WNEB
$8.65
Western New England Bancorp
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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter September 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 4:05:00 PM
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Western New England Bancorp (WNEB) Recent Earnings

Western New England Bancorp (WNEB) reported 3rd Quarter September 2021 earnings of $0.27 per share on revenue of $23.5 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.21 per share on revenue of $17.8 million. Revenue grew 4.0% on a year-over-year basis.

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Reported Earnings
$0.27
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.21
Reported Revenue
$23.5 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$17.8 Mil
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Earnings Release

Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

WESTFIELD, Mass., Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western New England Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “WNEB”) (NasdaqGS: WNEB), the holding company for Westfield Bank (the “Bank”), announced today the unaudited results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net income of $6.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. On a linked quarter basis, net income was $6.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2021. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net income was $17.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

The Company also announced that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on or about November 24, 2021 to shareholders of record on November 10, 2021.

“We are pleased with our third quarter results which highlight sound balance sheet management and continued net interest margin stabilization,” said James C. Hagan, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The composition of our deposits remain favorable with increases in our low cost core deposit categories. As a result, interest expense decreased 65.7% year-over-year, which contributed to a $9.0 million, or 20%, increase in net interest income, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the previous year.”

“The business environment continues to gradually improve across our markets. We are encouraged by the continued strength and overall quality of the Company's loan portfolio, which supported a lower loan loss provision in the third quarter of 2021 compared with the third quarter of 2020. Commercial real estate activity has been positive as we continue to add new customer relationships and have grown the CRE portfolio by 10% since year-end. Residential mortgage originations, which have been a strong driver of new customer relationships and non-interest income through gains on the sale of loans to the secondary market, have enabled us to participate in the residential housing market while reducing our reliance on long-term, low-interest rate loans. The Company reported $1.1 million in non-interest income from mortgage banking activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2021.”

“During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, we repurchased 2.6 million shares of our common stock at an average price per share of $8.29. The Company’s stock repurchase plan remains a solid investment for our shareholders and provides us with the opportunity to leverage our capital.”

Mr. Hagan concluded, “After weathering disruption and uncertainty in 2020 related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we remain encouraged that we are well-positioned for the more positive banking environment and growth we’ve seen in 2021.”

COVID-19 Response and Actions:

As a Preferred Lender with the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), the Company was in a position to react immediately to the PPP component of the March 27, 2020 stimulus bill known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) launched by the U.S Department of the Treasury and the SBA. The Company received funding approval from the SBA for 2,146 applications totaling $302.2 million. The table below breaks out the Company’s PPP loans as of September 30, 2021:

  Original Loan Amount Original # of Loans Balance Outstanding # of Loans Remaining
  ($ in millions)
   
Round 1 and 2 $223.1 1,386 $14.6 31
Round 3  79.1 760  44.3 317
Total $ 302.2 2,146 $ 58.9 348

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had processed 1,798 PPP loan forgiveness applications totaling $243.3 million. Total PPP loans decreased $108.4 million, or 64.8%, from $167.3 million at December 31, 2020 to $58.9 million at September 30, 2021.

As PPP loans are forgiven, the Company is accelerating the recognition of PPP loan origination fees that were being amortized over the original lives of the loans. We anticipate that by the end of 2021, the majority of the PPP loan portfolio will be repaid through forgiveness and earnings will continue to be favorably impacted by the additional PPP origination fee income through the end of 2021. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company recognized $5.8 million of PPP loan origination fee income and interest income (“PPP income”), compared to $2.6 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $1.6 million in remaining deferred PPP loan processing fees.

