Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2020 Results

NOTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE:

FOURTH QUARTER 2020

  • DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.26 FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2020, COMPARED TO $0.17 FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2020, AND $0.21 FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2019
    • Current quarter results reflect a net decrease of $0.03 per diluted share related to $2.2 million ($1.6 million after-tax) in occupancy costs attributable to branch consolidations
    • Third quarter results reflect a net decrease of $0.06 per diluted share related to $3.9 million ($2.9 million after-tax) in merger-related expenses, primarily change in control payments, legal and advisory fees, and technology contract termination charges associated with the acquisition of VSB BANCORP, INC. ("Victory'')
  • NET INTEREST MARGIN INCREASED 33 BASIS POINTS TO 2.83% FOR THE CURRENT QUARTER AS COMPARED TO 2.50% FOR THE TRAILING QUARTER, AND 38 BASIS POINTS AS COMPARED TO 2.45% FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2019
  • ORIGINATED LOANS, NET, EXCLUDING LOANS ORIGINATED UNDER THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ("PPP"), INCREASED $138.6 MILLION, OR 17.9% ANNUALIZED, DRIVEN BY MULTIFAMILY LOAN GROWTH
  • LOAN DEFERRALS REDUCED FROM $105.6 MILLION, OR 2.8%, OF TOTAL LOANS AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, TO $31.3 MILLION, OR 0.8%, AT DECEMBER 31, 2020 (EXCLUDES LOANS HELD-FOR-SALE)
  • ENHANCED SHAREHOLDER VALUE WITH $10.3 MILLION IN STOCK REPURCHASES
  • CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.11 PER SHARE DECLARED ON COMMON STOCK, PAYABLE FEBRUARY 24, 2021, TO STOCKHOLDERS OF RECORD AS OF FEBRUARY 10, 2021

FULL YEAR 2020

  • DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.76 AND $0.85, RESPECTIVELY, FOR 2020 AND 2019
    • 2020 full year results reflect a net decrease of $0.19 per diluted share related to:
      • $8.0 million ($5.8 million after tax) in incremental loan loss provisions related to an increase in estimated loss factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic
      • $4.3 million ($3.3 million after tax) in merger-related expenses associated with the Victory acquisition; and
      • $2.2 million ($1.6 million after tax) in occupancy costs related to branch consolidations; partially offset by:
      • $665,000 ($479,000 after tax) in gains on loans sold; and a
      • $618,000 ($445,000 after-tax) reduction in the allowance for loan losses related to the sale of loans
  • NET INTEREST MARGIN INCREASED SIX BASIS POINTS TO 2.61%
  • NON-PERFORMING LOANS TO TOTAL LOANS WAS 0.77% AT DECEMBER 31, 2020 (INCLUDES LOANS HELD-FOR-SALE) AS COMPARED TO 0.29% AT DECEMBER 31, 2019
  • ACQUISITION OF VICTORY COMPLETED ON JULY 1, 2020, WHICH ADDED TOTAL ASSETS OF $403.0 MILLION, LOANS OF $180.4 MILLION, AND DEPOSITS OF $354.6 MILLION
  • THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020, ORIGINATED OVER 1,400 PPP LOANS TOTALING $148.5 MILLION (INCLUDES 395 PPP LOANS FROM VICTORY TOTALING $30.0 MILLION)
    • We received loan processing fees of approximately $5.3 million of which $1.9 million has been recognized in earnings through December 31, 2020. The remaining fees will be amortized over the remaining lives of the loans

WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC. (Nasdaq:NFBK), the holding company for Northfield Bank, reported diluted earnings per common share of $0.26 and $0.76 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively, as compared to $0.21 and $0.85 per diluted share for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively. Earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, reflected $1.6 million, after tax, in occupancy costs related to branch consolidations. Additionally, earnings for the year ended December 31, 2020, reflected merger-related expenses of $3.3 million, after tax, and incremental loan loss provisions of $5.8 million, after tax, primarily related to increases in estimated loss factors associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. Partially offsetting these charges, was a gain on sale of loans of $479,000, after tax, and a corresponding reduction in loan loss provisions of $445,000, after tax, in the second quarter of 2020. Earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, included $1.0 million and $3.4 million, respectively, of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies. Additionally, earnings for the year ended December 31, 2019, included $1.6 million, after tax, of income related to a recovery on a loan previously charged-off.

Commenting on the fourth quarter and annual results, Steven M. Klein, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer noted, “Our team’s commitment to community service selflessly focused on our customers, ensured much needed access to loans, economic impact payments, and critical deposit services through our branch network and digital platforms.”  Mr. Klein further noted, “Our strategic initiatives continue to produce prudent loan and low cost deposit growth, resulting in increased net interest margins and net interest income. In combination with disciplined expense management, we continued to invest in customer focused technology solutions, team member training and development, and promotion of our community bank brand.”

Mr. Klein further noted, “I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, payable February 24, 2021, to stockholders of record on February 10, 2021.”

Results of Operations

Comparison of Operating Results for the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

Net income was $37.0 million and $40.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. Significant variances from the prior year are as follows: an $18.0 million increase in net interest income, a $12.7 million increase in the provision for loan losses, a $3.3 million decrease in non-interest income, and a $5.0 million increase in non-interest expense.

Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2020, increased $18.0 million, or 16.1%, to $129.8 million, from $111.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to a $580.5 million, or 13.2%, increase in average interest-earning assets as well as a six basis point increase in net interest margin to 2.61% from 2.55%. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to increases in average loans outstanding of $324.9 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $237.3 million, average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions of $100.7 million, and average Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLBNY”) stock of $1.8 million, partially offset by decreases in average other securities of $84.3 million. The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to the decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities outpacing the decrease in yields on interest earning assets. Yields on interest earning assets decreased 38 basis points to 3.38% for the year ended December 31, 2020, from 3.76% for the year ended December 31, 2019. The cost of interest bearing liabilities decreased by 53 basis points to 0.98% for the year ended December 31, 2020, from 1.51% for the year ended December 31, 2019, driven by lower costs of deposits and borrowed funds. Lower market interest rates continue to negatively impact earning asset yields, but these declines have been largely mitigated by lower cost of funds. Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2020, included loan prepayment income of $2.2 million as compared to $1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. Also included in net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2020, are PPP fees of approximately $1.9 million. Included in net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2019, is $314,000 of interest income recorded on the pay-off of a non-accrual loan.

The provision for loan losses increased by $12.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to a provision of $22,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in the provision for loan losses was primarily due to increases in the qualitative factors used in determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses related to unemployment, loan risk rating changes and increased risks related to loans on forbearance, resulting from economic uncertainty attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, and higher charge-offs. Year-over-year loan growth also contributed to the increase in the provision. Net charge-offs were $3.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared to net recoveries of $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, a stimulus package signed into law on March 27, 2020, to address economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provided financial institutions with the option to defer adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Accounting Standard Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326) until the earlier of the end of the pandemic or December 31, 2020. On December 27, 2020, the Consolidations Appropriations Act extended this relief to the earlier of the first day of an entity's fiscal year after the date the national emergency terminates or January 1, 2022. The Company has elected to defer adoption of ASU No. 2016-13 and its Current Expected Credit Loss methodology (“CECL”) to January 1, 2021.

Non-interest income decreased $3.3 million, or 22.5%, to $11.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, from $14.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to decreases of: (i) $914,000 in fees and service charges for customer services, related to fees waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a decline in overdrafts due to lower consumer spending; (ii) $3.2 million in income on bank owned life insurance, attributable to insurance proceeds in excess of the related cash surrender value of the policies; and (iii) $387,000 in gains on trading securities, net. For the year ended December 31, 2020, gains on trading securities were $1.6 million as compared to gains of $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company's deferred compensation plan (the “Plan”). The participants of this Plan, at their election, defer a portion of their compensation. Gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values. Therefore, the Company records an equal and offsetting amount in compensation expense, reflecting the change in the Company’s obligations under the Plan. Partially offsetting the decreases was a $665,000 gain on the sale of a portfolio of multifamily loans in the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and an increase in other income of $1.4 million, primarily attributable to an increase in swap fee income.

Non-interest expense increased $5.0 million, or 6.7%, to $78.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $73.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. This is due primarily to a $1.9 million increase in employee compensation and benefits, related to change-in-control and severance compensation associated with the Victory acquisition, increased salary and benefit expenses due to the addition of Victory personnel, and increased medical benefit costs. Partially offsetting the increase was a decrease in expense related to the Company's deferred compensation plan, which is described above and has no effect on net income, and a decrease in equity award expense related to equity awards that fully vested in June 2019. Additionally, there was a $1.5 million increase in occupancy costs primarily attributable to costs associated with the consolidation of five branches, and to a lesser extent higher rent expense associated with additional branches from the Victory acquisition, and a $2.4 million increase in data processing costs, $1.3 million of which relates to a contract termination penalty associated with the completion of Victory's core systems conversion. Partially offsetting the increases was a $1.4 million decrease in advertising expense, due to fewer marketing campaigns in 2020, and an $820,000 decrease in other non-interest expense, primarily related to a decrease in directors' equity award expense associated with awards that fully vested in June 2019.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $13.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $12.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2020, was 26.1% compared to 24.1% for the year ended December 31, 2019. The higher effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2020, is primarily attributable to lower tax exempt income of $2.4 million from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies received, compared to the prior year, and non-deductible merger-related expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

Net income was $13.1 million and $10.1 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2020, and December 31, 2019, respectively. Significant variances from the comparable prior year quarter are as follows: an $8.6 million increase in net interest income, a $1.7 million increase in the provision for loan losses, a $2.5 million increase in non-interest expense, and a $1.4 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, increased $8.6 million, or 30.1%, primarily due to a $594.0 million, or 12.9%, increase in average interest-earning assets and a 38 basis point increase in net interest margin to 2.83% from 2.45% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to increases in average loans outstanding of $326.7 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $207.1 million, and average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions of $132.7 million, partially offset by decreases of $66.0 million in average other securities and $6.6 million in average FHLBNY stock.

The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to the decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities outpacing the decrease in yields on interest earning assets. Yields on interest earning assets decreased 38 basis points to 3.29% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from 3.67% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 90 basis points to 0.60% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from 1.50% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, driven by lower costs of deposits and borrowed funds. Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, included loan prepayment income of $1.1 million as compared to $362,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Additionally, net interest income for the quarter ending December 31, 2020, included PPP fees of approximately $1.1 million.

The provision for loan losses increased by $1.7 million to $2.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from $772,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The increase in the provision for loan losses was primarily due to increases in the qualitative factors used in determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses related to unemployment, loan risk rating changes and increased risks related to loans on forbearance, resulting from economic uncertainty attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, and higher charge-offs. Year-over-year loan growth also contributed to the increase in the provision. Net charge-offs were $3.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to net charge-offs of $131,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.

