Heritage Commerce Corp Earns $2.5 Million in the Third Quarter of 2012

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Heritage Commerce Corp Earns $2.5 Million in the Third Quarter of 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Heritage Commerce Corp (Nasdaq: HTBK), the holding company (the "Company") for Heritage Bank of Commerce (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2012. Impacting earnings for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was a one-time charge of $601,300 related to the redemption of the Company's $14 million fixed-rate subordinated debt prior to its maturity date. The redemption will eliminate $1.5 million of annual interest expense while maintaining all capital ratios in excess of well-capitalized regulatory requirements. Net income for the third quarter of 2011 was $4.8 million, which included a $2.5 million tax benefit. The tax benefit for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2011, was primarily the result of a $3.0 million reduction of a partial valuation allowance on deferred taxes.

"Our capital management strategy this year has generated $2.0 million annual savings with the elimination of the preferred stock dividend earlier this year, and will generate additional annual savings with the reduction in interest payments resulting from the redemption of the $14 million fixed-rate subordinated debt of approximately $1.5 million (pre-tax)," said Walter Kaczmarek, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have been focused on growing our loans for the last several quarters, and we are seeing some traction in loan demand in a very competitive and challenging market. At the same time, strong deposit growth continues, credit quality remains sound, and we are also focused on controlling expenses." Pre-tax income for the third quarter of 2012 was $3.4 million, compared to $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2011, and $3.9 million for the second quarter of 2012.


Net income available to common shareholders was $2.5 million, or $0.08 per average diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2012. There were no dividends or discount accretion on preferred stock in the third quarter of 2012, following the redemption of the Company's $40 million Series A Preferred Stock earlier this year. For the third quarter of 2011, following the reduction of a partial valuation allowance on deferred taxes referred to above, and after accrued dividends and discount accretion on preferred stock of $532,000, net income available to common shareholders was $4.3 million, or $0.13 per average diluted common share. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $6.0 million, or $0.19 per average diluted common share, compared to $6.8 million, or $0.21 per average diluted common share, for the same period a year ago. All results are unaudited.

Third Quarter 2012 Highlights (at or for the periods ended September 30, 2012, compared to September 30, 2011, and June 30, 2012)

