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Meridian Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Net Income for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

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BOSTON, July 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "Meridian") (NASDAQ:EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (the "Bank"), announced net income of $14.1 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up from $12.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $11.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net income was $26.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, up from $20.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Net income for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 reflects a reduction in the statutory federal income tax rate to 21% from 35% effective January 1, 2018 related to enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") in December 2017. The Company's return on average assets was 1.01% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up from 0.90% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 0.97% for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company's return on average assets was 0.96%, up from 0.90% for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The Company's return on average equity was 8.50% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up from 7.35% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 7.28% for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company's return on average equity was 7.93%, up from 6.66% for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am proud to report record net income of $14.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, up 17% from the first quarter of 2018 and up 24% from the second quarter of 2017, and $26.1 million for the first half of 2018, up 27% from the first half of 2017. Although our earnings are enhanced this year by income tax expense reductions resulting from the Tax Act's lower federal income tax rate, our pre-tax income also rose 7% during the first half, reflecting an 18% increase in net interest income. Our pre-tax income would have increased 14% from the first quarter of 2018, 8% from the second quarter of 2017 and 17% from the first half of 2017 if changes in the fair value of marketable equity securities required to be recognized beginning in 2018 and gains on sale of securities for these periods as reported in non-interest income were excluded."

The Company's net interest income was $41.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $1.2 million or 3.0%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $5.6 million, or 15.8%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.81% and 3.07%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to 2.92% and 3.16%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 3.01% and 3.24%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net interest income increased $12.1 million, or 17.6%, to $80.9 million from the six months ended June 30, 2017.  The net interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.87% and 3.11%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to 3.01% and 3.22%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increases in net interest income were primarily due to growth in average loan balances and yields, partially offset by increases in the average balances of total deposits and borrowings and the cost of funds for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the respective prior periods. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 reflect the reduction in the federal income tax rate to 21% from 35%.

Total interest and dividend income increased to $55.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $3.8 million, or 7.4%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $11.3 million, or 25.5%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2017, primarily due to growth in the Company's average loan balances to $5.043 billion and yields on loans to 4.33%. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.16% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up five basis points from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and up 13 basis points from the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company's total interest and dividend income increased $21.6 million, or 25.0%, to $107.8 million from the six months ended June 30, 2017 primarily due to growth in the average loan balances of $819.6 million, or 20.0%, to $4.911 billion, and by an increase in the yield on loans on a tax-equivalent basis of seven basis points to 4.31% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis increased 13 basis points to 4.14% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. The yields on loans and interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 also reflect the reduction in the federal income tax rate to 21% from 35%.

Total interest expense increased to $14.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $2.6 million, or 21.8%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $5.7 million, or 63.5%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Interest expense on deposits increased to $12.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $2.2 million, or 21.3%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $4.8 million, or 60.7%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2017 primarily due to growth in average total deposits to $4.280 billion and increases in the cost of average total deposits to 1.19% from 1.04% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, and 0.87% for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Interest expense on borrowings increased to $2.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $407,000, or 24.8%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $931,000, or 83.3%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2017 primarily due to growth in average total borrowings to $591.9 million. The Company's total cost of funds was 1.22% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up 16 basis points from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 32 basis points from the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Total interest expense increased $9.5 million, or 54.4%, to $27.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from the six months ended June 30, 2017. Interest expense on deposits increased $7.9 million, or 51.5%, to $23.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from the six months ended June 30, 2017 due to the growth in average total deposits of $598.6 million, or 16.6%, to $4.198 billion and an increase in the cost of average total deposits of 26 basis points to 1.12%. Interest expense on borrowings increased $1.6 million, or 75.9%, to $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from the six months ended June 30, 2017 due to the growth in average total borrowings of $213.1 million, or 62.0%, to $556.7 million and an increase in the cost of average total borrowings of 11 basis points to 1.34%. The Company's cost of funds increased 25 basis points to 1.14% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, "Our strong loan pipeline continues to be the key driver of our rising net interest income. Our net loan growth was $215 million, or 4%, for the second quarter of 2018, $492 million, or 11%, for the first half of 2018, and $859 million, or 20%, since June 30, 2017. Our yield on loans also rose seven basis points to 4.33% for the second quarter of 2018 and seven basis points to 4.31% for the first half of 2018 from the same periods last year. This loan growth and improvement in our loan yield minimized the effect of the rise in our cost of funds and the lower federal income tax rate under the Tax Act on our net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis, which declined to 3.07% for the second quarter and 3.11% for the first half of 2018. Without the tax rate change, our yields on loans and interest earning assets, the interest rate spread and the net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis would have been four to five basis points higher than reported for 2018 periods."