Non-interest income decreased $92,000, or 2.2%, to $4.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from $4.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to a decrease in income on bank owned life insurance of $813,000, attributable to insurance proceeds in excess of the related cash surrender values of the policies received in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, partially offset by an increase of $673,000 in gains on trading securities, net. For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, gains on trading securities, net, included gains of $1.2 million related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $531,000 in the comparative prior year quarter. The trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company's deferred compensation plan, and gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values.

Non-interest expense increased by $2.5 million, or 13.1%, to $21.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from $18.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The increase was due primarily to an increase of $717,000 in compensation and employee benefits, related to an increase in deferred compensation plan expense, which as discussed above has no effect on net income, a $1.3 million increase in occupancy expense, primarily attributable to costs associated with branch consolidations, and to a lesser extent, higher rent expense associated with additional branches from the Victory acquisition, and a $531,000 increase in data processing costs due to additional accounts from growth in loans and deposits, and special projects.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $4.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $3.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, was 25.3% compared to 23.2% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020

Net income was $13.1 million and $8.6 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2020, and September 30, 2020, respectively. Significant variances from the prior quarter are as follows: a $4.4 million increase in net interest income, a $2.3 million increase in the provision for loan losses, a $2.6 million decrease in non-interest expense, a $1.1 million increase in non-interest income, and a $1.3 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, increased $4.4 million, or 13.6%, primarily due to a $24.3 million, or 0.5%, increase in average interest-earning assets, and a 33 basis point increase in net interest margin to 2.83% from 2.50% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase in average interest-earning assets was primarily due to an increase in average mortgage-backed securities of $88.1 million, offset by a decrease in average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions of $39.4 million, a decrease in average other securities of $8.8 million and a decrease in average loans outstanding of $15.4 million. The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to higher yields on interest-earning assets, which increased by 11 basis points to 3.29% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from 3.18% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities, which decreased 27 basis points to 0.60% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from 0.87% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, included loan prepayment income of $1.1 million, as compared to $91,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, included PPP fee income of $1.1 million, as compared to $818,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

The provision for loan losses increased by $2.3 million to $2.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from a provision of $165,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase was primarily due to increased loan growth and higher net-charge-offs, partially offset by an improvement in qualitative factors. Net charge-offs were $3.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 as compared to net recoveries of $31,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Non-interest income increased by $1.1 million to $4.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from $3.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase was primarily due to increases of $163,000 in fees and service charges for customers, $245,000 in income on bank owned life insurance, $441,000 in gains on trading securities, net, and $177,000 in gains on available-for-sale debt securities, net. For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, gains on trading securities, net, included gains of $1.2 million related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $763,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Non-interest expense decreased $2.6 million, or 10.9%, to $21.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, from $23.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, primarily due to a $2.9 million decrease in employee compensation and benefits related to change-in-control and severance compensation associated with the Victory acquisition in the quarter ended September 30, 2020, a $1.1 million decrease in data processing costs related to the contract termination penalty associated with the completion of Victory's core systems conversion in the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and a decrease in professional fees of $445,000. Partially offsetting the decreases was a $2.0 million increase in occupancy costs attributable to costs associated with branch consolidations.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $4.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, was 25.3% compared to 26.5% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Financial Condition

Total assets increased $459.2 million, or 9.1%, to $5.51 billion at December 31, 2020, from $5.06 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to increases in total loans (held-for-investment, net, and held-for-sale) of $406.0 million, or 11.8%, available-for sale debt securities of $126.5 million, or 11.1%, and bank owned life insurance of $8.5 million. Partially offsetting these increases were decreases in cash and cash equivalents of $60.3 million, or 40.8%, and FHLBNY stock of $10.9 million, or 27.6%, and an increase in the allowance for loan losses of $8.9 million, or 31.0%.

As of December 31, 2020, we estimate that our non-owner occupied commercial real estate concentration (as defined by applicable regulatory guidance) to total risk-based capital was approximately 448.0%. Management believes that Northfield Bank (the Bank) has implemented appropriate risk management practices including risk assessments, board-approved underwriting policies and related procedures which include monitoring Bank portfolio performance, performing market analysis (economic and real estate), and stressing of the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio under severe, adverse economic conditions. Although management believes the Bank has implemented appropriate policies and procedures to manage our commercial real estate concentration risk, the Bank’s regulators could require us to implement additional policies and procedures or could require us to maintain higher levels of regulatory capital, which might adversely affect our loan originations, ability to pay dividends, and profitability.

Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $60.3 million, or 40.8%, to $87.5 million at December 31, 2020, from $147.8 million at December 31, 2019, primarily due to a decrease in cash balances at the Federal Reserve Bank. Balances fluctuate based on the timing of receipt of security and loan repayments and the redeployment of cash into higher-yielding assets such as loans and securities, or the funding of deposit outflows or borrowing maturities.

Loans held-for-investment, net, increased $386.2 million to $3.82 billion at December 31, 2020, from $3.44 billion at December 31, 2019, primarily due to an increase in originated loans held-for-investment of $351.9 million, and $180.4 million of loans acquired from the Victory acquisition, partially offset by paydowns. Originated loans held-for-investment, net, totaled $3.34 billion at December 31, 2020, as compared to $2.99 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in multifamily real estate loans of $226.3 million, or 10.3%, to $2.42 billion at December 31, 2020, from $2.20 billion at December 31, 2019, and an increase in commercial and industrial loans of $104.2 million, or 229.9%, to $149.6 million December 31, 2020, from $45.3 million at December 31, 2019, primarily due to loans originated under the PPP authorized by the CARES Act. The PPP loans are administered by the Small Business Administration, which provides 100% federally guaranteed loans for small businesses to cover payroll, utilities, rent and interest. These small business loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls and satisfy certain other conditions for a period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of December 31, 2020, we had originated over 1,000 loans, totaling approximately $118.5 million. PPP provides for lender processing fees that range from 1% to 5% of the final disbursement made to individual borrowers. As of December 31, 2020, we have received loan processing fees of $4.2 million, of which $1.6 million was recognized in earnings during 2020 and the remainder will be recognized in income over the remaining life of the loans. As part of the Victory acquisition, we acquired 395 PPP loans, totaling approximately $30.0 million. Loan processing fees totaling $1.1 million have been received, of which $276,000 has been recognized in earnings during 2020.

