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iCrowdNewswire Oct 28, 2020 10:41 AM ET

Meridian Corporation Reports Net Income of $9.2 Million, or $1.51 Per Diluted Share, in 3Q 2020 and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.125 Per Share


Meridian Corporation Reports Net Income of $9.2 Million, or $1.51 Per Diluted Share, in 3Q 2020 and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.125 Per Share

iCrowd Newswire - Oct 28, 2020

Meridian Corporation reported:

                         
  2020   2020   2020   2019  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 3rd QTR   2nd QTR   1st QTR   3rd QTR  
Income:                        
Net income – consolidated $  9,212   $  5,713   $  2,516   $  3,317  
Diluted earnings per common share $  1.51   $  0.94   $  0.39   $  0.52  

“Meridian achieved historic earnings for the third quarter, with annualized return on average equity of 29.30% and annualized return on average assets of 2.29%. This resulted from cyclical and seasonally-high mortgage production, as well as growth in our core commercial loan business, including SBA loan and sale activities,” said Christopher J. Annas, Chairman and CEO. “The strength in housing throughout our markets in PA/NJ/DE/MD has provided lending opportunities in our construction business, and tremendous demand in mortgage.  Despite the pandemic, our consistent outreach efforts are resulting in double digit commercial loan growth, which includes our new leasing business. We have also benefited from executing PPP loans for non-customers who bring their other business to us.”

“The mortgage business, which we expanded this year by bringing on a high-performing team in the MD/DC region, has been profitable for us each year since inception in 2010. It’s been a good hedge recently, as declining rates boost the refinance and purchase business while it narrowed our net interest margin. With an estimated $10 trillion in refi-eligible mortgage loans remaining, we think the business can stay robust for the next few quarters.”

“We are closely watching certain modified loans and other loans we consider at risk due to the COVID-19 induced economic slowdown.  We added $4.0 million in loan loss provisions during the quarter to address the general deterioration in economic conditions,” Annas continued.  The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, was 1.27% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 0.98% recorded as of December 31, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, excluding loans at fair value and PPP loans (a non-GAAP measure), was 1.59% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 1.00% recorded as of December 31, 2019.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response Update

Income Statement Highlights

Third quarter 2020 compared with second quarter 2020:

Balance Sheet Highlights

September 30, 2020 compared to December 31, 2019:

Select Condensed Financial Information

                             
  For the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
  2020   2020   2020   2019   2019
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) September 30   June 30   March 31   December 31   September 30
Income:                            
Net income – consolidated $  9,212     $  5,713     $  2,516     $  3,137     $  3,317  
Basic earnings per common share $  1.51     $  0.94     $  0.39     $  0.49     $  0.52  
Diluted earnings per common share $  1.51     $  0.94     $  0.39     $  0.49     $  0.52  
Net interest income – consolidated $  12,715     $  11,597     $  9,666     $  9,664     $  9,274  
                             
  At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
  2020   2020   2020   2019   2019
  September 30   June 30   March 31   December 31   September 30
Balance Sheet:                            
Total assets $  1,758,648     $  1,579,083     $  1,303,442     $  1,150,019     $  1,126,937  
Loans, net of fees and costs    1,306,846        1,262,968        1,021,561        964,710        935,858  
Total deposits    1,209,024        1,166,697        993,753        851,168        858,461  
Non-interest bearing deposits    193,851        214,367        140,826        139,450        129,302  
Stockholders’ Equity    131,832        125,518        118,033        120,695        117,772  
                             
  At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
  2020   2020   2020   2019   2019
  September 30   June 30   March 31   December 31   September 30
Balance Sheet (Average Balances):                            
Total assets $  1,598,306     $  1,477,120     $  1,156,682     $  1,105,246     $  1,059,456  
Loans, net of fees and costs    1,275,046        1,194,197        981,303        956,598        912,781  
Total deposits    1,180,332        1,155,690        926,741        859,611        844,568  
Non-interest bearing deposits    193,020        223,253        137,141        137,578        126,101  
Stockholders’ Equity    125,053        119,937        120,469        119,575        116,547  
                             
  At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
  2020   2020   2020   2019   2019
  September 30   June 30   March 31   December 31   September 30
Performance Ratios:                            
Return on average assets – consolidated   2.29 %     1.56 %     0.87 %     1.13 %     1.24 %
Return on average equity – consolidated   29.30 %     19.16 %     8.40 %     10.41 %     11.29 %

 

Income Statement Summary

Third Quarter 2020 Compared to Second Quarter 2020

Net income was $9.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020. The increase quarter-over-quarter was due largely to the increase in net interest income of $1.1 million, combined with increased non-interest income of $10.4 million, partially offset by increases in the provision for loan losses, non-interest expense and income taxes of $2.3 million, $4.6 million, and $1.1 million, respectively. 