The table below breaks out the PPP income recognized for the periods noted:

  For the Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2021 June 30,
2021
 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 

September 30, 2020
  ($ in thousands)
   
PPP origination fee income $1,556 $1,240 $1,999 $1,760 $741
PPP interest income  201  387  412  512  568
Total PPP Income $1,757 $1,627 $2,411 $2,272 $1,309

In addition to participating in the PPP, the Company granted deferred loan payments for impacted commercial, residential and consumer borrowers who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. As of September 30, 2021, modifications granted under the CARES Act declined to eleven loans in the amount of $42.8 million, or 2.4% of total loans, excluding PPP loans. As of September 30, 2021, of the $42.8 million in remaining modifications granted under the CARES Act, eight loans in the amount of $33.5 million, or 78.3% of the remaining modifications, were granted to the hotel industry, one loan in the amount of $9.0 million was granted to an assisted living facility, and two loans totaling $276,000 were granted to residential borrowers. Of the $42.8 million in remaining outstanding modifications, $33.5 million (7 loans), or 78.3%, have resumed interest only payments.

The table below breaks out the remaining modifications granted under the CARES Act at September 30, 2021:

      Remaining CARES Act Modifications
Loan Segment(1)(2) Total Loan Segment Balance at September 30, 2021 % of Total Loans Modification Balance # of Loans Modified % of Loan Segment
Balance
($ in millions)          
Commercial real estate(3) $917.6 51.4% $41.9 7 4.6%
Commercial and industrial  200.5 11.2%  0.6 2 0.3%
Residential real estate  663.6 37.2%  0.3 2 0.0%
Consumer  4.4 0.2%  - - - 
Total $ 1,786.1 100.0% $ 42.8 11 2.4%

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  1. Excludes PPP loans of $58.9 million and deferred fees.
  2. Residential includes home equity loans and lines of credit.
  3. One commercial real estate loan is on full deferral with regular payments to resume in December of 2021. The remaining modifications are making their interest only payments and resuming regular payments in January of 2022.

The Company continues to monitor COVID-19’s impact on its business and customers, however, the extent to which COVID-19 will impact its results and operations will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact, and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures.

Key Highlights:

Loans and Deposits

At September 30, 2021, total loans were $1.8 billion, a decrease of $81.2 million, or 4.2%, from December 31, 2020. Excluding PPP loans of $58.9 million at September 30, 2021 and $167.3 million at December 31, 2020, total loans increased $27.1 million, or 1.5%, from December 31, 2020. Total deposits increased $186.7 million, or 9.2%, from $2.0 billion at December 31, 2020 to $2.2 billion at September 30, 2021. Specifically, core deposits, which include non-interest bearing demand accounts, increased $358.2 million, or 24.7%, from $1.4 billion, or 71.0% of total deposits, at December 31, 2020, to $1.8 billion, or 81.2% of total deposits at September 30, 2021.

Allowance for Loan Losses and Credit Quality

At September 30, 2021, excluding PPP loans of $58.9 million, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans and as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 1.11% and 352.2%, respectively. At September 30, 2021, nonperforming loans totaled $5.6 million, or 0.32% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, compared to $9.2 million, or 0.53% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, at September 30, 2020, and $7.8 million, or 0.45% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, at December 31, 2020. Total delinquency decreased $10.5 million, or 77.3%, from 0.77% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, at December 31, 2020 to 0.17% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, at September 30, 2021.

Net Interest Margin

The net interest margin was 3.18% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to 3.06% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.20% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 3.08% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Excluding PPP income of $1.8 million and $1.6 million, the net interest margin was 2.99% and 2.98% for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively.

Repurchases

On October 27, 2020, the Company announced that the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase plan (the “2020 Plan”) under which the Company was authorized to purchase up to 1.3 million shares, or 5% of its outstanding common stock. On May 20, 2021, the Company announced the completion of the 2020 Plan. On April 27, 2021, the Company announced that the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase plan (the “2021 Plan”) under which the Company is authorized to repurchase up to 2.4 million shares, or 10% of its outstanding common stock. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company repurchased 1,221,618 shares of common stock under the 2021 Plan. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company repurchased 2,565,973 shares at an average price of $8.29. At September 30, 2021, there were 869,397 shares available for repurchase under the 2021 Plan.

