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First Bank Reports Third Quarter 2019 Net Income of $2.9 Million

/EIN News/ -- Net Income is $10.0 Million for the First Nine Months of 2019  

Strong Organic Loan and Deposit Growth, Effective Expense Management,
Grand Bank Merger Completed, Total Assets Exceed $2.0 Billion

HAMILTON, N.J., Oct. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Bank (Nasdaq Global Market: FRBA) today announced results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $2.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $5.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018. Return on average assets and return on average equity for the third quarter of 2019 were 0.61% and 5.58%, respectively, and 1.28% and 11.45%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2018. Net income for the first nine months of 2019 was $10.0 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to $13.5 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. First Bank’s third quarter 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share1 was $0.18, adjusted return on average assets1 was 0.74% and adjusted return on average equity1 was 6.69%. Third quarter 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.28, adjusted return on average assets was 1.22% and adjusted return on average equity was 10.98%. 

Third Quarter and Year to Date 2019 Performance Highlights:

  • Completion of the Grand Bank acquisition on September 30, 2019. Grand Bank contributed approximately $146.3 million in loans and $170.9 million in deposits to quarter end balances but did not significantly impact average balances and had no impact on the statement of income.
  • Total net revenue (net interest income plus non-interest income) for the nine month period increased $1.4 million to $44.7 million, compared to the prior year period.
  • Total loans of $1.74 billion at September 30, 2019 were up $332.5 million, or 23.6%, from September 30, 2018, and up $281.4 million, or 19.2%, from December 31, 2018.
  • Total deposits of $1.65 billion at September 30, 2019 were up $267.3 million, or 19.3%, from September 30, 2018 and increased $259.4 million, or 18.6%, compared to December 31, 2018. Total non-interest bearing deposits were $280.2 million at September 30, 2019 or 17.0% of total deposits compared to $219.0 million or 15.7% of total deposits at December 31, 2018.   
  • Continued effective expense management was reflected in the third quarter 2019 efficiency ratio2 of 58.22% down from 60.51% for the linked second quarter of 2019.

Patrick L. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Despite continuing challenges in the current operating environment, we had a productive third quarter characterized by healthy organic loan growth of $49.1 million, organic deposit growth of $38.2 million, core non-interest expense reductions, and the successful completion of our Grand Bank acquisition which brought our total assets above $2.0 billion. Closing the Grand Bank transaction on September 30 added significant new loan and deposit customers. Nearly 25% of Grand Bank deposits were non-interest bearing which had a positive effect on our ratio of non-interest bearing deposits to total deposits. This was a strategic transaction which expanded our Mercer County, New Jersey presence by adding two full-service branch locations, along with an organization with similar values and culture, and a strong customer base.

“Our expense management initiatives yielded positive results during the quarter with our efficiency ratio declining to 58.22%, down from 60.51% for the linked second quarter. Third quarter total non-interest expense, excluding merger-related expenses, declined by $507,000 in comparison to second quarter 2019. A portion of this savings came from the FDIC assessment credit but core cost savings initiatives also played a significant part.”

“Margin compression remains an ongoing challenge in the current interest rate environment and represents our number one focus in the near term. We have reacted quickly to reduce core deposit rates based on the latest fed rate reductions. Our balance sheet is increasingly liability sensitive and we believe we’ll have an opportunity in coming quarters to reduce our cost of funds.”

“We were very pleased to announce during the third quarter that we received favorable ratings from Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA), a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. KBRA’s ratings and stable outlook were a result of our successful strategy utilizing both acquisitions and organic growth to build scale within our service footprint, the resulting improved operating leverage and enhanced profitability, as well as our capital position. The ratings included: Deposit rating of BBB+; Senior Unsecured Debt rating of BBB+; Subordinated Debt rating of BBB; Short-Term Deposit rating of K2; and Short-Term Debt rating of K2. We’re pleased with the results of the KBRA analysis, and we believe that the favorable credit rating may offer additional capital market flexibility and provides current and future customers additional assurance of our sound operating environment.”

Income Statement

The Bank’s net interest income for third quarter 2019 was $14.0 million, a decrease of $582,000, or 4.0%, compared to $14.6 million for the third quarter of 2018. This decrease was driven by an increase in interest expense of $2.0 million compared to the 2018 third quarter, which was primarily the result of average balance and interest rate increases for money market deposits and time deposits. This was partially offset by a $1.4 million or 7.5% increase in interest and dividend income, primarily a result of a $148.2 million, or 10.5%, increase in average loans compared with the third quarter of 2018. Nine month 2019 net interest income totaled $42.2 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 3.4%, compared to $40.8 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in the 2019 year to date net interest income was driven by strong growth in average loans, which increased by $184.4 million, or 13.8%, from the prior year period. Average loan and deposit balances for the three and nine months of 2019 were not impacted materially by the Grand Bank acquisition which was completed at the close of business on September 30, 2019.

