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Horizon Bank

1st Quarter Earnings 2014

April 22, 2014 09:04 AM
 

Michigan City, Indiana (NASDAQ GM: HBNC) – Horizon Bancorp today announced its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014.

SUMMARY:

  • First quarter 2014 net income was $3.4 million or $.38 diluted earnings per share.
  • Excluding fees related to the acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc., net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $3.6 million or $.40 diluted earnings per share.
  • Net interest income, after provisions for loan losses, for the first three months of 2014 was $13.3 million compared with $13.9 million for the same period in the prior year.
  • Horizon’s previously announced acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Summit Community Bank, headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan closed as scheduled on April 3, 2014.
  • Horizon did not record a provision for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared with a provision of $2.1 million for same period of 2013.
  • Non-interest income was $5.5 million in first quarter 2014 compared with $7.5 million in the same period of 2013, reflecting a decrease of $1.7 million in gain on sale of loans and a decrease of $368,000 in gain on sale of investment securities. 
  • Total loans increased $34.0 million during the quarter to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2014.
  • Commercial loans increased $23.4 million during the quarter or 4.6% to $528.6 million at March 31, 2014.
  • Core deposits increased $67.7 million during the quarter or 6.7% to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2014.
  • Horizon’s tangible book value per share rose to $15.52 at March 31, 2014, compared to $14.97 at December 31, 2013 and $14.64 at March 31, 2013.
  • Horizon Bank’s capital ratios, including Tier 1 Capital to Average Assets of 9.51% and Total capital to Risk Weighted Assets of 14.12% as of March 31, 2014, continue to be well above the regulatory standards for well-capitalized banks.

Craig M. Dwight, Chairman and CEO, commented: “We are very pleased to continue Horizon’s growth story this quarter by achieving solid loan and core deposit growth despite the highly competitive environment and tepid economic recovery. This growth speaks to the quality and dedication of our team to expand existing client relationships and source new business opportunities.” Dwight specifically noted the growth in commercial loans during the quarter which increased $23.4 million to $528.6 million at March 31, 2014. On an annualized basis this amounts to an increase of 18.6%. While Horizon experienced loan growth in a majority of the Bank’s markets, Kalamazoo and Indianapolis contributed $15.9 million or 46.8% of the $34.0 million in total loan growth during the first three months of 2014.

Dwight continued, “The slowdown in residential mortgage lending negatively impacted our results in the first quarter of 2014, continuing to validate Horizon’s four balanced revenue streams – business banking, retail banking, residential mortgage lending and wealth & investment management.  In anticipation of the residential mortgage lending slowdown, we made significant investments in new market entries, employee talent, commitment to customer service guarantees and technology to provide the best in class service to our customers.  Our results this quarter illustrate these investments are paying off. At the same time, our continued asset quality improvement has enabled the Bank to significantly reduce our provision for loan losses, reflecting the hard work of our collections and credit administration staff.”

Dwight noted the Bank continues to build core deposits to help maintain a low cost of funding. Core deposit accounts grew $67.7 million or 6.7% during the first quarter of 2014 to $1.1 billion compared with $1.0 billion as of December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2013.

On March 25, 2014, shareholders of SCB Bancorp, Inc. approved Horizon’s previously announced acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Summit Community Bank, headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan.  The transaction closed as scheduled on April 3, 2014, and the systems integration is expected to be completed on April 26, 2014. Dwight commented, “This transaction reflects Horizon’s approach to looking for growth opportunities both organically and through strategic partnerships. By partnering with SCB Bancorp, Horizon added an exceptional group of employees to our staff and entered another significant market with tremendous potential. We are delighted to welcome Summit Community Bank to our team and look forward to them contributing to Horizon’s future success.”

Additionally, on February 28, 2014, Horizon completed the acquisition of 1st Mortgage of Indiana, adding an experienced group of high quality mortgage professionals to our Indianapolis presence.

Emerging Issues
Horizon has acquired land in Carmel and Fishers, Indiana with the expectation to build two full service offices in this Central Indiana growth market.  Horizon has on board two seasoned bankers working from a loan production office to support our Carmel expansion efforts and has commenced a search for qualified and seasoned bankers in the Fishers market area. 

Income Statement Highlights

Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $3.4 million or $.38 diluted earnings per share compared to $5.3 million or $.58 diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2013.  Excluding transaction expenses related to the acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc. of $311,000, net income would have been $3.6 million or $.40 for the first quarter of 2014.  The decrease in net income for the quarter primarily reflects the decline in mortgage warehouse activity as well as a reduction in interest income from Heartland loan valuation discounts recognized at the time of acquisition being accreted and discounts recognized from loans paying off.  Mortgage warehouse balances decreased from $143.6 million as of March 31, 2013 to $102.1 million as of March 31, 2014 and the gain on sale of mortgage loans decreased $1.7 million from $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. Interest income from the Heartland loan valuation discounts decreased by $1.6 million to $389,000 for the three months ending March 31, 2014 compared to $2.0 million for the three months ending March 31, 2013.