The following tables detail multifamily real estate originations for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 (dollars in thousands): 

For the Year Ended December 31, 2020
Multifamily
Originations
 Weighted Average
Interest Rate
 Weighted Average
LTV Ratio
 Weighted Average Months to Next
Rate Change or Maturity for Fixed
Rate Loans
 (F)ixed or
(V)ariable
 Amortization Term
$572,399  3.39% 59% 82 V 20 to 30 Years
1,500  4.40% 47% 180 F 15 Years
$573,899  3.39% 59%      
             


For the Year Ended December 31, 2019
Multifamily
Originations
 Weighted Average
Interest Rate
 Weighted Average
LTV Ratio
 Weighted Average Months to Next
Rate Change or Maturity for Fixed
Rate Loans
 (F)ixed or
(V)ariable
 Amortization Term
$455,688  4.02% 58% 99 V 10-30 Years
23,310  4.39% 50% 167 F 10-15 Years
$478,998  4.04% 58%      
             
             

Acquired loans increased by $33.1 million to $465.7 million at December 31, 2020, from $432.7 million at December 31, 2019, primarily due to $180.4 million of loans acquired from Victory, partially offset by paydowns of primarily one-to-four family residential and multifamily loans.

Loans held-for-sale totaled $19.5 million at December 31, 2020, compared to $0 at December 31, 2019. The Company recorded charge-offs of approximately $3.6 million related to these loans. Loans held-for-sale are comprised of high risk commercial real estate and multifamily loans, primarily accommodation loans that were modified in the form of interest and/or principal payment deferrals due to COVID-19 related hardships, and have not returned to contractual payments after 180 days of relief. The Company expects the sale to occur in the first quarter of 2021.

Purchased credit-impaired (“PCI”) loans totaled $18.5 million at December 31, 2020, as compared to $17.4 million at December 31, 2019. The increase was due to $3.8 million of PCI loans acquired as part of the Victory acquisition, partially offset by paydowns. The majority of the PCI loan balance consists of loans acquired as part of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-assisted transaction. The Company accreted interest income of $689,000 and $2.9 million attributable to PCI loans for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively, as compared to $1.0 million and $4.1 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively. 

The Company’s available-for-sale debt securities portfolio increased by $126.5 million, or 11.1%, to $1.26 billion at December 31, 2020, from $1.14 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to $126.9 million of securities acquired from Victory, partially offset by paydowns, maturities, calls, and sales. At December 31, 2020, $1.17 billion of the portfolio consisted of residential mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. In addition, the Company held $88.4 million in corporate bonds, all of which were considered investment grade at December 31, 2020, $3.2 million in U.S. government agency securities, $123,000 in municipal bonds, and $798,000 in other debt securities.

Total liabilities increased $401.1 million, or 9.2%, to $4.76 billion at December 31, 2020, from $4.36 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in deposits of $668.3 million, partially offset by a decrease in other borrowings of $265.2 million.

Deposits increased $668.3 million, or 19.6%, to $4.08 billion at December 31, 2020, as compared to $3.41 billion at December 31, 2019, due to both the Victory acquisition, which added $354.6 million to total deposits, as well as deposit growth. The increase was attributable to increases of $639.7 million in transaction accounts, $393.5 million in savings accounts, and $162.0 million in money market accounts, partially offset by a decrease of $526.9 million in certificates of deposit.

Deposit account balances are summarized as follows (dollars in thousands):

 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Transaction:     
Non-interest bearing checking$695,831  $706,072  $387,409 
Negotiable orders of withdrawal and interest-bearing checking905,208  897,575  573,927 
Total transaction1,601,039  1,603,647  961,336 
Savings and money market:     
Savings1,140,717  1,027,596  747,186 
Money market713,168  707,320  651,159 
Brokered money market100,000     
Total savings1,953,885  1,734,916  1,398,345 
Certificates of deposit:     
Brokered deposits47,827  66,696  259,024 
$250,000 and under374,344  562,458  654,565 
Over $250,00099,456  153,447  134,963 
Total certificates of deposit521,627  782,601  1,048,552 
Total deposits$4,076,551  $4,121,164  $3,408,233 


Included in the table above are business and municipal deposit account balances as follows (dollars in thousands):

 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
      
Business customers$977,778  $993,166  $508,901 
Municipal customers$501,040  $536,172  $371,214 

Borrowings and securities sold under agreements to repurchase decreased to $591.8 million at December 31, 2020, from $857.0 million at December 31, 2019. Management utilizes borrowings to mitigate interest rate risk, for short-term liquidity, and to a lesser extent as part of leverage strategies.

