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Provident Financial Services, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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ISELIN, N.J., April 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) (the "Company") reported net income of $48.6 million, or $0.63 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net income of $14.9 million, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Earnings for the quarter were aided by an improved economic outlook and resulting lower allowance for credit loss requirements, as well as additional earnings attributable to the July 31, 2020 acquisition of SB One Bancorp ("SB One"). For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company recorded a negative provision for credit losses on loans of $15.0 million and a negative provision for off-balance sheet credit exposures of $875,000.

Christopher Martin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented: "Provident's first quarter reflects a solid start for 2021 as we continue to leverage the benefits of last year's acquisition of SB One. Consistent with the positive economic outlook, our asset quality continued to improve, resulting in a credit loss reserve release this quarter. Our attentive management of funding costs paid-off as our net interest margin increased six basis points in the quarter." Martin added, "We believe that with our talented team and their focus on delivering a superior customer experience, we are well positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunities emanating from the anticipated acceleration of the economic recovery."

Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per common share payable on May 28, 2021, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 14, 2021.

Balance Sheet Summary

Total assets at March 31, 2021 were $13.13 billion, a $210.7 million increase from December 31, 2020. The increase in total assets was primarily due to a $155.2 million increase in cash and cash equivalents and a $97.9 million increase in total investments.

The loan portfolio decreased $19.4 million from December 31, 2020 to $9.80 billion at March 31, 2021, despite strong originations, as prepayments, including Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loan forgiveness, were elevated. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, loan originations, including advances on lines of credit, totaled $770.5 million, compared with $678.3 million for the same period in 2020. During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, the Company originated $190.1 million of loans under the current round of the PPP. Total PPP loans outstanding increased to $486.6 million at March 31, 2021, from $473.2 million at December 31, 2020. In addition to net growth in PPP loans, the Company saw net growth in commercial real estate and construction loans during the three months ended March 31, 2021, with all other loan categories decreasing. Commercial real estate, commercial and construction loans represented 83.3% of the loan portfolio at March 31, 2021, compared to 81.8% at December 31, 2020.

At March 31, 2021, the Company's unfunded loan commitments totaled $1.98 billion, including commitments of $891.6 million in commercial loans, $669.8 million in construction loans and $113.9 million in commercial mortgage loans. Unfunded loan commitments at December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020 were $1.99 billion and $1.23 billion, respectively.

The loan pipeline, consisting of work-in-process and loans approved pending closing, totaled $1.30 billion at March 31, 2021, compared to $1.23 billion and $1.33 billion at December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively.

Cash and cash equivalents were $687.6 million at March 31, 2021, a $155.2 million increase from December 31, 2020, due to net deposit inflows and loan repayments, largely attributable to government stimulus programs, proceeds from the forgiveness of PPP loans and a seasonal increase in municipal deposits.

Total investments were $1.71 billion at March 31, 2021, a $97.9 million increase from December 31, 2020. This increase was primarily due to purchases of mortgage-backed and municipal securities, partially offset by repayments of mortgage-backed securities, maturities and calls of certain municipal and agency bonds, and a decrease in unrealized gains on available for sale debt securities.

Total deposits increased $459.7 million during the three months ended March 31, 2021 to $10.30 billion. Total core deposits, consisting of savings and demand deposit accounts, increased $590.9 million to $9.33 billion at March 31, 2021, while total time deposits decreased $131.2 million to $963.0 million at March 31, 2021. The increase in core deposits was largely attributable to a $266.5 million increase in interest bearing demand deposits, a $169.9 million increase in non-interest bearing demand deposits, a $100.2 million increase in money market deposits and a $54.2 million increase in savings deposits. Core deposit growth benefited from the deposit of PPP loan proceeds and government stimulus payments. The decrease in time deposits was largely the result of a $75.1 million decrease in brokered deposits and a $56.1 million decrease in retail time deposits. Core deposits represented 90.6% of total deposits at March 31, 2021, compared to 88.9% at December 31, 2020.

