Community Bank System Reports First Quarter 2020 Results and COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Company Release - 4/20/2020 6:45 AM ET

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) reported first quarter 2020 net income of $40.1 million, or $0.76 per fully-diluted share. This compares to $41.9 million of net income, or $0.80 per share for the first quarter of 2019. The $0.04 decrease in earnings per share were primarily attributable to increases in the provision for credit losses, operating expenses and fully-diluted shares outstanding, offset in part by increases in net interest income, noninterest revenues and a decrease in income taxes. Comparatively, the Company recorded $0.82 in fully-diluted earnings per share for the linked fourth quarter of 2019. Operating earnings per share, which excludes acquisition expenses, were $0.77 for the first quarter of 2020 as compared to $0.81 the first quarter 2019 and $0.83 in the linked fourth quarter of 2019.

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“The Company produced solid earnings results in the first quarter in spite of the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis and related market conditions” said Mark Tryniski, President & CEO. “The Company’s operating earnings per share were down $0.04, as compared to the first quarter of last year due largely to the COVID-19 crisis and its related impacts on the Company’s operations. In particular, the Company recorded $5.6 million in the provision for credit losses in the first quarter of 2020 reflective of expected credit losses related to COVID-19 and the associated rapid decline in economic conditions. The Company recorded net charge-offs in the first quarter of $1.6 million, or 0.09% annualized. In addition, the Company’s net interest income was negatively impacted during the quarter due to the significant and rapid decrease in short term interest rates and tighter margins. Despite these events and challenges, the Company generated $0.77 in operating earnings per share and a 1.41% return on average assets for the quarter. Noninterest revenues in the Company’s financial services businesses were up 6.0%, over the first quarter of last year. Ending total loans were down $24.5 million, or 0.4%, from the end of 2019. Outstanding balances in the business lending segment were up slightly in the quarter, but were offset by a net decrease in outstanding balances in the consumer loan portfolios, as typically experienced in the first quarter. Ending total deposits were up $309.0 million, or 3.4%, as seasonally expected.”

Mr. Tryniski added, “As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, we believe our Company is well-prepared to endure its impacts. The Company has very high levels of capital and liquidity, diversified revenue streams, a strong credit record and an experienced management team. I am very proud of the diligent efforts and steadfast commitment our management team and employees have put forth to maintain operational continuity and high levels of customer service during this crisis. We are concerned about the health and welfare of our employees, customers, shareholders and communities, and are supporting all of our stakeholders throughout this crisis in a thoughtful, disciplined and compassionate manner. We especially appreciate our employees’ efforts in this trying time and we will continue to persevere. In addition, I would like to recognize the contributions of Scott Kingsley, Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer, who has decided to retire at the end of the second quarter. Over the last fifteen years, Scott has been an exceptional leader and we are grateful for his service to the Company and its shareholders and wish him well in his retirement.”

The Company recorded total revenues of $148.7 million in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of $6.1 million, or 4.3%, over the prior year’s first quarter. Net interest income increased $3.2 million, or 3.7%, to $90.1 million due to a $664.1 million, or 7.1%, increase in average earning assets between the periods, offset, in part by a 15 basis point decrease in net interest margin. The increase in earning assets was driven by both the third quarter 2019 acquisition of Kinderhook Bank Corp. (“Kinderhook”) and organic asset growth between the periods. Noninterest revenues increased $2.9 million, or 5.3%, between comparable quarters due to increases in banking and nonbanking revenues. Banking noninterest revenues increased $0.7 million, or 4.0% due largely to an increase in mortgage banking revenues and incremental deposit and other banking fees related to the third quarter 2019 acquisition of Kinderhook, while revenues in the Company’s financial services businesses increased $2.3 million, or 6.0%, between the comparable quarterly periods.

Interest income and fees on loans increased $4.9 million, or 6.6%, over the comparable prior year quarter due to an increase in average total loans outstanding due to both Kinderhook and organic loan growth, offset by a 17 basis point decrease in the average loan yield. As previously reported, the first quarter 2019 average loan yield was favorably impacted by six basis points due to $1.0 million in one-time loan fees. Interest income on investments decreased $0.5 million, or 2.9%, between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. This included a $0.4 million decrease in interest income on cash equivalents and a $0.1 million decrease in interest income on the investment securities portfolio. The tax-equivalent average yield on investments, including cash equivalents, decreased from 2.58% in the first quarter of 2019 to 2.45% in the first quarter of 2020, reflective of lower market interest rates. The average book value of the investments securities portfolio increased $67.7 million, or 2.3%, between the periods, while the average balance of cash equivalents decreased $6.6 million. Interest expense was $1.1 million higher than the previous year’s first quarter, driven by a four basis point increase in the cost on interest-bearing liabilities and a $446.1 million, or 6.9% increase in average interest-bearing liabilities. The average cost of deposits was 0.25% in the first quarter of 2020, as compared to 0.20% in the first quarter of 2019, reflective of market driven rate increases for deposits between the periods. By comparison, the average cost of deposits during the linked fourth quarter of 2019 was 0.26%.

