Investors Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Cash Dividend

Jan 28, 2016, 19:25 ET from Investors Bancorp, Inc.

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Investors Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISBC) ("Company"), the holding company for Investors Bank ("Bank"), reported net income of $44.4 million and $181.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to net income of $43.1 million and $131.7 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.14 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.12 for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.55 for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $0.38 for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 included one-time expense items related to tax adjustments.  Excluding these one-time items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 would have been $173.4 million, or $0.52 per diluted share.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 included one-time expense items related to the Company's second step capital offering, acquisitions and tax adjustments.  Excluding these one-time items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 would have been $148.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share. (1)

Kevin Cummings, President and CEO commented, "2015 was a successful year for Investors Bank as we completed our long awaited core conversion and achieved record earnings. We continue to enhance and grow our commercial lending and deposit capabilities and we see our hard work paying off."

Mr. Cummings added, "So far 2016 has been a challenge with a flattening yield curve and a more competitive lending environment. Despite these headwinds, we will continue to prudently manage our balance sheet and our capital levels with share repurchases and dividends.

The Company announced today that the Board of Directors increased its cash dividend 20% to $0.06 per share.  The dividend will be paid on February 25, 2016 to stockholders of record as of February 10, 2016.

The following represents performance highlights and significant events:

  • Total assets increased $2.12 billion, or 11.3% to $20.89 billion at December 31, 2015, from $18.77 billion at December 31, 2014.
  • Net loans increased $1.77 billion, or 11.9%, to $16.66 billion at December 31, 2015 from $14.89 billion at December 31, 2014. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we originated $2.08 billion in multi-family loans, $936.9 million in commercial real estate loans, $930.8 million in commercial and industrial loans, $646.5 million in residential loans, $247.8 million in consumer and other loans and $82.5 million in construction loans.  During the three months ended December 31, 2015, we sold a pool of non performing residential loans totaling $20.9 million which resulted in a $4.5 million charge off for the three months ended December 31, 2015.
  • Deposits increased by $1.89 billion, or 15.5% from $12.17 billion at December 31, 2014 to $14.06 billion at December 31, 2015.  Core deposit accounts (savings, checking and money market) represent approximately 76% of total deposits as of December 31, 2015.
  • Net interest margin for the three months ended and year to date December 31, 2015 was 3.05% and 3.12%, respectively.  This was a decrease of 9 basis points from the three months ended September 30, 2015.  Net interest margin  decreased 12 basis points compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014 and 15 basis points compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. 
  • For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company repurchased 31.6 million shares of its outstanding common stock for approximately $382.9 million.  As of December 31, 2015, the Company has 21.1 million shares authorized for repurchase under the current program. 

Comparison of Operating Results

Interest and Dividend Income

Total interest and dividend income increased by $17.0 million, or 10.0%, to $188.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $171.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  This increase is attributed to the average balance of interest-earning assets increasing $2.13 billion, or 12.1%, to $19.81 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $17.67 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014 primarily due to organic growth. This was partially offset by the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreasing 7 basis points to 3.80% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to 3.87% for the three months ended December 31, 2014. 

Interest income on loans increased by $14.1 million, or 9.1%, to $169.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $155.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 as a result of a $1.86 billion, or 12.9%, increase in the average balance of net loans to $16.31 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $14.45 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The increase is primarily attributed to the average balance of multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans and commercial and industrial loans increasing $1.18 billion, $840.2 million and $483.7 million, respectively, partially offset by the average balance of residential loans decreasing $721.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014, which is consistent with our strategy to grow the commercial loan portfolio.  The weighted average yield on net loans decreased 15 basis points to 4.16% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 4.31% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  Prepayment penalties, which are included in interest income, increased to $4.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest income on all other interest-earning assets, excluding loans, increased by $2.9 million, or 18.9%, to $18.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $15.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The increase is attributed to a $270.8 million, or 8.4%  increase in the average balance of all other interest-earning assets, excluding loans, to $3.49 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $3.22 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  In addition, the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets, excluding loans increased 19 basis points to 2.12% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to 1.93% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Total interest and dividend income increased by $70.9 million, or 10.7%, to $731.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $660.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  This increase is attributed to the average balance of interest-earning assets increasing $2.47 billion, or 14.9%, to $19.05 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $16.58 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014. This was partially offset by the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreasing 15 basis points to 3.84% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to 3.99% for the year ended December 31, 2014. 