The third quarter 2019 net interest margin was 3.15%, a decrease of 45 basis points compared to the prior year third quarter. The decrease compared to third quarter 2018 was primarily the result of higher average balances of interest bearing deposits (money market deposits and time deposits) along with a 48 basis point increase in the average interest rate paid on total interest bearing deposits. The net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was 3.32%, a decrease of 30 basis points compared to the same period in 2018. The decrease in the nine month net interest margin was also driven by higher average balances for interest bearing deposits (primarily money market deposits and time deposits) and a 53 basis point increase in the average rate paid on total interest bearing deposits.

On a linked quarter basis the third quarter 2019 margin declined 22 basis points to 3.15%. The third quarter net interest margin was impacted by two federal funds rate cuts, higher level of excess liquidity and comparatively lower business combination accounting accretion and prepayment penalty income. The federal funds rate cuts contributed to a lower loan yield in the third quarter as floating rate loan yields moved lower. Shortly after the federal funds rate cuts on July 31 and September 18, 2019, the Bank lowered core non-maturity deposit rates and time deposit rates. The change in non-maturity deposit rates will help the Bank’s margin immediately while the changes in time deposit rates should also help lower deposit costs in the near term as 83% of the Bank's time deposits at September 30, 2019 mature in less than twelve months. The addition of the Grand Bank loans and deposits at a higher net interest spread should also help the margin in future periods.      

The provision for loan losses for the third quarter of 2019 was $1.6 million, an increase of $837,000 compared to $721,000 for the third quarter of 2018. This increase in the provision primarily reflects an increased level of net charge-offs, as well as continued organic loan growth for the quarter. The provision for loan losses for the first nine months of 2019 totaled $3.6 million compared to $2.4 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in the nine month 2019 provision for loan losses was reflective of the same factors as for the three month period.

Third quarter 2019 non-interest income was $905,000, compared to $1.2 million in third quarter 2018, primarily the result of a decrease in gains on sale of loans and loan fees compared to the third quarter of 2018. Non-interest income totaled $2.5 million for both the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and for the comparable period in 2018.

Non-interest expense for third quarter 2019 totaled $9.5 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 15.6%, compared to $8.2 million for the prior year quarter. The higher non-interest expense compared to third quarter 2018 was primarily a result of higher merger-related costs and increased salaries and employee benefits. Merger related costs were $947,000 higher for the comparable quarters. Higher salaries and employee benefits expense of $518,000 included staffing additions at the end of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 to support ongoing growth initiatives. Non-interest expense for the first nine months of 2019 totaled $27.6 million, an increase of $3.5 million, or 14.5%, compared to $24.1 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily a result of increased salaries and employee benefits, higher occupancy and equipment expense and higher merger-related expenses. The Delanco Bancorp acquisition was completed on April 30, 2018; therefore, the 2018 nine month period included five months of related expense while the 2019 nine month period includes the full impact of the Delanco Bancorp acquisition.  

Non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2019 increased $367,000, or 4.0%, compared to $9.1 million for the linked second quarter of 2019. Excluding merger-related expenses third quarter 2019 non-interest expense declined $507,000 compared to the second quarter of 2019. This decrease was mainly due to cost containment initiatives which helped to reduce salaries and employee benefits, occupancy expenses and other expense. FDIC fee assessment credits also contributed to lower non-interest expense by reducing our third quarter 2019 regulatory fees.

Pre-provision net revenue3 for the third quarter of 2019 was $6.1 million, compared to $7.2 million for the third quarter of 2018, and up $223,000, or 3.8%, compared to $5.9 million in the linked second quarter of 2019. The decrease in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018 was mainly due to a significantly higher net interest margin in the third quarter of 2018. The third quarter 2018 net interest margin benefited from the recoupment of $447,000 in interest income related to the payoff of a large commercial non-accruing loan and comparatively higher prepayment penalty income.

Income tax expense for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $947,000, with an effective tax rate of 24.7%, compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, with an effective tax rate of 20.2%, and $1.4 million for the linked second quarter of 2019, with an effective tax rate of 33.0%. Income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $3.4 million, with an effective tax rate of 25.5%, compared to $3.2 million for the first nine months of 2018, with an effective tax rate of 19.3%. In May 2019, the State of New Jersey issued clarifying statements related to the impact of the new tax legislation enacted in July 2018, specifically related to the combined income tax reporting for certain members of a commonly controlled unitary business group. These statements provided clarity on First Bank’s New Jersey state tax liability and increased the Bank’s effective tax rate beginning in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the effective tax rate in 2018.

Balance Sheet

Total assets at September 30, 2019 were $2.05 billion, an increase of $330.2 million, or 19.2%, compared to $1.72 billion at September 30, 2018, and an increase of $336.2 million, or 19.6%, from December 31, 2018. Total loans were $1.74 billion at September 30, 2019, an increase of $332.5 million, or 23.6%, compared to $1.41 billion at September 30, 2018, and an increase of $281.4 million, or 19.2%, from the 2018 year end. Total loans as of September 30, 2019 increased $195.4 million compared to the linked second quarter of 2019. Total loans at September 30, 2019 included $146.3 million of acquired loans related to the acquisition of Grand Bank. Commercial, residential and consumer loans all had growth during third quarter 2019 from organic and/or acquired loans.

