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HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 25, 2019 — HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBI) (“Company”), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank (“Bank”), today announced preliminary net income increased 11.2% to $8.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $7.2 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net income totaled $27.1 million, or $1.46 per diluted share for the year ended June 30, 2019, compared to $8.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share for fiscal year 2018. Earnings during the year ended June 30, 2019 were negatively impacted by a $5.7 million provision primarily related to one $6.0 million commercial lending relationship, which was fully charged off. Earnings for the year ended June 30, 2018 included a $17.9 million write-down of deferred tax assets following a deferred tax revaluation resulting from enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) with no comparable charge in fiscal year 2019.

“We concluded fiscal 2019 on yet another high note set by record net income,” said Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our success reflects the hard work of our employees to ensure our customers and communities are, as we like to say, Ready for What’s Next. As a result, we had over $1 billion in loan originations for the second year in a row; net organic loan growth of 10%; SBA loan sales that generated $3.4 million in noninterest income; and our new equipment finance line of business originated $147 million in loans and leases during the year. Continued improvements in our financial performance led to our first cash dividend along with the adoption of our sixth stock repurchase program. As we look into fiscal 2020 and beyond, we will remain focused and disciplined on executing our strategic plan to deliver more value to our customers and shareholders.”

Highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous year:

  • return on assets (“ROA”) increased 4.5% to 0.92% from 0.88%;
  • net interest income increased $1.0 million, or 3.9% to $26.9 million from $25.9 million;
  • noninterest income increased $1.7 million, or 34.6% to $6.8 million from $5.1 million;
  • provision for loan losses increased to $200,000 from $0;
  • organic net loan growth, which excludes purchases of home equity lines of credit, was $56.0 million, or 8.9% annualized compared to $80.3 million, or 14.1% annualized;
  • 292,630 shares were repurchased during the quarter at an average price of $25.01 per share; and
  • quarterly cash dividends of $0.06 per share totaling $1.1 million.

Highlights for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to the year ended June 30, 2018:

  • ROA was 0.80%, compared to 0.25%;
  • net interest income increased $5.5 million, or 5.5% to $106.9 million from $101.3 million;
  • noninterest income increased $3.9 million, or 20.7% to $22.9 million from $19.0 million;
  • provision for loan losses increased to $5.7 million from $0;
  • net loans receivable increased 7.1% to $2.7 billion from $2.5 billion;
  • organic net loan growth was $228.6 million, or 9.7% compared to $171.3 million, or 7.8%;
  • nonperforming assets decreased 9.0% to $13.3 million, or 0.38% of total assets compared to $14.6 million, or 0.44% of total assets;
  • total deposits increased 6.0% to $2.3 billion from $2.2 billion; and
  • 1,149,785 shares of common stock were repurchased during the year at an average price of $26.65 per share.

Income Statement Review

Net interest income increased to $26.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to $25.9 million for the comparative quarter in fiscal 2018. The $1.0 million, or 3.9% increase was due to a $4.8 million increase in interest and dividend income primarily driven by an increase in average interest-earning assets, which was partially offset by a $3.8 million increase in interest expense, which was primarily driven by increases in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. Average interest-earning assets increased $189.3 million, or 6.2% to $3.2 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to $3.0 billion for the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2018. For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the average balance of total loans receivable increased $226.5 million, or 9.2% compared to the same quarter last year primarily due to organic loan growth. The average balance of other interest-earning assets increased $4.4 million, or 1.6% between the periods primarily due to increases in commercial paper investments and other investments at cost. These increases were mainly funded by the cumulative decrease of $41.7 million, or 15.4% in average interest-earning deposits in other banks and securities available for sale, and an increase in average interest-bearing liabilities, primarily deposits, of $203.1 million, or 8.1% as compared to the same quarter last year. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the three months ended June 30, 2019 decreased to 3.38% from 3.47% for the same period a year ago.

