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Hawthorn Bancshares Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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

Net income for the current quarter was $3.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted common share, compared to $3.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted common share, for the linked quarter ended June 30, 2019, and net income of $3.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Included in the current quarter net income is an additional pretax gain on the sale of our Branson branch of $0.1 million ($0.1 million after tax), or $0.01 per diluted common share. Excluding this gain, non-GAAP net income for the current quarter was $3.8 million, or $0.61 per diluted common share.

The year-to-date annualized return on average common equity for the current year was 15.03% (12.88% excluding the Branson branch sale gain) compared to 11.69% for the prior year and the annualized return on average assets was 1.09% (0.93% excluding the Branson branch sale gain) compared to 0.75% for the prior year.

Commenting on earnings performance, Chairman David T. Turner said, "Hawthorn continued to report increased earnings for the third quarter 2019 with increases of $0.05 and $0.12 in non-GAAP earnings per diluted common share compared to the prior linked quarter and prior year quarter, respectively. Year-to-date non-GAAP earnings have improved by $0.36 per diluted share, or 28%, primarily due to the $56.4 million, or 5.2%, increase in net loans from the prior year quarter-end coupled with the higher year-to-date net interest margin of 3.47% for the current year compared to 3.29% for the prior year. In addition, we have continued to maintain high loan quality as nonperforming loans to total loans was 0.41% at September 30, 2019, compared to 0.49% at December 31, 2018, and 0.56% at September 30, 2018.

Non-interest income of $2.4 million for the current quarter (excluding the Branson branch sale gain) was $0.3 million higher than the prior linked quarter and $0.1 million higher than the prior year quarter.  The improvement over the prior linked quarter was primarily due to a lower fair market value adjustment of mortgage servicing rights of $0.1 million and increases in service charge income and trust income of $0.1 million each. Non-interest expense of $9.6 million for the current quarter was $0.1 million below the prior linked quarter and $0.3 million below the prior year quarter. The decrease from the prior year quarter was mostly due to lower salaries and benefits of $0.2 million resulting from our reduction of 22, or 7.4%, in full-time equivalent staff since the quarter ended September 30, 2018 and reduced FDIC assessment expense of $0.2 million due to assessment credits received during the current quarter."

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $12.4 million compared to $12.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and $11.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Loan volume slowed during the current quarter but average loans were still $51.6 million, or 4.7%, higher than the prior year quarter that contributed to the improved net interest income. The year-to-date net interest margin of 3.47% increased 8 basis points from the prior linked quarter and 18 basis points from the prior year quarter.

Non-Interest Income and Expense

Non-interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $2.4 million compared to $2.1 million for the prior quarter ended June 30, 2019, and $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.  The net increase from the prior linked quarter of $0.3 million was primarily due to a $0.1 million decrease in in the fair market value adjustment of mortgage servicing rights and increases in service charge income and trust income of $0.1 million each.

Non-interest expense of $9.6 million for the current quarter decreased $0.1 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and decreased $0.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The decrease from the prior year quarter resulted from lower salaries and employee benefits expense of $0.2 million due to reductions in staff and reduced FDIC assessment expense of $0.2 million due to assessment credits received during the current quarter.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The Company's level of non-performing loans was 0.41% of total loans at September 30, 2019 compared to 0.50% at June 30, 2019 and 0.56% at September 30, 2018.  For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company recorded net charge-offs of $155,000, or 0.01% of average loans compared to net charge-offs of $212,000, or 0.02% of average loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and net charge-offs of $104,000, or 0.01% of average loans for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.  The allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2019 was $12.2 million, or 1.06% of outstanding loans, and 255.79% of non-performing loans. At June 30, 2019, the allowance for loan losses was $11.9 million, or 1.03% of outstanding loans, and 203.48% of non-performing loans. At September 30, 2018, the allowance for loan losses was $11.4 million, or 1.02% of outstanding loans, and 180.86% 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 September 30, 2019.

Financial Condition

Comparing September 30, 2019 balances with June 30, 2019, total assets decreased $21.6 million primarily due to a $48.7 million, or 4.1%, decrease in total deposits to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2019 partially offset by a $21.9 million increase in FHLB advances.  The decrease in deposits led to a corresponding decrease in investment securities of $31.0 million partially offset by an increase of $14.9 million in federal funds sold and other overnight interest-bearing deposits. During the same period, stockholders' equity increased 3.1% to $112.8 million, or 7.8% of total assets. The total risk based capital ratio of 14.47% and the leverage ratio of 10.69% at September 30, 2019, respectively, far exceed minimum regulatory requirements of 8.00% and 4.00%, respectively.

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(unaudited)
$000, except per share data
 
    Three Months Ended
    September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
Statement of income information:   2019
  2019   2018
Total interest income   $ 15,925     $ 16,184   $ 14,751
Total interest expense     3,564       4,027     3,443
Net interest income     12,361       12,157     11,308
Provision for loan losses     450       250     250
Noninterest income     2,424       2,121     2,364
Investment securities (loss) gain, net     (40 )         50
Gain on sale of branch, net     109          
Noninterest expense     9,590       9,671     9,928
Pre-tax income     4,814       4,357     3,544
Income taxes     954       837     446
Net income   $ 3,860     $ 3,520   $ 3,098
Earnings per share:                  
Basic:   $ 0.62     $ 0.56   $ 0.49
Diluted:   $ 0.62     $ 0.56   $ 0.49


    For the Nine Months Ended
    September 30,
Statement of income information:   2019
  2018
Total interest income   $ 48,023     $ 42,583
Total interest expense     11,876       9,493
Net interest income     36,147       33,090
Provision for loan losses     850       1,000
Noninterest income     6,637       6,970
Investment securities (loss) gain, net     (40 )     256
Gain on sale of branch, net     2,183      
Noninterest expense     29,149       30,138
Pre-tax income     14,928       9,178
Income taxes     2,882       1,083
Net income   $ 12,046     $ 8,095
Earnings per share:            
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