Washington Trust Announces Record Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

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Washington Trust Announces Record Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

Diluted Earnings Per Share up 17% over 2011

WESTERLY, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select; symbol: WASH), parent company of The Washington Trust Company, today announced fourth quarter 2012 net income of $9.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. On a diluted earnings per share basis, fourth quarter 2012 results were up by $.01, or 2%, from third quarter 2012 and by $.08, or 17%, from fourth quarter 2011.


For the year ended December 31, 2012, net income totaled $35.1 million, or $2.13 per diluted share, compared to $29.7 million, or $1.82 per diluted share, for 2011. On a diluted earnings per share basis, 2012 earnings were up by 17% over 2011. The returns on average equity and average assets for 2012 were 11.97% and 1.16%, respectively, compared to 10.61% and 1.02%, respectively, for 2011.

"Washington Trust had another exceptional performance in 2012, highlighted by record earnings and growth along key business lines," stated Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and CEO. "We have continued to manage our way through these challenging economic times by successfully expanding our market reach, attracting new client relationships, and continuing to make a difference in the communities in which we live and work."

Selected financial highlights for the fourth quarter of 2012 included:

  • The returns on average equity and average assets for the quarter were 12.01% and 1.19%, respectively, compared to 12.02% and 1.17%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012.
  • Residential mortgage origination volume and mortgage banking revenues (net gains on loan sales and commissions on loans originated for others) reached an all-time quarterly high and totaled $4.5 million for the quarter, a 28% increase over the prior quarter.
  • Loans totaled $2.3 billion at December 31, 2012, up by $37.3 million, or 2%, from September 30, 2012, led by growth in the commercial loan portfolio.
  • Total deposits amounted to $2.3 billion at December 31, 2012, up $78.0 million, or 3.5%, from September 30, 2012, with growth in lower-cost deposits.

The following transactions were included in the results for fourth quarter of 2012:

  • Balance sheet management transactions were conducted in the quarter and were comprised of:
    • The sale of mortgage-backed securities with an amortized cost of $33.1 million, resulting in fourth quarter 2012 net realized gains of $924 thousand.
    • The prepayment of Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston ("FHLBB") advances totaling $38.8 million, resulting in debt prepayment penalty expense of $1.8 million in the quarter.
    • The modification of terms of $33.2 million of FHLBB advances with a weighted average maturity of 43 months into longer-term advances with a weighted average maturity of 78 months.
    • These transactions resulted in net interest income enhancement of approximately $45 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012 and are expected to result in net interest income enhancement of approximately $577 thousand in 2013, with continuing benefits in future years.
  • A relatively large commercial loan prepayment penalty fee of $357 thousand was received and included in net interest income.
  • Two significant insurance commission fees totaling $462 thousand were received in the quarter and reported in wealth management revenues.
  • The Corporation made a $400 thousand contribution to its charitable foundation, which was classified in other noninterest expenses.

The net impact of these transactions was a reduction in earnings of 2 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net Interest Income

The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 3.33%. Excluding the impact of the above mentioned commercial loan prepayment penalty fee, the net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 3.28%, unchanged from the previous quarter and up by 6 basis points from 3.22% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The year over year improvement in the net interest margin largely reflected a reduction in the cost of funds.

Average interest-earning assets for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by $6.8 million from the previous quarter and by $58.7 million from the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting solid loan growth partially offset by reductions in the securities portfolio.

Fourth quarter 2012 net interest income amounted to $23.2 million. Excluding the fourth quarter 2012 fee, net interest income was up slightly compared to the previous quarter and up by $792 thousand, or 4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $17.9 million, up by $966 thousand, or 6%, from the previous quarter and up by $3.1 million, or 21%, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in noninterest income were:

  • Fourth quarter 2012 wealth management insurance commission fees of $462 thousand mentioned above;
  • Net realized gains on sales of securities of $924 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012;
  • A $528 thousand non-taxable gain related to the receipt of BOLI proceeds in the third quarter of 2012; and
  • $501 thousand of net realized gains on sales of securities recognized in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Excluding these items, noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by $108 thousand, or 1%, from the previous quarter and up by $2.2 million, or 15%, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Significant changes in noninterest income, on this basis, included the following:

  • Mortgage banking revenues increased by $972 thousand, or 28%, from the third quarter of 2012 and by $1.5 million, or 53%, from the fourth quarter of 2011, due to a record quarter of mortgage origination and sales activity.
  • Fourth quarter 2012 wealth management revenues were $7.8 million. Excluding the above mentioned insurance commission fees, these revenues were up by $135 thousand, or 2%, on a linked quarter basis and up by $403 thousand, or 6%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Merchant processing fees totaled $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, down by $975 thousand, or 30%, on a linked quarter basis and up by $176 thousand, or 9%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. On a linked quarter basis, the decline reflects a seasonal decrease in the volume of transactions processed for customers. See discussion on the corresponding linked quarter decrease in merchant processing costs under the caption "Noninterest Expenses."