Borrowed funds decreased $235.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2021, to $940.6 million. The decrease in borrowings for the period was primarily a function of wholesale funding being partially replaced by the net inflows of lower-costing deposits. Borrowed funds represented 7.2% of total assets at March 31, 2021, a decrease from 9.1% at December 31, 2020.

Stockholders' equity increased $27.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2021, to $1.65 billion, primarily due to net income earned for the period, partially offset by dividends paid to stockholders, a decrease in unrealized gains on available for sale debt securities and common stock repurchases. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, common stock repurchases totaled 44,937 shares at an average cost of $21.42 per share, of which 42,224 shares, at an average cost of $21.67 per share, were made in connection with withholding to cover income taxes on the vesting of stock-based compensation. At March 31, 2021, approximately 4.1 million shares remained eligible for repurchase under the current stock repurchase authorization. Book value per share and tangible book value per share(1) at March 31, 2021 were $21.17 and $15.19, respectively, compared with $20.87 and $14.86, respectively, at December 31, 2020.

Results of Operations

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, net interest income increased $1.3 million to $90.0 million, from $88.7 million for the trailing quarter. The increase in net interest income was primarily attributable to growth in average earning assets and period-over-period expansion of the net interest margin aided by favorable liability repricing and the inflow of lower-costing core deposits, as well as an increase in the accelerated recognition of fees related to the forgiveness of customers' PPP loans in the current period.

The net interest margin increased six basis points to 3.10% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, from 3.04% for the trailing quarter, primarily due to an increase in the yield on interest earning assets, combined with a decrease in funding costs. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets increased three basis points to 3.47% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to 3.44% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 decreased four basis points to 0.49%, compared to 0.53% for the trailing quarter. The average cost of interest bearing deposits for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was 0.39%, compared to 0.41% for the trailing quarter ended December 31, 2020. The average cost of all deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, was 0.30% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared with 0.31% for the trailing quarter. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was 1.12%, compared to 1.16% for the trailing quarter.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, net interest income increased $18.0 million to $90.0 million, from $72.0 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in net interest income was favorably impacted by the net earning assets acquired from SB One and the accelerated recognition of fees related to PPP loan forgiveness, partially offset by period-over-period compression in the net interest margin. The degree of net interest margin compression was tempered by growth in both average loans outstanding and lower-costing average interest-bearing and non-interest bearing core deposits.

The net interest margin decreased 10 basis points to 3.10% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to 3.20% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 45 basis points to 3.47% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to 3.92% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, while the weighted average cost of interest bearing liabilities decreased 46 basis points for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 to 0.49%, compared to the first quarter of 2020. The average cost of interest bearing deposits for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was 0.39%, compared to 0.78% for the same period last year. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $2.38 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $1.50 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The average cost of all deposits, including non-interest bearing deposits, was 0.30% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared with 0.62% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was 1.12%, compared to 1.80% for the same period last year.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income totaled $21.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, an increase of $4.6 million, compared to the same period in 2020. Insurance agency income, a new fee revenue source for the Company resulting from the SB One acquisition, totaled $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. Income from Bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI") increased $1.8 million to $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, primarily due to an increase in benefit claims, increased equity valuations and additional income related to the BOLI assets acquired from SB One. Wealth management income increased $883,000 to $7.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase was largely a function of an increase in the market value of assets under management as a result of strong equity market performance and solid new business results, and an increase in the level of managed mutual funds. Also, fee income increased $663,000 to $7.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, largely due to an increase in ATM and debit card revenue, a portion of which is attributable to the addition of the SB One customer base, and increases in commercial loan prepayment fees and late charges, partially offset by a decrease in deposit-related fees. Other income decreased $1.6 million to $1.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, primarily due to a $1.8 million decrease in net fees on loan-level interest rate swap transactions, partially offset by a $455,000 increase in net gains on the sale of loans.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, non-interest expense totaled $61.9 million, an increase of $7.7 million, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020. Compensation and benefits expense increased $4.1 million to $35.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $31.2 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was principally due to increases in salary expense, the accrual for incentive compensation and employee benefits each associated with the addition of former SB One employees, as well as company-wide annual merit increases, partially offset by a decrease in severance expense. Net occupancy expense increased $3.1 million primarily due to increases in rent, depreciation, utility and maintenance expenses related to the facilities acquired from SB One, along with an increase in snow removal costs. FDIC insurance increased $1.8 million due to an increase in the insurance assessment rate, an increase in total assets subject to assessment, including assets acquired from SB One, and the receipt of the small bank assessment credit in the prior year quarter that was not available in the current quarter. Other operating expenses increased $937,000 to $10.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $9.2 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in other operating expense was largely due to a valuation adjustment on foreclosed assets and an increase in debit card maintenance expense, partially offset by non-recurring merger related expenses incurred in the prior year quarter. Also, the amortization of intangibles increased $228,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, mainly due to increases in the amortization of the customer relationship and core-deposit intangibles attributable to the acquisition of SB One. Partially offsetting these increases, credit loss expense for off-balance sheet credit exposures decreased $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. The decrease was primarily a function of an improved economic forecast resulting in a decline in projected loss factors, partially offset by an increase in the availability of committed lines of credit due to below average utilization.

