Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. Announces Record 2020 Earnings

GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCBS) ("Nicolet") announced fourth quarter 2020 net income of $18.0 million and earnings per diluted common share of $1.74, compared to $18.1 million and $1.72 for third quarter 2020, and $12.3 million and $1.18 for fourth quarter 2019, respectively.  Annualized quarterly return on average assets was 1.58%, 1.55% and 1.46%, for fourth quarter 2020, third quarter 2020 and fourth quarter 2019, respectively, even with elevated cash assets in 2020.

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For the year ended December 31, 2020, net income was $60.1 million, 10% higher than $54.6 million for 2019.  Net income for 2020 included record secondary mortgage income, higher net interest income and efficiency efforts, which partially offset $4 million of isolated costs ($3 million after-tax) in second quarter for pandemic-related actions and branch efficiency decisions as well as $9 million ($7 million after-tax) higher annual provision for credit losses.  Net income for 2019 benefited from the net of two nonrecurring items in the second quarter, a $7.4 million after-tax gain on the partial sale of our equity interest in a data processing company, and $2.75 million ($2.0 million after-tax) in personnel expense for retirement-related compensation declared to benefit all employees after that sale.

Diluted earnings per common share was $5.70 for 2020, 3% higher than $5.52 for 2019, benefiting from 10% stronger net income, while covering a 6% increase in average diluted shares, mostly due to the timing of the 1.2 million shares issued in our November 2019 acquisition net of strong repurchase activity throughout 2020 (totaling 0.6 million shares).

Return on average assets was 1.41% for 2020, compared to 1.75% for 2019.  While earnings were up, this ratio declined given the sizable increase in average assets to $4.3 billion for 2020 (up $1.1 billion or 36% over 2019), led by higher cash levels (up $0.4 billion).  

"Our 2020 earnings were record-breaking despite the very unusual year," said Bob Atwell, Chairman and CEO of Nicolet. "Sound, fair and timely decision-making was evident to our customers and in our results, and will provide continued momentum for 2021.  We recorded a lower fourth quarter provision (to $1.3 million compared to $3 million for each of the previous three quarters), on improved asset quality metrics. We continue to be inspired by the tenacity and creativity of our customers."

"We could not have foreseen the challenges 2020 presented, and we certainly didn't know our response to the pandemic would result in such a great year," said Atwell.  "We kept our people safe while helping our customers respond to their challenges and opportunities with speed, flexibility and heart."

"We closed the year as a very liquid $4.6 billion bank, with over $800 million in cash on the balance sheet, at 18% of assets, compared to 5% at year-end 2019," Atwell said. 

"The complexion of our balance sheet has mirrored changes in customer needs.  Largely, our commercial base remained profitable and liquid (reducing line usage and holding more cash deposits) and utilized the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") for equity-like support.  They are now further benefiting from loan forgiveness by the Small Business Administration, fueling more cash back to us," Atwell stated.  "Consumers, too, benefited from stimulus checks and are holding more on deposit." 

"We entered 2020 with a strategic plan that turned quickly into tactical change management," said Mike Daniels, President and CEO of Nicolet National Bank. "The goal became how to best serve and be present for our customers during a pandemic.  We had to be flexible and adaptable, and we have not yet stopped.  We guided commercial customers through the PPP and now prepare for round two.  We provided $1.25 million of our money directly to smaller businesses in second quarter to expedite aid to those who would have otherwise waited for small PPP loans.  And we adapted resources and automated workflows to originate over $1 billion in mortgages to consumers under atypical conditions."

"We have been fully back on-site since the end of May, operating safely for our customers because being present matters," Daniels said.  "It is a key differentiator to the vast majority of our industry, allowing us to move forward on goals and improvements, not just get by on the status quo." 

"For most consumers, their mortgages were the most important banking action they could control this year, whether through a refinanced rate or a new purchase to accommodate their changing needs or circumstances," Daniels said. "Further, our financial advisors proactively added and counseled clients through a volatile market, when many competitors were inwardly focused."  Secondary mortgage income was $30 million for 2020 ($18 million or 151% higher than 2019), and wealth revenues were $16 million ($1.9 million or 13% higher than 2019).

