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Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017

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Announces increase in net income of $7.5 million, or 154.9%, after $4.0 million deferred tax re-measurement charge
Company announces 33% increase in common stock dividend to $0.04 per share

WESTFIELD, Mass., Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western New England Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "WNEB") (NASDAQ:WNEB), the holding company for Westfield Bank (the "Bank"), announced today the unaudited results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017.   The financial results for 2017 reflect a full year of combined operations following the completion of the merger of Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. ("Chicopee") into WNEB on October 21, 2016.  The fourth quarter financial results for 2016 reflect the results of the merger with Chicopee on October 21, 2016. As a result, the Company's 2017 result are not comparable to financial results for 2016.

The Company also announced that the Board of Directors declared an increase of $0.01, or 33%, in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.04 per share, payable on or about February 28, 2018 to shareholders of record on February 14, 2018. 

James C. Hagan, President and CEO stated, "On October 21, 2017, we marked the one year anniversary of the merger between the Company and Chicopee Bancorp. Our continued focus will be to make a meaningful impact in our market area, grow the balance sheet, and improve our financial performance. We are confident that we will continue to provide a strong and increasing value proposition to our shareholders, customers and community." Hagan continued, "In the short term, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted by President Trump on December 22, 2017 (the "Tax Act") negatively impacted the Company's reported net income and capital in 2017, however, lowering the Company's federal tax rate to 21% will positively benefit net income in future years. We would like to thank our Board of Directors and employees for their continued commitment and hard work over the last year. We would also like to thank our customers and shareholders for their continued support."

Financial Highlights:

  • The Tax Act lowered the Company's federal tax rate from 35% to a flat 21% rate. As a result, the Company re-evaluated its net deferred tax asset ("DTA") and recorded a $4.0 million, or $0.13 earnings per share, one-time, non-cash write down in the value of its DTA during the fourth quarter of 2017. 

  • Net interest margin was 3.19% for the three months ended December 31, 2017 compared to 3.09% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2.84% for three months ended December 31, 2016. Net interest margin, excluding the impact of favorable purchase accounting amortization of $953,000, was 2.99% for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to 3.00% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2.80% for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

  • Total loans increased $64.2 million, or 4.1%, to $1.6 billion during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and increased $11.9 million, or 0.7%, from $1.6 billion at September 30, 2017.

  • At December 31, 2017, nonperforming loans decreased $1.3 million, or 9.3%, to $12.8 million, or 0.78% of total loans, compared to $14.1 million, or 0.90% of total loans at December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2017, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 84.9%, compared to 71.6% at December 31, 2016.

  • Tangible book value per share was $7.57 at December 31, 2017, an increase of $0.32 per share, or 4.4%, from $7.25 at December 31, 2016. The one-time, non-cash DTA write-down of $4.0 million reduced the Company's tangible book value by $0.13, or 1.7%.

Net Income for the Three Months ended December 31, 2017
The Company reported a net loss of $353,000, or $0.01 loss per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.  The results for the three months ended December 31, 2017 includes a one-time, non-cash write-down in the amount of $4.0 million as a result of the Tax Act. Excluding the $4.0 million write-down, core net income was $3.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Core net income is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Management believes core net income more accurately reflects the Company's results of operations in the overall evaluation of its performance.  A reconciliation of core net income is included in the accompanying financial tables. Net income, excluding favorable purchase accounting amortization of $953,000 during the three months ended December 31, 2017 and $448,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2017, was $2.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share and $3.4 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, respectively.

Return on average assets and return on average equity was (0.07)% and (0.56)%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, as compared to 0.73% and 5.98%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
On a sequential quarter basis, net interest income increased $556,000, or 3.8%, to $15.4 million, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $14.8 million, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.  The increase in net interest income was due to an increase of $723,000, or 3.9%, in interest and dividend income, partially offset by an increase in interest expense of $167,000, or 4.5%. The increase in interest income was primarily due to the full payoff of a credit-marked classified loan in the fourth quarter which resulted in favorable purchase accounting amortization of $675,000 to interest income. The increase in interest expense of 4.5% was primarily due to an increase of $158,000, or 7.5%, in interest expense on deposits. The overall average cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased five basis points. We anticipate that recent increases in the federal funds rate may result in an upward pressure on deposit and borrowing rates as competition for deposits increases.  For the three months ended December 31, 2017, average demand deposits of $309.3 million, an interest-free source of funds, represented 20.5% of average total deposits and increased $8.5 million, or 2.8%, from the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Net interest margin was 3.19% for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to 3.09% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2.84% for the three months ended December 31, 2016.  The amortization of purchase accounting adjustments related to the merger increased net interest income by $953,000 during the three months ended December 31, 2017. Excluding the favorable purchase accounting amortization, the net interest margin was 2.99% for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to 2.80% for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 3.00% for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses was $510,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $200,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $197,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, as compared to $99,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Non-Interest Income
On a sequential quarter basis, non-interest income decreased $415,000, or 17.2%, to $2.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $2.4 million for the three month ended September 30, 2017. The decrease in non-interest income includes a decrease in service charges and fees of $114,000, or 6.7%, a decrease in other fee income of $111,000, a decrease of $70,000 in pre-tax realized gains on the sale of securities, and a loss on the sale of other real estate owned ("OREO") of $58,000. As reported last quarter, the third quarter is typically a high point for seasonal non-interest income for the Company. The three months ended September 30, 2017 included $139,000 in seasonal service charges and fees.

