Independent Bank Corp. Reports First Quarter Net Income of $47.8 Million

Results reflect underlying strength of franchise

ROCKLAND, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Independent Bank Corp. (Nasdaq Global Select Market: INDB), parent of Rockland Trust Company, today announced 2024 first quarter net income of $47.8 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, compared to 2023 fourth quarter net income of $54.8 million, or $1.26 per diluted share.

The Company generated a return on average assets of 1.00% and a return on average common equity of 6.63% for the first quarter of 2024, as compared to 1.13% and 7.51%, respectively, for the prior quarter.

“Our first quarter results reflect our steady commitment to focusing on our core fundamentals – disciplined growth, core funding prioritization, strong credit monitoring, and expense management. We remain confident that we are well-positioned to create long term value for our shareholders while successfully navigating through this challenging macro environment”, said Jeffrey Tengel, the Chief Executive Officer of Independent Bank Corp. and Rockland Trust Company.

BALANCE SHEET

Total assets of $19.3 billion at March 31, 2024 remained relatively consistent with the prior quarter level and decreased by $117.7 million, or 0.6%, as compared to March 31, 2023.

Total loans at March 31, 2024 of $14.3 billion increased by $52.5 million, or 0.4% (1.5% annualized), compared to the prior quarter level. This growth was primarily driven by the commercial real estate loan portfolio, which increased $67.3 million, or 0.8% (3.4% annualized) for the quarter, primarily reflecting transfers from the construction portfolio, modest new origination activity, and reduced levels of paydowns. The small business portfolio also continued its steady growth, rising by 3.9% during the first quarter of 2024, while the total consumer real estate portfolio remained generally in line with the prior quarter.

Deposit levels also resumed growth during the quarter, with balances of $15.0 billion at March 31, 2024, rising by $177.7 million, or 1.2%, from December 31, 2023. This increase was driven primarily by municipal deposit inflows and consumer demand for higher cost time deposits, partially offset by seasonal business deposit outflows. Though some level of product remixing persists, total noninterest bearing demand deposits comprised 29.7% of total deposits at March 31, 2024. Core deposits, inclusive of reciprocal deposits, represented 83.2% of total deposits at March 31, 2024, as compared to 84.6% at December 31, 2023. The total cost of deposits for the first quarter increased 17 basis points to 1.48% compared to the prior quarter, reflective of the competitive market environment and ongoing customer preference for higher yielding accounts.

In conjunction with deposit growth during the quarter, total borrowings declined by $193.0 million, or 15.8%, during the first quarter of 2024. The decrease was driven primarily by a reduction in Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings of $143.0 million, or 12.9%. Additionally, the Company fully redeemed its outstanding subordinated debentures with an aggregate principal amount of $50.0 million.

The securities portfolio decreased by $85.1 million, or 2.9%, compared to December 31, 2023, driven primarily by paydowns, maturities, and unrealized losses of $4.0 million in the available for sale portfolio. Total securities represented 14.7% of total assets at March 31, 2024, as compared to 15.1% at December 31, 2023.

During the first quarter of 2024, the Company repurchased 532,266 shares of its common stock for $31.0 million at an average price per share of $58.22, marking the completion of its previously announced $100 million buyback program. Stockholders’ equity at March 31, 2024 remained generally consistent when compared to December 31, 2023, as the impact of share repurchase activity and the common dividend declared during the first quarter was offset by strong earnings. The Company’s ratio of common equity to assets of 14.92% at March 31, 2024 represented a decrease of 4 basis points from December 31, 2023 and an increase of 36 basis points from March 31, 2023. The Company’s book value per share increased by $0.41, or 0.6%, to $67.94 at March 31, 2024 as compared to the prior quarter. The Company’s tangible book value per share at March 31, 2024 rose by $0.21, or 0.5%, from the prior quarter to $44.34, and represented an increase of 7.3% from the year ago period. The Company’s ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets of 10.27% at March 31, 2024 represented a decrease of 4 basis points from the prior quarter and an increase of 38 basis points from the year ago period. Please refer to Appendix A for a detailed reconciliation of Non-GAAP balance sheet metrics.