Interest income on loans increased by $60.0 million, or 9.9%, to $663.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $603.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, reflecting a $1.94 billion, or 14.1%, increase in the average balance of net loans to $15.72 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $13.78 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The increase is primarily attributed to the average balance of multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans and commercial and industrial loans increasing $1.20 billion, $732.5 million and $427.1 million, respectively, partially offset by the average balance of residential loans decreasing $424.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.  The weighted average yield on net loans decreased 16 basis points to 4.22% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 4.38% for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The decrease in the weighted average yield on net loans reflects lower rates on new and refinanced loans due to the current interest rate environment.  Prepayment penalties, which are included in interest income, increased to $21.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $16.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  

Interest income on all other interest-earning assets, excluding loans, increased by $10.9 million, or 18.9%, to $68.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $57.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The average balance of all other interest-earning assets, excluding loans, increased by $528.1 million to $3.33 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $2.81 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets, excluding loans, was 2.05% for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

Interest Expense

Total interest expense increased by $6.4 million, or 20.7%, to $37.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $30.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. This increase is due to the average balance of total interest-bearing liabilities increasing by $1.97 billion, or 14.8%, to $15.33 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $13.36 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  In addition, the weighted average cost of total interest-bearing liabilities increased 4 basis points to 0.97% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to 0.93% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest expense on interest-bearing deposits increased $4.3 million, or 27.2% to $20.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $16.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  This increase is attributed to the average balance of total interest-bearing deposits increasing $1.30 billion, or 12.0% to $12.13 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $10.83 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  In addition, the weighted average cost of interest-bearing deposits increased  by 8 basis points to 0.67% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 0.59% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest expense on borrowed funds increased by $2.1 million, or 13.8%, to $17.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015  from $15.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.   The average balance of borrowed funds increased $670.7 million, or 26.5%, to $3.20 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $2.53 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  This increase was offset by a decrease in the weighted average cost of borrowings to 2.12% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 2.36% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Total interest expense increased by $17.7 million, or 14.9%, to $136.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $118.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  This increase is attributed to the average balance of total interest-bearing liabilities increasing by $1.67 billion, or 12.8%, to $14.67 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $13.00 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014.  In addition, the weighted average cost of total interest-bearing liabilities increased 2 basis points to  0.93% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 0.91% at December 31, 2014.

Interest expense on interest-bearing deposits increased $12.2 million, or 20.6%, to $71.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $59.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  This increase is attributed to the average balance of total interest-bearing deposits increasing $1.25 billion, or 12.2% to $11.51 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $10.26 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014.   In addition, the average cost of interest-bearing deposits increased 4 basis points to 0.62% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 0.58% for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Interest expense on borrowed funds increased by $5.5 million, or 9.3%, to $65.2 million for the the year ended December 31, 2015  from $59.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.   The average balance of borrowed funds increased $415.7 million or 15.2%, to $3.16 billion for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $2.74 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014.  This was partially offset by the weighted average cost of borrowings decreasing 11 basis points to 2.07% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 2.18% for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income increased by $10.6 million, or 7.6%, to $150.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $140.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  The increase was primarily due to the average balance of interest earning assets increasing $2.13 billion to $19.81 billion at December 31, 2015 compared to $17.67 billion at December 31, 2014. This was partially offset by the average balance of our interest bearing liabilities increasing $1.97 billion to $15.33 billion at December 31, 2015 compared to $13.36 billion at December 31, 2014.  In addition, the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 7 basis points to 3.80% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 3.87% for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  The weighted average cost of our interest bearing liabilities increased 4 basis points to 0.97% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 0.93% at December 31, 2014.  The net interest spread decreased by 11 basis points to 2.83% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from 2.94% for the three months ended December 31, 2014 as the weighted average yield on interest earning assets declined 7 basis points and the weighted average cost of interest bearing liabilities increased 4 basis points.  

Net interest income increased by $53.1 million, or 9.8%, to $595.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $542.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The increase was primarily due to the average balance of interest earning assets increasing $2.47 billion to $19.05 billion at December 31, 2015 compared to $16.58 billion at December 31, 2014.  This was partially offset by the average balance of our interest bearing liabilities increasing $1.67 billion to $14.67 billion at December 31, 2015 compared to $13.00 billion at December 31, 2014, as well as the weighted average yield on our interest-earning assets decreasing 15 basis points to 3.84% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 3.99% for the year ended December 31, 2014. The net interest spread decreased by 17 basis points to 2.91% for the year ended December 31, 2015 from 3.08% for the year ended December 31, 2014 as the weighted average yield on interest earning assets declined 15 basis points and cost of interest bearing liabilities increased 2 basis points.  

