HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The Second Fiscal Quarter Of 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C., January 26, 2017 – HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBI) (“Company”), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank (“Bank”), today announced preliminary net income of $3.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, a $534,000, or 21.8% increase over net income of $2.5 million for the same period a year ago. The Company’s basic and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.17 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $0.14 per share for the same period in fiscal 2016. Tangible book value per share increased $0.45, or 2.4% to $19.50 as of December 31, 2016 compared to $19.05 at June 30, 2016.

Net income totaled $6.8 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016, a $1.8 million, or 35.8% increase compared to $5.0 million for the same period in 2015. The Company’s basic and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.39 from $0.28 per share for the six months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in the previous year. Earnings before merger-related expenses, certain state income tax expenses, and gain from the sale of premises and equipment were $7.3 million, or $0.42 per share for the first six months of fiscal year 2017, compared to $5.5 million, or $0.31 per share for the same period in the previous year.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, organic net loan growth, which excludes loans acquired through purchases of home equity lines of credit (“HELOCs”), was $69.6 million or 16.3% annualized. Excluding the one-to-four family residential loan portfolio, our second quarter loan growth was $75.1 million or 27.3% annualized. Our one-to-four family residential loan portfolio continues to decline as a result of increasing customer demand for 30-year fixed rate loans, which we sell to third parties as compared to our shorter term fixed and variable rate loans that we retain in our loan portfolio – a trend we expect to continue during this low rate environment. For the six months ended December 31, 2016, organic net loan growth was $93.6 million or 11.1% annualized. Excluding the one-to-four family residential loan portfolio, loan growth for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was $109.2 million or 20.5% annualized.

“I’m very pleased with our second quarter results. Our strong organic loan growth was led by almost $150 million in commercial loan originations during the quarter, a 57% increase over the same quarter last year. These originations are from across our footprint and continue to adhere to our high standards of lending,” said Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President, and CEO. “In addition, we are excited to expand our franchise in East Tennessee through the acquisition of TriSummit Bancorp, Inc. which was completed on January 1, 2017. We expect this in-market acquisition to contribute to our organic loan growth and, along with cost savings, will further drive growth in our earnings and shareholder value,” said Stonestreet.

 

Income Statement Review
Net interest income was $20.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $20.2 million for the comparative quarter in fiscal 2016. Average interest-earning assets of $2.5 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were consistent with the corresponding quarter in the prior year. The average balance of loans receivable increased $159.6 million, or 9.1% from organic loan growth and the purchase of HELOCs, which was mainly funded and offset by the cumulative decrease of $129.8 million, or 17.5% in average interest-earning deposits with banks, investment securities available for sale, and other interest-earning assets. In addition, we continue to utilize our leveraging strategy, where additional short-term Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) borrowings are invested in various short-term liquid assets to generate additional net interest income, as well as increased dividend income from the required purchase of additional FHLB stock. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the three months ended December 31, 2016 decreased slightly to 3.33% from 3.34% for the same period a year ago. During the three months ended December 31, 2016 our leveraging strategy produced an additional $908,000 in interest income at an average yield of 1.07%, while the average cost of the borrowings was .44%, resulting in approximately $530,000 in net interest income. During the same quarter in the prior fiscal year, our leveraging strategy produced an additional $749,000 in interest income at an average yield of .74%, while the average cost of the borrowings was .23%, resulting in approximately $520,000 in net interest income. Excluding the effects of the leveraging strategy, the net interest margin would be 3.75% and 3.88% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Total interest income increased $497,000, or 2.3% for the three months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period last year, which was primarily driven by a $538,000, or 2.8% increase in loan interest income, an $88,000, or 10.3% increase in interest from certificates of deposit and other interest-bearing deposits, and a $47,000, or 13.7% increase in other investment income. The additional loan interest income was due to the increase in the average balance of loans receivable, which was partially offset by a $135,000, or 14.9% decrease in the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans to $774,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 from $909,000 for the same quarter in fiscal 2016. Average loan yields decreased 28 basis points to 4.28% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 from 4.56% in the corresponding quarter last year. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the average loan yields included 12 and 15 basis points, respectively, from the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans. The decline compared to a year earlier primarily reflects lower average yields on loans recently originated and the refinancing of higher yielding loans as the relatively low interest rate environment continues. Partially offsetting these increases in interest income was a $176,000, or 17.0% decrease in interest income from investment securities as a result of the average balance of securities available for sale decreasing $51.9 million, or 21.6% compared to the same quarter in fiscal 2016.

