Mercantile Bank Corporation Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

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Substantial increase in mortgage banking income and sustained strength in asset quality metrics highlight 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") reported net income of $14.1 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with net income of $13.3 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the respective prior-year period. For the full year 2020, Mercantile reported net income of $44.1 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, compared with net income of $49.5 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, for the full year 2019.

"We are very pleased to report another year of strong financial performance, especially when considering the unprecedented operating environment posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said Robert B. Kaminski, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile. "The strategic initiatives we implemented to address the challenges stemming from the pandemic have proven to be effective, and we continue to monitor economic conditions to ensure potential future risks are appropriately managed. The remarkable efforts of the entire Mercantile team enabled us to continue to effectively assist and support our clients with their banking needs during this period of uncertainty."

Full year highlights include:

  • Solid capital position

  • Continued strong asset quality metrics

  • Paycheck Protection Program loan fundings of approximately $555 million

  • Sustained strength in commercial loan and residential mortgage loan pipelines

  • Significant increase in mortgage banking income and growth in certain other key fee income categories

  • Robust local deposit growth

  • Controlled overhead costs

  • Opened new mortgage lending centers in Midland, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Announced first quarter 2021 regular cash dividend of $0.29 per common share, an increase of 3.6 percent from the regular cash dividend paid during the fourth quarter of 2020

Write-downs of former branch facilities decreased net income during the fourth quarter of 2020 by approximately $1.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, and net gains and losses on sales and write-downs of former branch facilities decreased net income during the fourth quarter of 2019 by approximately $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Excluding the impacts of these transactions, diluted earnings per share increased $0.10, or 12.0 percent, during the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the respective 2019 period.

A combination of a gain on sale and write-downs of former branch facilities decreased net income during 2020 by approximately $1.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. Bank owned life insurance claims and the net impact of gains and losses on sales and write-downs of former branch facilities increased net income during 2019 by approximately $2.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. Excluding the impacts of these transactions, diluted earnings per share decreased $0.07, or 2.5 percent, during 2020 compared to 2019.

Operating Results

Total revenue, which consists of net interest income and noninterest income, was $46.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, up $7.7 million, or 20.0 percent, from the prior-year fourth quarter. Net interest income during the fourth quarter of 2020 was $31.8 million, up $0.7 million, or 2.2 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2019, reflecting the positive impact of earning asset growth, which more than offset a decreased net interest margin. Noninterest income totaled $14.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, up $7.0 million from the respective 2019 period, mainly due to increased mortgage banking income. Total revenue was $167 million during the full year 2020, up $15.9 million, or 10.5 percent, from 2019. Net interest income was $122 million in 2020, down $2.3 million, or 1.8 percent, from the prior year, depicting a reduced net interest margin, which more than offset the positive impact of earning asset growth. Noninterest income totaled $45.2 million during 2020, up $18.2 million from 2019, mainly due to a higher level of mortgage banking income.

The net interest margin was 3.00 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 3.63 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019. The yield on average earning assets was 3.55 percent during the fourth quarter of 2020, down from 4.61 percent during the prior-year fourth quarter, mainly due to a decreased yield on commercial loans, which equaled 4.41 percent in the current-year fourth quarter compared to 5.12 percent in the respective 2019 period. The decreased yield on commercial loans primarily reflected reduced interest rates on variable-rate commercial loans resulting from the Federal Open Market Committee significantly lowering the targeted federal funds rate by a total of 175 basis points during the fourth quarter of 2019 and first three months of 2020. A significant volume of excess on-balance sheet liquidity consisting of low-yielding deposits with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a correspondent bank negatively impacted the yield on average earning assets during the fourth quarter of 2020. The excess funds are mainly a product of federal government stimulus programs as well as lower business and consumer investing and spending. Lower yields on interest-earning deposits and securities, reflecting the decreasing interest rate environment, also contributed to the reduced yield on average earning assets.

The cost of funds declined from 0.98 percent during the fourth quarter of 2019 to 0.55 percent during the current-year fourth quarter, primarily due to lower rates paid on local deposit accounts and borrowings, reflecting the declining interest rate environment. A change in funding mix, consisting of an increase in lower-costing non-time deposits as a percentage of total funding sources, also contributed to the decrease in the cost of funds.