Non-Interest Income

Total non-interest income decreased by $1.2 million, or 11.9% to $8.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $9.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  For the three months ended December 31, 2015, gain on securities transactions, gain on loans, net and other income decreased $858,000, $168,000 and $596,000, respectively.  These decreases were offset by an increase in gains on other real estate owned of $414,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015.

Total non-interest income decreased by $1.7 million, or 4.1% to $40.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $41.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  The reduction is mainly attributed to  decreases in  fees and service charges and other income of $2.3 million and $1.6 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Included in other income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was a bargain purchase gain of $1.5 million, net of tax, relating to the acquisition of Gateway Community Financial Corp, the federally-chartered holding company for GCF Bank ("Gateway"), which was completed in January 2014.  These decreases were partially offset by an increase of $2.5 million in gain on loan sales for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Non-Interest Expenses

Total non-interest expenses increased by $11.7 million, or 15.9%, to $85.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $73.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  Compensation and fringe benefits increased $9.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015.  This increase is primarily related to equity incentive expense of $4.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015.   On June 23, 2015, the Compensation Committee approved restricted stock and stock option grants to employees, officers and directors of the Company, pursuant to the Investors Bancorp, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan.  In addition, for the three months ended December 31, 2015, there was a $1.3 million expense related to a payout under an employment agreement with a former executive.  The remaining increase to compensation and fringe benefits relate to staff additions to support our continued growth, normal merit increases and increasing costs associated with employee benefits.  Office occupancy and equipment expense and professional fees increased $822,000 and $1.5 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2015. These increases were offset by a decrease in  FDIC insurance premium of $590,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 due to the continued improvement in asset quality and additional capital raised in the second step offering in May 2014. 

Total non-interest expenses decreased by $11.5 million, or 3.4%, to $328.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 from $339.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.   Included in the  year ended December 31, 2014 is a contribution of $20.0 million to the Investors Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the second step capital offering in 2014.  In addition, FDIC insurance premium decreased $5.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 due to the continued improvement in asset quality and additional capital raised in the second step offering.  Data processing service fees decreased $3.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 to $22.4 million. Compensation and fringe benefits increased $14.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, which included $9.2 million related to the 2015 Equity Incentive Plan.  For the 2014 period, compensation expense included a charge of $13.0 million related to the accelerated vesting of all stock option and restricted stock awards upon the completion of the second step capital offering in May 2014.  In addition, for the year ended December 31, 2015, there was a $1.3 million expense related to a payout under an employment agreement with a former executive.  Absent the accelerated vesting in 2014, the payout of an employment agreement and the $9.2 million in equity incentive expense for 2015, compensation and fringe benefits increased $16.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. This increase was related to staff additions to support our continued growth, normal merit increases and increasing costs associated with employee benefits. 

Income Taxes

Income tax expense was $24.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015, representing a 35.5% effective tax rate compared to income tax expense of $21.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 representing a 33.3% effective tax rate.

Income tax expense was $99.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, representing a 35.4% effective tax rate compared to income tax expense of $74.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 representing a 36.2% effective tax rate.

In April 2015, New York City changed their tax law to conform with that of New York State.  As a result, the Company analyzed the impact of this change relative to its deferred tax positions.  Based on that analysis, the Company revalued the deferred tax asset as of December 31, 2014, resulting in a tax benefit of $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.  This change will result in the Company's effective tax rate increasing in future periods.  In addition, for the year ended December 31, 2015 income taxes include a net operating loss carryforward related to a prior acquisition of $4.1 million.

Provision for Loan Losses

Our provision for loan losses was $5.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $11.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. For the three months ended December 31, 2015, net charge-offs were $5.0 million compared to $2.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  For the three months ended December 31, 2015, we sold a pool of non performing residential loans totaling $20.9 million which resulted in a $4.5 million charge off for the three months ended December 31, 2015.  For the year ended December 31, 2015, our provision for loan losses was $26.0 million compared to $37.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, net charge-offs were $7.8 million compared to $11.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Our provision for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015 is primarily a result of continued organic growth in the loan portfolio, specifically the multi-family, commercial real estate and commercial and industrial portfolios; the inherent credit risk in our overall portfolio, particularly the credit risk associated with commercial real estate lending and commercial and industrial lending; and the level of non-performing loans.

Our accruing past due loans and non-accrual loans discussed below exclude certain purchased credit impaired (PCI) loans, primarily consisting of loans recorded in the Company's acquisitions. Under U.S. GAAP, the PCI loans (acquired at a discount that is due, in part, to credit quality) are not subject to delinquency classification in the same manner as loans originated by the Bank.  The following table sets forth non-accrual loans and accruing past due loans (excluding PCI loans and loans held for sale) on the dates indicated as well as certain asset quality ratios.