The following is a table of term borrowing maturities (excluding capitalized leases and overnight borrowings) and the weighted average rate by year at December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):

Year Amount Weighted Average Rate
2021 $170,000 1.98%
2022 120,000 2.29%
2023 87,500 2.89%
2024 50,000 2.47%
2025 112,500 1.48%
Thereafter 45,000 1.45%
  $585,000 2.08%

Total stockholders’ equity increased by $58.1 million to $754.0 million at December 31, 2020, from $695.9 million at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to common stock issued for the purchase of Victory. The Company issued 3,837,168 shares of common stock in the Victory acquisition at a price of $10.73, which resulted in an increase in equity of $41.2 million. Additionally, there was an $8.5 million increase in accumulated other comprehensive income associated with unrealized gains on our debt securities available-for-sale portfolio, net income of $37.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, and a $3.2 million increase in equity award activity. The increases were partially offset by $21.5 million in dividend payments and $10.3 million in stock repurchases. The Company repurchased 885,535 shares of its common stock outstanding at an average price of $11.59 for a total of $10.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, pursuant to the stock repurchase plan which had been previously suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was reinstated effective October 28, 2020, with approximately 564,000 shares remaining for repurchase.

The Company continues to maintain a strong liquidity and capital position, despite the economic uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company's most liquid assets are cash and cash equivalents, corporate bonds, and unpledged mortgage-related securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, that we can either borrow against or sell. We also have the ability to surrender bank-owned life insurance contracts. The surrender of these contracts would subject the Company to income taxes and penalties for increases in the cash surrender values over the original premium payments. We also have the ability to obtain additional funding from the FHLB and Federal Reserve Bank utilizing unencumbered and unpledged securities and multifamily loans. The Company expects to have sufficient funds available to meet current commitments in the normal course of business.

The Company had the following primary sources of liquidity at December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands): 

Cash and cash equivalents(1)$71,429 
Corporate bonds$80,843 
Multifamily loans(2)$1,197,248 
Mortgage-backed securities (issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac)(2)$634,222 
  
  
  
  

(1) Excludes $16,115 of cash at Northfield Bank.
(2) Represents remaining borrowing potential.

The Company and the Bank elected to opt into the Community Bank Leverage Ratio (“CBLR”) framework, effective for the first quarter of 2020. The CBLR replaces the risk-based and leverage capital requirements in the generally applicable capital rules. At December 31, 2020, the Company and the Bank's estimated CBLR ratios were 12.73% and 11.96%, respectively, which exceeded the minimum requirement to be considered well-capitalized of 8%. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Federal Regulators have lowered the CBLR ratio to 8%, which will phase back to the original legislation of 9% by 2022.

Asset Quality

The following table details total originated and acquired (excluding PCI) non-accrual loans, non-performing loans, non-performing assets, troubled debt restructurings on which interest is accruing, and accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 (dollars in thousands):

 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Held-for-investment     
Real estate loans:     
Commercial(1)$6,229  $7,053  $7,922 
One-to-four family residential906  919  889 
Multifamily1,153  717  437 
Home equity and lines of credit191    185 
Commercial and industrial37  178   
Total non-accrual loans8,516  8,867  9,433 
Loans delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing:     
Held-for-investment     
Real estate loans:     
Commercial500  401  253 
One-to-four family residential174  1,160  265 
Multifamily  485   
Home equity and lines of credit  14   
Commercial and Industrial436     
Other loans3  3   
Total loans held-for-investment delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing1,113  2,063  518 
Non-performing loans held-for-sale19,895  —   —  
Total non-performing loans$29,524   $10,930   $9,951  
Non-performing loans to total loans0.77% 0.30% 0.29%
Non-performing assets to total assets0.54% 0.20% 0.20%
Loans subject to restructuring agreements and still accruing$7,697  $12,941  $14,143 
Accruing loans 30-89 days delinquent$13,982  $11,712  $8,206 
      
      
(1) Included in non-accrual commercial real estate loans at December 31, 2020, is a $1.3 million loan that was paid-off in January 2021.

Accruing Loans 30 to 89 Days Delinquent

Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent and on accrual status totaled $14.0 million, $11.7 million, and $8.2 million at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019, respectively.

The following table sets forth delinquencies for accruing loans by type and by amount at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 (dollars in thousands):

 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Held-for-investment     
Real estate loans:     
Commercial$8,792  $8,447  $5,450 
One-to-four family residential1,152  905  1,590 
Multifamily1,893  901  547 
Construction and land994    147 
Home equity and lines of credit380  427  217 
Commercial and industrial loans760  1,022  229 
Other loans11  10  26 
Total delinquent accruing loans held-for-investment$13,982  $11,712  $8,206 

PCI Loans (Held-for-Investment)

At December 31, 2020, 9.56% of PCI loans were past due 30 to 89 days, and 35.2% were past due 90 days or more, as compared to 20.9% and 24.3%, respectively, at December 31, 2019.

COVID-19 Exposure

Management continues to evaluate the Company's exposure to increased loan losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the commercial real estate and multifamily loan portfolios. During the second quarter of 2020, the Company implemented a customer relief program to assist borrowers that may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related challenges. The relief program grants principal and/or interest payment deferrals typically for a period of 90 days, which management may choose to extend for an additional 90 days, for a maximum of 180 days on a cumulative and successive basis. At the peak of forbearance, the Company had 286 loans approved for payment deferral representing $360.2 million, or approximately 10% of the Company's loan portfolio (excluding PCI and held-for-sale loans). As of December 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $31.3 million, or 29 outstanding loans, (excluding PCI and held-for-sale loans) remaining in deferral, representing approximately 0.8% of the Company’s outstanding loan portfolio (excluding PCI and held-for-sale loans) as of that date. Loans currently in deferment status (“COVID-19 Modified Loans”) will continue to accrue interest during the deferment period unless otherwise classified as nonperforming. COVID-19 Modified Loans are required to make escrow payments for real estate taxes and insurance, if applicable. The COVID-19 Modified Loan agreements also require loans to be brought back to their fully contractual terms within 12 to 18 months and include covenants that prohibit distributions, bonuses, or payments of management fees to related entities until all deferred payments are made. 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. Borrowers, which were delinquent in their payments to the Bank, prior to requesting a COVID-19 related financial hardship payment deferral are reviewed on a case by case basis for TDR classification and non-performing loan status.

