- Completion of the First Chester County Corp. Acquisition: On December 10, 2010, Tower Bancorp, Inc. closed on the acquisition of the First Chester County Corporation ("First Chester") for a total purchase price of $49.9 million. As a result of the merger assets increased by $1.1 billion to $2.7 billion.
- Successful Common Stock Offering: On December 21, 2010, Tower Bancorp, Inc. closed on a common stock offering which resulted in net offering proceeds of $48.2 million after deducting direct offering expenses. At December 31, 2010, the total risk-based capital ratio equaled 12.88%.
- Sustained Loan Growth: Loans held for investment increased $934 million or 82.1% to $2.1 billion at December 31, 2010 as compared to $1.1 billion for the prior year. This growth consisted of $752 million of loans acquired through the First Chester acquisition and internally generated loan growth of $182 million, resulting in internal loan growth of 16.0% for the year.
- Net Interest Income and Margin Growth: Fourth quarter 2010 net interest income increased $3.0 million or 22.2% over the third quarter of 2010 and $5.1 million or 45.1% over the fourth quarter of 2009, to $16.3 million. The net interest margin totaled 3.83% for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to 3.64% for the third quarter of 2010 and 3.53% for the fourth quarter of 2009.
- Increase in Non-Interest Income: Non-interest income for the fourth quarter 2010 totaled $4.4 million representing an increase of $1.3 million or 41.2% over the third quarter of 2010 and $1.0 million or 30.9% over the fourth quarter of 2009.
- Net Income Impacted by Merger: GAAP net income for 2010 decreased by $2.4 million or 65.7% to $1.3 million as compared to $3.7 million for 2009. Operating (Non-GAAP) income remained consistent with the prior year at $5.9 million for both 2010 and 2009.
- Asset Quality: Non-performing assets represented 0.84% of total assets at December 31, 2010 compared to 1.00% at September 30, 2010. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans equaled 73.4% at December 31, 2010. The adjusted (Non-GAAP) allowance for loan losses, that is the allowance for loan losses adjusted to include the credit quality adjustment on loans purchased, as a percentage of non-performing loans equaled 186.6% at December 31, 2010.
Note Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures can be found in the tables located at the end of this release.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tower Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:TOBC) (the "Company"), the parent company of Graystone Tower Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income available to shareholders of $1.3 million or $0.17 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2010, a decrease of $2.4 million or 65.7% compared to net income of $3.7 million or $0.72 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2009. For the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a net loss of $4.3 million or ($0.54) per diluted share compared to net income of $2.5 million or $0.35 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010.
Operating (Non-GAAP) income, that is GAAP net income adjusted for merger-related expenses, restructuring charges, and nonrecurring transactions, totaled $6.2 million or $0.84 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $379 thousand but a decrease of ($0.29) per diluted share when compared to the year ended December 31, 2009. For the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company recorded an operating (non-GAAP) loss of $156 thousand or ($0.02) per diluted share compared to operating (non-GAAP) income of $2.6 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010.
"With the successful completion of the First Chester acquisition and the enhanced capital position resulting from our recent stock offering, a strong foundation has been laid for this franchise that we are confident will drive increased performance and growth benefitting our employees, shareholders, customers and communities for many years into the future," commented Andrew Samuel, Chairman and CEO. "Following these transformational events, our energies are focused on executing our relationship-based community banking strategy in order to realize the full potential of what has been created."
Board of Directors Declares $0.28 per Share Dividend, Payable on February 28, 2011
Mr. Samuel also reported that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.28 per share, payable on February 28, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 14, 2011.