 




December 31, 2015


September 30, 2015


June 30, 2015


March 31, 2015


December 31, 2014


# of loans


amount


# of loans


amount


# of loans


amount


# of loans


amount


# of loans


amount


(Dollars in millions)

Accruing past due loans:




















30 to 59 days past due:




















Residential and consumer

168



$

28.6



135



$

23.5



105



$

21.5



128



$

24.4



127



$

23.4


Construction




















Multi-family

5



13.7



9



11.2







14



34.3



1



0.7


Commercial real estate

6



1.3



13



7.3



5



1.4



19



39.4



11



6.6


Commercial and industrial

3



0.6



9



2.9



3



2.2



8



6.2



4



0.8


Total 30 to 59 days past due

182



$

44.2



166



$

44.9



113



$

25.1



169



$

104.3



143



$

31.5


60 to 89 days past due:




















Residential and consumer

86



14.2



57



14.6



60



12.2



49



8.4



53



8.7


Construction




















Multi-family













2



12.1



1



0.2


Commercial real estate

3



0.4



1



0.3



3



0.7



5



1.9



4



0.8


Commercial and industrial

2





3



0.9







4



5.7



2



0.4


Total 60 to 89 days past due

91



14.6



61



15.8



63



12.9



60



28.1



60



10.1


Total accruing past due loans

273



$

58.8



227



$

60.7



176



$

38.0



229



$

132.4



203



$

41.6


Non-accrual:




















Residential and consumer

500



91.1



506



99.8



422



86.6



423



88.0



406



84.2


Construction

4



0.8



5



1.0



3



0.9



7



4.3



7



4.4


Multi-family

4



3.5



4



3.0



6



4.1



5



3.9



2



3.0


Commercial real estate

37



10.8



40



13.8



36



12.9



35



11.6



36



13.9


Commercial and industrial

17



9.2



9



6.5



7



2.2



8



2.3



11



2.9


Total non-accrual loans

562



$

115.4



564



$

124.1



474



$

106.7



478



$

110.1



462



$

108.4


Accruing troubled debt restructured loans

39



$

22.5



38



$

25.2



48



$

29.6



50



$

31.5



55



$

35.6


Non-accrual loans to total loans



0.68

%




0.76

%




0.68

%




0.70

%




0.72

%

Allowance for loan loss as a percent of non-accrual loans



189.30

%




175.97

%




200.51

%




189.02

%




184.83

%

Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans



1.29

%




1.33

%




1.36

%




1.33

%




1.33

%

 

Total non-accrual loans increased to $115.4 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $108.4 million at December 31, 2014.  We continue to diligently resolve our troubled loans, however it takes a long period of time to resolve residential credits in our lending area.  At December 31, 2015, our allowance for loan loss as a percent of total loans is 1.29%.  At December 31, 2015, there were $47.4 million of loans deemed as troubled debt restructurings, of which $22.9 million were residential and consumer loans, $19.0 million were commercial real estate loans, $0.7 million were construction loans, $1.6 million were multi-family loans and $3.2 million were commercial and industrial loans.  Troubled debt restructured loans in the amount of $22.5 million were classified as accruing and $24.9 million were classified as non-accrual at December 31, 2015.

The allowance for loan losses increased by $18.2 million to $218.5 million at December 31, 2015 from $200.3 million at December 31, 2014.  The increase in our allowance for loan losses is due to the growth of the loan portfolio and the credit risk in our overall portfolio, particularly the inherent credit risk associated with commercial real estate lending as well as commercial and industrial loans. Future increases in the allowance for loan losses may be necessary based on the growth and composition of the loan portfolio, the level of loan delinquency and the economic conditions in our lending area.

Balance Sheet Summary

Total assets increased by $2.12 billion, or 11.3%, to $20.89 billion at December 31, 2015 from $18.77 billion at December 31, 2014.  Net loans increased $1.77 billion to $16.66 billion at December 31, 2015, and securities increased by $386.5 million, or 14.0%, to $3.15 billion at December 31, 2015 from $2.76 billion at December 31, 2014. 

Net loans increased by $1.77 billion, or 11.9%, to $16.66 billion at December 31, 2015 from $14.89 billion at December 31, 2014.  At December 31, 2015, total loans were $16.89 billion which included $6.26 billion in multi-family loans, $5.04 billion in residential loans, $3.83 billion in commercial real estate loans, $1.04 billion in commercial and industrial loans, $496.6 million in consumer and other loans and $225.8 million in construction loans.  During the year ended December 31, 2015, we originated $2.08 billion in multi-family loans, $936.9 million in commercial real estate loans, $930.8 million in commercial and industrial loans, $646.5 million in residential loans, $247.8 million in consumer and other loans and $82.5 million in construction loans.  This increase in loans reflects our continued focus on generating multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans and commercial and industrial loans, which was partially offset by pay downs and payoffs of loans.  Our loans are primarily on properties and businesses located in New Jersey and New York.