The Company's annualized adjusted non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets(1) was 1.95% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to 2.13% for the same period in 2020, with the 2021 improvement driven by the significant increase in average assets largely attributable to assets acquired from SB One and PPP loans. The efficiency ratio (adjusted non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income)(1) was 56.19% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to 59.14% for the same period in 2020.

Asset Quality

Total non-performing loans at March 31, 2021 were $82.1 million, or 0.84% of total loans, compared to $87.1 million, or 0.89% of total loans at December 31, 2020, and $35.3 million, or 0.48% of total loans at March 31, 2020. The $5.0 million decrease in non-performing loans at March 31, 2021, compared to the trailing quarter, consisted of a $6.1 million decrease in non-performing commercial loans and a $1.5 million decrease in non-performing residential loans, partially offset by a $1.8 million increase in non-performing commercial mortgage loans and a $727,000 increase in non-performing consumer loans. At March 31, 2021, impaired loans totaled $79.5 million with related specific reserves of $4.8 million, compared with impaired loans totaling $86.0 million with related specific reserves of $9.0 million at December 31, 2020 and $65.7 million with related specific reserves of $5.7 million at March 31, 2020. The increase in non-performing loans at March 31, 2021, compared to the prior year reflects the effects of the pandemic and related government response.

Loans that have been or are expected to be granted short-term COVID-19 related deferrals have decreased from a peak level of $1.31 billion, or 16.8% of loans, to $132.0 million, or 1.3% of loans as of April 20, 2021. This $132.0 million of loans consists of $300,000 in a first 90-day deferral period, $46.6 million in a second 90-day deferral period, and $85.1 million in a third deferral period. Of the $123.5 million in commercial loans in deferral, $119.0 million (96.4%) are under principal only deferral and are paying interest. Included in the $132.0 million of total loans in deferral, $40.9 million are secured by hotels, $33.1 million are secured by multi-family properties (of which $20.1 million is student housing related), $8.6 million are secured by retail properties, $6.5 million are secured by restaurants, and $8.5 million are secured by residential mortgages, with the balance comprised of diverse commercial loans.

At March 31, 2021, the allowance for credit losses related to the loan portfolio was 0.87% of total loans, compared to 1.03% and 1.02% at December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively. Excluding PPP loans, the Company's allowance for credit losses related to the loan portfolio was 0.92% at March 31, 2021. The Company recorded a $15.0 million negative provision for credit losses related to loans for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with a $14.7 million provision for credit losses for the three months ended March 31, 2020. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company had net charge-offs of $876,000, compared to net charge-offs of $3.0 million for the same period in 2020. The allowance for loan losses decreased $15.9 million to $85.6 million at March 31, 2021 from $101.5 million at December 31, 2020. The negative provision for credit losses for the first quarter of 2021 was primarily the result of an improved economic forecast and the resultant favorable impact on expected credit losses, compared with a provision for credit losses for the prior year, which was based upon a weak economic forecast and more uncertain outlook attributable to the pandemic. Future credit loss provisions are subject to significant uncertainty given the undetermined nature of prospective changes in economic conditions, as the impact of the pandemic and recovery continues to unfold. The effectiveness of medical advances, government programs, and the resulting impact on consumer behavior and employment conditions will have a material bearing on future credit conditions and reserve requirements.