The shares repurchased under the 2021 Plan will be purchased from time to time at prevailing market prices, through open market or privately negotiated transactions, or otherwise, depending upon market conditions. There is no guarantee as to the exact number, or value, of shares that will be repurchased by the Company, and the Company may discontinue repurchases at any time that management determines additional repurchases are not warranted. The timing and amount of share repurchases under the 2021 Plan will depend on a number of factors, including the Company’s stock price performance, ongoing capital planning considerations, general market conditions, and applicable legal requirements.

Net Income for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2021 Compared to the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021

The Company reported net income of $6.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.96% and 10.85%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to 0.92% and 10.16%, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

On a sequential quarter basis, net interest income increased $961,000, or 5.4%, to $18.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $17.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase in net interest income was primarily due to an increase in interest and dividend income of $586,000, or 3.0%, and a decrease of $375,000, or 20.3%, in interest expense. The decrease in interest expense was primarily due to a decrease of $249,000, or 17.0%, in interest expense on deposits and a decrease of $185,000 in interest expense on Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) borrowings, partially offset by an increase in interest expense on subordinated debt of $59,000, or 29.9%.

As PPP loans are forgiven, the Company is accelerating the recognition of PPP loan origination fees that were being amortized over the original lives of the loans. During the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the three months ended June 30, 2021, interest and dividend income included PPP income of $1.8 million and $1.6 million, respectively. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company recorded $56,000 in positive purchase accounting adjustments, compared to negative purchase accounting adjustments of $33,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2021. In addition, during the three months ended September 30, 2021, interest and dividend income included prepayment penalties from commercial loan payoffs of $8,000, compared to $117,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2021. Excluding PPP income, prepayment penalties and purchase accounting adjustments, net interest income increased $852,000, or 5.3%, from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended September 30, 2021.

The net interest margin was 3.18% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 3.06% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.20% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 3.08% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Excluding PPP income, the net interest margin was 2.99% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.98% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Excluding prepayment penalties and purchase accounting adjustments discussed above, the net interest margin was 2.98% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.97% for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

The average yield on interest-earning assets was 3.45% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 3.40% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The average loan yield was 3.99% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 3.87% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Excluding the adjustments discussed above, the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased seven basis points from 3.33% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to 3.26% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, while the average loan yield decreased six basis points from 3.82% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to 3.76% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The decreases in average yields were primarily due to the repricing of variable rate loans and lower average yields on new loan originations as well as increases in cash. Total average loans were 79.9% of total average interest-earning assets for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 82.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Average PPP loans decreased $75.2 million, or 48.3%, from $155.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $80.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021.

During the three months ended September 30, 2021, average interest-earning assets increased $7.4. million, or 0.3%, to $2.3 billion, primarily due to an increase in average securities of $59.7 million, or 20.3%, partially offset by a decrease in average loans of $43.6 million, or 2.3%, and a decrease in average short-term investments of $9.2 million, or 8.0%. Excluding average PPP loans of $80.4 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021 and $155.6 million during the three months ended June 30, 2021, average loans increased $31.7 million, or 1.8%, from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended September 30, 2021.

The average cost of funds, including non-interest bearing accounts and borrowings, decreased seven basis points from 0.33% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to 0.26% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of core deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, decreased three basis points from 0.19% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, to 0.16% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of time deposits decreased nine basis points from 0.56% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to 0.47% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of borrowings increased 142 basis points from 2.81% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to 4.23% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, due to the issuance of $20.0 million in subordinated debt. Average FHLB borrowings decreased $34.6 million, or 88.9%, from $38.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $4.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Average demand deposits, an interest-free source of funds, increased $12.2 million, or 2.0%, from $603.3 million, or 27.9% of total average deposits, for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $615.5 million, or 28.0% of total average deposits, for the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Provision for Loan Losses

