HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS (NASDAQ: HIFS), Hingham, Massachusetts announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

EarningsNet income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $2,185,000 or $1.02 per share basic and $1.00 per share diluted, as compared to $9,824,000 or $4.61 per share basic and $4.50 per share diluted for the same period last year. The Bank’s annualized return on average equity for the first quarter of 2020 was 3.46%, and the annualized return on average assets was 0.33%, as compared to 17.98% and 1.64% for the same period last year. Net income per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 78% compared to the same period in 2019.

Excluding the after-tax gains and losses on equity securities, both realized and unrealized, core net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $8,479,000 or $3.97 per share basic and $3.88 per share diluted, as compared to $7,587,000 or $3.56 per share basic and $3.48 per share diluted for the same period last year. The Bank’s annualized core return on average equity for the first quarter of 2020 was 13.44% and the annualized core return on average assets was 1.30%, as compared to 13.89% and 1.26% for the same period last year. Core net income per share (diluted) for the first quarter of 2020 increased by 11% over the same period in 2019. See Page 9 for a Non-GAAP reconciliation between net income and core net income.

Balance SheetGrowth in the first quarter of 2020 was strong. 

Total assets increased to $2.655 billion, representing 10% annualized growth year-to-date and 6% growth from March 31, 2019. Asset growth was below loan growth as the Bank continued to manage the balance sheet to minimize the carrying cost of its on-balance sheet liquidity.

Net loans increased to $2.320 billion, representing 17% annualized growth year-to-date and 11% growth from March 31, 2019. Growth was concentrated in the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio. 

Total retail and business deposits increased to $1.486 billion at March 31, 2020, representing 16% annualized growth year-date and 18% growth from March 31, 2019. With a combination of FDIC and Massachusetts Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF) insurance, the Bank maintains unlimited insurance for all deposits. During periods of crisis, this insurance is an important differentiator for new and prospective deposit customers. Total deposits, including wholesale deposits, decreased to $1.713 billion at March 31, 2020, representing a 24% annualized decline year-to-date and 10% growth from March 31, 2019. During the first quarter of 2020, the Bank shifted its wholesale funding mix aggressively towards the Federal Home Loan Bank and allowed $163.9 million in wholesale deposits to run off. This reflected increasingly attractive pricing at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston over the course of the quarter, particularly during March of 2020.   

Book value per share was $116.34 as of March 31, 2020, representing 2% annualized growth year-to-date and 12% growth from March 31, 2019. In addition to the increase in book value per share, the Bank declared $2.22 in dividends per share since March 31, 2019, including a special dividend of $0.60 per share declared during the fourth quarter of 2019. The Bank announced increases in its regular quarterly dividend in each of the last four quarters. 

Operational Performance MetricsThe net interest margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 increased 14 basis points to 2.82%, as compared to 2.68% for the same period last year. The Bank has benefited from the decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities, including both interest-bearing deposits and wholesale funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank, particularly in March 2020. This was partially offset by a decline in the yield on earning assets, driven primarily by the decline in the interest on excess reserves held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston during the same period.

Key credit and operational metrics remained strong in the first quarter. At March 31, 2020, non-performing assets totaled 0.19% of total assets, compared to 0.22% at December 31, 2019 and 0.02% at March 31, 2019. A single non-performing residential loan on Nantucket comprised the substantial majority of non-performing assets at December 31, 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, the Bank foreclosed on this property and purchased it at auction for $3.6 million. The Bank has begun light renovation work to reposition the property and plans to list it for sale in late spring 2020. Non-performing loans as a percentage of the total loan portfolio totaled 0.06% at March 31, 2020, compared to 0.25% at December 31, 2019 and 0.03% at March 31, 2019. The Bank recorded $681,000 of net charge-offs for the first three months of 2020, composed fully of the charge-off related to this Nantucket property, as compared to $1,000 of net charge-offs for the same period last year. The Bank is pursuing litigation against the borrowers for breach of contract and bank fraud in an attempt to collect on the deficiency owed. At March 31, 2020, the Bank owned $3.6 million in foreclosed property consisting entirely of the Nantucket property mentioned above. At December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019, the Bank did not own any foreclosed property. 

The efficiency ratio decreased to 30.28% for the first quarter of 2020, as compared to 31.86% for the same period last year. Operating expenses as a percentage of average assets remained stable at 0.86% for the first quarter of 2020, as compared to the same period last year. 

These operational metrics reflect the Bank’s disciplined focus on credit quality and expense management.