At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company held foreclosed assets of $3.6 million and $4.5 million, respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, there were two additions to foreclosed assets with an aggregate carrying value of $434,000, four assets sold with an aggregate carrying value of $580,000 and valuation charges of $775,000. Foreclosed assets at March 31, 2021 consisted of $2.6 million of commercial real estate, $434,000 of residential real estate and $530,000 of commercial vehicles. Total non-performing assets at March 31, 2021 decreased $5.9 million to $85.6 million, or 0.65% of total assets, from $91.6 million, or 0.71% of total assets at December 31, 2020.

Income Tax Expense

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, income tax expense was $16.2 million with an effective tax rate of 25.0%, compared with income tax expense of $5.3 million with an effective tax rate of 26.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same period last year was largely the result of an increase in taxable income, while the decrease in the effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared with the same period in 2020 was primarily due to a discrete item related to the vesting of stock awards at a market value below the fair value used for expense recognition which resulted in a higher effective tax rate in the prior year, partially offset by increased projections of taxable income for the remainder of 2021.

About the Company

Provident Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company for Provident Bank, a community-oriented bank offering "commitment you can count on" since 1839. Provident Bank provides a comprehensive array of financial products and services through its network of branches throughout northern and central New Jersey, as well as Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania and Queens County, New York. The Bank also provides fiduciary and wealth management services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company and insurance services through its wholly owned subsidiary, SB One Insurance Agency, Inc.

Post Earnings Conference Call

Representatives of the Company will hold a conference call for investors on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-336-7149 (Domestic), 1-412-902-4175 (International) or 1-855-669-9657 (Canada). Internet access to the call is also available (listen only) at provident.bank by going to Investor Relations and clicking on "Webcast.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "project," "intend," "anticipate," "continue," or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in accounting policies and practices that may be adopted by the regulatory agencies and the accounting standards setters, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an adverse impact on the Company, its customers and the communities it serves. Given its ongoing and dynamic nature, it is difficult to predict the full impact of the pandemic on the Company's business, financial condition or results of operations. The extent of such impact will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain, including when the pandemic will be controlled and abated, and the extent to which the economy can remain open. As the result of the pandemic and the related adverse local and national economic consequences, the Company could be subject to any of the following risks, any of which could have a material, adverse effect on our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations: the demand for our products and services may decline, making it difficult to grow assets and income; if the economy is unable to remain substantially open, and high levels of unemployment continue for an extended period of time, loan delinquencies, problem assets, and foreclosures may increase, resulting in increased charges and reduced income; collateral for loans, especially real estate, may decline in value, which could cause loan losses to increase; our allowance for credit losses may increase if borrowers experience financial difficulties, which will adversely affect our net income; the net worth and liquidity of loan guarantors may decline, impairing their ability to honor commitments to us; as the result of the decline in the Federal Reserve Board's target federal funds rate to near 0%, the yield on our assets may decline to a greater extent than the decline in our cost of interest-bearing liabilities, reducing our net interest margin and spread and reducing net income; our wealth management revenues may decline with continuing market turmoil; we may face the risk of a goodwill write-down due to stock price decline; and our cyber security risks are increased as the result of an increase in the number of employees working remotely.

The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made. The Company advises readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not have any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement.

Footnotes

(1) Tangible book value per share, annualized return on average tangible equity, annualized adjusted non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets and the efficiency ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the Notes following the Consolidated Financial Highlights which contain the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures and the associated calculations.