  • Third Quarter Earnings - The Company posted its ninth consecutive quarter of profitability. Net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 was $2.5 million, compared to $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2011 (after taking into account a $2.5 million tax benefit). Income before income taxes for the third quarter of 2012 was $3.4 million, compared to $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2011.
  • Growing Deposit Base - Total deposits increased 13% to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2012, from September 30, 2011, and a 3% increase from the second quarter of 2012. Core deposits (excluding all time deposits) increased 13% to $846.8 million at September 30, 2012, an increase of $94.9 million from $751.9 million at September 30, 2011, and increased 5% from $807.6 million at June 30, 2012.
    • Noninterest-bearing demand deposits increased 18% to $405.9 million at September 30, 2012, from $344.5 million at September 30, 2011, and increased 10% from $367.9 million at June 30, 2012.
    • Interest-bearing demand deposits increased 20% to $159.4 million at September 30, 2012, from $133.0 million at September 30, 2011, and increased 7% from $148.8 million at June 30, 2012.
    • Savings and money market deposits increased 3% to $281.6 million at September 30, 2012, from $274.5 million at September 30, 2011, and decreased 3% from $290.9 million at June 30, 2012.
  • Lower Cost of Deposits - The total cost of deposits decreased 10 basis points to 0.24% during the third quarter of 2012 from 0.34% during the third quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of maturing higher-cost wholesale funding and growth in core deposits. The total cost of deposits decreased 3 basis points when compared to the second quarter of 2012.
  • Loan Demand - Loans (excluding loans held-for-sale) increased 3% to $799.4 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $776.7 million at September 30, 2011, and increased slightly from $798.1 million at June 30, 2012.
  • Redemption of Subordinated Debt - The Company completed the redemption of approximately $14 million fixed-rate subordinated debt, which will save approximately $1.5 million of interest expense on an annual basis. The early payoff premium on the redemption of the subordinated debt resulted in a charge of $601,300 in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Gain on Sales of Securities - The Company sold $22.6 million of agency mortgage-backed securities for a gain on the sales of securities of $1.1 million during the third quarter of 2012, compared to no gain on the sales of securities during the third quarter of 2011, and a $32,000 gain on the sales of securities during the second quarter of 2012.
  • Net Interest Margin - The net interest margin was 3.77% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 4.01% for the third quarter of 2011, and 3.95% for the second quarter of 2012. The decline in the net interest margin was primarily a result of lower yields on the securities portfolio and lower yields on the loan portfolio, partially offset by a lower cost of deposits. The lower yields on the securities portfolio during the third quarter of 2012 resulted from the sale of $22.6 million of higher yield mortgage-backed securities, the redemption of $20.1 million of higher yield trust preferred securities, and lower interest rates on reinvested funds. The lower yields on the loan portfolio during the third quarter of 2012 were primarily the result of lower rates on loan renewals.
  • Asset Quality - Asset quality is reflected in the following metrics:
    • Nonperforming assets were $22.0 million, or 1.62% of total assets at September 30, 2012, compared to $19.2 million, or 1.53% of total assets at September 30, 2011, and $17.8 million, or 1.35% of total assets at June 30, 2012.
    • Classified assets (net of SBA guarantees) decreased 36% to $46.0 million at September 30, 2012, from $72.4 million at September 30, 2011, and decreased 16% from $54.9 million at June 30, 2012.
    • Classified assets (net of SBA guarantees) to Tier 1 capital plus the allowance for loans losses at the holding company and the bank level were 27% and 28% at September 30, 2012, respectively, compared to 33% and 37% at September 30, 2011, and 30% and 31% at June 30, 2012.
    • The provision for loan losses was $1.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2011, and $815,000 for the second quarter of 2012.
    • The allowance for loan losses totaled $19.1 million, or 2.39% of total loans at September 30, 2012, compared to $21.0 million, or 2.71% of total loans at September 30, 2011, and $20.0 million, or 2.51% of total loans at June 30, 2012.
    • Net charge-offs declined in the third quarter of 2012 to $2.1 million, compared to $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2011, and increased from $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Capital ratios exceed regulatory requirements for a well-capitalized financial institution at the holding company and bank level at September 30, 2012.
             
   Heritage Commerce   Heritage Bank of   Well-Capitalized
Capital RatiosCorpCommerceFinancial Institution
            Regulatory Guidelines
Total Risk-Based16.1%

15.1%

10.0%
Tier 1 Risk-Based

14.8%

13.8%6.0%
Leverage   

11.6%

   

10.9%

   5.0%
 

"Our operating results benefited from a solid balance sheet and an increase in noninterest income as a result of the gain on sales of securities, netting $1.1 million during the third quarter of 2012," added Mr. Kaczmarek. "We continue to maintain strong capital ratios allowing our capital position to be a source of strength for future growth."

Operating Results

Net interest income increased 1% to $11.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $11.7 million for the third quarter a year ago, primarily due to an increase in the average balance of investment securities. Net interest income for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 2% from $12.1 million for the second quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of lower yields on loans and investment securities. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net interest income increased 5% to $36.2 million, compared to $34.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, primarily due to an increase in the average balance of investment securities, and a decrease in the rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities, partially offset by a decrease in the average balance of loans.

The net interest margin decreased 24 basis points to 3.77% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 4.01% for the third quarter a year ago, and decreased 18 basis points compared to 3.95% for the second quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of lower yields on the securities and loan portfolios. For the first nine months of 2012, the net interest margin decreased to 3.93%, compared to 3.97% for the first nine months of 2011, primarily as a result of lower yields on securities and loans, partially offset by a lower cost of deposits.