The net interest margin was 3.15 percent in 2020, compared to 3.75 percent in 2019. The yield on average earning assets was 3.82 percent during 2020, down from 4.77 percent during 2019, primarily due to a decreased yield on commercial loans, which equaled 4.35 percent in 2020 compared to 5.21 percent in 2019. The decreased yield on commercial loans mainly reflected reduced interest rates on variable-rate commercial loans resulting from the Federal Open Market Committee significantly lowering the targeted federal funds rate by a total of 225 basis points during the last six months of 2019 and the first three months of 2020. A substantial volume of excess on-balance sheet liquidity consisting of low-yielding deposits with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a correspondent bank negatively impacted the yield on average earning assets during 2020. The excess funds are primarily a product of federal government stimulus programs as well as lower business and consumer investing and spending. A lower yield on interest-earning deposits, reflecting the decreasing interest rate environment, also contributed to the reduced yield on average earning assets. Accelerated discount accretion on called U.S. Government agency bonds totaling $3.0 million was recorded as interest income during 2020. The accelerated discount accretion positively impacted the net interest margin during 2020 by eight basis points.

The cost of funds equaled 0.67 percent during 2020, down from 1.02 percent during 2019, mainly due to reduced rates paid on local deposit accounts and borrowings, reflecting the declining interest rate environment. A change in funding mix, consisting of an increase in lower-costing non-time deposits as a percentage of total funding sources, also contributed to the decrease in the cost of funds.

Mercantile recorded provision expense of $2.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to negative $0.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. During 2020 and 2019, Mercantile recorded provision expense of $14.1 million and $1.8 million, respectively. Approximately 80 percent of the provision expense recorded during 2020 is reflective of increased allocations associated with qualitative factors, namely economic conditions, loan review and value of underlying collateral dependent commercial loans, as well as the creation of a COVID-19 pandemic environmental factor. The COVID-19 pandemic environmental factor, developed during the second quarter, is designed to address the unique challenges and economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic and its potential impact on the collectability of the loan portfolio. The provision expense recorded during the fourth quarter of 2020 was fully reflective of increased allocations associated with qualitative factors. The provision expense recorded during 2020 also reflected the downgrading of certain non-impaired commercial loan relationships, most of which occurred during the third quarter. The negative provision expense during the prior-year fourth quarter mainly reflected certain commercial loan paydowns and net loan recoveries being recorded during the period. The provision expense recorded during 2019 primarily reflected ongoing net loan growth.

Noninterest income during the fourth quarter of 2020 was $14.3 million, compared to $7.3 million during the prior-year fourth quarter. Noninterest income during the fourth quarter of 2019 included a $0.3 million gain on the sale of a former branch facility. Excluding the aforementioned transaction, noninterest income increased $7.3 million, or approximately 103 percent, during the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the respective 2019 period. Noninterest income during 2020 was $45.2 million, compared to $27.0 million during 2019. Noninterest income during 2019 included bank owned life insurance claims totaling $2.6 million and gains on the sales of former branch facilities totaling $0.8 million. Excluding these transactions, noninterest income increased $21.7 million, or 92.1 percent, during 2020 compared to 2019. The improved level of noninterest income in both 2020 periods primarily resulted from increased mortgage banking income stemming from a sizeable upturn in refinance activity spurred by a decrease in residential mortgage loan interest rates, an increase in purchase activity, and the continuing success of strategic initiatives that were implemented to gain market share. Fee income generated from an interest rate swap program that was implemented during the fourth quarter of 2020 and growth in credit and debit card income also contributed to the improved noninterest income during both 2020 periods. The interest rate swap program provides certain commercial borrowers with a longer-term fixed-rate option and assists Mercantile in managing associated longer-term interest rate risk. In addition, increased payroll processing fees contributed to the higher level of noninterest income during the full year 2020 period.

