Greater Hudson Bank (NY) (GHDS: OTCQX U.S. Premier) | Greater Hudson Bank Reports Increased Earnings for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015

Greater Hudson Bank Reports Increased Earnings for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015

Jan 29, 2016

OTC Disclosure News Service

– Greater Hudson Bank Reports Increased Earnings for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015

Net Income of $836,000 for the 2015 Fourth Quarter and $3.2 Million for the Year; Loan Portfolio Increases 10.1% for the Year; Investments Increase 12.7% for the Year; Deposits Increase 7.3% for the Year

BARDONIA, NY–(Marketwired – January 29, 2016) – Greater Hudson Bank (the “Bank”) (OTCQX: GHDS), with assets of $432.7 million, today reported net income of $836,000 or $0.08 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $432,000 or $0.04 per common share for the 2014 fourth quarter. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net income was $3.2 million or $0.32 per common share, compared to $2.7 million or $0.27 per common share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014. Return on average common stockholders’ equity was 7.42 percent and 7.24 percent for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 compared to 4.14 percent and 6.51 percent for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, respectively.

Edward T. Lutz, president and CEO stated, “We proudly present Greater Hudson’s quarterly and full year results for the period ending December 31, 2015. Continued growth in net income and balance sheet growth reflect successful implementation of our strategy of measured expansion in our core markets. Our branch and lending staff continue to build lasting relationships with our clientele and our back office provides the support and technical expertise to ensure results are efficient and effective. The Greater Hudson team deserves recognition for their important and vital contribution to the Company’s success.”

Financial highlights as of December 31, 2015 compared to December 31, 2014 are as follows:

  • Total assets increased $38.3 million, or 9.7 percent, to $432.7 million.
  • Loans, net of unearned income, increased $25.8 million, or 10.1 percent, to $282.5 million.
  • Investments increased $14.4 million, or 12.7 percent, to $127.5 million.
  • Deposits increased $23.0 million, or 7.3 percent, to $340.0 million.

Performance highlights for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the December 31, 2014 period are as follows:

  • Net interest income increased $167,000, or 4.9 percent, to $3.6 million.
  • Non-interest expense increased $307,000 or 14.7 percent to $2.4 million.
  • Provision for loan losses decreased $20,000.
  • Gains on securities transactions decreased $110,000.
  • Provision for income taxes decreased $642,000, or 62.3 percent to $389,000.

Performance highlights for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the December 31, 2014 period are as follows:

  • Net interest income increased $936,000, or 7.3 percent, to $13.7 million.
  • Gains on securities transactions decreased $311,000.
  • Non-interest expense increased $704,000, or 7.9 percent, to $9.7 million.
  • Provision for loan losses increased $286,000.
  • Provision for income taxes decreased $904,000, or 37.8 percent, to $1.5 million.

Kenneth J. Torsoe, chairman of the board stated that, “The Board of Directors is pleased with the continued improved financial results produced by our staff. Our balance sheet and earnings metrics meet our expectations and correlate very well with our Strategic Plan and direction. We believe shareholders are receiving quality results and we expect continued progress as our business grows and prospers.”


EARNINGS

*Results Unaudited

Three months Ended

 
 

Twelve months Ended

 
 

December 31,

 
 

December 31,

 
 

(in thousands, except ratios)

 

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS DATA:

2015

 
 

2014

 
 

2015

 
 

2014

 
Net interest income
$
3,572
 
 
$
3,405
 
 
$
13,702
 
 
$
12,766
 
Provision for loan losses
 
128
 
 
 
148
 
 
 
238
 
 
 
(48
)
Noninterest income
 
113
 
 
 
121
 
 
 
451
 
 
 
472
 
Gains on securities transactions
 
62
 
 
 
172
 
 
 
405
 
 
 
716
 
Noninterest Expense
 
2,394
 
 
 
2,087
 
 
 
9,654
 
 
 
8,950
 
Income before income taxes
 
1,225
 
 
 
1,463
 
 
 
4,666
 
 
 
5,052
 
Provision for income taxes
 
389
 
 
 
1,031
 
 
 
1,489
 
 
 
2,393
 
Net income
$
836
 
 
$
432
 
 
$
3,177
 
 
$
2,659
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Efficiency Ratio
 
65.0
%
 
 
59.2
%
 
 
68.2
%
 
 
67.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET DATA:

2015

 
 

2014

 
 

2015

 
 

2014

 
Earning Assets
$
414,551
 
 
$
369,766
 
 
$
391,763
 
 
$
351,724
 
Total Interest Bearing Liabilities
 
332,253
 
 
 
302,643
 
 
 
