1st Source Corporation Reports Record Annual Earnings
Full year and quarterly highlights:
- Net income was a record $118.53 million for the year of 2021, up 45.55% from 2020 and was $27.72 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, down 14.65% from the previous quarter and up 4.76% from the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Cash dividend of $0.31 per common share approved, up 6.90% from the $0.29 per common share declared a year ago.
- Diluted net income per common share was a record $4.70 for the year of 2021, up 48.26% from 2020 and was $1.11 for the fourth quarter of 2021, down 13.95% from the previous quarter and up 7.77% from the prior year’s fourth quarter.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) forgiveness and customer pay downs of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans amounted to approximately $543.59 million in 2021 and were $102.11 million for the fourth quarter which contributed to the recognition of $16.84 million in PPP-related loan fees during 2021 including $3.58 million for the fourth quarter.
- Due to improvement in overall credit quality, we recognized a recovery in the provision for credit losses of $4.30 million for the full year of 2021 compared to a $36.00 million increase in the provision for credit losses during 2020. We recognized a recovery in the provision for credit losses of $1.12 million during the fourth quarter compared to a recovery in the provision of $2.56 million in the previous quarter and a provision of $4.97 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Charitable contributions of $3 million were made to the 1st Source Foundation during the year to support previously funded COVID-19 initiatives in our Community Bank markets.
South Bend, IN — 1st Source Corporation (NASDAQ: SRCE), parent company of 1st Source Bank, today reported record net income of $118.53 million for 2021, an increase of 45.55% compared to $81.44 million earned in 2020. Fourth quarter net income was $27.72 million, an increase of 4.76% compared to $26.46 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2020. Diluted net income per common share for the year was a record $4.70, up 48.26% from the $3.17 earned a year earlier. Diluted net income per common share for the fourth quarter was $1.11, up 7.77% from the $1.03 earned in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
At its January 2022 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.31 per common share, up 6.90% from the $0.29 per common share declared a year ago. The cash dividend is payable to shareholders of record on February 8, 2022 and will be paid on February 16, 2022.
Christopher J. Murphy III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fee income and the ability to relieve our allowance for loan and lease losses, we are pleased to report record net income for the year. In many ways this averages out the performance of the last two years since 2020’s income was down compared to prior years as we anticipated more losses from the impact of COVID-19. This was also the 34th consecutive year of dividend growth. We welcome the positive impact provided by the PPP, the Federal Reserve’s extremely accommodative monetary policy and other government fiscal stimulus programs in response to the pandemic. They have collectively led to a stronger economic recovery than we anticipated for us, our clients and the communities we serve. This has resulted in sustained credit quality improvements during 2021 and a thoughtful and measured reduction to our allowance for loan and lease losses. In addition, our clients continued to receive PPP loan forgiveness during 2021. Total PPP loans forgiven in 2021 were $543.59 million which has provided $16.84 million in fee income. Furthermore, liquidity remains elevated and we are focused on its deployment through growing our loan and lease portfolio by deepening existing client relationships as well as developing new ones.
“Clearly, this past year proved to be difficult as we continued to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve worked hard to keep our 1st Source family healthy while providing our clients with the exceptional quality service expected from us. In December, we awarded 10 shares of 1st Source stock plus a $250 cash bonus to those colleagues who either had their first shot of the vaccine and were scheduled for their second or were fully vaccinated. We did this to recognize the Bank’s collective effort to mitigate both the personal risk and our community’s risk of infection.
“I am pleased to report that during the fourth quarter, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Indiana District, recognized 1st Source Bank with a Gold Level Award in the Community Lender category. The award honors 1st Source Bank for delivering the greatest number of SBA loans in Indiana in 2021 among Community Banks with less than $10 billion in assets. We have earned this award for nine years in a row and are proud to support our clients as they strive to start, grow, and expand their community-based businesses during an unprecedented time.