Review of Balance Sheet, Credit Quality and Capital Position
Total assets at December 31, 2010 reached $2.7 billion, representing an increase of $1.3 billion or 86.8% from December 31, 2009. The First Chester acquisition contributed approximately $1.1 billion to the overall asset growth. Total gross loans held for investment were $2.1 billion at December 31, 2010, an increase of $934.1 million or 82.1% compared to December 31, 2009. This increase can be attributed to $752 million of loans acquired through the First Chester acquisition and internally generated loans of $182 million or 16.0%. Commercial loans showed continued strong internal growth as the balance at December 31, 2010 increased by $162.0 million from December 31, 2009, or 18.6%. On a quarterly basis, gross loans have increased $750 million or 57.3%, from $1.3 billion at September 30, 2010 to $2.1 billion at December 31, 2010. This quarterly increase is a result of the loans acquired through the First Chester acquisition. The loans acquired through the First Chester acquisition have been marked to fair value at the date of acquisition which resulted in a total credit fair value adjustment of $51.1 million to the loan balances. Please note that all of the fair value adjustments that have been made by the Company related to the First Chester acquisition resulted in additional goodwill of $14.6 million. These fair value adjustments are considered preliminary as of the date of this release and are subject to change as the Company finalizes all of its fair value determinations. Should the final amounts result in material changes to the amounts disclosed within this release, the Company will provide an updated release.
Total deposits at December 31, 2010 were $2.3 billion, representing an increase of $1.1 billion, or 89.1%, from December 31, 2009. This increase is attributable to $967.9 million of deposits gained through the First Chester acquisition, $65.3 million of non-reciprocal brokered deposits, and $86.8 million of in-market internally generated deposits. Exclusive of deposits acquired from First Chester, brokered deposit growth included $49.8 million of brokered money market deposits indexed to LIBOR and $15.5 million brokered time deposits. Excluding brokered time deposits acquired through the merger with First Chester, brokered time deposits issued during 2010 had original maturities at or greater than five years. The use of brokered deposits is principally an interest rate risk tool. As of December 31, 2010, total non-reciprocal brokered deposits represented 6.4% of total deposits. The $86.8 million of in-market internally generated deposits represent 7.1% growth in deposits over the prior year. Total deposits, excluding time deposits, totaled $1.4 billion at December 31, 2010, an increase of $696.6 million. Of this growth, $49.8 million was generated through brokered money markets and $646.8 million was generated internally from in-market activity. The in-market, internally generated deposits, excluding time deposits, increased 82.3% from December 31, 2009. The Company's deposit mix continued to be weighted heavily in lower cost demand, savings and money market accounts, which comprised 61.7% of total deposits at December 31, 2010, compared to 65.3% at December 31, 2009. As a result of management's continued focus on lowering deposit costs, the average cost of deposits decreased by 61 basis points from 2.07% for the year ended December 31, 2009 to 1.46% for the year ended December 31, 2010. At December 31, 2010, the Company had a weighted average cost of deposits of 1.09%.
During the fourth quarter of 2010 the Company completed its acquisition of First Chester at a purchase price of $49.9 million, which is $15.1 million less than the purchase price of $65 million disclosed as the transaction value when the merger was first announced. The final purchase price was adjusted from the original purchase price as a result of a pricing mechanism that adjusted the exchange ratio as overall loan credit quality decreased at First Chester. Following the closing of the First Chester acquisition, the Company completed a $51.2 million common stock offering resulting in net proceeds of $48.2 million. As a result of these two actions, the Company's Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratios at December 31, 2010 were 11.48% and 12.88%, respectively and exceed the "well capitalized" minimum regulatory requirements of 6.00% and 10.00%, respectively. The Company's Non-GAAP ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets was 8.22% at December 31, 2010, compared to 10.21% at December 31, 2009. Cash dividends paid to shareholders during the fourth quarter 2010 were $0.28 per share.
The provision for loan losses was $4.1 million during the fourth quarter, which included a specific reserve of $2.5 million that was placed on a $5.0 million commercial credit that had been criticized during the first quarter of 2010. In working with other lenders involved with this credit, the principal has agreed to refinance the loan with additional collateral and cash flows. It is our current expectation that this will occur in the first quarter of 2011. The Company took $2.8 million in charge-offs during the fourth quarter related to several smaller relationships with no one charge-off exceeding $425 thousand. The charge-offs were not concentrated in one particular category but the culmination of commercial workout resolutions in a few areas. The Company's loan workout department will continue to pursue recoveries against these amounts. The annualized rate of net charge-offs to average loans for the fourth quarter annualized was 0.71% and 0.36% for the year.
