• People’s Utah Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2017 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 26 Apr 2017 16:15:12   America/New_York

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah, April 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- People’s Utah Bancorp (the “Company or PUB”) (Nasdaq:PUB) today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.   The Board of Directors also declared another quarterly dividend.

    Consolidated net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $6.5 million, approximately the same as in the fourth quarter of 2016 and compared to $5.2 million for the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 24.4% year over year.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.36 in the current quarter and in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $0.29 in the first quarter of 2016.

    The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per common share. The dividend will be payable on May 15, 2017 to shareholders of record on May 8, 2017. The dividend payout ratio for earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was 22.0%.  This continues our over 50-year trend in paying dividends.

     “Our operating results for the first quarter of 2017 were comparable to the fourth quarter of 2016, our best quarter to-date.  It also was a 24.4% increase over the first quarter of 2016.  Our current quarter’s return on average equity was over 11% and return on average assets was 1.59%.  We are also pleased with our overall loan growth of over 7.7% year-over-year and 2.9% on a linked quarter basis, and our efficiency ratio of 56.83% for the quarter.” said Richard Beard, President and Chief Executive Officer of People’s Utah Bancorp.

    Highlights of the First Quarter of 2017

    • Net income of $6.5 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.36.
    • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share.
    • Net interest margin was 4.55%
    • Return on average equity was 11.39%.
    • Return on average assets was 1.59%.
    • Efficiency ratio was 56.83%.
    • Loans held for investment at quarter-end grew 7.7% year-over-year and 2.9% linked-quarters.
    • Deposits at quarter-end grew 10.9% year-over-year and 3.1% linked-quarters.

    Earnings Summary

    Net income for the first quarter of 2017 of $6.5 million was comparable with the fourth quarter of 2016 and was impacted by the following factors: (a) lower net interest income of $0.5 million and non-interest income of $0.2 million, (b) a slight decrease in non-interest expenses of $0.1 million, and (c) a decline in income tax expense of $0.7 million. These factors contributed to diluted earnings per share of $0.36 for both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016. 

    Net income for the first quarter of 2017 of $6.5 million compared to $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2016 was impacted by the following factors: (a) higher net interest income of $1.1 million, (b) an increase in non-interest income of $0.4 million, (c) an increase in non-interest expense of $0.3 million, and (d) a decrease in income tax expense of $0.1 million.  These factors contributed to diluted earnings per share of $0.36 per share in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $0.29 per share in the first quarter of 2016.

    Return on average assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was 1.59% compared to 1.56% in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Return on average equity for first quarter of 2017 was 11.39% compared to 11.42% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Net Interest Income and Margin

    Net interest income for the first quarter of 2017 decreased by $0.5 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016; and net interest margin declined in the current quarter to 4.55% compared to 4.58% in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The fourth quarter of 2016 included approximately $0.6 million of one-time interest income primarily from accretion of fair value adjustments and additional interest collected from troubled loan payoffs.  Net interest income for the first quarter of 2017 is $0.1 million higher when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, after excluding the impact of the $0.6 million of one-time interest income.  Although the loans held for investment increased by $32.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, net interest margin declined principally due to a lower loan yield resulting from increased competition on loan rates and higher cost of funds.

    Net interest income for the first quarter of 2017 increased $1.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2016, primarily due to an increase in loans held for investment of $81.9 million.  Net interest margin of 4.55% in the current quarter was slightly lower when compared to 4.58% in first quarter of 2016 primarily due to lower yields on invested cash and investment securities.

    Provision for Loan Losses

    The provision for loan losses for the first quarter of 2017 was comparable to the first quarter in 2016 and $50,000 higher than the fourth quarter of 2016.  The loan loss provision is related to the amount of loan growth and net charge-offs or recoveries during the period.  We had net charge-offs in the current quarter of $0.3 million, a small net charge-off in the first quarter of 2016 and a net recovery of $0.4 million in the fourth quarter 2016.

    Non-interest Income

    Non-interest income for the first quarter of 2017 was down $0.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily due to a decrease in mortgage banking income. The Company has experienced lower mortgage banking income and residential mortgage loan volumes in the current quarter compared to the prior quarter.  The mortgage banking business has historically been a cyclical business.