SOURCE: Provident Financial Services, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations, 1-732-590-9300

Web Site: http://www.Provident.Bank


       
PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
March 31, 2021 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2020
(Dollars in Thousands)
       
Assets March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
       
Cash and due from banks $ 559,235       $ 404,355    
Short-term investments 128,335       127,998    
Total cash and cash equivalents 687,570       532,353    
Available for sale debt securities, at fair value 1,216,936       1,105,489    
Held to maturity debt securities, net (fair value of $463,916 at March 31, 2021 (unaudited) and $472,451 at December 31, 2020) 447,902       450,965    
Equity securities, at fair value 1,026       971    
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 48,998       59,489    
Loans 9,803,536       9,822,890    
Less allowance for credit losses 85,591       101,466    
Net loans 9,717,945       9,721,424    
Foreclosed assets, net 3,554       4,475    
Banking premises and equipment, net 75,344       75,946    
Accrued interest receivable 43,883       46,450    
Intangible assets 465,335       466,212    
Bank-owned life insurance 235,112       234,607    
Other assets 186,840       221,360    
Total assets $ 13,130,445       $ 12,919,741    
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
       
Deposits:      
Demand deposits $ 7,932,146       $ 7,395,508    
Savings deposits 1,402,363       1,348,147    
Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more 604,732       717,216    
Other time deposits 358,272       376,958    
Total deposits 10,297,513       9,837,829    
Mortgage escrow deposits 37,772       34,298    
Borrowed funds 940,611       1,175,972    
Subordinated debentures 25,173       25,135    
Other liabilities 182,145       226,710    
Total liabilities 11,483,214       11,299,944    
       
Stockholders' equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none issued          
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 83,209,012 shares issued and 77,798,624 shares outstanding at March 31, 2021 and 77,611,107 outstanding at December 31, 2020. 832       832    
Additional paid-in capital 963,556       962,453    
Retained earnings 748,574       718,090    
Accumulated other comprehensive income 12,977       17,655    
Treasury stock (59,261 )     (59,018 )  
Unallocated common stock held by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (19,447 )     (20,215 )  
Common Stock acquired by the Directors' Deferred Fee Plan (4,381 )     (4,549 )  
Deferred Compensation - Directors' Deferred Fee Plan 4,381       4,549    
Total stockholders' equity 1,647,231       1,619,797    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 13,130,445       $ 12,919,741    


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (Unaudited)
(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data)
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2021   2020
Interest income:      
Real estate secured loans $ 62,016       $ 54,441  
Commercial loans 26,143       18,672  
Consumer loans 3,492       4,172  
Available for sale debt securities, equity securities and Federal Home Loan Bank stock 5,612       7,069  
Held to maturity debt securities 2,784       2,940  
Deposits, federal funds sold and other short-term investments 484       875  
Total interest income 100,531       88,169  
       
Interest expense:      
Deposits 7,417       10,958  
Borrowed funds 2,809       5,190  
Subordinated debt 305        
Total interest expense 10,531       16,148  
Net interest income 90,000       72,021  
Provision for credit losses (15,001 )     14,717  
Net interest income after provision for credit losses 105,001       57,304  
       
Non-interest income:      
Fees 7,192       6,529  
Wealth management income 7,134       6,251  
Insurance agency income 2,727        
Bank-owned life insurance 2,567       787  
Net gain on securities transactions 197       11  
Other income 1,820       3,413  
Total non-interest income 21,637       16,991  
       
Non-interest expense:      
Compensation and employee benefits 35,312       31,195  
Net occupancy expense 9,301       6,203  
Data processing expense 4,393       4,430  
FDIC Insurance 1,770        
Amortization of intangibles 972       744  
Advertising and promotion expense 877       1,369  
Credit loss (benefit) expense for off-balance sheet credit exposures (875 )     1,000  
Other operating expenses 10,103       9,166  
Total non-interest expense 61,853       $ 54,107  
Income before income tax expense 64,785       $ 20,188  
Income tax expense 16,226       5,257  
Net income $ 48,559       $ 14,931  
       
Basic earnings per share $ 0.63       $ 0.23  
Average basic shares outstanding 76,516,543       64,386,138  
       
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.63       $ 0.23  
Average diluted shares outstanding 76,580,862       64,457,263  


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Financial Highlights
(Dollars in Thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)
     