The Company recognized a provision for loan losses of $1.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $1.5 million for the third quarter a year ago and $815,000 for the second quarter of 2012. The provision for loan losses was $2.1 million for the first nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $3.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Noninterest income was $2.9 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $1.9 million for the third quarter a year ago, and $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2012. The increase in noninterest income during the third quarter of 2012, compared to the other periods, was primarily due to a $1.1 million gain on sales of securities. For the first nine months of 2012, noninterest income was $6.8 million, compared to $6.0 million for the first nine months a year ago, which was primarily due to a $1.2 million gain on sales of securities, partially offset by a lower gain on sales of SBA loans.

Noninterest expense increased in the third quarter and first nine months of 2012 primarily due to the $601,300 one-time charge for the redemption of the $14 million fixed-rate subordinated debt. Noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $10.1 million, compared to $9.8 million for the third quarter of 2011, and $9.5 million for the second quarter of 2012. Noninterest expense in the first nine months of 2012 was $30.5 million, compared to $29.7 million in the first nine months of 2011.

Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $939,000, compared to a tax benefit of $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2011, and an income tax expense of $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. For the first nine months of 2012, the income tax expense was $3.1 million, compared to a tax benefit of $1.1 million for the first nine months a year ago. The income tax benefit for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2011 included a $3.0 million reduction of a partial valuation allowance on deferred taxes.

The efficiency ratio for the third quarter of 2012 was 68.69%, compared to 72.06% for the third quarter of 2011, and 66.70% for the second quarter of 2012. The efficiency ratio was 70.95% for the first nine months of 2012, compared to 73.60% for the first nine months of 2011.

Balance Sheet Review, Capital Management and Credit Quality

Heritage Commerce Corp's total assets increased 8% to $1.36 billion at September 30, 2012, from $1.25 billion a year ago, and increased 2% from $1.32 billion at June 30, 2012.

The investment securities available-for-sale portfolio totaled $410.7 million at September 30, 2012, an increase of 32% from $312.1 million at September 30, 2011, and an increase of 5% from $389.8 million at June 30, 2012. At September 30, 2012, the securities available-for-sale portfolio was comprised of $334.9 million agency mortgage-backed securities (all issued by U.S. Government sponsored entities), $55.0 million of corporate bonds, and $20.8 million of single entity issue trust preferred securities.

The Company reclassified, at fair value, approximately $16.4 million in available-for-sale mortgage-backed securities to the held-to-maturity category during the third quarter of 2012. No gains or losses were recognized at the time of reclassification. At September 30, 2012, mortgage-backed securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost, were $15.8 million. Additionally, the Company purchased $9.8 million of tax-exempt municipal bonds, which are also classified as held-to-maturity. At September 30, 2012, total investment securities held-to-maturity were $25.6 million, compared to no investment securities held-to-maturity at September 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Loans, excluding loans held-for-sale, totaled $799.4 million at September 30, 2012, an increase of 3% from $776.7 million at September 30, 2011, and remained relatively flat from $798.1 million at June 30, 2012. The loan portfolio remains well-diversified with commercial and industrial ("C&I") loans accounting for 47% of the portfolio at September 30, 2012. Commercial and residential real estate loans accounted for 42% of the total loan portfolio, of which 52% were owner-occupied by businesses. Consumer and home equity loans accounted for 8% of total loans, and land and construction loans accounted for the remaining 3% of total loans at September 30, 2012.

The yield on the loan portfolio was 5.10% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 5.29% for the same period in 2011, and 5.23% for the second quarter of 2012. The yield on the loan portfolio was 5.25% for the first nine months of 2012, compared to 5.30% for the same period in 2011. The decrease in the yield on the loan portfolio for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012, compared to prior periods, was primarily a result of lower rates on the loan renewals.

