1st Source Corporation Reports Earnings for Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2020
Cash Dividend Increased, History of Increased Dividends Continues
- Net income was $81.44 million for the year of 2020, down 11.44% from 2019 and was $26.46 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, up 20.61% over the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 31.94% from the prior quarter.
- Cash dividend of $0.29 per common share approved, up 3.57% from the third quarter and equal to that declared a year ago.
- Diluted net income per common share was $3.17 for the year of 2020, down 11.20% from 2019 and was $1.03 for the fourth quarter of 2020, up 19.77% from the prior year’s fourth quarter of $0.86 and up 32.05% compared to the prior quarter of $0.78.
- Return on average assets was 1.14% and return on average common shareholders’ equity was 9.41% for the full year of 2020 compared to 1.41% and 11.50%, respectively in 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2020, return on average assets improved to 1.42% and return on average common shareholders’ equity improved to 11.90% up from 1.30% and 10.56%, respectively in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Average loans and leases grew $463.28 million in the full year of 2020, up 9.27% from 2019 and grew $471.07 million, up 9.33% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding the Paycheck Protection Program, average loans and leases increased 1.81% from the 2019 average and decreased slightly from the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Average deposits grew $459.87 million in the full year of 2020, up 8.71% from 2019 and grew $555.35 million, up 10.26% from the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Net charge-offs of $9.19 million for the full year of 2020 compared to $5.05 million in 2019 and $3.72 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $0.64 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Nonperforming assets to loans and leases of 1.16% at December 31, 2020 compared to 0.37% at December 31, 2019.
- Provision for credit losses of $36.00 million for the full year of 2020, compared to $15.83 million in 2019 and $4.97 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $2.95 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Net interest income increased $1.95 million in the full year of 2020, up 0.87% from 2019 and increased $6.81 million, up 12.32% from the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Noninterest income increased $2.76 million in the full year of 2020, up 2.73% from 2019 and increased $0.41 million, up 1.60% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding leased depreciation, noninterest income increased 10.11% for the year and 7.53% for the quarter.
- Noninterest expenses decreased $1.64 million in the full year of 2020 down 0.87% from 2019 and decreased $0.38 million down 0.77% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding leased depreciation, noninterest expense increased 2.00% for the year and 1.58% for the quarter.
1st Source Corporation (NASDAQ: SRCE), parent company of 1st Source Bank, today reported net income of $81.44 million for 2020, a decrease of 11.44% compared to $91.96 million earned in 2019. Fourth quarter net income was $26.46 million, an increase of 20.61% compared to $21.94 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2019. The annual net income comparison was adversely impacted by an increased provision for credit losses of $20.17 million primarily due to the negative impact on our clients from COVID-19, sizeable impairments in a few accounts, and higher special attention loan balances.
Diluted net income per common share for the year was $3.17, down 11.20% from the $3.57 earned a year earlier. Diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter was $1.03, up 19.77% from the $0.86 earned in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
At its January 2021 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.29 per common share, up 3.57% from the $0.28 per common share declared in the previous quarter and equal to that declared a year ago. The cash dividend is payable to shareholders of record on February 2, 2021 and will be paid on February 12, 2021.
Christopher J. Murphy III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Given the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020, I am proud of my colleagues for keeping themselves and our clients safe while delivering great client service. We helped our communities and clients by providing over 3,500 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $597 million, keeping businesses going and people employed. At the end of the year, $236 million of these loans had been forgiven. Over half of our PPP loans were for less than $50,000, so we are truly serving the small businesses in our communities. Considering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduced interest rate environment the Federal Reserve set in motion to stimulate the economy, I am pleased we were able to achieve our third highest year of net income and the 33rd consecutive year of dividend growth. We were glad to see continued economic improvement during the fourth quarter which led to providing $4.97 million to the allowance for loan and lease losses (our lowest quarter of the year for the credit loss provision) as we continue to work through the immediate and longer term negative impacts on our clients from the coronavirus pandemic.
“We spent the final weeks of the year monitoring the legislative progress on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which included another round of PPP loans. We were pleased the legislation was finalized and enacted on December 27, 2020. We are now actively helping our clients work through the application process, with special attention paid to women-owned and minority-owned small businesses that have been statistically underserved nationally during the CARES Act PPP efforts.