Noninterest expense totaled $25.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $23.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. Noninterest expense totaled $98.5 million during 2020, compared to $89.3 million during 2019. Overhead costs during the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year 2020 included write-downs of former branch facilities totaling $1.4 million, while overhead costs during the prior-year fourth quarter and full year 2019 included a loss on the sale of a former branch facility of $0.5 million and a write-down of a former branch facility of $0.1 million. Excluding these transactions, noninterest expense increased $1.8 million, or 8.1 percent, during the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the respective 2019 period, and $8.5 million, or 9.6 percent, during 2020 compared to 2019. The higher level of expense in both 2020 periods primarily resulted from increased compensation costs, mainly reflecting higher residential mortgage lender commissions and related incentives, annual employee merit pay increases, and an increased bonus accrual. The higher level of commissions and associated incentives primarily depicted the significant increase in residential mortgage loan originations during the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year 2020, which were up nearly 98 percent and 135 percent compared to the respective 2019 periods. Occupancy and equipment and furniture costs were up $1.7 million on a combined basis during 2020 compared to 2019, mainly reflecting increased depreciation expense associated with an expansion of Mercantile's main office that was completed during the latter part of 2019. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance premiums increased $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, and $0.9 million in 2020 compared to 2019, mainly as a result of deposit insurance assessment credits being applied against regular assessments during the last three quarters of 2019.

Mr. Kaminski commented, "The record-breaking level of mortgage banking income during 2020 reflects strong residential mortgage loan production and the ongoing success of our strategic initiatives that were designed to boost market share and increase revenue. We remain focused on positioning ourselves to produce solid mortgage banking income in future periods, as evidenced by the opening of mortgage lending centers in Midland, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio during 2020. We are also continually exploring options to enhance other noninterest income revenue streams, and are pleased with the growth in certain key fee income categories during 2020. We are committed to meeting growth objectives in a cost-conscious, efficient manner and continue to monitor our branch network and associated customer behaviors and preferences, which may have been altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a branch network efficiency plan, we closed three branch facilities during the fourth quarter of 2020, which is expected to generate annual pre-tax savings of approximately $0.7 million."

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2020, total assets were $4.44 billion, up $804 million, or 22.1 percent, from December 31, 2019. Total loans increased $360 million during 2020, primarily reflecting Paycheck Protection Program loan originations of $555 million during the second and third quarters. Paycheck Protection Program loans totaled approximately $365 million as of December 31, 2020, reflecting forgiveness payments received from the Small Business Administration during the fourth quarter. Commercial lines of credit remained relatively steady during the last six months of 2020 after having declined $109 million during the second quarter of 2020 largely due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic environment and federal government stimulus programs. As of December 31, 2020, unfunded commitments on commercial construction and development loans totaled approximately $99 million, which are expected to be largely funded over the next 12 to 18 months. Interest-earning deposits increased $383 million during 2020, mainly resulting from growth in local deposits.

Ray Reitsma, President of Mercantile Bank of Michigan, noted, "Although economic conditions deteriorated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our asset quality metrics remained strong throughout 2020. The sustained strength in our asset quality metrics reflects our unwavering commitment to sound underwriting, along with the relationships we have forged with solid companies that have strong management teams that are working diligently to enable the entities to successfully navigate through the challenges posed by the pandemic. Our past due loan and nonperforming asset levels remain low, and virtually all commercial and retail loan customers that were granted loan payment deferrals are now making full contractual loan payments."

Mr. Reitsma added, "We were very successful in helping customers obtain funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, as depicted by the over 2,000 loans, totaling approximately $555 million, closed during 2020. The efforts of our team were recognized in the marketplace, providing us with many new loan and deposit relationship opportunities. Over the past few months, we have been focused on assisting loan recipients in the gathering and submitting of the required information to allow for the rendering of forgiveness determinations by the Small Business Administration. Although our team devoted a significant amount of time assisting customers in meeting pandemic-related challenges, we remained focused on identifying and attracting new client relationships and meeting the traditional needs of our existing customers. We are pleased with the ongoing strength of our commercial loan and residential mortgage loan pipelines."

Excluding the impact of Paycheck Protection Program loan originations, commercial and industrial loans and owner-occupied commercial real estate loans together represented approximately 55 percent of total commercial loans as of December 31, 2020, a level that has remained relatively consistent and in line with internal expectations.