The timing of Nicolet's acquisitions, Choice Bancorp, Inc. ("Choice") on November 8, 2019, at 12% of then pre-merger assets, and Advantage Community Bancshares, Inc. ("Advantage") on August 21, 2020, at 4% of then pre-merger assets, impacts financial comparisons.  Certain income statement results, average balances and related ratios for the quarter and year-to-date periods in 2020 include full contribution from Choice and a partial contribution from Advantage starting in third quarter 2020, while the same periods in 2019 include a partial contribution from Choice starting in fourth quarter 2019 and no contribution from Advantage.  At consummation, Choice added $457 million in assets, including $348 million in loans, $1.7 million in core deposit intangible, $45 million in goodwill, $289 million in deposits, and net one new branch.  At consummation, Advantage added $172 million in assets, $88 million in loans, $1 million in core deposit intangible, $12 million in goodwill, $141 million in deposits and four branches.

Balance Sheet Review

At December 31, 2020, period end assets were $4.6 billion, an increase of $975 million (27%) over December 31, 2019.  The year-over-year change was primarily due to higher cash and cash equivalents (up $621 million to $803 million), investment securities (up $90 million or 20% to $539 million), and loans (up $215 million or 8% to $2.8 billion).  The significant increase in cash was influenced by our liquidity build executed at the onset of the pandemic (with brokered deposits at $325 million, up $165 million over year-end 2019) and rising core deposits.

Total deposits of $3.9 billion at December 31, 2020, increased $956 million (32%) over year-end 2019.  Since December 31, 2019, transaction accounts combined (i.e., savings, money markets and interest-bearing checking) increased $490 million (32%) to $2.0 billion at December 31, 2020 and noninterest-bearing demand grew $394 million (48%) to $1.2 billion representing 31% of total deposits, influenced by the very uncertain times, government stimulus payments and pandemic stay-at-home orders, which reduced spending and increased liquidity of consumers and businesses, and by PPP loan proceeds retained on deposit by corporate borrowers.  

During 2020, we originated 2,725 PPP loans totaling $351 million, bearing a 1% contractual rate, and earned a $12.3 million fee, of which $5.7 million was accreted into interest income.  At December 31, the net carrying value of PPP loans was $186 million, or 7% of total loans, with the decline coming almost exclusively from SBA loan forgiveness that started in November, boosting overall borrower equity in their businesses.  Given strong participation in the PPP and caution around debt levels, borrowers' utilization of conventional lines of credit fell.  For the first time in recent history, commercial lines of credit declined between year-end periods to $221 million (down $104 million or 32% since December 31, 2019).  Excluding PPP loans and commercial lines of credit, all other loans combined increased $133 million or 6% over December 31, 2019 (or up 2%, further excluding loans acquired from Advantage).   

Total capital was $539 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $23 million since December 31, 2019, mostly due to solid earnings, partly offset by share repurchase activity. Nicolet repurchased 646,748 shares at a total cost of $40.5 million, or an average per share cost of $62.69 during 2020. Comparatively, during 2019, 310,781 shares were repurchased for $18.7 million or an average of $60.17 per share.  On November 17, 2020, Nicolet's board authorized an increase to the program of $20 million or up to 325,000 shares of common stock.  As a result, at December 31, 2020, there remained $20.4 million authorized under the repurchase program, as modified, to be utilized from time-to-time to repurchase shares in the open market, through block transactions or in private transactions. 

Asset Quality

"When the pandemic hit, we made sincere efforts to acknowledge the potential impact of dramatically changed circumstances on our borrowers.  We provided $3 million in loan loss provision for each of the first three quarters of 2020, largely from uncertainty and poor forward visibility, provided temporary loan modifications, and guided qualified customers through PPP," said Daniels.  "We have interacted with customers proactively and granularly, to better understand the underlying pressures felt by the overall borrowing base. As a result, we recorded a $1.3 million provision during fourth quarter, as potential deterioration to loan quality metrics initially anticipated have just not materialized."