Horizon’s net interest margin was 3.48% during the first quarter of 2014, down from 4.10% for same period of 2013.  Excluding the interest income recognized from the loan discounts, the margin would have been 3.38% for the three-month period ending March 31, 2014 compared to 3.62% for the three-month period ending March 31, 2013. The decrease in net interest margin was primarily attributable to a reduction in mortgage warehouse activity in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013 and lower yields on new and repricing earning assets.

Residential mortgage lending activity during the first quarter of 2014 generated $1.4 million in income from the gain on sale of mortgage loans, a decrease of $1.7 million from the first quarter of 2013 and an increase of $197,000 from the fourth quarter of 2013.  Total origination volume in the first quarter of 2014 totaled $52.6 million, representing a decrease of 22.0% from the previous quarter of $67.4 million and a decrease of 41.2% from the first quarter of 2013 of $89.5 million.  The reduction in the gain on sale of mortgages was due to a decrease in total origination volume, partially offset by an increase in the percentage earned on the sale of these loans. Purchase money mortgage originations during the first quarter of 2014 represented 70.6% of total originations compared to 75.3% of originations during the fourth quarter of 2013 and 43.7% during the first quarter of 2013.

Lending Activity

Total loans increased $34.0 million from December 31, 2013 to $1.1 billion at March 31, 2014 as mortgage warehouse loans increased by $4.0 million, residential mortgage loans increased by $3.9 million and consumer loans increased by $595,000.  Commercial loans increased $23.4 million or 4.6% from $505.2 million at December 31, 2013 to $528.6 million at March 31, 2014.  “Our focus on loan growth by investing in high quality employees and expanding our reach showed substantial results in the first quarter of 2014,” Dwight commented.  “Investments in lending personnel and key growth markets, has positioned the bank well for future market share gains without the need to sacrifice our disciplined credit culture.”

Total loan balances in the Kalamazoo and Indianapolis markets continued to grow during the first quarter of 2014 to $120.4 million and $81.0 million, respectively, as of March 31, 2014. Kalamazoo’s aggregate loan balances increased $6.6 million or 5.8% and Indianapolis’ aggregate loan balances increased $9.3 million or 12.9% during the three months ended March 31, 2014.  

In the first quarter of 2014, Horizon did not record a provision for loan losses compared to a provision for loan losses of $2.1 million for the same period of the prior year.  The lower provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013 was due to the continued improvement of nonperforming and substandard loans.

The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans decreased to 1.46% as of March 31, 2014 from 1.49% as of December 31, 2013 due to the increase in total loans. The increase in allowance for loan losses from $16.0 million as of December 31, 2013 to $16.1 million as of March 31, 2014 was due to net recoveries of $110,000 during the first quarter of 2014.

Non-performing loans totaled $17.6 million as of March 31, 2014, down from $18.3 million as of December 31, 2013.  Compared to December 31, 2013, non-performing commercial loans and consumer loans decreased by $158,000 and $695,000, respectively, partially offset by an increase of $212,000 in non-performing real estate loans.  As a percentage of total loans, non-performing loans were 1.59% at March 31, 2014, down 11 basis points from 1.70% at December 31, 2013. 

At March 31, 2014, loans acquired in the Heartland acquisition represented $4.2 million in non-performing, $9.0 million in substandard and $150,000 in delinquent loans, which compares to $4.5 million in non-performing, $10.3 million in substandard and $323,000 in delinquent loans at December 31, 2013.

Expense Management

Total non-interest expense was $535,000 higher in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013 and $1.1 million lower compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.  The increase in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013 was primarily due to an increase in net occupancy expenses, data processing expenses and professional fees. In addition, the first quarter of 2014 included $311,000 of expenses related to the acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc. consisting of $169,000 in professional fees and $142,000 of outside service and consultant expenses. The decrease in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter primarily consisted of a decrease in salaries and employee benefits and other losses of $630,000 and 623,000, respectively.

Horizon Bancorp is a locally owned, independent, commercial bank holding company serving Northern and Central Indiana and Southwest Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary Horizon Bank, NA.  Horizon also offers mortgage-banking services throughout the Midwest. Horizon Bancorp may be reached online at www.horizonbank.com.  Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol HBNC.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies of Horizon. For these statements, Horizon claims the protections of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private

Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release should be considered in conjunction with the other information available about Horizon, including the information in the filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations or forecasts of future events and are not guarantees of future performance. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. We have tried, wherever possible, to identify such statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “will” and similar expressions in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance.  Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include risk factors relating to the banking industry and the other factors detailed from time to time in Horizon’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in its Form 10-K.  Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Horizon does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the events or circumstances after the date on which the forward-looking statement is made, or reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by law.

Contact: Horizon Bancorp
  Mark E. Secor
Chief Financial Officer
(219) 873-2611
Fax: (219) 874-9280
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