In addition to the loans originated for our portfolio, our mortgage subsidiary, Investors Home Mortgage Co., originated $238.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 in residential mortgage loans that were sold to third party investors.

Securities, in the aggregate, increased by $386.5 million, or 14.0%, to $3.15 billion at December 31, 2015 from $2.76 billion at December 31, 2014.  This increase was a result of purchases partially offset by paydowns. 

Deposits increased by $1.89 billion, or 15.5%, from $12.17 billion at December 31, 2014 to $14.06 billion at December 31, 2015.  Certificates of deposit increased  $846.0 million to $3.42 billion at December 31, 2015 from $2.57 billion at December 31, 2014.  Core deposits represent approximately 76% of our total deposit portfolio at December 31, 2015.

Borrowed funds increased by $497.0 million, or 18.0%, to $3.26 billion at December 31, 2015 from $2.77 billion at  December 31, 2014 to help fund the continued growth of the loan portfolio. 

Stockholders' equity decreased by $266.2 million to $3.31 billion at December 31, 2015 from $3.58 billion at December 31, 2014.  The decrease is primarily attributed to the repurchase of 31.6 million shares of common stock for $382.9 million as well as cash dividends of $0.25 per share totaling $87.4 million for the  year ended December 31, 2015.  These decreases are offset by net income of $181.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.

About the Company

Investors Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Investors Bank, which as of December 31, 2015 operates from its corporate headquarters in Short Hills, New Jersey and 140 branches located throughout New Jersey and New York.

Earnings Conference Call January 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)

The Company, as previously announced, will host an earnings conference call on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The toll-free dial-in number is: (866) 218-2404.  Callers who pre-register will bypass the live operator and may avoid any delays in joining the conference call. Participants will immediately receive an online confirmation, an email and a calendar invitation for the event.

Conference Call Pre-registration link: http://dpregister.com/10078554

A telephone replay will be available beginning on January 29, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. (ET) through 9:00 a.m. (ET) on April 29, 2016.  The replay number is (877) 344-7529 password 10078554.  The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast on the Company's website www.myinvestorsbank.com and archived for one year.

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," "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, as described in the " Risk Factors" disclosures included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented in quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, including, but not limited to, those related to the real estate and 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 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.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company wishes to advise 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 undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions, which may be made to any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

(1) Please refer to the Non GAAP Reconciliation for details pertaining to adjustments.

 


 

INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014










December 31, 2015


December 31, 2014


(unaudited)



Assets

(In thousands)





Cash and cash equivalents

$

148,904



230,961


Securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value

1,304,697



1,197,924


Securities held-to-maturity, net (estimated fair value of $1,888,686 and $1,609,365 at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)

1,844,223



1,564,479


Loans receivable, net

16,661,133



14,887,570


Loans held-for-sale

7,431



6,868


Federal Home Loan Bank stock

178,437



151,287


Accrued interest receivable

58,563



55,267


Other real estate owned

6,283



7,839


Office properties and equipment, net

172,519



160,899


Net deferred tax asset

237,367



231,898


Bank owned life insurance

159,152



161,609


Goodwill and intangible assets

105,311



106,705


Other assets

4,664



10,333


Total assets

$

20,888,684



18,773,639


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Liabilities:




Deposits

$

14,063,656



12,172,326


Borrowed funds

3,263,090



2,766,104


Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance

108,721



69,893


Other liabilities

141,570



187,461


Total liabilities

17,577,037



15,195,784


Stockholders' equity:






Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 authorized shares;  none issued




Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized; 359,070,852 issued at December 31, 2015 and 2014;  334,894,181 and 358,012,895 outstanding at December 31, 2015 and 2014

3,591



3,591


Additional paid-in capital

2,785,503



2,864,406


Retained earnings

936,040



836,639


Treasury stock, at cost; 24,176,671 shares at December 31, 2015; 1,057,957 shares at December 31, 2014

(295,412)



(11,131)


Unallocated common stock held by the employee stock
ownership plan

(90,250)



(93,246)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(27,825)



(22,404)


Total stockholders' equity

3,311,647



3,577,855


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

20,888,684



18,773,639


 

 


INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income

(unaudited)







For the Three Months


For the Years Ended







Ended December 31,


December 31,







2015


2014


2015


2014







(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Interest and dividend income:









