Michigan City, Indiana, January 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (NASDAQ GS: HBNC) — Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (“Horizon” or the “Company”) announced its unaudited financial results for the three and twelve months ending December 31, 2021.
“Horizon capped 2021 with record annual earnings and net interest income, as well as continued growth in commercial and consumer loans through the fourth quarter, mortgage production well in–line with our expectations, strong asset quality metrics and continued disciplined expense management,” Chairman and CEO Craig M. Dwight said. “We enter 2022 with strong pipelines to support our loan growth goals for the year, successfully integrated a new team of advisors and customers onboarded through the September acquisition of 14 branches and low–cost deposits to expand Horizon’s Michigan franchise, and a balance sheet that is very well positioned for increasing short term interest rates.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Highlights
- Net income totaled $87.1 million, or $1.98 per diluted share for the 12 months of 2021 and $21.4 million, or $0.49 per diluted share in the fourth quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.54 for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $0.52 for the third quarter of 2021 and $0.52 for the fourth quarter of 2020. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share” table for the definition of this non–GAAP calculation of adjusted diluted earnings per share.)
- Net interest income grew to a record $50.0 million for the quarter, up 7.4% from the third quarter of 2021 and 14.6% from the fourth quarter of 2020. Reported net interest margin (“NIM”) was 2.97% and adjusted NIM was 2.86%, with reported NIM decreasing by 20 basis points and adjusted NIM decreasing by 26 basis points from the third quarter of 2021. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Net Interest Margin” table for the definition of this non–GAAP calculation of adjusted NIM.) Approximately 10 basis points of the NIM and adjusted NIM is attributed to Federal Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) lending, offset by an estimated 32 basis point compression attributed to excess liquidity during the quarter. During the fourth quarter, Horizon increased the average balance of its investment portfolio by $458.9 million to leverage capital and focus on increasing net interest income.
- The Company was asset sensitive as of December 31, 2021, resulting from the liquidity on the balance sheet, adjustable rate assets and the low beta's on deposit pricing based on expected deposit rates. Based on parallel rate shocks to the balance sheet, at a 100 basis point shock and 200 basis point shock, net interest income increases approximately $10.0 million and $20.0 million, respectively.
- Commercial loans, excluding PPP and acquired loans, grew by 2.4% during the quarter and 2.4% during 2021 to a record $2.13 billion at period end.
- Consumer loans, excluding acquired loans, grew by 1.9% during the fourth quarter and 2.7% during 2021 to a record $727.3 million at period end, with record production of $397.1 million.
- Residential mortgage loans, excluding acquired loans, declined in–line with expectations by 1.5% during the fourth quarter and 13.8% during 2021 to $594.4 million at period end, as the addition of new producers and the launch of a new jumbo mortgage product aimed at second home buyers in Horizon's very attractive second–home markets began to mitigate the impact of the industry–wide slowdown in mortgage lending from recent historic levels. Mortgage loan revenues only constituted 10.8% of total revenue in 2021.
- Non–interest expense was $39.4 million in the quarter, including ongoing operating expenses associated with the Michigan branch acquisition that closed on September 17. Excluding acquisition–related expenses and non–recurring Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) settlement expense, non–interest expense was $36.6 million, representing 1.95% of average assets on an annualized basis in the quarter, compared to $33.6 million, or 2.05%, in the third quarter of 2021 and $36.5 million, or 2.47%, in the fourth quarter of 2020. Acquisition–related expenses totaled approximately $884,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $799,000 in the linked quarter. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Non–Interest Expense” table for the definition of this non–GAAP calculation of adjusted non–interest expense.)
- Horizon accrued $1.9 million of expense in December for a mediation settlement related to a dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) concerning valuations and sale transactions related to Horizon's ESOP trustee business. Horizon is no longer in the ESOP trustee business and sold all accounts to a third party on September 30, 2021 and recorded a $2.3 million gain on the sale in the third quarter.
- The efficiency ratio for the period was 62.69% compared to 54.88% for the third quarter of 2021 and 57.54% for the fourth quarter of 2020. The adjusted efficiency ratio, excluding acquisition–related expense and non–recurring settlement costs, was 58.25% compared to 56.16% for the third quarter of 2021 and 56.48% for the fourth quarter of 2020. (See the “Non-GAAP Calculation and Reconciliation of Efficiency Ratio and Adjusted Efficiency Ratio” table below.)
- Horizon’s in–market consumer and commercial deposit relationships, including those on–boarded as part of its branch acquisition near the end of the third quarter, 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 0.31% in the quarter, compared to 0.38% in the third quarter of 2021 and 0.94% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Horizon recorded a provision release of $2.1 million in the quarter, compared to a provision expense of $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 and $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, as non–performing loans declined to $19.0 million, or 0.53% of total loans, on December 31, 2021.
- Horizon’s book value per share and tangible book value increased to all–time highs of $16.61 and $12.58. (See the “Non–GAAP Reconciliation of Tangible Stockholders’ Equity and Tangible Book Value per Share” table below.) Held to Maturity (“HTM”) securities were increased in the fourth quarter through a transfer from Available for Sale (“AFS”) securities and purchases to 57.2% of the investment portfolio. This increase in HTM securities will help manage the impact of unrealized losses to tangible capital in a rising rate environment.
- The integration of 14 branches purchased from TCF National Bank that closed on September 17, 2021 is complete and was very successful. The deposit runoff has stabilized at approximately 8% with the plan to begin to rebuild this runoff as we enter into 2022. The financial impact of this transaction to date is in line with management's projections.
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