MutualFirst Financial Announces Record Earnings in 2015

03 Feb, 2016, 09:59 ET from MutualFirst Financial, Inc.

MUNCIE, Ind., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF), the holding company of MutualBank (the "Bank"), announced today net income available to common shareholders for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 decreased to $3.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted common share.  This compared to net income available to common shareholders for the same period in 2014 of $3.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted common share. Annualized return on average assets was 0.91% and return on average tangible common equity was 10.02% for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 1.03% and 12.06%, respectively, for the same period of last year. 

Net income available to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased to $12.3 million, or $1.62 per diluted common share compared to net income available to common shareholders of $11.0 million, or $1.49 per diluted common share for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Annualized return on average assets was 0.85% and return on average tangible common equity was 9.49% for the year ended 2015 compared to 0.79% and 9.42%, respectively, for the year ended 2014.

Other financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 included:

  • Commercial loans increased $28.8 million, or 33.2% on an annualized basis during the fourth quarter of 2015 and increased $56.1 million, or 17.6% in 2015. Non-real estate consumer loans increased $1.5 million, or 4.1% on an annualized basis during the fourth quarter of 2015 and increased $30.6 million, or 26.7% in 2015.
  • Asset quality improved during 2015 as non-performing loans to total loans were 0.66% as of December 31, 2015 compared to 0.73% as of December 31, 2014 and non-performing assets to total assets were 0.65% as of December 31, 2015 compared to 0.75% as of December 31, 2014.
  • Deposits increased $12.1 million in 2015 as core deposits increased to 68% of total deposits as of December 31, 2015 compared to 63% of total deposits as of December 31, 2014.
  • Tangible common equity to total tangible assets is 9.10% and tangible book value per common share is $18.10 as of December 31, 2015 compared to tangible common equity to total tangible assets of 8.72% and tangible book value per common share of $17.12 as of December 31, 2014.
  • Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2015 increased by $461,000 compared to the same period in 2014 and increased by $718,000 for all of 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Net interest margin was 3.26% for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 3.23% in the same period of 2014. For all of 2015, net interest margin was 3.22% compared to 3.26% in 2014.
  • Provision for loan losses was $725,000 less in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Non-interest income increased $2.3 million, or 15% in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Non-interest expense increased $1.8 million, or 4% in 2015 compared to 2014 primarily due to the acquisition of Summit Mortgage in 2014.
  • In October 2015, MutualBank opened a branch location in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the second largest city in the State of Indiana.

"2015 was a year that earnings momentum continued and was aided by robust loan growth," said David W. Heeter, President and CEO.  "We believe we are continuing to generate momentum that will increase and enhance shareholder value over the next few years."

In the first quarter of 2015, the Bank elected to adopt an accounting change to better align the recognition of low-income housing tax credits and the corresponding amortization of the low-income housing investments from the equity method of accounting to a proportional method of amortization.  This change has been made retrospectively and all comparisons in this release are as if this change was made at the beginning of 2014.

Balance Sheet

Assets increased $54.9 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to December 31, 2014, primarily due to the increase in gross loans of $64.2 million.  The increase in the gross loan portfolio was primarily due to growth in commercial loans of $56.1 million, or 17.6% and in non-real estate consumer loans of $30.6 million, or 26.7%.  These increases were partially offset by a decline in the residential loan portfolio of $22.5 million.  The commercial and consumer loan portfolios have increased to 54.6% of the total loan portfolio compared to 49.4% as of December 31, 2014.  Heeter continued, "A part of our strategic plan is to change the mix of our loan portfolio.  The loan growth in 2015 has moved us toward our desired earning asset mix." Mortgage loans held for sale decreased by $149,000 during 2015.  Mortgage loans sold during 2015 totaled $145 million compared to $65 million for 2014 as mortgage production increased in 2015 compared to 2014 due to declines in mortgage rates, increased purchase activity and the acquisition of Summit Mortgage in the third quarter of 2014. 

Deposits increased by $12.1 million in 2015.  The increase in deposits has been primarily in core deposits, which increased $62.9 million in 2015 offset by a decline of $50.6 million in certificates of deposit. Core deposits increased to 68% of the Bank's total deposits as of December 31, 2015 compared to 63% as of December 31, 2014.