Noninterest Expenses

Noninterest expenses totaled $27.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, up by $1.1 million, or 4%, from the previous quarter and up by $2.6 million, or 11%, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in noninterest expenses were:

  • Debt prepayment penalties of $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, $1.2 million in third quarter of 2012 and $473 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2011; and
  • Charitable contribution expense of $400 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $990 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Excluding these items, noninterest expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by $130 thousand, or 1%, from the previous quarter and up by $1.9 million, or 8%, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Significant changes in noninterest expenses, on this basis, included the following:

  • Salaries and employee benefit costs amounted to $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of $447 thousand, or 3%, from the previous quarter and up by $1.7 million, or 12%, from the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting higher staffing levels to support growth and higher levels of business development based compensation primarily in mortgage banking.
  • Merchant processing costs totaled $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, down by $804 thousand, or 30%, on a linked quarter basis and up by $138 thousand, or 8%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. See the discussion above regarding the corresponding linked quarter decrease in merchant processing fee income.

Income tax expense amounted to $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $3.9 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 30.8%, compared to 30.3% for the previous quarter and 29.7% for the fourth quarter of 2011. Based on the current status of federal and applicable state income tax statutes, the Corporation currently expects the 2013 effective tax rate to be approximately 31.8%.

Asset Quality

Total nonaccrual loans amounted to $22.5 million, or 0.98% of total loans, at December 31, 2012, up by $4.8 million from September 30, 2012. At December 31, 2012, total past due loans amounted to $28.1 million, or 1.22% of total loans, up by $4.5 million from September 30, 2012. These changes in nonaccrual loans and past due loans are largely associated with a small number of larger commercial relationships.

The loan loss provision charged to earnings amounted to $600 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2012, level with the third quarter of 2012 and down by $400 thousand from the fourth quarter of 2011. Net charge-offs amounted to $479 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net charge-offs of $296 thousand in the third quarter of 2012 and $839 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The allowance for loan losses was $30.9 million, or 1.35% of total loans, at December 31, 2012 compared to $30.8 million, or 1.36% of total loans, at September 30, 2012.

Loans

Total loans rose by $37.3 million, or 2%, in the fourth quarter of 2012, with increases in commercial loans of $33.1 million. Total loans are up by $146.8 million, or 7%, from December 31, 2011, including a $127.8 million, or 11%, increase in total commercial loans.

Investment Securities

The investment securities portfolio amounted to $415.9 million at December 31, 2012, down by $68.0 million from September 30, 2012 and down by $177.5 million from December 31, 2011, primarily due to principal payments received on mortgage-backed securities not being reinvested and balance sheet management transactions that included the sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Deposits and Borrowings

Total deposits increased by $78.0 million, or 3%, in the fourth quarter of 2012 and by $186.3 million, or 9%, since December 31, 2011, reflecting growth in lower-cost non-time categories of deposits.

FHLBB advances totaled $361.2 million at December 31, 2012, down by $56.5 million from September 30, 2012 and down by $179.3 million from December 31, 2011. In addition to balance sheet management transactions, this decline reflects less demand for wholesale funding due to the strong deposit growth.

Other borrowings were $1.2 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $229 thousand at September 30, 2012 and $19.8 million at December 31, 2011. The decline in other borrowings from the balance at December 31, 2011, was primarily due to the maturity of securities sold under repurchase agreements.

Capital Management

Capital levels continued to exceed the regulatory minimum levels to be considered well capitalized, with a total risk-based capital ratio of 13.26% at December 31, 2012, compared to 12.86% at December 31, 2011. Total shareholder's equity was $295.7 million at December 31, 2012, down by $2.7 million from the balance at September 30, 2012 and up by $14.3 million from the balance at December 31, 2011. A charge of $6.1 million to the accumulated other comprehensive income component of shareholders' equity was recorded at December 31, 2012, associated with the periodic remeasurement of the value of defined benefit pension liabilities. This charge was largely due to a decline in the discount rates used to measure the present value of pension liabilities as a result of a reduction in market rates of interest.

Dividends Declared

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 24 cents per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The dividend was paid on January 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on January 2, 2013.

Conference Call

Washington Trust will host a conference call on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter results and business outlook. This call is being webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Washington Trust web site, www.washtrust.com. Individuals may dial in to the call at 1-866-250-8117. The international dial-in number is 1-412-317-6011 and the Canada dial-in number is 1-855-669-9657. A replay of the call will be posted in this same location on the web site shortly after the conclusion of the call. To listen to the replay, dial 1-877-344-7529. For international access, dial 1-412-317-0088. The Conference Number for replay is 10023365. The replay will be available until 9:00 a.m. on February 15, 2013.

