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Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2015 Net Income of $4.3 Million and Continued Strong Loan and Deposit Growth

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LOWELL, Mass., Oct. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: EBTC), parent of Enterprise Bank, announces net income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 of $4.3 million, an increase of $461 thousand, or 12%, compared to the same three-month period in 2014.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.41 for the three months ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 11% compared to the same three-month period in 2014.  Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $11.4 million, an increase of $776 thousand, or 7%, compared to the same nine-month period in 2014.  Diluted earnings per share were $1.10 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 5%, compared to the same period in 2014.

As previously announced on October 20, 2015, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share to be paid on December 1, 2015 to shareholders of record as of November 10, 2015.  The 2015 dividend rate represents a 4.2% increase over the 2014 dividend rate. 

Chief Executive Officer Jack Clancy commented, "Our strong growth in 2015 continued in the third quarter.  For the first nine months of 2015, loans have increased $118 million, or 7%, and deposits, excluding brokered deposits, have increased $168 million, or 10%.  On an annualized basis, loans and deposits, excluding brokered deposits, have increased by 9% and 13%, respectively.  Strategically, our focus remains on organic growth and continually planning for and investing in our future.  With our recently announced plans for our 23rd branch, we look forward to expanding our presence in the Nashua market in 2016."

Founder and Chairman of the Board George Duncan commented, "Our growth continues to be driven by the collective efforts and contributions of our dedicated Enterprise team, active community involvement, relationship building and a customer-focused mindset, market expansion, and ongoing enhancement of our state-of-the-art product and service offerings.  As a result, in 2015, we have shown growth in all our comprehensive services, including commercial lending, cash management, digital banking, wealth management, trust services, and insurance services."

Results of Operations

The Company's 2015 growth contributed to increases in quarterly and year-to-date net interest income and non-interest expenses, as compared to the same periods in 2014.  This growth and other items impacting the Company's net income are discussed further below.

Net interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $19.8 million, an increase of $1.7 million, or 9%, compared to the same period in 2014.  Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $57.2 million, an increase of $4.7 million, or 9%, compared to the same period in 2014.  The increase in net interest income was due primarily to loan growth, partially offset by a decrease in tax equivalent net interest margin ("margin").  Average loan balances (including loans held for sale) increased $163.1 million and $149.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively, compared to the same 2014 period averages.  Margin was 3.95% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, which is relatively consistent with the last two quarters (3.93% and 3.95% for the quarters ended June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015, respectively).  Margin was 4.02% for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Year-to-date margin was 3.94% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 4.03% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

For the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, the provision for loan losses amounted to $250 thousand and $765 thousand, respectively.  The year-to-date provision for loan losses amounted to $2.1 million and $1.2 million for 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The increase in the year-to-date 2015 provision was due primarily to loan growth and additional specific reserves on impaired commercial loans.  In determining the provision to the allowance for loan losses, management takes into consideration the level of loan growth and an estimate of credit risk, which includes such items as adversely classified and non-performing loans, the estimated specific reserves needed for impaired loans, the level of net charge-offs, and the estimated impact of current economic conditions on credit quality.  Loan growth for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $118.0 million compared to $88.7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.  Total non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans declined to 0.81% at September 30, 2015, compared to 1.03% at September 30, 2014.  The balance of the allowance for loan losses allocated to impaired loans amounted to $2.0 million at September 30, 2015, compared to $3.2 million at September 30, 2014.  The Company recorded net charge-offs of $1.1 million for both the nine month periods ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.  The majority of the 2014 charge-offs were previously allocated specific reserves on commercial relationships which contributed to the lower provision for loan losses in 2014.  The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio was 1.57% at September 30, 2015, compared to 1.62% at December 31, 2014, and 1.68% at September 30, 2014.

Non-interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $3.4 million, a decrease of $155 thousand, or 4%, compared to the same period in 2014 due primarily to lower net gains on the sales of investment securities.  Non-interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $11.3 million, an increase of $1.0 million, or 10%, compared to the same period in 2014 due primarily to increases in net gains on the sales of investment securities, and higher commercial loan prepayment fees and gains on the sales of other real estate owned, both of which are included in miscellaneous other income.  Year-to-date non-interest income was also impacted by the net loss on the Company's Capital Trust subsidiary due to the write-off of debt issuance costs related to the redemption of Trust Preferred Securities (Subordinated Debt) in March 2015, which is also included in miscellaneous other income.

