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Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings for the First Quarter 2021

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Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTBI)

Earnings Summary

 

 

 

(in thousands except per share data)

1Q

2021

4Q

2020

1Q

2020

Net income

$23,618

$15,826

$6,579

Earnings per share

$1.33

$0.89

$0.37

Earnings per share – diluted

$1.33

$0.89

$0.37

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets

1.84%

1.24%

0.60%

Return on average equity

14.48%

9.64%

4.24%

Efficiency ratio

50.37%

62.75%

59.18%

Tangible common equity

11.27%

11.62%

12.77%

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared per share

$0.385

$0.385

$0.380

Book value per share

$37.14

$36.77

$34.46

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares

17,774

17,755

17,752

Weighted average shares – diluted

17,787

17,769

17,763

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ-CTBI) reports record earnings for the first quarter 2021 of $23.6 million, or $1.33 per basic share, compared to $15.8 million, or $0.89 per basic share, earned during the fourth quarter 2020 and $6.6 million, or $0.37 per basic share, earned during the first quarter 2020.

1st Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net interest income for the quarter of $40.2 million was $1.6 million, or 4.2%, above prior quarter and $4.0 million, or 11.0%, above first quarter 2020.
  • We recovered $2.5 million of our provision for credit losses during the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as a result of improvement in our net charge-off experience affecting our vintage loss analysis in several segments, the most significant of those being the indirect lending and residential lending segments. Provision for credit losses for the prior quarter and prior year same quarter was $1.0 million and $12.7 million, respectively.
  • Our loan portfolio decreased $15.4 million, an annualized 1.8%, during the quarter but increased $251.3 million, or 7.6%, from March 31, 2020.
  • CTBI experienced significant improvement in loan losses, as our net loan charge-offs for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 decreased to $0.2 million, or 0.02% of average loans annualized, compared to $0.9 million, or 0.10% annualized, experienced for the fourth quarter 2020 and $1.4 million, or 0.17% annualized, for the first quarter 2020.
  • Asset quality has continued to improve, as our nonperforming loans, excluding troubled debt restructurings, at $21.0 million decreased $5.5 million from December 31, 2020 and $14.3 million from March 31, 2020. Nonperforming assets at $27.3 million decreased $7.0 million from December 31, 2020 and $27.9 million from March 31, 2020.
  • Deposits, including repurchase agreements, increased $216.1 million, an annualized 20.0%, during the quarter and $956.0 million, or 26.3%, from March 31, 2020.
  • Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 of $15.6 million was a $0.3 million, or 2.1%, increase from prior quarter and a $4.1 million, or 35.2%, increase from prior year same quarter.
  • Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 of $28.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 15.8%, from prior quarter, but increased slightly by $0.1 million, or 0.3%, from prior year same quarter.

COVID-19

We continue working with our customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. At March 31, 2021, the number of customers with CARES Act deferrals reduced to 226 for a total outstanding amount of $81.8 million. The majority of our CARES Act deferrals have been 90 day deferrals. Total outstanding deferrals include 73 commercial loan deferrals with a total outstanding amount of $73.8 million, 83 residential loan deferrals with a total outstanding amount of $6.5 million, and 70 consumer loan deferrals with a total outstanding amount of $1.5 million. Included in the commercial loan deferrals are 20 four time deferrals totaling $40.5 million and 2 five time deferrals totaling $10.6 million. In most cases, these loans have been downgraded; however, they remain within the pass category, as little to no loss is anticipated. One of the loans was already graded substandard prior to the deferrals being granted. These loan deferrals and modifications have been executed consistent with the guidelines of the CARES Act. Pursuant to the CARES Act, these loan deferrals are not included in our nonperforming loans disclosed below.

At March 31, 2021, we had closed 2,962 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans totaling $277.0 million, stemming from the CARES Act passed by Congress as a stimulus response to the potential economic impacts of COVID-19. The initial phase of the PPP program expired on August 8, 2020, and the loan forgiveness process began shortly thereafter. Through March 31, 2021, we have had 1,563 of our PPP loans forgiven by the SBA in a total amount of $117.2 million, including $98.1 million during the first quarter 2021. An additional stimulus package, included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, was signed into law in late December providing for an additional $284 billion in funding under the PPP, with authority to make loans under the program being extended through May 31, 2021. As of March 31, 2021, CTBI has closed 1,857 loans totaling $99.1 million in new PPP loans stemming from the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the quarter of $40.2 million was an increase of $1.6 million, or 4.2%, from fourth quarter 2020 and $4.0 million, or 11.0%, from first quarter 2020. Our net interest margin at 3.31% increased 11 basis points from prior quarter but decreased 27 basis points from prior year same quarter, while our average earning assets increased $136.4 million and $863.8 million, respectively, during those same periods. Our yield on average earning assets increased 5 basis points from prior quarter but decreased 78 basis points from prior year same quarter, and our cost of funds decreased 7 basis points from prior quarter and 71 basis points from prior year same quarter. The PPP loan portfolio had an annualized yield for the quarter of 6.03%. Interest income on the portfolio was $0.7 million, while the amortization of loan origination fees from current outstanding loans and recognition of net fee income from paid and forgiven loans was $3.3 million. These fees are amortized over the life of the loan with any unamortized balance fully recognized at the time of loan forgiveness. The impact to the net interest margin of the $3.3 million in fee income recognized was 27 basis points.