Nonperforming assets were $13 million at December 31, representing 0.29% of total assets compared to $12 million or 0.25% at September 30 and $15 million or 0.42% at December 31, 2019.  Since the prior quarter, the allowance for credit losses-loans increased to $32 million, due to the $1.3 million provision for credit losses recognized, less net charge-offs during the quarter of $0.5 million or 0.07% of average loans, annualized.  For the year, the provision was $10.3 million and represented 0.37% of average loans (or 0.40% excluding PPP loans), which exceeded $1.4 million of net charge-offs representing 0.05% of average loans. At December 31, 2020, the allowance represented 1.15% of total loans, and represented 1.24% of total loans excluding the net carrying value of PPP loans.

Since the pandemic started, nearly 1,000 loans with a current balance of $456 million were provided payment modifications.  Initial metrics reflected the loan modifications as 88% commercial and 12% retail with 67% on interest only payments and 33% on full payment deferrals.  At December 31, $408 million (90%) had returned to normal payment structures, $29 million (6%) were paid off, $15 million (3%) remain under modification structure, and $4 million (1%) became troubled debt restructurings. At December 31, the combined $19 million under modification or restructure represented less than 1% of total loans.

Income Statement Review

Net income for 2020 was $60.1 million, $5.5 million or 10% stronger than $54.6 million for 2019.

Net interest income was up 11% over 2019, despite an 81bps decline in net interest margin between the years.  Very high cash levels and a dramatically lower rate environment dominated the story.  Overall volumes aided net interest income but the mix of interest-earning assets in particular squeezed the resulting margin.  In general, the lower rate environment pressured both net interest income and net interest margin.

At the onset of the pandemic, but prior to the announcement of government stimulus, we added liquidity to ensure we could meet customer needs. The action demonstrated our capacity to support our communities, but proved later to not be necessary, leading us to reduce non-deposit leverage in the second half of the year.  Efforts to maximize net interest income during the changes throughout 2020 included prudent pricing actions on deposits and loans, allowing brokered deposits to mature without renewal, prepayment of selected FHLB advances, and full payback of the PPPLF funding (approximately $335 million used for 5 months at a cost of 35bps).  Further, we fully redeemed our subordinated notes ($12 million at 5% fixed) in November and one of our junior subordinated debenture issuances ($6 million at 8% fixed) in December, which combined will reduce annual interest expense by approximately $1.1 million.  

Net interest income was $129.3 million for 2020, $13.2 million or 11% higher than $116.1 million for 2019, comprised of $10.6 million higher interest income and $2.6 million lower interest expense. Higher volumes added $26.3 million to net interest income (with a $31.7 million increase to interest income on higher earning assets offset partly by a $5.4 million increase to interest expense on higher interest-bearing liabilities). Rate changes reduced net interest income $13.1 million (decreasing interest income $21.2 million, but also decreasing interest expense on funding $8.1 million).   

Average interest-earning assets of $3.8 billion increased $1.1 billion (38%) over 2019, largely due to growth in average loans (up $531 million or 24%, comprised of $221 million PPP loans and $310 million all other loans), investments (up $81 million or 20%) and other interest-earning assets, which are predominantly cash (up $444 million). The mix of average earning assets for 2020 was 72% loans (comprised of 6% PPP loans, 66% all other loans), 13% investments and 15% other interest-earning assets, compared to 81% loans, 15% investments and 4% other interest-earning assets for 2019.  Average interest-bearing liabilities of $2.7 billion increased $721 million (37%) over 2019, comprised of higher core interest-bearing deposits (up $335 million), brokered deposits (up $214 million), PPPLF funding (up $162 million), and other interest-bearing liabilities (up $10 million).  Also adding to the heavy cash position and net free funds was average noninterest-bearing demand deposits totaling $1.0 billion for 2020 (up $292 million or 40% over 2019).