The Company recorded a credit for loan losses of $100,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a credit for loan losses of $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The changes in the credit for loan losses was primarily driven by changes in the qualitative factors related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic trends used in the Company’s allowance calculation. Management continues to assess the exposure of the Company’s loan portfolio to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic trends and their potential effect on asset quality. The Company has deferred the adoption of the Current Expected Credit Loss allowance methodology, as permitted by its classification as a Smaller Reporting Company by the Securities and Exchange Commission. For a breakout of the Company’s credit concentration, please see the “Credit Quality” section in this release. Management will continue to closely monitor portfolio conditions and reevaluate the adequacy of the allowance.

The Company recorded net recoveries of $67,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to net charge-offs of $157,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021. At September 30, 2021, nonperforming loans totaled $5.6 million, or 0.31% of total loans, and total delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.17%. Excluding PPP loans of $58.9 million at September 30, 2021, nonperforming loans to total loans was 0.32%, and total delinquency as a percentage of total loans was 0.17%. As of September 30, 2021, the Company’s delinquency and nonperforming assets have not been materially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-Interest Income

On a sequential quarter basis, non-interest income increased $886,000, or 36.8%, to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $2.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, service charges and fees on deposits increased $57,000, or 2.7%, and mortgage banking income from the sale of fixed rate residential real estate loans increased $423,000, or 174.8%, from $242,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $665,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Income from bank-owned life insurance decreased $15,000, or 3.0%.

During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported unrealized gains on marketable equity securities of $11,000, compared to $6,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2021. The Company also reported realized gains on the sale of securities of $2,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to realized losses of $12,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Gains and losses from the investment portfolio vary from quarter to quarter based on market conditions, as well as the related yield curve and valuation changes.

During the three months ended June 30, 2021, the Company recognized a loss on interest rate swap termination of $402,000 representing the unamortized portion of a $3.4 million loss associated with the previous termination of a $32.5 million interest rate swap on March 16, 2016. The unamortized portion of the loss was previously reported in accumulated other comprehensive income and amortized through interest expense, however, as the previously hedged item was discontinued, the Company accelerated the remaining unamortized loss.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, non-interest expense increased $344,000, or 2.5%, to $14.0 million, from $13.7 million, for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Salaries and employee benefits increased $121,000, or 1.5%, to $8.2 million. Other non-interest expense increased $251,000, or 12.3%, FDIC insurance expense increased $48,000, or 21.3%, occupancy expense increased $25,000, or 2.3%, and furniture and equipment expenses increased $20,000, or 3.9%. Data processing decreased $60,000, or 7.9%, professional fees decreased $14,000, or 2.4%, and advertising expense decreased $2,000, or 0.6%. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, the Company prepaid $32.5 million of FHLB borrowings, which resulted in a loss of $45,000. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the efficiency ratio was 63.6%, compared to 66.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Income Tax Provision

Income tax expense for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $2.1 million, representing an effective tax rate of 25.9%, compared to $2.1 million, representing an effective tax rate of 27.0%, for three months ended June 30, 2021. The change in the effective tax rate reflects projected pre-tax income for the year ending December 31, 2021.

Net Income for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2021 Compared to the Three Months Ended September 30, 2020

The Company reported net income of $6.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to net income of $2.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Return on average assets and return on average equity was 0.96% and 10.85%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to 0.35% and 3.61%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in net income of $3.9 million, or 187.3%, was due to a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $2.8 million, or 103.7%, an increase in net interest income of $2.8 million, or 17.4%, and an increase in non-interest income of $1.1 million, or 51.4%, partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense of $1.2 million, or 9.1%.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income increased $2.8 million, or 17.4%, to $18.8 million, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $16.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in net interest income was due to a decrease in interest expense of $3.0 million, or 67.0%, partially offset by a decrease of $209,000, or 1.0%, in interest and dividend income. Interest expense on deposits decreased $2.0 million, or 61.8%, and interest expense on borrowings decreased $1.3 million, both partially offset by an increase in interest expense on subordinated debt of $256,000. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, net interest income included $1.8 million in PPP income, compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding PPP income, net interest income increased $2.3 million, or 15.9%, primarily due to a decrease in interest expense of $3.0 million, or 67.0%. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company recorded $56,000 in positive purchase accounting adjustments, compared to positive purchase accounting adjustments of $19,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020. In addition, during the three months ended September 30, 2021, interest and dividend income included prepayment penalties from commercial loan payoffs of $8,000, compared to $262,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding PPP income, prepayment penalties and purchase accounting adjustments, net interest income increased $2.5 million, or 17.7%, from the three months ended September 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2021.