Our ratio of average loans to deposits, including repurchase agreements, was 79.9% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to 82.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 and 89.9% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 of $15.6 million was a $0.3 million, or 2.1%, increase from prior quarter and a $4.1 million, or 35.2%, increase from prior year same quarter. The increase in noninterest income from prior quarter was primarily the result of increases in loan related fees ($0.5 million), net gains on other real estate owned ($0.5 million), and trust revenue ($0.2 million), partially offset by a decline in securities gains ($0.6 million) and deposit related fees ($0.3 million). The increase from prior year same quarter resulted from increases in loan related fees ($2.2 million) and net gains on loans ($2.0 million), partially offset by a decline in securities gains ($0.4 million). The increase in loan related fees was primarily the result of a $1.0 million positive adjustment to the fair market value of our mortgage servicing rights.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 of $28.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 15.8%, from prior quarter, but increased slightly by $0.1 million, or 0.3%, from prior year same quarter. The decrease in noninterest expense quarter over quarter included decreases in personnel expense ($3.3 million), taxes other than property and payroll ($1.5 million), and net other real estate owned expense ($0.4 million). The decrease in personnel expense from prior quarter was primarily the result of a $2.4 million charge in the fourth quarter 2020 to post retirement benefits related to our bank owned life insurance and a $1.3 million increase in our accruals during the fourth quarter 2020 for special payments to employees. Noninterest expense year over year was impacted by increases in personnel expense ($1.8 million primarily as a result of resumed normal accruals for our incentive program) and data processing expense ($0.2 million), offset by decreases in taxes other than property and payroll ($1.5 million) and net other real estate owned expense ($0.6 million). In March 2019, Kentucky enacted legislation requiring financial institutions to transition from a bank franchise tax to the Kentucky corporate income tax beginning in 2021. As a result, we have experienced a decline in taxes other than property and payroll and a corresponding increase in income taxes.

Balance Sheet Review

CTBI's total assets at $5.4 billion increased $221.0 million, or 17.4% annualized, from December 31, 2020 and $1.0 billion, or 23.1%, from March 31, 2020. Loans outstanding at March 31, 2021 were $3.5 billion, a decrease of $15.4 million, an annualized 1.8%, from December 31, 2020 but an increase of $251.3 million, or 7.6%, from March 31, 2020. Loans, excluding PPP loans, declined $17.5 million during the quarter as we experienced the payoff of a $30 million credit and continuing soft loan demand. We experienced an increase in the commercial loan portfolio during the quarter of $7.0 million (including $2.1 million in PPP loans), offset by decreases of $16.7 million in the residential loan portfolio as customers continued to refinance into the secondary market with low fixed rate mortgages, $2.9 million in the direct consumer loan portfolio, and $2.8 million in the indirect consumer loan portfolio. CTBI's investment portfolio increased $157.7 million, or an annualized 64.0%, from December 31, 2020 and $522.2 million, or 82.2%, from March 31, 2020 as we continued to deploy our increased liquidity in investments due to continued soft loan demand. Deposits in other banks increased $72.5 million from prior quarter and $231.5 million from prior year same quarter. Deposits, including repurchase agreements, at $4.6 billion increased $216.1 million, or an annualized 20.0%, from December 31, 2020 and $956.0 million, or 26.3%, from March 31, 2020.

Shareholders' equity at March 31, 2021 was $662.1 million, a $7.2 million increase from the $654.9 million at December 31, 2020 and a $49.1 million increase from the $612.9 million at March 31, 2020. CTBI's annualized dividend yield to shareholders as of March 31, 2021 was 3.50%.

Asset Quality

CTBI's total nonperforming loans, not including performing troubled debt restructurings, were $21.0 million, or 0.59% of total loans, at March 31, 2021 compared to $26.6 million, or 0.75% of total loans, at December 31, 2020 and $35.4 million, or 1.08% of total loans, at March 31, 2020. Accruing loans 90+ days past due decreased $8.3 million from prior quarter and $9.2 million from March 31, 2021. Nonaccrual loans increased $2.8 million during the quarter but decreased $5.1 million from March 31, 2020. Accruing loans 30-89 days past due at $13.2 million increased $0.7 million from prior quarter but decreased $10.9 million from March 31, 2020. Our loan portfolio management processes focus on the immediate identification, management, and resolution of problem loans to maximize recovery and minimize loss.