Total deposits were $1.65 billion at September 30, 2019, an increase of $267.3 million, or 19.3%, compared to $1.39 billion at September 30, 2018, and an increase of $259.4 million, or 18.6%, from December 31, 2018.
Total deposits at September 30, 2019 included $170.9 million related to the Grand Bank acquisition. Non-interest bearing deposits totaled $280.2 million at September 30, 2019, an increase of $61.2 million, or 27.9%, from December 31, 2018. The increase included $41.0 million in non-interest bearing deposits related to the Grand Bank acquisition, along with continued organic growth in commercial deposits.

Stockholders’ equity increased to $223.3 million at September 30, 2019, up $28.5 million or 14.6% compared to December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily the result of the Grand Bank acquisition which added $18.4 million in additional capital along with an $8.3 million increase in retained earnings.

As of September 30, 2019, the Bank continued to exceed all regulatory capital requirements and is considered well capitalized, with a Tier 1 Leverage ratio of 10.95%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based capital ratio of 10.32%, a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio of 10.32%, and a Total Risk-Based capital ratio of 12.34%.

Asset Quality

Net charge-offs were $1.08 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to net recoveries of $103,000 for third quarter of 2018 and net charge-offs of $481,000 for the linked second quarter of 2019. Net charge-offs were $1.55 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to net charge-offs of $2,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Year to date annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 0.14%.

Of the $1.55 million in net charge-offs year to date, $1.17 million, or 75.5% were related to acquired loans. The $373,000 in year to date net charge-offs from non-acquired loans represent 0.04% of average non-acquired loans on an annualized basis. Since 2014, gains on recovery of acquired loans have totaled $3.8 million while net charge-offs in our acquired loan portfolios have totaled $2.8 million.

Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans at September 30, 2019 were 0.91%, compared with 0.52% on September 30, 2018 and 0.94% at June 30, 2019. Nonperforming loans increased to $15.8 million at September 30, 2019, up from $14.6 million on June 30, 2019, primarily due to one acquired commercial and industrial loan relationship becoming non-accrual during the current quarter. The allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 108.77% at September 30, 2019, compared with 192.16% at the end of third quarter 2018 and 115.13% at June 30, 2019.
                                      
Cash Dividend Declared

On October 15, 2019, First Bank’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share to common stockholders of record at the close of business on November 8, 2019, payable on November 22, 2019.

Grand Bank Acquisition Completed

On October 1, 2019, First Bank announced that it had completed the acquisition of Grand Bank, N.A., effective as of the close of business on September 30, 2019. The merger had previously been unanimously approved by both boards of directors, and was then approved by the shareholders of both institutions in September. The merger provides two additional full-service branch locations in Mercer County, New Jersey, $146.3 million in loans and $170.9 million in deposits. First Bank management previous disclosed that the Grand Bank acquisition would reduce tangible book value per share4 by approximately 3%. Based on the initial business combination accounting results as of September 30, 2019, the effect of the acquisition was tangible book value per share dilution of approximately 2%. 

Share Repurchase Program

First Bank announced on October 23, 2019 that its board of directors has authorized, and the Bank has received regulatory approval for, the repurchase of up to 1.0 million shares of First Bank common stock in the open market. This program is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2020. First Bank currently has approximately 20.5 million shares of common stock issued and outstanding. The shares authorized for repurchase under the new program represent approximately 4.9% of the Bank’s outstanding shares.

Conference Call

First Bank will host its third quarter 2019 earnings conference call on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM eastern time. The direct dial toll free number for the call is 1-844-825-9784. For those unable to participate in the call, a replay will be available by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (access code 10135614) from one hour after the end of the conference call until January 30, 2020. Replay information will also be available on First Bank’s website at www.firstbanknj.com under the “About Us” tab. Click on “Investor Relations” to access the replay of the conference call.