Non-Interest Expense
For the three months ended December 31, 2017, non-interest expense increased $208,000, or 1.9%, to $11.4 million, or 2.17% of average assets, from $11.2 million, or 2.14% of average assets, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.  The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase of $231,000, or 14.9%, in other expenses, of which $116,000 related to the expiration of ATM flex credits resulting from the merger and an increase of $68,000, or 7.6%, in occupancy expense, primarily due to higher fuel costs and snow removal expenses of $43,000. In addition, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, professional fees of $640,000 include $109,000 in non-recurring consulting fees.  These increases were partially offset by a decrease in data processing of $48,000, or 7.1%, a decrease in furniture and equipment related expenses of $26,000, or 6.3%, a decrease in salaries and benefits of $13,000, or 0.2%, and a decrease in FDIC insurance expense of $9,000, or 5.5%.

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, the efficiency ratio was 65.3%, compared to 65.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 67.4% for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Income Tax Provision
The Company's effective tax rate increased from 36.7% for the three months ended December 31, 2016 to 106.4% for the three months ended December 31, 2017. The increase in the effective tax rate was a result of the previously mentioned $4.0 million reduction in the value of the Company's DTA as a result of the Tax Act.  Excluding this one-time charge, the effective tax rate for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was 33.4%.

Net Income for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported net income of $12.3 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $4.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, core net income of $14.9 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, increased $6.8 million, or 83.7%, from $8.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  Core net income of $14.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 excludes $377,000, net of tax, of merger related expenses, $1.8 million in tax benefits recorded in connection with the reversal of a deferred tax valuation allowance and the exercises of stock options, and the $4.0 million one-time, non-cash write-down of the Company's DTA. Core net income of $8.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 excludes $3.3 million, net of tax, of merger related expenses.  Adjusting for favorable purchase accounting amortization of $2.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and $194,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, net income was $12.5 million and $7.9 million, respectively. As mentioned previously, the 2017 financial results include a full year of the merger with Chicopee, whereas the 2016 financial results only include a portion of the fourth quarter.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.59% and 4.94%, respectively, compared to 0.32% and 2.95%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income increased $22.1 million, or 59.2%, to $59.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from $37.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The increase in net interest income was primarily due to an increase in interest and dividend income of $25.4 million, or 52.3%, partially offset by an increase in interest expense of $3.4 million, or 29.8%, from the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The increase in interest income was primarily due to the increase in average loans outstanding of $584.0 million, or 57.6%. The increase in average loans outstanding was primarily due to the Chicopee acquisition. The increase in interest expense of $3.4 million was due to an increase in interest expense on deposits of $1.9 million, or 28.4%, due to the increase in average interest-bearing deposits of $351.1 million, or 41.1%, primarily due to the Chicopee acquisition, partially offset by a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing deposits of seven basis points. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the increase in interest expense on borrowings of $1.5 million, or 61.4%, was primarily due to a 26 basis point increase in the cost of borrowings.