Total deposits at December 31, 2020, were $3.41 billion, up $721 million, or 26.8 percent, from December 31, 2019. Local deposits were up $808 million during 2020, while brokered deposits were down $86.5 million. The growth in local deposits mainly reflected federal government stimulus payments and reduced business and consumer investing and spending, along with Paycheck Protection Program loan proceeds being deposited into customers' accounts at the time the loans were originated and remaining on deposit as of December 31, 2020. Wholesale funds were $441 million, or approximately 11 percent of total funds, as of December 31, 2020, compared to $487 million, or approximately 15 percent of total funds, as of December 31, 2019.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets at December 31, 2020, were $4.1 million, or 0.1 percent of total assets, compared to $2.7 million, or 0.1 percent of total assets, at December 31, 2019. During the fourth quarter of 2020, loan charge-offs totaled $0.3 million while recoveries of prior period loan charge-offs equaled $0.2 million, providing for net loan charge-offs of $0.1 million, or 0.01 percent of average total loans. During 2020, recoveries of prior period loan charge-offs totaling $0.9 million slightly exceeded loan charge-offs, providing for a nominal level of net loan recoveries.

Capital Position

Shareholders' equity totaled $442 million as of December 31, 2020, an increase of $25.0 million from year-end 2019. The Bank's capital position remains above "well-capitalized" with a total risk-based capital ratio of 13.5 percent as of December 31, 2020, compared to 13.0 percent at December 31, 2019. At December 31, 2020, the Bank had approximately $118 million in excess of the 10.0 percent minimum regulatory threshold required to be considered a "well-capitalized" institution. Mercantile reported 16,330,476 total shares outstanding at December 31, 2020.

As part of a $20 million common stock repurchase program announced in May 2019, Mercantile repurchased approximately 222,000 shares for $6.3 million, or a weighted average all-in cost per share of $28.25, during the first quarter of 2020. After electing to temporarily cease stock repurchases in March 2020 to preserve capital for lending and other purposes while management assessed the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercantile reinstated the buyback program during the fourth quarter of 2020; fourth quarter repurchases totaled about 14,000 shares for $0.3 million, or a weighted average all-in cost per share of $22.05.

Mr. Kaminski concluded, "We are focused on positioning our company to remain a consistent high performer that provides steady and profitable growth and an attractive return to our investors. Our strong operating performance during 2020 enabled us to continue the cash dividend program and provide our shareholders with a cash return on their investments in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated weakened economic conditions. We were pleased to announce earlier today that our Board of Directors declared an increased first quarter 2021 regular cash dividend. We are passionate about our Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives and the opportunities that exist in that space going forward. During 2020, we established new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives in light of the racial justice discussions taking place in our country and communities, including ongoing conversations among our staff members, and we look forward to continuing our social awareness efforts in future periods. We are excited about Mercantile's future and believe we are positioned to produce solid operating results in 2021."

Investor Presentation

Mercantile has prepared presentation materials (the "Conference Call & Webcast Presentation") that management intends to use during its previously announced fourth quarter 2020 conference call on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and from time to time thereafter in presentations about the Company's operations and performance. The Investor Presentation also contains more detailed information relating to Mercantile's COVID-19 pandemic response plan. These materials have been furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concurrently with this press release, and are also available on Mercantile's website at www.mercbank.com.

About Mercantile Bank Corporation

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Mercantile provides banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, and differentiates itself on the basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff. Mercantile has assets of approximately $4.4 billion and operates 44 banking offices. Mercantile Bank Corporation's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "MBWM."

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains comments or information that may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such comments are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and nontraditional competitors; changes in banking regulation or actions by bank regulators; our participation in the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; potential cyber-attacks, information security breaches and other criminal activities; litigation liabilities; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economies, including the significant disruption to financial market and other economic activity caused by the outbreak of COVID-19; and other factors, including risk factors, disclosed from time to time in filings made by Mercantile with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mercantile undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:




Robert B. Kaminski, Jr.