    Non-interest Expense

    Non-interest expense for the first quarter of 2017 declined by $0.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, and increased by $0.3 million compared to the first quarter of 2016.  The decline in non-interest expense in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter 2016 was primarily related to lower data processing costs, higher deferred loan costs and offset by annual merit increases to salaries.  The increase in the first quarter 2017 compared to the comparable quarter in 2016 is primarily from higher occupancy costs due to lower sub-lease income and higher other expenses.

    Our efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2017 increased to 56.83% compared to 55.33% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and improved compared to 59.30% in the first quarter of 2016. While we continue to focus on improving our efficiency ratio, the ratio was impacted by lower revenues in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016; and could be impacted by investments in new branches, which we expect to open in the first half of 2017.

    Income Tax Provision

    The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 was 29.6% compared to 34.4% for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 35.5% in the first quarter of 2016. The tax rate in 2017 is lower than 2016 primarily due to tax benefits related to tax-deductible stock compensation expense and the reversal of a liability related to an unrecognized tax benefit, all totaling $0.6 million in taxable benefits for the first quarter of 2017.  The fourth quarter of 2016 also included $0.2 million of tax benefits related to tax-deductible stock compensation expense.

    Loans and Credit Quality

    Loans held for investment in the first quarter of 2017 increased 7.7% year-over-year and 2.9% from December 31, 2016.  Average loans grew $74.9 million to $1.14 billion from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. 

    Non-performing loans increased slightly to $5.7 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to $5.4 million as of year-end 2016 and $5.2 million as of the first quarter of 2016.  As of March 31, 2017, the ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 0.35% compared to 0.34% as of December 31, 2016 and 0.37% as of March 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses to loans was 1.42% of gross loans outstanding as of March 31, 2017, 1.46% as of December 31, 2016 and 1.45% as of March 31, 2016. 

    Investment Securities

    Investment securities at March 31, 2017 increased slightly to $412.3 million compared to $409.1 million at year-end 2016 and $377.9 million as of March 31, 2016.     

    Deposits and Liabilities

    Total deposits at the end of the first quarter of 2017 were $1.47 billion compared to $1.43 billion at December 31, 2016 and $1.32 billion at March 31, 2016.  Increases during these periods were primarily due to organic growth from existing customers and new customers. Non-interest-bearing deposits were 31.5% of total deposits as of March 31, 2017 compared to 31.1% as of December 31, 2016 and 30.8% as of March 31, 2016.  Our cost of funds was 0.31% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 0.29% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 0.32% in the first quarter of 2016. 

    Shareholders’ Equity

    Shareholders’ equity increased to $234.2 million at March 31, 2017 compared to $228.5 million at December 31, 2016 and $215.4 million at March 31, 2016. The increase resulted primarily from exercises of equity grants and from net income during the intervening periods, net of cash dividends paid to shareholders.

    Conference Call and Webcast

    Management will conduct a live conference call and webcast for investors, analysts and the public relating to the Company's results for the first quarter of 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through the internet. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by telephone at 888-317-6003 (international calls 412-317-6061) and the conference ID is 0425833.

    To participate on the webcast, log on to:  http://services.choruscall.com/links/pub170427.html

    If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on www.peoplesutah.com or at the webcast URL above until May 31, 2017. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed on this conference call.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Statements in this release that are based on information other than historical data or that express the Company’s expectations regarding future events or determinations are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements based on historical data are not intended and should not be understood to indicate the Company’s expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations or forecasts of future events or determinations. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or determinations, nor should they be relied upon as representing management’s views as of any subsequent date.  These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements concerning our  mortgage banking operation being a cyclical business.

    Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include: (i) market and economic conditions; (ii) capital sufficiency; (iii) operational, liquidity, interest rate and credit risks; (iv) deterioration of asset quality; (v) achieving loan and deposit growth; (vi) increased competition; (vii) adequacy of reserves; (viii) investments in new branches and new business opportunities; and (ix) changes in the regulatory or legal environment; as well as other factors discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors,” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The foregoing factors should not be construed as exhaustive. The Company does not intend, or undertake any obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements.