The net interest margin was 3.18% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.81% for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.20% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.83% for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding PPP income, the net interest margin was 2.99% for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.86% for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding the prepayment penalties and purchase accounting adjustments discussed above, the net interest margin increased from 2.80% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 to 2.98%, for the three months ended September 30, 2021.

The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 16 basis points from 3.61% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 to 3.45% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the average cost of funds, including non-interest-bearing demand accounts and borrowings, decreased 57 basis points from 0.83% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.26% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of core deposits, which include non-interest-bearing demand accounts, decreased nine basis points from 0.25% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.16% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of time deposits decreased 103 basis points from 1.50% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.47% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of borrowings, including subordinated debt, increased 165 basis points during the same period. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, average demand deposits, an interest-free source of funds, increased $86.2 million, or 16.3%, to $615.5 million, or 28.0% of total average deposits, from $529.2 million, or 27.1% of total average deposits, for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

During the three months ended September 30, 2021, average interest-earning assets increased $71.3 million, or 3.1%, to $2.3 billion compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020, primarily due to an increase in average securities of $135.8 million, or 62.3%, and an increase in short-term investments of $66.2 million, or 167.2%. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $126.3 million, or 6.3%, in average loans and a decrease in average other investments of $4.3 million, or 29.2%. Excluding average PPP loans, average interest-earning assets increased $213.7 million, or 10.5%, and average loans increased $16.1 million, or 0.9%, from the three months ended September 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Provision for Loan Losses

The Company recorded a credit for loan losses of $100,000 for three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to a provision for loan losses of $2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The Company recorded net recoveries of $67,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to net charge-offs of $286,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease in the provision for loan losses during the three months ended September 30, 2021 was primarily due to an improvement in economic forecasts for the quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2020. Management continues to assess the exposure of the Company’s loan portfolio to the COVID-19 pandemic related factors, economic trends and their potential effect on asset quality.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income increased $1.1 million, or 51.4%, to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $2.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Service charges and fees increased $368,000, or 20.9%, income from bank-owned life insurance increased $41,000, or 9.2%, and mortgage banking income from the sale of fixed rate residential real estate loans to the secondary market totaled $665,000. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company sold $22.4 million in loans to the secondary market. The Company did not sell loans to the secondary market during the three months ended September 30, 2020.

During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported unrealized gains on marketable equity securities of $11,000, compared to unrealized losses of $4,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2020. In addition, during the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported gains on the sale of securities of $2,000, compared to realized gains on the sale of securities of $1.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company also incurred a non-recurring loss of $2.4 million on a terminated interest rate swap.

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, non-interest expense increased $1.2 million, or 9.1%, to $14.0 million from $12.9 million, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase in salaries and benefits of $971,000, or 13.5%. The increase was primarily due to production and incentive accruals as well as lower deferred loan origination expenses associated with PPP loans. The deferred loan origination expense decreased $461,000, or 59.2%, from the three months ended September 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2021. Other non-interest expense increased $189,000, or 9.0%, furniture and equipment increased $112,000, or 26.6%, advertising expense increased $19,000, or 5.8%, and occupancy expense increased $4,000, or 0.4%. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in FDIC insurance expense of $20,000, or 6.8%, a decrease in professional fees of $40,000, or 6.5%, and a decrease in data processing of $70,000, or 9.1%. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the efficiency ratio was 63.6%, compared to 69.1% for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Income Tax Provision