Nonperforming assets ("NPAs") were $22.0 million, or 1.62% of total assets, at September 30, 2012, compared to $19.2 million, or 1.53% of total assets a year ago. At June 30, 2012, NPAs totaled $17.8 million or 1.35% of total assets. The increase in nonperforming loans and nonperforming assets at September 30, 2012 from comparable prior periods was primarily due to a commercial loan and two real estate loans advanced to one customer which were previously included in classified assets but have been moved to nonperforming assets. The current recorded investment of the loans is approximately $5.5 million. The following is a breakout of NPAs at September 30, 2012:

   Balance  % of Total
Commercial real estate loans$5,56425%
SBA loans3,41716%
Commercial and industrial loans

5,310

24%
Foreclosed assets2,88913%
Land and construction loans2,25910%
Restructured and loans over 90 days past due and accruing1,7228%
Home equity and consumer loans 8464%
$

22,007

100%
 

At September 30, 2012, the $22.0 million of NPAs included $1.2 million of loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration ("SBA") and $1.7 million of restructured loans still accruing interest income. Foreclosed assets were $2.9 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $1.2 million at September 30, 2011, and $3.1 million at June 30, 2012.

"We are continuing to maintain our multi-year focus on asset quality and are working diligently to reduce the overall level of NPAs," said Mr. Kaczmarek. "And, although NPAs increased in the third quarter of 2012, key credit metrics continue to move in the right direction as overall classified assets, net of SBA guarantees, are lower by $8.9 million, or 16%, from the second quarter of 2012." Classified assets (net of SBA guarantees) decreased to $46.0 million at September 30, 2012, from $72.4 million at September 30, 2011, and $54.9 million at June 30, 2012.

The following table summarizes the allowance for loan losses:

       
For the Three Months Ended:
September 30,June 30,September 30,
    2012  2012  2011
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES
(in $000's, unaudited)
Balance at beginning of quarter$20,023$20,306$23,167
Provision for loan losses during the quarter1,2008151,515
Net charge-offs during the quarter (2,099)   (1,098)   (3,633)
Balance at end of quarter$19,124   $20,023   $21,049 
 
Total loans$799,393$798,106$776,684
Total nonperforming loans$

19,118

$14,732$17,953
 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans2.39%2.51%2.71%

Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans, excluding nonaccrual loans - held-for-sale

100.03%137.57%118.51%
 

Deposits totaled $1.14 billion at September 30, 2012, compared to $1.01 billion at September 30, 2011, and $1.10 billion at June 30, 2012:

  • At September 30, 2012, brokered deposits decreased 5% to $89.2 million, from $93.7 million at September 30, 2011, and decreased 9% from $97.7 million at June 30, 2012.
  • Total deposits, excluding brokered deposits, were $1.0 billion at September 30, 2012, compared to $912.4 million at September 30, 2011, and $1.0 billion at June 30, 2012.

The total cost of deposits decreased 10 basis points to 0.24% during the third quarter of 2012, from 0.34% during the third quarter of 2011, and decreased 3 basis points from 0.27% during the second quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of maturing higher-cost wholesale funding and an increase in core deposits.

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company completed the previously announced redemption of approximately $14 million fixed-rate subordinated debt, which will reduce approximately $1.5 million (pre-tax) of interest expense on an annual basis going forward. The Company redeemed its 10.875% fixed-rate subordinated debentures in the amount of $7 million issued to Heritage Capital Trust I (and the related premium cost of $304,500) and the Company's 10.600% fixed-rate subordinated debentures in the amount of $7 million issued to Heritage Statutory Trust I (and the related premium cost of $296,800) (collectively referred to as the "Fixed-Rate Sub Debt"). The related trust securities issued by Capital Trust I and Statutory Trust I were also redeemed in connection with the subordinated debt redemption. A $15 million distribution from the Bank to the Holding Company provided the cash for the redemption. The Company's and the Bank's September 30, 2012 regulatory capital ratios decreased from June 30, 2012, primarily due to these transactions, but all of the capital ratios remain safely above the requirements for a well-capitalized institution. The Company incurred a charge of $601,300 in the third quarter of 2012, for the early payoff premium on the redemption of the subordinated debt. Additionally, the Company paid its regularly scheduled interest payments on the Fixed-Rate Sub Debt totaling approximately $752,000.