Allowance for loan losses was $12.6 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to $13.2 million as of December 31, 2014.  Net charge-offs in 2015 were $652,000, or 0.06% of total average loans, compared to $1.1 million, or 0.11% of total average loans in 2014. The allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans as of December 31, 2015 was 176.3% compared to 177.0% as of December 31, 2014.  The allowance for loan losses to total loans as of December 31, 2015 was 1.17% compared to 1.30% as of December 31, 2014.  Non-performing loans to total loans as of December 31, 2015 were 0.66% compared to 0.73% as of December 31, 2014.  Non-performing assets to total assets were 0.65% as of December 31, 2015 compared to 0.75% as of December 31, 2014.

Stockholders' equity was $136.9 million as of December 31, 2015, an increase of $10.2 million from December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to net income available to common shareholders of $12.3 million and an increase of $2.0 million due to exercises of stock options.  These increases were partially offset by common stock dividends of $3.6 million.  The Company's tangible book value per common share as of December 31, 2015 increased to $18.10 compared to $17.12 as of December 31, 2014 and the tangible common equity ratio increased to 9.10% as of December 31, 2015 compared to 8.72% as of December 31, 2014.  MFSF and the Bank's risk-based capital ratios were well in excess of "well-capitalized" levels as defined by all regulatory standards as of December 31, 2015.

Income Statement

Net interest income before the provision for loan losses increased $461,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.  The increase in net interest income was a result of a $45.3 million increase in average interest-earning assets, which was attributable to an increase of $55.4 million in average loans.  The increase was benefited by an improvement in net interest margin by three basis points to 3.26% and the tax equivalent margin increased to 3.34%.  On a linked-quarter basis, net interest income before the provision for loan losses increased $284,000 as net interest margin increased by four basis points and average interest-earnings assets increased by $17.6 million due to increases in the loan portfolio. 

Net interest income before the provision for loan losses increased $718,000 in 2015 compared to 2014.  The increase was a result of an increase of $39.8 million in average interest-earning assets due to an increase in the average loan portfolio of $50.2 million. This increase was partially offset by the net interest margin decreasing to 3.22% in 2015 compared to 3.26% in 2014.  Tax equivalent net interest margin was 3.29% in 2015 compared to 3.31% in 2014.  

The provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $125,000 compared to no provision during last year's comparable period.  This was due to management's ongoing evaluation of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, which was attributable to net charge-offs of $241,000, or 0.09% of average loans on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net charge offs of $81,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and growth in the loan portfolio.   Non-performing loans to total loans at December 31, 2015 were 0.66% compared to 0.73% at December 31, 2014.  Non-performing assets to total assets were 0.65% at December 31, 2015 compared to 0.75% at December 31, 2014. 

The provision for loan losses for the year 2015 was $125,000 compared to $850,000 in 2014.  The decrease was primarily due to a decline in net charge-offs and improving asset quality.  Net charge-offs for the year 2015 totaled $652,000, or 0.06% of loans, compared to $1.1 million, or 0.11%, in 2014.

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $4.4 million, a decrease of $277,000 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.  The decrease is primarily related to a decrease in net gains on sale of other real estate of $299,000 due to a large gain in the fourth quarter of 2014 and a decline in commission income of $204,000 primarily related to non-recurring fees in the fourth quarter of 2014 that were not duplicated in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Increases in non-interest income included an increase in gain on sale of AFS securities of $137,000 due to losses on liquidation of trust preferred securities in the fourth quarter of 2014 and increases of $69,000 in net gain on sale of loans due to increased production and sales by the Bank and its subsidiary, Summit Mortgage.  On a linked-quarter basis, non-interest income decreased by $29,000 due to a decline in net gain on sale of loans of $328,000 primarily due to seasonality in mortgage activity in the fourth quarter of 2015.  This was partially offset by an increase in other income by $197,000 due to receipt of a death benefit from bank-owned life insurance.

Non-interest income for 2015 was $17.1 million, an increase of $2.3 million compared to 2014.  The increase was driven by a $2.3 million increase in net gain on sale of loans due to increased activity at the Bank and its subsidiary, Summit Mortgage. 

