Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) reported record diluted earnings per share of $0.99 for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7.6% increase from the $0.92 reported in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $15.1 million, up 9.1% compared to the $13.9 million reported for the same period in 2015.
President and CEO, Stephen S. Romaine said "We are very pleased to end 2016 with the best fourth quarter in our Company’s long history. Fourth quarter performance reflects the ongoing success of our business development efforts that have produced solid growth in net loan and deposit balances, which are up 12.9% and 5.2%, respectively over 2015. Growth in these key balance sheet categories gives us very good momentum as we head into 2017.”
Full year results reflect the best earnings per share in Company history. For the year ended December 31, 2016, diluted earnings per share were $3.91, an increase of 1.0%, over the $3.87 per share reported in 2015. The record results for 2016 are especially noteworthy given that results for 2015 included a non-recurring curtailment gain of $3.6 million after tax ($0.24 per share) related to changes to the Company’s pension plan, which was recognized in the second quarter of 2015. Refer to the table of “NON-GAAP MEASURES” included in this press release for additional details. Full year and quarterly results for 2016 reflect the impact of the early adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which is more fully described in Footnote 10 of this press release.
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER:
- Net interest income of $46.4 million for the current quarter was up 6.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015
- Total loans of $4.3 billion at year end 2016 were up 12.9% over year end 2015
- Noninterest bearing deposit balances of $1.2 billion at year end 2016 are up 8.6% over year end 2015
- Nonperforming assets of $22.6 million at year end 2016, though up $3.3 million from the most recent prior quarter, reflect a decrease of 7.8% from year end 2015.
- During the quarter, the Company announced that it will redeem approximately $20.5 million of 7% Fixed Rate Trust Preferred securities, effective January 31, 2017. For purposes of calculating regulatory capital, these securities were not included as part of Tier 1 capital at year end 2016.
NET INTEREST INCOME
Net interest income of $46.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by $2.9 million, or 6.8% compared to the same period in 2015. For the full year, net interest income was $180.6 million, up $12.3 million, or 7.3% from the same period in 2015.
Growth in net interest income was largely driven by $447.7 million of growth in average total loans since the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 12.1%. The loan growth was supported, in part, by a $212.7 million increase in average total deposits over the same period. The net interest margin was 3.30% in the fourth quarter, down from 3.31% for the most recent prior quarter, and 3.35% for the same quarter last year.
Noninterest income was $16.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, and was down $1.6 million or 8.9% compared to the same period in 2015. For the full year, noninterest income of $68.8 million is down from $71.9 million reported for 2015. Prior year-to-date results included net gains on the sale of other real estate owned of $946,000, which were higher by $860,000, when compared to the current year-to-date period. Fee based revenue for 2016 (including insurance, wealth management, and banking related fees), was relatively flat compared to the prior year.
Noninterest expense was $39.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, approximately flat, when compared to that same quarter in 2015. For the full year, noninterest expenses were $158.6 million in 2016, up $8.7 million, or 5.8% over 2015. The current full year results included $313,000 of expense related to the early termination of an FDIC loss share agreement, which was recognized in the third quarter of 2016; and $546,000 of deconversion expenses related to a core system conversion planned for 2017. The deconversion expenses include $306,000 of expenses that were recognized in the fourth quarter of 2016. Prior year noninterest expenses benefited from a $6.0 million (pretax) non-recurring curtailment gain (recognized in the second quarter of 2015) related to a change in the Company’s defined benefit pension plan.
Asset quality trends remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016. Nonperforming assets were down $1.9 million or 7.8% compared to the fourth quarter in 2015; though they were up $3.3 million or 17.0% from the most recent prior quarter. Nonperforming assets represented 0.36% of total assets at December 31, 2016, compared to 0.32% at September 30, 2016, and 0.43% at December 31, 2015. Nonperforming asset levels continue to be well below the most recent Federal Reserve Board Peer Group Average1 of 0.77%.
The provision for loan and lease losses was $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Full year provision expense was $4.3 million in 2016, up from $2.9 million in 2015. The year-over-year increase in provision expense is primarily due to loan growth, as well as higher net recoveries in the prior period. Net charge-offs for 2016 were $571,000 compared to net recoveries of $62,000 reported in 2015.
The Company’s allowance for originated loan and lease losses totaled $35.6 million at December 31, 2016, and represented 0.92% of total originated loans and leases at December 31, 2016, compared to 0.95% at December 31, 2015. The total allowance represented 165.0% of total nonperforming loans and leases at December 31, 2016, up from 146.7% at December 31, 2015.
Capital ratios remain well above the regulatory well-capitalized minimums. The ratio Tier 1 capital to average assets of 8.41% at December 31, 2016, compared to 8.82% reported for December 31, 2015. Total capital to risk-weighted assets at December 31, 2016 was 12.22%, compared to 13.03% reported at December 31, 2015. Contributing to the decline in capital levels in the fourth quarter of 2016 was the exclusion from Tier I capital of $20.5 million in 7% Fixed Rate Trust preferred securities, which the Company plans to redeem in January 2017.
ABOUT TOMPKINS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
Tompkins Financial Corporation is a financial services company serving the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Tompkins Financial is parent to Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Tompkins VIST Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., and offers wealth management services through Tompkins Financial Advisors. For more information on Tompkins Financial, visit www.tompkinsfinancial.com.
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