Operational and Investment Updates

Impact of COVID-19 on Bank Operations: In early March 2020, the Bank began moving its key staff to remote operations, including both client-facing teams (Commercial Lending and Specialized Deposit Groups) as well as operational groups critical to the Bank’s business operations (Finance and Digital Banking Teams). Virtually all corporate staff are now working remotely. This move leveraged longstanding investments in cloud-based systems at Google and the transition has not had a material impact on the Bank’s operations or our ability to serve customers. The Bank has modified the operating hours of its retail branch network and shifted to drive-up only service in most locations to reduce the risk to our customers and staff.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Loan Portfolio: The full impact of the damage wrought by COVID-19 and the offsetting fiscal and monetary relief programs is beyond our ability to forecast at this time. The Bank operates in two geographic markets - eastern Massachusetts and greater Washington, D.C. - and both of these markets are experiencing widespread outbreaks of COVID-19. The Bank also has an office on Nantucket, where the local economy is unusually reliant on travel. These markets are all operating under modified stay-at-home orders with a broad impact on the local economies. Fortunately, the Bank has no first order exposure to those credit assets that appear to be most directly impacted, including commercial and industrial lending, small business credit, consumer credit, and unsecured credit. The Bank also has no exposure to fee businesses with direct exposure to the capital markets such as wealth management. The Bank has minimal exposure to commercial real estate loans secured by restaurants or hospitality properties. The second order impact on other assets, including the Bank’s commercial real estate mortgage and residential mortgage portfolios, will likely depend on the length and depth of the current shutdown. The Bank’s commercial real estate mortgage portfolio is primarily composed of multifamily properties and mixed-use properties in which apartment units are the primary source of cash flow. This portfolio is concentrated in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline in Massachusetts. The Bank’s portfolio in Washington, D.C. has a mix of multifamily, office, and retail properties. Some of these multifamily assets are located near colleges and universities and may be impacted in the event of an extended shutdown. Since the onset of the crisis, we have had a limited number of requests for loan modifications and we have worked to assist those residential borrowers suffering from extraordinary economic hardships.
  • Investment Portfolio: The Bank maintains a longstanding portfolio of marketable equity investments, concentrated primarily in financial services (banks, insurers, payment companies, ratings agencies, and financial technology). The market volatility in the first quarter of 2020 had a substantial negative impact on the fair value of this portfolio. We continue to believe that these investments have and will continue to generate substantial value for the Bank over time. The Bank’s process remains focused on identifying businesses with strong returns on capital, owner-oriented management teams, good investment opportunities or capital discipline, and reasonable valuations. To the extent that such volatility may provide opportunities to make additional investments in such businesses, we will continue to do so. 
  • Bank Real Estate Transactions: In February 2020, the Bank acquired a property in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and has started working with its architects to renovate the property in anticipation of opening this new commercial banking office in early 2021. In the interim, the Bank will continue to operate from our leased offices near Thomas Circle. The acquisition was completed via a reverse 1031 vehicle, the proceeds for which came partially from the sale of the Bank’s former North Scituate location. The Bank continues to market its former South Weymouth property for sale. If possible, the Bank will utilize the same vehicle to shield any proceeds from the sale of this property from income tax.
  • Annual Meeting: The Bank’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders is currently scheduled for 4:00PM on Thursday, April 30th at Old Derby Academy in Hingham, MA. We anticipate holding the formal portion of the meeting in person with a handful of Bank staff required to satisfy the legal requirements for the meeting. We strongly encourage all shareholders to vote by proxy rather than in-person. Afterwards we plan to conduct the informal portion of the meeting on Zoom beginning 4:30PM and we will discuss the 2019 results and the state of the business. Registration information is available at https://www.hinghamsavings.com/investor-materials.

Chairman Robert H. Gaughen Jr. stated, “Current economic conditions are extraordinary and we cannot predict with any degree of certainty the near-term impact these conditions will have on the Bank or the markets in which we operate. We will continue to invest in relationships with new and existing customers with strong balance sheets, attractive real estate assets, and significant deposit needs and build these relationships for the long term. We remain focused - as always - on careful capital allocation, defensive underwriting, and disciplined cost control - the building blocks for compounding shareholder capital through all stages of the economic cycle.”