The Company recorded $5.6 million in the provision for credit losses during the first quarter of 2020. The Company recorded loan net charge-offs of $1.6 million during the quarter. During the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded $2.4 million in the provision for credit losses and recorded loan net charge-offs of $2.6 million. The $3.2 million increase in the provision for credit losses between the periods is largely attributable to an increase in expected credit losses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Although the ultimate impact the COVID-19 crisis will have on the Company’s credit losses is unknown and highly uncertain, the Company calculates the Allowance for Credit Losses, pursuant to the Current Expected Credit Loss (“CECL”) accounting standard, adopted January 1, 2020, that incorporates certain current and forward-looking economic and non-economic qualitative factor adjustments to estimate losses for the life of the loan portfolio. This includes forward-looking economic forecasts which distinctly and profoundly changed from stable at the beginning of the first quarter to severely adverse at the end of the first quarter due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Employee benefit services revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $25.4 million. This represents a $1.3 million, or 5.5%, increase over first quarter 2019 revenues. The improvement in revenues was driven by increases in plan administration, actuarial and record-keeping fees, as well as increases in employee benefit trust and transfer agent fees. The Company recorded $8.1 million in insurance services revenues during the first quarter of 2020, a $0.2 million, or 2.5%, increase over first quarter 2019 results, due primarily to an increase in group medical and property and casualty insurance revenues. Wealth management revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $7.1 million. This compares to wealth management revenues of $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2019. The $0.8 million, or 12.4% increase in wealth management revenues was primarily driven by increases in investment management and trust services revenues. Banking noninterest revenues increased $0.7 million due primarily to an increase in mortgage banking revenues. During the first quarter of 2020, the Company increased its commitment to sell secondary market eligible residential mortgage loans, which drove an increase in mortgage banking revenues from $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 to $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2020.

The Company recorded $93.7 million in total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2020. This represents a $5.0 million, or 5.7%, increase in operating expenses over the first quarter of 2019. Salaries and employee benefits expense increased $4.9 million between comparable quarters, reflective of the increased payroll costs associated with the third quarter 2019 Kinderhook acquisition, merit-related pay increases, and a $0.7 million increase in employee benefits, including significantly higher medical plan costs. Total data processing and communications expenses increased $1.0 million, or 10.8%, between comparable annual quarters, driven by higher payment processing and telecommunication costs, including incremental costs associated with the Kinderhook acquisition. Occupancy and equipment expenses increased $0.5 million, or 4.4%, between the periods due primarily to the increased costs associated with the Kinderhook acquisition. These increases were partially offset by a $0.5 million, or 11.2%, decrease in intangible asset amortization, as well as a $0.7 million, or 6.4%, decrease in other expenses.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2020 was 18.8%, up from 18.5% in the first quarter of 2019. The Company had a significantly lower level of benefit related to stock based compensation activity in the first quarter of 2020, as compared to the first quarter of 2019. Exclusive of stock-based compensation tax benefits, the Company’s effective tax rate was 20.9% in the first quarter of 2020.

The Company also provides supplemental reporting of its results on an “operating,” “adjusted” or “tangible” basis, from which it excludes the after-tax effect of amortization of core deposit and other intangible assets (and the related goodwill, core deposit intangible and other intangible asset balances, net of applicable deferred tax amounts), accretion on non-impaired purchased loans, expenses associated with acquisitions, the unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities and net gain on sale of investments. The amounts for such items are presented in the tables that accompany this release. Although these items are non-GAAP measures, the Company’s management believes this information helps investors understand the effect of acquisition and other non-recurring activity in its reported results. Diluted adjusted net earnings per share were $0.80 in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $0.85 in the first quarter of 2019, a 5.9% decrease.

Financial Position

The Company’s total assets at the end of the first quarter were $11.81 billion, as compared to $10.92 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2019, representing an $892.5 million, or 8.2% increase in total assets between periods. The increase in the Company’s total assets was driven by both the Kinderhook acquisition and organic growth. Total deposits increased $684.3 million, or 7.9%, between March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, which included $502.6 million of deposits acquired in connection with the Kinderhook acquisition. Average earning assets increased $664.1 million, or 7.1%, over the same period. This included a $603.0 million, or 9.6%, growth in average total loans outstanding, a $67.7 million, or 2.3%, increase in average total investment securities, offset in part by a $6.6 million, or 5.5%, decrease in average outstanding cash equivalents. On a linked quarter basis average earning assets decreased $1.9 million. Although the decrease in average earning assets was not significant on a linked quarter basis, the Company reduced its average balance of cash equivalents by $390.2 million, from $504.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, to $114.7 million, in the first quarter of 2020. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company purchased $724.1 million of investment securities to reduce its interest rate risk exposure to falling rates. Average deposit balances decreased $45.0 million, or 0.5%, on a linked quarter basis, but ending total deposits increased $309.0 million, or 3.4%, due largely to seasonal trends in public funds deposits as well as growth in core consumer deposits.