About First Bank

First Bank is a New Jersey state-chartered bank with 18 full-service branches in Cinnaminson, Cranbury, Delanco, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Lawrence, Mercerville, Pennington, Randolph, Somerset and Williamstown, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Trevose, Warminster and West Chester, Pennsylvania. With $2.05 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019, First Bank offers a full range of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses throughout the New York City to Philadelphia corridor. First Bank's common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “FRBA”.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, either express or implied, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include information regarding First Bank’s future financial performance, business and growth strategy, projected plans and objectives, and related transactions, integration of acquired businesses, ability to recognize anticipated operational efficiencies, and other projections based on macroeconomic and industry trends, which are inherently unreliable due to the multiple factors that impact economic trends, and any such variations may be material. Such forward-looking statements are based on various facts and derived utilizing important assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about First Bank, any of which may change over time and some of which may be beyond First Bank’s control. Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” “plans” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may” and “could” are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts, although not all forward-looking statements include the foregoing. Further, certain factors that could affect our future results and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: whether First Bank can: successfully implement its growth strategy, including identifying acquisition targets and consummating suitable acquisitions; continue to sustain its internal growth rate; provide competitive products and services that appeal to its customers and target markets; difficult market conditions and unfavorable economic trends in the United States generally, and particularly in the market areas in which First Bank operates and in which its loans are concentrated, including the effects of declines in housing markets; an increase in unemployment levels and slowdowns in economic growth; First Bank's level of nonperforming assets and the costs associated with resolving any problem loans including litigation and other costs; changes in market interest rates may increase funding costs and reduce earning asset yields thus reducing margin; the impact of changes in interest rates and the credit quality and strength of underlying collateral and the effect of such changes on the market value of First Bank's investment securities portfolio; the extensive federal and state regulation, supervision and examination governing almost every aspect of First Bank's operations including changes in regulations affecting financial institutions, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the rules and regulations being issued in accordance with this statute and potential expenses associated with complying with such regulations; First Bank's ability to comply with applicable capital and liquidity requirements, including First Bank’s ability to generate liquidity internally or raise capital on favorable terms, including continued access to the debt and equity capital markets; possible changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies, laws and regulations and other activities of governments, agencies, and similar organizations. For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in First Bank’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and any updates to those risk factors set forth in First Bank’s joint proxy statement, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if First Bank’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what First Bank anticipates. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and First Bank does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this communication are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that First Bank or persons acting on First Bank’s behalf may issue.


1 Adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted return on average assets and adjusted return on average equity are non-U.S. GAAP financial measures and are calculated by dividing net income adjusted for certain merger-related expenses and income and other one-time gains or expenses by diluted weighted average shares, average assets and average equity, respectively.  For a reconciliation of these non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, along with the other non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in this press release, to their comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see the financial reconciliations at the end of this press release. 

2 The efficiency ratio is a non-U.S. GAAP financial measure and is calculated by dividing non-interest expense less merger-related expenses by adjusted total revenue (net interest income plus non-interest income adjusted for gains on recovery of acquired loans).  For a reconciliation of this non-U.S. GAAP financial measure, along with the other non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in this press release, to their comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see the financial reconciliations at the end of this press release.

3 Pre-provision net revenue is a non-U.S. GAAP financial measure and is calculated by adding net interest income and non-interest income and subtracting non-interest expense adjusted by certain non-recurring items.  For a reconciliation of this non-U.S. GAAP financial measure, along with the other non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in this press release, to their comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see the financial reconciliations at the end of this press release.

4 Tangible book value per share is a non-U.S. GAAP financial measure and is calculated by subtracting goodwill and other intangibles from stockholders’ equity divided by common shares outstanding.  For a reconciliation of this non-U.S. GAAP financial measure, along with the other non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in this press release, to their comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see the financial reconciliations at the end of this press release.



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(in thousands, except for share data)
 
             
        September 30, 2019  
        (unaudited)   December 31, 2018
Assets        
Cash and due from banks $ 18,386   $ 13,547  
Federal funds sold   40,000     25,000  
Interest bearing deposits with banks   30,967     16,883  
    Cash and cash equivalents   89,353     55,430  
Interest bearing time deposits with banks   6,717     5,925  
Investment securities available for sale   46,923     51,260  
Investment securities held to maturity (fair value of $48,745      
   at September 30, 2019 and $49,411 at December 31, 2018)   48,327     49,811  
Restricted investment in bank stocks   8,336     5,803  
Other investments   6,340     6,203  
Loans, net of deferred fees and costs   1,743,897     1,462,516  
  Less: Allowance for loan losses   17,230     15,135  
    Net loans   1,726,667     1,447,381  
Premises and equipment, net   12,076     11,003  
Other real estate owned, net   1,864     1,455  
Accrued interest receivable   4,710     4,258  
Bank-owned life insurance   49,234     40,350  
Goodwill   18,872     16,074  
Other intangible assets, net   2,232     1,475  
Deferred income taxes   12,052     10,216  
Other assets   13,670     4,515  
    Total assets $ 2,047,373   $ 1,711,159  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Liabilities:      
Non-interest bearing deposits $ 280,216   $ 219,034  
Interest bearing deposits   1,372,392     1,174,170  
    Total deposits   1,652,608     1,393,204  
Borrowings   127,476     93,351  
Subordinated debentures   21,937     21,856  
Accrued interest payable   1,513     1,045  
Other liabilities   20,536     6,867  
    Total liabilities   1,824,070     1,516,323  
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock, par value $2 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized;    
  no shares issued and outstanding   -     -  
Common stock, par value $5 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;    
  issued and outstanding 20,460,078 shares at September 30, 2019    
  and 18,676,056 shares at December 31, 2018   101,887     93,132  
Additional paid-in capital   77,886     67,417  
Retained earnings   43,528     35,222  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   2     (935 )
    Total stockholders' equity   223,303     194,836  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,047,373   $ 1,711,159  
             