Charles Christmas

President and CEO

Executive Vice President and CFO

616-726-1502

616-726-1202

rkaminski@mercbank.com

cchristmas@mercbank.com

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MERCANTILE BANK CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)










DECEMBER 31,


DECEMBER 31,


DECEMBER 31,



2020


2019


2018

ASSETS







Cash and due from banks

$

62,832,000

$

53,262,000

$

64,872,000

Interest-earning deposits


563,174,000


180,469,000


10,482,000

Total cash and cash equivalents


626,006,000


233,731,000


75,354,000








Securities available for sale


387,347,000


334,655,000


337,366,000

Federal Home Loan Bank stock


18,002,000


18,002,000


16,022,000








Loans


3,216,358,000


2,856,667,000


2,753,085,000

Allowance for loan losses


(37,967,000)


(23,889,000)


(22,380,000)

Loans, net


3,178,391,000


2,832,778,000


2,730,705,000








Premises and equipment, net


58,959,000


57,327,000


48,321,000

Bank owned life insurance


72,131,000


70,297,000


69,647,000

Goodwill


49,473,000


49,473,000


49,473,000

Core deposit intangible, net


2,436,000


3,840,000


5,561,000

Other assets


44,599,000


32,812,000


31,458,000








Total assets

$

4,437,344,000

$

3,632,915,000

$

3,363,907,000















LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Deposits:







Noninterest-bearing

$

1,433,403,000

$

924,916,000

$

889,784,000

Interest-bearing


1,978,150,000


1,765,468,000


1,573,924,000

Total deposits


3,411,553,000


2,690,384,000


2,463,708,000








Securities sold under agreements to repurchase


118,365,000


102,675,000


103,519,000

Federal Home Loan Bank advances


394,000,000


354,000,000


350,000,000

Subordinated debentures


47,563,000


46,881,000


46,199,000

Accrued interest and other liabilities


24,309,000


22,414,000


25,232,000

Total liabilities


3,995,790,000


3,216,354,000


2,988,658,000








SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Common stock


302,029,000


305,035,000


308,005,000

Retained earnings


134,039,000


107,831,000


75,483,000

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)


5,486,000


3,695,000


(8,239,000)

Total shareholders' equity


441,554,000


416,561,000


375,249,000








Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

4,437,344,000

$

3,632,915,000

$

3,363,907,000

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CONSOLIDATED REPORTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)















THREE MONTHS ENDED

THREE MONTHS ENDED

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED


December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

INTEREST INCOME













Loans, including fees

$

35,971,000


$

36,257,000


$

137,399,000


$

145,816,000


Investment securities


1,484,000



2,563,000



10,038,000



10,150,000


Other interest-earning assets


165,000



744,000



876,000



2,371,000


Total interest income


37,620,000



39,564,000



148,313,000



158,337,000















INTEREST EXPENSE













Deposits


3,176,000



5,358,000



14,984,000



21,264,000


Short-term borrowings


41,000



51,000



173,000



295,000


Federal Home Loan Bank advances


2,072,000



2,226,000



8,571,000



8,977,000


Other borrowed money


482,000



761,000



2,339,000



3,267,000


Total interest expense


5,771,000



8,396,000



26,067,000



33,803,000















Net interest income


31,849,000



31,168,000



122,246,000



124,534,000















Provision for loan losses


2,500,000



(700,000)



14,050,000



1,750,000















Net interest income after













provision for loan losses


29,349,000



31,868,000



108,196,000



122,784,000















NONINTEREST INCOME













Service charges on accounts


1,177,000



1,178,000



4,578,000



4,584,000


Mortgage banking income


9,600,000



3,194,000



29,346,000



8,485,000


Credit and debit card income


1,602,000



1,528,000



5,973,000



5,925,000


Payroll services


399,000



399,000



1,745,000



1,626,000


Earnings on bank owned life insurance

281,000



319,000



1,214,000



3,886,000


Interest rate swap income


932,000



0



932,000



0


Other income


342,000



694,000



...

