Hingham Savings Announces 8% Increase in Quarterly Diluted Earnings Per Share, 14.60% Return on Equity

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HINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HINGHAM INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS (NASDAQ:HIFS), Hingham, Massachusetts announced third quarter earnings for 2017.

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $6,484,000 or $3.04 per share basic and $2.97 per share diluted as compared to $5,945,000 or $2.79 per share basic and $2.76 per share diluted for the third quarter of 2016.  Net income per share (diluted) for the third quarter of 2017 increased 8% over the same period of 2016.  The Bank’s annualized return on average equity for the third quarter of 2017 was 14.60%, and the annualized return on average assets was 1.21%, as compared to 15.59% and 1.23% for the same period in 2016.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $19,066,000 or $8.94 per share basic and $8.75 per share diluted as compared to $17,136,000 or $8.04 per share basic and $7.97 per share diluted for the same period last year.  Net income per share (diluted) for the first nine months of 2017 increased 10% over the same period in 2016.  The Bank’s annualized return on average equity for the first nine months of 2017 was 14.81% and the annualized return on average assets was 1.22%, as compared to 15.53% and 1.21% for the same period in 2016.

Net income for the nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 included after-tax realized gains on securities of approximately $49,000 and $221,000 respectively, which were unrelated to the Bank’s core business operations.  Unrealized gains on securities, net of deferred tax liabilities, are recorded in stockholders’ equity through accumulated other comprehensive income.

Strong balance sheet growth trends of recent years continued, as deposits were $1.449 billion at September 30, 2017, representing 8% annualized growth year-to-date and 8% growth from September 30, 2016.  Net loans were $1.770 billion at September 30, 2017, representing 14% annualized growth year-to-date and 13% growth from September 30, 2016.  Total assets were $2.215 billion at September 30, 2017, representing 13% annualized growth year-to-date and 13% growth from September 30, 2016.  Book value per share increased from $72.35 at September 30, 2016, to $84.27 per share at September 30, 2017, representing a 15% annualized growth rate year-to-date and a 16% increase from September 30, 2016.  In addition to the increase in book value per share, the Bank has declared $1.62 in dividends per share since September 30, 2016.

Key credit and operational metrics improved in the third quarter of 2017.  At September 30, 2017, non-performing assets totaled 0.05% of total assets, as compared to 0.09% at December 31, 2016 and 0.16% at September 30, 2016.  Non-performing loans as a percentage of the total loan portfolio totaled 0.06% at September 30, 2017, as compared to 0.11% at December 31, 2016 and 0.20% at September 30, 2016.  The Bank recorded $1,000 of net recoveries for the first nine months of 2017, as compared to $3,000 of net charge-offs for the same period last year.  At September 30, 2017 and 2016, the Bank did not own any foreclosed property.  The efficiency ratio improved to 29.37% for the third quarter of 2017, as compared to 31.57% for the same period last year.  Non-interest expense (annualized) as a percentage of average assets fell to 0.90% for the third quarter of 2017, as compared to 0.99% for the same period last year.  These metrics reflect the Bank’s disciplined focus on credit quality and expense management.

President Robert H. Gaughen, Jr. stated, “We are pleased to report that returns on equity and assets remain satisfactory.  At Hingham, we take seriously our role as stewards of the shareholders’ capital.  Our emphasis on careful capital allocation, defensive underwriting, process improvement, and disciplined cost control continues to serve our owners well.  Performance in any one period, especially periods when tailwinds may be with us, should be viewed cautiously.  Such periods are historically fraught with peril in our industry.  The real test of performance in banking is a company’s record of compounding shareholder capital over time and through all stages of the credit cycle.  On this measure, our team strives to set a high bar.”

Hingham Institution for Savings is a Massachusetts-chartered savings bank located in Hingham, Massachusetts.  Incorporated in 1834, it is one of America’s oldest banks.  The Bank’s Main Office is located in Hingham and the Bank maintains offices on the South Shore, in Boston (South End and Beacon Hill), and on the island of Nantucket.  The Bank is also an active commercial real estate lender in the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Bank’s shares of common stock are listed and traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol HIFS.

(1) Annualized.

(2) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on interest-earning assets and cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average earning assets. 

(4) The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense, divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income, excluding gain on sale of securities. 

CONTACT:Patrick R. Gaughen, Executive Vice President (781) 783-1761 

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Globe Newswire: 21:01 GMT Thursday 12th October 2017

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