Income tax expense for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $2.1 million, representing an effective tax rate of 25.9%, compared to $488,000, representing an effective tax rate of 18.8%, for three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in the effective tax rate is a result of higher pre-tax projected income for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

Net Income for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 Compared to the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net income of $17.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $6.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.95% and 10.45% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, compared to 0.36% and 3.59% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net interest income increased $9.0 million, or 19.6%, to $54.6 million, compared to $45.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in net interest income was due to a decrease of $10.2 million, or 65.7%, in interest expense, partially offset by a decrease in interest and dividend income of $1.2 million, or 2.0%. The decrease in interest expense was primarily due to a decrease of $6.8 million, or 60.7%, in interest expense on deposits and a decrease in interest expense on borrowings, including subordinated debt, of $3.4 million, or 78.8%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, interest and dividend income included $5.8 million in PPP income, compared to $2.6 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding PPP income, net interest income increased $5.7 million, or 13.3%.

The net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was 3.16%, compared to 2.80% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.18% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to 2.82% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Excluding the PPP income, the net interest margin increased from 2.81% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 3.00% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The increase in the net interest margin was due to the continuing trend of market interest rates falling to historically low levels, allowing the Company to reprice interest-bearing liabilities.

The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 29 basis points from 3.78% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 3.49% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the average cost of funds, including non-interest-bearing demand accounts and borrowings, decreased 69 basis points from 1.01% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.32% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the average cost of core deposits, including non-interest-bearing demand deposits, decreased ten basis points from 0.28% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.18% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The average cost of time deposits decreased 125 basis points from 1.82% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 0.57% during the same period in 2021. The average cost of borrowings, which include FHLB advances and subordinated debt, increased 13 basis points from 2.66% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to 2.79% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, average demand deposits, an interest-free source of funds, increased $119.2 million, or 25.1%, from $474.4 million, or 25.8% of total average deposits, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $593.6 million, or 27.6% of total average deposits, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, average interest-earning assets increased $132.6 million, or 6.1%, to $2.3 billion. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to an increase in average securities of $71.6 million, or 32.5%, an increase in average short-term investments of $78.4 million, or 292.3%, partially offset by a decrease in average other investments of $5.7 million, or 36.0%, and a decrease in average loans of $11.8 million, or 0.6%. Excluding average PPP loans, average interest-earning assets increased $124.3 million, or 6.1%, and average loans decreased $20.0 million, or 1.1%.

Provision for Loan Losses

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the provision for loan losses decreased $8.5 million, or 116.8%, from $7.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to a credit for loan losses of $1.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease in the provision for loan losses was primarily driven by changes in the qualitative factors related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic trends used in the Company’s allowance calculation.

The Company recorded net charge-offs of $95,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to net charge-offs of $685,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company recorded charge-offs of $262,000, compared to $882,000 during the same period in 2020.

Non-Interest Income

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, non-interest income increased of $1.9 million, or 28.3%, to $8.7 million, compared to $6.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Service charges and fees increased $993,000, or 19.5%, primarily due to an increase of $692,000, or 31.3%, in ATM debit card interchange income due to increased card-based transaction usage across our checking account base. Mortgage banking income was $1.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, due to the sale of fixed rate residential real estate loans to the secondary market. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company sold $40.0 million in loans to the secondary market. The Company did not sell any fixed rate residential real estate loans during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Income from bank-owned life insurance increased $61,000, or 4.5%, and other income from loan-level swap fees on commercial loans decreased $524,000, or 90.0%.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported unrealized losses on marketable equity securities of $72,000, compared to unrealized gains of $133,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. In addition, during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported realized losses on the sale of securities of $72,000 and a gain of $546,000 on non-marketable equity securities, compared to realized gains of $2.0 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported a loss on derivatives of $402,000, compared to a loss on derivatives of $2.4 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Non-Interest Expense