Loans receivable and loans held-for-sale

$

169,641



155,539



663,424



603,438



Securities:










Government-sponsored enterprise obligations

11



11



45



46




Mortgage-backed securities

14,722



12,375



55,096



44,183




Equity

50



26



123



115




Municipal bonds and other debt

1,778



1,525



5,929



5,667



Interest-bearing deposits

101



173



225



552



Federal Home Loan Bank stock

1,835



1,441



6,881



6,861





Total interest and dividend income

188,138



171,090



731,723



660,862


Interest expense:









Deposits


20,302



15,961



71,414



59,206



Borrowed funds

17,020



14,958



65,225



59,685





Total interest expense

37,322



30,919



136,639



118,891





Net interest income

150,816



140,171



595,084



541,971


Provision for loan losses

5,000



11,500



26,000



37,500





Net interest income after provision for loan losses

145,816



128,671



569,084



504,471


Non-interest income









Fees and service charges

4,170



4,069



17,119



19,399



Income on bank owned life insurance

987



1,054



3,948



4,652



Gain on loans, net

1,325



1,493



7,786



5,257



Gain on securities transactions

19



877



1,036



1,546



Gain on sales of other real estate owned, net

490



76



1,631



809



Other income

1,709



2,305



8,605



10,198





Total non-interest income

8,700



9,874



40,125



41,861


Non-interest expense









Compensation and fringe benefits

48,620



38,902



186,320



172,068



Advertising and promotional expense

2,456



3,237



10,988



12,238



Office occupancy and equipment expense

13,467



12,645



50,865



49,668



Federal insurance premiums

2,250



2,840



9,050



14,390



Stationery, printing, supplies and telephone

993



903



4,372



4,238



Professional fees

4,511



2,987



16,104



14,672



Data processing service fees

5,591



5,647



22,366



25,333



Contribution to charitable foundation







20,000



Other operating expenses

7,778



6,761



28,267



27,253





Total non-interest expenses

85,666



73,922



328,332



339,860





Income before income tax expense

68,850



64,623



280,877



206,472


Income tax expense

24,448



21,547



99,372



74,751





Net income

$

44,402



43,076



181,505



131,721


Basic earnings per share

$0.14



$0.13



$0.55



$0.38


Diluted earnings per share

$0.14



$0.12



$0.55



$0.38


Weighted average shares outstanding:













Basic



317,826,651



344,075,778



329,763,527



344,389,259



Diluted



321,234,483



347,226,527



332,933,448



347,731,571


 

 


INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information















For Three Months Ended




December 31, 2015


December 31, 2014




Average Outstanding Balance

Interest Earned/Paid

Weighted Average Yield/Rate


Average Outstanding Balance

Interest Earned/Paid

Weighted Average Yield/Rate




(Dollars in thousands)

Interest-earning assets:









Interest-earning cash accounts

$

219,187


101


0.18

%


$

433,152


173


0.16

%


Securities available-for-sale

1,274,141


5,971


1.87

%


1,096,120


4,910


1.79

%


Securities held-to-maturity

1,824,935


10,590


2.32

%


1,553,254


9,027


2.32

%


Net loans

16,311,324


169,641


4.16

%


14,448,895


155,539


4.31

%


Federal Home Loan Bank stock

175,849


1,835


4.17

%


140,820


1,441


4.09

%



Total interest-earning assets

19,805,436


188,138


3.80

%


17,672,241


171,090


3.87

%

Non-interest earning assets

774,784





734,029






Total assets

$

20,580,220





$

18,406,270














Interest-bearing liabilities:









Savings

$

2,116,231


1,950


0.37

%


$

2,264,068


1,640


0.29

%


Interest-bearing checking

2,858,600


2,532


0.35

%


2,726,750


2,481


0.36

%


Money market accounts

3,741,248


6,024


0.64

%


2,968,697


4,977


0.67

%


Certificates of deposit

3,412,178


9,796


1.15

%


2,868,954


6,863


0.96

%


 Total interest bearing deposits

12,128,257


20,302


0.67

%


10,828,469


15,961


0.59

%


Borrowed funds

3,203,911


17,020


2.12

%


2,533,248


14,958


2.36

%



Total interest-bearing liabilities

15,332,168


37,322


0.97

%


13,361,717


30,919


0.93

%

Non-interest bearing liabilities

1,898,586





1,478,817






Total liabilities

17,230,754





14,840,534




Stockholders' equity

3,349,466





3,565,736






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

20,580,220





$

18,406,270














Net interest income


$

150,816





$

140,171













Net interest rate spread



2.83

%




2.94

%











Net interest earning assets

$

4,473,268





$

4,310,524














Net interest margin



3.05

%




3.17

%











Ratio of interest-earning assets to total interest-bearing liabilities

1.29


X





1.32


X
























 