Our level of foreclosed properties at $6.2 million at March 31, 2021 was a $1.5 million decrease from the $7.7 million at December 31, 2020 and a $13.6 million decrease from the $19.8 million at March 31, 2020. Sales of foreclosed properties for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 totaled $1.1 million. No new foreclosed properties were booked during the first quarter 2021. At March 31, 2021, the book value of properties under contracts to sell was $0.9 million; however, the closings had not occurred at quarter-end.

Net loan charge-offs for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $0.2 million, or 0.02% of average loans annualized, compared to $0.9 million, or 0.10%, experienced for the fourth quarter 2020 and $1.4 million, or 0.17%, for the first quarter 2020. Loan charge-offs for the quarter were primarily in the commercial loan portfolio.

Allowance for Credit Losses

We recognized a recapture of allowance for credit losses with a credit to provision for credit losses of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to a provision for credit losses of $1.0 million for the prior quarter and $12.7 million for the first quarter of 2020. The change in the provision for credit losses compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 was due primarily to the improvement in net charge off experience affecting our vintage loss analysis in several segments, the most significant of those being the indirect lending and residential lending segments. The indirect lending segment experienced no net losses in the quarter, compared to the 12 quarter rolling average losses of 0.35 percent. The residential lending segment experienced no net losses in the quarter compared to the 12 quarter rolling average of 0.07 percent. Overall, the decrease in the allowance for credit losses attributed to historical loss factors was $2.4 million. Our reserve coverage (allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans) at March 31, 2021 was 215.5% compared to 180.7% at December 31, 2020 and 139.8% at March 31, 2020. Our credit loss reserve as a percentage of total loans outstanding at March 31, 2021 was 1.28% (1.38% excluding PPP loans) compared to 1.35% at December 31, 2020 (1.46% excluding PPP loans) and 1.50% at March 31, 2020. The PPP program began in April 2020.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.'s ("CTBI") actual results may differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "may increase," "may fluctuate," and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," and "could." These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, economic conditions, portfolio growth, the credit performance of the portfolios, including bankruptcies, and seasonal factors; changes in general economic conditions including the performance of financial markets, prevailing inflation and interest rates, realized gains from sales of investments, gains from asset sales, and losses on commercial lending activities; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations and credit quality and on general economic and financial market conditions, as well as our ability to respond to the related challenges; results of various investment activities; the effects of competitors' pricing policies, changes in laws and regulations, competition, and demographic changes on target market populations' savings and financial planning needs; industry changes in information technology systems on which we are highly dependent; failure of acquisitions to produce revenue enhancements or cost savings at levels or within the time frames originally anticipated or unforeseen integration difficulties; and the resolution of legal proceedings and related matters. In addition, the banking industry in general is subject to various monetary, operational, and fiscal policies and regulations, which include, but are not limited to, those determined by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and state regulators, whose policies, regulations, and enforcement actions could affect CTBI's results. These statements are representative only on the date hereof, and CTBI undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made.

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $5.4 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, three banking locations in northeastern Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.

Additional information follows.

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
Financial Summary (Unaudited)
March 31, 2021
(in thousands except per share data and # of employees)
 
Three Three Three
Months Months Months
Ended Ended Ended
March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
Interest income

$

44,211

$

43,148

$

44,699

Interest expense

 

3,969

 

4,543

 

8,455

Net interest income

 

40,242

 

38,605

 

36,244

Loan loss provision

 

(2,499)

 

956

 

12,707

 
Gains on sales of loans

 

2,433

 

2,520

 

483

Deposit service charges

 

6,022

 

6,282

 

5,916

Trust revenue

 

2,951

 

2,786

 

2,884

Loan related fees

 

2,270

 

1,741

 

95

Securities gains (losses)

 

(168)

 

441

 

249

Other noninterest income

 

2,069

 

1,479

 

1,894

Total noninterest income

 

15,577

 

15,249

 

11,521

 
Personnel expense

 

16,833

 

20,106

 

15,031

Occupancy and equipment

 

2,828

 

2,595

 

2,706

Data processing expense

 

2,159

 

2,152

 

1,978

FDIC insurance premiums

 

326

 

320

 

147

Other noninterest expense

 

6,164

 

8,463

 

8,359

Total noninterest expense

 

28,310

 

33,636

 

28,221

 
Net income before taxes

 

30,008

 

19,262

 

