HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. Announces 2021 Second Quarter Earnings

BROCKTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “HarborOne”) (NASDAQ: HONE), the holding company for HarborOne Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income of $14.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $19.4 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the preceding quarter and $10.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, net income was $33.7 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to $15.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Selected Second Quarter Financial Highlights:

Recorded a reversal of provision of $4.3 million, reflecting an improved economic outlook.

Maintained strong asset quality and had annualized net recoveries of 0.02%.

Completed first share repurchase program at an average price per share of $11.32; second share repurchase program launched.

Accelerating customer activity and deposit account fee reinstatement drove a deposit account fee increase of 18%.

Commercial loan growth of $24.2 million, or 1.2%, excluding the change in U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans.

Cost of funds continue to decline, decreasing 7 basis points.

“We remain focused on the disciplined management of key business drivers, from asset quality to cost of funds to investments in our digital banking capabilities,” said Jim Blake, CEO. Added Joseph Casey, President and COO, “We continued our de novo branch expansion with our second Boston branch, and believe we’re well positioned to take advantage of the significant market dislocation we expect in Q4 and Q1 2022 with two in-market community bank mergers.”

Net Interest Income

The Company’s net interest and dividend income was $32.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, up $478,000, or 1.5%, from $32.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and up $3.1 million, or 10.5%, from $29.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The tax equivalent interest rate spread and net interest margin were 2.93% and 3.06%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to 2.99% and 3.14%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and 2.75% and 3.00%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Net interest margin and the tax equivalent interest rate spread continue to be impacted by low interest rates, elevated loan prepayments, and the recognition of deferred fees on U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. The decrease in the yield on interest-earning assets was partially offset by the continued favorable repricing of deposits. It is expected that interest rates will remain low during 2021, resulting in continued margin pressure.

The quarter-over-quarter increase in net interest and dividend income included an increase of $40,000, or 0.1%, in total interest and dividend income and a decrease of $438,000, or 11.5%, in total interest expense. The increase in total interest and dividend income primarily reflected a $117.2 million increase in average earning assets, partially offset by a 13-basis point decrease in the yield on average earning assets. The yield on loans was 4.00% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, up from 3.93% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as low interest rates were offset by recognition of deferred fees, accretion income and prepayment penalties. The three months ended June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021 include the recognition of deferred fees on PPP loans in the amount of $1.3 million and $1.5 million, respectively. Interest on loans in the second quarter included $1.0 million in accretion income from the fair value discount on loans acquired in connection with the merger with Coastway Bancorp, Inc. and $244,000 in prepayment penalties on commercial loans. Accretion income and prepayment penalties in the preceding quarter were $1.2 million and $153,000, respectively.

The decrease in total interest expense primarily reflected a decrease in interest rates, resulting in a 7-basis point decrease in the cost of interest-bearing deposits. The mix of deposits continues to shift as customers move to more liquid options. The average balance of certificate of deposit accounts decreased quarter over quarter by $18.1 million, while the savings account average balance increased $59.7 million from the preceding quarter. Average Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLB”) advances decreased $5.6 million, and the cost of those funds increased one basis point, resulting in a decrease of $21,000 in interest expense on FHLB borrowings.

The increase in net interest and dividend income from the prior year quarter reflected a decrease of $3.8 million, or 53.2%, in total interest expense, partially offset by a $734,000, or 2.0%, decrease in total interest and dividend income. The decreases reflect rate and volume changes in both interest-bearing assets and liabilities. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 53 basis points while the average balance increased $76.9 million. The yield on interest-earning assets decreased 35 basis points while the average balance increased $309.8 million.

Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income decreased $16.1 million, or 42.6%, to $21.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, from $37.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. Mortgage loan demand decreased as refinancing activity slowed and gain-on-sale margins narrowed, negatively impacting total mortgage banking income. Mortgage loan closings of $638.8 million resulted in a gain on loan sales of $14.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, as compared to $760.2 million in mortgage closings and $24.8 million in gain on sales for the preceding quarter. The decrease in refinancing volume and low for-sale inventory resulted in the locked residential mortgage pipeline decreasing $99.8 million and negatively impacted the fair value of the derivative mortgage commitments recorded through the gain on loan sales. The change in the fair value of derivatives included in mortgage banking income was a negative $5.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 as compared to a positive $4,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