    About People’s Utah Bancorp

    People’s Utah Bancorp is the holding company for People’s Intermountain Bank with 18 locations in two banking divisions, Bank of American Fork and Lewiston State Bank and one leasing division, GrowthFunding Equipment Finance. The Company has been serving communities in Utah and southern Idaho for more than 100 years. PUB is committed to preserving the community bank model with a full range of bank products and technologies. More information about PUB is available at www.peoplesutah.com.

     
    PEOPLE’S UTAH BANCORP
    SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
     
      As of or Year-to-Date 
      March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
    (Dollars in thousands, except share data) 2017  2016  2016 
    Financial Condition Data:            
    Average loans $1,135,689  $1,095,619  $1,060,790 
    Average earning assets  1,585,312   1,516,139   1,466,419 
    Average total assets  1,667,071   1,598,198   1,546,945 
    Average shareholders’ equity  232,269   221,044   213,443 
                 
    Selected Balance Sheet Financial Ratios:            
    Book value per share $13.07  $12.82  $12.16 
    Tangible book value per share $13.04  $12.79  $12.12 
    Non-performing assets to total assets  0.35%  0.34%  0.37%
    Allowance for loan losses to gross loans  1.42%  1.46%  1.45%
    Loans to Deposits  78.20%  78.87%  80.61%
                 
    Asset Quality Data:            
    Non-performing loans $5,703  $5,357  $5,187 
    Non-performing assets  5,948   5,602   5,831 
    Net charge-offs (recoveries)  271   (258)  34 
                 
    Capital Ratios:            
    Tier 1 leverage capital (1)  14.10%  13.71%  13.85%
    Total risk-based capital (1)  20.11%  20.19%  19.07%
    Average equity to average assets  13.93%  13.83%  13.80%
    Tangible common equity to tangible assets (4)  13.61%  13.69%  13.81%
                 


      Three Months Ended 
      March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
      2017  2016  2016 
    Selected Performance Ratios:            
    Basic earnings per share $0.36  $0.37  $0.30 
    Diluted earnings per share $0.36  $0.36  $0.29 
    Net interest margin (2)  4.55%  4.58%  4.58%
    Efficiency ratio (3)  56.83%  55.33%  59.30%
    Non-interest income to average assets  1.00%  1.03%  0.98%
    Non-interest expense to average assets  3.03%  2.98%  3.16%
    Return on average assets  1.59%  1.56%  1.36%
    Return on average equity  11.39%  11.42%  9.88%
    Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans  0.10%  -0.14%  0.01%

    (1) Tier 1 leverage capital and Total risk-based capital as of March 31, 2017 are estimates.
    (2) Net interest margin is defined as net interest income divided by average earning assets.
    (3) Represents non-interest expense all divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
    (4) Represents the sum of total shareholders’ equity less intangible assets all divided by the sum of total assets less intangible assets. Intangible assets were $557,000, $581,000 and $654,000 at March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016, and March 31, 2016, respectively.

    PEOPLE’S UTAH BANCORP
    UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
     
      March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
    (Dollars in thousands, except share data) 2017  2016  2016 
    ASSETS            
    Cash and due from banks $25,773  $26,524  $20,973 
    Interest bearing deposits  62,171   37,958   20,434 
    Federal funds sold  2,884   3,456   5,488 
    Total cash and cash equivalents  90,828   67,938   46,895 
    Investment securities:            
    Available for sale, at fair value  334,249   335,609   313,641 
    Held to maturity, at historical cost  78,041   73,512   64,272 
    Total investment securities  412,290   409,121   377,913 
    Non-marketable equity securities  1,959   1,827   1,827 
    Loans held for sale  13,053   20,826   13,123 
    Loans:            
    Loans held for investment  1,152,030   1,119,877   1,070,146 
    Less allowance for loan losses  (16,644)  (16,715)  (15,723)
    Total loans held for investment, net  1,135,386   1,103,162   1,054,423 
    Premises and equipment, net  22,701   21,926   22,027 
    Accrued interest receivable  5,779   5,557   5,826 
    Deferred income tax assets  9,731   9,799   7,753 
    Other real estate owned  245   245   644 
    Bank-owned life insurance  19,842   19,714   19,308 
    Other assets  5,834   5,866   5,933 
    Total assets $1,717,648  $1,665,981  $1,555,672 
                 