1,384,000



2,450,000


Total noninterest income


14,333,000



7,312,000



45,172,000



26,956,000















NONINTEREST EXPENSE













Salaries and benefits


15,411,000



13,851,000



59,799,000



53,833,000


Occupancy


2,006,000



1,972,000



7,950,000



7,061,000


Furniture and equipment


850,000



698,000



3,350,000



2,583,000


Data processing costs


2,647,000



2,381,000



10,440,000



9,235,000


Other expense


5,027,000



4,433,000



16,981,000



16,568,000


Total noninterest expense


25,941,000



23,335,000



98,520,000



89,280,000















Income before federal income













tax expense


17,741,000



15,845,000



54,848,000



60,460,000















Federal income tax expense


3,659,000



2,528,000



10,710,000



11,004,000















Net Income

$

14,082,000


$

13,317,000


$

44,138,000


$

49,456,000















Basic earnings per share


$0.87



$0.81



$2.71



$3.01


Diluted earnings per share


$0.87



$0.81



$2.71



$3.01















Average basic shares outstanding


16,279,052



16,373,458



16,268,689



16,405,159


Average diluted shares outstanding


16,279,243



16,375,740



16,269,319



16,409,135


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CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)


















Quarterly


Year-To-Date

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

2020


2020


2020


2020


2019







4th Qtr


3rd Qtr


2nd Qtr


1st Qtr


4th Qtr


2020


2019

EARNINGS















Net interest income

$

31,849


29,509


30,571


30,317


31,168


122,246


124,534

Provision for loan losses

$

2,500


3,200


7,600


750


(700)


14,050


1,750

Noninterest income

$

14,333


13,307


10,984


6,550


7,312


45,172


26,956

Noninterest expense

$

25,941


26,423


23,216


22,940


23,335


98,520


89,280

Net income before federal income















tax expense

$

17,741


13,193


10,739


13,177


15,845


54,848


60,460

Net income

$

14,082


10,686


8,698


10,673


13,317


44,138


49,456

Basic earnings per share

$

0.87


0.66


0.54


0.65


0.81


2.71


3.01

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.87


0.66


0.54


0.65


0.81


2.71


3.01

Average basic shares outstanding


16,279,052


16,233,196


16,212,500


16,350,281


16,373,458


16,268,689


16,405,159

Average diluted shares outstanding


16,279,243


16,233,666


16,213,264


16,351,559


16,375,740


16,269,319


16,409,135
















PERFORMANCE RATIOS















Return on average assets


1.25%


0.98%


0.85%


1.19%


1.45%


1.07%


1.39%

Return on average equity


12.75%


9.86%


8.26%


10.20%


12.87%


10.32%


12.52%

Net interest margin (fully tax-equivalent)

3.00%


2.86%


3.17%


3.63%


3.63%


3.15%


3.75%

Efficiency ratio


56.17%


61.71%


55.87%


62.22%


60.64%


58.85%


58.93%

Full-time equivalent employees


621


618


637


626


619


621


619
















YIELD ON ASSETS / COST OF FUNDS















Yield on loans


4.34%


4.03%


4.18%


4.69%


5.01%


4.31%


5.11%

Yield on securities


1.69%


2.26%


3.37%


4.73%


2.90%


3.00%


2.89%

Yield on other interest-earning assets

0.12%


0.12%


0.15%


1.22%


1.65%


0.25%


2.07%

Yield on total earning assets


3.55%


3.45%


3.85%


4.54%


4.61%


3.82%


4.77%

Yield on total assets


3.35%


3.25%


3.62%


4.23%


4.31%


3.59%


4.45%

Cost of deposits


0.37%


0.41%


0.48%


0.70%


0.79%


0.48%


0.81%

Cost of borrowed funds


1.75%


1.78%


1.91%


2.31%


2.36%


1.93%


2.39%

Cost of interest-bearing liabilities


0.91%


0.99%


1.11%


1.36%


1.47%


1.09%


1.50%

Cost of funds (total earning assets)


0.55%


0.59%


0.68%


0.91%


0.98%


0.67%


1.02%

Cost of funds (total assets)