The Company's provision for loan losses was $1.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, down $319,000 from the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and up $373,000 from the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The allowance for loan losses was $49.4 million or 0.96% of total loans at June 30, 2018, compared to $47.5 million or 0.96% of total loans at March 31, 2018, $45.2 million or 0.97% of total loans at December 31, 2017, and $43.2 million or 1.00% of total loans at June 30, 2017. The changes in the provision and the allowance for loan losses were based on management's assessment of loan portfolio growth and composition changes, declines in historical charge-off trends, reduced levels of problem loans and other improvements in asset quality trends.

Net recoveries totaled $43,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net recoveries of $114,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and net charge-offs of $32,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net recoveries totaled $157,000, or 0.01% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis compared to net charge-offs of $36,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Non-accrual loans were $7.9 million, or 0.15% of total loans outstanding, at June 30, 2018; down $126,000, or 1.6%, from March 31, 2018; down $458,000, or 5.5%, from December 31, 2017; and down $3.6 million, or 31.1%, from June 30, 2017. Non-performing assets were $7.9 million, or 0.14% of total assets, at June 30, 2018, compared to $8.0 million, or 0.15% of total assets, at March 31, 2018, $8.4 million, or 0.16% of total assets at December 31, 2017, and $11.5 million, or 0.24% of total assets, at June 30, 2017.

Non-interest income was $2.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up from $2.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and down from $5.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Non-interest income increased $525,000, or 22.5%, as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018, primarily due to an increase of $925,000 in the gain on equity securities, net, partially offset by a decrease of $453,000 in loan fees. As compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2017, non-interest income decreased $2.2 million, or 43.2%, primarily due to decreases of $1.8 million in loan fee income and $808,000 in gain on sales of securities available for sale, net, partially offset by increases of $388,000 in gain on equity securities, net. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, non-interest income decreased $3.9 million, or 43.0%, to $5.2 million from $9.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, primarily due to a $2.4 million decrease in gain on sales of securities available for sale, net and a $1.6 million decrease in loan fees. The decreases in loan fees are primarily due to $1.3 million of loan swap fee income recognized in the second quarter of 2017.

Non-interest expenses were $23.5 million, or 1.69% of average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $24.7 million, or 1.86% of average assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and $21.4 million, or 1.83% of average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  Non-interest expenses decreased $1.2 million, or 5.0%, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018, due primarily to decreases of $956,000 in salaries and employee benefits and $514,000 in occupancy and equipment, partially offset by an increase of $277,000 in other general and administrative expenses. Non-interest expenses increased $2.1 million, or 9.6%, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2017, due primarily to increases of $1.7 million in salaries and employee benefits, $276,000 in other general and administrative expenses, and $179,000 in data processing, partially offset by a decrease of $106,000 in professional services.  For the six months ended June 30, 2018, non-interest expenses increased $4.9 million, or 11.3%, to $48.2 million from $43.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, due to increases of $3.4 million in salaries and employee benefits, $505,000 in occupancy and equipment expenses, $483,000 in data processing expenses, $426,000 in other general and administrative expenses, and $166,000 in marketing and advertising expenses, partially offset by a $276,000 decrease in professional services. The increases in salaries and employee benefits expenses reflect annual increases in employee compensation and health benefits during the first quarter of 2018.  In addition, the increases in salaries and employee benefits, and occupancy and equipment expenses and data processing include costs associated with the expansion of our branch and support staff, including two branches acquired from Meetinghouse Bank on December 29, 2017, one new branch opened in the first quarter of 2018 and three new branch openings planned for later in 2018. Other general and administrative expenses reflect core deposit intangible amortization of $147,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $295,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The Company's efficiency ratio was 53.89% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to 57.62% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 53.95% for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the efficiency ratio was 55.74% compared to 57.31% for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Mr. Gavegnano added, "The improvement in our efficiency ratio to 53.89% for the second quarter of 2018 from 57.62% for the first quarter of 2018 was largely due to the 3% rise in net interest income coupled with the 5% decrease in non-interest expenses. Declines in our non-interest expenses in the second quarter of 2018 reflected payroll tax and 401(k) retirement plan employer-matching expenses incurred in the first quarter associated with the January 2018 payment of 2017 bonuses to the Bank's employees and overhead cost savings following the first quarter integration of Meetinghouse Bank. Our investments in franchise expansion continue as we prepare for the opening of new branches in Boston's Brigham Circle, Lynnfield and Burlington later in the year and evaluate additional opportunities within our metropolitan Boston market area. We believe such investments are vital to meeting our organic growth and financial performance goals."

The Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $4.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, reflecting an effective tax rate of 24.3%, compared to $3.3 million, or an effective tax rate of 21.6%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, and $6.2 million, or an effective tax rate of 35.5%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the provision for income taxes was $7.8 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 23.1%, compared to $10.9 million, or an effective tax rate of 34.7%, for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The reductions in the provision for income taxes and the effective tax rate for 2018 primarily reflect the decrease in the statutory federal income tax rate to 21% from 35% effective January 1, 2018 as a result of the Tax Act.

Total assets were $5.678 billion at June 30, 2018, up $216.9 million, or 4.0%, from $5.461 billion at March 31, 2018 and $378.1 million, or 7.1%, from $5.299 billion at December 31, 2017.  Net loans were $5.115 billion at June 30, 2018, up $214.5 million, or 4.4%, from March 31, 2018, and up $492.1 million, or 10.6%, from December 31, 2017. Loan originations totaled $492.9 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $842.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2018. The net increase in loans for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was primarily due to increases of $323.1 million in commercial real estate loans, $131.9 million in multi-family loans, $43.3 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $32.0 million in one- to four-family loans.  Cash and due from banks was $329.6 million at June 30, 2018, a decrease of $73.1 million, or 18.2% from December 31, 2017.  Securities, at fair value, were $33.9 million at June 30, 2018, a decrease of $4.5 million, or 11.7%, from $38.4 million at December 31, 2017.

Total deposits were $4.390 billion at June 30, 2018, an increase of $200.2 million, or 4.8%, from $4.189 billion at March 31, 2018 and an increase of $281.7 million, or 6.9%, from $4.108 billion at December 31, 2017.  Core deposits, which exclude certificate of deposits, increased $81.9 million, or 3.0%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018 to $2.819 billion, or 64.2% of total deposits. Total borrowings were $591.7 million, up $9.1 million, or 1.6%, from March 31, 2018 and up $78.2 million, or 15.2%, from December 31, 2017.

Total stockholders' equity increased $9.1 million, or 1.4%, to $664.7 million at June 30, 2018 from $655.6 million at March 31, 2018, and $18.3 million, or 2.8%, from $646.4 million at December 31, 2017. The increase for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was primarily due to net income of $26.1 million and $3.7 million related to stock-based compensation plans, partially offset by the repurchase of 314,010 shares of the Company's common stock at a total cost of $6.1 million, and dividends of $0.10 per share totaling $5.1 million. Stockholders' equity to assets was 11.71% at June 30, 2018, compared to 12.01% at March 31, 2018 and 12.20% at December 31, 2017. Book value per share increased to $12.33 at June 30, 2018 from $11.96 at December 31, 2017. Tangible book value per share increased to $11.91 at June 30, 2018 from $11.54 at December 31, 2017. Market price per share decreased $1.45, or 7.0%, to $19.15 at June 30, 2018 from $20.60 at December 31, 2017. At June 30, 2018, the Company and the Bank continued to exceed all regulatory capital requirements.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company repurchased 214,010 shares of its common stock at an average price of $18.99 per share. As of June 30, 2018, the Company had repurchased 2,373,621 shares of its stock at an average price of $14.45 per share, or 86.7% of the 2,737,334 shares authorized for repurchase under the Company's repurchase program adopted in August 2015.