The net interest margin for 2020 was 3.38%, down 81bps from 4.19% for 2019, as the yield on interest-earning assets declined 110bps (to 3.90%), the cost of funds favorably declined 41bps (to 0.75%), and the contribution from net free funds fell 12bps (on much higher balances but worth less in a low rate environment).  The significantly higher mix of cash assets (to 15% of interest-earning assets versus 4% in 2019) coupled with their dramatic decline in yield (to 0.46% versus 2.65% in 2019), has pressured the net interest margin most.  Loans yielded 4.90% for 2020, down 67bps from 2019, in part by the inclusion of lower-earning PPP loans (yielding 3.66%) in 2020, while all other loans earned 5.00%, down 57bps from 2019.  Investments yielded 2.26%, 31bps lower than 2019.  The cost of funds of 0.75% declined 41bps during the same period, attributable mainly to prudent pricing actions on core interest-bearing deposits (down 45bps to 0.57%) and lower wholesale funding rates (down 159bps to 3.13% for funding costs excluding PPPLF).

Noninterest income was $62.6 million for 2020, up $9.3 million (17%) compared to 2019. Excluding net asset gains (losses), noninterest income grew $19.0 million (42%) over 2019.  Record net mortgage income of $29.8 million, increased $17.9 million (151%) over 2019, mostly on higher sale gains and capitalized gains combined (up $18.9 million or 168%) from strong refinance activity and better pricing between the years, partly offset by an unfavorable change in the fair value mark on the mortgage servicing asset (down $1.0 million). Trust services fee income and brokerage fee income combined increased $1.9 million (13%) over  2019, consistent with growth in accounts and assets under management in a volatile market.  All remaining noninterest income categories combined decreased $0.8 million from 2019 largely due to $0.6 million lower service charges on deposit accounts as we waived certain fees during second quarter 2020 to provide economic relief to our customers and $0.5 million lower income from our smaller equity interest in the data processing company after the partial sale in 2019, partly offset by $0.5 million higher card interchange income. 

Net asset losses were $1.8 million in 2020 (mostly from $1.0 million market losses on equities held in the lower, more volatile market, and $0.9 million of net losses on branch other real estate owned write-downs), compared to $7.9 million net asset gains in 2019 (comprised primarily of the $7.4 million gain on equity investment sale), resulting in a $9.7 million negative change between the years.

Noninterest expense of $100.7 million increased $3.9 million (4%) from 2019, with second quarter 2020 including $4 million of isolated expenses related to the onset of the pandemic, a terminated acquisition and branch closure decisions.  

Personnel expense of $57.1 million, increased $2.7 million (5%) over 2019.  Salaries increased $2.3 million (7%) over 2019, of which $0.6 million was attributable to branch closure severances and on-site bonus pay in second quarter 2020, and $1.7 million (representing a 5% increase over 2019) was due to merit increases and hires between the years.  Cash and equity award incentives increased $1.5 million while retirement-based compensation (401k, profit sharing and nonqualified deferred compensation) declined $1.0 million between the years, rewarding strong performance of both years and matching the mix of incentive compensation to be meaningful to recipients. Overtime pay doubled to $0.6 million (up $0.3 million over 2019), largely to cover the effort of processing PPP originations and significant mortgage volume.  All other fringe benefits combined declined $0.4 million from 2019, mainly on lower health costs between the years.  At the start of the pandemic, Nicolet employed approximately 600 people and at peak points had 34% working remotely, 18% paid but not working due to risk concerns or temporary location closure, and the remainder of employees working on site. At December 31, headcount was 573, with the net change principally due to the 56 employee reductions from our branch closures, net of the 22 employees acquired with Advantage and additional positions for business growth.  

All non-personnel expenses combined increased $1.2 million from 2019, including $3.45 million of isolated expenses from second quarter 2020 (including $1.25 million for the micro-grant program, $0.2 million for protective supplies, $0.5 million to terminate a previously announced merger, and $1.5 million for lease terminations and branch write-offs related to the announced branch closures), and our 2020 operating base accommodating a full year of Choice and partial year of Advantage.  Diligent expense management and improved efficiencies for 2020 helped to minimize the increase in non-personnel expenses to 3% over 2019.