Net interest income increased $1.1 million, or 9.7%, to $12.7 million from $11.6 million for the second quarter of 2020.  The growth in net interest income for the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2020 reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $127.2 million.  The increase in average interest earning assets over this period was the result of increased PPP loans, commercial real estate loans, along with an increase to the average balance on residential real estate loans held for sale.  The net interest margin held steady at 3.26% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 3.27% for the second quarter due to a 21 basis point decline in interest expense on deposits which nearly offset the decline in the yield on the loan portfolio.  The margin was impacted 21 basis points from the effects of the PPP loan program combined with the use of PPPLF borrowings.

The provision for loan losses was $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to a $1.6 million provision for the second quarter of 2020. These provisions were due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the third quarter provision was also impacted by a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.

Total non-interest income for the third quarter of 2020 was $29.1 million, up $10.4 million or 55.5%, from the second quarter of 2020. This increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division. Mortgage banking net revenue increased $5.0 million or 29.9% over the second quarter of 2020.  The significant increase in the third quarter of 2020 came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $708.1 million in loans during the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $172.2 million, or 32.1%, from the prior quarter.  Refinance activity represented 54% of the total residential mortgage loans originated for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 64% for the second quarter of 2020.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $3.0 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2020.  The decrease in net hedging losses of $664 thousand also had a positive impact on non-interest income.

Wealth management revenue increased $98 thousand, or 11.5%, quarter-over-quarter due to the more favorable market conditions that existed in the third quarter, compared to the second quarter.  Wealth management revenue is largely based on the valuation of assets under management measured at the end of the prior quarter, therefore this revenue for the third quarter was aided by the rebound of the financial markets at the end of the second quarter, despite the impact of the pandemic.

Non-interest income from the sales of investments amounted to $1.3 million during the quarter.  Other fee income was up $390 thousand or 91.1% from the second quarter of 2020 due to $188 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the third quarter of 2020, combined with an increase of $85 thousand in MLSS fee income as loan closing activity increased quarter over quarter. Fee income was also up due to an increase of $73 thousand in other mortgage fee income.

Total non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $25.8 million, up $4.6 million or 21.5%, from the second quarter of 2020.  The increase is largely attributable to the variable expenses from our mortgage division during the quarter, particularly commissions.  Total salaries and employee benefits expense was $20.4 million, an increase of $4.2 million or 26.2%, compared to the second quarter of 2020. Of this increase, $3.0 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased quarter over quarter. As noted above, in the first quarter of 2020 we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland and to date we have hired nearly 90 individuals.

Advertising expenses increased by $176 thousand or 29.1% during the third quarter of 2020, due mainly to an increase in marketing related costs from the mortgage division. Professional fees decreased $89 thousand or 11.6%, from the second quarter of 2020 due a decrease in certain audit related fees and external legal costs, offset by an increase in consulting costs due to an increase in projects of the bank. 

Third Quarter 2020 Compared to Third Quarter 2019

Net income was $9.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. The increase was due largely to the increase in interest income on loans, combined with an increase in mortgage banking activity. 

Net interest income increased $3.4 million, or 37.1%, over net interest income of $9.3 million for the third quarter of 2019.  The growth in net interest income for the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $538.1 million partially offset by the decrease in the net interest margin of 35 basis points. The decrease in net interest margin is a result of the 122 basis point decline overall in the yield on the loan portfolio, offset somewhat by a 111 basis point decline in interest expense on deposit balances. 

The provision for loan losses of $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2020 was due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.  The provision for loan losses was $705 thousand for the third quarter of 2019.

Total non-interest income for the third quarter of 2020 was $29.1 million, up $19.9 million or 215.6% from the comparable period in 2019. This overall increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division. Mortgage banking net revenue increased $14.5 million or 198.2% over the third quarter of 2019.  The significant increase in 2020 came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $708.1 million in loans during the third quarter of 2020, an increase of $517.4 million, or 271.2%, from the third quarter of 2019.  Refinance activity represented 54% of the total loans originated for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 46% for the third quarter of 2019.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $6.0 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to an increase of $54 thousand for the third quarter of 2019. These changes were offset by increases in net hedging losses of $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Non-interest income from the sales of SBA 7(a) loans increased $23 thousand year-over-year as the number of loans sold for the three months ended September 30, 2020 outpaced the number of SBA loans sold in the prior year comparable quarter.  Wealth management revenue increased $29 thousand year-over-year due to the favorable market conditions discussed above.  Other fee income was up $387 thousand or 89.8% from the third quarter of 2019 due to $188 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the third quarter of 2020, combined with an increase of $85 thousand in MLSS fee income as loan closing activity increased quarter over quarter. Fee income was also up due to an increase of $73 thousand in other mortgage fee income.