The Bank’s quarterly financial results are summarized in this earnings release, but shareholders are encouraged to read the Bank’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which is generally available several weeks after the earnings release. The Bank expects to file Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 with the FDIC on or about May 6, 2020. Consistent with recent guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission, incorporated by reference for banks that file with the FDIC, the Bank expects to revise its Risk Factors in this document to more fully describe the potential risks from COVID-19.

Hingham Institution for Savings is a Massachusetts-chartered savings bank located in Hingham, Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1834, it is one of America’s oldest banks. The Bank’s Main Office is located in Hingham and the Bank maintains offices on the South Shore, in Boston (South End and Beacon Hill), and on the island of Nantucket. The Bank also maintains a commercial banking office in Washington, D.C.

The Bank’s shares of common stock are listed and traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol HIFS.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGSSelected Financial Ratios

  Three Months EndedMarch 31,
  2019   2020
(Unaudited)          
           
Key Performance Ratios          
Return on average assets (1) 1.64 %   0.33 %
Return on average equity (1) 17.98     3.46  
Core return on average assets (1) (5) 1.26     1.30  
Core return on average equity (1) (5) 13.89     13.44  
Interest rate spread (1) (2) 2.36     2.52  
Net interest margin (1) (3) 2.68     2.82  
Operating expenses to average assets (1) 0.86     0.86  
Efficiency ratio (4) 31.86     30.28  
Average equity to average assets 9.10     9.67  
Average interest-earning assets to average interest bearing liabilities 120.54     121.37  
           
  March 31,2019   December 31,2019   March 31,2020
(Unaudited)                      
                       
Asset Quality Ratios                      
Allowance for loan losses/total loans   0.68 %   0.69 %     0.68 %
Allowance for loan losses/non-performing loans   2,280.77     274.57       1,099.51  
                     
Non-performing loans/total loans   0.03     0.25       0.06  
Non-performing loans/total assets   0.02     0.22       0.05  
Non-performing assets/total assets   0.02     0.22       0.19  
                     
Share Related                    
Book value per share $   103.89     $ 115.75     $   116.34  
Market value per share $ 172.01     $ 210.20     $   144.99  
Shares outstanding at end of period   2,133,750       2,135,750       2,136,750  
(1) Annualized.
(2) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
(4) The efficiency ratio represents total operating expenses, divided by the sum of net interest income and total other income (loss), excluding gain (loss) on equity securities, net.
(5) Non-GAAP measurements that represent return on average assets and return on average equity, excluding the after-tax gain (loss) on equity securities, net.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGSConsolidated Balance Sheets

 (Dollars in thousands, except share amounts) March 31,2019   December 31,2019   March 31,2020
(Unaudited)                 
ASSETS                
                 
Cash and due from banks $ 7,433   $ 9,057   $ 7,797
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments   286,333     243,090     203,729
Cash and cash equivalents   293,766     252,147     211,526
                 
CRA investment   7,776     7,910     8,532
Debt securities available for sale   13     11     10
Other marketable equity securities   34,935     39,265     38,407
Securities, at fair value   42,724     47,186     46,949
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost   30,617     24,890     29,868
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $14,232 at March 31, 2019, $15,376 at December 31, 2019 and $15,833 at March 31, 2020   2,092,313     2,227,062     2,320,369
Foreclosed assets           3,600
Bank-owned life insurance   12,542     12,727     12,785
Premises and equipment, net   14,388     14,548     15,418
Accrued interest receivable   5,180     4,926     5,183
Deferred income tax asset, net   1,626     1,213     3,153
Other assets   4,233     5,647     5,720
Total assets $ 2,497,389   $ 2,590,346   $ 2,654,571

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                 
Interest-bearing deposits $ 1,327,451   $ 1,583,280   $ 1,468,349
Non-interest-bearing deposits   227,872     237,554     244,546
Total deposits   1,555,323     1,820,834     1,712,895
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   702,100     505,200     676,231
Mortgage payable   735     687    
Mortgagors’ escrow accounts   7,201     7,815     7,894
Accrued interest payable   2,086     960     359
Other liabilities   8,263     7,627     8,593
Total liabilities   2,275,708     2,343,123     2,405,972
                 
Stockholders’ equity:                
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 2,500,000 shares authorized, none issued          
Common stock, $1.00 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 2,133,750 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019, 2,135,750 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2,136,750 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020   2,134     2,136     2,137
Additional paid-in capital   11,954     12,234     12,322
Undivided profits   207,593     232,853     234,140
Accumulated other comprehensive income          
Total stockholders’ equity   221,681     247,223     248,599
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,497,389   $ 2,590,346   $ 2,654,571