315,529
 
 
 
288,291
 
Net interest spread
 
3.32
%
 
 
3.55
%
 
 
3.44
%
 
 
3.57
%
Net interest margin
 
3.45
%
 
 
3.68
%
 
 
3.50
%
 
 
3.63
%

The increase in net income for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014, is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $167,000 as a result of an increase in earning assets combined with a decrease to the provision for income taxes of $642,000 as a result of the valuation allowance recorded against the Bank’s New York State deferred tax asset that was booked in the fourth quarter of 2014. The valuation allowance arose as a result of changes in the New York State Tax Law enacted in 2014. Based on the changes to the New York State Tax Law, starting in 2015, the Bank is not taxable for state purposes as a result of the benefit of deductions for lending in the state of New York. The increase in net interest income and decrease in the provision for income taxes were partially offset by a decrease in security gains of $110,000 and an increase to noninterest expense of $307,000, primarily attributable to increases in other employee expenses, occupancy expense, data processing expense, and the reserve for unfunded commitments.

Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 increased $518,000 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $936,000 due to an increase in average earning assets of $40.0 million combined with a decrease in the provision for income taxes of $904,000 primarily as a result of the valuation allowance recorded against the Bank’s New York State deferred tax asset that was booked in the fourth quarter of 2014, as result of the changes in the New York State Tax Law enacted in 2014, as noted above. The increase in net interest income and decrease in the provision for income taxes were partially offset by a decrease in security gains of $311,000 and an increase in non-interest expense of $704,000, primarily attributable to increases in salaries expense, other employee expenses, data processing expense, and the reserve for unfunded commitments.


BALANCE SHEET CREDIT QUALITY

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA – Unaudited:

As of

 

(in thousands, except ratios)

December 31,

2015

 
 

December 31,

2014

 
Total Investments
$
127,460
 
 
$
113,104
 
Loans, net of unearned income
 
282,548
 
 
 
256,745
 
Allowance for loan losses
 
3,555
 
 
 
3,306
 
Total assets
 
432,701
 
 
 
394,367
 
Total deposits
 
340,011
 
 
 
316,976
 
Borrowings
 
45,335
 
 
 
32,313
 
Nonperforming assets
 
3,185
 
 
 
2,986
 
Allowance for loan losses to total net loans
 
1.26
%
 
 
1.29
%
Nonperforming assets to total assets
 
0.74
%
 
 
0.76
%

The Bank increased loans, net of unearned income, by $25.8 million and investments by $14.4 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to December 31, 2014. The increase in the loan portfolio and investments were funded by an increase in total deposits of $23.0 million, as well as an increase in borrowings of $13.0 million during the year.

Nonperforming assets increased to $3.2 million as of December 31, 2015 from $3.0 million as of December 31, 2014. The balance is related to a limited number of loan relationships that the Bank is actively attempting to remediate and is closely monitoring.


CAPITAL

EQUITY – Unaudited

(in thousands, except ratios)

As of

December 31,

 
 

2015

 
 

2014

 
Tier 1 Capital
$
43,093
 
 
$
41,333
 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
 
44,352
 
 
 
41,532
 
Book value per common share
 
4.42
 
 
 
4.14
 
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio
 
10.0
%
 
 
10.6
%

At December 31, 2015, the Bank had $44.4 million in stockholders’ equity. The Bank’s leverage ratio was 10.0 percent at December 31, 2015 compared to 10.6 percent at December 31, 2014. The Bank continues to be considered a well-capitalized institution under current Federal regulatory guidelines.

Greater Hudson Bank’s annual Stockholders’ Meeting will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Salvation Army Conference Center in West Nyack, NY 10994. All shareholders and interested parties are invited to attend.

Greater Hudson Bank, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Bardonia, NY. The Bank, which specializes in providing customized banking services to Hudson Valley based businesses, non-profits and municipal agencies is chartered by the New York State Department of Financial Services and its deposits are insured by the FDIC. As evidence of the Bank’s financial strength, Greater Hudson Bank has been recognized with a superior rating by the country’s leading independent bank rating and research firm, BauerFinancial, Inc. Further information can be found on the Bank’s website at www.GreaterHudsonBank.com or by calling 844-GREAT-11.

Forward-Looking Statements: This Press Release may contain certain statements which are not historical facts or which concern the Bank’s future operations or economic performance and which are to be considered forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Bank cautions that all forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, such as changing economic and competitive conditions and other risk and uncertainties. In addition, any statements in this news release regarding historical stock price performance are not indicative of or guarantees of future price performance.

Contact: 
Jenet Ferris
(845) 367-4998

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