“At 1st Source, one of our foundational values is Community Leadership. We encourage our team members and leaders to support the organizations and causes they are passionate about, and to serve their communities in the ways they are able. The pandemic certainly had an effect on volunteer opportunities and events that often bring people together to support those in need. But I am pleased to report it did not stop our colleagues from doing what they could, when and how they could, throughout the year. During 2020, 1st Source employees volunteered over 12,000 hours of their time to such causes, and collectively, the 1st Source Foundation and 1st Source Bank donated over $2 million to community organizations, much of which was directed toward COVID-19 relief and support efforts for those directly impacted by the pandemic.
“Throughout the pandemic, our focus has remained on keeping our clients, our colleagues, and families safe so we can deliver the highest level of service. All safety measures we put in place in the spring of 2020 have proven successful in stopping the spread among our staff and clients, and we plan to keep such measures in place until we are confident the well-being of all those we employ and serve can be protected by other means. As always, we will continue to review and analyze data from local health departments to make the best decisions possible for the health and safety of our team members, clients and communities,” Mr. Murphy concluded.
FULL YEAR AND FOURTH QUARTER 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Annual average loans and leases of $5.46 billion increased $463.28 million, up 9.27% from the full year 2019. Quarterly average loans and leases of $5.52 billion increased $471.07 million, up 9.33% in the fourth quarter of 2020 from the year ago quarter and have decreased $151.91 million from the third quarter. Loan growth is primarily from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) originations when compared to 2019. As expected, the decrease during the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter was due to $236.25 million in PPP forgiveness by the SBA as we assisted our clients with the relief they sought from the government. As of the end of December, we had submitted PPP loan forgiveness requests to the SBA for more than 60% of the total PPP loan amounts we funded.
COVID-19 related loan modifications across our portfolios (including those that were in the process of receiving or we expect to receive an extension) were $168 million at December 31, 2020, compared to $195 million at September 30, 2020. Our transportation (particularly auto rental and charter bus) clients and hotel industry clients remain severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and account for approximately 75% of the year-end COVID-19 related loan modification balances.
Annual average deposits for 2020 were $5.74 billion, an increase of $459.87 million, up 8.71% from 2019. Quarterly average deposits of $5.97 billion grew $555.35 million, up 10.26% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ago quarter and have increased $80.34 million, up 1.36% compared to the third quarter. Deposit growth is primarily from PPP loan fundings and increased consumer deposit levels compared to 2019.
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
For the twelve months of 2020, tax-equivalent net interest income was $226.36 million, an increase of $1.81 million, up 0.81% compared to the full year 2019. Fourth quarter 2020 tax-equivalent net interest income of $62.23 million increased $6.78 million, or 12.22% from the fourth quarter a year ago and increased $7.24 million, or 13.16% from the third quarter.
Net interest margin for the year ending December 31, 2020 was 3.38%, a decrease of 29 basis points from the 3.67% for the year ending December 31, 2019. Net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis for the year ending December 31, 2020 was 3.39%, a decrease of 29 basis points from the 3.68% for the year ending December 31, 2019. The margin continues to experience pressure from numerous Federal Reserve interest rate decreases during the second half of 2019 and first three months of 2020.
Fourth quarter 2020 net interest margin was 3.54%, an improvement of three basis points from the 3.51% for the same period in 2019 and an increase of 35 basis points from the third quarter. Fourth quarter 2020 net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.55%, an increase of three basis points from the 3.52% for the same period in 2019 and an increase of 35 basis points from the 3.20% in the third quarter. The increased margin in the fourth quarter compared to the previous quarter was primarily due to accelerated PPP loan origination fee amortization due to SBA forgiveness. We have recognized $12.06 million in PPP loan fees during 2020, $7.84 million of which was recognized during the fourth quarter compared to $2.41 million during the third quarter.
The PPP loan impact on the tax-equivalent net interest margin was a positive five basis points for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, and a positive 27 basis points for the fourth quarter. PPP loans caused a six basis points reduction for the third quarter due to the low interest rate and fees accrued compared to our base business.
Noninterest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was $103.89 million, up $2.76 million or 2.73% compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Fourth quarter 2020 noninterest income of $25.99 million increased $0.41 million, or 1.60% from the fourth quarter a year ago and decreased $2.06 million or 7.33% from the third quarter.
Noninterest income during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was higher compared to a year ago mainly from improved mortgage banking income driven by gains on a higher volume of loan sales and increased partnership investment gains. These positives were offset by reduced equipment rental income due to a decrease in the size of the average equipment rental portfolio as demand for leases declined and lower service charges on deposit accounts due to fewer overdraft and non-sufficient fund transactions in 2020 compared to 2019. Additionally, we recognized $0.81 million of impairment charges on our mortgage servicing rights during 2020 as prepayment speeds accelerated.
