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BSB Bancorp Inc. Reports Year-Over-Year Earnings Growth of 73%

February 9 – BSB Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank, a state-chartered savings bank headquartered in Belmont, Mass., today reported net income of $3.31 million or 37 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared to net income of $2.07 million or 23 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended the previous year — for an increase in net income of 60 percent.

This is the bank’s 14th consecutive quarter of earnings growth. For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2016 the company reported net income of $11.98 million or $1.33 per diluted share as compared to net income of $6.91 million or $0.78 per diluted share for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2015 or an increase in net income of 73.3%.

“We had a strong finish in 2016,” said Robert M. Mahoney, president and CEO. “Revenue growth was fueled by increased loan demand funded by impressive core deposit gains. Solid expense control and excellent credit quality also contributed to our 14th consecutive quarter of net income growth.”

 NET INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME

Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $12.37 million as compared to $10.63 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 or a 16.4% increase. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $601,000 as compared to $886,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 or a 32.2% decrease. This resulted in an increase of $2.03 million or 20.8% in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $47.39 million as compared to $38.21 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 or a 24.0% increase. The provision for loan losses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $2.39 million as compared to $2.32 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 or a 2.9% increase. This resulted in an increase of $9.11 million or 25.4% in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $703,000 as compared to $768,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 or a decrease of 8.5%. Noninterest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $2.75 million as compared to $3.17 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 or a decrease of 13.1%. This decrease was primarily driven by a decrease in auto loan servicing fees and other auto loan related income.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $7.05 million as compared to $7.17 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 or a decrease of 1.8%. Our efficiency ratio improved to 53.9% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 from 62.9% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 as we continue to grow the balance sheet and manage costs. Noninterest expense for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $28.35 million as compared to $27.82 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 or an increase of 1.9%. Our efficiency ratio improved to 56.5% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 from 67.3% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. Effectively managing headcount has contributed to improvement in our efficiency ratio. Since going public in the fourth quarter of 2011, we’ve grown total assets from $669 million to $2.16 billion, or an increase of 223%, while only increasing full time equivalent employee headcount by 26 from 96 to 122 or 27.1%.

BALANCE SHEET

At December 31, 2016, total assets were $2.16 billion, an increase of $345.79 million or 19.1% from $1.81 billion at December 31, 2015. The Company experienced net loan growth of $331.08 million or 21.6% from December 31, 2015. Residential 1-4 family real estate loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, commercial loans and home equity lines of credit increased by $287.91 million, $42.45 million, $28.28 million, $10.21 million and $7.42 million, respectively. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease in indirect auto loans of $43.73 million, driven by the suspension of new originations due to current market conditions. The asset growth was primarily funded by growth in deposits and federal home loan bank advances.

At December 31, 2016, deposits totaled $1.47 billion or an increase of $199.90 million or 15.7% from $1.27 billion at December 31, 2015. Core deposits, which we consider to include all deposits other than CD’s and brokered CD’s, increased by $122.74 million from $1.01 billion at December 31, 2015 to $1.13 billion at December 31, 2016. Hal R. Tovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said “2016 has been a year of consistent deposit growth from multiple sources. Our targeted business banking segment strategy (municipalities, lawyers, property managers, non-profits) was enhanced with an additional focus on colleges and universities. In addition, our retail and commercial real estate relationships contributed to this deposit performance with strong growth in Q4.”

Total stockholders’ equity increased by $14.72 million from $146.20 million as of December 31, 2015 to $160.92 million as of December 31, 2016. This increase is primarily the result of earnings of $11.98 million and a $2.37 million increase in additional paid-in capital related to stock-based compensation.

ASSET QUALITY

The allowance for loan losses in total and as a percentage of total loans as of December 31, 2016 was $13.59 million and 0.73%, respectively, as compared to $11.24 million and 0.73%, respectively, as of December 31, 2015.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded net charge offs of $40,000, as compared to net recoveries of $42,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. Total non-performing assets were $1.82 million or 0.08% of total assets as of December 31, 2016 as compared to $3.64 million or 0.20% of total assets as of December 31, 2015.

Company Profile

BSB Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and is the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank. The Bank provides financial services to individuals, families, municipalities and businesses through its six full-service branch offices located in Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham in Southeast Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The Bank’s primary lending market includes Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “BLMT.” For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.belmontsavings.com.

 

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