The net interest margin increased 42 basis points to 3.12% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from 2.70% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, favorable amortization of purchase accounting adjustments related to the Chicopee acquisition increased net interest income by $2.4 million. Excluding these items, net interest margin, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was 3.00%, compared to 2.68% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The average yield on interest-earning assets increased 38 basis points to 3.88% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from 3.50% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, primarily due to the rising interest rate environment. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the average cost of funds decreased four basis points to 0.97%, from 1.01% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The average cost of time deposits decreased nine basis points to 1.12% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from 1.21% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The average cost of borrowings increased 26 basis points to 2.06% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from 1.80% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

The average balance sheet comparison for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 compared to December 31, 2016 largely reflects the merger with Chicopee.  Average interest-earning assets increased $541.4 million, or 38.8%, to $1.9 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 from $1.4 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to the increase in average loans of $584.0 million, or 57.6%, partially offset by the decrease of $23.8 million, or 7.3%, in average investments. The average balance of demand deposit accounts of $305.7 million, an interest-free source of funds, increased $111.7 million, or 57.6%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Provision for Loan Losses
The provision for loan losses increased $785,000, or 136.5%, from $575,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, to $1.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The increase in the provision was primarily due to a $1.1 million recovery reported during the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 on a previously charged-off commercial real estate loan in 2010. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $597,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, as compared to net recoveries of $653,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Non-Interest Income
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, non-interest income of $8.5 million increased $2.5 million, or 42.4%, compared to $6.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The increase in non-interest income was primarily due to an increase in service charges and fees of $2.2 million, or 52.8%, an increase in income from BOLI income of $266,000, or 17.1%, and an increase in other non-interest income of $219,000. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in pre-tax realized gains on the sale of securities of $1.1 million, or 95.4%, partially offset by the decrease in the loss on prepayment of borrowings of $915,000, reported during the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. Excluding the net gain on sales of securities and the loss on prepayment of borrowings, non-interest income increased $2.7 million, or 47.4%. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, wealth management fees of $543,000 were included in service charges and fee income. Total assets under management increased to $117.3 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $91.6 million at December 31, 2016 due to positive market movements and additions from new and existing clients.

Non-Interest Expense
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, non-interest expense increased $9.5 million, or 26.9%, to $44.8 million, or 2.16% of average assets, compared to $35.3 million, or 2.37% of average assets, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. Excluding merger-related expenses of $526,000 and $4.1 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, non-interest expense was $44.3 million and $31.3 million, respectively. Non-interest expense excluding merger-related expenses is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Management believes total non-interest expense excluding merger-related expenses more accurately reflects the Company's results of operations in the overall evaluation of its performance.  A reconciliation of the non-interest expense excluding merger-related expenses is included in the accompanying financial tables.

The increase in non-interest expense of $9.5 million, or 26.9%, was primarily due to an $8.0 million, or 46.3%, increase in salaries and benefits due to the addition of the Chicopee staff, an increase in the incentive compensation plan as well as normal merit increases. Occupancy expense increased $1.2 million, or 45.9%, due to the acquisition of the Chicopee branches. Furniture and equipment expense increased $449,000, or 41.4%, and data processing expense increased $676,000, or 39.9%. Professional fees increased $382,000, or 17.5%, advertising and marketing expense increased $386,000, or 42.4%, and other non-interest expense increased $2.0 million, or 42.1%. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $3.5 million, or 87.0%, in merger-related expenses, and a decrease of $96,000, or 13.4%, in FDIC insurance expense. The increase to non-interest expense reflects generally higher level of expenses associated with operating a larger financial institution, which includes additional employees, increased costs for data processing, occupancy, and professional services.

The merger provided the opportunity to achieve greater economies of scale as reflected in the improvement in the efficiency ratio. The efficiency ratio was 65.3% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to 72.6%, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Income Tax Provision
The effective tax rate for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was 43.4% and 34.7%, respectively. The change in the effective tax rate was primarily due to a one-time, non-cash DTA write-down of $4.0 million due to the Tax Act, partially offset by tax benefits of $1.8 million in connection with a reversal of a deferred tax valuation allowance and the exercise of stock options recorded during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Excluding the one-time charge of $4.0 million, the effective tax rate for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was 25.0%.

Balance Sheet
At December 31, 2017, total assets of $2.1 billion increased $7.1 million, or 0.3%, from $2.1 billion at December 31, 2016. During the same period, total loans increased $64.2 million, or 4.1%, partially offset by a decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $43.1 million, or 61.4%, and a decrease in securities available-for-sale of $12.3 million, or 3.9%. The deferred tax asset decreased $7.4 million, or 45.7%, from $16.2 million at December 31, 2016 to $8.8 million at December 31, 2017, partially due to the $4.0 million write-down due to the Tax Act.