"This year we succeeded in executing through a real-life stress test of the value proposition embedded in our core franchise.  This was a vital validation that we matter in the communities we serve," said Atwell. "Headwinds, however, continue for us and our industry, and we believe the pace of consolidation will increase.  There continues to be great opportunity to create shareholder value through accretive acquisitions in existing and adjacent markets," concluded Atwell.

About Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.

Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. is the bank holding company of Nicolet National Bank, a growing, full-service, community bank providing services ranging from commercial and consumer banking to wealth management and retirement plan services.  Founded in Green Bay in 2000, Nicolet National Bank operates branches in Northeast and Central Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.  More information can be found at www.nicoletbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which Congress passed in an effort to encourage companies to provide information about their anticipated future financial performance. This act protects a company from unwarranted litigation if actual results are different from management expectations. This report reflects the current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance, and financial results of the management of Nicolet. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause Nicolet's actual results and experience to differ from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements, and such differences may be material. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and Nicolet does not assume any duty to update forward-looking statements. There are a number of factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in Nicolet's reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this news release, these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about (i) Nicolet's expected COVID pandemic response and how its operations and financial condition may change as a result of the COVID pandemic; (ii) the expected impact on the broader economy with regard to the effects of the COVID pandemic and the government's response to the COVID pandemic; and (iii) Nicolet's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this report that are not historical facts.  Other statements identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "targets," "projects" or words of similar meaning generally are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Nicolet's management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond their control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. Actual results may differ from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements and such differences may be material.

The COVID pandemic is adversely affecting us, our customers, counterparties, employees, and third-party service providers, and the ultimate extent of the impacts on our business, financial position, results of operations, liquidity, and prospects is uncertain. Continued deterioration in general business and economic conditions or turbulence in domestic financial markets could adversely affect Nicolet's revenues and the values of its assets and liabilities, lead to a tightening of credit, and increase stock price volatility. In addition, the COVID pandemic may result in changes to statutes, regulations, or regulatory policies or practices resulting from could affect Nicolet in substantial and unpredictable ways.


 

Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.















Consolidated Financial Summary (Unaudited)













At or for the Three Months Ended


At or for the Year Ended

(In thousands, except per share data)


12/31/2020


09/30/2020


06/30/2020


03/31/2020


12/31/2019


12/31/2020


12/31/2019

Results of operations:















Interest income


$

38,037



$

37,270



$

36,892



$

37,003



$

36,192



$

149,202



$

138,588


Interest expense


4,019



4,710



5,395



5,740



5,723



19,864



22,510


Net interest income


34,018



32,560



31,497



31,263



30,469



129,338



116,078


Provision for credit losses


1,300



3,000



3,000



3,000



300



10,300



1,200


Net interest income after provision for credit losses


32,718



29,560



28,497



28,263



30,169



119,038



114,878


Noninterest income


16,879



18,691



17,471



9,585



13,309



62,626



53,367


Noninterest expense


25,367



23,685



27,813



23,854



25,426



100,719



96,799


Income before income tax expense


24,230



24,566



18,155



13,994



18,052



80,945



71,446


Income tax expense


6,145



6,434



4,576



3,321



5,670



20,476



16,458


Net income


18,085



18,132



13,579



10,673



12,382



60,469



54,988


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest


98



30



101



118



87



347



347


Net income attributable to Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.