Ending loans at March 31, 2020 were $6.87 billion. This was down $24.5 million, or 0.4%, from the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, but increased $600.0 million, or 9.6%, when compared to March 31, 2019. During the first quarter of 2020, and consistent with seasonal expectations, outstanding balances in the consumer indirect, consumer direct and consumer mortgage portfolios decreased $38.0 million. This was partially offset, by a $13.3 million increase in the business lending portfolio and a $0.3 million increase in the home equity portfolio.

Investment securities totaled $3.2 billion at March 31, 2020. This is up $219.2 million from the end of the first quarter of 2019 and up $97.0 million from December 31, 2019. Due to a precipitous drop in market interest rates during the first quarter, the net unrealized gains on the investment securities portfolio increased to $155.5 million at March 31, 2020. This compares to $33.1 million net unrealized gain at December 31, 2019 and $7.9 million at March 31, 2019. The effective duration of the portfolio was 3.6 years at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Shareholders’ equity of $1.98 billion at March 31, 2020 was $121.4 million, or 6.5%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2019 and $219.5 million, or 12.5%, higher than March 31, 2019. The increase in shareholders’ equity between the periods was primarily driven by strong earnings generation and capital retention over the last four quarters, as well as marked increase in accumulated other comprehensive income due primarily to an increase in net unrealized gains on the Company’s available-for-sale investment securities portfolio. The Company’s net tangible equity to net tangible assets ratio was 10.78% at March 31, 2020, up from 9.83% a year earlier and 10.01% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 11.10% at the end of the first quarter of 2020, down from 11.27% a year earlier and up from 10.80% at December 31, 2019.

As previously announced in December 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the repurchase of up to 2.6 million shares of the Company’s common stock during a twelve-month period starting January 1, 2020. Such repurchases may be made at the discretion of the Company’s senior management based on market conditions and other relevant factors and will be acquired through open market or privately negotiated transactions as permitted under Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable legal requirements. There were no shares repurchased pursuant to the program in the first quarter of 2020. Although the approved stock repurchase program has not been rescinded, management does not anticipate purchasing shares through this program during the second quarter of 2020.

CECL Adoption and Asset Quality

During the first quarter, the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses, also known as Current Expected Credit Losses (“CECL”). Upon the adoption of CECL, the Company recorded a net cumulative-effect adjustment that increased retained earnings by $0.5 million. This adjustment was the result of a $1.4 million net increase in the allowance for credit losses, from $49.9 million at December 31, 2019 to $51.3 million upon adoption, including a $3.1 million adjustment to loans, partially offset by a $1.2 million increase in other liabilities related to the allowance for off-balance sheet credit exposures. Due largely to the expectation of increased credit losses due to COVID-19’s adverse impact on economic and business operating conditions, the Company’s Allowance for Credit Losses increased an additional $4.4 million, or 8.6%, in the first quarter of 2020. The table below illustrates the Company’s changes in the Allowance for Credit Losses prior to CECL adoption through the end of the first quarter.

 

Allowance for
Loan Losses at
12/31/2019

CECL
Adoption
Impact

Allowance for
Credit Losses
after Adoption(1)

First Quarter
2020 Reserve
Build

Allowance for

Credit Losses at
3/31/2020

Balance

$49.9 million

+$1.4 million

$51.3 million

+$4.4 million

$55.7 million

% Change

n/a

+2.7%

n/a

+8.6%

+11.5%

(1) Includes a $3.1 million reclassification for expected losses on purchased credit deteriorated (“PCD”) loans which resulted in an additional $2.1 million for PCD loans from original estimate.

The adoption of CECL did not result in the recording of an allowance for credit losses on the Company’s available-for-sale debt securities or its other instruments carried at amortized cost.

At March 31, 2020, non-performing loans increased to 0.46% of total loans outstanding. This compares to 0.39% of total loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and 0.35% at the end of the linked fourth quarter of 2019. The increase in nonperforming loans is largely attributable to a single line of credit that matured on December 31, 2019 with a total outstanding balance of $9.9 million. The Company is actively engaging with the borrower to process an extension. Total delinquent loans, which includes nonperforming loans and loans thirty or more days delinquent, to total loans outstanding, were 1.11% at the end of the first quarter of 2020. This compares to 0.88% at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and 0.94% at the end of the linked fourth quarter of 2019. The delinquency status for loans on payment deferment due to COVID-19 financial hardship were reported at March 31, 2020 based on their delinquency status as of March 20, 2020. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $1.6 million, or 0.09% annualized, in the first quarter of 2020. This compares to net charge-offs of $2.6 million, or 0.17% annualized, in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease in net charge-offs between comparable quarters was attributable to a $1.0 million decrease in net charge-offs in the business lending portfolio. The allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans was 175% at March 31, 2020.

Dividend Increase

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.41 per share on its common stock, up 7.9% from the $0.38 dividend declared in the first quarter of 2019, representing an annualized yield of 2.8% based upon the $59.36 closing price of the Company’s stock on April 15, 2020. The three cent increase declared in the third quarter of 2019 marked the 27th consecutive year of dividend increases for the Company.