Non-interest expense increased $232,000 when comparing the fourth quarter of 2015 with the same period in 2014.  The increase was primarily due to salaries and employee benefits increasing $472,000 due to increased salaries and health insurance and an increase in other expenses due to a $300,000 write-down on land held by the Bank.  These increases were offset by a decline of $318,000 in advertising and promotion primarily due to additional expenses related to the Bank's 125 year anniversary in 2014. On a linked-quarter basis, non-interest expense increased $449,000 primarily due to the write-down on land discussed above.

Non-interest expense increased $1.8 million when comparing 2015 with 2014.  The increase was primarily a result of expenses associated with Summit Mortgage which was acquired in the third quarter of 2014, this increased expenses by $1.6 million in 2015.

The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 21.2% compared to 17.0% in the same quarter of 2014.  The increase was related to a recovery of a valuation allowance of $600,000 in 2014 that was not repeated in the same period of 2015.  The effective tax rate for 2015 was 27.2% compared to 25.9% for 2014.

Heeter concluded, "Enhancing franchise value is our primary strategic goal.  We believe 2015 continued the momentum we have created over the last several years to continue to profitably grow and increase shareholder value."

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. is the parent company of MutualBank, an Indiana-based financial institution since 1889. MutualBank has thirty-one full-service retail financial centers in Allen, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash Counties in Indiana. MutualBank has two offices located in Carmel and Crawfordsville, Indiana specializing in wealth management and trust services and a loan origination office in New Buffalo, Michigan. MutualBank also operates a wholly owned mortgage banking subsidiary named Summit Mortgage which operates out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. MutualBank provides a full range of financial services including commercial and business banking, personal banking, wealth management, trust services, investments and internet banking services. The Company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "MFSF."  Additional information can be found online at www.bankwithmutual.com.

Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, factors discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. Selected Financials

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

Balance Sheet (Unaudited):

2015

2015

2014

(000)

(000)

(000)

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$20,915

$18,643

$29,575

Investment securities - AFS

261,138

266,815

260,806

Loans held for sale

5,991

6,052

6,140

Loans, gross

1,080,845

1,057,735

1,016,686

Allowance for loan loss

(12,641)

(12,757)

(13,168)

Net loans

1,068,204

1,044,978

1,003,518

Premise and equipment, net

31,048

30,805

30,939

FHLB of Indianapolis stock

10,482

9,810

11,964

Investment in limited partnerships (1)

427

452

527

Deferred tax asset, net (1)

12,210

11,566

13,575

Cash value of life insurance

51,209

51,895

51,002

Foreclosed real estate/Other repossessed assets

2,455

2,418

3,305

Goodwill

1,800

1,800

1,800

Core deposit and other intangibles

811

931

1,105

Other assets

11,653

10,199

9,167

Total assets

$1,478,343

$1,456,364

$1,423,423

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits

$1,091,382

$1,079,586

$1,079,320

FHLB advances

225,617

216,217

192,442

Other borrowings

9,458

9,637

10,174

Other liabilities

14,948

15,825

14,735

Stockholders' equity (1)

136,938

135,099

126,752

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$1,478,343

$1,456,364

$1,423,423

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

Three Months

Three Months

Three Months

Twelve Months

Twelve Months

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

Income Statement (Unaudited):

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

(000)

(000)

(000)

(000)

(000)

Total interest income

$13,314

$13,049

$12,893

$51,776

$51,178

Total interest expense

2,214

2,233

2,254

8,803

8,923

   Net interest income

11,100

10,816

10,639

42,973

42,255

Provision for loan losses

125

0

0

125

850

Net interest income after provision

  for loan losses

10,975

10,816

10,639

42,848

41,405

  Non-interest income

Service fee income

1,629

1,496

1,597

5,947

5,995

Net realized gain (loss) on sales of AFS securities

14

57

(123)

436

313

Commissions

1,176

1,164

1,380

4,603

4,868

Equity in losses of limited partnerships (1)

0

0

0

0

0

Net gain on sale of loans

910

1,238

841

4,176

1,849

Net servicing fees

69

67

69

274

114

Increase in cash value of life insurance

291

292

293

1,184

1,158

Net gain (loss) on sale of other real estate and repossessed assets

(31)

(30)

268

(111)

(53)