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income for the first quarter of 2024 decreased 5.3% to $137.4 million compared to $145.1 million for the prior quarter, as rising deposit costs continued to counter the benefit of repriced assets, resulting in a reduction in net interest margin of 15 basis points to 3.23% for the quarter.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income of $29.9 million for the first quarter of 2024 represented a decrease of $2.1 million, or 6.6%, as compared to the prior quarter. Significant changes in noninterest income for the first quarter of 2024 compared to the prior quarter included the following:

Investment management and advisory income increased by $123,000, or 1.3%, primarily driven by elevated asset-based revenue, which increased by $277,000, or 3.2%, offset by slightly lower commission and other revenue. Total assets under administration increased by $266.1 million, or 4.1%, to a record level of $6.8 billion at March 31, 2024.

Mortgage banking income grew by $187,000, or 30.7%, driven primarily by a greater portion of new originations sold in the secondary market versus being retained in the Company’s portfolio.

Loan level derivative income decreased by $722,000, or 90.0% primarily due to lower demand.

Other noninterest income decreased by $1.5 million, or 19.8%, driven primarily by volatility in non-core components, including lower unrealized gains on equity securities, while the prior quarter also included an outsized $1.0 million gain from the purchase of discounted tax credits.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense of $99.9 million for the first quarter of 2024 represented a decrease of $860,000, or 0.9%, as compared to the prior quarter. Significant changes in noninterest expense for the first quarter compared to the prior quarter included the following:

Salaries and employee benefits increased by $786,000, or 1.4%, due primarily to seasonal increases in payroll taxes, partially offset by decreased commissions and equity compensation.

Occupancy and equipment expenses increased by $413,000, or 3.2%, due mainly to seasonal increases in snow removal and utilities costs, partially offset by one-time lease termination costs recorded during the fourth quarter of 2023.

FDIC assessment decreased $1.0 million, or 24.4%, from the prior quarter, driven primarily by the FDIC special assessment recognized by the Company.

Other noninterest expense decreased by $1.2 million, or 4.6%, due primarily to decreases in consultant fees, advertising, and subscriptions, partially offset by increased card issuance costs.

The Company’s tax rate for the first quarter of 2024 increased to 23.56%, compared to 22.72% for the prior quarter, primarily due to changes in discrete items realized in both quarters.

ASSET QUALITY

The first quarter provision for credit losses was $5.0 million as compared to $5.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2023. Net charge-offs were minimal at $274,000 for the first quarter of 2024, or 0.01% of average loans annualized, versus $3.8 million, or 0.11% of average loans annualized, in the prior quarter, with the decline driven by negligible net charge-offs in the commercial real estate portfolio in the first quarter. Nonperforming loans increased slightly to $56.9 million, or 0.40% of total loans at March 31, 2024, as compared to $54.4 million, or 0.38% of total loans at December 31, 2023. Delinquencies as a percentage of total loans increased 8 basis points from the prior quarter to 0.52% at March 31, 2024.

The allowance for credit losses on total loans increased to $146.9 million at March 31, 2024 compared to $142.2 million at December 31, 2023, and represents 1.03% and 1.00% of total loans, at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Jeffrey Tengel, Chief Executive Officer, and Mark Ruggiero, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Consumer Lending, will host a conference call to discuss first quarter earnings at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 19, 2024. Internet access to the call is available on the Company’s website at https://INDB.RocklandTrust.com or via telephonic access by dial-in at 1-888-336-7153 reference: INDB. A replay of the call will be available by calling 1-877-344-7529, Replay Conference Number: 5035315 and will be available through April 26, 2024. Additionally, a webcast replay will be available on the Company’s website until April 19, 2025.

ABOUT INDEPENDENT BANK CORP.

Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: INDB) is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. With retail branches in Eastern Massachusetts and Worcester County as well as commercial banking and investment management offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Rockland Trust offers a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services to individuals, families, and businesses. The Bank also offers a full suite of mobile, online, and telephone banking services. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing Lender.

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Company. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as “expect,” “achieve,” “plan,” “believe,” “future,” “positioned,” “continued,” “will,” “would,” “potential,” or similar statements or variations of such terms. Actual results may differ from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements.

Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

adverse economic conditions in the regional and local economies within the New England region and the Company’s market area;

events impacting the financial services industry, including high profile bank failures, and any resulting decreased confidence in banks among depositors, investors, and other counterparties, as well as competition for deposits, significant disruption, volatility and depressed valuations of equity and other securities of banks in the capital markets;

the effects to the Company of an increasingly competitive labor market, including the possibility that the Company will have to devote significant resources to attract and retain qualified personnel;

the instability or volatility in financial markets and unfavorable domestic or global general economic, political or business conditions, whether caused by geopolitical concerns, including the Russia/Ukraine conflict, the conflict in Israel and surrounding areas and the possible expansion of such conflicts, changes in U.S. and international trade policies, or other factors, and the potential impact of such factors on the Company and its customers, including the potential for decreases in deposits and loan demand, unanticipated loan delinquencies, loss of collateral and decreased service revenues;

unanticipated loan delinquencies, loss of collateral, decreased service revenues, and other potential negative effects on the Company’s local economies or the Company’s business caused by adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, changes in climate, public health crises or other external events and any actions taken by governmental authorities in response to any such events;

adverse changes or volatility in the local real estate market;

changes in interest rates and any resulting impact on interest earning assets and/or interest bearing liabilities, the level of voluntary prepayments on loans and the receipt of payments on mortgage-backed securities, decreased loan demand or increased difficulty in the ability of borrowers to repay variable rate loans;

acquisitions may not produce results at levels or within time frames originally anticipated and may result in unforeseen integration issues or impairment of goodwill and/or other intangibles;

the effect of laws, regulations, new requirements or expectations, or additional regulatory oversight in the highly regulated financial services industry, including as a result of intensified regulatory scrutiny in the aftermath of certain bank failures in 2023 and the resulting need to invest in technology to meet heightened regulatory expectations, increased costs of compliance or required adjustments to strategy;

changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;

higher than expected tax expense, including as a result of failure to comply with general tax laws and changes in tax laws;

increased competition in the Company’s market areas, including competition that could impact deposit gathering, retention of deposits and the cost of deposits, increased competition due to the demand for innovative products and service offerings, and competition from non-depository institutions which may be subject to fewer regulatory constraints and lower cost structures;

a deterioration in the conditions of the securities markets;

a deterioration of the credit rating for U.S. long-term sovereign debt or uncertainties surrounding the federal budget;

inability to adapt to changes in information technology, including changes to industry accepted delivery models driven by a migration to the internet as a means of service delivery, including any inability to effectively implement new technology-driven products, such as artificial intelligence;

electronic or other fraudulent activity within the financial services industry, especially in the commercial banking sector;

adverse changes in consumer spending and savings habits;

the effect of laws and regulations regarding the financial services industry, including the need to invest in technology to meet heightened regulatory expectations or introduction of new requirements or expectations resulting in increased costs of compliance or required adjustments to strategy;

changes in laws and regulations (including laws and regulations concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance) generally applicable to the Company’s business and the associated costs of such changes;

the Company’s potential judgments, claims, damages, penalties, fines and reputational damage resulting from pending or future litigation and regulatory and government actions;

changes in accounting policies, practices and standards, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and other accounting standard setters;

operational risks related to cyber threats, attacks, intrusions, and fraud which could lead to interruptions or disruptions of the Company’s operating systems, including systems that are customer facing, and adversely impact the Company’s business; and

any unexpected material adverse changes in the Company’s operations or earnings.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements as the Company’s business and its forward-looking statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (“Risk Factors”). Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events or otherwise. Any public statements or disclosures by the Company following this release which modify or impact any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release will be deemed to modify or supersede such statements in this release. In addition to the information set forth in this press release, you should carefully consider the Risk Factors.

This press release and the appendices attached to it contain financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). This information may include operating net income and operating earnings per share (“EPS”), operating return on average assets, operating return on average common equity, operating return on average tangible common equity, core net interest margin (“core margin”), tangible book value per share and the tangible common equity ratio.