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, non-interest expense increased $3.6 million, or 9.6%, to $41.0 million, compared to $37.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to an increase in salaries and employee benefits of $2.4 million, or 11.0%, due to normal annual salary increases as well as higher production and incentive accruals. Other non-interest expense increased $539,000, or 9.3%, furniture and equipment increased $361,000, or 30.7%, occupancy expense increased $153,000, or 4.6%, advertising expense increased $233,000, or 29.2%, and FDIC insurance expense increased $64,000, or 8.7%. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in professional fees of $143,000, or 7.7%, and a decrease in data processing expenses of $13,000, or 0.6%,

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the efficiency ratio was 64.7%, compared to 71.0% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Income Tax Provision

Income tax expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $6.0 million, representing an effective tax rate of 25.6%, compared to $1.5 million, representing an effective tax rate of 19.8%, for nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in the Company’s effective tax rate was primarily due to the effect of higher projected pre-tax income for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

Balance Sheet

At September 30, 2021, total assets were $2.5 billion, an increase of $144.9 million, or 6.1%, from December 31, 2020. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents increased $61.1 million, or 69.8%, to $148.5 million, investment securities increased $160.6 million, or 79.5%, to $362.4 million and net loans, excluding PPP loans of $58.9 million, increased $27.1 million, or 1.5%, to $1.8 billion. The high level of cash and cash equivalents is due to an increase in core deposits as well as PPP loan payoffs.

Investments

At September 30, 2021, the Company’s available-for-sale securities portfolio increased $6.2 million, or 3.1%, from $201.9 million at December 31, 2020 to $208.0 million at September 30, 2021. The held-to-maturity securities portfolio, recorded at amortized cost, totaled $154.4 million at September 30, 2021. The Company allocated some of its excess liquidity to the investment portfolio as an alternative to cash and cash equivalents. This shift from overnight investments to held-to-maturity securities will assist the Company with managing the yield on interest-earning assets in the low interest rate environment that we are experiencing while providing ongoing cash flows from payments and pay downs. The primary objective of the investment portfolio is to provide liquidity and maximize income while preserving the safety of principal.

Loans

Total loans were $1.8 billion as of September 30, 2021, a decrease of $81.2 million, or 4.2%, from December 31, 2020, primarily due to a decrease in PPP loans of $108.4 million, or 64.8%. Excluding PPP loans, total loans increased $27.1 million, or 1.5%, driven by an increase in commercial real estate loans of $83.7 million, or 10.0%, partially offset by a decrease in commercial and industrial loans of $11.3 million, or 5.3%. Residential real estate loans, which include home equity loans, decreased $45.0 million, or 6.3%, as we continue to sell low coupon, fixed rate residential loans to the secondary market in order to diversify our loan mix and reduce our interest rate risk.

In accordance with the Company’s asset/liability management strategy, during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company sold $40.0 million of fixed rate, low coupon residential real estate loans to the secondary market. There were no loans sold during 2020. As of September 30, 2021, the Company serviced $71.0 million in loans sold to the secondary market, compared to $38.1 million at December 31, 2020. Servicing rights will continue to be retained on all loans written and sold to the secondary market.