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
    Deposits:            
    Non-interest bearing deposits $462,886  $443,100  $407,849 
    Interest bearing deposits  1,005,779   981,974   916,467 
    Total deposits  1,468,665   1,425,074   1,324,316 
    Short-term borrowings  3,372   3,199   2,549 
    Accrued interest payable  279   305   309 
    Other liabilities  11,087   8,886   13,116 
    Total liabilities  1,483,403   1,437,464   1,340,290 
    Commitments and contingencies            
    Shareholders’ equity:            
    Preferred shares, $0.01 par value  -   -   - 
    Common shares, $0.01 par value  179   178   177 
    Additional paid-in capital  69,256   68,657   67,924 
    Retained earnings  165,782   160,692   146,233 
    Accumulated other comprehensive income  (972)  (1,010)  1,048 
    Total shareholders’ equity  234,245   228,517   215,382 
    Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $1,717,648  $1,665,981  $1,555,672 
                 
    Common shares outstanding  17,925,284   17,819,538   17,715,348 
                 


    PEOPLE’S UTAH BANCORP
    UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
     
      Three Months Ended 
    (Dollars in thousands, except share March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
     and per share data) 2017  2016  2016 
    Interest income            
    Interest and fees on loans $16,853  $17,453  $15,851 
    Interest and dividends on investments  1,705   1,592   1,603 
    Total interest income  18,558   19,045   17,454 
    Interest expense  766   712   754 
    Net interest income  17,792   18,333   16,700 
    Provision for loan losses  200   150   200 
    Net interest income after provision for loan losses  17,592   18,183   16,500 
    Non-interest income            
    Service charges on deposit accounts  536   555   513 
    Card processing  1,124   1,155   1,031 
    Mortgage banking  1,979   2,209   1,748 
    Other operating  486   413   471 
    Total non-interest income  4,125   4,332   3,763 
    Non-interest expense            
    Salaries and employee benefits  7,967   7,924   7,884 
    Occupancy, equipment and depreciation  1,117   1,131   988 
    Data processing  675   754   707 
    FDIC premiums  126   124   195 
    Card processing  529   530   590 
    Marketing and advertising  262   284   169 
    Other  1,780   1,793   1,602 
    Total non-interest expense  12,456   12,540   12,135 
    Income before income tax expense  9,261   9,975   8,128 
    Income tax expense  2,740   3,433   2,885 
    Net income $6,521  $6,542  $5,243 
                 
    Earnings per common share:            
    Basic $0.36  $0.37  $0.30 
    Diluted $0.36  $0.36  $0.29 
                 
    Weighted average common shares outstanding:            
    Basic  17,884,026   17,795,526   17,632,288 
    Diluted  18,316,331   18,312,822   18,124,392 
      


    PEOPLE’S UTAH BANCORP
    SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS
     
      Three Months Ended 
      March 31, 2017  March 31, 2016 
          Interest  Average      Interest  Average 
      Average  Income/  Yield/  Average  Income/  Yield/ 
    (Dollars in thousands, except footnotes) Balance  Expense  Rate  Balance  Expense  Rate 
    Taxable securities (1) $314,779  $1,201   1.55% $291,626  $1,139   1.57%
    Non-taxable securities (1) (2)  92,164   649   2.86%  95,418   682   2.87%
    Loans (3) (4)  1,135,689   16,853   6.02%  1,060,790   15,851   6.01%
    Total interest earning assets  1,585,312   18,785   4.81%  1,466,419   17,692   4.85%
    Total average assets  1,667,071           1,546,945         
    Total interest bearing deposits  993,483   766   0.31%  934,181   754   0.32%
    Shareholders’ equity  232,269           213,443         
    Net interest income (tax-equivalent)      18,019           16,938     
    Net interest margin (tax-equivalent)          4.61%          4.65%
                             

    (1) Excludes average unrealized gains (losses) of ($1.7 million) and $726,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
    (2) Includes tax effect on tax-exempt investment security income of $227,000 and $238,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
    (3) Loan interest income includes loan fees of $1.5 million and $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. 
    (4) Excludes average non-accrual loans of $5.5 million and $6.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Wolfgang T. N. Muelleck
    Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
    1 East Main Street
    American Fork UT 84003
    investorrelations@peoplesutah.com
    Phone: 801-642-3998

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