Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. Announces 2013 Annual Net Income of $13.5 Million; Loan and Deposit Growth of 12% and 8%, Respectively
Contact Info: Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications (978) 656-5520
LOWELL, MA-(GlobeNewswire)-(January 28, 2014) - Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: EBTC), parent of Enterprise Bank, announces net income for the year ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $13.5 million, an increase of $1.2 million, or 9%, compared to 2012. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $3.5 million, an increase of $250 thousand, or 8%, compared to the same three-month period in 2012. Diluted earnings per share were $1.36 for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 6% compared to 2012. Diluted earnings per share were $0.35 for the three months ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 6% compared to the same period in 2012.
As previously announced on January 21, 2014, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share to be paid on March 3, 2014 to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2014. The quarterly dividend represents a 4.3% increase over the 2013 dividend rate.
Total assets amounted to $1.85 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of $184.2 million since December 31, 2012. Loans outstanding and deposits, excluding brokered deposits, have increased $164.4 million and $112.4 million respectively, since December 31, 2012.
Chief Executive Officer Jack Clancy commented, “Our organic growth and many successes and accomplishments in 2013 have been a result of our strong community involvement, market expansion, comprehensive product and service offerings, and our dedicated Enterprise employees. Our employees, and their commitment to customer service and the communities in which they serve, are integral components of our success. In 2013, loans have grown 12%, surpassing the milestone of $1.5 billion in total loans outstanding. Deposits, excluding brokered deposits, have grown 8% and are approaching $1.6 billion.”
Mr. Clancy further stated, “We continued to expand our geographic footprint by opening our 22nd branch in Nashua, New Hampshire, on December 9th. Strategically, our focus remains on organic growth, while continually planning for our future by investing in our branch network, technology, progressive product capabilities, and most importantly, in our people.”
Founder and Chairman of the Board George Duncan commented, “On January 3rd, we celebrated a very significant milestone at Enterprise Bank, completing our 25th year in business with total assets exceeding $1.8 billion and our 97th consecutive profitable quarter. Reflecting on the Bank’s many accomplishments over the years, growing from one office in the heart of downtown Lowell, into a vital and important economic engine throughout our region, we express sincere appreciation to those early investors and customers who placed their faith and trust in our Bank.
We are pleased that our success and commitment is recognized by others and in November, Enterprise again received recognition from The Boston Globe as one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts, #11 among large-sized companies.”
Results of Operations
In 2013, our financial results included increases in net interest income, non-interest income, operating expenses and the provision for loan losses over the prior year, due primarily to the Company's growth. Non-interest income also increased as a result of higher gains on securities sales in the current year.
Net interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $17.2 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 8%, compared to the same period in 2012. Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $65.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million, or 6%, compared to the same period in 2012. This increase in net interest income was due primarily to revenue generated from loan growth, mainly in commercial real estate loans, partially offset by a decrease in tax equivalent net interest margin (“margin”). Average loan balances (including loans held for sale) increased $156.0 million for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2012. Net interest margin was 4.04% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, compared to 4.21% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and was relatively consistent with the quarterly margin at September 30, 2013 of 4.02%. Margins were 4.07% and 4.27% for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Consistent with the industry, the margin continued to trend downward through most of 2013, as the yield on interest-earning assets declined faster than the cost of funding, as funding rates have reached a level leaving little room for significant reductions.
The provision for loan losses amounted to $1.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to $600 thousand for the same period in 2012. For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, the provision for loan losses amounted to $3.3 million and $2.8 million, respectively. In determining the provision to the allowance for loan losses, management takes into consideration the level of loan growth and an estimate of credit risk, which includes such items as adversely classified and non-performing loans, the estimated specific reserves needed for impaired loans, the level of net charge-offs, and the estimated impact of current economic conditions on credit quality. The level of loan growth for the year ended December 31, 2013, was $164.4 million, compared to $114.2 million during the same period in 2012. Total non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets were 1.00% at December 31, 2013, compared to 1.33% at December 31, 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company recorded net charge-offs of $566 thousand compared to $1.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Management continues to closely monitor the non-performing assets, charge-offs and necessary allowance levels, including specific reserves. The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio was 1.77% at December 31, 2013 and 1.78% at December 31, 2012.
Non-interest income for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $3.4 million and $13.8 million, respectively. This represents increases of $168 thousand, or 5%, and $1.6 million, or 13% compared to the same three and twelve-month periods, respectively, in 2012. Current year non-interest income benefited from gains on securities sales, with the majority of sales occurring in the first six months of 2013. The quarter and annual increases also included increases in investment advisory fee income and deposit and interchange fees, partially offset by lower loan sale income in 2013, primarily in the current quarter.
Non-interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 amounted to $14.1 million, an increase of $316 thousand, or 2%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, non-interest expense amounted to $55.8 million, an increase of $3.2 million, or 6%, in the prior year. Increased expenses related to salaries and benefits, occupancy, technology and other professional services over the prior year were primarily due to the Company's strategic growth initiatives, including branch and market expansion. The 2013 non-interest expenses were also impacted by increases in advertising, primarily due to the timing of corporate community events, investment advisory and custodial expenses due to increased business with our Enterprise Investment Advisors, and “other expenses” primarily due to our deposit program and loan servicing costs. The fourth quarter of 2013 included a net benefit of $337 thousand, which is included in salaries and employee benefits expenses, resulting from rising interest rates on certain benefit plans offered by the Company compared to a net cost of $295 thousand on these items in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Key Financial Highlights
▪ Total assets were $1.85 billion at December 31, 2013 as compared to $1.67 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of $184.2 million, or 11%. Since September 30, 2013, total assets have increased $17.4 million, or 1%.
▪ Total loans amounted to $1.52 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of $164.4 million, or 12%, since December 31, 2012. Since September 30, 2013, total loans have increased $51.4 million, or 3%.
▪ Total deposits, excluding brokered deposits, were $1.58 billion at December 31, 2013 as compared to $1.47 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of $112.4 million, or 8%. Since September 30, 2013, total deposits, excluding brokered deposits, decreased $18.0 million, or 1%. Brokered deposits were $51.6 million at December 31, 2013, $51.5 million at September 30, 2013 and $3.0 million at December 31, 2012.
▪ Investment assets under management amounted to $667.3 million at December 31, 2013 as compared to $592.4 million at December 31, 2012, an increase of $75.0 million, or 13%. Since September 30, 2013, investment assets under management have increased $29.2 million, or 5%. The increase is primarily attributable to asset growth from market value appreciation and from new business.
▪ Total assets under management amounted to $2.59 billion at December 31, 2013, compared to $2.33 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of $256.0 million, or 11%. Since September 30, 2013, total assets under management have increased $45.7 million, or 2%.
Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation that conducts substantially all of its operations through Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, commonly referred to as Enterprise Bank, and has reported 97 consecutive profitable quarters. The Company principally is engaged in the business of attracting deposits from the general public and investing in commercial loans and investment securities. Through the bank and its subsidiaries, the Company offers a range of commercial and consumer loan products, deposit and cash management products as well as investment advisory and wealth management, and insurance services. The Company's headquarters and the bank's main office are located at 222 Merrimack Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Company's primary market area is the Merrimack Valley and North Central regions of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Enterprise Bank has 22 full-service branch offices located in the Massachusetts cities and towns of Lowell, Acton, Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Leominster, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford and in the New Hampshire towns of Derry, Hudson, Nashua, Pelham and Salem.
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