COVID-19 Pandemic

In early January 2020, the World Health Organization issued an alert that a coronavirus outbreak was emanating from the Wuhan Province in China. Later in January, the first death related to the coronavirus, identified as COVID-19, occurred in the United States. Over the course of the next several weeks, the outbreak continued to spread to various regions of the World prompting the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. In the United States, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus invoked various Federal and State Authorities to make emergency declarations and issue executive orders to limit the spread of the disease. Measures included restrictions on international and domestic travel, limitations on public gatherings, implementation of social distancing protocols, school closings, orders to shelter in place and mandates to close all non-essential businesses to the public. Concerns about the spread of the disease and its anticipated negative impact on economic activity, severely disrupted both domestic and international financial markets prompting Central Banks around the World to inject significant amounts of monetary stimulus into their economies. In the United States, the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Open Market Committee, swiftly cut the target Federal Funds rate to a range of 0% to 0.25%, including a 50 basis point reduction in the target federal funds rate on March 3, 2020 and an additional 100 basis point reduction on March 15, 2020. In addition, the Federal Reserve rolled out various market support programs to ease the stress on financial markets. The estimated value of the pandemic-related monetary stimulus package provided through the Federal Reserve’s activities was estimated at $4 trillion. In addition, on March 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which is intended to provide approximately $2.5 trillion of direct support to U.S. citizens and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the COVID-19 events unfolded throughout the first quarter of 2020, the Company implemented various plans, strategies and protocols to protect its employees, maintain services for customers, assure the functional continuity of the Company’s operating systems, controls and processes, and mitigate financial risks posed by changing market conditions. In order to protect its employees and assure workforce continuity and operational redundancy, the Company imposed business travel restrictions, implemented quarantine and work from home protocols and physically separated, to the extent possible, the critical operations site workforce that are unable to work remotely. To limit the risk of virus spread, the Company implemented drive-thru only and by appointment operating protocols for its extensive bank branch network. The Company also maintained active communications with its primary regulatory agencies and critical vendors to assure all mission-critical activities and functions are being performed in line with regulatory expectations and the Company’s service standards.

Although there is a high degree of uncertainty around the magnitude and duration of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company’s management believes that its financial position, including high levels of capital and liquidity, will allow it to successfully endure the negative economic impacts of the crisis. The Company’s capital planning and capital management activities, coupled with its historically strong earnings performance and prudent dividend practices, have allowed it to build and maintain strong capital reserves. At March 31, 2020, all of the Company’s regulatory capital ratios significantly exceeded all well-capitalized standards. More specifically, the Company’s Tier 1 Leverage Ratio, a common measure to evaluate a financial institutions capital strength, was 11.10% at March 31, 2020, which represents over two times the well-capitalized regulatory standard of 5.0%.

In addition, management believes the Company’s liquidity position is strong. The Company’s primary Bank subsidiary maintains a funding base largely comprised of core noninterest bearing demand deposit accounts and low cost interest-bearing savings, interest checking and money market deposit accounts with customers that operate, reside or work within its branch footprint. At March 31, 2020, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents balances were $529.3 million and it maintained $260.4 million of availability at the Federal Reserve Bank’s discount window. The Company also maintains an available-for-sale investment securities portfolio, comprised primarily of highly liquid U.S.Treasury securities, highly-rated municipal securities and U.S. agency-backed mortgage backed securities. This portfolio not only generates interest income, but also serves as a ready source of liquidity and capital. At March 31, 2020, the Company’s available-for-sale investment securities portfolio totaled $3.142 billion, $1.502 billion of which was unpledged as collateral. Net unrealized gains on the portfolio were $155.3 million. The Bank’s unused borrowing capacity at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York at March 31, 2020 was $1.826 billion. The Company did not experience significant draws on available working capital lines of credit and home equity lines of credit during the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. During the first quarter of 2020, no significant or unusual customer activity was observed that portends unmanageable levels of stress on the Company’s liquidity profile. The Company has also participated in the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, a $350 billion specialized low-interest loan program funded by the U.S. Treasury Department and administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) provides borrower guarantees for lenders, as well as loan forgiveness incentives for borrowers that utilize the loan proceeds to cover employee compensation-related business operating costs. Through April 15, 2020, the Company has approved 1,395 PPP loans totaling $351.9 million. The Company anticipates high levels of customer utilization of the PPP loan program, but also believes its liquidity resources are more than sufficient to meet the funding requirements of its borrowers.