Operating net income, operating EPS, operating return on average assets and operating return on average common equity, exclude items that management believes are unrelated to the Company’s core banking business such as merger and acquisition expenses, and other items, if applicable. Management uses operating net income and related ratios and operating EPS to measure the strength of the Company’s core banking business and to identify trends that may to some extent be obscured by such items. Management reviews its core margin to determine any items that may impact the net interest margin that may be one-time in nature or not reflective of its core operating environment, such as significant purchase accounting adjustments or other adjustments such as nonaccrual interest reversals/recoveries and prepayment penalties. Management believes that adjusting for these items to arrive at a core margin provides additional insight into the operating environment and how management decisions impact the net interest margin.

Management also supplements its evaluation of financial performance with analysis of tangible book value per share (which is computed by dividing stockholders’ equity less goodwill and identifiable intangible assets, or “tangible common equity”, by common shares outstanding), the tangible common equity ratio (which is computed by dividing tangible common equity by “tangible assets”, defined as total assets less goodwill and other intangibles), and return on average tangible common equity (which is computed by dividing net income by average tangible common equity). The Company has included information on tangible book value per share, the tangible common equity ratio and return on average tangible common equity because management believes that investors may find it useful to have access to the same analytical tools used by management. As a result of merger and acquisition activity, the Company has recognized goodwill and other intangible assets in conjunction with business combination accounting principles. Excluding the impact of goodwill and other intangibles in measuring asset and capital values for the ratios provided, along with other bank standard capital ratios, provides a framework to compare the capital adequacy of the Company to other companies in the financial services industry.

These non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results and other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. An item which management excludes when computing these non-GAAP measures can be of substantial importance to the Company’s results for any particular quarter or year. The Company’s non-GAAP performance measures, including operating net income, operating EPS, operating return on average assets, operating return on average common equity, core margin, tangible book value per share and the tangible common equity ratio, are not necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures which may be presented by other companies.

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INDEPENDENT BANK CORP. FINANCIAL SUMMARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Change

 

% Change

 

March 31
2024

 

December 31
2023

 

March 31
2023

 

Mar 2024 vs.

 

Mar 2024 vs.

 

 

 

 

Dec 2023

 

Mar 2023

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and due from banks

$

165,331

 

 

$

178,861

 

 

$

179,923

 

 

(7.56)%

 

(8.11)%

Interest-earning deposits with banks

 

55,985

 

 

 

45,469

 

 

 

322,621

 

 

23.13%

 

(82.65)%

Securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading

 

4,759

 

 

 

4,987

 

 

 

4,469

 

 

(4.57)%

 

6.49%

Equities

 

22,858

 

 

 

22,510

 

 

 

21,503

 

 

1.55%

 

6.30%

Available for sale

 

1,272,831

 

 

 

1,334,256

 

 

 

1,405,602

 

 

(4.60)%

 

(9.45)%

Held to maturity

 

1,545,267

 

 

 

1,569,107

 

 

 

1,678,376

 

 

(1.52)%

 

(7.93)%

Total securities

 

2,845,715

 

 

 

2,930,860

 

 

 

3,109,950

 

 

(2.91)%

 

(8.50)%

Loans held for sale

 

11,340

 

 

 

6,368

 

 

 

1,130

 

 

78.08%

 

903.54%

Loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

1,580,041

 

 

 

1,579,986

 

 

 

1,649,882

 

 

—%

 

(4.23)%

Commercial real estate

 

8,108,836

 

 

 

8,041,508

 

 

 

7,820,094

 

 

0.84%

 

3.69%

Commercial construction

 

828,900

 

 

 

849,586

 

 

 

1,046,310

 

 

(2.43)%

 

(20.78)%

Small business

 

261,690

 

 

 

251,956

 

 

 

225,866

 

 

3.86%

 

15.86%

Total commercial

 

10,779,467

 

 

 

10,723,036

 

 

 

10,742,152

 

 

0.53%

 

0.35%

Residential real estate

 

2,420,705

 

 

 

2,424,754

 

 

 

2,095,644

 

 

(0.17)%

 

15.51%

Home equity – first position

 

507,356

 

 

 

518,706

 

 

 

556,534

 

 

(2.19)%

 

(8.84)%

Home equity – subordinate positions

 

593,230

 

 

 

578,920

 

 

 

534,221

 

 

2.47%

 

11.05%

Total consumer real estate

 

3,521,291

 

 

 

3,522,380

 

 

 

3,186,399

 

 

(0.03)%

 