The Company also experienced an increase of $23.3 million in loan delinquencies during the fourth quarter. This total is comprised of $6.9 million in delinquencies from First Chester that did not have specific reserves marked against them and $16.4 million from historical Graystone Tower Bank loans. Although delinquencies increased slightly across several categories, the majority of the increase in delinquencies was in the income producing real estate category. These situations involved projects that had slowed or instances where cash flows remained strained. The expectation is that these situations will be resolved over time as cash flows improve or as collection procedures are initiated.
While provisioning and delinquencies were up at the end of the fourth quarter management is still very pleased with the performance of our credit portfolio. Non-performing assets to total assets at the end of the fourth quarter were 0.84% reflecting a reduction from 1.00% in the third quarter. Although the fourth quarter allowance for loan loss to non performing loans is lower than the industry average at 73.36%, it is important to remember that almost half of the loan portfolio has been marked to market through purchase accounting within the past two years as a byproduct of the First National Bank of Greencastle and First Chester County Corporation mergers. When including general credit fair value adjustments recorded on the loan portfolio and the allowance for loan loss, the reserve against non-performing loans is 186.60% (Non-GAAP) at December 31, 2010.
During the fourth quarter of 2010, non-performing assets increased $6.9 million or 43.2% over the third quarter of 2010. This increase is the result of $7.9 million of non-performing assets acquired through the First Chester acquisition and a $1.0 million decrease from historic Graystone Tower Bank non-performing assets. Acquired loans deemed to be impaired at the time of purchase in accordance with Accounting Standard Codification 310-30-30, previously known as Statement of Position (SOP) 03-3, "Accounting for Certain Loans Acquired in a Transfer" have been recorded at their fair value based on anticipated future cash flows at the time of acquisition and are considered to be performing loans as the Company expects to fully collect the new carrying value (i.e. fair value) of the loans. As such, these loans have been excluded from non-performing assets for all periods discussed.
GAAP requires that expected credit losses associated with loans obtained in an acquisition be reflected at fair value as of each respective acquisition date and prohibits the carryover of the acquired entity's allowance for loan losses. Accordingly, the Company's management believes that presentation of the adjusted (Non-GAAP) allowance for loan losses, consisting of the allowance for loan losses plus the credit fair value adjustment on loans purchased in merger transactions, is useful for investors to understand the complete allowance that is recorded as a representation of future expected losses over the Company's loan portfolio. The details of this calculation and reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP measures are provided in the Selected Financial Data tables found later in this release.
Income Statement Review
Net income for the quarter decreased by $6.4 million from $2.1 million of income for the fourth quarter of 2009 to a loss of $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating (Non-GAAP) income, representing net income adjusted for merger expenses, restructuring charges and nonrecurring transactions, decreased $2.7 million or ($0.39) per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Specifically, the operating (non-GAAP) income excludes $1.9 million in after-tax merger expenses and $2.2 million in after-tax restructuring charges for the fourth quarter of 2010. After-tax restructuring charges in the fourth quarter included $1.3 million related to the termination of an agreement with DDMP Advisors LLC, an investment advisory firm in which the Company maintained a 20% equity interest and $939 thousand related to the decision to discontinue the operations of the American Home Bank division acquired in the First Chester merger.
Net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 totaled $1.3 million, a decrease of $2.4 million or ($0.55) per diluted share when compared to the same period in 2009. Operating (Non-GAAP) income increased $379 thousand but decreased ($0.29) per share to $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2009. Specifically, operating (non-GAAP) income excludes $2.1 million in after-tax merger expenses, $2.2 million in after-tax restructuring charges and a land impairment charge of $607 thousand on an after-tax basis for the year ended December 31, 2010. Included in both net income and operating (Non-GAAP) income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 are the results of operations for the American Home Bank division of First Chester for the period December 10, 2010 to December 31, 2010. During the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company initiated plans to discontinue the operations of the American Home Bank division which resulted in a significant decrease in revenue generating activities by that division. As a result, the division incurred a $1.4 million after-tax net operating loss since being acquired by the Company.
Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased $5.1 million or 45.1% from $11.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 to $16.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year ended December 31, 2010, net interest income equaled $54.7 million, representing an increase of $18.7 million over 2009. When compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, the net interest margin increased 30 basis points from 3.53% to 3.83%. This increase results primarily from increased volume of interest-earning assets offset by a reduction in average rate received on these assets. Average investments decreased $77.8 million and average loans increased $514.2 million, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, while the average rate received on interest earning assets decreased by 8 basis points. Decreases in the investment portfolio were planned as part of the loan funding strategy for 2010. As part of the Company's merger integration strategy, the majority of positions in the First Chester bond portfolio were liquidated to create a portfolio that reflects the Company's investment philosophy and risk tolerances. Accordingly, the Company anticipates growing the investment portfolio during the calendar year to reflect the larger size of the Company's asset base. The average balance of interest-bearing liabilities for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by $384.4 million but the effect on interest expense was offset by the reduction in the average rate paid by 41 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.
When comparing the year ended December 31, 2010 net interest income to 2009, the Company experienced growth of $18.7 million due to the increase of the average interest-earning assets of $446.6 million. The net interest margin increased from 3.49% for 2009 to 3.71% for the year ended December 31, 2010, resulting primarily from decreased interest costs on deposits. The average rate received on loans decreased by 33 basis points to 5.64%, which was accompanied by an increase of 20 basis points in the average rate received on investment securities. The average balance of interest-bearing deposits for 2010 increased by $369.1 million, and the average rate paid on these deposits decreased by 61 basis points compared to 2009.
The Company recorded a $4.1 million provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, the provision for loan losses totaled $9.1 million compared to $5.2 million for 2009. The recorded provision for loan losses is based upon management's evaluation of risk of losses over the entire loan portfolio. Included in the provision recorded during the fourth quarter of 2010 is a $2.5 million specific reserve related to one troubled credit within our commercial construction portfolio which was identified and disclosed during the first quarter of 2010.
Non-interest income was $4.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, which represents 0.93% of average assets on an annualized basis. When compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, non-interest income increased by $1.0 million or 30.9%, primarily due to increases in service charges on deposit accounts of $205 thousand, other service charge income of $476 thousand, gains on sale of mortgage loans held for sale of $528 thousand, and income from bank owned life insurance of $287 thousand. These increases are offset by a decrease in other income of $584 thousand.
Non-interest income for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased $3.1 million over 2009. As a percentage of average assets, non-interest income decreased by 3 basis points during 2010 to 0.73%. The non-interest income growth was driven by service charge income increases of $1.9 million, increased gains on sale of mortgage loans originated for sale of $596 thousand, and additional income earned on bank owned life insurance of $952 thousand, offset by the decline in other income of $503 thousand.
Non-interest expense increased $12.6 million or 127.5% to $22.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 from $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company experienced increases in almost all categories of non-interest expense. The largest increases in non-interest expenses have occurred in salaries and benefits expense, occupancy expenses, professional service fees, merger expenses, and restructuring charges. The rising costs in these areas can be attributed to costs incurred to support branch network expansion, balance sheet growth, and costs associated with the acquisition of First Chester County Corporation. During the quarter, the Company incurred $2.4 million in merger expenses, which is an increase of $2.0 million over the fourth quarter of 2009.
In comparing to the year ended December 31, 2010 to 2009, non-interest expense increased $21.1 million. The largest increases pertain to increased salary and benefit costs of $9.0 million, increased occupancy costs of $2.4 million, increased professional service fees of $864 thousand, increased FDIC insurance premiums of $905 thousand, a land impairment charge of $920 thousand and increased restructuring charges of $2.9 million. Included in restructuring charges are $1.4 million in charges taken with regard to the wind down of the American Home Bank division and a $1.5 million charge related to the termination of our relationship with DDMP Advisors, LLC, an investment services company in which we owned 20% of the corporation, during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $1.1 million, which resulted in an effective tax rate of 46.8%, an increase in the effective tax rate from 33.0% for 2009. The increase in effective rate is mostly attributable to non-deductible merger expenses and restructuring charges incurred during 2010 in connection with the First Chester acquisition.