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except for share data, unaudited)
 
                     
        Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
        September 30,   September 30,
          2019     2018     2019     2018
Interest and Dividend Income              
Investment securities—taxable $ 496   $ 528   $ 1,574   $ 1,615
Investment securities—tax-exempt   87     110     276     336
Interest bearing deposits with banks,              
  Federal funds sold and other   689     493     1,665     1,042
Loans, including fees   19,540     18,238     57,620     50,243
  Total interest and dividend income   20,812     19,369     61,135     53,236
                     
Interest Expense              
Deposits     5,706     3,813     15,934     9,729
Borrowings   731     599     1,831     1,520
Subordinated debentures   399     399     1,195     1,195
  Total interest expense   6,836     4,811     18,960     12,444
Net interest income   13,976     14,558     42,175     40,792
Provision for loan losses   1,558     721     3,644     2,421
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses   12,418     13,837     38,531     38,371
                     
Non-Interest Income              
Service fees on deposit accounts   129     77     337     195
Loan fees   59     166     238     246
Income from bank-owned life insurance   277     265     818     755
Gains on sale of investment securities, net   -     -     -     3
Gains on sale of loans   -     137     55     192
Gains on recovery of acquired loans   264     321     586     544
Other non-interest income   176     219     468     533
  Total non-interest income   905     1,185     2,502     2,468
                     
Non-Interest Expense              
Salaries and employee benefits   4,937     4,419     15,154     12,670
Occupancy and equipment   1,200     1,248     3,844     3,395
Legal fees   197     141     436     403
Other professional fees   450     453     1,237     1,394
Regulatory fees   67     147     361     436
Directors' fees   192     199     586     501
Data processing   386     440     1,268     1,288
Marketing and advertising   225     187     675     562
Travel and entertainment   93     90     339     287
Insurance   89     86     273     242
Other real estate owned expense, net   46     72     159     149
Merger-related expenses   984     37     1,212     988
Other expense   628     695     2,077     1,809
  Total non-interest expense   9,494     8,214     27,621     24,124
Income Before Income Taxes   3,829     6,808     13,412     16,715
Income tax expense   947     1,372     3,420     3,223
Net Income $ 2,882   $ 5,436   $ 9,992   $ 13,492
                     
Basic earnings per share $ 0.15   $ 0.29   $ 0.54   $ 0.75
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.15   $ 0.29   $ 0.53   $ 0.73
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.03   $ 0.03   $ 0.09   $ 0.09
                     
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding   18,694,801     18,609,479     18,667,440     18,075,106
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   18,976,574     18,949,285     18,961,434     18,431,128
                     



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEETS WITH INTEREST AND AVERAGE RATES
(dollars in thousands, unaudited)
                       
                       
  Three Months Ended September 30,
    2019       2018  
  Average       Average Average       Average
  Balance   Interest   Rate (5)   Balance   Interest   Rate (5)
Interest earning assets                      
Investment securities (1) (2) $ 90,732     $ 601     2.63 %   $ 107,496     $ 661     2.44 %
Loans (3)   1,564,182       19,540     4.96 %     1,416,007       18,238     5.11 %
Interest bearing deposits with banks,                      
  Federal funds sold and other   95,689       535     2.22 %     69,734       385     2.19 %
Restricted investment in bank stocks   7,629       106     5.51 %     7,106       70     3.91 %
Other investments   6,324       48     3.01 %     6,140       38     2.46 %
Total interest earning assets (2)   1,764,556       20,830     4.68 %     1,606,483       19,392     4.79 %
Allowance for loan losses   (16,885 )             (13,652 )        
Non-interest earning assets   112,147               95,719          
  Total assets $ 1,859,818             $ 1,688,550          
                       
Interest bearing liabilities                      
Interest bearing demand deposits $ 133,580     $ 188     0.56 %     165,474     $ 237     0.57 %
Money market deposits   347,322       1,423     1.63 %     280,431       865     1.22 %
Savings deposits   78,461       155     0.78 %     89,036       126     0.56 %
Time deposits   681,740       3,940     2.29 %     592,363       2,585     1.73 %
  Total interest bearing deposits   1,241,103       5,706     1.82 %     1,127,304       3,813     1.34 %
Borrowings   131,678       731     2.20 %     122,418       599     1.94 %
Subordinated debentures   21,919       399     7.28 %     21,812       399     7.32 %
  Total interest bearing liabilities   1,394,700       6,836     1.94 %     1,271,534       4,811     1.50 %
Non-interest bearing deposits   243,401               219,845          
Other liabilities   16,958               8,845          
Stockholders' equity   204,759               188,326          
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,859,818             $ 1,688,550          
Net interest income/interest rate spread (2)       13,994     2.74 %         14,581     3.29 %
Net interest margin (2) (4)         3.15 %           3.60 %
Tax equivalent adjustment (2)       (18 )             (23 )    
Net interest income     $ 13,976             $ 14,558      
                       