Non-interest expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $16.5 million, an increase of $1.4 million, or 9%, compared to the same period in the prior year.  The increase in the quarter was due primarily to increases in salaries and benefits, occupancy costs, other professional costs and technology expenses, mainly resulting from the Company's strategic growth initiatives.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, non-interest expense amounted to $49.0 million, an increase of $3.6 million, or 8%, over the same period in the prior year.  The increase in the year-to-date period was due primarily to expenses related to the Company's strategic growth initiatives, including increases in salaries and benefits, occupancy costs, advertising and public relations, and technology expenses.  The year-to-date period was also impacted by an increase in miscellaneous other expenses due primarily to the prepayment fees associated with the redemption of the Trust Preferred Securities mentioned above.

Key Financial Highlights

  • Total assets amounted to $2.20 billion at September 30, 2015, as compared to $2.02 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase of $173.1 million, or 9%.  Since June 30, 2015, total assets have increased $24.8 million, or 1%.
  • Total loans amounted to $1.79 billion at September 30, 2015, compared to $1.67 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase of $118.0 million, or 7%, since December 31, 2014.  Since June 30, 2015, total loans have increased $54.1 million, or 3%.
  • Total deposits, excluding brokered deposits, were $1.85 billion at September 30, 2015, as compared to $1.68 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase of $168.3 million, or 10%.  Since June 30, 2015, total deposits, excluding brokered deposits have increased $11.6 million, or 1%.  Brokered deposits were $111.9 million at September 30, 2015, compared to $119.4 million at June 30, 2015 and $85.2 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Investment assets under management amounted to $672.1 million at September 30, 2015, and are relatively flat compared to December 31, 2014.  Since June 30, 2015, investment assets under management have decreased $37.2 million, or 5%.  The decrease in investment assets under management during the quarter was attributable primarily to a decline in market values. 
  • Total assets under management amounted to $2.94 billion at September 30, 2015, compared to $2.76 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase of $175.3 million, or 6%.  Since June 30, 2015, total assets under management have decreased $10.8 million. 

Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation that conducts substantially all of its operations through Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, commonly referred to as Enterprise Bank, and has reported 104 consecutive profitable quarters.  The Company is principally engaged in the business of attracting deposits from the general public and investing in commercial loans and investment securities.  Through Enterprise Bank and its subsidiaries, the Company offers a range of commercial and consumer loan products, and deposit and cash management services.  The Company also offers investment advisory and wealth management, trust, and insurance services.  The Company's headquarters and the bank's main office are located at 222 Merrimack Street in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The Company's primary market area is the greater Merrimack Valley and North Central regions of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.  Enterprise Bank has 22 full-service branch offices located in the Massachusetts cities and towns of Lowell, Acton, Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Leominster, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford and in the New Hampshire towns of Derry, Hudson, Nashua, Pelham and Salem.  The Company is also in the process of obtaining regulatory approvals to establish its second branch in Nashua, NH and anticipates that the office will open in the second quarter of 2016.

This earnings release contains statements about future events that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "assume," "will," "should," "plan," and other similar terms or expressions.  Forward-looking statements should not be relied on because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of the Company.  These risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results, performance, and achievements of the Company to be materially different from the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, competition, and the receipt of required regulatory approvals.  For more information about these factors, please see our reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."  Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we undertake no duty, and specifically disclaim any duty, to update or revise any such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

ENTERPRISE BANCORP, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
 
(Dollars in thousands) September 30,
 2015
 December 31,
 2014
 September 30,
 2014
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents:      
Cash and due from banks $35,093  $30,044  $49,310 
Interest-earning deposits 20,693  10,102  5,457 
Total cash and cash equivalents 55,786  40,146  54,767 
Investment securities at fair value 281,027  245,065  236,753 
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 4,239  3,357  3,357 
Loans held for sale 1,325  2,371  1,645 
Loans, less allowance for loan losses of $28,130 at September 30, 2015, $27,121 at December 31, 2014, and $27,029 at September 30, 2014 1,762,478  1,645,483  1,585,745 
Premises and equipment 30,153  30,370  30,000 
Accrued interest receivable 7,734  6,733  6,684 
Deferred income taxes, net 13,684  12,852  12,645 
Bank-owned life insurance 28,063  16,315  16,215 
Prepaid income taxes   770  1,636 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 5,169  13,110  7,592 
Goodwill 5,656  5,656  5,656 
Total assets $2,195,314  $2,022,228  $1,962,695 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Liabilities      
Deposits $1,963,615  $1,768,546  $1,768,796 
Borrowed funds 24,171  58,900  1,004 
Subordinated debt 14,819  10,825  10,825 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 15,440  16,441  19,317 
Income taxes payable 313     
Accrued interest payable 252  566  251 
Total liabilities 2,018,610  1,855,278  1,800,193 
Commitments and Contingencies      
Stockholders' Equity      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued      
Common stock $0.01 par value per share; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 10,359,395 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 (including 145,762 shares of unvested participating restricted awards), 10,207,943 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 (including 157,694 shares of unvested participating restricted awards), and 10,153,933 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 (including 159,828 shares of unvested participating restricted awards) 104  102  102 
Additional paid-in capital 60,042  57,130  55,763 
Retained earnings 113,515  105,951  103,172 
Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,043  3,767  3,465 
Total stockholders' equity 176,704  166,950  162,502 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,195,314  $2,022,228  $1,962,695 