Total interest and dividend income increased $4.8 million, or 15.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same period last year, which was primarily driven by a $4.5 million, or 16.5% increase in loan interest income and a $306,000, or 13.0% increase in interest income from other interest-earning assets (comprised primarily of income from commercial paper). The additional loan interest income was driven by increases in both the average balance of loans receivable and loan yields compared to the prior year quarter. Average loan yields increased 28 basis points to 4.76% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 from 4.48% in the corresponding quarter last year primarily due to the impact of increases in the targeted federal funds rate. Partially offsetting the increase in loan interest income was a $164,000, or 27.5% decrease in the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans as a result of reduced prepayments as compared to the same quarter last year. For the quarters ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, average loan yields included six and ten basis points, respectively, from the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans. The incremental accretion and the impact to loan yield will change during any period based on the volume of prepayments, but it is expected to decrease over time as the balance of the purchase discount for acquired loans decreases. The total purchase discount for acquired loans was $6.7 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $7.1 million at March 31, 2019 and $8.8 million at June 30, 2018.

Total interest expense increased $3.8 million, or 75.0% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to the same period last year. The increase was due to a $2.7 million, or 122.1% increase in deposit interest expense and a $1.1 million, or 37.9% increase in interest expense on borrowings. The additional deposit interest expense was a result of our focus on increasing deposits as the average balance of interest-bearing deposits increased $128.5 million, or 6.9% along with a 52 basis point increase in the average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to the same quarter last year. Average borrowings for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 increased $74.6 million, or 12.0% and the average cost of borrowings increased 42 basis points compared to the same period last year, driving the increase in interest expense on those borrowings. The overall average cost of funds increased 50 basis points to 1.32% for the current quarter compared to 0.82% in the same quarter last year due primarily to the impact of the previously mentioned interest rate increases on our interest-bearing liabilities.

Net interest income increased $5.5 million or 5.5% to $106.9 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to $101.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2018. Average interest-earning assets increased $173.6 million, or 5.8% to $3.1 billion for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to $3.0 billion in the prior year. The $213.2 million, or 8.8% increase in average balance of total loans receivable for the year ended June 30, 2019 was primarily due to organic loan growth. The average balance of other interest-earning assets increased $35.2 million, or 14.2% between the periods primarily due to increases in commercial paper investments and other investments at cost. These increases were mainly funded by the cumulative decrease of $74.7 million, or 24.2% in average interest-earning deposits in other banks and securities available for sale, and an increase in average interest-bearing liabilities of $152.1 million, or 6.2%. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the year ended June 30, 2019 decreased three basis points to 3.43% from 3.46% for last year.

Total interest and dividend income increased $19.9 million, or 16.9% for the year ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the year ended June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily driven by a $16.8 million, or 16.0% increase in loan interest income and a $3.5 million, or 51.6% increase in interest income from other interest-earning assets, partially offset by a $433,000, or 7.7% decrease in interest income from securities available for sale and deposits in other banks. The additional loan interest income was primarily due to the increase in the average balance of loans receivable, which was partially offset by a $1.1 million decrease in the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans to $2.1 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 from $3.2 million for fiscal year 2018. Average loan yields increased 27 basis points to 4.68% for the year ended June 30, 2019 from 4.41% last year. For the year ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, average loan yields included eight and 14 basis points, respectively, from the accretion of purchase discounts on acquired loans.

Total interest expense increased $14.3 million, or 89.0% for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to last year. This increase was primarily related to the $138.1 million, or 7.7% increase in average interest-bearing deposits and the corresponding 44 basis point increase in the average cost of those deposits, resulting in additional deposit interest expense of $9.0 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the year ended June 30, 2018. In addition, average borrowings increased $13.9 million, or 2.1% along with a corresponding increase of 77 basis points in the average cost of those borrowings, resulting in additional interest expense of $5.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the year ended June 30, 2018. The overall cost of funds increased 51 basis points to 1.16% for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to 0.65% last year.

Noninterest income increased $1.7 million, or 34.6% to $6.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 from $5.1 million for the same period in the previous year. The leading factors of the increase included an $819,000, or 62.4% increase in gains from the sale of loans due primarily to originations and sales of the guaranteed portion of U.S Small Business Administration (“SBA”) commercial loans; a $511,000, or 84.3% increase in other noninterest income primarily related to operating lease income from the new equipment finance line of business; and a $399,000, or 150.0% increase in loan income and fees as result of our adjustable rate conversion program, which allows borrowers to convert from an adjustable rate to a fixed rate loan.

