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Hawthorn Bancshares Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hawthorn Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:HWBK), today reported consolidated financial results for the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Net income for the current quarter was $3.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted common share, compared to $4.7 million, or $0.74 per diluted common share, for the linked quarter ended March 31, 2019, and net income of $2.9 million, or $0.46 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  Included in the linked quarter net income is a pretax gain on the sale of our Branson branch of $2.1 million ($1.6 million after tax), or $0.26 per diluted common share.  Excluding this gain, net income for the linked quarter was $3.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted common share.

The year to date annualized return on average common equity for the current year was 15.74% compared to 11.00% for the prior year and the annualized return on average assets was 1.09% compared to 0.70% for the prior year.

Commenting on earnings performance, Chairman David T. Turner said, "Hawthorn continued to report increased earnings for the second quarter 2019 with increases of $0.08 and $0.10 in non-GAAP earnings per diluted common share compared to the prior linked quarter and prior year quarter, respectively. Loan growth has slowed during the current year, but net loans were still $62.1 million, or 5.7%, higher than the prior year quarter-end and the net interest margin has steadily improved over the last twelve months from 3.28% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 to 3.39% for the six months ended June 30, 2019. These factors have contributed significantly to our improved earnings versus prior periods. In addition, we have continued to maintain high loan quality as nonperforming loans to total loans was 0.50% at June 30, 2019, compared to 0.49% at December 31, 2018, and 0.58% at June 30, 2018, which has contributed to lower loan loss provisions in the current year versus the prior year.

Non-interest income of $2.1 million for the current quarter was even with the prior linked quarter (excluding the Branson branch sale gain) and only $0.3 million lower than the prior year quarter.  Non-interest expense of $9.7 million for the current quarter was $0.2 million below both the prior linked quarter and prior year quarter. The decrease from the prior periods was mostly due to lower salaries and benefits expenses resulting from our reduction of 43, or 13.3%, in full-time equivalent staff since the quarter ended June 30, 2018."

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $12.2 million compared to $11.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, and $11.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Loan growth slowed during the current quarter but average loans were still $66.8 million, or 6.1%, higher than the prior year quarter which contributed to the improved net interest income. The year-to-date net interest margin of 3.39% increased 13 basis points from the prior linked quarter and 11 basis points from the prior year quarter.

Non-Interest Income and Expense

Non-interest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $2.1 million compared to $2.1 million for the prior quarter ended March 31, 2019, and $2.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  The net change from the prior year quarter of $0.3 million was primarily due to decreases in real estate loan servicing fees and gains on sales of mortgage loans of $0.3 million.

Non-interest expense was $9.7 million for the current quarter, a decrease of $0.2 million from the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively. These decreases were mostly due to lower salaries and employee benefits expense resulting from our reductions in staff.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The Company's level of non-performing loans was 0.50% of total loans at June 30, 2019 compared to 0.48% at March 31, 2019 and 0.58% at June 30, 2018.  For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the Company recorded net charge-offs of $212,000, or 0.02% of average loans compared to net recoveries of $43,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, and net charge-offs of $185,000, or 0.02% of average loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  The allowance for loan losses at June 30, 2019 was $11.9 million, or 1.03% of outstanding loans, and 203.48% of non-performing loans. At March 31, 2019, the allowance for loan losses was $11.8 million, or 1.03% of outstanding loans, and 212.43% of non-performing loans. At June 30, 2018, the allowance for loan losses was $11.2 million, or 1.03% of outstanding loans, and 176.48% of nonperforming loans. The allowance for loan losses represents management's best estimate of probable losses inherent in the loan portfolio and is commensurate with risks in the loan portfolio as of June 30, 2019.

Financial Condition

Comparing June 30, 2019 balances with March 31, 2019, total deposits decreased $64.5 million, or 5.2%, to $1.2 billion at June 30, 2019 while federal funds sold and other overnight deposits correspondingly decreased $68.4 million. During the same period, stockholders' equity increased 4.3% to $109.4 million, or 7.4% of total assets. The total risk based capital ratio of 13.74% and the leverage ratio of 10.03% at June 30, 2019, respectively, far exceed minimum regulatory requirements of 8.00% and 4.00%, respectively.

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(unaudited)
$000
 
    Three Months Ended
    June 30,   March 31,   June 30,
Statement of income information:   2019   2019   2018
Total interest income   $ 16,184   $ 15,915   $ 14,288
Total interest expense     4,027     4,286     3,261
Net interest income     12,157     11,629     11,027
Provision for loan losses     250     150     450
Noninterest income     2,121     2,091     2,390
Investment securities (loss) gain, net         1     108
Gain on sale of branch, net         2,074    
Noninterest expense     9,671     9,888     9,943
Pre-tax income     4,357     5,757     3,132
Income taxes     837     1,091     225
Net income   $ 3,520   $ 4,666   $ 2,907
Earnings per share:                  
Basic:   $ 0.56   $ 0.74   $ 0.46
Diluted:   $ 0.56   $ 0.74   $ 0.46
                   
                   


             
    For the Six Months Ended
    June 30,
Statement of income information:   2019   2018
Total interest income   $ 32,099   $ 27,832
Total interest expense     8,313     6,050
Net interest income     23,786     21,782
Provision for loan losses     400     750
Noninterest income     4,212     4,604
Investment securities gain, net     1     206
Gain on sale of branch, net     2,074    
Noninterest expense     19,559     20,209
Pre-tax income     10,114     5,633
Income taxes     1,928     636
Net income   $ 8,186   $ 4,997
Earnings per share:            
Basic:   $ 1.30   $ 0.80
Diluted:   $ 1.30   $ 0.80
             
             


FINANCIAL SUMMARY (continued)
(unaudited)
$000
 
    June 30,     March 31,     June 30,     December 31,  
Key financial ratios:   2019     2019     2018     2018  
Return on average assets (YTD)   1.09 %   1.23 %   0.70 %   0.74
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