Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) reported net income of $15.7 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 10.8% from the $14.3 million reported for the same period in 2016. Diluted earnings per share were $1.03 for the first quarter of 2017, a 9.6% increase from $0.94 reported for the first quarter of 2016.
President and CEO, Stephen S. Romaine said “We are excited to start off the new year with the best first quarter earnings in our history. Solid loan growth and an improved net interest margin were key drivers of improved earnings over the prior year. At the same time, we have seen continued positive improvement in credit quality trends, with nonperforming assets improved from already low levels.”
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER:
- Diluted earnings per share of $1.03 represent the best first quarter in Company history
- Net interest income was up 9.1% compared to the same period last year, and up 3.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016
- Net interest margin improved over the most recent prior quarter and over the same period last year
- Total loans of $4.3 billion were up 12.5% over the same period in 2016; and are up 1.0% over December 31, 2016
- Total deposits of $4.9 billion reflect an increase of 6.5% over the same period last year, and are up 4.9% from December 31, 2016.
NET INTEREST INCOME
Net interest income of $48.0 million for the first quarter of 2017 increased by $4.0 million, or 9.1% compared to the same period in 2016, and was up 3.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase in net interest income over prior year was largely driven by growth in average loans of $472.6 million or 12.5% as well as an improved net interest margin. The net interest margin was 3.38% for the first quarter of 2017, up from 3.30% for the fourth quarter of 2016, and 3.36% for the first quarter of 2016. The margin improvement benefited from improved yields on investment securities as well as maturities of some higher cost borrowings.
Noninterest income represented 26.4% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 28.4% in the same period in 2016, and 26.0% for the most recent prior quarter. Noninterest income of $17.2 million was down slightly from the same period last year, and up 5.7% over the fourth quarter of 2016. Revenue from Insurance and Investment services are the two largest components of noninterest income, representing 41.3% and 22.0% of noninterest income, respectively at March 31, 2017.
Noninterest expense was $41.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, which was up 4.7% compared to the same period in 2016, and up 5.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase in noninterest expense was mainly related to higher salaries and benefits in the first quarter of 2017. The first quarter of 2017 also included $262,000 of deconversion expenses related to a core system conversion planned for this year.
Asset quality trends remained strong in the first quarter of 2017. Nonperforming loans and leases were down 3.1% compared to first quarter of 2016, and down 7.3% compared to the most recent quarter end. Nonperforming assets represented 0.36% of total assets at March 31, 2017, unchanged from December 31, 2016, and improved slightly from 0.39% at March 31, 2016. Nonperforming asset levels continue to be well below the most recent Federal Reserve Board Peer Group Average1 of 0.57%.
Provision for loan and lease losses was $769,000 for the first quarter of 2017, down from $855,000 for the first quarter of 2016. Net charge-offs for the first quarter of 2017 were $358,000 compared to $329,000 reported in the first quarter of 2016.
The Company’s allowance for originated loan and lease losses totaled $35.9 million at March 31, 2017, and represented 0.92% of total originated loans and leases at March 31, 2017. The ratio is unchanged from the most recent prior quarter and is down from 0.95% one year ago. The total allowance represented 180.02% of total nonperforming loans and leases at March 31, 2017, improved from 164.98% at December 31, 2016, and 156.88% at March 31, 2016.
Capital ratios remain well above the regulatory well capitalized minimums. The ratio of Tier 1 capital to average assets of 8.36% at March 31, 2017, compared to 8.41% reported for December 31, 2016. Total capital to risk-weighted assets at March 31, 2017 was 12.41%, compared to 12.22% reported at December 31, 2016. Both ratios are down from the same period last year, in large part due to the redemption of $20.5 million of 7% fixed rate Trust Preferred securities.
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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