0.51%


0.56%


0.64%


0.85%


0.91%


0.63%


0.95%
















PURCHASE ACCOUNTING ADJUSTMENTS













Loan portfolio - increase interest income

$

158


332


169


285


316


944


1,423

Trust preferred - increase interest expense

$

171


171


171


171


171


684


684

Core deposit intangible - increase overhead

$

318


318


371


397


397


1,404


1,721
















MORTGAGE BANKING ACTIVITY















Total mortgage loans originated

$

218,904


237,195


275,486


132,859


110,611


864,444


368,600

Purchase mortgage loans originated

$

99,490


93,068


58,015


46,538


49,407


297,111


183,123

Refinance mortgage loans originated

$

119,414


144,127


217,471


86,321


61,204


567,333


185,477

Mortgage loans originated to sell

$

159,942


191,318


225,665


95,327


81,590


672,252


257,378

Net gain on sale of mortgage loans

$

9,476


10,199


7,760


2,086


3,062


29,521


8,065
















CAPITAL















Tangible equity to tangible assets


8.89%


8.69%


8.74%


10.14%


10.15%


8.89%


10.15%

Tier 1 leverage capital ratio


9.77%


9.80%


10.21%


11.47%


11.28%


9.77%


11.28%

Common equity risk-based capital ratio

11.34%


11.37%


11.34%


10.92%


11.00%


11.34%


11.00%

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio


12.68%


12.74%


12.74%


12.28%


12.36%


12.68%


12.36%

Total risk-based capital ratio


13.80%


13.82%


13.73%


13.03%


13.09%


13.80%


13.09%

Tier 1 capital

$

430,146


420,225


412,526


406,445


405,148


430,146


405,148

Tier 1 plus tier 2 capital

$

468,113


455,797


444,772


431,273


429,038


468,113


429,038

Total risk-weighted assets

$

3,391,563


3,298,047


3,238,444


3,309,336


3,276,754


3,391,563


3,276,754

Book value per common share

$

27.04


26.59


26.20


25.82


25.36


27.04


25.36

Tangible book value per common share

$

23.86


23.37


22.96


22.55


22.12


23.86


22.12

Cash dividend per common share

$

0.28


0.28


0.28


0.28


0.27


1.12


1.06
















ASSET QUALITY















Gross loan charge-offs

$

340


124


335


40


112


839


883

Recoveries

$

234


250


153


229


287


866


642

Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)

$

106


(126)


182


(189)


(175)


(27)


241

Net loan charge-offs to average loans

0.01%


(0.02%)


0.02%


(0.03%)


(0.02%)


(0.01%)


0.01%

Allowance for loan losses

$

37,967


35,572


32,246


24,828


23,889


37,967


23,889

Allowance to loans


1.18%


1.06%


0.97%


0.86%


0.84%


1.18%


0.84%

Allowance to loans excluding PPP loans

1.33%


1.27%


1.16%


0.86%


0.84%


1.33%


0.84%

Nonperforming loans

$

3,384


4,141


3,212


3,469


2,284


3,384


2,284

Other real estate/repossessed assets

$

701


512


198


271


452


701


452

Nonperforming loans to total loans


0.11%


0.12%


0.10%


0.12%


0.08%


0.11%


0.08%

Nonperforming assets to total assets


0.09%


0.11%


0.08%


0.10%


0.08%


0.09%


0.08%
















NONPERFORMING ASSETS - COMPOSITION













Residential real estate:















Land development

$

35


36


36


37


34


35


34

Construction

$

0


198


198


283


0


0


0

Owner occupied / rental

$

2,607


2,597


2,750


2,922


2,364


2,607


2,364

Commercial real estate:















Land development

$

0


0


0


43


0


0


0

Construction

$

0


0


0


0


0


0


0

Owner occupied

$

1,232


1,576


275


287


326


1,232


326

Non-owner occupied

$

22


23


25


0


0


22


0

Non-real estate:















Commercial assets

$

172


198


98


156


0


172


0

Consumer assets

$

17


25


28


12


12


17


12

Total nonperforming assets


4,085


4,653


3,410


3,740


2,736


4,085


2,736
















NONPERFORMING ASSETS - RECON















Beginning balance

$

4,653


3,410


3,740


2,736


2,887


2,736


4,952

Additions

$

972


1,615


220


1,344


30


4,151


934

Other activity

$

0


0


0


(31)


135


(31)


226

Return to performing status

$

0


(72)


(26)


(7)


0


(105)


(126)

Principal payments

$

(1,064)


(249)


(278)


(110)


(232)


(1,701)


(2,140)