Due primarily to the $40 million repurchase of the Series A Preferred Stock during the first quarter of 2012, tangible equity was $166.9 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $194.4 million at September 30, 2011. Tangible equity was $162.4 million at June 30, 2012. Tangible book value per common share was $5.60 at September 30, 2012, compared to $5.17 a year ago, and $5.44 at June 30, 2012. In the per common share data attached, the Company presents the pro forma tangible book value per share, assuming the Company's outstanding Series C Preferred Stock issued in June 2010 is converted into common stock. There were 21,004 shares of Series C Preferred Stock outstanding at September 30, 2012 and the Series C Preferred Stock is convertible into an aggregate of 5.6 million shares of common stock at a conversion price of $3.75, upon a transfer of the Series C Preferred Stock in a widely dispersed offering.

Accumulated other comprehensive income was $4.8 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $2.7 million a year ago, and accumulated other comprehensive income of $3.2 million at June 30, 2012. The components of other comprehensive income, net of taxes, at September 30, 2012 include the following: an unrealized gain on available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities of $8.8 million; an unrealized loss on split dollar insurance contracts of ($2.3) million; an unrealized loss on the supplemental executive retirement plan of ($2.9) million; and an unrealized gain on interest-only strip from SBA loans of $1.2 million.

Heritage Commerce Corp, a bank holding company established in February 1998, is the parent company of Heritage Bank of Commerce, established in 1994 and headquartered in San Jose with full-service branches in Los Gatos, Fremont, Danville, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Mountain View, and Los Altos. Heritage Bank of Commerce is an SBA Preferred Lender with an additional Loan Production Office in Santa Rosa, California. For more information, please visit www.heritagecommercecorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations, business and earnings outlook. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, could cause future results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements could be affected by many factors, including but not limited to: (1) competition for loans and deposits and failure to attract or retain deposits and loans; (2) local, regional, and national economic conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers, and our assessment of that impact on our estimates including, the allowance for loan losses; (3) risks associated with concentrations in real estate related loans; (4) changes in the level of nonperforming assets and charge-offs and other credit quality measures, and their impact on the adequacy of the Company's allowance for loan losses and the Company's provision for loan losses; (5) the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve Board; (6) stability of funding sources and continued availability of borrowings; (7) our ability to raise capital or incur debt on reasonable terms; (8) regulatory limits on Heritage Bank of Commerce's ability to pay dividends to the Company; (9) continued volatility in credit and equity markets and its effect on the global economy; (10) the impact of reputational risk on such matters as business generation and retention, funding and liquidity; (11) oversupply of inventory and continued deterioration in values of California commercial real estate; (12) a prolonged slowdown in construction activity; (13) the effect of changes in laws and regulations (including laws and regulations concerning taxes, banking, securities, and executive compensation) which we must comply, including but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010; (14) the effects of security breaches and computer viruses that may affect our computer systems; (15) changes in consumer spending, borrowings and saving habits; (16) changes in the competitive environment among financial or bank holding companies and other financial service providers; (17) the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, 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; (18) the costs and effects of legal and regulatory developments, including resolution of legal proceedings or regulatory or other governmental inquiries, and the results of regulatory examinations or reviews; (19) the ability to increase market share and control expenses; and (20) our success in managing the risks involved in the foregoing items. For a discussion of factors which could cause results to differ, please see the Company's reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Company's press releases. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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   For the Three Months Ended:  Percent Change From:  For the Nine Months Ended:  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMESeptember 30,  June 30,  September 30,June 30,  September 30,September 30,  September 30,Percent
(in $000's, unaudited)   2012  2012  20112012  20112012  2011Change
Interest income$12,862$13,296$13,020-3%-1%$39,607$39,0212%
Interest expense 1,038    1,212    1,320 -14%-21% 3,440    4,653 -26%
Net interest income before provision for loan losses11,82412,08411,700-2%1%36,16734,3685%
Provision for loan losses 1,200    815    1,515 47%-21% 2,115    3,239 -35%
Net interest income after provision for loan losses10,62411,26910,185-6%4%34,05231,1299%
Noninterest income:
Gain on sales of securities1,10532-3353%N/A1,164-N/A
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts575601605-4%-5%1,7661,7590%
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance4344294261%2 Read Full Story

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