 


INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information















For the Years Ended




December 31, 2015


December 31, 2014




Average Outstanding Balance

Interest Earned/Paid

Weighted Average Yield/Rate


Average Outstanding Balance

Interest Earned/Paid

Weighted Average Yield/Rate




(Dollars in thousands)

Interest-earning assets:









Interest-earning cash accounts

$

207,331


225


0.11

%


$

371,636


552


0.15

%


Securities available-for-sale

1,245,745


22,646


1.82

%


965,969


18,164


1.88

%


Securities held-to-maturity

1,708,176


38,547


2.26

%


1,315,604


31,847


2.42

%


Net loans

15,716,010


663,424


4.22

%


13,776,250


603,438


4.38

%


Federal Home Loan Bank stock

172,367


6,881


3.99

%


152,330


6,861


4.50

%



Total interest-earning assets

19,049,629


731,723


3.84

%


16,581,789


660,862


3.99

%

Non-interest earning assets

770,262





732,469






Total assets

$

19,819,891





$

17,314,258














Interest-bearing liabilities:









Savings

$

2,235,703


6,976


0.31

%


$

2,241,747


6,638


0.30

%


Interest-bearing checking

2,735,513


9,642


0.35

%


2,478,047


8,755


0.35

%


Money market accounts

3,564,311


23,562


0.66

%


2,355,982


13,664


0.58

%


Certificates of deposit

2,972,611


31,234


1.05

%


3,180,032


30,149


0.95

%


 Total interest bearing deposits

11,508,138


71,414


0.62

%


10,255,808


59,206


0.58

%


Borrowed funds

3,157,311


65,225


2.07

%


2,741,609


59,685


2.18

%



Total interest-bearing liabilities

14,665,449


136,639


0.93

%


12,997,417


118,891


0.91

%

Non-interest bearing liabilities

1,702,945





1,518,331






Total liabilities

16,368,394





14,515,748




Stockholders' equity

3,451,497





2,798,510






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

19,819,891





$

17,314,258














Net interest income


$

595,084





$

541,971













Net interest rate spread



2.91

%




3.08

%











Net interest earning assets

$

4,384,180





$

3,584,372














Net interest margin



3.12

%




3.27

%











Ratio of interest-earning assets to total interest-bearing liabilities

1.30


X





1.28


X
























 

 


INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Selected Performance Ratios






For the Three Months Ended


December 31,


2015


2014





Return on average assets

0.86

%


0.94

%

Return on average equity

5.30

%


4.83

%

Return on average tangible equity

5.48

%


4.98

%

Interest rate spread

2.83

%


2.94

%

Net interest margin

3.05

%


3.17

%

Efficiency ratio

53.70

%


49.27

%

Efficiency ratio, adjusted (1)

52.89

%


49.27

%

Non-interest expense to average total assets

1.67

%


1.61

%

Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities

1.29



1.32







For the Year Ended


December 31,


2015


2014





Return on average assets

0.92

%


0.76

%

Return on average equity

5.26

%


4.71

%

Return on average tangible equity

5.43

%


4.90

%

Interest rate spread

2.91

%


3.08

%

Net interest margin

3.12

%


3.27

%

Efficiency ratio

51.69

%


58.21

%

Efficiency ratio, adjusted (1)

51.48

%


52.45

%

Non-interest expense to average total assets

1.66

%


1.96

%

Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities

1.30



1.28







INVESTORS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data






December 31, 2015


December 31, 2014





Asset Quality Ratios:




Non-performing assets as a percent of total assets

0.69

%


0.81

%

Non-performing loans as a percent of total loans

0.82

%


0.95

%

Allowance for loan losses as a percent of non-accrual loans

189.30

%


184.83

%

Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans

1.29

%


1.33

%





Capital Ratios:




Tier 1 Leverage Ratio (2)

12.41

%


12.79

%

Common equity tier 1 risk-based (2)

15.87

%


n/a

Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital (2)

15.87

%


17.01

%

Total Risk-Based Capital (2)

17.12

%


18.26

%

Equity to total assets (period end)

15.85

%


19.06

%

Average equity to average assets

17.41

%


16.16

%

Tangible capital (to tangible assets)

15.43

%


18.60

%

Book value per common share (1)

$

10.30



$

10.39


Tangible book value per common share (1)

$

9.97



$

10.08






Other Data:




Number of full service offices

140



132


Full time equivalent employees

1,734



1,682






(1) See Non GAAP Reconciliation.

