating Results

The Company’s net interest income totaled $29.0 million during the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $7.5 million, or 34.8% from the year-ago period, and up $5.0 million, or 21.1%, from the first quarter of 2018.  The Company’s tax equivalent net interest income as a percent of average interest-earning assets (the “net interest margin”) was 3.93% during the second quarter of 2018, compared to 3.60% in the year-ago period, and 3.71% in the first quarter of 2018.  The year-over-year quarterly increase in net interest income is due to increases in both average interest-earning assets and in the net interest margin.  Average interest-earning assets were $2.96 billion in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.42 billion in the year ago quarter and $2.61 billion in the first quarter of 2018.  Second quarter 2018 interest income on loans includes $0.6 million of accretion of the discount recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger.  The total discount initially recorded on the TCSB loans acquired in the Merger was $6.5 million (or approximately 2.2% of the total TCSB loans acquired in the Merger).

For the first six months of 2018, net interest income totaled $52.9 million, an increase of $10.0 million, or 23.2% from the first half of 2017.  The Company’s net interest margin for the first six months of 2018 was 3.83% compared to 3.65% in 2017.  The increase in net interest income for the first six months of 2018 is due to increases in both average interest-earning assets and in the net interest margin.

Non-interest income totaled $12.3 million and $24.0 million, respectively, for the second quarter and first six months of 2018, compared to $10.4 million and $20.8 million in the respective comparable year ago periods.  These increases were primarily due to growth in mortgage loan servicing income, net.

The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)” (“ASU 2014-09”) on Jan. 1, 2018, using the modified retrospective approach.  Although ASU 2014-09 did not have any impact on Jan. 1, 2018 shareholders’ equity or 2018 net income, it did result in some classification changes in non-interest income and non-interest expense as compared to the prior year period.  Specifically, in the second quarter and first six months of 2018, interchange income and interchange expense each increased by $0.4 million and $0.7 million, respectively, due to classification changes under ASU 2014-09.

Net gains on mortgage loans were approximately $3.3 million in both the second quarters of 2018 and 2017.  For the first six months of 2018, net gains on mortgage loans totaled $5.8 million compared to $5.9 million in 2017.  An increase in mortgage loan sales volume in 2018 was offset by margin compression due principally to competitive factors.

Mortgage loan servicing, net, generated income of $1.2 million and a loss of $0.2 million in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. For the first six months of 2018, mortgage loan servicing, net, generated income of $3.5 million as compared to income of $0.7 million in 2017. This activity is summarized in the following table:

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

6/30/2018

6/30/2017

Mortgage loan servicing, net:

(Dollars in thousands)

Revenue, net

Fair value change due to price

Fair value change due to pay-downs

(1,084

Non-interest expenses totaled $29.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $22.8 million in the year-ago period.  For the first six months of 2018, non-interest expenses totaled $53.9 million versus $46.3 million in 2017.  These year-over-year increases in non-interest expense are primarily due to the TCSB acquisition (including the aforementioned Merger related expenses) as well as higher performance based compensation and health insurance costs.

The Company recorded an income tax expense of $2.1 million and $4.1 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2018, respectively.  This compares to an income tax expense of $2.7 million and $5.3 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2017, respectively.  The decline in income tax expense is primarily due to a reduction in the statutory federal corporate income tax rate to 21% (from 35%) that became effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

Asset Quality

Commenting on asset quality, President and CEO Kessel added:  “Non-performing loans and assets as well as loan net charge-offs remain at low levels.  In addition, thirty- to eighty-nine day delinquency rates at June 30, 2018 were 0.04% for commercial loans and 0.42% for mortgage and consumer loans.  These early stage delinquency rates continue to be well-managed.”

A breakdown of non-performing loans

by loan type is as follows:

Loan Type

12/31/2017

Commercial

Consumer/installment

Ratio of non-performing loans to total portfolio loans

Ratio of non-performing assets to total assets

Ratio of the allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans

258.80

275.99

241.00

Excludes loans that are classified as “troubled debt restructured” that are still performing.

