Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2017 Net Income of $5.6 Million

James A. Marcotte, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (978) 656-5614

LOWELL, Mass., July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: EBTC), parent of Enterprise Bank, announced net income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 of $5.6 million, an increase of $824 thousand, or 17%, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. Diluted earnings per share were $0.48 for the three months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of 7%, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $11.2 million, an increase of $2.1 million, or 23%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016. Diluted earnings per share were $0.96 for the six months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of 12%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter and the first six months of 2017 include the full dilutive impact of the Company’s equity offering issued on June 23, 2016.

As previously announced on July 18, 2017, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.135 per share to be paid on September 1, 2017 to shareholders of record as of August 11, 2017. The 2017 dividend rate represents a 3.8% increase over the 2016 dividend rate.

Chief Executive Officer Jack Clancy commented, “The increase in our 2017 earnings compared to 2016 has been positively impacted by our growth over the last twelve months. Total assets, loans, and customer deposits have increased 9%, 11%, and 7%, respectively, as compared to June 30, 2016. This growth continues to be driven by the collective efforts and contributions of our dedicated Enterprise team, active community involvement, relationship building and a customer-focused mindset, market expansion, and ongoing enhancements to our state-of-the-art product and service offerings.”

Mr. Clancy continued, “Strategically, our focus remains on organic growth and continually planning for and investing in our future. We look forward to opening our 24th branch in Windham, NH in the next few weeks. The relocation of our branch in Salem, NH to its new location is anticipated to occur in mid-August. We expect the relocation of our Leominster branch to be completed in early 2018. The relocation of our branches in Salem, NH and Leominster, MA will provide improved and state-of-the-art branches in those communities to better serve our customers.”

Founder and Chairman of the Board George Duncan commented, “This quarter represents our 111th consecutive profitable quarter. Our ability to continually grow our franchise has been a key factor in our success. Our strategic expansion has added key markets to our franchise which has ultimately led to increased shareholder value. As our assets under management have now exceeded $3.5 billion - a significant milestone for any financial institution - we are extremely grateful for the support we have received from our customers, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate.”

Results of Operations

Net interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $23.5 million, an increase of $2.2 million, or 11%, compared to the same period in 2016. Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $46.4 million, an increase of $4.0 million, or 9%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016. The increase in net interest income was due primarily to loan growth. Average loan balances (including loans held for sale) increased $216.4 million and $200.2 million for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, compared to the 2016 respective period averages. Net interest margin was 3.90% for both the three months ended June 30, 2017 and March 31, 2017, while net interest margin was 4.02% for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Net interest margin was 3.90% for the six months ended June 30, 2017, compared to 4.02% for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, the provision for loan losses amounted to $280 thousand and $267 thousand, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, the provision for loan losses amounted to $405 thousand and $1.1 million, respectively. The decrease in the provision for the six months ended June 30, 2017, was due primarily to generally improved credit quality metrics and underlying collateral values, partially offset by increased loan growth compared to prior year.

Contributing to the changes in the provision for loan losses compared to the prior year were:

  • Total non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans (a measure of credit risk) amounted to 0.63% at June 30, 2017, compared to 0.54% at June 30, 2016. Impacting the current period, among other changes, were new impaired/non-accrual status classification changes of two larger commercial relationships totaling approximately $4.5 million, which, based on a review of their individual business circumstances, management determined that no reserves were necessary on these relationships as of June 30, 2017.

  • The balance of the allowance for loan losses allocated to impaired and adversely classified loans decreased by $745 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2017, and increased $840 thousand during the six months ended June 30, 2016.

  • The Company recorded net recoveries of $211 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2017, compared to net recoveries of $220 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

  • Loan growth for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was $91.7 million, compared to $39.2 million during the six months ended June 30, 2016.

The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio was 1.51% at June 30, 2017, 1.55% at December 31, 2016 and 1.60% at June 30, 2016.

Non-interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $3.9 million, an increase of $357 thousand, or 10%, compared to the same quarter last year. Non-interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $8.1 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 19%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016. The quarter and year-to-date increases were due primarily to increases in net gains on the sales of investment securities and deposit and interchange fees.

Non-interest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 amounted to $18.8 million, an increase of $1.2 million, or 7%, compared to the same quarter in the prior year. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, non-interest expense amounted to $38.2 million, an increase of $3.8 million, or 11%, over the six months ended June 30, 2016. Increases in expenses over the same periods in the prior year primarily related to the Company’s strategic growth and market expansion initiatives, particularly increases in salaries and benefits expenses.

In the first quarter of 2017, the Company adopted a new accounting standard, ASU No. 2016-09 “Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718) Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting,” which among other aspects relates to the tax treatment of employee and director equity compensation. The adoption of this standard reduced the provision for income taxes and increased earnings by approximately $788 thousand for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Key Financial Highlights

  • Total assets amounted to $2.66 billion at June 30, 2017, compared to $2.53 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $130.3 million, or 5%. Since March 31, 2017, total assets have increased $84.2 million, or 3%.
  • Total loans amounted to $2.11 billion at June 30, 2017, compared to $2.02 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $91.7 million, or 5%. Since March 31, 2017, total loans have increased $49.5 million, or 2%.
  • Customer deposits (total deposits excluding brokered deposits) were $2.27 billion at June 30, 2017, compared to $2.21 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $56.8 million, or 3%. Since March 31, 2017, customer deposits have increased $50.8 million, or 2%. Brokered deposits were $87.5 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $59.4 million at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016.
  • Investment assets under management amounted to $781.1 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $725.3 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $55.7 million, or 8%. Since March 31, 2017, investment assets under management have increased $33.6 million, or 4%.
  • Total assets under management amounted to $3.52 billion at June 30, 2017, compared to $3.33 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of $188.3 million, or 6%. Since March 31, 2017, total assets under management have increased $118.4 million, or 3%.

Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation that conducts substantially all of its operations through Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, commonly referred to as Enterprise Bank. The Company is principally engaged in the business of attracting deposits from the general public and investing in commercial loans and investment securities. Through Enterprise Bank and its subsidiaries, the Company offers a range of commercial, residential and consumer loan products, deposit products and cash management services, as well as investment advisory and wealth management, trust, and insurance services. The Company’s headquarters and the Bank’s main office are located at 222 Merrimack Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Company’s primary market area is the Greater Merrimack Valley and North Central regions of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Enterprise Bank has 23 full-service branches located in the Massachusetts communities of Lowell, Acton, Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Leominster, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford and in the New Hampshire communities of Derry, Hudson, Nashua, Pelham and Salem. The Company also anticipates that the Windham, NH branch will open in the next few weeks.

This earnings release contains statements about future events that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by references to a future period or periods or by the use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “assume,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” and other similar terms or expressions. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of the Company. These risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results, performance, and achievements of the Company to be materially different from the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, competition, and the receipt of required regulatory approvals. For more information about these factors, please see our reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we undertake no duty, and specifically disclaim any duty, to update or revise any such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.