(2) Ratios are for Investors Bank and do not include capital retained at the holding company level.  Common equity tier 1 capital was not a reporting requirement until 2015 due to Basel III.

 

 


Investors Bancorp, Inc.

Non GAAP Reconciliation

(dollars in thousands, except share data)





Book Value and Tangible Book Value per Share Computation




At the period ended


December 31, 2015


December 31, 2014





Total stockholders' equity

3,311,647



3,577,855


Goodwill and intangible assets

105,311



106,705


Tangible stockholders' equity

3,206,336



3,471,150






Book Value per Share Computation



Common stock issued

359,070,852



359,070,852


Treasury shares

(24,176,671)



(1,057,957)


Shares Outstanding

334,894,181



358,012,895


Unallocated ESOP shares

(13,263,545)



(13,737,243)


Book value shares

321,630,636



344,275,652






Book Value Per Share

$

10.30



$          10.39






Tangible Book Value per Share

$

9.97



$          10.08






 

 

Investors Bancorp, Inc.

Non GAAP Reconciliation

(dollars in thousands, except share data)








 Net Income, Basic and Diluted EPS, as adjusted








For the three months ended
December 31,


For the Year Ended  
December 31,


2015


2014


2015


2014









Net Income

$

44,402



$

43,076



$

181,505



$

131,721










Compensation and fringe benefits (1)

1,298





1,298



13,013


Contribution to charitable foundation  (2)







20,000


Restructure expenses (3)







1,384


Total one time item

1,298





1,298



34,397










One time items, net tax

837





839



21,944










Net bargain purchase gain, net of tax (4)







(1,482)


Tax adjustments (5)

(1,601)



(2,951)



(8,940)



(3,584)










Adjusted Net Income

43,638



40,125



173,404



148,599


Effective tax rate

35.51

%


33.34

%


35.38

%


36.20

%

Tax adjustments

2.33

%


4.57

%


3.18

%


1.74

%

 Adjusted Effective tax rate

37.84

%


37.91

%


38.56

%


37.94

%









Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

0.14



$

0.12



$

0.53



$

0.43


Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.14



$

0.12



0.52



$

0.43










Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

317,826,651



344,075,778



329,763,527



344,389,259


Diluted

321,234,483



347,226,527



332,933,448



347,731,571










Efficiency Ratio, as adjusted









For the three months ended
December 31,


For the Year Ended  
December 31,


2015


2014


2015


2014

 Total non-interest expense

$

85,666



$

73,922



$

328,332



$

339,860


 Net interest income

150,816



140,171



595,084



541,971


 Total non-interest income

8,700



9,874



40,125



41,861










 Efficiency Ratio

53.70

%


49.27

%


51.69

%


58.21

%









Compensation and fringe benefits (1)

1,298





1,298



13,013


Contribution to charitable foundation  (2)







20,000


Restructure expenses (3)







1,384


Adjusted Non-Interest Expense

$

84,368



$

73,922



$

327,034



$

305,463


















Net bargain purchase gain, net of tax (4)







(1,482)


Adjusted Non-Interest Income

$

8,700



$

9,874



$

40,125



$

40,379










 Adjusted Efficiency Ratio

52.89

%


49.27

%


51.48

%


52.45

%









(1) Compensation expense includes a one time item related to a payout under an employment agreement with a former executive for the 2015 period.  For the 2014 periods, compensation expense includes a one time item related to the accelerated vesting of all stock option and restricted stock plans upon the completion of the second step capital transaction on May 7, 2014.

(2)  Represents the Company's contribution of $20 million to the Investors Charitable Foundation upon the completion of its second step capital transaction, comprised of 1,000,000 shares of common stock and $10 million in cash.

(3)  Represents restructure charges included in non interest expenses related to the acquisition of Roma Financial in December 2013 and Gateway in January 2014

(4)  Included in other income for the year ended December 31, 2014 is a bargain purchase gain of $1.5 million, net of tax, relating to the acquisition of Gateway, which was completed in January 2014.

(5) For the 2015 periods, represents a tax benefit realized from revaluing the Company's deferred tax asset related to changes in New York City tax law and a net operating loss carryforward related to a prior acquisition.  For the 2014 periods, represents tax benefit realized from revaluing the Company's deferred tax asset related to the increase in New York tax rate related to the change in the New York state tax law enacted in 2014.

 

Contact: Marianne Wade
(973) 924-5100
investorrelations@myinvestorsbank.com

 

SOURCE Investors Bancorp, Inc.



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