Other income (1)

306

109

316

630

641

Total non-interest income

4,364

4,393

4,641

17,139

14,885

  Non-interest expense

Salaries and employee benefits

6,571

6,341

6,099

25,526

23,560

Net occupancy expenses

588

553

495

2,260

2,258

Equipment expenses

489

479

528

1,831

1,872

Data processing fees

443

432

378

1,746

1,558

Advertising and promotion

186

296

504

1,193

1,497

ATM and debit card expense

372

381

344

1,436

1,320

Deposit insurance

228

225

240

897

1,019

Professional fees

404

378

374

1,695

1,628

Software subscriptions and maintenance

447

443

432

1,749

1,652

Other real estate and repossessed assets

69

92

184

374

631

Other expenses

1,306

1,034

1,293

4,440

4,383

Total non-interest expense

11,103

10,654

10,871

43,147

41,378

Income  before taxes

4,236

4,555

4,409

16,840

14,912

Income tax provision (1)

897

1,330

748

4,578

3,866

Net income available to common shareholders

$3,339

$3,225

$3,661

$12,262

$11,046

Pre-tax pre-provision earnings (2)

$4,361

$4,555

$4,409

$16,965

$15,762

Average Balances,  Net Interest Income, Yield Earned and Rates Paid

Three

Three

months ended

months ended

12/31/2015

12/31/2014

Average

Interest

Average

Average

Interest

Average

Outstanding

Earned/

Yield/

Outstanding

Earned/

Yield/

Balance

Paid

Rate

Balance

Paid

Rate

(000)

(000)

(annualized)

(000)

(000)

(annualized)

Interest-earning Assets:

 Interest -bearing deposits

$21,860

$3

0.05%

$25,465

$5

0.08%

 Mortgage-backed securities:

Available-for-sale

188,521

1,472

3.12

208,417

1,380

2.65

 Investment securities:

Available-for-sale

68,609

518

3.02

50,995

336

2.64

 Loans receivable

1,073,773

11,216

4.18

1,018,415

11,034

4.33

Stock in FHLB of Indianapolis

9,833

105

4.27

13,969

138

3.95

Total interest-earning assets (3)

1,362,596

13,314

3.91

1,317,261

12,893

3.92

Non-interest earning assets, net of allowance

  for loan losses and unrealized gain/loss

109,565

108,639

     Total assets

$1,472,161

$1,425,900

Interest-Bearing Liabilities:

 Demand and NOW accounts

$271,360

155

0.23

$260,638

153

0.23

 Savings deposits

132,994

3

0.01

123,892

3

0.01

 Money market accounts

165,174

101

0.24

148,630

96

0.26

 Certificate accounts

358,699

1,017

1.13

409,387

1,199

1.17

 Total deposits

928,227

1,276

0.55

942,547

1,451

0.62

 Borrowings

221,367

938

1.69

184,605

803

1.74

  Total interest-bearing liabilities

1,149,594

2,214

0.77

1,127,152

2,254

0.80

Non-interest bearing deposit accounts

171,157

157,965

Other liabilities

15,421

16,325

  Total liabilities

1,336,172

1,301,442

Stockholders' equity

135,989

124,458

    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$1,472,161

$1,425,900

Net interest earning assets

$213,002

$190,109

Net interest income

$11,100

$10,639

Net interest rate spread (5)

3.14%

3.12%

Net yield on average interest-earning assets (5)

3.26%

3.23%

Net yield on average interest-earning assets, tax equivalent (4)(5)

3.34%

3.28%

Average interest-earning assets to

  average interest-bearing liabilities

118.53%

116.87%

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

Three Months

Three Months

Three Months

Twelve Months

Twelve Months

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

December 31,

September

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

  Selected Financial Ratios and Other Financial Data (Unaudited):

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

Share and per share data:

 Average common shares outstanding

   Basic

7,405,909

7,394,061

7,211,450

7,374,589

7,160,700

   Diluted

7,571,387

7,562,499

7,445,530

7,547,885

7,391,831

 Per common share:

   Basic earnings (1)

$0.45

$0.44

$0.51

$1.66

$1.54

   Diluted earnings (1)