Developments Regarding the American Home Bank Division
As previously disclosed, the Company had initiated a plan during the fourth quarter of 2010 to discontinue the operations of the American Home Bank division ("AHB division"), which generates residential mortgage loans for the purpose of selling those loans to the secondary market. Management's current plan is to have the majority of all operations cease at the AHB division by the end of the first quarter of 2011 with the completion of wind down occurring by the end of the second quarter of 2011. The Company recognized $1.4 million of restructuring charges through merger and restructuring expense during the fourth quarter of 2010. The Company anticipates recognizing an additional $2.6 million of restructuring costs related to the AHB division in the first quarter of 2011. The AHB division incurred a pre-tax operating loss of approximately $2.1 million from the merger date of December 10, 2010 to December 31, 2010. We expect operating losses will continue during the first quarter of 2011, but at a progressively declining rate. We further anticipate that operating income from the Graystone Mortgage operation will increase as we integrate the portion of the historic AHB operations that complement our Graystone Mortgage business model.
In reviewing the First Chester acquisition, Mr. Samuel stated, "As we discontinue the operations of the AHB division, we acknowledge that we will incur additional operating losses as a necessary cost to eliminate the perceived risk and incompatibility of this business line. We also acknowledge that the pricing mechanism used in the merger with First Chester resulted in a lower purchase price than initially projected. Accordingly, the overall cost of the transaction, including the charges and losses expected in connection with the AHB division, is generally consistent with our original projections and we remain confident in the value of this acquisition and the ability to realize the full amount of earnings accretion that we expected when the transaction was announced. We are excited about the prospect of recognizing these results during the second half of 2011."
The financial information contained on the following pages provides more detail on the Company's performance for the quarter-ended December 31, 2010 as compared to quarter-ended September 30, 2010, and the quarter-ended December 31,2009 and for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to December 31, 2009. Additionally, the following pages provide detail on the Company's financial condition as of December 31, 2010 as compared to September 30, 2010, and December 31, 2009. Persons seeking additional information should refer to the Company's periodic reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
A conference call will be held at 10 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to discuss the Company's financial results. The conference call will be broadcast live through the Company's website at www.towerbancorp.com, by clicking on the link to the webcast, Confirmation Code: 38357908. Participants using the webcast option are encouraged to log on 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled starting time for the call. There will also be a call in option available by dialing 877-878-1863. A password is not necessary. A webcast replay will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the call. A call-in replay option will also be available beginning January 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), through February 9, 2011, 11:59 p.m. (ET) at 800-642-1687, Passcode: 38357908.
Supplemental Information – Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with GAAP. These measures include tangible assets, tangible common equity, operating income and performance and capital ratios derived from the foregoing. Tangible assets and tangible common equity are derived by reducing the balance of assets and equity, respectively, by the amount of GAAP reported goodwill and other intangible assets. Operating income is calculated by adjusting net income available to common shareholders for merger-related expenses and other nonrecurring transactions that occurred during the period presented, since such expenses are considered by management to be "non-operating" in nature. The Company calculates the return on average tangible equity by excluding the balance of intangible assets and their related amortization expense from the calculation of return on average equity. The Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information that is essential to an investor's proper understanding of the operating results of the Company's core businesses. The Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in their analysis of the Company's performance. These non-GAAP disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP measures are included as tables at the end of this release.
About Tower Bancorp, Inc.
Tower Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Graystone Tower Bank, a full-service community bank operating 49 branch offices in central and southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland through three divisions, Graystone Bank, Tower Bank, and 1N Bank. With total assets of approximately $2.7 billion, Tower Bancorp's unparalleled competitive advantage is its employees and a strong corporate culture paired with a clear vision that provides customers with uncompromising service and individualized solutions to every financial need. Tower Bancorp's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "TOBC." More information about Tower Bancorp and its divisions can be found on the internet at www.yourtowerbank.com, www.graystonebank.com and .
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Selected Financial Highlights
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