    At or for the
    Three months ended March 31,
    2021   2020
Statement of Income        
Net interest income   $ 90,000     $ 72,021  
Provision for credit losses   (15,001 )   14,717  
Non-interest income   21,637     16,991  
Non-interest expense   61,853     54,107  
Income before income tax expense   64,785     20,188  
Net income   48,559     14,931  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.63     $ 0.23  
Interest rate spread   2.98 %   2.97 %
Net interest margin   3.10 %   3.20 %
Profitability            
Annualized return on average assets   1.51 %   0.61 %
Annualized return on average equity   12.02 %   4.22 %
Annualized return on average tangible equity (2)   16.80 %   6.10 %
Annualized adjusted non-interest expense to average assets (3)   1.95 %   2.13 %
Efficiency ratio (4)   56.19 %   59.14 %
Asset Quality            
Non-accrual loans   $ 82,084     $ 35,339  
90+ and still accruing        
Non-performing loans   82,084     35,339  
Foreclosed assets   3,554     4,219  
Non-performing assets   85,638     39,558  
Non-performing loans to total loans   0.84 %   0.48 %
Non-performing assets to total assets   0.65 %   0.39 %
Allowance for loan losses   $ 85,591     $ 75,143  
Allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans   104.27 %   212.63 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans   0.87 %   1.02 %
Net loan charge-offs   $ 876     $ 3,002  
Annualized net loan charge offs to average total loans   0.04 %   0.17 %
Average Balance Sheet Data            
Assets   $ 13,034,155     $ 9,923,457  
Loans, net   9,723,783     7,258,105  
Earning assets   11,628,963     8,950,885  
Core deposits   9,064,202     6,390,867  
Borrowings   1,015,230     1,157,705  
Interest-bearing liabilities   8,769,268     6,822,578  
Stockholders' equity   1,638,194     1,421,748  
Average yield on interest-earning assets   3.47 %   3.92 %
Average cost of interest-bearing liabilities   0.49 %   0.95 %
Loan Data            
Mortgage loans:            
Residential   $ 1,277,376     $ 1,107,197  
Commercial   3,594,012     2,555,177  
Multi-family   1,458,193     1,222,437  
Construction   615,706     408,944  
Total mortgage loans   6,945,288     5,293,755  
Commercial loans   2,510,708     1,703,669  
Consumer loans   363,648     379,597  
Total gross loans   9,819,644     7,377,021  
Premium on purchased loans   1,378     2,300  
Unearned discounts   (7 )   (26 )
Net deferred   (17,478 )   (7,251 )
Total loans   $ 9,803,536     $ 7,372,044  

Notes and Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Dollars in Thousands, except share data)

The Company has presented the following non-GAAP (U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures because it believes that these measures provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in the Company's results of operations and financial condition. Presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is consistent with how the Company evaluates its performance internally and these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the Company's industry. Investors should recognize that the Company's presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for GAAP basis measures and the Company strongly encourages a review of its condensed consolidated financial statements in their entirety.

(1) Book and Tangible Book Value per Share                
      At March 31,   At December 31,  
      2021   2020   2020  
Total stockholders' equity     $ 1,647,231     $ 1,412,589     $ 1,619,797    
Less: total intangible assets     465,335     436,278     466,212    
Total tangible stockholders' equity     $ 1,181,896     $ 976,311     $ 1,153,585    
                 
Shares outstanding     77,798,624     65,770,728     77,611,107    
                 
Book value per share (total stockholders' equity/shares outstanding)     $ 21.17     $ 21.48     $ 20.87    
Tangible book value per share (total tangible stockholders' equity/shares outstanding)     $ 15.19     $ 14.84     $ 14.86    
                 
(2) Annualized Return on Average Tangible Equity                
          Three Months Ended  
          March 31,  
          2021   2020  
Total average stockholders' equity         $ 1,638,194     $ 1,421,748    
Less: total average intangible assets         465,902     436,757    
Total average tangible stockholders' equity         $ 1,172,292     $ 984,991    
                 
Net income         $ 48,559     $ 14,931    
                 
Annualized return on average tangible equity (net income/total average tangible stockholders' equity)         16.80 %   6.10 %  
                 