10.51%

Other consumer

 

29,836

 

 

 

32,654

 

 

 

19,401

 

 

(8.63)%

 

53.79%

Total loans

 

14,330,594

 

 

 

14,278,070

 

 

 

13,947,952

 

 

0.37%

 

2.74%

Less: allowance for credit losses

 

(146,948

)

 

 

(142,222

)

 

 

(159,131

)

 

3.32%

 

(7.66)%

Net loans

 

14,183,646

 

 

 

14,135,848

 

 

 

13,788,821

 

 

0.34%

 

2.86%

Federal Home Loan Bank stock

 

46,304

 

 

 

43,557

 

 

 

40,303

 

 

6.31%

 

14.89%

Bank premises and equipment, net

 

192,563

 

 

 

193,049

 

 

 

195,921

 

 

(0.25)%

 

(1.71)%

Goodwill

 

985,072

 

 

 

985,072

 

 

 

985,072

 

 

—%

 

—%

Other intangible assets

 

16,626

 

 

 

18,190

 

 

 

23,253

 

 

(8.60)%

 

(28.50)%

Cash surrender value of life insurance policies

 

298,352

 

 

 

297,387

 

 

 

295,268

 

 

0.32%

 

1.04%

Other assets

 

523,679

 

 

 

512,712

 

 

 

500,140

 

 

2.14%

 

4.71%

Total assets

$

19,324,613

 

 

$

19,347,373

 

 

$

19,442,402

 

 

(0.12)%

 

(0.61)%

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits

$

4,469,820

 

 

$

4,567,083

 

 

$

5,083,678

 

 

(2.13)%

 

(12.08)%

Savings and interest checking

 

5,196,195

 

 

 

5,298,913

 

 

 

5,638,781

 

 

(1.94)%

 

(7.85)%

Money market

 

2,944,221

 

 

 

2,818,072

 

 

 

3,094,362

 

 

4.48%

 

(4.85)%

Time certificates of deposit

 

2,432,985

 

 

 

2,181,479

 

 

 

1,455,351

 

 

11.53%

 

67.18%

Total deposits

 

15,043,221

 

 

 

14,865,547

 

 

 

15,272,172

 

 

1.20%

 

(1.50)%

Borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings

 

962,535

 

 

 

1,105,541

 

 

 

879,628

 

 

(12.94)%

 

9.43%

Junior subordinated debentures, net

 

62,858

 

 

 

62,858

 

 

 

62,856

 

 

—%

 

—%

Subordinated debentures, net

 

 

 

 

49,980

 

 

 

49,909

 

 

(100.00)%

 

(100.00)%

Total borrowings

 

1,025,393

 

 

 

1,218,379

 

 

 

992,393

 

 

(15.84)%

 

3.33%

Total deposits and borrowings

 

16,068,614

 

 

 

16,083,926

 

 

 

16,264,565

 

 

(0.10)%

 

(1.20)%

Other liabilities

 

371,791

 

 

 

368,196

 

 

 

346,928

 

 

0.98%

 

7.17%

Total liabilities

 

16,440,405

 

 

 

16,452,122

 

 

 

16,611,493

 

 

(0.07)%

 

(1.03)%

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

422

 

 

 

427

 

 

 

439

 

 

(1.17)%

 

(3.87)%

Additional paid in capital

 

1,902,063

 

 

 

1,932,163

 

 

 

1,995,077

 

 

(1.56)%

 

(4.66)%

Retained earnings

 

1,101,061

 

 

 

1,077,488

 

 

 

971,338

 

 

2.19%

 

13.36%

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax

 

(119,338

)

 

 

(114,827

)

 

 

(135,945

)

 

3.93%

 

(12.22)%

Total stockholders’ equity

 

2,884,208

 

 

 

2,895,251

 

 

 

2,830,909

 

 

(0.38)%

 

1.88%

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

19,324,613

 

 

$

19,347,373

 

 

$

19,442,402

 

 

(0.12)%

 

(0.61)%

 

Contacts

Jeffrey Tengel
President and Chief Executive Officer
(781) 982-6144

Mark J. Ruggiero
Chief Financial Officer and
Executive Vice President of Consumer Lending
(781) 982-6281

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