(1) Average balance of investment securities available for sale is based on amortized cost.            
(2) Interest and average rates are tax equivalent using a federal income tax rate of 21%.            
(3) Average balances of loans include loans on nonaccrual status.                    
(4) Net interest income divided by average total interest earning assets.                
(5) Annualized.                      
                       



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEETS WITH INTEREST AND AVERAGE RATES
(dollars in thousands, unaudited)
                       
                       
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2019       2018  
  Average       Average Average       Average
  Balance   Interest   Rate (5)   Balance   Interest   Rate (5)
Interest earning assets                      
Investment securities (1) (2) $ 94,626     $ 1,908     2.70 %   $ 110,708     $ 2,022     2.44 %
Loans (3)   1,523,463       57,620     5.06 %     1,339,070       50,243     5.02 %
Interest bearing deposits with banks,                      
  Federal funds sold and other   70,847       1,229     2.32 %     46,258       648     1.87 %
Restricted investment in bank stocks   6,766       299     5.91 %     6,443       286     5.93 %
Other investments   6,279       137     2.92 %     6,110       108     2.36 %
Total interest earning assets (2)   1,701,981       61,193     4.81 %     1,508,589       53,307     4.72 %
Allowance for loan losses   (16,084 )             (12,883 )        
Non-interest earning assets   111,199               87,034          
  Total assets $ 1,797,096             $ 1,582,740              
                       
Interest bearing liabilities                      
Interest bearing demand deposits $ 144,213     $ 706     0.65 %   $ 162,437     $ 722     0.59 %
Money market deposits   340,690       4,131     1.62 %     253,778       2,065     1.09 %
Savings deposits   79,185       425     0.72 %     83,447       317     0.51 %
Time deposits   648,032       10,672     2.20 %     558,294       6,625     1.59 %
  Total interest bearing deposits   1,212,120       15,934     1.76 %     1,057,956       9,729     1.23 %
Borrowings   113,327       1,831     2.16 %     112,481       1,520     1.81 %
Subordinated debentures   21,893       1,195     7.28 %     21,785       1,195     7.31 %
  Total interest bearing liabilities   1,347,340       18,960     1.88 %     1,192,222       12,444     1.40 %
Non-interest bearing deposits   231,767               206,521          
Other liabilities   16,755               6,701          
Stockholders' equity   201,234               177,296          
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,797,096             $ 1,582,740              
Net interest income/interest rate spread (2)       42,233     2.93 %         40,863     3.32 %
Net interest margin (2) (4)         3.32 %           3.62 %
Tax equivalent adjustment (2)       (58 )             (71 )    
Net interest income     $ 42,175             $ 40,792      
                       
(1) Average balances of investment securities available for sale are based on amortized cost.            
(2) Interest and average rates are tax equivalent using a federal income tax rate of 21%.            
(3) Average balances of loans include loans on nonaccrual status.                    
(4) Net interest income divided by average total interest earning assets.                
(5) Annualized.                      



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
QUARTERLY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(in thousands, except for share and employee data, unaudited)
                     
    As of or For the Quarter Ended
    9/30/2019 (1) 6/30/19   3/31/19   12/31/18   9/30/18
EARNINGS                    
  Net interest income   $ 13,976     $ 14,164     $ 14,035     $ 14,152     $ 14,558  
  Provision for loan losses     1,558       1,721       365       1,026       721  
  Non-interest income     905       924       673       984       1,185  
  Non-interest expense     9,494       9,127       9,000       9,190       8,214  
  Income tax expense     947       1,400       1,073       823       1,372  
  Net income     2,882       2,840       4,270       4,097       5,436  
                     
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                    
Return on average assets (2)     0.61%       0.64%       0.99%       0.94%       1.28%  
Adjusted return on average assets (2) (3)     0.74%       0.63%       0.99%       0.90%       1.22%  
Return on average equity (2)     5.58%       5.64%       8.79%       8.42%       11.45%  
Adjusted return on average equity (2) (3)     6.69%       5.52%       8.76%       8.00%       10.98%  
Net interest margin (2) (4)     3.15%       3.37%       3.45%       3.44%       3.60%  
Efficiency ratio (3)     58.22%       60.51%       60.95%       61.78%       53.02%  
Pre-provision net revenue (3)   $ 6,107     $ 5,884     $ 5,691     $ 5,686     $ 7,245  
                     
SHARE DATA                    
  Common shares outstanding     20,460,078       18,757,965       18,735,291       18,676,056       18,665,664  
  Basic earnings per share   $ 0.15     $ 0.15     $ 0.23     $ 0.22     $ 0.29  
  Diluted earnings per share     0.15       0.15       0.23       0.22       0.29  
  Adjusted diluted earnings per share (3)     0.18       0.15       0.22       0.21       0.28  
Tangible book value per share (3)     9.88       9.85       9.71       9.50       9.28  
  Book value per share     10.91       10.78       10.64       10.43       10.22  
                     