(3) Annualized Adjusted Non-Interest Expense to Average Assets                
          Three Months Ended  
          March 31,  
          2021   2020  
Reported non-interest expense         $ 61,853     $ 54,107    
Adjustments to non-interest expense:                
Credit loss benefit (expense) for off-balance sheet credit exposures         (875 )   (1,000 )  
Merger-related transaction costs             (463 )  
Adjusted non-interest expense         $ 62,728     $ 52,644    
Annualized adjusted non-interest expense         $ 254,397     $ 211,733    
                 
Average assets         $ 13,034,155     $ 9,923,457    
                 
Annualized adjusted non-interest expense/average assets         1.95 %   2.13 %  
                 
(4) Efficiency Ratio Calculation                
          Three Months Ended  
          March 31,  
          2021   2020  
Net interest income         $ 90,000     $ 72,021    
Non-interest income         21,637     16,991    
Total income         $ 111,637     $ 89,012    
                 
Adjusted non-interest expense         $ 62,728     $ 52,644    
                 
Efficiency ratio (adjusted non-interest expense/income)         56.19 %   59.14 %  


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Net Interest Margin Analysis
Quarterly Average Balances
(Dollars in Thousands) (Unaudited)
                       
  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
  Average       Average   Average       Average
  Balance   Interest   Yield/Cost   Balance   Interest   Yield/Cost
Interest-Earning Assets:                      
Deposits $ 137,494     $ 85     0.25 %   $ 97,134     $ 61     0.25 %
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 127,989       399     1.26 %   127,060     405     1.27 %
Available for sale debt securities 1,136,885       4,849       1.71 %   1,107,525     4,916       1.78 %
Held to maturity debt securities, net (1) 450,396       2,784       2.47 %   449,002     2,800       2.49 %
Equity securities, at fair value 979         %   889         %
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 51,437       763       5.93 %   60,919     861       5.66 %
Net loans: (2)                      
Total mortgage loans 6,808,066       62,016       3.64 %   6,903,673     62,290       3.56 %
Total commercial loans 2,512,563       26,143       4.20 %   2,337,230     23,919       4.04 %
Total consumer loans 403,154       3,492       3.51 %   431,169     4,898       4.52 %
Total net loans 9,723,783       91,651       3.78 %   9,672,072     91,107       3.72 %
Total interest-earning assets $ 11,628,963     $ 100,531     3.47 %   $ 11,514,601     $ 100,150     3.44 %
                       
Non-Interest Earning Assets:                      
Cash and due from banks 365,101               341,787          
Other assets 1,040,091             1,045,993          
Total assets $ 13,034,155             $ 12,902,381          
                       
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:                      
Demand deposits $ 5,314,461     $ 5,512     0.42 %   $ 4,941,955     $ 5,141       0.41 %
Savings deposits 1,371,376       407       0.12 %   1,329,525     493       0.15 %
Time deposits 1,043,052       1,498       0.58 %   1,134,277     1,954       0.69 %
Total Deposits 7,728,889       7,417       0.39 %   7,405,757     7,588       0.41 %
                       
Borrowed funds 1,015,230       2,809       1.12 %   1,210,959     3,518       1.16 %
Subordinated debentures 25,149     305     4.91 %   25,111     306     4.85 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 8,769,268       $ 10,531       0.49 %   $ 8,641,827     $ 11,412     0.53 %
                       
Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities:                      
Non-interest bearing deposits 2,378,365               2,378,637          
Other non-interest bearing liabilities 248,328               270,226          
Total non-interest bearing liabilities 2,626,693               2,648,863          
Total liabilities 11,395,961               11,290,690          
Stockholders' equity 1,638,194               1,611,691          
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 13,034,155             $ 12,902,381          
                       
Net interest income     $ 90,000             $ 88,738      
                       
Net interest rate spread         2.98 %           2.91 %
Net interest-earning assets $ 2,859,695             $ 2,872,774          
                       
Net interest margin (3)         3.10 %           3.04 %
                       
Ratio of interest-earning assets to total interest-bearing liabilities 1.33x               1.33x          
   
(1) Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses.
(2) Average outstanding balances are net of the allowance for loan losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premiums and discounts and include non-accrual loans.
(3) Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Net Interest Margin Analysis
Average Year to Date Balances
(Dollars in Thousands) (Unaudited)
                       