The change in the fair value of mortgage servicing rights also negatively impacted mortgage banking income. The fair value of the mortgage servicing rights decreased $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, as compared to a $5.0 million increase for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The 10-year Treasury Constant Maturity rate decreased 29 basis points in the second quarter of 2021 and increased 81 basis points in the first quarter of 2021. The change in the fair value of the mortgage servicing rights is generally consistent with the change in the 10-year Treasury Constant Maturity rate. As interest rates rise and prepayment speeds slow, mortgage servicing rights values tend to increase; conversely, as interest rates fall and prepayment speeds quicken mortgage servicing rights values tend to decrease. The negative impact on mortgage servicing rights when rates fall in the future may be muted, as mortgage servicing rights originated during the second half of 2020 were at historically low rates. Additionally residential mortgage loan payoffs resulted in a decrease of mortgage servicing rights in the amount of $1.5 million and $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively.

Deposit account fees increased $694,000, or 18.0%, to $4.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, from $3.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 as customer activity rebounded and normal deposit account fees were reinstated.

Total noninterest income decreased $16.9 million, or 43.7%, as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, primarily due to a $18.0 million, or 53.3%, decrease in mortgage banking income, primarily driven by the decrease in loan closings and narrowing gain-on-sale margins in 2021. The decrease in mortgage banking income was offset by a $1.6 million increase in deposit account fees.

Noninterest Expense

Total noninterest expenses were $38.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $4.2 million, or 9.8%, from the quarter ended March 31, 2021, primarily driven by a $2.3 million decrease in compensation and benefits expense, and a $1.2 million decrease in loan expense. Both decreases reflect the decrease in residential mortgage loan closings at HarborOne Mortgage, LLC (“HarborOne Mortgage”). In response to the decrease in mortgage origination volume HarborOne Mortgage reduced its workforce by 12 full-time equivalents, and an additional 8 full-time equivalents were lost through attrition, with an expected annual savings of $1.1 million. All expenses related to the workforce reduction were incurred in the second quarter.

Total noninterest expenses decreased $5.2 million, or 11.8%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Compensation and benefits decreased $2.3 million and loan expenses decreased $1.5 million, consistent with the decrease in residential mortgage loan closings. Other expenses decreased $1.8 million, as the three months ended June 30, 2020 included $1.4 million in COVID-19 pandemic related expenses.

Income Tax Provision

The effective tax rate was 28.3% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to 28.1% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and 25.8% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Provision for Loan Losses and Asset Quality

The Company recorded a reversal of provision for loan losses of $4.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to provision of $91,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and $10.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The allowance for loan losses was $51.3 million, or 1.50% of total loans at June 30, 2021, compared to $55.4 million, or 1.60% of total loans at March 31, 2021 and $36.1 million, or 1.04% of total loans at June 30, 2020. Changes in the provision for loan losses are based on management’s assessment of loan portfolio growth and composition changes, historical charge-off trends, and ongoing evaluation of credit quality and current economic conditions.

The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 included adjustments for our quarterly analysis of our historical and peer loss experience rates, commercial real estate loan growth, an increase of general reserve allocation of 5 basis points on jumbo residential mortgage loans, and a $1.5 million specific reserve on one commercial credit. Positive economic and pandemic trends also resulted in a $6.4 million negative provision for COVID-19. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 included adjustments based on our quarterly analysis of our historical and peer loss experience rates and commercial loan growth. Given stabilized credit quality trends, we made no additional provision directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2021 as loan deferrals have largely expired without significant delinquency issues, and trends in the at-risk portfolios remained positive. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 included adjustments for our quarterly analysis of our historical and peer loss experience rates, commercial real estate loan growth, and a $5.7 million provision directly related to the estimate of inherent losses resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In estimating the provision for the COVID-19 pandemic, management considered economic factors, including unemployment rates and the interest rate environment, the volume and dollar amount of requests for payment deferrals, and the loan risk profile of each loan type. Positive economic trends, vaccination rates, and COVID-19 cases, low delinquency levels, and status of deferred loans resulted in management reducing provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter of 2021 with a reversal of provision of $6.4 million. There was no additional provisions provided for the COVID-19 pandemic for the first quarter of 2021. An additional provision of $1.7 million was provided to the commercial loan categories for the three months ended December 31, 2020. No additional provisions specific to the COVID-19 pandemic were provided for the residential real estate or consumer loan portfolios in the fourth quarter of 2020. The additional provisions provided to each loan category for the three months ended June 30, 2020 amounted to allocations of $1.6 million to the residential real estate portfolio, $3.2 million to the commercial portfolio and $935,000 to the consumer portfolio.

