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Horizon's Record Quarterly and nine-month Earnings

October 17, 2012 08:54 AM
 

Michigan City, Indiana (NASDAQ GM: HBNC) - Horizon Bancorp today announced its unaudited financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2012. All share data has been adjusted to reflect Horizon's three-for-two stock split announced on October 16, 2012 to be paid on November 9, 2012.

 

SUMMARY:

  • Horizon's net income of $14.4 million for the first nine months of 2012 surpasses the $12.8 million earned for the entire prior year and represents the highest first nine months of net income in the Company's history.
  • Third quarter 2012 net income was $4.8 million or $.54 diluted earnings per share, which reflects a 50% increase in diluted earnings per share compared to the same period in 2011.
  • Horizon's net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $14.4 million or $1.75 diluted earnings per share, which reflects a 67% increase in diluted earnings per share compared to the same period in 2011.
  • On July 17, 2012 Horizon completed its acquisition of Heartland Bancshares, Inc. ("Heartland"). On that date Horizon recorded $229.5 million in assets and $218.7 million in liabilities.
  • Total loans increased $157.9 million during the quarter, consisting of $43.3 million in organic loan growth and $114.6 million net loans acquired from Heartland.
  • Total deposits increased $261.2 million during the quarter, comprising $50.0 million in organic deposit growth and $211.2 million in deposits acquired from Heartland.
  • Net interest income, after provisions for loan losses, for the first nine months of 2012 was $39.4 million compared with $30.1 million for the same period in the prior year.
  • The provision for loan losses decreased to $1.8 million for the first nine months of 2012 compared to $4.4 million for the same period in 2011.
  • Net charge-offs for the first nine months of 2012 were $2.1 million compared to $4.4 million for the same period in 2011.
  • Substandard and delinquent loans increased by $21.4 million and $4.6 million respectively over the prior quarter. The increases were primarily due to loans acquired in the Heartland merger.
  • Return on average assets was 1.09% for the third quarter of 2012 and 1.21% for the first nine months of 2012.
  • Return on average common equity was 13.96% for the third quarter of 2012 and 15.24% for the first nine months of 2012.
  • Horizon Bank's capital ratios continue to be well above the regulatory standards for well-capitalized banks.
 

"Throughout the Horizon organization, our employees continue to be successful in identifying and targeting opportunities to expand deposits, make new loans and increase our banking relationships with customers," said Craig M. Dwight, Chief Executive Officer. "In a lackluster economy, achieving growth targets has required diligent effort, and the Horizon team has demonstrated it's up to the task."

 

"A key goal of ours has been to increase our commercial lending portfolio and build multi-service relationships with small and mid-size businesses. Horizon is making good progress in achieving these goals, and we are particularly pleased with the contributions made by our Kalamazoo, MI and Indianapolis commercial loan teams. In addition, our success in Indianapolis recently prompted us to hire three new mortgage loan originators to serve this growth market."

 

"The acquisition of Heartland Bancshares expands Horizon's ability to serve Central Indiana, including the Indianapolis metropolitan area. This is a very promising and well-suited area for the services and products Horizon offers as a community bank with a talented and local team."

 

Dwight noted that the integration of Heartland's locations was completed during the third quarter and all data, technology and operations have been centralized in Horizon's Michigan City, IN headquarters. "The integration was completed on time and went very smoothly, and we're looking forward to developing a uniform level of efficiency and productivity throughout our expanded franchise. The quick and successful integration speaks well of the positive attitudes, work ethic and organization of both the Heartland and Horizon teams who worked on this endeavor," he explained.

 

Dwight further stated that Horizon's efficiency ratio was 62.99% for the nine months of 2012 and 65.35% in third quarter 2012. "We feel this is a good indication that, despite the acquisition and related costs, we were successful in keeping our expenses in line."

 

Acquisition Details

 

The third quarter 2012 results included approximately $1.0 million of one-time costs related to the acquisition and reflected cost reductions post conversion. The nine month operating results for 2012 included approximately $1.5 million of one-time costs. One Heartland branch location was closed on August 31, 2012. In the Heartland acquisition, Horizon recorded $19.7 million in capital, retired approximately $7.2 million of Heartland's TARP CPP preferred shares, and recorded a $2.3 million core deposit intangible and recorded $13.8 million in goodwill.

 

At September 30, 2012, $5.3 million in non-performing, $20.0 million in substandard and $4.6 million in delinquent loans were the result of the Heartland acquisition. The Company has deployed a seasoned expert in handling troubled loans to address these challenged credits and Horizon is already starting to see progress from its loan collection efforts.

 

Performance Highlights

 

Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $4.8 million or $.54 diluted earnings per share, which reflects a 50% increase over the $3.4 million or $.36 diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the first nine months of 2012 rose to $14.4 million or $1.75 diluted earnings per share, which reflects a 67% increase over the $9.3 million or $1.05 diluted earnings per share in the first nine months of 2011. This is the highest first nine months of net income in the Company's history.