Mr. Gavegnano concluded, "With 363,713 shares remaining for repurchase under our current program, we will consider buying additional shares when conditions are determined to be favorable."

Meridian Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank. East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 34 full-service locations and one mobile location in the greater Boston metropolitan area. We offer a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in our primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit www.ebsb.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by words such as "believes," "will," "expects," "project," "may," "could," "developments," "strategic," "launching," "opportunities," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets" and similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Meridian Bancorp, Inc.'s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors. Factors that could cause such differences to exist include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, and competition and the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, Meridian Bancorp, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
                         
    June 30, 2018     March 31, 2018     December 31, 2017     June 30, 2017  
    (Dollars in thousands)  
ASSETS                                
Cash and due from banks   $ 329,588     $ 316,372     $ 402,687     $ 234,776  
Certificates of deposit     23,885       44,133       69,326       85,323  
Securities available for sale, at fair value     18,437       19,507       38,364       52,362  
Equity securities, at fair value     15,428       14,722              
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost     29,546       27,572       24,947       22,579  
Loans held for sale     1,052       1,136       3,772       2,257  
Loans:                                
One- to four-family     635,708       614,043       603,680       552,762  
Home equity lines of credit     45,812       45,193       48,393       42,599  
Multi-family     911,562       858,894       779,637       695,602  
Commercial real estate     2,386,926       2,253,014       2,063,781       1,927,572  
Construction     610,946       638,751       641,306       517,471  
Commercial and industrial     568,897       533,056       525,604       557,443  
Consumer     10,455       10,466       10,761       10,058  
Total loans     5,170,306       4,953,417       4,673,162       4,303,507  
Allowance for loan losses     (49,401 )     (47,488 )     (45,185 )     (43,229 )
Net deferred loan origination fees     (6,045 )     (5,593 )     (5,179 )     (4,443 )
Loans, net     5,114,860       4,900,336       4,622,798       4,255,835  
Bank-owned life insurance     40,885       40,608       40,336       41,325  
Premises and equipment, net     41,584       41,415       40,967       40,621  
Accrued interest receivable     12,699       12,281       12,902       11,068  
Deferred tax asset, net     15,896       15,737       15,244       21,728  
Goodwill     19,638       19,638       19,638       13,687  
Core deposit intangible     2,948       3,096       3,243        
Other assets     11,142       4,145       5,231       5,853  
Total assets   $ 5,677,588     $ 5,460,698     $ 5,299,455     $ 4,787,414  
                                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                
Deposits:                                
Non interest-bearing demand deposits   $ 486,334     $ 487,096     $ 477,428     $ 457,009  
Interest-bearing demand deposits     1,129,657       1,098,646       1,004,155       779,208  
Money market deposits     865,349       851,702       921,895       972,720  
Regular savings and other deposits     337,796       343,466       333,774       321,674  
Certificates of deposit     1,570,435       1,408,464       1,370,609       1,129,306  
Total deposits     4,389,571       4,189,374       4,107,861       3,659,917  
Short-term borrowings                       40,000  
Long-term debt     591,660       582,561       513,444       434,015  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     31,691       33,156       31,751       26,753  
Total liabilities     5,012,922       4,805,091       4,653,056       4,160,685  
Stockholders' equity:                                
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued                        
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 53,905,279, 54,068,874, 54,039,316 and 53,649,946 shares issued at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively     539       540       540       537  
Additional paid-in capital     392,955       395,531       395,716       392,446  
Retained earnings     289,949       278,450       268,533       250,800  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (699 )     (616 )     128       1,905  
Unearned compensation - ESOP, 2,496,154, 2,526,595, 2,557,036 and 2,617,198 at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively     (18,078 )     (18,298 )     (18,518 )     (18,959 )
Total stockholders' equity     664,666       655,607       646,399       626,729  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 5,677,588     $ 5,460,698     $ 5,299,455     $ 4,787,414  
                                 