6,837

Income taxes

 

6,390

 

3,436

 

258

Net income

$

23,618

$

15,826

$

6,579

 
Memo: TEQ interest income

$

44,428

$

43,336

$

44,868

 
Average shares outstanding

 

17,774

 

17,755

 

17,752

Diluted average shares outstanding

 

17,787

 

17,769

 

17,763

Basic earnings per share

$

1.33

$

0.89

$

0.37

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.33

$

0.89

$

0.37

Dividends per share

$

0.385

$

0.385

$

0.38

 
Average balances:
Loans

$

3,548,358

$

3,548,178

$

3,262,928

Earning assets

 

4,957,636

 

4,821,196

 

4,093,833

Total assets

 

5,219,406

 

5,092,100

 

4,382,408

Deposits, including repurchase agreements

 

4,442,647

 

4,310,970

 

3,630,426

Interest bearing liabilities

 

3,335,206

 

3,261,814

 

2,847,197

Shareholders' equity

 

661,302

 

652,827

 

624,411

 
Performance ratios:
Return on average assets

 

1.84%

 

1.24%

 

0.60%

Return on average equity

 

14.48%

 

9.64%

 

4.24%

Yield on average earning assets (tax equivalent)

 

3.63%

 

3.58%

 

4.41%

Cost of interest bearing funds (tax equivalent)

 

0.48%

 

0.55%

 

1.19%

Net interest margin (tax equivalent)

 

3.31%

 

3.20%

 

3.58%

Efficiency ratio (tax equivalent)

 

50.37%

 

62.75%

 

59.18%

 
Loan charge-offs

$

1,470

$

1,961

$

2,415

Recoveries

 

(1,293)

 

(1,041)

 

(1,017)

Net charge-offs

$

177

$

920

$

1,398

 
Market Price:
High

$

47.53

$

38.50

$

46.87

Low

$

36.02

$

27.74

$

27.68

Close

$

44.03

$

37.05

$

31.79

 
As of As of As of
March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
Assets:
Loans

$

3,538,804

$

3,554,211

$

3,287,541

Loan loss reserve

 

(45,346)

 

(48,022)

 

(49,445)

Net loans

 

3,493,458

 

3,506,189

 

3,238,096

Loans held for sale

 

17,748

 

23,259

 

1,403

Securities AFS

 

1,155,195

 

997,261

 

633,479

Equity securities at fair value

 

2,243

 

2,471

 

1,721

Other equity investments

 

14,858

 

14,935

 

16,241

Other earning assets

 

358,529

 

286,074

 

127,065

Cash and due from banks

 

66,664

 

54,250

 

67,728

Premises and equipment

 

40,997

 

42,001

 

43,568

Right of use asset

 

12,787

 

13,215

 

14,210

Goodwill and core deposit intangible

 

65,490

 

65,490

 

65,490

Other assets

 

132,150

 

133,996

 

143,644

Total Assets

$

5,360,119

$

5,139,141

$

4,352,645

 
Liabilities and Equity:
Interest bearing checking

$

91,803

$

78,308

$

69,717

Savings deposits

 

1,814,711

 

1,756,178

 

1,370,836

CD's >=$100,000

 

547,767

 

545,613

 

538,820

Other time deposits

 

496,182

 

495,058

 

554,891

Total interest bearing deposits

 

2,950,463

 

2,875,157

 

2,534,264

Noninterest bearing deposits

 

1,283,309

 

1,140,925

 

860,844

Total deposits

 

4,233,772

 

4,016,082

 

3,395,108

Repurchase agreements

 

354,235

 

355,862

 

236,908

Other interest bearing liabilities

 

58,731

 

58,736

 

63,159

Lease liability

 

13,549

 

13,972

 

14,853

Other noninterest bearing liabilities

 

37,763

 

39,624

 

29,695

Total liabilities

 

4,698,050

 

4,484,276

 

3,739,723

Shareholders' equity

 

662,069

 

654,865

 

612,922

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

5,360,119

$

5,139,141

$

4,352,645

 
Ending shares outstanding

 

17,826

 

17,810

 

17,787

 
30 - 89 days past due loans

$

13,204

$

12,465

$

24,074

90 days past due loans

 

8,816

 

17,133

 

18,044

Nonaccrual loans

 

12,223

 

9,444

 

17,333

Restructured loans (excluding 90 days past due and nonaccrual)

 

68,485

 

68,554

 

64,526

Foreclosed properties

 

6,224

 

7,694

 

19,816

 
Community bank leverage ratio

 

12.70%

 

12.70%

 

13.79%

Tangible equity to tangible assets ratio

 

11.27%

 

11.62%

 

12.77%

FTE employees

 

970

 

998

 

1,003

 

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