Background

Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. is the parent of The Washington Trust Company, a state-chartered bank headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, small business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH. Investor information is available on the Corporation's web site: www.washtrust.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking statements". We may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in other documents we file with the SEC, in our annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials, and in oral statements made by our officers, directors or employees. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "assume," "outlook," "will," "should," and other expressions that predict or indicate future events and trends and which do not relate to historical matters. You should not rely on forward-looking statements, because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of Washington Trust. These risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Washington Trust to be materially different from the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Some of the factors that might cause these differences include the following: continued weakness in general national, regional or international economic conditions or conditions affecting the banking or financial services industries or financial capital markets, volatility and disruption in national and international financial markets, government intervention in the U.S. financial system, reductions in net interest income resulting from interest rate volatility as well as changes in the balance and mix of loans and deposits, reductions in the market value of wealth management assets under administration, changes in the value of securities and other assets, reductions in loan demand, changes in loan collectibility, default and charge-off rates, changes in the size and nature of Washington Trust's competition, changes in legislation or regulation and accounting principles, policies and guidelines, and changes in the assumptions used in making such forward-looking statements. In addition, the factors described under "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as updated by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, may result in these differences. You should carefully review all of these factors, and you should be aware that there may be other factors that could cause these differences. These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates at the date of this press release, and Washington Trust assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

Supplemental Information - Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Washington Trust's management believes that the supplemental non-GAAP information, which consists of measurements and ratios based on tangible equity and tangible assets, is utilized by regulators and market analysts to evaluate a company's financial condition and therefore, such information is useful to investors. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures which may be presented by other companies. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names.

 
Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
 
(Dollars in thousands, except par value) 

Dec 31,
2012

 

Dec 31,
2011

Assets:  
Cash and due from banks$73,474$82,238
Short-term investments19,1764,782
Mortgage loans held for sale, at fair value; amortized cost $48,370 in 2012 and $19,624 in 201150,05620,340
Securities:
Available for sale, at fair value; amortized cost $363,408 in 2012 and $524,036 in 2011375,498541,253
Held to maturity, at cost; fair value $41,420 in 2012 and $52,499 in 2011 40,381  52,139 
Total securities415,879593,392
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost40,41842,008
Loans:
Commercial and other1,252,4191,124,628
Residential real estate717,681700,414
Consumer 323,903  322,117 
Total loans2,294,0032,147,159
Less allowance for loan losses 30,873  29,802 
Net loans2,263,1302,117,357
Premises and equipment, net27,23226,028
Investment in bank-owned life insurance54,82353,783
Goodwill58,11458,114
Identifiable intangible assets, net6,1736,901
Other assets 63,409  59,155 
Total assets $3,071,884  $3,064,098 
Liabilities:
Deposits:
Demand deposits$379,889$339,809
NOW accounts291,174257,031
Money market accounts496,402406,777
Savings accounts274,934243,904
Time deposits 870,232  878,794 
Total deposits2,312,6312,126,315
Federal Home Loan Bank advances361,172540,450
Junior subordinated debentures32,99132,991
Other borrowings1,21219,758
Other liabilities 68,226  63,233 
Total liabilities 2,776,232  2,782,747 
Shareholders' Equity:

Common stock of $.0625 par value; authorized 30,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 16,379,771 shares in 2012 and 16,292,471 shares in 2011

1,0241,018
Paid-in capital91,45388,030
Retained earnings213,674194,198
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (10,499) (1,895)
Total shareholders' equity 295,652  281,351 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $3,071,884  $3,064,098 
 
 
Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)
 
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Twelve Months
Periods ended December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011
Interest income:   
Interest and fees on loans$26,109$25,284$102,656$99,319
Interest on securities:Taxable3,2414,42215,35918,704
Nontaxable6647272,6993,001
Dividends on corporate stock and Federal Home Loan Bank stock4957256253
Other interest income 27  17  91  69 
Total interest income 30,090  30,507  121,061  121,346 
Interest expense:
Deposits3,3803,65213,59015,692
Federal Home Loan Bank advances3,1484,20214,95718,158
Junior subordinated debentures3943931,5701,568
Other interest expense 4  245  248  973 
Total interest expense 6,926  8,492  30,365  36,391 
Net interest income23,16422,01590,69684,955
Provision for loan losses 600  1,000  2,700  4,700 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 22,564  21,015  87,996  80,255 
Noninterest income:
Wealth management services:
Trust and investment advisory fees5,9915,48723,46522,532
Mutual fund fees1,0189944,0694,287
Financial planning, commissions and other service fees 781  444  2,107  1,487 
Wealth management services7,7906,92529,64128,306
Service charges on deposit accounts8377933,1933,455
Merchant processing fees2,2322,05610,1599,905
Card interchange fees6365842,4802,249
Income from bank-owned life insurance4794932,4481,939
Net gains on loan sales and commissions on loans originated for others4,4762,93514,0925,074
Net realized gains on securities9245011,223698
Net gains on interest rate swap contracts168122556
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated subsidiaries82220196(213)
Other income 275  307  1,748  1,536 
Noninterest income, excluding other-than-temporary impairment losses17,89914,82665,43552,955
Total other-than-temporary impairment losses on securities57(28)(54)
Portion of loss recognized in other comprehensive income (before tax) (69)   (193) (137)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings (12)   (221) (191)
Total noninterest income  Read Full Story

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