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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||FOR FURTHER INFORMATION|
|January 22, 2020||CONTACT BENJAMIN BOCHNOWSKI|
NORTHWEST INDIANA BANCORP
ANNOUNCES EARNINGS FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS AND QUARTER ENDED
DECEMBER 31, 2019
Munster, Indiana - NorthWest Indiana Bancorp (the “Bancorp” or “NWIN”), the holding company for Peoples Bank SB (the “Bank”), reported record net income of $12.1 million, or $3.53 per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, increased by $2.8 million (29.6%), from the twelve months ended December 31, 2018. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the return on average assets (ROA) was 0.94% and the return on average equity (ROE) was 9.54%. In connection with the successful acquisition of AJS Bancorp, Inc., (“AJSB”), which closed on January 24, 2019, the Bancorp incurred one-time expenses of approximately $2.1 million, as expansion into the Chicagoland market continued.
Excluding the one-time AJSB acquisition costs, the Bancorp’s net income, as adjusted, was $13.9 million, or $4.07 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Excluding these same one-time AJSB acquisition costs, the Bancorp’s ROA, as adjusted, was 1.08% and its ROE, as adjusted, was 10.99% for 2019. See Table 1 below for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP figures to the Bancorp’s GAAP figures.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the Bancorp’s net income totaled $2.3 million, or $0.66 per share. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, decreased by $366 thousand (13.9%), from the quarter ended December 31, 2018. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the ROA was 0.69% and the ROE was 6.83%.
During the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, total assets increased by $232.6 million (21.2%), with interest-earning assets increasing by $204.2 million (20.1%). At December 31, 2019, interest-earning assets totaled $1.2 billion compared to $1.0 billion at December 31, 2018. Earning assets represented 92.0% of total assets at December 31, 2019 and 92.9% of total assets at December 31, 2018. The increase in total assets and interest earning assets for the twelve months was primarily the result of the completion of the acquisition of AJSB, as well as organic growth.
“Northwest Indiana Bancorp is proud to announce another year of record earnings and one of the strongest year-over-year earnings increases in company history. Earnings were up 29.6% year-over-year, as we successfully integrated the second acquisition in our Illinois market entry strategy. The Bank effectively navigated a decreasing interest rate environment and took advantage of continued expanding economic conditions throughout the year,” said Benjamin Bochnowski, president and chief executive officer. “We continued to redeploy liquidity into relationship-driven commercial loans. We also acted on opportunities to improve asset quality, and continue to execute on efficiency strategies that support scaling operations and enhance customer service,” added Bochnowski. “Additionally, we are excited to celebrate our 110 year tradition of community banking this January. We have had the sincere honor of serving our customers and communities for over a century. As we continue to grow, we are committed to service and excellence for the long term,” he added.
“The 2019 annual record earnings were driven by net interest income, increasing 25.6%, and noninterest income, increasing 17.3%. The increase in net interest income is attributable to a strategy of growing the commercial loan portfolio organically and core deposits from the markets we serve. In addition, with the decline in market interest rates, the Bancorp’s management is actively managing the mix of its assets and liabilities, asset yields and funding costs to lessen the impact to the net interest margin. The increase in noninterest income benefited from continued expansion of mortgage banking, wealth management, and retail banking services,” said Robert Lowry, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “The increased earnings capacity and improved asset quality allows the Bancorp to create organic capital to execute on its strategic objectives. At the end of 2019, the Bancorp’s tangible capital ratio stood at 10.1%,” said Lowry.
The following information was filed by Northwest Indiana Bancorp (NWIN) on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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