The decrease in noninterest income from the third quarter was mainly due to a reduction in mortgage banking income driven by a lower volume of loan sales and lower claim proceeds on bank-owned life insurance offset by higher partnership investment gains, increased trust and wealth advisory fees as market values improved, and increased customer swap fees with solar loan growth.
Noninterest expense for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was $187.37 million, a decrease of $1.64 million, or 0.87% compared to the same period a year ago. Fourth quarter 2020 noninterest expense of $48.96 million decreased $0.38 million, or 0.77% from the fourth quarter a year ago and increased $1.92 million or 4.08% from the prior quarter. Excluding depreciation on leased equipment, noninterest expenses were up 1.58% and 2.00% for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively.
The decrease in noninterest expense for 2020 from 2019 was primarily due to lower leased equipment depreciation resulting from a reduction in the average equipment rental portfolio, reduced business development expenses as travel and entertainment were curtailed with the pandemic, fewer negative valuation adjustments on repossessed assets, decreased group insurance costs, and less professional consulting fees. These increases were offset by higher salaries as a result of normal merit increases, a one-time special award made to most employees at the end of 2020 as recognition for the dedication they have shown in serving our clients and embracing their role as essential workers. In addition, we incurred increased mortgage origination commissions on higher production as well as higher FDIC insurance premiums due to FDIC assessment credits received in 2019.
The increase in noninterest expense from the third quarter was mainly due to higher salaries as a result of the one-time special award mentioned above to most employees at the end of 2020 and increased group insurance costs. These increases were offset by reduced valuation adjustments on repossessed assets, higher gains on the sale of operating lease equipment and lower marketing expenses due to fewer marketing promotions.
Non-recurring 2020 items which added to net income included $0.55 million in FDIC insurance premium credits received and bank-owned life insurance claims of $0.36 million. These additions to income were offset by $1.52 million of negative valuation adjustments on repossessed assets, $0.81 million in mortgage servicing rights impairment charges, special salary awards to employees of $0.89 million and a $0.68 million impairment charge on leased equipment.
In the fourth quarter, we adopted the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) methodology for calculating the allowance for credit losses which resulted in a four basis point increase to the allowance for loan and lease losses at December 31, 2020. The allowance for loan and lease losses as of December 31, 2020 was 2.56% of total loans and leases compared to 2.43% at September 30, 2020 and 2.19% at December 31, 2019. The allowance calculation includes PPP loans which are guaranteed by the SBA. Excluding those loans from the calculation results in an allowance of 2.73% at December 31, 2020 compared to 2.69% at September 30, 2020.
Net charge-offs that have been recorded for the full year of 2020 were $9.19 million compared to net charge-offs of $5.05 million in 2019. This resulted in a charge-off ratio of 0.17% for 2020 compared to 0.10% for 2019. The majority of the 2020 net charge-offs were related to one relationship within the construction equipment portfolio and numerous bus relationships in the auto and light truck portfolio that have been severely impacted by the pandemic shut down of events and tourism. Net charge-offs of $3.72 million were recorded for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with net charge-offs of $0.64 million in the same quarter a year ago and down slightly from the $3.77 million of net charge-offs in the third quarter.
The provision for credit losses was $36.00 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and $4.97 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $20.17 million and $2.02 million, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2019. The ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and leases was 1.16% as of December 31, 2020, compared to 1.33% on September 30, 2020 and 0.37% on December 31, 2019. Excluding PPP loans, the ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and leases was 1.24% at December 31, 2020 compared to 1.48% at September 30, 2020. Nonperforming assets saw improvement in the fourth quarter as a result of lower nonaccrual loans and the sale of a long held repossessed aircraft.
As of December 31, 2020, the common equity-to-assets ratio was 12.12%, compared to 12.04% at September 30, 2020 and 12.51% a year ago. The tangible common equity-to-tangible assets ratio was 11.10% at December 31, 2020 compared to 11.01% at September 30, 2020 and 11.38% a year earlier. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, calculated under banking regulatory guidelines, was 13.06% at December 31, 2020 compared to 12.92% at September 30, 2020 and 12.55% a year ago. During the fourth quarter of 2020, 166,446 shares were repurchased for treasury reducing common shareholders’ equity by $6.42 million. Additionally, during the fourth quarter, with the adoption of CECL, we recognized a one-time cumulative effect adjustment which reduced retained earnings by $2.55 million, net of deferred taxes, effective January 1, 2020. CECL resulted in a two-to-three basis point reduction to our regulatory capital ratios as of December 31, 2020.