The following table sets forth the property types collateralizing our originated and acquired (excluding PCI and held-for-sale) loans and loans approved for/in forbearance as of December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):

 Loan Portfolio by Property Type at December 31, 2020 Loans Approved For/Executed Forbearance for COVID Relief as of December 31, 2020
 Number of Loans Amount  Average Loan Size Weighted Average LTV Ratio % of Total Loans  Number of Loans (2) (3) Amount  Average Loan Size Weighted Average LTV Ratio % of Portfolio by Property Type
Commercial Real Estate and Multifamily                   
Multifamily(1)1,106 $2,512,934  $2,272  53% 66.1% 7 $17,924  $2,561  54% 0.71%
Mixed use (majority of space is non-residential)232 156,411  674  46% 4.1% 7 9,396  1,342  56% 6.01%
Retail91 149,744  1,646  49% 3.9% 1 607  607  55% 0.41%
Office buildings112 110,909  990  46% 2.9% 2 1,985  993  58% 1.79%
Accommodations9 53,159  5,907  53% 1.4% 1 156  156  16% 0.29%
Nursing Home5 27,712  5,542  58% 0.7%      % %
Medical Office Buildings24 26,974  1,124  64% 0.7%      % %
Industrial and Manufacturing (Office and Plant)23 18,879  821  44% 0.5%      % %
Warehousing31 24,910  804  47% 0.7%      % %
Restaurant22 13,263  603  52% 0.4% 1 89  89  % 0.67%
Religious17 10,886  640  39% 0.3%      % %
Bank Branch8 6,589  824  46% 0.2%      % %
Schools/Child Day care6 5,676  946  37% 0.1%      % %
Automobile19 6,826  359  52% 0.2%      % %
Funeral Home2 1,785  893  99% %      % %
Leisure3 4,109  1,370  48% 0.1% 1 79    7% 1.92%
Car Wash1 528  528  20% %      % %
Other124 99,207  800  59% 2.6%      % %
Total commercial real estate and multifamily1,835 3,230,501 1,760  52% 84.9% 20 30,236  1,512  50% 0.94%
One-to-four family residential679 212,221  313  34% 5.6% 1 111  111  21% 0.05%
Home equity and lines of credit1,735 93,137  54  47% 2.4% 1 32  32  67% 0.03%
Construction and land45 74,350  1,652  40% 2.0%      % %
Commercial and industrial loans2,061 191,480  93  NM 5.0% 7 969  138  NM 0.51%
Other130 3,031  23  NM 0.1%      % %
Total loans held-for-investment (excluding PCI)6,485 $3,804,720  587    100.0% 29 $31,348  1,081    0.82%
                    
                    

(1) Property type is apartment units equal or greater than five units.
(2) Excludes nine loans with aggregate unpaid principal balances of $23.5 million that have been reclassified to loans held for sale on the balance sheet at an estimated net realizable value of $19.9 million.
(3) Includes four loans totaling $3.1 million for which forbearance has been approved but not yet executed as of December 31, 2020.

As of January 25, 2021, loans reported in the table above were in the following status ($ in millions):

  Number of Loans Amount Percentage of Total
Returned to contractual monthly payments 3 $12.9  41.2%
In original 90-day forbearance 6 3.8  12.1%
In second 90-day forbearance 5 9.2  29.4%
In third 90-day forbearance 6 3.4  10.9%
Forbearance has expired:      
Delinquent less than 30 days 6 1.3  4.2%
Delinquent 30 days or more 3 0.7  2.2%
  29 31.3 100%
        
Forbearance set to expire between January 26, 2021 and May 1, 2021.    
     

About Northfield Bank

Northfield Bank, founded in 1887, operates 38 full-service banking offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York, and Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, and Union counties, New Jersey. For more information about Northfield Bank, please visit www.eNorthfield.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This release may contain certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by the use of such words as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue," and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this release and in any other public statements made by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions Northfield Bancorp, Inc. might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties as described in our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, those related to general economic conditions, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the effects of the steps taken to address the pandemic and their impact on the Company’s market and employees, competition among depository and other financial institutions, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements, inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments, our ability to successfully integrate acquired entities, and adverse changes in the securities markets. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release, or conform these statements to actual events.

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NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)

       At or For the
 At or For the Three Months Ended Year Ended
 December 31, September 30, December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2020 2019
Selected Financial Ratios:         
Performance Ratios(1)         
Return on assets (ratio of net income to average total assets) (7) (8) (9)0.94% 0.82% 0.63% 0.70% 0.86%
Return on equity (ratio of net income to average equity) (7) (8) (9)6.83  5.79  4.59  5.07  5.89 
Average equity to average total assets13.75  14.11  13.66  13.86  14.58 
Interest rate spread2.69  2.16  2.32  2.40  2.25 
Net interest margin2.83  2.45  2.50  2.61  2.55 
Efficiency ratio(2) (7) (8)51.50  57.32  66.77  55.57  58.10 
Non-interest expense to average total assets1.52  1.51  1.74  1.49  1.57 
Non-interest expense to average total interest-earning assets1.62  1.61  1.83  1.58  1.68 
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities131.32  123.40  127.70  126.98  124.47 
Asset Quality Ratios:         
Non-performing assets to total assets0.54  0.20  0.20  0.54  0.20 
Non-performing loans(3) to total loans(4)0.77  0.29  0.30  0.77  0.29 
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans held-for-investment (9)390.56  288.48  350.66  390.56  288.48 
Allowance for loan losses to originated loans held-for-investment, net(5) (9) (10)1.10  0.93  1.17  1.10  0.93 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans held-for-investment, net(6) (9) (10)0.98  0.84  1.04  0.98  0.84 