Noninterest income increased $3.9 million, or 20.7% to $22.9 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 from $19.0 million for the year ended June 30, 2018. Driving the increase was a $1.9 million, or 45.4% increase on gain on sale of loans primarily due to originations and sales of SBA commercial loans; a $1.1 million, or 45.3% increase in other noninterest income primarily related to operating lease income; an $809,000, or 9.2% increase in service charges on deposit accounts as a result of an increase in deposit accounts and related fees; and a $246,000, or 20.9% increase in loan income and fees. There was also no gain from the sale of premises and equipment for the year ended June 30, 2019 as compared to $164,000 last year.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2019 increased $1.7 million, or 7.6% to $23.4 million compared to $21.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $1.4 million, or 11.5% increase in salaries and employee benefits; a $262,000, or 70.4% increase in marketing and advertising; a $240,000, or 14.1% increase in computer services; and a $53,000, or 6.8% increase in telephone, postage, and supplies expense, mainly driven by the expansion of our SBA and equipment finance lines of business. The $94,000, or 25.2% increase in deposit insurance premiums was due to changes in our loan mix and lower capital levels as a result of stock repurchases. Partially offsetting these increases was the cumulative decrease of $286,000, or 6.9% in real estate owned (“REO”) related expenses; core deposit intangibles amortization; and other expense for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Noninterest expense for the year ended June 30, 2019 increased $4.8 million, or 5.6% to $90.1 million compared to $85.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $4.1 million, or 8.6% increase in salaries and employee benefits; a $1.2 million, or 19.0% increase in computer services; a $375,000, or 25.4% increase in marketing and advertising; and a $121,000, or 10.2% increase in REO related expenses. Partially offsetting these increases was a $616,000, or 23.3% decrease in core deposit intangible amortization; a $235,000, or 2.4% decrease in net occupancy expense; and a $193,000, or 11.9% decrease in deposit insurance premiums as a result of lower nonaccrual loans during the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to last year.

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company’s income tax expense was $2.1 million compared to $2.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The effective tax rates for the three months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 are 20.8% and 21.8%, respectively.

For the year ended June 30, 2019, the Company’s income tax expense was $6.8 million compared to $26.7 million for the year ended June 30, 2018. The Company’s corporate federal income tax rate for the years ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 was 21% and 27.5%, respectively. In the quarter ended December 31, 2017, following a revaluation of net deferred tax assets due to the Tax Act, the Company recorded additional income tax expense of $17.9 million.

Balance Sheet Review

Total assets increased $172.0 million, or 5.2% to $3.5 billion at June 30, 2019 from $3.3 billion at June 30, 2018. Total liabilities increased $172.4 million, or 6.0% to $3.1 billion at June 30, 2019 from $2.9 billion at June 30, 2018. Deposit growth of $131.0 million, or 6.0%; a $45.0 million, or 7.1% increase in borrowings; and the cumulative decrease of $48.1 million, or 21.7% in certificates of deposit in other banks and securities available for sale were used to fund the $179.3 million, or 7.1% increase in total loans receivable, net of deferred loan fees, the $12.4 million, or 5.4% increase in commercial paper, the $12.3 million, or 209.5% increase in loans held for sale, and the $9.4 million, or 22.4% increase in other investments, net during the fiscal year 2019. The increase in net loans receivable from June 30, 2018, was driven by organic net loan growth of $228.6 million as primarily seen in the growth of our commercial and industrial and equipment finance loans which had a cumulative increase of $143.7 million, or 96.6%. In addition, commercial real estate loans increased during the year ended June 30, 2019, by $69.9 million or 8.2%. The increase in loans held for sale was due primarily to SBA loans originated during the period. The $13.7 million, or 391.2% increase in other assets was primarily due to the increase in operating leases originated by our new equipment finance line of business.

Stockholders’ equity at June 30, 2019 decreased $346,000, or 0.1% to $408.9 million compared to $409.2 million at June 30, 2018. Changes within stockholders’ equity included $27.1 million in net income, $3.0 million in stock-based compensation, and a $2.3 million increase in other comprehensive income representing a reduction in unrealized losses on investment securities, net of tax, to an unrealized gain of $733,000, partially offset by 1,149,785 shares of common stock repurchased at an average price per share of $26.65, or approximately $30.6 million in total, and $3.2 million related to cash dividends. As of June 30, 2019, HomeTrust Bank and the Company were considered “well capitalized” in accordance with their regulatory capital guidelines and exceeded all regulatory capital requirements.