From a credit risk and lending perspective, the Company has taken actions to identify and assess its COVID-19 related credit exposures based on asset class and borrower type. No specific COVID-19 related credit impairment was identified within the Company’s investment securities portfolio, including the Company’s municipal securities portfolio, during the first quarter of 2020. With respect to the Company’s lending activities, the Company implemented a customer payment deferral program to assist both consumer and business borrowers that may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related challenges. Through April 15, 2020, the Company granted payment deferral request for up to three months, for 3,274 consumer borrowers and 1,018 business borrowers, representing $587.2 million of the Company’s loan balances. Loans in deferment status will continue to accrue interest during the deferment period unless otherwise classified as nonperforming. Consistent with industry regulatory guidance, borrowers that were otherwise current on loan payments that were granted COVID-19 related financial hardship payment deferrals will continue to be reported as current loans throughout the agreed upon deferral period. These payment deferrals were also deemed to be an insignificant borrower concession, and therefore, not classified as troubled-debt restructured loans during the first quarter. Borrowers, that were delinquent in their payments to the Bank, prior to requesting a COVID-19 related financial hardship payment deferral were reviewed on a case by case basis for troubled debt restructure classification and non-performing loan status. In the instances where the Company granted a payment deferral to a delinquent borrower, the borrower’s delinquency status was frozen as of March 20, 2020, and their loans will continue to be reported as delinquent during the deferment period based on their delinquency status as of March 20, 2020. The Company anticipates that the number and amount of COVID-19 financial hardship payment deferral requests will increase significantly during the second quarter of 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis is expected to continue to impact the Company’s financial results, as well as demand for its services and products during the second quarter of 2020 and potentially beyond. The short and long-term implications of the COVID-19 crisis, and related monetary and fiscal stimulus measures, on the Company’s future revenues, earnings results, allowance for credit losses, capital reserves, and liquidity are unknown at this time.

Steuben Trust Corporation

On October 21, 2019, the Company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Steuben Trust Corporation (“Steuben”), parent company of Steuben Trust Company, a New York State chartered community bank headquartered in Hornell, New York. Based on the Company’s closing stock price on April 15, 2020, the transaction is valued at approximately $102.5 million in Company stock and cash. The acquisition will extend the Company’s footprint into two new counties in Western New York State, and enhance the Company’s presence in four Western New York State counties in which it currently operates. Steuben currently operates 14 branch locations with approximately $560 million of assets, and deposits of $460 million. The Company expects this acquisition to be approximately $0.08 to $0.09 per share accretive to its first full year of GAAP earnings and $0.09 to $0.10 per share accretive to cash earnings, excluding any one-time transaction costs. The Steuben shareholders approved the merger with the Company at its Special Meeting held on March 3, 2020. At this time, the acquisition is scheduled to close during the second quarter of 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis and pending regulatory approval, it is uncertain as to whether or not the effective date of the merger will be postponed.

Conference Call Scheduled

Company management will conduct an investor call at 11:00 a.m. (ET) today, April 20, 2020, to discuss first quarter 2020 results. The conference call can be accessed at 877-317-6789 (1-412-317-6789 if outside United States and Canada). Investors may also listen live via the Internet at: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/995/33999.

This earnings release, including supporting financial tables and presentation slides, is available within the press releases section of the Company's investor relations website at: http://ir.communitybanksystem.com. An archived webcast of the earnings call will be available on this site for one full year.

About Us

Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. With assets of over $11.8 billion, the DeWitt, N.Y. headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest financial institutions. In addition to a full range of retail, business, and municipal banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its’ Community Bank Wealth Management Group and OneGroup NY, Inc. operating units. The Company's Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc. subsidiary is a leading provider of employee benefits administration, trust services, collective investment fund administration and actuarial consulting services to customers on a national scale. Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Company's stock trades under the symbol CBU. For more information about Community Bank visit www.cbna.com or http://ir.communitybanksystem.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of CBU’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause the actual results of CBU’s operations to differ materially from its expectations: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the negative impacts and disruptions on CBU’s colleagues, the communities CBU serves, and the domestic and global economy, which may have an adverse effect on CBU’s business; current and future economic and market conditions, including the effects of declines in housing prices, high unemployment rates, U.S. fiscal debt, budget and tax matters, geopolitical matters, and any slowdown in global economic growth; fiscal and monetary policies of the Federal Reserve Board;the effect of changes in the level of checking or savings account deposits on CBU’s funding costs and net interest margin; future provisions for credit losses on loans and debt securities; changes in nonperforming assets; the effect of a fall in stock market prices on CBU’s fee income businesses, including its employee benefit services, wealth management, and insurance businesses; the successful integration of operations of its acquisitions; competition; changes in legislation or regulatory requirements; and the timing for receiving regulatory approvals and completing pending transactions. For more information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from CBU’s expectations, refer to its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under “Risk Factors” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website at www.sec.gov. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and CBU undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 
Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

1st Qtr

 

4th Qtr

 

3rd Qtr

 

2nd Qtr

 

1st Qtr

Earnings

 

 

 

 

 

Loan income

$78,565

$80,509

$79,931

$74,067

$73,703

Investment income

18,430

19,538

18,716

20,285

18,978

Total interest income

96,995

100,047

98,647

94,352

92,681

Interest expense

6,941

7,307

7,371

6,052

5,822

Net interest income

90,054

92,740

91,276

88,300

86,859

Provision for credit losses

5,594

2,857

1,751

1,400

2,422

Net interest income after provision for credit losses

84,460

89,883

89,525

86,900

84,437

Deposit service and other banking fees

17,178

17,828

18,003

16,930

17,199

Mortgage banking

916

247

(138)