Loans
Total loans increased $64.2 million, or 4.1%, due to an increase in one-to four-family real estate loans of $36.2 million, or 5.9%, an increase in commercial and industrial loans of $16.2 million, or 7.3%, and an increase in commercial real estate loans of $11.9 million, or 1.7%. In order to reduce interest rate risk, the Company currently services $65.8 million in residential loans sold to the secondary market. The servicing rights will continue to be retained on all loans sold. The following table is a summary of our outstanding loan balances as of the periods indicated:              

  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
  (Dollars in thousands)
   
Commercial and industrial loans $   238,502   $   222,286
Commercial real estate loans   732,616     720,741
Residential real estate loans   650,351     614,166
Consumer loans   4,478     4,424
Total gross loans $   1,625,947   $   1,561,617
Unamortized premiums and net deferred loans fees and costs   4,734     4,867
Total loans $   1,630,681   $   1,566,484

Credit Quality
Management continues to remain attentive to any signs of deterioration in borrowers' financial conditions and is proactive in taking the appropriate steps to mitigate risk. Annualized net charge-offs to average loans were 0.04% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to net recoveries of 0.06% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. Net charge-offs for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 totaled $597,000, as a result of $1.0 million in charge-offs and $452,000 in recoveries, compared to net recoveries of $653,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, as a result of recoveries of $1.1 million, partially offset by charge-offs of $486,000. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the Company received a partial recovery of $1.1 million related to a single commercial real estate loan previously charged-off in 2010.

At December 31, 2017, nonperforming loans decreased $1.3 million, or 9.2%, to $12.8 million, or 0.78% of total loans, compared to $14.1 million, or 0.90% of total loans, at December 31, 2016.  The decrease in nonperforming loans was primarily due to the payoff of a $1.0 million classified loan which resulted in the recognition of a $675,000 credit mark recognized in interest income. There were no loans 90 or more days past due and still accruing interest. At December 31, 2017, nonperforming assets to total assets of 0.62% decreased from 0.69% at December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2017, nonperforming assets consisted of $12.8 million in nonperforming loans and $155,000 of OREO. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 0.66% at December 31, 2017, compared to 0.64% at December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2017, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 84.9%, compared to 71.6% at December 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans, excluding loans acquired from Chicopee, which were recorded at fair value with no related allowance for loan losses, was 1.01% at December 31, 2017 and 1.05% at December 31, 2016.

Deposits
At December 31, 2017, total deposits of $1.5 billion decreased $12.0 million, or 0.8%, from December 31, 2016. Core deposits, which the Company defines as all deposits except time deposits, increased $4.4 million, or 0.5%, from $945.1 million, or 62.3% of total deposits, at December 31, 2016, to $949.5 million, or 63.0% of total deposits, at December 31, 2017. Non-interest- bearing deposits increased $7.9 million, or 2.6%, to $311.9 million, money market accounts increased $1.0 million, or 0.2%, to $410.2 million, and interest-bearing checking accounts increased $5.0 million, or 6.1%, to $87.4 million, while savings accounts decreased $9.4 million, or 6.3%, to $140.1 million. Time deposits decreased $16.4 million, or 2.9%, from $572.9 million at December 31, 2016 to $556.5 million at December 31, 2017. The decrease in time deposits is due to customers and brokered deposits seeking higher yields. We are focused on allowing high cost deposits to mature and be replaced with low-cost core deposits.

FHLB Advances and Repurchase Agreements
FHLB advances increased $18.0 million, or 6.4%, from $279.8 million at December 31, 2016, to $297.8 million at December 31, 2017, while customer repurchase agreements decreased $5.7 million, or 32.8%, from $17.4 million at December 31, 2016 to $11.7 million at December 31, 2017.

Capital
At December 31, 2017, shareholders' equity was $247.3 million, or 11.9% of total assets, compared to $238.4 million, or 11.5% of total assets, at December 31, 2016. The increase in shareholders' equity during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 reflects net income of $12.3 million, the exercise of stock options totaling $5.5 million and $2.2 million in other comprehensive income.  These increases were offset by a decrease of $9.2 million for the repurchase of shares of the Company's common stock during the year and the payment of regular cash dividends of $3.6 million.  Total shares outstanding as of December 31, 2017 were 30,487,309. 

The Company's tangible book value per share increased by $0.32, or 4.4%, to $7.57 at December 31, 2017 from $7.25 at December 31, 2016. The reduction in the value of the Company's DTA reduced the Company's tangible book value by $0.13 per share. The Company's and Bank's regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed the levels required to be considered "well-capitalized" under federal banking regulations.

Share Repurchase
On January 31, 2017, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program under which the Company may purchase up to 3,047,000 shares, or 10% of its outstanding common stock.  As of December 31, 2017, there were 2,440,609 shares remaining to be purchased under the plan.