ENTERPRISE BANCORP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited)
 
 Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)2015 2014 2015 2014
Interest and dividend income:       
Loans and loans held for sale$19,584  $18,234  $57,115  $53,117 
Investment securities1,377  1,131  3,825  3,204 
Other interest-earning assets62  29  137  84 
Total interest and dividend income21,023  19,394  61,077  56,405 
Interest expense:       
Deposits1,022  1,005  3,033  3,031 
Borrowed funds10  3  32  33 
Subordinated debt232  294  837  883 
Total interest expense1,264  1,302  3,902  3,947 
Net interest income19,759  18,092  57,175  52,458 
Provision for loan losses250  765  2,100  1,165 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses19,509  17,327  55,075  51,293 
Non-interest income:       
Investment advisory fees1,182  1,202  3,568  3,451 
Deposit and interchange fees1,207  1,268  3,575  3,727 
Income on bank-owned life insurance, net157  99  358  313 
Net gains on sales of investment securities7  215  1,363  830 
Gains on sales of loans89  135  373  283 
Other income743  621  2,073  1,679 
Total non-interest income3,385  3,540  11,310  10,283 
Non-interest expense:       
Salaries and employee benefits10,255  9,454  29,934  27,852 
Occupancy and equipment expenses1,775  1,588  5,484  4,881 
Technology and telecommunications expenses1,428  1,248  4,223  3,844 
Advertising and public relations expenses641  575  2,180  1,932 
Audit, legal and other professional fees564  453  1,305  1,294 
Deposit insurance premiums299  297  889  851 
Supplies and postage expenses226  257  736  776 
Investment advisory and custodial expenses102  143  237  409 
Other operating expenses1,258  1,100  4,037  3,546 
Total non-interest expense16,548  15,115  49,025  45,385 
Income before income taxes6,346  5,752  17,360  16,191 
Provision for income taxes2,054  1,921  5,933  5,540 
Net income$4,292  $3,831  $11,427  $10,651 
        
Basic earnings per share$0.41  $0.38  $1.11  $1.05 
Diluted earnings per share$0.41  $0.37  $1.10  $1.05 
        
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding10,349,232  10,143,055  10,308,310  10,099,593 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding10,414,254  10,228,501  10,373,464  10,184,264 

 

ENTERPRISE BANCORP, INC.
Selected Consolidated Financial Data and Ratios
(unaudited)
 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) At or for the
nine months ended
September 30, 2015
 At or for the
year ended 
December 31, 2014
 At or for the
nine months ended
September 30, 2014
 
        
BALANCE SHEET AND OTHER DATA       
Total assets $2,195,314  $2,022,228  $1,962,695  
Loans serviced for others 68,891  64,122  60,549  
Investment assets under management 672,076  674,604  666,743  
Total assets under management $2,936,281  $2,760,954  $2,689,987  
        
Book value per share $17.06  $16.35  $16.00  
Dividends paid per common share $0.375  $0.480  $0.360  
Total capital to risk weighted assets* 10.88% 11.27% 11.40% 
Tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets* 8.81% 9.93% 10.05% 
Tier 1 capital to average assets* 7.85% 8.41% 8.51% 
Common equity tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets* 8.81%  N/A   N/A  
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.57% 1.62% 1.68% 
Non-performing assets $14,447  $17,997  $17,401  
Non-performing assets to total assets 0.66% 0.89% 0.89% 
        
INCOME STATEMENT DATA  (annualized)       
Return on average total assets 0.73% 0.76% 0.75% 
Return on average stockholders' equity 8.88% 9.20% 9.05% 
Net interest margin (tax equivalent) 3.94% 4.02% 4.03% 

* Capital ratios for 2015 are based on the Basel III regulatory capital framework implemented at the beginning of 2015.

 

Contact Info: James A. Marcotte, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (978) 656-5614

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