(1)Annualized when appropriate.
(2)The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
(3)Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing (excluding PCI loans), and are included in total loans held-for-investment, net, and total loans held-for-sale.
(4)Includes originated loans held-for-investment, PCI loans, acquired loans and loans held-for-sale.
(5)Excludes PCI loans and acquired loans held-for-investment, and related reserve balances, and loans held-for-sale.
(6)Includes PCI and acquired loans held-for-investment.
(7)The three months ended September 30, 2020, and year ended December 31, 2020, included merger-related expenses of $3.9 million ($2.9 million after-tax), and $4.3 million ($3.3 million after-tax), respectively.
(8)The three months ended December 31, 2019 included tax-exempt income of $1.0 million from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies. The year ended December 31, 2019, included tax-exempt income of $3.4 million from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies.
(9)The year ended December 31, 2020, included an allowance for loan losses of $8.0 million ($5.8 million after-tax) related to additional factors considered for COVID-19.
(10)Excluding originated PPP loans of $100.0 million, which are fully government guaranteed and do not carry any provision for losses, the allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, net, and originated loans held for investment, net, totaled 1.00% and 1.13%, respectively, at December 31, 2020, and 1.08% and 1.22%, respectively, at September 30, 2020.


NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
ASSETS:     
Cash and due from banks$16,115  $18,273  $15,409 
Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions71,429  332,566  132,409 
Total cash and cash equivalents87,544  350,839  147,818 
Trading securities12,291  10,993  11,222 
Debt securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value1,264,805  1,171,430  1,138,352 
Debt securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost7,234  8,106  8,762 
Equity securities253  4,502  3,341 
Loans held-for-sale19,895     
Originated loans held-for-investment, net3,339,002  3,215,509  2,987,067 
Loans acquired465,718  497,640  432,653 
Purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loans held-for-investment18,518  18,468  17,365 
Loans held-for-investment, net3,823,238  3,731,617  3,437,085 
Allowance for loan losses(37,607) (38,716) (28,707)
Net loans held-for-investment3,785,631  3,692,901  3,408,378 
Accrued interest receivable14,690  14,061  14,609 
Bank owned life insurance161,924  161,806  153,459 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock, at cost28,641  29,766  39,575 
Operating lease right-of-use assets36,741  43,600  39,504 
Premises and equipment, net28,188  27,980  25,659 
Goodwill41,320  41,594  38,411 
Other assets25,387  31,262  26,212 
Total assets$5,514,544  $5,588,840  $5,055,302 
      
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:     
LIABILITIES:     
Deposits$4,076,551  $4,121,164  $3,408,233 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase75,000  75,000  75,000 
Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other borrowings516,789  541,905  782,004 
Lease liabilities42,734  48,090  44,069 
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance19,677  17,329  20,045 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities29,812  27,954  30,098 
Total liabilities4,760,563  4,831,442  4,359,449 
      
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:     
Total stockholders’ equity753,981  757,398  695,853 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$5,514,544  $5,588,840  $5,055,302 
      
Total shares outstanding52,209,897  53,124,898  49,175,347 
Tangible book value per share (1)$13.64  $13.46  $13.35 

 

(1)Tangible book value per share is calculated based on total stockholders' equity, excluding intangible assets (goodwill and core deposit intangibles), divided by total shares outstanding as of the balance sheet date. Core deposit intangibles were $640,000, $704,000, and $769,000 at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019, respectively, and are included in other assets.


NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 Three Months Ended Years Ended
 December 31, September 30, December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2020 2019
Interest income:         
Loans$38,865  $34,950  $37,025  $146,570  $136,133 
Mortgage-backed securities3,224  5,628  3,422  16,572  19,710 
Other securities529  1,256  541  2,871  6,331 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York dividends382  480  410  1,825  1,618 
Deposits in other financial institutions45  323  59  307  1,351 
Total interest income43,045  42,637  41,457  168,145  165,143 
Interest expense:         
Deposits2,835  10,016  5,643  25,230  41,328 
Borrowings3,173  4,145  3,206  13,107  12,030 
Total interest expense6,008  14,161  8,849  38,337  53,358 
Net interest income37,037  28,476  32,608  129,808  111,785 
Provision for loan losses2,473  772  165  12,742  22 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses34,564  27,704  32,443  117,066  111,763 
Non-interest income:         
Fees and service charges for customer services1,172  1,248  1,009  3,967  4,881 
Income on bank owned life insurance1,139  1,952  894  3,774  7,023 
Gains on available-for-sale debt securities222  177  45  327  514 
Gains on trading securities, net1,204  531  763  1,601  1,988 
Gain on sale of loans      665   
Other366  287  311  1,138  402 
Total non-interest income4,103  4,195  3,022  11,472  14,808 
Non-interest expense:         
Compensation and employee benefits10,398  9,681  13,306  41,437  39,571 
Occupancy5,534  4,190  3,540  15,152  13,676 
Furniture and equipment412  281  425  1,519  1,085 
Data processing1,993  1,462  3,058  8,123  5,679 
Professional fees771  1,049  1,216  4,141  3,545 
Advertising503  601  424  2,088  3,442 
FDIC insurance309  26  360  885  563 
Other1,267  1,436  1,459  5,168  5,988 
Total non-interest expense21,187  18,726  23,788  78,513  73,549 
Income before income tax expense17,480  13,173  11,677  50,025  53,022 
Income tax expense4,418  3,052  3,095  13,037  12,787 
Net income $13,062  $10,121  $8,582  $36,988  $40,235 
Net income per common share:         
Basic$0.26  $0.22  $0.17  $0.76  $0.86 
Diluted$0.26  $0.21  $0.17  $0.76  $0.85 
Basic average shares outstanding50,514,632  46,709,366  50,707,691  48,721,504  46,783,442 
Diluted average shares outstanding50,534,643  47,119,309  50,719,803  48,785,963  47,163,804 


NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME
(Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)

 For the Three Months Ended
 December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
 Average Outstanding Balance Interest Average Yield/ Rate (1) Average Outstanding Balance Interest Average Yield/ Rate (1) Average Outstanding Balance Interest Average Yield/ Rate (1)
Interest-earning assets:                 
Loans (2)$3,707,263  $38,865  4.17% $3,722,678  $37,025  3.96% $3,380,580  $34,950  4.10%
Mortgage-backed securities (3)1,139,755  3,224  1.13  1,051,606  3,422  1.29  932,649  5,628  2.39 
Other securities (3)116,919  529  1.80  125,749  541  1.71  182,912  1,256  2.72 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock29,472  382  5.16  29,762  410  5.48  36,045  480  5.28 
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions211,970  45  0.08  251,331  59  0.09  79,241  323  1.62 
Total interest-earning assets5,205,379  43,045  3.29  5,181,126  41,457  3.18  4,611,427  42,637  3.67 
Non-interest-earning assets326,924      267,131      303,297     
Total assets$5,532,303      $5,448,257      $4,914,724     
                  
Interest-bearing liabilities:                 
Savings, NOW, and money market accounts$2,734,973  $1,251  0.18% $2,550,988  $2,023  0.32% $1,967,609  $5,021  1.01%
Certificates of deposit618,785  1,584  1.02  889,110  3,620  1.62  990,855  4,995  2.00 
Total interest-bearing deposits3,353,758  2,835  0.34  3,440,098  5,643  0.65  2,958,464  10,016  1.34 
Borrowed funds610,182  3,173  2.07  617,150  3,206  2.07  778,386  4,145  2.11 
Total interest-bearing liabilities3,963,940  6,008  0.60  4,057,248  8,849  0.87  3,736,850  14,161  1.50 
Non-interest bearing deposits713,478      553,654      390,834     
Accrued expenses and other liabilities94,373      93,368      93,497     
Total liabilities4,771,791      4,704,270      4,221,181     
Stockholders' equity760,512      743,987      693,543     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,532,303      $5,448,257      $4,914,724     
                  
Net interest income  $37,037      $32,608      $28,476   
Net interest rate spread (4)    2.69%     2.32%     2.16%
Net interest-earning assets (5)$1,241,439      $1,123,878      $874,577     
Net interest margin (6)    2.83%     2.50%     2.45%
Average interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities    131.32%     127.70%     123.40%

 

(1)Average yields and rates are annualized.
(2)Includes non-accruing loans.
(3)Securities available-for-sale and other securities are reported at amortized cost.
(4)Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(6)Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.


 For the Years Ended
 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
 Average Outstanding Balance Interest Average Yield/ Rate  Average Outstanding Balance Interest Average Yield/ Rate (1)
Interest-earning assets:           
Loans (1)$3,622,777  $146,570  4.05% $3,297,859  $136,133  4.13%
Mortgage-backed securities (2)1,015,338  16,572  1.63  777,997  19,710  2.53 
Other securities (2)131,832  2,871  2.18  216,125  6,331  2.93 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock29,992  1,825  6.08  28,223  1,618  5.73 
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions168,011  307  0.18  67,289  1,351  2.01 
Total interest-earning assets4,967,950  168,145  3.38  4,387,493  165,143  3.76 
Non-interest-earning assets296,128      297,872     
Total assets$5,264,078      $4,685,365     
            
Interest-bearing liabilities:           
Savings, NOW, and money market accounts$2,356,634  $10,241  0.43% $1,921,564  $20,473  1.07%
Certificates of deposit910,444  14,989  1.65  1,027,122  20,855  2.03 
Total interest-bearing deposits3,267,078  25,230  0.77  2,948,686  41,328  1.40 
Borrowed funds645,305  13,107  2.03  576,284  12,030  2.09 
Total interest-bearing liabilities$3,912,383  38,337  0.98  $3,524,970  53,358  1.51 
Non-interest bearing deposits529,138      384,740     
Accrued expenses and other liabilities93,210      92,469     
Total liabilities4,534,731      4,002,179     
Stockholders' equity729,347      683,186     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,264,078      $4,685,365     
            
Net interest income  $129,808      $111,785   
Net interest rate spread (3)    2.40%     2.25%
Net interest-earning assets (4)$1,055,567      $862,523     
Net interest margin (5)    2.61%     2.55%
Average interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities    126.98%     124.47%

 

(1)Includes non-accruing loans.
(2)Securities available-for-sale and other securities are reported at amortized cost.
(3)Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(4)Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.

 

Company Contact:
William R. Jacobs
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (732) 499-7200 ext. 2519


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