MARKET DATA                    
  Market value per share   $ 10.83     $ 11.74     $ 11.53     $ 12.12     $ 13.15  
  Market value / Tangible book value     109.59%       119.14%       118.78%       127.60%       141.69%  
  Market capitalization   $ 221,583     $ 220,219     $ 216,018     $ 226,354     $ 245,453  
                     
CAPITAL & LIQUIDITY                    
  Tangible stockholders' equity / tangible assets (3)     9.98%       10.19%       10.33%       10.47%       10.19%  
  Stockholders' equity / assets     10.91%       11.05%       11.22%       11.39%       11.10%  
  Loans / deposits     105.52%       107.28%       103.19%       104.98%       101.88%  
                     
ASSET QUALITY                    
Net charge-offs (recoveries)   $ 1,084     $ 481     $ (16 )   $ 7     $ (103 )
  Nonperforming loans     15,841       14,554       7,501       6,362       7,346  
  Nonperforming assets     17,705       15,330       8,952       7,817       8,612  
  Net charge offs (recoveries) / average loans (2)   0.28%       0.13%       0.00%       0.00%       (0.035% )
  Nonperforming loans / total loans     0.91%       0.94%       0.50%       0.44%       0.52%  
  Nonperforming assets / total assets     0.86%       0.84%       0.50%       0.46%       0.50%  
  Allowance for loan losses / total loans     0.99%       1.08%       1.04%       1.03%       1.00%  
  Allowance for loan losses / nonperforming loans   108.77%       115.13%       206.85%       237.90%       192.16%  
                     
OTHER DATA                    
  Total assets   $ 2,047,373     $ 1,830,695     $ 1,777,301     $ 1,711,159     $ 1,717,146  
  Total loans     1,743,897       1,548,540       1,497,086       1,462,516       1,411,380  
  Total deposits     1,652,608       1,443,497       1,450,774       1,393,204       1,385,329  
  Total stockholders' equity     223,303       202,242       199,337       194,836       190,672  
  Number of full-time equivalent employees (5)   216       195       181       186       174  
                     
(1) Includes effects of Grand Bank merger effective September 30, 2019.              
(2) Annualized.                    
(3) Non-U.S. GAAP financial measure that we believe provides management and investors with information that is useful in understanding our
  financial performance and condition. See accompanying table, "Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures", for calculation and reconciliation.
(4) Tax equivalent using a federal income tax rate of 21%.                
(5) Includes 15 full-time equivalent seasonal interns as of 6/30/2019.                
                   



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
QUARTERLY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(dollars in thousands, unaudited)
                       
      As of the Quarter Ended
      9/30/2019 (1)   6/30/19   3/31/19   12/31/18   9/30/18
LOAN COMPOSITION                    
Commercial and industrial   $ 236,932     $ 219,930     $ 204,159     $ 195,786     $ 185,157  
Commercial real estate:                    
  Owner-occupied     405,485       370,498       361,671       355,062       361,224  
  Investor     685,006       619,174       583,849       567,407       553,096  
  Construction and development     113,281       93,916       99,368       85,064       77,890  
  Multi-family     103,858       88,801       87,598       87,930       65,391  
    Total commercial real estate     1,307,630       1,172,389       1,132,486       1,095,463       1,057,601  
Residential real estate:                    
  Residential mortgage and first lien home equity loans     127,337       92,760       94,143       101,341       104,940  
  Home equity–second lien loans and revolving lines of credit     35,264       26,695       27,486       28,563       27,915  
    Total residential real estate     162,601       119,455       121,629       129,904       132,855  
Consumer and other     38,584       38,529       40,517       43,070       37,401  
Net deferred loan fees and costs     (1,850 )     (1,763 )     (1,705 )     (1,708 )     (1,634 )
    Total loans   $ 1,743,897     $ 1,548,540     $ 1,497,086     $ 1,462,515     $ 1,411,380  
                       
LOAN MIX                    
Commercial and industrial     13.6%       14.2%       13.6%       13.4%       13.1%  
Commercial real estate:                    
  Owner-occupied     23.3%       23.9%       24.2%       24.3%       25.6%  
  Investor     39.3%       40.0%       39.0%       38.8%       39.2%  
  Construction and development     6.5%       6.1%       6.6%       5.8%       5.5%  
  Multi-family     6.0%       5.7%       5.9%       6.0%       4.6%  
    Total commercial real estate     75.0%       75.7%       75.7%       74.9%       74.9%  
Residential real estate:                    
  Residential mortgage and first lien home equity loans     7.3%       6.0%       6.3%       6.9%       7.4%  
  Home equity–second lien loans and revolving lines of credit     2.0%       1.7%       1.8%       2.0%       2.0%  
    Total residential real estate     9.3%       7.7%       8.1%       8.9%       9.4%  
Consumer and other     2.2%       2.5%       2.7%       2.9%       2.7%  
Net deferred loan fees and costs     (0.1% )     (0.1% )     (0.1% )     (0.1% )     (0.1% )
    Total loans     100.0%       100.0%       100.0%       100.0%       100.0%  
                       