 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
    June 30, 2018     March 31, 2018     June 30, 2017     June 30, 2018     June 30, 2017
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Interest and dividend income:                                      
Interest and fees on loans   $ 53,904     $ 49,985     $ 43,195     $ 103,889     $ 83,684
Interest on debt securities:                                      
Taxable     126       126       83       252       202
Tax-exempt     15       15       8       30       18
Dividends on equity securities     134       148       291       282       568
Interest on certificates of deposit     141       203       196       344       408
Other interest and dividend income     1,527       1,522       736       3,049       1,381
Total interest and dividend income     55,847       51,999       44,509       107,846       86,261
Interest expense:                                      
Interest on deposits     12,751       10,509       7,935       23,260       15,354
Interest on short-term borrowings                 4             4
Interest on long-term debt     2,049       1,642       1,114       3,691       2,094
Total interest expense     14,800       12,151       9,053       26,951       17,452
Net interest income     41,047       39,848       35,456       80,895       68,809
Provision for loan losses     1,870       2,189       1,497       4,059       3,116
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses     39,177       37,659       33,959       76,836       65,693
Non-interest income:                                      
Customer service fees     2,282       2,170       2,214       4,452       4,266
Loan fees     (158 )     295       1,634       137       1,702
Mortgage banking gains, net     63       133       82       196       172
Gain on sales of securities available for sale, net                 808             2,382
Gain (loss) on equity securities, net     388       (537 )           (149 )    
Income from bank-owned life insurance     277       272       292       549       580
Other income     6                   6      
Total non-interest income     2,858       2,333       5,030       5,191       9,102
Non-interest expenses:                                      
Salaries and employee benefits     14,438       15,394       12,752       29,832       26,427
Occupancy and equipment     3,025       3,539       3,036       6,564       6,059
Data processing     1,653       1,683       1,474       3,336       2,853
Marketing and advertising     1,006       967       953       1,973       1,807
Professional services     1,000       965       1,106       1,965       2,241
Deposit insurance     782       797       813       1,579       1,504
Merger and acquisition     14       74             88      
Other general and administrative     1,547       1,270       1,271       2,817       2,391
Total non-interest expenses     23,465       24,689       21,405       48,154       43,282
Income before income taxes     18,570       15,303       17,584       33,873       31,513
Provision for income taxes     4,508       3,309       6,237       7,817       10,922
Net income   $ 14,062     $ 11,994     $ 11,347     $ 26,056     $ 20,591
                                       
Earnings per share:                                      
Basic   $ 0.27     $ 0.23     $ 0.22     $ 0.51     $ 0.40
Diluted   $ 0.27     $ 0.23     $ 0.22     $ 0.49     $ 0.39
Weighted average shares:                                      
Basic     51,437,726       51,531,835       51,003,967       51,484,521       50,976,950
Diluted     52,867,787       53,083,815       52,422,486       52,975,541       52,474,761
                                       




