“Horizon achieved strong earnings in the second quarter, along with increased non–interest income, stable net interest income, lower deposit costs and strong asset quality metrics,” Chairman and CEO Craig M. Dwight said. “With an improving commercial lending pipeline, and ample liquidity and capital, Horizon is very well positioned for loan growth more in line with historic levels in a recovering economy. We also continue to focus on disciplined management of our highly efficient operations and initiated plans to consolidate 10 locations this summer, reassigning employees to other open positions and investing savings into digital capabilities and opportunities in our growing Indiana and Michigan markets. We also announced the acquisition of 14 Michigan branches to extend our low–cost deposit franchise in a financially and strategically attractive transaction that is on schedule for completion during the third quarter.”
Second Quarter 2021 Highlights
• Net income grew to a record $22.2 million, up 8.6% from the linked quarter and 51.5% from the year–ago period. Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.50 includes the $0.01 after–tax impact of expenses associated with Horizon’s agreement to acquire 14 TCF National Bank branches, approximately $976 million in deposits and approximately $278 million in loans in a financially and strategically attractive extension of Horizon’s low–cost deposit franchise in Michigan, announced in the quarter. EPS was $0.46 for the first quarter of 2021 and $0.33 for the second quarter of 2020.
• Pre–tax, pre–provision net income grew to a second–quarter record $24.5 million, up 0.9% from the linked quarter and 3.2% from the year–ago period. This non–GAAP financial measure is utilized by banks to provide a greater understanding of pre–tax profitability before giving effect to credit loss expense. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Pre–Tax, Pre–Provision Income” table below.)
• Net interest income was $42.6 million for the quarter, compared to $42.5 million for the first quarter of 2021 and $43.0 million for the second quarter of 2020. Reported net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.14% and adjusted NIM was 3.13%, with reported NIM declining by 15 basis points and adjusted NIM decreasing by four basis points from the first quarter of 2021. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Net Interest Margin” table for the definition of this non–GAAP calculation of adjusted NIM.) An estimated seven basis points attributed to Federal Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) lending improved the margin, offset by an estimated 21 basis point compression attributed to excess liquidity held during the quarter, for both NIM and adjusted NIM.
• Horizon’s in–market consumer and commercial deposit relationships, combined with strategic pricing moves to manage deposit growth and runoff of higher–priced time deposits, contributed to continued improvement in the cost of interest bearing liabilities, which declined to 0.45% in the quarter, compared to 0.50% in the first quarter of 2021 and 0.74% in the second quarter of 2020.
• Non–interest expense was $33.4 million in the quarter, or 2.18% of average assets on an annualized basis, compared to $32.2 million, or 2.20%, in the first quarter of 2021 and $30.4 million, or 2.18%, in the second quarter of 2020.
• The efficiency ratio for the period was 57.73% compared to 57.03% for the first quarter of 2021 and 56.23% for the second quarter of 2020. The adjusted efficiency ratio was 57.45% compared to 57.97% for the first quarter of 2021 and 56.49% for the second quarter of 2020. (See the “Non-GAAP Calculation and Reconciliation of Efficiency Ratio and Adjusted Efficiency Ratio” table below.)
• Horizon experienced an increased return on average assets (“ROAA”) of 1.45% and return on average common equity (“ROACE”) of 12.59% in the quarter, as well as adjusted ROAA of 1.46% and adjusted ROACE of 12.61%, excluding the impact of acquisition expenses and prepayment penalties, net of tax, and death benefits on bank owned life insurance. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Return on Average Assets” and the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Return on Average Common Equity” tables below.)
• Horizon recorded a provision release of $1.5 million and maintained solid asset quality metrics at period end, including non–performing loans declining 10.9% during the quarter to $22.3 million, or 0.63% of total loans, substandard loans declining 4.6% to $82.5 million, or 2.3% of total loans, net charge–offs declining 81.3% to $39,000, or 0.00% of average loans for the period, and COVID–19 deferrals declining 42.7% to $52.5 million, or 1.5% of total loans.
• Total non–interest income grew to $15.2 million, up 9.6% from the linked quarter and 36.7% from the year–ago period, due to favorable impact of mortgage production, bank owned life insurance, banking fees and fiduciary activities. Following record residential lending in 2020, mortgage–related non–interest income remained strong in the second three months of 2021, with gain on mortgage loan sales of $5.6 million and net mortgage servicing income of $1.5 million. The Horizon Bank (the “Bank”) originated $173.0 million in mortgage loans during the quarter, with 61% of volume from purchases, as Horizon continued to focus residential lending on prime borrowers in Indiana and Michigan markets.
• Loans, excluding PPP lending, totaled $3.36 billion on June 30, 2021, were lower reflecting cash reserves maintained by many current and prospective commercial borrowers and retail households through the quarter. Loans, excluding PPP lending, totaled $3.42 billion on March 31, 2021 and $3.69 billion on June 30, 2020.
• Horizon’s book value per share and tangible book value per share increased to all–time highs of $16.16 and $12.24, respectively. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Tangible Stockholders’ Equity and Tangible Book Value per Share” table below.)
• As part of the Company's annual branch performance review and a third–party analysis of the Bank's retail network, Horizon's Board of Directors approved the permanent closure of nine Indiana branch locations and one in Michigan to occur on August 27, 2021.
• Horizon increased cash dividends paid in the quarter by 8.3% to $0.13 per share, as previously announced. As of June 30, 2021, in excess of $129 million in cash was maintained at the holding company, providing considerable future optionality to build shareholder value.
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