Total non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $25.8 million, up $12.3 million or 90.7%, from the comparable period in 2019.  The increase is largely attributable to an increase in salaries and employee benefits expense, which increased $11.1 million or 119.4%, from the comparable period in 2019.  Of this increase, $10.0 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased from the prior year comparable quarter as we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland with the hiring of nearly 90 individuals since the first quarter of 2020. The number of full time employees at Meridian, particularly in SBA and lease lending, also increased over this period.

Loan expenses increased $300 thousand or 156.3%, from the comparable period in 2019, reflecting the higher levels of loan originations. Occupancy expense increased $162 thousand or 17.1%, from the third quarter of 2019 as the result of rent expense incurred at loan production locations for our mortgage division expansion into Maryland.  Advertising and promotion expense increased $207 thousand, or 36.1%, from the comparable period in 2019.  This increase was due to an increase in the number and length of advertising campaigns in addition to an increase in marketing costs for the mortgage division.  Data processing costs increased $117 thousand or 34.2%, from the third quarter of 2019 as the result of increased loan processing activity from our mortgage division, combined with processing activity relating to PPP loans.  Professional fees decreased $139 thousand or 17.0% due to a decline in legal and consulting expenses.  Other expenses were up $481 thousand or 55.7%, as information technology related costs increased $99 thousand, FDIC and PA shares tax bank assessments due to the growing size of the Corporation increased $180 thousand, combined with an increase of $126 thousand in miscellaneous expenses.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

Net income was $17.4 million, or $2.82 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to net income of $7.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The increase was due largely to the increase in net interest income of $7.3 million, combined with increased non-interest income of $34.3 million, partially offset by increases in the provision for loan losses, non-interest expense, and income taxes of $6.2 million, $22.2 million, and $3.2 million, respectively. 

Net interest income increased $7.3 million, or 27.4%, to $34.0 million from $26.7 million, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.  The growth in net interest income over this period reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $393.8 million.  The increase in average interest earning assets over this period was the result of the addition of PPP loans in 2020, as well as increases in the average balances of commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, small business loans, and construction loans, along with an increase to the average balance of residential real estate loans held for sale.  The net interest margin declined to 3.33% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 from 3.67% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 due to a decline in the yield on loans of 97 basis points, while the cost of funds also declined over this period by 73 basis points.  The margin over this period was impacted 13 basis points from the effects of the PPP loan program combined with the use of PPPLF borrowings.

The provision for loan losses was $7.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to a $938 thousand provision for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The provision for the current year period was due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the impact of a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.

Total non-interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $ 57.0 million, up $34.3 million or 151.5%, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019. This increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division as mortgage banking net revenue increased $27.8 million or 157.7% over the prior year period.  The significant increase in the current year period came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $1.5 billion in loans during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $895.6 million, or 148.5%, from the prior year period.  Refinance activity represented 59% of the total residential mortgage loans originated for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to 30% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $10.8 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  These changes were offset by increases in net hedging losses of $6.6 million.

Wealth management revenue increased $127 thousand, or 4.7%, year-over-year due to the more favorable market conditions that existed in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the prior year comparable period. 

Non-interest income from the sales of investments amounted to $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $1.1 million from the prior year period, while income from the sales of SBA 7(a) loans increased $671 thousand, or 58.3%, from the prior year period, to $1.8 million. Other fee income was up $504 thousand or 42.7% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019 due to $255 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the current year period, combined with increases of $153 thousand and $201 thousand in MLSS fee income, and mortgage fee income, respectively, as loan closing activity increased period-over-period.

Total non-interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $61.2 million, up $22.2 million or 56.9%, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  The increase is largely attributable to the variable expenses from loan originations overall, particularly mortgage commissions.   Total salaries and employee benefits expense was $46.5 million, an increase of $20.7 million or 80.4%, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019. Of this increase, $18.9 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased year-over-year. As noted above, in the first quarter of 2020, we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland with the hiring of nearly 90 individuals year to date.

Loan expenses increased by $628 thousand or 133.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, reflecting the higher levels of commercial and consumer loan originations during the current year. Advertising expenses increased by $227 thousand or 12.8% during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, due mainly to an increase in marketing related costs from the mortgage division. Professional fees increased $118 thousand or 5.9%, compared to the prior year period due to a decrease in certain audit related fees and external legal costs, offset by an increase in consulting costs for bank-wide projects.