$0.44

$0.43

$0.49

$1.62

$1.49

   Dividends

$0.12

$0.12

$0.10

$0.48

$0.32

Dividend payout ratio

27.27%

27.91%

20.41%

29.63%

21.48%

Performance Ratios:

   Return on average assets (ratio of net

      income to average total assets)(5)

0.91%

0.89%

1.03%

0.85%

0.79%

   Return on average tangible common equity (ratio of net

      income to average tangible common equity)(5)

10.02%

9.92%

12.06%

9.49%

9.42%

   Interest rate spread information:

    Average during the period(5)

3.14%

3.09%

3.12%

3.10%

3.15%

    Net interest margin(5)(6)

3.26%

3.22%

3.23%

3.22%

3.26%

Efficiency Ratio

71.80%

70.05%

71.15%

71.78%

72.42%

    Ratio of average interest-earning

     assets to average interest-bearing

     liabilities

118.53%

118.78%

116.87%

118.01%

115.76%

Allowance for loan losses:

       Balance beginning of period

$12,757

$12,906

$13,249

$13,168

$13,412

       Charge offs:

Mortgage first lien

99

154

182

643

572

Mortgage - lines of credit and junior liens

75

0

49

77

371

Commercial real estate

39

0

44

39

44

Construction and development

0

0

0

0

244

Consumer loans

103

140

205

563

651

Commercial business loans

61

4

0

65

0

Sub-total

377

298

480

1,387

1,882

        Recoveries:

Mortgage first lien

1

32

3

34

31

Mortgage - lines of credit and junior liens

1

0

1

2

4

Commercial real estate

2

2

17

131

24

Construction and development

79

75

249

323

297

Consumer loans

50

40

47

201

255

Commercial business loans

3

0

82

44

177

Sub-total

136

149

399

735

788

Net charge offs (recoveries)

241

149

81

652

1,094

Additions charged to operations

125

0

0

125

850

Balance end of period

$12,641

$12,757

$13,168

$12,641

$13,168

    Net loan charge-offs to average loans (5)

0.09%

0.06%

0.03%

0.06%

0.11%

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted*

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

2015

2015

2014

Total shares outstanding

7,422,061

7,394,061

7,236,002

Tangible book value per common share (1)

$18.10

$17.90

$17.12

Tangible common equity to tangible assets (1)

9.10%

9.11%

8.72%

 Nonperforming assets (000's)

Non-accrual loans

Mortgage first lien

$3,592

$3,131

$3,499

Mortgage - lines of credit and junior liens

783

897

658

Commercial real estate

2,356

2,795

2,023

Construction and development

0

0

209

Consumer loans

148

147

218

Commercial business loans

25

91

605

Total non-accrual loans

6,904

7,061

7,212

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

267

90

226

Total nonperforming loans

7,171

7,151

7,438

    Real estate owned

1,942

1,864

2,829

    Other repossessed assets

513

554

476

 Total nonperforming assets

$9,626

$9,569

$10,743

Performing restructured loans (7)

$4,084

$5,660

$4,618

Asset Quality Ratios:

Non-performing assets to total assets

0.65%

0.66%

0.75%

Non-performing loans to total loans

0.66%

0.68%

0.73%

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans

176.28%

178.39%

177.03%

Allowance for loan losses to loans receivable

1.17%

1.21%

1.30%

*Adjusted - During the first quarter of 2015 MutualFirst Financial, Inc. made an accounting change to better align low-income tax credits with the amortization of those investments.  This change is retrospective and has been applied, where applicable, to the information presented as of and for the twelve months ended 12/31/14.

(1)  Adjusted 12/31/2014 is for retrospective accounting change in the first quarter of 2015.

(2)    Pre-tax pre-provision income is calculated by taking net income available to common shareholders and adding income tax provision and provision for loan losses.

(3)   Calculated net of deferred loan fees, loan discounts, loans in process and loss reserves.

(4) Tax equivalent margin is calculated by taking non-taxable interest and grossing up by 34% applicable tax rate.

(5)    Ratios for the three month periods have been annualized.

(6)    Net interest income divided by average interest earning assets.

(7)    Performing restructured loans are excluded from non-performing ratios.  Restructured loans that are on non-accrual are in the non-accrual loan categories.

 

SOURCE MutualFirst Financial, Inc.



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