Michigan City, Indiana, April 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (NASDAQ GS: HBNC) — Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (“Horizon” or the “Company”) announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ending March 31, 2022.
“The intentional build out of Horizon’s lending teams, technology, durable customer relationships, and low–cost Midwest deposit franchise is reflected in the Company’s first quarter loan growth, higher fees and pre–tax, pre–provision net income, and record earnings,” Chairman and CEO Craig M. Dwight said. “We believe our asset sensitive balance sheet, strong credit quality and scalable business model will continue to provide an excellent foundation for organic growth in commercial and consumer lending, revenue and profits, along with incremental improvement in operating leverage through 2022.”
First Quarter 2022 Highlights
- Net income grew to a record $23.6 million, up 10.0% from the linked quarter and 15.4% from the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.54 was up from $0.49 for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $0.46 for the first quarter of 2021.
- Pre–tax, pre–provision net income grew to $25.7 million, up 9.7% from the linked quarter and 6.1% from the prior year 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 Net Income” table below.) Horizon recorded a provision release of $1.4 million in the quarter and $2.1 million in the linked quarter, as well as provision expense of $367,000 in the prior year period.
- Reported net interest margin (“NIM”) was 2.99% and adjusted NIM was 2.93%, with reported NIM increasing by two basis points and adjusted NIM increasing by seven basis points from the fourth quarter of 2021. (See the “Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Net Interest Margin” table below for the definition of this non–GAAP calculation of adjusted NIM.)
- The Company was asset sensitive as of March 31, 2022 but less than the previous quarter as additional cash was deployed to higher yielding assets. Due to the deployment of cash the base case estimate increased over $10.0 million from last quarter and reduced estimates for parallel rate shocks to the balance sheet, at a 100 basis point shock and 200 basis point shock, to net interest income increases of approximately $2.5 million and $3.8 million, respectively.
- The steepening of the yield curve during the first quarter resulted in unrealized losses on available for sale investments of $73.6 million compared to unrealized gains of $7.2 million at December 31, 2021. The impact to the tangible capital ratio was a decrease of 67 basis points from 7.61% at December 31, 2021 to 6.94% at March 31, 2022, an 8.8% decrease.
- The Bank's capital is still robust with leverage and risk based capital ratios of 9.7% and 15.21%, respectively.
- Total loans, excluding Federal Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans and sold commercial participation loans, grew by 2.3%, or 9.5% annualized, during the first quarter to $3.66 billion at period end from $3.57 billion on December 31, 2021.
- Commercial loans, excluding PPP loans and sold commercial participation loans, grew by 3.3%, or 13.5% annualized, during the first quarter to a record $2.20 billion from $2.13 billion on December 31, 2021.
- Consumer loans grew by 3.7%, or 14.9% annualized, during the first quarter to a record $753.9 million at period end.
- The decline in residential mortgage loans slowed during the first quarter with a 0.2% reduction to $593.4 million at period end, as refinancing activity decreased and we experienced movement to adjustable rate products which are held on the balance sheet. Gain on sale of mortgage loans and mortgage warehouse income only constituted 4.7% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2022.
- Non–interest expense was $36.6 million in the quarter, or 2.03% of average assets on an annualized basis, compared to $39.4 million, or 2.09%, in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $32.2 million, or 2.20%, in the first quarter of 2021. As previously disclosed, acquisition–related and non–recurring Department of Labor (“DOL”) Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP“) settlement expenses totaled $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.
- The efficiency ratio for the period was 58.74% compared to 62.69% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 57.03% for the first quarter of 2021. The adjusted efficiency ratio was 58.74% compared to 58.25% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 57.97% for the first quarter of 2021. (See the “Non-GAAP Calculation and Reconciliation of Efficiency Ratio and Adjusted Efficiency Ratio” table below.)
- As part of the Company’s annual branch performance review of Horizon Bank’s (the “Bank”) retail network, Horizon’s Board of Directors approved the permanent closure of seven branch locations in the second half of 2022. We expect to incur a one–time charge of approximately $432,000 with an earn–back period of approximately six months.
- 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 of 2021, 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 0.30% in the quarter, compared to 0.31% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 0.50% in the first quarter of 2021.
- Asset quality remains favorable as evidenced by non–performing loans at 0.54% of total loans at period end and net charge–offs to average loans represented 0.00% for the first quarter of 2022.
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