About Western New England Bancorp, Inc.
Western New England Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, CSB Colts, Inc., Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC.  Western New England Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate 21 banking offices located in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, Southwick, Springfield, Ware, West Springfield and Westfield, Massachusetts, and Granby and Enfield, Connecticut.  To learn more, visit our website at www.westfieldbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.  The Company and the Bank do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.  

     
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Net Income and Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, December 31,
    2017     2017     2017     2017     2016     2017     2016  
INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME:              
Loans $   17,182   $   16,445   $   16,211   $   15,826   $   14,170   $   65,664   $   40,198  
Securities    1,862      1,888      1,931      1,896      1,737      7,577     7,735  
Other investments    177      172      166      163      152      678     550  
Federal funds sold, interest-bearing deposits and other short-term investments    18      11      19      72      48      120     115  
Total interest and dividend income    19,239      18,516      18,327      17,957      16,107      74,039     48,598  
               
INTEREST EXPENSE:              
Deposits    2,269      2,111      2,059      2,009      1,993      8,448     6,581  
Long-term debt    627      534      549      551      517      2,261     2,266  
Short-term borrowings    991      1,075      976      894      858      3,936     2,438  
Total interest expense    3,887      3,720      3,584      3,454      3,368      14,645     11,285  
               
Net interest and dividend income    15,352      14,796      14,743     14,503      12,739      59,394     37,313  
               
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES    510      200      350      300      175      1,360     575  
               
Net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses    14,842      14,596      14,393      14,203      12,564      58,034     36,738  
               
NON-INTEREST INCOME:              
Service charges and fees    1,600      1,714      1,549      1,526      1,485      6,389     4,181  
Income from bank-owned life insurance    455      450      480      439      425      1,824     1,558  
Loss on prepayment of borrowings    -       -       -       -       -       -     (915  )
Gain (loss) on sales of securities, net    -      70      46      (64 )    455      52     1,139  
(Loss) gain on sale of OREO   (58 )   67     -     -     -     9     -  
Other income   -     111     -     116     -     227     8  
Total non-interest income    1,997      2,412      2,075      2,017      2,365      8,501     5,971  
               
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:              
Salaries and employees benefits    6,477      6,490      6,239      6,225      5,677      25,431     17,386  
Occupancy    959      891      917      1,007      867      3,774     2,587  
Furniture and equipment   384     410     366     373     361     1,533     1,084  
Data processing    632      680      669      391      530      2,372     1,696  
Professional fees    640      642      681      596      468      2,559     2,177  
FDIC insurance    154      163      186      117      122      620     716  
Merger related expenses    -      -      116      410      2,138      526     4,051  
Advertising expense   335     328     385     248     214     1,296     910  
Other    1,783      1,552      1,737      1,603      1,627      6,676     4,699  
Total non-interest expense    11,364      11,156      11,296      10,970      12,004      44,787     35,306  
               
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES    5,475      5,852      5,172      5,250      2,925     21,748     7,403  
               
INCOME TAX PROVISION    5,828      2,037      1,416      147      1,073      9,428     2,569  
NET (LOSS) INCOME $   (353 ) $   3,815   $   3,756   $   5,103   $   1,852   $   12,320   $   4,834  
               
Basic (loss) earnings per share $   (0.01 ) $   0.13   $   0.13   $   0.17   $   0.07   $   0.41   $   0.25  
Weighted average shares outstanding    29,750,267      30,103,095      29,980,518      29,597,594      26,760,014     29,858,984     19,707,948  
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $   (0.01 ) $   0.13   $   0.12   $    0.17   $   0.07   $   0.41   $   0.24  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding    29,750,267      30,219,083      30,120,025      29,878,421      27,140,172     30,026,638     19,803,774  
               
Other Data:              
(Loss) return on average assets (1)   (0.07 )%   0.73 %   0.73 %   1.00 %   0.38 %   0.59 %   0.32 %
Return on average assets, exclusive of merger expenses, tax benefits and deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (1)(3)   0.70 %   0.73 %   0.70 %   0.74 %   0.69 %   0.72 %   0.54 %
(Loss) return on average equity (1)   (0.56 )%   5.98 %   6.05 %   8.51 %   3.18 %   4.94 %   2.95 %
Return on average equity, exclusive of merger expenses, tax benefits and deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (1)(3)   5.75 %   5.98 %   5.90 %   6.28 %   5.79 %   5.97 %   4.94 %
Efficiency ratio (2)(3)   65.28 %   65.35 %   66.06 %   63.68 %   67.35 %   65.25 %   72.60 %
Net interest margin   3.19 %   3.09 %   3.11 %   3.08 %   2.84 %   3.12 %   2.70 %
(1)  Annualized.                      
(2)  The efficiency ratio represents the ratio of operating expenses excluding merger related charges divided by the sum of net interest and dividend income and non-interest income, excluding gain and loss on sale of securities and loss on prepayment of borrowings.
(3)  Please refer to the "Reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures" on pages 14 and 15 for further details.
 