Total interest expense increased $232,000, or 16.4% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period last year. This increase was primarily related to average borrowings, consisting of short-term FHLB advances, increasing by $64.3 million to $546.4 million due to funding for loan growth, as well as a 21 basis point increase in the average cost of borrowings during the quarter as compared to the same quarter last year. This increase was partially offset by a $67.7 million decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits, primarily due to a $110.9 million decrease in average certificates of deposit to $408.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $519.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2016 due to our managed run off of higher rate certificates of deposit. The overall average cost of funds increased four basis points for the current quarter as compared to the same quarter last year due primarily to the impact of the December 2015 increase in the federal funds rate on our borrowings. The additional increase in the federal funds rate in December 2016 is expected to continue to increase our overall average cost of funds in future periods.

Net interest income increased $831,000 or 2.0% to $41.6 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $40.7 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015. Average interest-earning assets of $2.5 billion for the six months ended December 31, 2016 remained consistent with the corresponding period in fiscal 2016. The $139.4 million, or 8.0% increase in average balance of loan receivables was mainly funded by the cumulative decrease of $118.7 million, or 15.5% in average interest-earning deposits with banks, investment securities available for sale, and other interest-earning assets. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the six months ended December 31, 2016 increased three basis points to 3.38% from 3.35% for the same period last year. For the six months ended December 31, 2016 our leveraging strategy produced an additional $1.9 million in interest income at an average yield of 1.04%, while the average cost of the borrowings was .43%, resulting in approximately $1.1 million in net interest income. During the corresponding period in the prior year, our leveraging strategy produced an additional $1.4 million in interest income at an average yield of .67%, while the average cost of the borrowings was .22%, resulting in approximately $952,000 in net interest income. Excluding the effects of the leveraging strategy, the net interest margin would be 3.86% and 3.95% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Total interest income increased $1.3 million, or 2.9% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period last year. The increase was primarily driven by a $1.4 million, or 3.6% increase in loan interest income and a $301,000, or 17.9% increase in interest from certificates of deposit and other interest-bearing deposits that were partially offset by $495,000, or 22.1% decrease in interest from securities available for sale. The additional loan interest income was due to the increase in the average balance of loans receivable and $341,000 in additional interest income from the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans to $2.6 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016 from $2.3 million for the same period in 2015, as a result of early prepayments. Average loan yields decreased 21 basis points to 4.42% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 from 4.63% in the corresponding period in 2015. For the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the average loan yields included 20 and 18 basis points, respectively, from the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans.

Total interest expense increased $448,000, or 15.7% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period last year. This increase was primarily related to average borrowings increasing by $61.1 million to $540.1 million due to funding for loan growth, as well as a 21 basis point increase in the average cost of borrowings during the six-month period as compared to the same period last year. This increase was partially offset by a $72.7 million decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits, primarily due to a $117.5 million decrease in average certificates of deposit to $419.6 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $537.1 million for the same period in 2015. The overall average cost of funds increased four basis points due primarily to the impact of the increase in the federal funds rate on our borrowings.