  March 31, 2021   March 31, 2020
  Average       Average   Average       Average
  Balance   Interest   Yield/Cost   Balance   Interest   Yield/Cost
Interest-Earning Assets:                      
Deposits $ 137,494     $ 85     0.25 %   $ 76,080     $ 269     1.42 %
Federal funds sold and other short term investments 127,989     399     1.26 %   104,050     606     2.34 %
Available for sale debt securities 1,136,885     4,849     1.71 %   1,004,282     6,106     2.43 %
Held to maturity debt securities, net (1) 450,396     2,784     2.47 %   449,107     2,940     2.62 %
Equity securities, at fair value 979         %   806         %
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 51,437     763     5.93 %   58,455     963     6.59 %
Net loans: (2)                      
Total mortgage loans 6,808,066     62,016     3.64 %   5,263,048     54,441     4.11 %
Total commercial loans 2,512,563     26,143     4.20 %   1,611,993     18,672     4.61 %
Total consumer loans 403,154     3,492     3.51 %   383,064     4,172     4.38 %
Total net loans 9,723,783     91,651     3.78 %   7,258,105     77,285     4.23 %
Total interest-earning assets $ 11,628,963     $ 100,531     3.47 %   $ 8,950,885     $ 88,169     3.92 %
                       
Non-Interest Earning Assets:                      
Cash and due from banks 365,101             108,901          
Other assets 1,040,091             863,671          
Total assets $ 13,034,155             $ 9,923,457          
                       
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:                      
Demand deposits $ 5,314,461     $ 5,512     0.42 %   $ 3,901,940     $ 7,399     0.76 %
Savings deposits 1,371,376     407     0.12 %   991,750     368     0.15 %
Time deposits 1,043,052     1,498     0.58 %   771,183     3,191     1.66 %
Total Deposits 7,728,889     7,417     0.39 %   5,664,873     10,958     0.78 %
Borrowed funds 1,015,230     2,809     1.12 %   1,157,705     5,190     1.80 %
Subordinated debentures 25,149     305     4.91 %           %
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 8,769,268     $ 10,531     0.49 %   $ 6,822,578     $ 16,148     0.95 %
                       
Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities:                      
Non-interest bearing deposits 2,378,365             1,497,177          
Other non-interest bearing liabilities 248,328             181,954          
Total non-interest bearing liabilities 2,626,693             1,679,131          
Total liabilities 11,395,961             8,501,709          
Stockholders' equity 1,638,194             1,421,748          
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 13,034,155             $ 9,923,457          
                       
Net interest income     $ 90,000             $ 72,021      
                       
Net interest rate spread         2.98 %           2.97 %
Net interest-earning assets $ 2,859,695             $ 2,128,307          
                       
Net interest margin (3)         3.10 %           3.20 %
                       
Ratio of interest-earning assets to total interest-bearing liabilities 1.33x           1.31x        
                       
                       
(1) Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses.
(2) Average outstanding balance are net of the allowance for loan losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premium and discounts and include non-accrual loans.
(3) Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


The following table summarizes the quarterly net interest margin for the previous five quarters.    
                   
  3/31/21   12/31/20   9/30/20   6/30/20   3/31/20
  1st Qtr.   4th Qtr.   3rd Qtr.   2nd Qtr.   1st Qtr.
Interest-Earning Assets:                  
Securities 1.87 %   1.96 %   2.12 %   2.21 %   2.57 %
Net loans 3.78 %   3.72 %   3.71 %   3.76 %   4.23 %
Total interest-earning assets 3.47 %   3.44 %   3.44 %   3.47 %   3.92 %
                   
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:                  
Total deposits 0.39 %   0.41 %   0.44 %   0.54 %   0.78 %
Total borrowings 1.12 %   1.16 %   1.19 %   1.31 %   1.80 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities 0.49 %   0.53 %   0.57 %   0.68 %   0.95 %
                   
Interest rate spread 2.98 %   2.91 %   2.87 %   2.79 %   2.97 %
Net interest margin 3.10 %   3.04 %   3.01 %   2.97 %   3.20 %
                   
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities 1.33   1.33 x   1.34   1.35   1.31

 


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