 

"Horizon is focused on creating shareholder value, both through retained earnings and its long-standing practice of paying dividends to its common shareholders," explained Dwight. "We believe our strong earnings performance drives shareholder value and is supported by Horizon's long-term organic and acquisitive growth goals."

 

The net interest margin was 3.79% in the third quarter of 2012, up from 3.76% for the three-month period ending September 30, 2011 and the same as for the three months ending June 30, 2012. The net interest margin was 3.80% for the nine months ending September 30, 2012, up from 3.67% for the same period in 2011. The increase in the margin in 2012 compared to 2011 was primarily due to the reduction in the rate paid on interest bearing liabilities reducing more than the decline in the yield on interest earning assets.

 

During the third quarter of 2012 residential mortgage loan activity generated $4.4 million in income from the gain on sale of mortgage loans, an increase of $2.3 million from the same period in 2011.

 

Lending Activity

 

Total loans increased by $171.9 million from $983.2 million at December 31, 2011 to $1.2 billion at September 30, 2012. Commercial loans increased by $95.0 million, mortgage warehouse loans increased by $35.9 million, consumer loans increased by $21.5 million and residential mortgage loans increased by $19.4 million compared to December 31, 2011 loan levels. The acquisition of Heartland increased total loans by $114.6 million, and Horizon generated an additional $57.3 million in net organic loan growth during the first nine months of 2012.

 

The provision for loan losses was $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, which was $500,000 less than the provision for the same period of the prior year. For the first nine months of 2012, the provision for loan losses was $1.8 million ($2.6 million less than the provision for the same period of the prior year). The lower provision for loan losses was primarily related to a decrease in charged off loans.

 

"We believe Horizon's non-performing assets and loan loss reserve ratios are rapidly moving toward the level expected from a strong and growing organization with a healthy balance sheet," explained Dwight. "We have a strong culture of risk management, underwriting, and credit quality, and we understand the markets we serve. We feel these skills enable us to be very competitive in identifying and pursuing quality lending opportunities."

 

The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans decreased to 1.58% as of September 30, 2012 from 1.89% as of December 31, 2011. The decrease in the ratio was primarily due to the increase in total loans from the Heartland acquisition which were recorded at fair value with no allowance allocated to them at September 30, 2012.

 

Non-performing loans totaled $24.4 million on September 30, 2012, up from $20.8 million on June 30, 2012, and $23.6 million on September 30, 2011. The increase was due to the Heartland acquisition. Excluding Heartland, non-performing loans declined to $19.1 million from $20.8 million at June 30, 2012. As a percentage of total loans, non-performing loans were 2.08% on September 30, 2012, up from 2.07% on June 30, 2012, and 2.52% on September 30, 2011.

 

Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) totaled $2.6 million on September 30, 2012, up from $1.0 million on June 30, 2012, but down from $3.6 million on September 30, 2011. During the quarter, five properties with a book value of $431,000 were sold, four properties with a fair value of $405,000 were acquired from Heartland, and twelve properties with a book value of $1.6 million as of June 30, 2012 were transferred into OREO. One of the new OREO properties is a retail/warehouse building with a book value of $629,000. On September 30, 2012, OREO was comprised of 21 properties. Of these, ten totaling $1.9 million were commercial real estate and twelve totaling $716,000 were residential real estate.

 

Expense Management

 

Total non-interest expense was $5.1 million higher in the first nine months of 2012 compared to the first nine months of 2011 and $2.5 million higher in the three months ending September 30, 2012 compared to the three months ending September 30, 2011. Salaries and employee benefits increased $3.5 million for the first nine months compared to the same period in 2011 and were $1.8 million higher for the three months ending September 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. These increases were primarily the result of changes to annual merit pay, employee benefits costs, commissions earned and bonus accruals. In addition, compensation expense was higher due to the Heartland merger. As stated above, included in the first nine months of 2012's non-interest expense was approximately $1.5 million of transaction expenses related to the Heartland acquisition and approximately $1.0 million in merger expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

 

Dwight concluded: "We firmly believe there is tremendous opportunity for the community banking model to succeed. Although challenges are posed by regulatory uncertainty, pressure on margins due to a low interest rate environment, and increased requirements for capital, we feel Horizon has demonstrated that it's possible to achieve year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter growth despite these obstacles."

 

"We steadfastly maintain our commitment to provide superior products and services to the communities we serve, while generating value for the shareholders who support us."

 

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, also doing business as Heartland Community Bank. Horizon also offers mortgage-banking services throughout the Midwest. Horizon Bancorp may be reached online at www.accesshorizon.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 "Item 1A Risk Factors" of Part I of Horizon's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. 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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