                   
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
                   
  December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,
    2017       2017       2017       2017       2016  
Cash and cash equivalents $   27,132     $   28,900     $   19,407     $   40,716     $   70,234  
Securities available for sale, at fair value   288,416       297,919       303,395       305,680       300,115  
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and other  restricted stock - at cost   15,553       15,704       16,075       16,124       16,124  
                   
Loans   1,630,681       1,618,773       1,608,664       1,599,607       1,566,484  
Allowance for loan losses   (10,831 )     (10,518 )     (10,418 )     (10,227 )     (10,068 )
Net loans   1,619,850       1,608,255       1,598,246       1,589,380       1,556,416  
                   
Bank-owned life insurance   68,763       68,307       67,858       67,377       66,938  
Goodwill   12,487       12,487       12,487       12,487       13,747  
Core deposit intangible   4,063       4,156       4,250       4,344       4,438  
Other assets   46,806       50,650       51,745       50,438       48,006  
TOTAL ASSETS $   2,083,070     $   2,086,378     $   2,073,463     $   2,086,546     $   2,076,018  
                   
Total deposits $   1,506,082     $   1,515,198     $    1,495,337     $   1,521,219     $   1,518,071  
Short-term borrowings   144,650       192,465       191,008       176,883       172,351  
Long-term debt   164,786       106,339       117,704       123,668       124,836  
Other liabilities   20,271       19,821       18,213       18,972       22,364  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   1,835,789       1,833,823       1,822,262       1,840,742       1,837,622  
                   
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   247,281       252,555       251,201       245,804       238,396  
                   
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $   2,083,070     $   2,086,378     $   2,073,463     $   2,086,546     $   2,076,018  
                   


                   
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
                   
  December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,
    2017       2017       2017       2017       2016  
                   
Other Data:                  
                   
Shares outstanding at end of period   30,487,309       30,816,813       31,070,107       30,778,690       30,380,231  
                   
Book value per share $   8.11     $   8.20     $   8.08     $   7.99     $   7.85  
Tangible book value per share   7.57       7.66       7.55       7.44       7.25  
30-89 day delinquent loans   9,795       8,892       5,207         7,402         8,309  
30-89 day delinquent loans acquired from Chicopee, net of purchase accounting adjustments   4,527       4,567       3,417       5,504       5,761  
Total delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans   0.75 %     0.68 %     0.45 %     0.64 %     0.62 %
Nonperforming loans   12,755       13,165       13,992       14,753       14,057  
Nonperforming loans acquired from Chicopee, net of purchase accounting adjustments   6,157       6,450       6,507       7,274       6,394  
Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans   0.78 %     0.81 %     0.87 %     0.92 %     0.90 %
Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets   0.62 %     0.64 %     0.67 %     0.71 %     0.69 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans   84.92 %     79.89 %     74.46 %     69.32 %     71.62 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans   0.66 %     0.65 %     0.65 %     0.64 %     0.64 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans, excluding loans acquired from Chicopee recorded at fair value with no corresponding allowance   1.01 %     1.02 %     1.02 %     1.02 %     1.05 %
                                       

The following tables set forth the information relating to our average balances and net interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016 and reflects the average yield on interest-earning assets and average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
  Average       Average
Yield/
  Average       Average
Yield/
  Average       Average
Yield/
  Balance   Interest   Cost   Balance   Interest   Cost   Balance   Interest   Cost
  (Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS:                                        
Interest-earning assets                                        
Loans(1)(2) $   1,621,863   $ 17,417     4.30 %   $   1,605,376   $ 16,681     4.16 %   $   1,425,461   $  14,307     4.01 %
Securities(2)     293,742     1,875     2.55         302,030     1,901     2.52         299,426     1,751     2.34  
Other investments     17,864     177     3.96         17,748     172     3.88         16,709     152     3.64  
Short-term investments(3)     5,062     18     1.42         5,206     11     0.85         61,683     48     0.31  
Total interest-earning assets     1,938,531     19,487     4.02         1,930,360     18,765     3.89         1,803,279     16,258     3.61  
Total non-interest-earning assets     139,623                 141,119                 141,220          
                                         