Management continues to evaluate our loan portfolio, particularly the commercial loan portfolio, in light of current economic conditions, the mitigating effects of government stimulus, and loan modification efforts designed to limit the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our commercial loan portfolio is diversified across many sectors and is largely secured by commercial real estate loans, which make up 73.1% of the total commercial loan portfolio. Management initially identified six sectors as the most susceptible to increased credit risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: retail, office space, hotels, health and social services, restaurants, and recreation. In the second quarter of 2021, as part of ongoing monitoring of the at-risk sectors, management determined that the health and social services sector no longer presents an additional risk from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic has abated, borrowers in this sector have returned to pre-pandemic revenue and profitability levels. Health and social services operations supported by first-round PPP loans have a 100% forgiveness rate. Further, over the last eight quarters, the sector has experienced a positive migration in obligor risk ratings and no watch or substandard credits, and delinquency in the sector is currently zero. The total loan portfolio of the remaining five commercial sectors identified as at risk totaled $764.7 million, which represents 35.8% of the commercial loan portfolio. The five currently identified at-risk sectors include $646.6 million in commercial real estate loans, $77.2 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $40.9 million in commercial construction loans. Non-performing loans included in the at-risk sectors amounted to $12.5 million at June 30, 2021, of which $12.2 million was included in the hotels sector.

As of June 30, 2021, the retail sector was $264.6 million, or 12.4% of total commercial loans, and included $221.4 million in commercial real estate loans, $26.8 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $16.3 million in commercial construction loans. PPP loans included in this sector totaled $477,000. There are no active deferrals for loans in this sector and expired deferrals are paying as expected. We originated $5.4 million loans during the second quarter that are within the retail sector.

As of June 30, 2021, the office space sector was $210.6 million, or 9.9% of total commercial loans, and included $194.2 million in commercial real estate loans, $15.5 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $854,000 in commercial construction loans. There are no active deferrals for loans and expired deferrals are paying as expected. No PPP loans were originated in this sector. We originated $5.0 million loans during the second quarter that are within the office space sector.

As of June 30, 2021, the hotel sector was $212.1 million, or 9.9% of total commercial loans, and included $201.2 million in commercial real estate loans, $2.1 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $8.8 million in commercial construction loans. PPP loans included in the sector totaled $87,000. Active deferrals for loans in this sector had outstanding principal balances of $7.7 million and one loan with an outstanding principal balance of $254,000 had an expired deferral period and is greater than 30 days delinquent. At June 30, 2021, nonperforming loans included in the hotel sector amount to $12.2 million. One of the non-accrual loans amounted to $9.0 million with a deferral period that expired in the second quarter of 2021, however it was determined in the fourth quarter of 2020 that weaknesses in the borrower’s credit warranted a downgrade to substandard and nonaccrual status. A specific reserve of $1.8 million has been allocated to this loan. The Bank is receiving payments of interest only on its pro rata share of the loan in accordance with a forbearance agreement, in part through a non-revolving line of credit provided solely by the lead bank.

As of June 30, 2021, the restaurant sector amounted to $58.6 million, or 2.7% of total commercial loans, including $1.8 million in PPP loans. Active deferrals for loans in this sector had outstanding principal balances of $3.3 million. The recreation sector amounted to $18.8 million, or 0.9% of total commercial loans, including $94,000 in PPP loans. There are no active deferrals for loans in this sector and expired deferrals are paying as expected.

We provided access to the PPP to both our existing customers and new customers, to ensure small businesses in the communities we serve have access to this important lifeline for their businesses. In the second quarter of 2021 we originated $4.0 million in PPP loans with processing fees of $345,000 and processed forgiveness on $63.1 million loans. We have processed forgiveness on approximately 95% of PPP loans executed in 2020 with a success rate above 99%. As of June 30, 2021, PPP loans amounted to $105.2 million and there was $4.1 million in deferred processing fee income that will be recognized over the life of the loans.