 

Balance Sheet Summary

As of September 30, 2020, total assets were $1.8 billion compared with $1.2 billion as of December 31, 2019 and $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2019. Total assets increased $608.6 million, or 52.9%, from December 31, 2019 and $631.7 million, or 56.1%, from September 30, 2019, primarily due to strong loan growth.

Total loans, excluding mortgage loans held-for-sale, grew $342.1 million, or 35.5%, to $1.3 billion as of September 30, 2020, from $964.7 million as of December 31, 2019 and $371.0 million or 39.6% from $935.9 million as of September 30, 2019. The increase in loans for both periods is attributable largely to the $260 million in PPP loans granted to borrowers during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. There was also growth in several commercial categories as we continue to grow our presence in the Philadelphia market area. Commercial real estate loans increased $103.8 million, or 27.8% from December 31, 2019, and $113.3 million, or 31.2% from September 30, 2019. Commercial loans decreased $14.4 million, or 7.2%, from December 31, 2019, and $7.6 million, or 3.9% from September 30, 2019. Small business loans increased $22.8 million, or 104.4% from December 31, 2019, and $29.9 million, or 203.3% from September 30, 2019.  Residential mortgage loans held for sale increased $191.5 million, or 568.0%, to $225.2 million as of September 30, 2020 from $33.7 million at December 31, 2019 and $176.5 million from $48.6 million as of September 30, 2019. The increase in mortgage originations is primarily the result of the expansion of our mortgage division into Maryland as well as the increase in refinance activity throughout all areas of our mortgage division.

Deposits were $1.2 billion as of September 30, 2020, up $357.9 million, or 42.0%, from December 31, 2019, and up $350.6 million, or 40.8%, from September 30, 2019. Non-interest bearing deposits increased $54.4 million, or 39.0%, from December 31, 2019 and increased $64.5 million, or 49.9%, from September 30, 2019. Interest-bearing checking accounts increased $124.2 million, or 131.6%, from December 31, 2019, and increased $138.0 million or 171.3% from September 30, 2019.  Money market accounts/savings accounts increased $185.6 million, or 60.8% since December 31, 2019 and $163.4 million, or 49.9%, since September 30, 2019. Increases in core deposits were driven from PPP loan customers as well as new business and municipal relationships.  Certificates of deposit decreased $6.4 million, or 2.0%, from December 31, 2019 and decreased $15.5 million, or 4.8%, from September 30, 2019.

Consolidated stockholders’ equity of the Corporation was $131.8 million, or 7.50% of total assets as of September 30, 2020, as compared to $120.7 million, or 10.50% of total assets as of December 31, 2019. The change in stockholders’ equity is the result of year-to-date net income of $17.4 million and an increase in unrealized gain on AFS securities of $1.5 million, partially offset by unearned compensation due to leveraged ESOP of $2 million and dividends paid of $756 thousand. As of September 30, 2020, the Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.77% for the Corporation and 11.53% for the Bank, the Tier 1 risk-based capital and common equity ratios were 9.97% for the Corporation and 13.09% for the Bank, and total risk-based capital was 14.71% for the Corporation and 14.75% for the Bank. Quarter-end numbers show a tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio of 7.26% for the Corporation and 9.51% for the Bank. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included in the Appendix.  Tangible book value per share was $20.76 as of September 30, 2020, compared with $18.09 as of December 31, 2019.

Asset Quality Summary

Asset quality remains strong year-over-year despite the pressures that the COVD-19 pandemic has had on businesses and the economy locally and nationally. Meridian realized net charge-offs of 0.01% of total average loans for the quarter ending September 30, 2020, compared with net recoveries of 0.03% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 and net charge-offs of 0.00% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Total non-performing assets, including loans and other real estate property, were $7.9 million as of September 30, 2020, $3.4 million as of December 31, 2019, and $4.0 million as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets as of September 30, 2020 was 0.45% compared to 0.30% as of December 31, 2019 and 0.36% as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans, was 1.27% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 0.98% recorded as of December 31, 2019 and 1.00% as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, excluding loans at fair value and PPP loans (a non-GAAP measure), was 1.59% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 1.00% recorded as of December 31, 2019 and 1.01% as of September 30, 2019. PPP loans are excluded from calculation of this ratio as they are guaranteed by the SBA and therefore we have not provided for in the allowance for loan losses. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included in the Appendix.

About Meridian Corporation

Meridian Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Corporation, is an innovative community bank serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland with more than 20 offices and a full suite of financial products and services. Meridian specializes in business and industrial lending, retail and commercial real estate lending, electronic payments, and wealth management solutions through Meridian Wealth Partners. Meridian also offers a broad menu of high-yield depository products supported by robust online and mobile access.  For additional information, visit our website at www.meridianbanker.com.  Member FDIC.

Contact:

Christopher J. Annas 
484-568-5001

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