213

201

Wealth management and insurance services

15,192

14,060

14,890

14,907

14,211

Employee benefit services

25,366

24,997

24,329

23,787

24,054

Gain on sale of investments, net

0

0

0

4,882

0

Unrealized (loss) gain on equity securities

(30)

(9)

10

(13)

31

Total noninterest revenues

58,622

57,123

57,094

60,706

55,696

Salaries and employee benefits

58,251

56,468

56,061

54,008

53,379

Data processing and communications

10,413

10,932

10,675

10,401

9,399

Occupancy and equipment

10,739

10,142

9,801

9,619

10,288

Amortization of intangible assets

3,667

3,962

3,960

3,904

4,130

Acquisition expenses

369

819

6,061

1,194

534

Other

10,224

12,946

10,371

12,050

10,922

Total operating expenses

93,663

95,269

96,929

91,176

88,652

Income before income taxes

49,419

51,737

49,690

56,430

51,481

Income taxes

9,285

8,853

10,472

11,415

9,535

Net income

$40,134

$42,884

$39,218

$45,015

$41,946

Basic earnings per share

$0.77

$0.82

$0.76

$0.87

$0.81

Diluted earnings per share

$0.76

$0.82

$0.75

$0.86

$0.80

Profitability

 

 

 

 

 

Return on assets

1.41%

1.48%

1.39%

1.68%

1.59%

Return on equity

8.49%

9.19%

8.53%

10.18%

9.85%

Return on tangible equity(2)

14.52%

16.08%

14.92%

17.74%

17.61%

Noninterest revenues/operating revenues (FTE)(1)

39.6%

38.3%

38.6%

38.8%

39.1%

Efficiency ratio

60.4%

60.7%

58.8%

59.8%

59.1%

Components of Net Interest Margin (FTE)

 

 

 

 

 

Loan yield

4.61%

4.67%

4.72%

4.73%

4.78%

Cash equivalents yield

0.90%

1.68%

2.19%

2.37%

2.33%

Investment yield

2.51%

2.70%

2.61%

2.73%

2.59%

Earning asset yield

3.93%

3.99%

4.03%

4.06%

4.05%

Interest-bearing deposit rate

0.34%

0.36%

0.36%

0.30%

0.27%

Borrowing rate

1.70%

1.68%

2.06%

1.87%

1.86%

Cost of all interest-bearing funds

0.40%

0.42%

0.43%

0.37%

0.36%

Cost of funds (includes DDA)

0.30%

0.31%

0.32%

0.28%

0.27%

Net interest margin (FTE)

3.65%

3.71%

3.73%

3.80%

3.80%

Fully tax-equivalent adjustment

$1,032

$1,026

$985

$990

$1,008

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

1st Qtr

 

4th Qtr

 

3rd Qtr

 

2nd Qtr

 

1st Qtr

Average Balances

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

$6,876,771

$6,857,977

$6,735,776

$6,294,772

$6,273,798

Cash equivalents

114,660

504,858

665,862

334,304

121,304

Taxable investment securities

2,586,646

2,242,471

1,990,979

2,400,516

2,574,902

Nontaxable investment securities

459,340

434,020

413,437

397,316

403,359

Total interest-earning assets

10,037,417

10,039,326

9,806,054

9,426,908

9,373,363

Total assets

11,487,384

11,472,415

11,229,919

10,771,975

10,687,708

Interest-bearing deposits

6,598,131

6,581,979

6,462,143

6,170,832

6,107,732

Borrowings

329,355

325,139

290,967

319,505

373,656

Total interest-bearing liabilities

6,927,486

6,907,118

6,753,110

6,490,337

6,481,388

Noninterest-bearing deposits

2,458,529

2,519,645

2,458,831

2,326,630

2,297,472

Shareholders' equity

1,902,169

1,851,579

1,824,869

1,774,400

1,726,313

Balance Sheet Data

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$529,336

$205,030

$1,014,042

$874,836

$508,364

Investment securities

3,185,381

3,088,343

2,481,742

2,402,272

2,966,147

Loans:

 

 

 

 

 

Business lending

2,789,130

2,775,876

2,779,612

2,395,684

2,410,477

Consumer mortgage

2,424,656

2,430,902

2,405,191

2,255,782

2,237,430

Consumer indirect

1,087,879

1,113,062

1,091,980

1,082,834

1,070,840

Home equity

386,583

386,325

389,029

371,619

374,297

Consumer direct

177,844

184,378

187,379

178,151

173,042

Total loans

6,866,092

6,890,543

6,853,191

6,284,070

6,266,086

Allowance for credit losses

55,652

49,911

49,423

49,310

49,107

Intangible assets, net

832,919

836,923

840,685

800,515

804,419

Other assets

450,907

439,367

457,060

433,005

420,558

Total assets

11,808,983

11,410,295

11,597,297

10,745,388

10,916,467

Deposits:

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest-bearing

2,491,720

2,465,902

2,549,395

2,363,408

2,346,635

Non-maturity interest-bearing

5,899,297

5,592,936

5,672,825

5,356,448

5,517,141

Time

912,965

936,129

946,065

768,349

755,886

Total deposits

9,303,982

8,994,967

9,168,285

8,488,205

8,619,662

Borrowings

208,718

253,758

237,661

144,290

251,833

Subordinated notes payable

13,775

13,795

13,814

0

0

Subordinated debt held by unconsolidated subsidiary trusts

77,320

77,320

77,320

97,939

97,939

Accrued interest and other liabilities

228,557

215,221

259,796

205,444

189,905

Total liabilities

9,832,352

9,555,061

9,756,876

8,935,878

9,159,339

Shareholders' equity

1,976,631

1,855,234

1,840,421

1,809,510

1,757,128

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

11,808,983

11,410,295

11,597,297

10,745,388

10,916,467

Capital

 

 

 

 

 

Tier 1 leverage ratio

11.10%

10.80%

10.76%

11.54%

11.27%

Tangible equity/net tangible assets(2)

10.78%

10.01%

9.68%

10.56%

9.83%

Diluted weighted average common shares O/S

52,646

52,522

52,382

52,356

52,195

Period end common shares outstanding

52,031

51,794

51,660

51,571

51,471

Cash dividends declared per common share

$0.41

$0.41

$0.41

$0.38

$0.38

Book value

$37.99

$35.82

$35.63

$35.09

$34.14

Tangible book value(2)

$22.84

$20.52

$20.24

$20.45

$19.40

Common stock price (end of period)

$58.80

$70.94

$61.69

$65.84

$59.77

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

1st Qtr

 

4th Qtr

 

3rd Qtr

 

2nd Qtr

 

1st Qtr

Asset Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

$19,046

$18,835

$23,610

$21,413

$21,252

Accruing loans 90+ days delinquent

12,736

5,426

5,064

3,047

3,019

Total nonperforming loans

31,782

24,261

28,674

24,460

24,271

Other real estate owned (OREO)

1,469

1,270

1,258

1,736

1,524

Total nonperforming assets

33,251

25,531

29,932

26,196

25,795

Net charge-offs

1,550

2,369

1,638

1,197

2,599

Allowance for credit losses/loans outstanding

0.81%

0.72%

0.72%

0.78%

0.78%

Nonperforming loans/loans outstanding

0.46%

0.35%

0.42%

0.39%

0.39%

Allowance for credit losses/nonperforming loans

175%

206%

172%

202%

202%

Net charge-offs/average loans

0.09%

0.14%

0.10%

0.08%

0.17%

Delinquent loans/ending loans

1.11%

0.94%

0.85%

0.87%

0.88%

Credit loss provision/net charge-offs

361%

121%

107%

117%

93%

Nonperforming assets/total assets

0.28%

0.22%

0.26%

0.24%

0.24%

Asset Quality (excluding loans acquired since 1/1/09)

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

$15,369

$15,415

$16,644

$15,529

$15,524

Accruing loans 90+ days delinquent

4,282

2,707

3,734

2,863

2,593

Total nonperforming loans

19,651

18,122

20,378

18,392

18,117

Other real estate owned (OREO)

1,347

1,148

1,258

1,145

898

Total nonperforming assets

20,998

19,270

21,636

19,537

19,015

Net charge-offs

1,531

2,435

1,602

1,234

1,516

Allowance for credit losses/loans outstanding

0.91%

0.87%

0.89%

0.93%

0.94%

Nonperforming loans/loans outstanding

0.36%

0.33%

0.38%

0.36%

0.36%

Allowance for credit losses/nonperforming loans

255%

262%

231%

260%

262%

Net charge-offs/average loans

0.11%

0.18%

0.12%

0.10%

0.12%

Delinquent loans/ending loans

1.02%

0.89%

0.88%

0.89%

0.89%

Credit loss provision/net charge-offs

367%

120%

51%

123%

142%

Nonperforming assets/total assets

0.20%

0.19%

0.22%

0.20%

0.20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

1st Qtr

 

4th Qtr

 

3rd Qtr

 

2nd Qtr

 

1st Qtr

Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations

 

 

 

 

 

Income statement data

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

Net income (GAAP)

$40,134

$42,884

$39,218

$45,015

$41,946

Acquisition expenses

369

819

6,061

1,194

534

Tax effect of acquisition expenses

(69)

(140)

(1,277)

(242)

(99)

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

40,434

43,563

44,002

45,967

42,381

Gain on sale of investments, net

0

0

0

(4,882)

0

Tax effect of gain on sale of investments, net

0

0

0

988

0

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

40,434

43,563

44,002

42,073

42,381

Unrealized loss(gain) on equity securities

30

9

(10)

13

(31)

Tax effect of unrealized loss(gain) on equity securities

(6)

(2)

2

(3)

6

Operating net income (non-GAAP)

40,458

43,570

43,994

42,083

42,356

Amortization of intangibles

3,667

3,962

3,960

3,904

4,130

Tax effect of amortization of intangibles

(689)