 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
    June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   June 30, 2017
    Average
Balance
    Interest
(1)
  Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
  Average
Balance
    Interest
(1)
  Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
  Average
Balance
    Interest
(1)
  Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                                                                    
Interest-earning assets:                                                                                    
Loans (2)   $ 5,043,367     $ 54,491         4.33   %   $ 4,776,876     $ 50,573         4.29   %   $ 4,180,602     $ 44,431         4.26   %
Securities and certificates of deposit     70,155       443         2.53         96,511       523         2.20         142,159       691         1.95    
Other interest-earning assets (3)     328,659       1,527         1.86         317,883       1,522         1.94         239,590       736         1.23    
Total interest-earning assets     5,442,181       56,461         4.16         5,191,270       52,618         4.11         4,562,351       45,858         4.03    
Noninterest-earning assets     118,324                           125,293                           110,509                      
Total assets   $ 5,560,505                         $ 5,316,563                         $ 4,672,860                      
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                                                    
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                                                    
Interest-bearing demand deposits   $ 1,104,003     $ 3,486         1.27       $ 1,032,514     $ 2,791         1.10       $ 753,839     $ 1,598         0.85    
Money market deposits     849,177       2,326         1.10         883,549       2,057         0.94         992,382       2,219         0.90    
Regular savings and other deposits     339,004       118         0.14         335,288       114         0.14         317,656       114         0.14    
Certificates of deposit     1,504,883       6,821         1.82         1,376,113       5,547         1.63         1,147,440       4,004         1.40    
Total interest-bearing deposits     3,797,067       12,751         1.35         3,627,464       10,509         1.17         3,211,317       7,935         0.99    
Borrowings     591,862       2,049         1.39         521,090       1,642         1.28         356,325       1,118         1.26    
Total interest-bearing liabilities     4,388,929       14,800         1.35         4,148,554       12,151         1.19         3,567,642       9,053         1.02    
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits     482,903                           488,459                           456,447                      
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     27,018                           26,638                           25,732                      
Total liabilities     4,898,850                           4,663,651                           4,049,821                      
Total stockholders' equity     661,655                           652,912                           623,039                      
Total liabilities and stockholders'
  equity
  $ 5,560,505                         $ 5,316,563                         $ 4,672,860                      
Net interest-earning assets   $ 1,053,252                         $ 1,042,716                         $ 994,709                      
Fully tax-equivalent net interest
  income
            41,661                           40,467                           36,805              
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments             (614 )                         (619 )                         (1,349 )            
Net interest income           $ 41,047                         $ 39,848                         $ 35,456              
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                       2.81   %                       2.92   %                       3.01   %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                       3.07   %                       3.16   %                       3.24   %
Average interest-earning assets to average                                                                                    
interest-bearing liabilities             124.00   %                       125.13   %                       127.88   %          
                                                                                     
Supplemental Information:                                                                                    
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing                                                                                    
demand deposits   $ 4,279,970     $ 12,751         1.19   %   $ 4,115,923     $ 10,509         1.04   %   $ 3,667,764     $ 7,935         0.87   %
Total deposits and borrowings, including                                                                                    
noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 4,871,832     $ 14,800         1.22   %   $ 4,637,013     $ 12,151         1.06   %   $ 4,024,089     $ 9,053         0.90   %

(1)   Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the three months ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.29%, 4.24% and 4.14%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 2.38%, 2.07% and 1.63%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.12%, 4.06% and 3.91%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 was 2.77%, 2.87% and 2.89%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2017 was 3.03%, 3.11% and 3.12%, respectively.
(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances.
(3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends.
(4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.
(6)   Annualized. 



 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
 
  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017
  Average               Yield/   Average               Yield/
  Balance     Interest (1)   Cost (1)   Balance     Interest (1)   Cost (1)
  (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                                      
Interest-earning assets:                                                      
Loans (2) $ 4,910,858     $ 105,064         4.31   %   $ 4,091,226     $ 86,121         4.24   %
Securities and certificates of deposit   83,260       966         2.34         143,990       1,418         1.99    
Other interest-earning assets (3)   323,301       3,049         1.90         241,523       1,381         1.15    
Total interest-earning assets   5,317,419       109,079         4.14         4,476,739       88,920         4.01    
Noninterest-earning assets   121,096                           111,130                      
Total assets $ 5,438,515                         $ 4,587,869                      
                                                       
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                      
Interest-bearing demand deposits $ 1,068,456     $ 6,277         1.18       $ 704,681     $ 2,817         0.81    
Money market deposits   866,268       4,383         1.02         1,000,343       4,449         0.90    
Regular savings and other deposits   337,156       232         0.14         312,825       222         0.14    
Certificates of deposit   1,440,854       12,368         1.73         1,140,921       7,866         1.39    
Total interest-bearing deposits   3,712,734       23,260         1.26         3,158,770       15,354         0.98    
Borrowings   556,672       3,691         1.34         343,536       2,098         1.23    
Total interest-bearing liabilities   4,269,406       26,951         1.27         3,502,306       17,452         1.00    
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits   485,665                           440,986                      
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities   26,136                           26,517                      
Total liabilities   4,781,207                           3,969,809                      
Total stockholders' equity   657,308                           618,060                      
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 5,438,515                         $ 4,587,869                      
Net interest-earning assets $ 1,048,013                         $ 974,433                      
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income           82,128                           71,468              
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments           (1,233 )                         (2,659 )            
Net interest income         $ 80,895                         $ 68,809              
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                     2.87   %                       3.01   %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                     3.11   %                       3.22   %
Average interest-earning assets to average                                                      
interest-bearing liabilities           124.55   %                       127.82   %          
                                                       