Non-performing loans have increased $0.9 million from Dec. 31, 2017.  This increase primarily reflects a rise in non-performing commercial loans.  ORE and repossessed assets totaled $1.7 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $1.6 million at Dec. 31, 2017.

The provision for loan losses was an expense of $0.7 million and $0.6 million in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.  The provision for loan losses was an expense of $1.0 million and $0.2 million in the first six months of 2018 and 2017, respectively. The level of the provision for loan losses in each period reflects the Company’s overall assessment of the allowance for loan losses, taking into consideration factors such as loan growth, loan mix, levels of non-performing and classified loans and loan net charge-offs.  The Company recorded loan net charge-offs of $0.2 million and $0.04 million in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.  For the first six months of 2018 and 2017, the Company recorded loan net charge-offs of $0.05 million and loan net recoveries of $0.1 million, respectively.  At June 30, 2018, the allowance for loan losses totaled $23.5 million, or 0.95% of total portfolio loans, compared to $22.6 million, or 1.12% of total portfolio loans, at Dec. 31, 2017.

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital

Total assets were $3.23 billion at June 30, 2018, an increase of $445.2 million from Dec. 31, 2017, primarily reflecting the impact of the Merger as well as loan growth.  Loans, excluding loans held for sale, were $2.47 billion at June 30, 2018, compared to $2.02 billion at Dec. 31, 2017.

Deposits totaled $2.78 billion at June 30, 2018, an increase of $380.0 million from Dec. 31, 2017.  The increase in deposits is primarily due to the Merger and growth in brokered time deposits.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $58.7 million at June 30, 2018, versus $54.7 million at Dec. 31, 2017. Securities available for sale totaled $450.6 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $522.9 million at Dec. 31, 2017.

The Company recorded $29.0 million of goodwill, a core deposit intangible (“CDI”) of $5.8 million and discounts of $6.5 million, $0.4 million and $1.5 million on loans, time deposits and borrowings (including subordinated debentures), respectively, related to the Merger.  These adjustments reflect the preliminary valuation of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the Merger.  The goodwill will be periodically tested for impairment, and the CDI will be amortized over a ten year period ($0.2 million of amortization for this CDI was recorded in the second quarter of 2018).  The discounts will be accreted based on the lives of the related assets or liabilities.

Total shareholders’ equity was $337.1 million at June 30, 2018, or 10.42% of total assets.  Tangible common equity totaled $301.1 million at June 30, 2018, or $12.47 per share.  The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Independent Bank, remains significantly above “well capitalized” for regulatory purposes with the following ratios:

Regulatory Capital Ratios

Capitalized

Minimum

Tier 1 capital to average total assets

Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

Total capital to risk-weighted assets

Share Repurchase Plan

As previously announced, on Jan. 22, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized a share repurchase plan.  Under the terms of the 2018 share repurchase plan, the Company is authorized to buy back up to 5% of its outstanding common stock.   

The repurchase plan is authorized to last through Dec. 31, 2018.

Thus far in 2018, the Company has not repurchased any shares.

Earnings Conference Call

Brad Kessel, President and CEO, and Rob Shuster, CFO, will review the quarterly results in a conference call for investors and analysts beginning at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

To participate in the live conference call, please dial 1-866-200-8394. Also the conference call will be accessible through an audio webcast with user-controlled slides via the following event site/URL: 

https://services.choruscall.com/links/ibcp180726.html

A playback of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (Conference ID # 10121685). The replay will be available through Aug. 2, 2018.

About Independent Bank Corporation

Independent Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $3.2 billion.  Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation operates a branch network across Michigan's Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary.  This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and insurance.  Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves.

For more information, please visit our Web site at: 

IndependentBank.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, predictions, forecasts, objectives, or assumptions of future events or performance, may be forward-looking. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “can,” “could,” “may,” “predicts,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “should,” “will,” “estimate,” “plans,” “projects,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expects,” “seeks,” “intends” and similar words or phrases. Accordingly, these statements involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions, and uncertainties that could cause actual strategies, actions, or results to differ materially from those expressed in them, and are not guarantees  of timing, future results, events, or performance. Because forward-looking statements are necessarily only estimates of future strategies, actions, or results, based on management’s current expectations, assumptions, and estimates on the date hereof, there can be no assurance that actual strategies, actions or results will not differ materially from expectations. Therefore, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. 