$

17,987



$

18,102



$

13,478



$

10,555



$

12,295



$

60,122



$

54,641


Earnings per common share:















Basic


$

1.79



$

1.75



$

1.29



$

1.00



$

1.22



$

5.82



$

5.71


Diluted


$

1.74



$

1.72



$

1.28



$

0.98



$

1.18



$

5.70



$

5.52


Common Shares:















Basic weighted average


10,074



10,349



10,417



10,516



10,061



10,337



9,562


Diluted weighted average


10,350



10,499



10,520



10,801



10,452



10,541



9,900


Outstanding


10,011



10,196



10,424



10,408



10,588



10,011



10,588


Noninterest Income:















Trust services fee income


$

1,746



$

1,628



$

1,510



$

1,579



$

1,596



$

6,463



$

6,227


Brokerage fee income


2,673



2,489



2,269



2,322



2,190



9,753



8,115


Mortgage income, net


7,842



9,675



9,963



2,327



4,916



29,807



11,878


Service charges on deposit accounts


1,133



1,037



813



1,225



1,237



4,208



4,824


Card interchange income


1,922



1,877



1,637



1,562



1,683



6,998



6,498


BOLI income


936



531



540



703



535



2,710



2,369


Other noninterest income


1,247



1,237



1,487



521



1,285



4,492



5,559


Noninterest income without net gains


17,499



18,474



18,219



10,239



13,442



64,431



45,470


Asset gains (losses), net


(620)



217



(748)



(654)



(133)



(1,805)



7,897


Total noninterest income


$

16,879



$

18,691



$

17,471



$

9,585



$

13,309



$

62,626



$

53,367


Noninterest Expense:















Personnel expense


$

15,244



$

14,072



$

14,482



$

13,323



$

13,628



$

57,121



$

54,437


Occupancy, equipment and office


4,102



4,051



4,361



4,204



3,827



16,718



14,788


Business development and marketing


713



810



2,514



1,359



1,397



5,396



5,685


Data processing


3,074



2,658



2,399



2,563



2,730



10,694



9,950


Intangibles amortization


860



834



880



993



936



3,567



3,872


Other noninterest expense


1,374



1,260



3,177



1,412



2,908



7,223



8,067


Total noninterest expense


$

25,367



$

23,685



$

27,813



$

23,854



$

25,426



$

100,719



$

96,799


Period-End Balances:















Total loans


$

2,789,101



$

2,908,793



$

2,821,501



$

2,607,424



$

2,573,751



$

2,789,101



$

2,573,751


PPP loans


186,016



335,236



329,157







186,016




Total loans, ex. PPP loans


2,603,085



2,573,557



2,492,344



2,607,424



2,573,751



2,603,085



2,573,751


Allowance for credit losses - loans


32,173



31,388



29,130



26,202



13,972



32,173



13,972


Securities available for sale, at fair value


539,337



535,351



510,809



511,860



449,302



539,337



449,302


Cash and cash equivalents


802,859



853,564



822,684



241,960



182,059



802,859



182,059


Goodwill and other intangibles, net


175,353



176,213



164,094



164,974



165,967



175,353



165,967


Total assets


4,551,789



4,706,375



4,541,228



3,732,554



3,577,260



4,551,789



3,577,260


Deposits


3,910,399



3,712,808



3,537,805



3,023,466



2,954,453



3,910,399



2,954,453


Stockholders' equity


539,189



538,068



532,033



510,971



516,262



539,189



516,262


Book value per common share


53.86



52.77



51.04



49.09



48.76



53.86



48.76


Tangible book value per common share (1)


36.34



35.49



35.30



33.24



33.08



36.34



33.08


 

Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.















Consolidated Financial Summary (Unaudited) - Continued













At or for the Three Months Ended


At or for the Year Ended

(In thousands, except per share data)


12/31/2020


9/30/2020


6/30/2020


3/31/2020


12/31/2019


12/31/2020


12/31/2019

Average Balances:















Loans


$

2,868,827



$

2,871,256



$

2,823,866



$

2,584,584



$

2,438,908



$

2,787,587



$

2,257,033


Investment securities


520,867



496,153



489,597



453,820



424,981



490,209



409,161


Interest-earning assets


4,091,460



4,216,106



3,917,499



3,167,505



2,974,974



3,849,812



2,794,641


Cash and cash equivalents


714,031



864,295



614,034



139,768



129,647



584,159



158,077


Goodwill and other intangibles, net


175,678



169,353



164,564



165,532



147,636



168,802



129,112


Total assets


4,515,226



4,633,359



4,310,088



3,555,144



3,339,283



4,255,207



3,126,535


Deposits


3,793,430



3,636,260



3,403,188



2,920,071



2,756,295



3,439,748



2,598,271


Interest-bearing liabilities


2,744,578



2,933,737



2,741,199



2,218,592



2,023,448



2,660,508



1,939,639


Stockholders' equity


537,920



537,826



520,177



513,558



478,645



527,428



423,952


Selected Financial Ratios: (2)