Supplemental Information:                                                      
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing                                                      
demand deposits $ 4,198,399     $ 23,260         1.12   %   $ 3,599,756     $ 15,354         0.86   %
Total deposits and borrowings, including                                                      
noninterest-bearing demand deposits $ 4,755,071     $ 26,951         1.14   %   $ 3,943,292     $ 17,452         0.89   %

(1)   Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, and 2017, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.27% and 4.12%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 2.20% and 1.67%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.09% and 3.89%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the six months ended June 30, 2018, and 2017 was 2.82% and 2.89%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the six months ended June 30, 2018, and 2017 was 3.07% and 3.10%, respectively.
(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances.
(3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends.
(4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.
(6)   Annualized. 




 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2018 June 30, 2017
                                               
Key Performance Ratios                                              
Return on average assets (1)   1.01   %     0.90   %     0.97   %     0.96   %   0.90   %
Return on average equity (1)   8.50         7.35         7.28         7.93       6.66    
Interest rate spread  (1) (2)   2.81         2.92         3.01         2.87       3.01    
Net interest margin  (1) (3)   3.07         3.16         3.24         3.11       3.22    
Non-interest expense to average assets  (1)   1.69         1.86         1.83         1.77       1.89    
Efficiency ratio (4)   53.89         57.62         53.95         55.74       57.31    


  June 30, 2018   March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   June 30, 2017    
  (Dollars in thousands)
Asset Quality                                      
Non-accrual loans:                                      
One- to four-family $ 6,457       $ 6,568       $ 6,890       $ 7,667    
Home equity lines of credit   563         562         562         619    
Commercial real estate   366         378         388         2,666    
Commercial and industrial   519         523         523         529    
Total non-accrual loans   7,905         8,031         8,363         11,481    
Foreclosed assets                              
Total non-performing assets $ 7,905       $ 8,031       $ 8,363       $ 11,481    
                                       
Allowance for loan losses/total loans   0.96   %     0.96   %     0.97   %     1.00   %
Allowance for loan losses/non-accrual loans   624.93         591.31         540.30         376.53    
Non-accrual loans/total loans   0.15         0.16         0.18         0.27    
Non-accrual loans/total assets   0.14         0.15         0.16         0.24    
Non-performing assets/total assets   0.14         0.15         0.16         0.24    
                                       
Capital and Share Related                                      
Stockholders' equity to total assets   11.71   %     12.01   %     12.20   %     13.09   %
Book value per share $ 12.33       $ 12.13       $ 11.96       $ 11.68    
Tangible book value per share (5) $ 11.91       $ 11.70       $ 11.54       $ 11.43    
Market value per share $ 19.15       $ 20.15       $ 20.60       $ 16.90    
Shares outstanding 53,905,279       54,068,874       54,039,316       53,649,946    

(1)   Annualized.
(2)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(3)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.
(4)   The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure representing measure representing non-interest expense, excluding merger and acquisition expenses, divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains or losses on sales of securities, and gains or losses on equity securities. The efficiency ratio is a common measure used by banks to understand expenses related to the generation of revenue. We have removed gains or losses on sales of securities and gains or losses on equity securities as management deems them to be either discretionary or market driven and not representative of operating performance. We have removed merger and acquisition expenses as management deems them to be not representative of operating performance. Presented on a basis including merger and acquisition expenses, gains or losses on sales of securities and gains or losses on equity securities, the efficiency ratio was 53.44%, 58.53% and 52.87% for the quarters ended June, 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2017, respectively, and 55.94% and 55.55% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
(5)   Tangible book value per share represents total stockholders' equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of shares outstanding.


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