Asset Quality

The allowance for loan losses was $21.4 million, or 0.79% of total loans, at June 30, 2019 compared to $21.1 million, or 0.83% of total loans, at June 30, 2018. The allowance for loan losses to gross loans, excluding acquired loans, was 0.85% at June 30, 2019, compared to 0.91% at June 30, 2018.

There was a $200,000 provision for loan losses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to none for the same period last year. The $5.7 million provision for loan losses for the year ended June 30, 2019 compared to no provision for the year ended June 30, 2018 is primarily related to a $6.0 million commercial lending relationship, which was fully charged off in the third and fourth quarters this fiscal year. At the end of March 2019, the Company became aware that a commercial borrower operating as a heavy equipment contractor with $6.0 million of outstanding borrowings from the Bank had unexpectedly ceased operations. Based on further investigation and certain actions taken by the principal of the borrower, the Company believed that the Bank’s collateral, consisting primarily of accounts receivable, had substantially deteriorated. As a result of this investigation and further subsequent developments, the Company determined a full charge-off of this relationship was appropriate. The Company is continuing to take action to enforce its rights against the borrower, guarantors and its collateral, including to preserve and recover the borrower’s assets, where appropriate.

As a result of this charged off lending relationship, net loan charge-offs increased to $3.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to $412,000 for the same period during the prior fiscal year. Net loan charge-offs increased to $5.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2019 from $91,000 for fiscal 2018. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 0.47% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to 0.07% for the same period last fiscal year. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans increased to 0.20% for the year ended June 30, 2019 from 0% for last fiscal year.

Nonperforming assets decreased 9.0% to $13.3 million, or 0.38% of total assets, at June 30, 2019, compared to $14.6 million, or 0.44% of total assets, at June 30, 2018. Nonperforming assets included $10.4 million in nonaccruing loans and $2.9 million in REO at June 30, 2019, compared to $10.9 million and $3.7 million, in nonaccruing loans and REO, respectively, at June 30, 2018.  Included in nonperforming loans are $4.5 million of loans restructured from their original terms of which $1.8 million were current at June 30, 2019, with respect to their modified payment terms. The decrease in nonaccruing loans was primarily due to continued improvement in credit quality throughout the loan portfolio and loans returning to performing status as payment history and the borrower’s financial status improved. At June 30, 2019, $4.1 million, or 39.6%, of nonaccruing loans were current on their required loan payments. Purchased impaired loans acquired from prior acquisitions aggregating $1.3 million are excluded from nonaccruing loans due to the accretion of discounts established in accordance with the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations. Nonperforming loans to total loans decreased to 0.38% at June 30, 2019 from 0.43% at June 30, 2018.

The ratio of classified assets to total assets decreased to 0.89% at June 30, 2019 from 1.0% at June 30, 2018. Classified assets decreased 6.5% to $30.9 million at June 30, 2019 compared to $33.1 million at June 30, 2018. While the previously mentioned significant provision for loan losses negatively affected our earnings, we believe our overall asset quality metrics continue to demonstrate our commitment to growing and maintaining a loan portfolio with a moderate risk profile.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank. As of June 30, 2019, the Company had assets of $3.5 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a North Carolina state chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added relationship banking through 43 locations as well as online/mobile channels. Locations include: North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the “Piedmont” region, Charlotte, Cary, and Raleigh), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). The Bank is the 2nd largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” or “may.” Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management’s current expectations and forecasts regarding future events, many of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, include expected cost savings, synergies and other financial benefits from our acquisitions  might not be realized within the expected time frames or at all, and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters might be greater than expected; increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in HomeTrust’s latest annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission – which are available on our website at www.htb.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this press release or the documents we file with or furnish to the SEC are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors described above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2020 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect our operating and stock performance.

WEBSITE: WWW.HTB.COM

Contact:
Dana L. Stonestreet – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tony J. VunCannon – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer
828-259-3939