We are also working with commercial loan customers that may need payment deferrals or other accommodations to keep their loans out of default through the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 30, 2021, we have three active payment deferrals on commercial loans with a total principal balance of $11.0 million, or 0.5% of total commercial loans, all of which are loans included in an at-risk sector. As of June 30, 2021, 96.2% of the commercial deferrals have expired and the borrower is making payments as agreed, 0.1% of the commercial deferrals have expired and the borrower is delinquent, and 3.7% are in active deferral period. The active commercial deferrals are scheduled to expire during 2021. We are no longer providing deferrals under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act but continue to consider accommodations in the normal course of business.

The residential loan and consumer loan portfolios have not experienced significant credit quality deterioration as of June 30, 2021; however, the continuing impact and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic may result in increases in delinquencies, charge-offs and loan modifications in these portfolios through the remainder of 2021. As of June 30, 2021, we had eight active payment deferrals on residential mortgage loans with a total principal balance of $2.9 million, or 0.3% of total residential loans. As of June 30, 2021 89.8% of the deferrals have expired and are paying as agreed, 3.3% have expired and are delinquent and 6.9% are in active deferral periods. We had three active payment deferrals on consumer loans with a total principal balance of $22,000 and 96.2% of the consumer loan deferrals have expired and are paying as agreed. Requests for additional extensions on residential mortgage loans and consumer loans were not significant as of June 30, 2021.

Net recoveries totaled $175,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, or 0.02% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis. Net charge-offs totaled $102,000, or 0.01% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and $286,000, or 0.03% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Credit quality performance has remained strong with total nonperforming assets of $32.7 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $32.9 million at March 31, 2021 and $38.6 million at June 30, 2020. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets were 0.71% at both June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, and 0.86% at June 30, 2020.

Balance Sheet

Total assets increased $10.5 million, or 0.2%, to $4.62 billion at June 30, 2021 from $4.61 billion at March 31, 2021. The increase primarily reflects an increase of $92.9 million in short-term investments and a $49.7 million increase in securities available for sale partially offset by a $106.6 million decrease in loans held for sale and a $37.6 million decrease in net loans.

Net loans decreased $37.6 million, or 1.1%, to $3.37 billion at June 30, 2021 from $3.41 billion at March 31, 2021. The net decrease in loans for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was primarily due to decreases in consumer loans of $41.8 million and commercial and industrial loans of $32.2 million, partially offset by increases in residential mortgage loans of $34.1 million. The decrease in commercial and industrial loans is primarily due to forgiveness of PPP loans during the quarter. Excluding the change in PPP loans total commercial loans increased $24.2 million, primarily due to an increase in commercial and industrial loans. The allowance for loan losses was $51.3 million at June 30, 2021 and $55.4 million at March 31, 2021, the change primarily reflecting the negative $4.3 million provision for loan losses recorded in the second quarter.

Total deposits increased $13.4 million, or 0.4%, to $3.69 billion at June 30, 2021 from $3.67 billion at March 31, 2021. Compared to the prior quarter, non-certificate accounts increased $27.2 million and term certificate accounts decreased $13.8 million. FHLB borrowings decreased $10.0 million, or 10.3%, to $87.5 million at June 30, 2021 from $97.5 million at March 31, 2021.

Total stockholders’ equity was $705.5 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $698.1 million at March 31, 2021 and $684.4 million at June 30, 2020. During the second quarter, the Company completed a share repurchase program adopted September 3, 2020 repurchasing 2,920,900 shares of the Company’s common stock at an average cost of $11.32 per share. The Company adopted a second share repurchase program on April 16, 2021 to repurchase up to 2,790,903 shares of the Company’s common stock, or approximately 5% of the Company’s outstanding shares. The Company repurchased 418,452 shares at an average cost of $14.41 per share through June 30, 2021, under the second share repurchase program. The tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio was 13.91% at June 30, 2021, 13.77% at March 31, 2021, and 13.88% at June 30, 2020. At June 30, 2021, the Company and the Bank had strong capital positions and exceeded all regulatory capital requirements.

About HarborOne Bancorp, Inc.

HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for HarborOne Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered savings bank. HarborOne Bank serves the financial needs of consumers, businesses, and municipalities throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a network of 27 full-service branches located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and a commercial lending office in each of Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. The Bank also provides a range of educational services through “HarborOne U,” with classes on small business, financial literacy and personal enrichment at two campuses located adjacent to our Brockton and Mansfield locations.

Contacts

Linda Simmons, EVP, CFO 508 895-1379

 

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