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences are changes in general economic, political or industry conditions; changes in monetary and fiscal policies, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; volatility and disruptions in capital and credit markets; the interdependence of financial service companies; changes in regulation or oversight; unfavorable developments concerning credit quality; any future acquisitions or divestitures; the effects of more stringent capital or liquidity requirements; declines or other changes in the businesses or industries of Independent Bank Corporation's customers; the implementation of Independent Bank Corporation's strategies and business models; Independent Bank Corporation's ability to utilize technology to efficiently and effectively develop, market and deliver new products and services; operational difficulties, failure of technology infrastructure or information security incidents; changes in the financial markets, including fluctuations in interest rates and their impact on deposit pricing; competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Independent Bank Corporation's markets; changes in customer behavior; management's ability to maintain and expand customer relationships; management's ability to retain key officers and employees; the impact of legal and regulatory proceedings or determinations; the effectiveness of methods of reducing risk exposures; the effects of terrorist activities and other hostilities; the effects of catastrophic events; changes in accounting standards and the critical nature of Independent Bank Corporation's accounting policies.

In addition, factors that may cause actual results to differ from expectations regarding the April 1, 2018 acquisition of TCSB Bancorp, Inc. include, but are not limited to, the reaction to the transaction of the companies’ customers, employees and counterparties; customer disintermediation; inflation; expected synergies, cost savings and other financial benefits of the transaction might not be realized within the expected timeframes or might be less than projected; credit and interest rate risks associated with the parties' respective businesses, customers, borrowings, repayment, investment, and deposit practices; general economic conditions, either nationally or in the market areas in which the parties operate or anticipate doing business, are less favorable than expected; new regulatory or legal requirements or obligations; and other risks.

Certain risks and important factors that could affect Independent Bank Corporation's future results are identified in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and other reports filed with the SEC, including among other things under the heading “Risk Factors” in such Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Independent Bank Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether to reflect events or circumstances, after the date on which the statement is made, to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

INDEPENDENT BANK CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

(unaudited)

(In thousands, except share

amounts)

Assets

Cash and due from banks

36,433

36,994

Interest bearing deposits

22,278

17,744

Cash and Cash Equivalents

58,711

54,738

Interest bearing deposits - time

Equity securities at fair value

Trading securities

450,593

522,925

Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock, at cost

16,321

15,543

Loans held for sale, carried at fair value

50,915

39,436

Loans held for sale, carried at lower of cost or fair value

13,216

1,106,987

853,260

988,622

849,530

Installment

371,708

316,027

Total Loans

2,467,317

2,018,817

Allowance for loan losses

(23,504

(22,587

Net Loans

2,443,813

1,996,230

Other real estate and repossessed assets

Property and equipment, net

39,660

39,149

Bank-owned life insurance

54,573

54,572

Deferred tax assets, net

11,426

15,089

Capitalized mortgage loan servicing rights

21,848

15,699

Goodwill

29,012

Other intangibles

Accrued income and other assets

32,927

29,551

Total Assets

3,234,522

2,789,355

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Non-interest bearing

871,959

768,333

Savings and interest-bearing checking

1,226,492

1,064,391

Reciprocal

66,540

50,979

389,118

374,872

Brokered time

226,407

141,959

Total Deposits

2,780,516

2,400,534

Other borrowings

40,584

54,600

Subordinated debentures

39,354

35,569

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

36,985

33,719

Total Liabilities

2,897,439

2,524,422

Shareholders’ Equity

Preferred stock, no par value, 200,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding

Common stock, no par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding

24,143,044 shares at June 30, 2018 and 21,333,869 shares at December 31, 2017

389,195

324,986

Accumulated deficit

(42,898

(54,054

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(9,214

(5,999

Total Shareholders’ Equity

337,083

264,933

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Consolidated Statements of Operations

March 31,

Interest Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Interest and fees on loans