Return on average assets


1.58

%


1.55

%


1.26

%


1.19

%


1.46

%


1.41

%


1.75

%

Return on average common equity


13.30



13.39



10.42



8.27



10.19



11.40



12.89


Return on average tangible common

   equity (1)


19.75



19.54



15.24



12.20



14.74



16.76



18.53


Average equity to average assets


11.91



11.61



12.07



14.45



14.33



12.39



13.56


Stockholders' equity to assets


11.85



11.43



11.72



13.69



14.43



11.85



14.43


Tangible common equity to tangible assets (1)


8.31



7.99



8.41



9.70



10.27



8.31



10.27


Net interest margin


3.29



3.06



3.21



3.94



4.06



3.38



4.19


Efficiency ratio


48.99



46.18



55.69



57.16



57.57



51.72



59.54


Effective tax rate


25.36



26.19



25.21



23.73



31.41



25.30



23.04


Selected Asset Quality Information:















Nonaccrual loans


$

9,455



$

10,997



11,998



$

14,769



$

14,122



$

9,455



$

14,122


Other real estate owned


3,608



1,000



1,000



1,000



1,000



3,608



1,000


Nonperforming assets


$

13,063



$

11,997



$

12,998



$

15,769



$

15,122



$

13,063



$

15,122


Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)


$

515



$

743



$

71



$

55



$

(52)



$

1,384



$

381


Allowance for credit losses-loans to loans


1.15

%


1.08

%


1.03

%


1.00

%


0.54

%


1.15

%


0.54

%

Net loan charge-offs to average loans (2)


0.07



0.10



0.01



0.01



(0.01)



0.05



0.02


Nonperforming loans to total loans


0.34



0.38



0.43



0.57



0.55



0.34



0.55


Nonperforming assets to total assets


0.29



0.25



0.29



0.42



0.42



0.29



0.42


Selected Other Information:















Interest income resolved PCI loans (rounded)


 N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



$

1,400



N/A



$

4,700


Tax-equivalent adjustment net interest income


$

260



$

249



$

229



$

231



$

257



$

969



$

1,043


Tax benefit on stock-based compensation


$

(77)



$

(14)



$

(24)



$

(323)



$

(1,275)



$

(438)



$

(2,286)


Common stock repurchased (dollars) (3)


$

12,909



$

13,732



$



$

13,903



$

3,383



$

40,544



$

18,701


Common stock repurchased (full shares) (3)


205,001



234,914





206,833



47,728



646,748



310,781


1

The ratios of tangible book value per common share, return on average tangible common equity, and tangible common equity to tangible assets exclude goodwill and other intangibles, net.  These financial ratios have been included as they are considered to be critical metrics with which to analyze and evaluate financial condition and capital strength.

2

Income statement-related ratios for partial-year periods are annualized.

3

Reflects common stock repurchased under board of director authorizations for the common stock repurchase program.

 


 

Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.












Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin Analysis (Unaudited)


































At or for the Three Months Ended




December 31, 2020


September 30, 2020


December 31, 2019




Average




Average


Average




Average


Average




Average


(In thousands)


Balance


Interest


Rate


Balance


Interest


Rate


Balance


Interest


Rate


ASSETS




















PPP loans


$

282,736



$

3,799



5.26

%


$

332,816



$

2,477



2.91

%


$



$



%


Total loans ex PPP


2,586,091



31,005



4.71

%


2,538,440



31,598



4.89

%


2,438,908



33,065



5.33

%


Total loans (1) (2)


2,868,827



34,804



4.76

%


2,871,256



34,075



4.66

%


2,438,908



33,065



5.33

%


Investment securities (2)


520,867



2,799



2.15

%


496,153



2,764



2.23

%


424,981



2,712



2.55

%


Other interest-earning assets


701,766



694



0.39

%


848,697



680



0.32

%


111,085



672



2.39

%


Total interest-earning assets


4,091,460



$

38,297



3.68

%


4,216,106



$

37,519



3.50

%


2,974,974



$

36,449



4.82

%


Other assets, net


423,766







417,253







364,309







Total assets


$4,515,226







$4,633,359







$3,339,283







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY














Interest-bearing core deposits


$

2,285,858



$

2,269



0.39

%


$

2,180,575



$

2,541



0.46

%


$

1,848,714



$

4,380



0.94

%


Brokered deposits


320,237



1,176



1.46

%


336,026



1,243



1.47

%


106,528



482



1.80

%


Total interest-bearing deposits


2,606,095



3,445



0.53

%


2,516,601



3,784



0.60

%


1,955,242



4,862



0.99

%


PPPLF


72,582



64



0.35

%


335,865



297



0.35

%






0.00

%


Other interest-bearing liabilities


65,901



510



3.04

%


81,271



629



3.05

%


68,206



861



4.96

%


Total interest-bearing liabilities


2,744,578



$

4,019



0.58

%


2,933,737



$

4,710



0.64

%


2,023,448



$

5,723



1.12

%


Noninterest-bearing demand deposits


1,187,335







1,119,659







801,053







Other liabilities


45,393







42,137







36,137







Stockholders' equity


537,920







537,826







478,645







Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

4,515,226







$

4,633,359







$

3,339,283







Net interest income and rate spread




$

34,278



3.10

%




$

32,809



2.86

%




$

30,726



3.70

%


Net interest margin






3.29

%






3.06

%






4.06

%
























At or for the Year Ended










December 31, 2020


December 31, 2019










Average




Average


Average




Average








(In thousands)


Balance


Interest


Rate


Balance


Interest


Rate








ASSETS




















PPP loans


$

220,544



$

8,062



3.66

%


$



$



%








Total loans ex PPP


2,567,043



128,419



5.00

%


2,257,033



125,715



5.57

%








Total loans (1) (2)


2,787,587



136,481



4.90

%


2,257,033



125,715



5.57

%








Investment securities (2)


490,209



11,079



2.26

%


409,161



10,511



2.57

%








Other interest-earning assets


572,016



2,611



0.46

%


128,447



3,405



2.65

%








Total interest-earning assets


3,849,812



$

150,171



3.90

%


2,794,641



$

139,631



5.00

%








Other assets, net


405,395







331,894













Total assets


$

4,255,207







$

3,126,535













LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY














Interest-bearing core deposits


$

2,124,634



$

12,163



0.57

%


$

1,789,451



$

18,192



1.02

%








Brokered deposits


289,489



4,478



1.55

%


75,159



773



1.03

%








Total interest-bearing deposits


2,414,123



16,641



0.69

%


1,864,610



18,965



1.02

%








PPPLF


161,634



571



0.35

%






%








Other interest-bearing liabilities


84,751



2,652



3.13

%


75,029



3,545



4.72

%








Total interest-bearing liabilities


2,660,508



$

19,864



0.75

%


1,939,639



$

22,510



1.16

%








Noninterest-bearing demand deposits


1,025,625







733,661













Other liabilities


41,646







29,283













Stockholders' equity


527,428







423,952













Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

4,255,207







$

3,126,535













Net interest income and rate spread




$

130,307



3.15

%




$

117,121



3.84

%








Net interest margin






3.38

%






4.19

%








(1) Nonaccrual loans and loans held for sale are included in the daily average loan balances outstanding.

(2) The yield on tax-exempt loans and tax-exempt investment securities is computed on a tax-equivalent basis using a federal tax rate of 21%, and adjusted for the disallowance of interest expense.

 

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