“Most importantly, I’m pleased to share that two board members were recently named to Savoy magazine’s 2021 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list. Savoy magazine, the leading African American business, culture, and lifestyle publication, said the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list is a prestigious acknowledgment of African American executives, influencers, and achievers active on the boards of the world’s leading corporations and organizations. Melody Birmingham, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Duke Energy, has served on the 1st Source Corporation Board of Directors since 2018, while Tracy Graham, Managing Principal of Graham Allen Partners, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Aunalytics, Inc., has served on the 1st Source Corporation board from 2012-2014, and again in 2021. He has served on the Board of Directors for 1st Source Bank since 2012. 1st Source has been proud of its board’s diversity and has always benefited from the advice, perspectives, and skills of its directors of many different backgrounds. We thank Savoy and join them in recognizing these two as energized, smart, and insightful members of our board of directors. 1st Source Corporation is stronger and more client-centric because of them,” Mr. Murphy concluded.
FULL YEAR AND FOURTH QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Annual average loans and leases of $5.44 billion increased $53.41 million, up 1.05% net of PPP loans from the full year 2020. Quarterly average loans and leases of $5.31 billion increased $162.66 million, up 3.23% net of PPP loans in the fourth quarter of 2021 from the year ago quarter and have increased $35.77 million net of PPP loans from the third quarter. PPP forgiveness and customer payments totaled $102.11 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $543.59 million for the full year of 2021 offset by PPP originations of $261.46 million during 2021. Loan runoff is primarily from SBA forgiveness of PPP loans offset by growth in the aircraft, solar and auto and light truck portfolios when compared to 2020.
Annual average deposits for 2021 were $6.34 billion, an increase of $605.93 million, up 10.56% from 2020. Quarterly average deposits of $6.70 billion grew $730.80 million, up 12.24% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to the year ago quarter and have increased $298.73 million, up 4.67% compared to the third quarter. Deposit growth is primarily from PPP loan fundings and increased consumer deposit levels compared to 2020 and increased consumer and business deposit levels as well as seasonal public fund activity compared to the previous quarter.
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
For the twelve months of 2021, tax-equivalent net interest income was $237.10 million, an increase of $10.73 million, up 4.74% compared to the full year 2020. Fourth quarter 2021 tax-equivalent net interest income of $60.18 million decreased $2.06 million, or 3.31% from the fourth quarter a year ago and decreased $2.16 million, or 3.46% from the third quarter which was mainly the result of fewer PPP loan fees recognized during the quarter.
Net interest margin for the year ending December 31, 2021 was 3.22%, a decrease of 16 basis points from the 3.38% for the year ending December 31, 2020. Net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis for the year ending December 31, 2021 was 3.23%, a decrease of 16 basis points from the 3.39% for the year ending December 31, 2020. Fees for PPP loans had a positive impact on the net interest margin of 15 basis points for the year compared to a positive three basis points impact a year ago. We recognized $16.84 million in PPP loan fees during 2021 compared to $12.06 million during 2020. The margin continues to experience pressure from the low interest rate environment and excess liquidity.
Fourth quarter 2021 net interest margin was 3.09%, a reduction of 45 basis points from the 3.54% for the same period in 2020 and a decrease of 24 basis points from the prior quarter. Fourth quarter 2021 net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.09%, a decrease of 46 basis points from the 3.55% for the same period in 2020 and a reduction of 25 basis points from the 3.34% in the prior quarter. PPP loans had a positive impact on the net interest margin of 16 basis points for the quarter compared to a positive 27 basis points impact during the fourth quarter of 2020. We recognized $3.58 million in PPP loan fees in fourth quarter 2021 versus $7.84 million in fourth quarter 2020.
The margin continues to experience pressure from the low interest rate environment and excess liquidity. We do not expect significant impact from PPP fees in 2022 as PPP loans continue to be forgiven. As of December 31, 2021, $75.79 million of PPP loans originated remained outstanding with $2.71 million in unearned fees.
Noninterest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was $100.09 million, down $3.80 million or 3.65% compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. Fourth quarter 2021 noninterest income of $23.83 million decreased $2.16 million, or 8.30% from the fourth quarter a year ago and decreased $1.67 million or 6.55% from the third quarter.