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGSConsolidated Statements of Income

  Three Months EndedMarch 31,
(In thousands, except per share amounts) 2019   2020
(Unaudited)          
           
Interest and dividend income:          
Loans $ 23,080   $ 25,710  
Equity securities   489     498  
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments   1,560     741  
Total interest and dividend income   25,129     26,949  
           
Interest expense:          
Deposits   6,146     5,941  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   3,128     2,947  
Mortgage payable   11     3  
Total interest expense   9,285     8,891  
Net interest income   15,844     18,058  
Provision for loan losses   425     1,138  
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses   15,419     16,920  
Other income (loss):          
Customer service fees on deposits   186     172  
Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance   67     58  
Gain (loss) on equity securities, net   2,869     (8,074 )
Gain on disposal of fixed assets       218  
Miscellaneous   40     53  
Total other income (loss)   3,162     (7,573 )
Operating expenses:          
Salaries and employee benefits   3,147     3,380  
Occupancy and equipment   454     455  
Data processing   434     489  
Deposit insurance   243     183  
Foreclosure   23     126  
Marketing   132     180  
Other general and administrative   709     807  
Total operating expenses   5,142     5,620  
Income before income taxes   13,439     3,727  
Income tax provision   3,615     1,542  
Net income $ 9,824   $ 2,185  
           
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.38   $ 0.42  
           
Weighted average shares outstanding:          
Basic   2,133     2,136  
Diluted   2,182     2,184  
           
Earnings per share:          
Basic $ 4.61   $ 1.02  
Diluted $ 4.50   $ 1.00  
           

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGSNet Interest Income Analysis

  Three Months Ended March 31,  
  2019     2020  
  AVERAGEBALANCE    INTEREST   YIELD/RATE (8)     AVERAGEBALANCE    INTEREST   YIELD/RATE (8)  
(Dollars in thousands)                                  
(Unaudited)                                  
                                   
Loans (1) (2) $ 2,048,387   $ 23,080   4.51 %   $ 2,271,019   $ 25,710   4.53 %
Securities (3) (4)   54,873     489   3.56       65,302     498   3.05  
Federal Reserve and other short-term investments   260,176     1,560   2.40       228,170     741   1.30  
Total interest-earning assets   2,363,436     25,129   4.25       2,564,491     26,949   4.20  
Other assets   39,122                 46,536            
Total assets $ 2,402,558               $ 2,611,027            
                                   
Interest-bearing deposits (5) $ 1,485,540     6,146   1.65     $ 1,513,343     5,941   1.57  
Borrowed funds   475,213     3,139   2.64       599,659     2,950   1.97  
Total interest-bearing liabilities   1,960,753     9,285   1.89       2,113,002     8,891   1.68  
Non-interest-bearing deposits   215,115                 238,005            
Other liabilities   8,128                 7,589            
Total liabilities   2,183,996                 2,358,596            
Stockholders’ equity   218,562                 252,431            
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,402,558               $ 2,611,027            
Net interest income       $ 15,844               $ 18,058      
                                   
Weighted average spread             2.36 %               2.52 %
                                   
Net interest margin (6)             2.68 %               2.82 %
                                   
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities (7)   120.54 %               121.37 %          
(1) Before allowance for loan losses.
(2) Includes non-accrual loans.
(3) Excludes the impact of the average net unrealized gain or loss on securities.
(4) Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock.
(5) Includes mortgagors' escrow accounts.
(6) Net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
(7) Total interest-earning assets divided by total interest-bearing liabilities.
(8) Annualized.

HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGSNon-GAAP Reconciliation

The table below presents the reconciliation between net income and core net income, a non-GAAP measurement that represents net income excluding the after-tax gain (loss) on equity securities, net.

  Three Months EndedMarch 31,
(In thousands, unaudited) 2019   2020
           
Non-GAAP reconciliation:          
Net Income $ 9,824     $ 2,185  
Loss (gain) on equity securities, net   (2,869 )     8,074  
Income tax expense (benefit) (1)   632       (1,780 )
Core Net Income   7,587       8,479  

(1) The equity securities are held in a tax-advantaged subsidiary corporation.  The income tax effect of the loss (gain) on equity securities, net, was calculated using the effective tax rate applicable to the subsidiary.

Robert H. Gaughen, Jr.Chairman & Chief Executive OfficerHingham Institution for Savings

CONTACT:  Patrick R. Gaughen, President and Chief Operating Officer (781) 783-1761

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