Noninterest income increased $762,000, or 25.4%, to $3.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 from $3.0 million for the same period in the previous year, primarily as a result of a $347,000, or 58.8%, increase in mortgage banking income and fees from increases in brokered loan originations. Noninterest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased $464,000, or 2.3%, to $20.3 million compared to $19.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Salaries and employee benefits expenses increased $964,000, or 8.9% as a direct result of a $1.2 million increase in stock-based compensation expense primarily driven by the increase in the Company’s stock price since early November. As a result of management’s continued focus on reducing operating expenses and the consolidation of six branches during second quarter of fiscal 2016, there was a cumulative decrease of $599,000, or 16.4% in net occupancy expense; marketing and advertising; and telephone, postage, and supplies, which was partially offset by a $242,000, or 17.2% increase in computer services as a result of updating branch operations hardware and additional consulting services. In addition, deposit insurance premiums decreased $320,000, or 61.2% due to a decline in the rates charged by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) that occurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Real estate owned (“REO”)-related expenses increased $231,000 primarily as a result of $180,000 and $51,000 increase in net losses on the sale of REO properties and REO expenses, respectively. We continue to actively market our REO properties in an effort to minimize holding costs.

Noninterest income increased $1.5 million, or 23.1%, to $7.8 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016 from $6.4 million for the same period in the previous year, primarily as a result of a $596,000, or 45.2%, increase in mortgage banking income and fees and a $385,000 gain on the sale of a previously closed branch office building. Noninterest expense for the six months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $405,000, or 1.0%, to $39.3 million compared to $39.7 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015. Salaries and employee benefits expenses increased $798,000, or 3.7% as a result of previously mentioned increase in stock-based compensation expense, which were more than offset by the cumulative decrease of $984,000, or 9.6% in net occupancy expense; marketing and advertising; telephone, postage, and supplies; and computer services. As discussed above, the lower rates charged by the FDIC led to a $567,000, or 54.1% decrease in deposit insurance premiums for the six months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Merger-related expenses increased $334,000 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 over the same period in 2015 as a result of our recently closed acquisition of TriSummit Bancorp, Inc. (“TriSummit”). REO-related expenses increased $171,000 as a result of $331,000 increase in net losses on the sale of REO properties, which was partially offset by a $160,000 decrease in REO expenses from the decrease in the number of REO properties held.

The Company’s income tax expense increased $29,000 to $893,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 over the same quarter in prior year as a result of additional pretax income. The Company’s effective income tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was 23.04% compared to 26.08% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

For the six months ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s income tax expense was $3.3 million, an increase of $912,000, or 37.9% compared to $2.4 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015, which was driven by higher taxable income.  For the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company incurred a charge of $490,000 and $526,000, respectively, which related to the decrease in value of our deferred tax assets based on recent decreases in North Carolina’s corporate tax rate. The rate was reduced to 4.0% in August 2015 and to 3.0% in August 2016 once certain state revenue triggers were achieved. The Company’s effective income tax rate for the six months ended December 31, 2016 was 32.8% compared to 32.4% for the six months ended December 31, 2015.

 

Balance Sheet Review
At December 31, 2016, total assets were $2.8 billion compared to total assets of $2.7 billion at June 30, 2016. Total liabilities remained constant at $2.4 billion at both December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016. The increase in borrowings of $69.0 million, or 14.1% and the cumulative decrease of $88.3 million, or 13.7%, in cash and cash equivalents, commercial paper, certificates of deposit in other banks, and securities available for sale during the first six months in fiscal 2017 were utilized to fund higher yielding loans and reduce higher cost certificates of deposit as discussed below. During the six months ended December 31, 2016, net loans receivable increased $123.1 million to $1.9 billion at December 31, 2016, primarily driven by $93.6 million of organic growth and $29.1 million in purchased HELOCs, net of repayments. The $2.9 million increase in other investments at cost was a result of additional FHLB stock purchases as required to support additional FHLB borrowings.

Total deposits decreased $16.5 million, or 0.9%, during the six months ended December 31, 2016 to $1.8 billion at December 31, 2016. The decrease was primarily due to a managed run off of $44.9 million in higher cost certificates of deposit and brokered deposits offset by a net increase of $28.4 million in checking, savings, and money market accounts.

Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2016 increased $7.8 million, or 2.2% to $367.8 million from $360.0 million at June 30, 2016. The increase was primarily driven by $6.8 million in net income and $3.1 million representing stock-based compensation. These increases were partially offset by a $2.3 million decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income representing unrealized gains on securities available for sale, net of tax. As of December 31, 2016, HomeTrust Bank was considered “well capitalized” in accordance with its regulatory capital guidelines and exceeded all regulatory capital requirements with Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1 Risk-Based, Total Risk-Based, and Tier 1 Leverage capital ratios of 12.75%, 12.75%, 13.71%, and 10.38%, respectively. In addition, the Company exceeded all regulatory capital requirements as of that date.

 

Asset Quality
The allowance for loan losses was $21.0 million, or 1.07% of total loans, at December 31, 2016 compared to $21.3 million, or 1.16% of total loans, at June 30, 2016. The allowance for loan losses to total gross loans excluding acquired loans was 1.17% at December 31, 2016, compared to 1.32% at June 30, 2016.

There was no provision for losses on loans for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 or the comparative period in 2015 reflecting continued improvements in our asset quality, offset by loan growth. Net loan recoveries totaled $35,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to net charge-offs of $135,000 for the same period during the prior fiscal year. Net loan charge-offs decreased to $306,000 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 from $397,000 for the same period during the prior fiscal year. Net recoveries as a percentage of average loans increased slightly to (0.01)% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 from net charge-offs of 0.03% for the same period last fiscal year. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans decreased to 0.03% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 from 0.05% for the same period last fiscal year. Our overall asset quality metrics continue to demonstrate our commitment to growing and maintaining a high quality loan portfolio.

Nonperforming assets decreased $2.8 million to $21.7 million, or 0.78% of total assets, at December 31, 2016, compared to $24.5 million, or 0.90% of total assets, at June 30, 2016 and were $31.1 million, or 1.14% of total assets, a year ago. Nonperforming assets included $16.0 million in nonaccruing loans and $5.6 million in REO at December 31, 2016, compared to $18.5 million and $6.0 million, in nonaccruing loans and REO, respectively, at June 30, 2016. Included in nonperforming loans are $5.8 million of loans restructured from their original terms of which $3.7 million were current at December 31, 2016, with respect to their modified payment terms. At December 31, 2016, $6.9 million, or 43.2%, of nonaccruing loans were current on their required loan payments. Purchased impaired loans aggregating $6.2 million acquired from prior acquisitions are excluded from nonaccruing loans due to the accretion of discounts established in accordance with the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations.

The ratio of classified assets to total assets decreased to 1.97% at December 31, 2016 from 2.17% at June 30, 2016. Classified assets decreased 7.0% to $54.8 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $58.9 million at June 30, 2016 and were $71.7 million at December 30, 2015.

 

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.
HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had assets of $2.8 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a North Carolina state chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added relationship banking through 39 locations as well as online/mobile channels. Locations include: North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the “Piedmont” region, Charlotte, and a loan production office in Raleigh), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). In 2016, the Bank celebrated its 90th Anniversary and nine decades of commitment to our customers, employees and surrounding communities. The Bank is the 6th largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

On January 1, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of TriSummit Bancorp, Inc. with six locations in Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, VA (the “Tri-Cities” region) and also in Morristown and Jefferson City, TN. TriSummit had consolidated assets of $360.0 million, deposits of $277.3 million, and shareholders’ equity of $32.1 million at December 31, 2016.

 

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” or “may.” Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management’s current expectations and forecasts regarding future events many, of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, include expected cost savings, synergies and other financial benefits from our acquisition of TriSummit by HomeTrust (“merger”) might not be realized within the expected time frames or at all, and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters might be greater than expected; increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in HomeTrust’s latest annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission-which are available on our website at www.hometrustbanking.com  and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this press release or the documents we file with or furnish to the SEC are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors described above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2017 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect our operating and stock performance.

 

WEBSITE: WWW.HOMETRUSTBANCSHARES.COM

 

Contact:
Dana L. Stonestreet – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tony J. VunCannon – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer
828-259-3939