Noninterest income during the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was lower compared to a year ago mainly from reduced equipment rental income due to a decrease in the size of the average equipment rental portfolio as demand for operating leases declined and a decrease in mortgage banking income driven by lower sales volume. These decreases were offset by increased debit card income as transaction levels grew, higher trust and wealth advisory fees as market values improved on assets under management and a rise in service charges on deposit accounts. Additionally, we recognized $0.81 million in impairment recoveries on our mortgage servicing rights during 2021.
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 a $0.22 million impairment recovery on mortgage servicing rights recognized during the third quarter, decreased insurance commissions and lower partnership investment gains due to a $0.24 million write-down on one investment.
Noninterest expense for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was $186.15 million, a decrease of $1.22 million, or 0.65% compared to the same period a year ago. Fourth quarter 2021 noninterest expense of $48.75 million decreased $0.22 million, or 0.45% from the fourth quarter a year ago and increased $0.68 million or 1.42% from the prior quarter.
The decrease in noninterest expense for 2021 from 2020 was primarily due to lower leased equipment depreciation resulting from a reduction in the average equipment rental portfolio, reduced collection and repossession expenses due to lower general expenses and fewer negative valuation adjustments on repossessed assets, a lower valuation provision for interest rate swaps with customers, and a reduction in the provision for unfunded loan commitments.
The increase in noninterest expense from the third quarter was mainly due to higher salaries and employee benefits as a result of increased group insurance claims and increased incentive awards including a one-time special reward of $0.64 million announced during the fourth quarter for our colleagues who were vaccinated against COVID-19, higher legal fees, increased professional consulting fees and a rise in insurance expense due to a one-time $0.38 million decrease recognized during the third quarter. These increases were offset by a $3.00 million charitable contribution made during the third quarter that was not present in the fourth quarter.
The allowance for loan and lease losses as of December 31, 2021 was 2.38% of total loans and leases compared to 2.50% at September 30, 2021 and 2.56% at December 31, 2020. The allowance calculation includes PPP loans which are guaranteed by the SBA. Excluding those loans from the calculation results in an allowance of 2.42% at December 31, 2021 compared to 2.58% at September 30, 2021 and 2.73% at December 31, 2020.
Net charge-offs that have been recorded for the full year of 2021 were $8.86 million compared to net charge-offs of $9.19 million in 2020. This resulted in a charge-off ratio of 0.16% for 2021 compared to 0.17% for 2020. Net charge-offs of $5.15 million were recorded for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with net charge-offs of $3.72 million in the same quarter a year ago and $0.04 million of net charge-offs in the previous quarter. The majority of charge-offs in 2021 were related to the bus division of the auto and light truck portfolio which continued to be impacted by the lingering effects of the pandemic on events and tourism.
The provision for credit losses was a recovery of $4.30 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and a recovery of $1.12 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a decrease of $40.30 million and $6.09 million, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2020. The ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and leases was 0.77% as of December 31, 2021, compared to 0.84% on September 30, 2021 and 1.16% on December 31, 2020. Excluding PPP loans, the ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and leases was 0.78% at December 31, 2021 compared to 0.87% at September 30, 2021 and 1.24% at December 31, 2020. Nonperforming assets saw improvement in the fourth quarter as a result of lower nonaccrual loans.
As of December 31, 2021, the common equity-to-assets ratio was 11.32%, compared to 11.44% at September 30, 2021 and 12.12% a year ago. The tangible common equity-to-tangible assets ratio was 10.39% at December 31, 2021 compared to 10.50% at September 30, 2021 and 11.10% a year earlier. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, calculated under banking regulatory guidelines, was 13.72% at December 31, 2021 compared to 13.65% at September 30, 2021 and 13.06% a year ago. During the fourth quarter of 2021, 63,786 shares were repurchased for treasury reducing common shareholders’ equity by $3.07 million.