(678)

(835)

(790)

(765)

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

43,436

46,854

47,119

45,197

45,721

Acquired non-impaired loan accretion

(1,465)

(1,898)

(1,637)

(1,302)

(1,330)

Tax effect of acquired non-impaired loan accretion

275

325

345

263

246

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$42,246

$45,281

$45,827

$44,158

$44,637

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$42,246

$45,281

$45,827

$44,158

$44,637

Average total assets

11,487,384

11,472,415

11,229,919

10,771,975

10,687,708

Adjusted return on average assets

1.48%

1.57%

1.62%

1.64%

1.69%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average equity

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$42,246

$45,281

$45,827

$44,158

$44,637

Average total equity

1,902,169

1,851,579

1,824,869

1,774,400

1,726,313

Adjusted return on average equity

8.93%

9.70%

9.96%

9.98%

10.49%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per common share

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)

$0.76

$0.82

$0.75

$0.86

$0.80

Acquisition expenses

0.01

0.01

0.12

0.02

0.01

Tax effect of acquisition expenses

0.00

0.00

(0.03)

0.00

0.00

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

0.77

0.83

0.84

0.88

0.81

Gain on sale of investments, net

0.00

0.00

0.00

(0.10)

0.00

Tax effect of gain on sale of investments, net

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.02

0.00

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

0.77

0.83

0.84

0.80

0.81

Unrealized loss(gain) on equity securities

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Tax effect of unrealized loss(gain) on equity securities

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Operating diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)

0.77

0.83

0.84

0.80

0.81

Amortization of intangibles

0.07

0.07

0.08

0.07

0.08

Tax effect of amortization of intangibles

(0.01)

(0.01)

(0.02)

(0.02)

(0.01)

Subtotal (non-GAAP)

0.83

0.89

0.90

0.85

0.88

Acquired non-impaired loan accretion

(0.03)

(0.04)

(0.03)

(0.02)

(0.03)

Tax effect of acquired non-impaired loan accretion

0.00

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.00

Diluted adjusted net earnings per share (non-GAAP)

$0.80

$0.86

$0.88

$0.84

$0.85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

1st Qtr

 

4th Qtr

 

3rd Qtr

 

2nd Qtr

 

1st Qtr

Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations

 

 

 

 

 

Income statement data (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest expenses (GAAP)

$93,663

$95,269

$96,929

$91,176

$88,652

Amortization of intangibles

(3,667)

(3,962)

(3,960)

(3,904)

(4,130)

Acquisition expenses

(369)

(819)

(6,061)

(1,194)

(534)

Total adjusted noninterest expenses (non-GAAP)

$89,627

$90,488

$86,908

$86,078

$83,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efficiency ratio

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted noninterest expenses (non-GAAP) - numerator

$89,627

$90,488

$86,908

$86,078

$83,988

Tax-equivalent net interest income

91,086

93,766

92,261

89,290

87,867

Noninterest revenues

58,622

57,123

57,094

60,706

55,696

Acquired non-impaired loan accretion

(1,465)

(1,898)

(1,637)

(1,302)

(1,330)

Gain on sale of investments, net

0

0

0

(4,882)

0

Unrealized loss(gain) on equity securities

30

9

(10)

13

(31)

Operating revenues (non-GAAP) - denominator

148,273

149,000

147,708

143,825

142,202

Efficiency ratio (non-GAAP)

60.4%

60.7%

58.8%

59.8%

59.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet data

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets (GAAP)

$11,808,983

$11,410,295

$11,597,297

$10,745,388

$10,916,467

Intangible assets

(832,919)

(836,923)

(840,685)

(800,515)

(804,419)

Deferred taxes on intangible assets

44,494

44,742

46,048

45,576

45,994

Total tangible assets (non-GAAP)

11,020,558

10,618,114

10,802,660

9,990,449

10,158,042

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total common equity

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' Equity (GAAP)

1,976,631

1,855,234

1,840,421

1,809,510

1,757,128

Intangible assets

(832,919)

(836,923)

(840,685)

(800,515)

(804,419)

Deferred taxes on intangible assets

44,494

44,742

46,048

45,576

45,994

Total tangible common equity (non-GAAP)

1,188,206

1,063,053

1,045,784

1,054,571

998,703

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net tangible equity-to-assets ratio at quarter end

 

 

 

 

 

Total tangible common equity (non-GAAP) - numerator

$1,188,206

$1,063,053

$1,045,784

$1,054,571

$998,703

Total tangible assets (non-GAAP) - denominator

11,020,558

10,618,114

10,802,660

9,990,449

10,158,042

Net tangible equity-to-assets ratio at quarter end (non-GAAP)

10.78%

10.01%

9.68%

10.56%

9.83%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Excludes gain on sales of investments and unrealized gain and loss on equity securities.

(2) Includes deferred tax liabilities related to certain intangible assets.

 

Joseph E. Sutaris, EVP & Chief Financial Officer
Office: (315) 445-7396

Source: Community Bank System, Inc.

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