Total assets $   2,078,154             $   2,071,479             $   1,944,499          
                                         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:                                        
Interest-bearing liabilities                                        
Interest-bearing checking accounts $   83,777     81     0.39     $   82,164     81     0.39     $   75,332     83     0.44  
Savings accounts     145,111     42     0.12         148,433     43     0.12         133,212     43     0.13  
Money market accounts     412,423     415     0.40         400,400     386     0.39         383,274     405     0.42  
Time deposit accounts(6)     562,222     1,731     1.23         568,578     1,601     1.13         528,724     1,462     1.11  
Total interest-bearing deposits     1,203,533     2,269     0.75         1,199,575     2,111     0.70         1,120,542     1,993     0.71  
Short-term borrowings and long-term debt     297,136     1,618     2.18         301,715     1,609     2.13         291,947     1,375     1.88  
Interest-bearing liabilities     1,500,669     3,887     1.04         1,501,290     3,720     0.99         1,412,489     3,368     0.95  
Non-interest-bearing deposits     309,289                 300,757                 279,721          
Other non-interest-bearing liabilities     16,449                 16,147                 20,329          
Total non-interest-bearing liabilities     325,738                 316,904                 300,050          
                                         
Total liabilities     1,826,407                 1,818,194                 1,712,539          
Total equity     251,747                 253,285                 231,960          
Total liabilities and equity $   2,078,154             $   2,071,479             $   1,944,499          
Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment(2)        (248 )                (249 )                (151 )      
Net interest and dividend income     $  15,352               $  14,796               $  12,739        
Net interest rate spread(4)         2.98 %           2.90 %           2.66 %
Net interest margin(5)         3.19 %           3.09 %           2.84 %
Ratio of average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities         129.18 %           128.58 %           127.67 %
                                         


The following tables set forth the information relating to our average balances and net interest income for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 and reflects the average yield on interest-earning assets and average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

  Year Ended December 31,
    2017     2016
  Average       Average
Yield/
  Average       Average
Yield/
  Balance   Interest   Cost   Balance   Interest   Cost
  (Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS:                          
Interest-earning assets                          
Loans(1)(2)(6) $   1,597,599   $   66,619     4.17 %   $  1,013,611   $   40,422     3.99 %
Securities(2)     302,246     7,636     2.53       326,011       7,811     2.40  
Other investments     17,715     678     3.83       15,207       550     3.62  
Short-term investments(3)     19,244     120     0.62       40,552       115     0.28  
Total interest-earning assets     1,936,804     75,053     3.88       1,395,381       48,898     3.50  
Total non-interest-earning assets     138,241               93,611          
                           
Total assets $   2,075,045             $  1,488,992          
                           
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:                          
Interest-bearing liabilities                          
Interest-bearing checking accounts $   86,069     330     0.38     $   42,408       147     0.35  
Savings accounts     149,497     179     0.12       90,666        106     0.12  
Money market accounts     401,935     1,565     0.39       294,247       1,189     0.40  
Time deposit accounts(6)     567,088     6,374     1.12       426,213       5,139     1.21  
Total interest-bearing deposits     1,204,589     8,448     0.70       853,534       6,581     0.77  
Short-term borrowings and long-term debt(6)     300,964     6,197     2.06       260,890       4,704     1.80  
Interest-bearing liabilities     1,505,553     14,645     0.97       1,114,424       11,285     1.01  
Non-interest-bearing deposits     305,701               193,953          
Other non-interest-bearing liabilities     14,448               16,543          
Total non-interest-bearing liabilities     320,149               210,496          
                           
Total liabilities     1,825,702               1,324,920          
Total equity     249,343               164,072          
Total liabilities and equity $   2,075,045             $  1,488,992          
Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment(2)        (1,014 )                 (300 )      
Net interest and dividend income     $   59,394               $   37,313        
Net interest rate spread(4)         2.91 %           2.49 %
Net interest margin(5)         3.12 %           2.70 %
Ratio of average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities           128.64 %           125.21 %