29,674

23,353

19,949

53,027

39,807

Interest on securities

Taxable

Tax-exempt

Other investments

Total Interest Income

33,103

26,797

23,533

59,900

46,912

Interest Expense

Other borrowings and subordinated debentures

Total Interest Expense

Net Interest Income

28,980

23,936

21,492

52,916

42,958

Provision for loan losses

Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses

28,330

23,621

20,909

51,951

42,734

Non-interest Income

Service charges on deposit accounts

Interchange income

Net gains (losses) on assets

Mortgage loans

Total Non-interest Income

12,315

11,713

10,446

24,028

20,785

Non-interest Expense

Compensation and employee benefits

15,869

14,468

13,380

30,337

27,527

Occupancy, net

Data processing

Furniture, fixtures and equipment

Communications

Loan and collection

Interchange expense

Advertising

Legal and professional

FDIC deposit insurance

Credit card and bank service fees

Net (gains) losses on other real estate and

Total Non-interest Expense

29,761

24,135

22,761

53,896

46,330

Income Before Income Tax

10,884

11,199

22,083

17,189

Income tax expense

Net Income

17,978

11,905

Net Income Per Common Share

Diluted

Selected Financial Data

September 30,

(Dollars in thousands except per share data)

Net interest income

23,316

22,912

11,444

10,304

23,136

22,616

Income before income tax

11,231

10,018

Net income

Basic earnings per share

Diluted earnings per share

Cash dividend per share

Average shares outstanding

24,109,322

21,364,708

21,332,053

21,334,247

21,331,363

Average diluted shares outstanding

24,509,963

21,674,375

21,661,133

21,651,963

21,646,941

Performance Ratios

Return on average assets

Return on average common equity

Efficiency ratio

As a Percent of Average Interest-Earning Assets

Interest income

Interest expense

Average Balances

2,449,056

2,062,847

2,006,207

1,911,635

1,782,953

470,427

500,599

532,202

565,546

592,594

Total earning assets

2,963,982

2,611,890

2,574,779

2,522,060

2,423,283

3,168,196

2,776,986

2,742,761

2,697,362

2,598,605

2,701,362

2,417,906

2,340,593

2,315,806

2,239,605

Interest bearing liabilities

1,946,287

1,724,153

1,680,917

1,664,734

1,595,984

Shareholders' equity

334,626

264,584

270,099

265,074

260,095

End of Period

Tangible common equity ratio

Average equity to average assets

Tangible common equity per share

of common stock

Total shares outstanding

21,374,816

21,332,317

21,334,740

Selected Balances

2,071,435

1,937,094

1,811,677

489,119

548,865

583,725

3,023,454

2,625,534

2,617,204

2,568,554

2,486,518

2,793,119

2,753,446

2,665,367

2,430,401

2,343,761

2,246,219

1,988,495

1,719,771

1,722,370

1,701,624

1,646,599

267,917

267,710

262,453

Presented on a fully tax equivalent basis assuming a marginal tax rate of 21% in 2018 and 35% in 2017.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Independent Bank Corporation believes non-GAAP measures are meaningful because they reflect adjustments commonly made by management, investors, regulators and analysts to evaluate the adequacy of common equity and performance trends.  Tangible common equity is used by the Company to measure the quality of capital.

Net Interest Margin, Fully Taxable

Equivalent ("FTE")

Add:  taxable equivalent adjustment

Net interest income - taxable equivalent

29,112

21,780

53,177

43,507

Net interest margin (GAAP)

Net interest margin (FTE)

Annualized

Tangible Common Equity Ratio

Common shareholders' equity

301,067

266,417

263,347

266,037

260,694

Tangible assets

3,198,506

2,791,619

2,787,769

2,751,773

2,663,608

Common equity ratio

Tangible Common Equity per Share of Common Stock:

Shares of common stock

outstanding (in thousands)

21,375

21,335

Common shareholders' equity per share

The tangible common equity ratio removes the effect of intangible assets from capital and total assets.  Tangible common equity per share of common stock removes the effect of intangible assets from common shareholders’ equity per share of common stock.

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