(1) Includes effects of Grand Bank merger effective September 30, 2019.                
                       



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-U.S. GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands, except for share data, unaudited)
                   
  As of or For the Quarter Ended
  9/30/2019 (1)   6/30/19   3/31/19   12/31/18   9/30/18
Tangible Book Value Per Share                  
Stockholders' equity $ 223,303     $ 202,242     $ 199,337     $ 194,836     $ 190,672  
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets, net   21,104       17,406       17,467       17,549       17,521  
Tangible stockholders' equity (numerator) $ 202,199     $ 184,836     $ 181,870     $ 177,287     $ 173,151  
                   
Common shares outstanding (denominator)   20,460,078       18,757,965       18,735,291       18,676,056       18,665,664  
                   
Tangible book value per share $ 9.88     $ 9.85     $ 9.71     $ 9.49     $ 9.28  
                   
                   
Tangible Equity / Assets                  
Stockholders' equity $ 223,303     $ 202,242     $ 199,337     $ 194,836     $ 190,672  
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets, net   21,104       17,406       17,467       17,549       17,521  
Tangible equity (numerator) $ 202,199     $ 184,836     $ 181,870     $ 177,287     $ 173,151  
                   
Total assets $ 2,047,373     $ 1,830,695     $ 1,777,301     $ 1,711,159     $ 1,717,146  
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets, net   21,104       17,406       17,467       17,549       17,521  
Adjusted total assets (denominator) $ 2,026,269     $ 1,813,289     $ 1,759,834     $ 1,693,610     $ 1,699,625  
                   
Tangible equity / assets   9.98 %     10.19 %     10.33 %     10.47 %     10.19 %
                   
                   
Efficiency Ratio                  
Non-interest expense $ 9,494     $ 9,127     $ 9,000     $ 9,190     $ 8,214  
Less: Merger-related expenses   984       110       118       -       37  
Adjusted non-interest expense (numerator) $ 8,510     $ 9,017     $ 8,882     $ 9,190     $ 8,177  
                   
Net interest income $ 13,976     $ 14,164     $ 14,035     $ 14,152     $ 14,558  
Non-interest income   905       924       673       984       1,185  
Total revenue   14,881       15,088       14,708       15,136       15,743  
Less: Gains on recovery of acquired loans   264       187       135       260       321  
Adjusted total revenue (denominator) $ 14,617     $ 14,901     $ 14,573     $ 14,876     $ 15,422  
                   
Efficiency ratio   58.22 %     60.51 %     60.95 %     61.78 %     53.02 %
                   
                   
Pre-Provision Net Revenue                  
Net interest income $ 13,976     $ 14,164     $ 14,035     $ 14,152     $ 14,558  
Non-interest income   905       924       673       984       1,185  
Less: Gains on recovery of acquired loans   264       187       135       260       321  
Less: Non-interest expense   9,494       9,127       9,000       9,190       8,214  
Add: Merger-related expenses   984       110       118       -       37  
Pre-provision net revenue $ 6,107     $ 5,884     $ 5,691     $ 5,686     $ 7,245  
                   
(1) Includes effects of Grand Bank merger effective September 30, 2019.            
                   



FIRST BANK AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-U.S. GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(dollars in thousands, except for share data, unaudited)
                   
                   
  For the Quarter Ended
  9/30/2019 (1)   6/30/19   3/31/19   12/31/18   9/30/18
                   
Adjusted diluted earnings per share,                  
  Adjusted return on average assets, and                  
  Adjusted return on average equity                  
                   
Net income $ 2,882     $ 2,840     $ 4,270     $ 4,097     $ 5,436  
Add: Merger-related expenses (2)   777       87       93       -       29  
Less: Gains on recovery of acquired loans (2)   209       148       107       205       253  
Adjusted net income $ 3,451     $ 2,779     $ 4,257     $ 3,892     $ 5,212  
                   
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   18,976,574       18,954,171       18,955,624       18,937,468       18,949,285  
Average assets $ 1,859,818     $ 1,782,832     $ 1,747,414     $ 1,721,107     $ 1,688,550  
Average equity $ 204,759     $ 201,796     $ 197,061     $ 193,074     $ 188,326  
                   
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.18     $ 0.15     $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.28  
Adjusted return on average assets (3)   0.74%       0.63%       0.99%       0.90%       1.22%  
Adjusted return on average equity (3)   6.69%       5.52%       8.76%       8.00%       10.98%  
                   
(1) Includes effects of Grand Bank merger effective September 30, 2019.                
(2) Items are tax-effected using a federal income tax rate of 21%.                
(3) Annualized.                  
                   

CONTACT:  Patrick L. Ryan, President and CEO
(609) 643-0168, patrick.ryan@firstbanknj.com

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