(1)     Loans, including non-accrual loans, are net of deferred loan origination costs and unadvanced funds.
(2)     Securities and loan income are presented on a tax-equivalent basis using a tax rate of 35% and 34% for the 2017 and 2016 periods, respectively.  The tax-equivalent adjustment is deducted from tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income to agree to the amount reported on the consolidated statements of net income.
(3)     Short-term investments include federal funds sold.
(4)     Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)     Net interest margin represents tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets. 
(6)     The accounting for the Chicopee acquisition required loans, time deposits and borrowings to be recorded at fair value.  The fair value marks on the loans, time deposits and borrowings acquired accrete and amortize into net interest income over time.  For the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the loan accretion income and interest expense reduction on time deposits and borrowings related to the Chicopee acquisition increased net interest income $953,000, $448,000 and $194,000, respectively, and for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the loan accretion income and interest expense reduction on time deposits and borrowings related to the Chicopee acquisition increased net interest income $2.4 million and $194,000, respectively. Excluding these items, net interest margin for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was 2.99%, 3.00% and 2.80% and the margin for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 were 3.00% and 2.68%, respectively.


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures

The Company believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide information to investors that is useful in understanding its financial condition.  Because not all companies use the same calculation, this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures calculated by other companies.  A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures is provided below.

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2017       2017     2017       2017       2016     2017       2016
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                                                 
Net Income:                                                
Net income (loss), as presented $ (353 )   $ 3,815   $ 3,756     $ 5,103     $ 1,852   $ 12,320     $ 4,834
Merger related expenses, net of tax (1)             82        293          1,523       377          3,274 
Tax benefit impact (2)   -       -     (174 )     (1,632 )     -     (1,806 )     -
Deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (3)   4,000       -     -       -       -     4,000       -
Core net income, exclusive of merger related expenses, tax benefits impact and deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change $   3,647     $   3,815   $   3,664     $   3,764     $   3,375   $   14,891     $   8,108
                           
Diluted EPS:                          
Diluted (loss) earnings per share, as presented $   (0.01 )   $   0.13   $   0.12     $   0.17     $   0.07   $   0.41     $   0.24
Merger related expense impact, net of tax (1)     -         -       0.01         0.01         0.05       0.02         0.17 
Tax benefits impact (2)   -       -     (0.01 )     (0.05 )     -     (0.06 )     -
Deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (3)   0.13       -     -       -       -     0.13       -
Core diluted EPS, exclusive of merger related expense, tax benefits impact and deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change $   0.12     $   0.13   $   0.12     $   0.13     $   0.12   $   0.50     $   0.41


  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   December 31,
  2017     2017     2017     2017     2016     2017     2016  
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                           
Return on Average Assets:                          
(Loss) return on average assets, as presented (0.07 )%   0.73 %   0.73 %   1.00 %   0.38 %   0.59 %   0.32 %
Merger related expense impact, net of tax (1) -     -     0.01     0.06     0.31     0.02     0.22   
Tax benefits impact (2) -     -     (0.04 )   (0.32 )   -     (0.09 )   -  
Deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (3) 0.77     -     -     -     -     0.20     -  
Core return on average assets, exclusive of merger related expense, tax benefits impact and deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change 0.70 %   0.73 %   0.70 %   0.74 %   0.69 %   0.72 %   0.54 %
                                         
Return on Average Equity:                                        
(Loss) return on average equity, as presented (0.56 )%   5.98 %   6.05 %   8.51 %   3.18 %   4.94 %   2.95 %
Merger related expense impact, net of tax (1) -     -     0.13     0.49     2.61     0.15     1.99  
Tax benefits impact (2) -     -     (0.28 )   (2.72 )   -     (0.72 )   -  
Deferred tax asset adjustment for corporate rate change (3) 6.31     -     -     -     -     1.60     -  
Core return on average equity, exclusive of merger related expense, tax benefits impact and corporate rate change 5.75 %   5.98 %   5.90 %   6.28 %   5.79 %   5.97 %   4.94 %


(1) Assumed tax rate for deductible expenses of 33.4%, 33.3%, 33.0% and 34.1% at December 31, September 30, June 30, and March 31, 2017, respectively, and 34.7% for all 2016 periods.
(2) Tax benefit impact of the reversal of a deferred tax valuation allowance and stock option exercises incurred during first and second quarter of 2017.
(3) Deferred tax asset adjustment recorded during the fourth quarter of 2017 upon change in corporate tax rate.
 
 

For further information contact:
James C. Hagan, President and CEO
Guida R. Sajdak, Executive Vice President and CFO
Meghan Hibner, Vice President and Investor Relations Officer
413-568-1911

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