Sale proceeds

$

(245)


0


(49)


(192)


(36)


(486)


(792)

Loan charge-offs

$

(231)


(51)


(173)


0


(48)


(455)


(289)

Valuation write-downs

$

0


0


(24)


0


0


(24)


(29)

Ending balance

$

4,085


4,653


3,410


3,740


2,736


4,085


2,736
















LOAN PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION















Commercial:















Commercial & industrial

$

1,145,423


1,321,419


1,307,456


873,679


846,551


1,145,423


846,551

Land development & construction

$

55,055


50,941


52,984


62,908


56,118


55,055


56,118

Owner occupied comm'l R/E

$

529,953


549,364


567,621


579,229


579,004


529,953


579,004

Non-owner occupied comm'l R/E

$

917,436


878,897


841,145


823,366


835,345


917,436


835,345

Multi-family & residential rental

$

146,095


137,740


132,047


133,148


124,526


146,095


124,526

Total commercial

$

2,793,962


2,938,361


2,901,253


2,472,330


2,441,544


2,793,962


2,441,544

Retail:















1-4 family mortgages

$

360,776


348,460


367,060


356,338


339,749


360,776


339,749

Home equity & other consumer

$

61,620


63,723


64,743


72,875


75,374


61,620


75,374

Total retail

$

422,396


412,183


431,803


429,213


415,123


422,396


415,123

Total loans

$

3,216,358


3,350,544


3,333,056


2,901,543


2,856,667


3,216,358


2,856,667
















END OF PERIOD BALANCES















Loans

$

3,216,358


3,350,544


3,333,056


2,901,543


2,856,667


3,216,358


2,856,667

Securities

$

405,349


330,426


325,663


330,149


352,657


405,349


352,657

Other interest-earning assets

$

563,174


495,308


386,711


186,938


180,469


563,174


180,469

Total earning assets (before allowance)

$

4,184,881


4,176,278


4,045,430


3,418,630


3,389,793


4,184,881


3,389,793

Total assets

$

4,437,344


4,420,610


4,314,379


3,657,387


3,632,915


4,437,344


3,632,915

Noninterest-bearing deposits

$

1,433,403


1,449,879


1,445,620


956,290


924,916


1,433,403


924,916

Interest-bearing deposits

$

1,978,150


1,922,155


1,816,660


1,689,126


1,765,468


1,978,150


1,765,468

Total deposits

$

3,411,553


3,372,034


3,262,280


2,645,416


2,690,384


3,411,553


2,690,384

Total borrowed funds

$

562,360


600,892


611,298


576,996


506,301


562,360


506,301

Total interest-bearing liabilities

$

2,540,510


2,523,047


2,427,958


2,266,122


2,271,769


2,540,510


2,271,769

Shareholders' equity

$

441,554


431,900


425,221


418,389


416,561


441,554


416,561
















AVERAGE BALANCES















Loans

$

3,288,845


3,315,741


3,294,883


2,861,047


2,871,674


3,190,742


2,853,021

Securities

$

365,631


327,668


333,843


344,906


362,347


343,032


359,512

Other interest-earning assets

$

559,593


457,598


251,833


153,638


176,034


356,501


114,527

Total earning assets (before allowance)

$

4,214,069


4,101,007


3,880,559


3,359,591


3,410,055


3,890,275


3,327,060

Total assets

$

4,459,370


4,346,624


4,119,573


3,602,784


3,650,087


4,133,568


3,561,645

Noninterest-bearing deposits

$

1,478,616


1,454,887


1,304,986


923,827


948,602


1,291,542


902,180

Interest-bearing deposits

$

1,936,069


1,863,302


1,767,985


1,724,030


1,759,377


1,823,266


1,722,535

Total deposits

$

3,414,685


3,318,189


3,072,971


2,647,957


2,707,979


3,114,808


2,624,715

Total borrowed funds

$

588,100


583,994


607,074


517,961


509,932


574,347


525,745

Total interest-bearing liabilities

$

2,524,169


2,447,296


2,375,059


2,241,991


2,269,309


2,397,613


2,248,280

Shareholders' equity

$

438,171


429,865


422,230


419,612


410,593


427,505


394,913

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