The following table is a summary of our outstanding loan balances for the periods indicated:

 September 30, 2021 December 31, 2020
 (Dollars in thousands)
  
Commercial real estate loans$917,630  $833,949 
    
Residential real estate loans:   
Residential 565,912   604,719 
Home equity 97,734   103,905 
Total residential real estate loans 663,646   708,624 
    
Commercial and industrial loans   
PPP loans 58,904   167,258 
Commercial and industrial loans 200,526   211,823 
Total commercial and industrial loans 259,430   379,081 
    
Consumer loans 4,414   5,192 
Total gross loans 1,845,120   1,926,846 
Unamortized PPP loan fees (1,623)  (3,050)
Unamortized premiums and net deferred loans fees and costs 2,653   3,587 
Total loans$1,846,150  $1,927,383 

Credit Quality

Management continues to remain attentive to any signs of deterioration in borrowers’ financial conditions and is proactive in taking the appropriate steps to mitigate risk. At September 30, 2021, nonperforming loans totaled $5.6 million, or 0.32% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, compared to $7.8 million, or 0.45% of total loans, excluding PPP loans, at December 31, 2020. At September 30, 2021, there were no loans 90 or more days past due and still accruing interest. Nonperforming assets to total assets, excluding PPP loans, was 0.23% at September 30, 2021, compared to 0.36% at December 31, 2020. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans, excluding PPP loans which do not require an allowance for loan losses, was 1.11% at September 30, 2021, compared to 1.20% at December 31, 2020. At September 30, 2021, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 352.2%, compared to 269.8% at December 31, 2020.

Deposits

At September 30, 2021, total deposits were $2.2 billion, an increase of $186.7 million, or 9.2%, from December 31, 2020, primarily due to an increase in core deposits of $358.2 million, or 24.7%. Core deposits, which the Company defines as all deposits except time deposits, increased from $1.4 billion, or 71.0% of total deposits, at December 31, 2020, to $1.8 billion, or 81.2% of total deposits, at September 30, 2021. Non-interest-bearing deposits increased $85.3 million, or 15.7%, to $627.1 million, interest-bearing checking accounts increased $37.8 million, or 39.8%, to $132.7 million, savings accounts increased $39.8 million, or 23.4%, to $210.1 million, and money market accounts increased $195.4 million, or 30.5%, to $836.2 million. The increase in core deposits can be attributed to the government stimulus, lower consumer spending, PPP loan proceeds deposited into borrower checking accounts, as well as the three new branches opened in 2020. We anticipate that some of the deposit growth from PPP will be temporary as customers look to make capital improvements and diversify investments as risk from the COVID-19 pandemic eases over time. 

Time deposits decreased $171.5 million, or 29.1%, from $590.3 million at December 31, 2020 to $418.8 million at September 30, 2021. Brokered deposits, which are included within time deposits, were $5.3 million at September 30, 2021 and $55.3 million at December 31, 2020.

FHLB and Subordinated Debt

At September 30, 2021, total borrowings decreased $34.4 million, or 59.5%, from $57.9 million at December 31, 2020, to $23.5 million. FHLB advances decreased $54.1 million, or 93.4%, to $3.8 million.

Capital

At September 30, 2021, shareholders’ equity was $218.3 million, or 8.7% of total assets, compared to $226.6 million, or 9.6% of total assets, at December 31, 2020. The decrease in shareholders’ equity reflects $21.3 million for the repurchase of the Company’s common stock, the payment of regular cash dividends of $3.6 million and an increase in accumulated other comprehensive loss of $2.5 million, partially offset by net income of $17.5 million. Total shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021 were 22,848,781.

Capital Management

The Company’s book value per share was $9.56 at September 30, 2021 compared to $8.97 at December 31, 2020, while tangible book value per share increased $0.53, or 6.4%, from $8.36 at December 31, 2020 to $8.89 at September 30, 2021. As of September 30, 2021, the Company’s and the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios continued to exceed the levels required to be considered “well-capitalized” under federal banking regulations.

The Company’s regulatory capital ratios remain in compliance with regulatory “well capitalized” requirements and internal target minimal levels. At September 30, 2021, the Company’s Tier 1 leverage, common equity tier 1 capital, and total risk-based capital ratios were 8.8%, 12.4%, and 14.6%, respectively, and the Bank’s Tier 1 leverage, common equity tier 1 capital, and total risk-based capital ratios were 8.9%, 12.5%, and 13.6%, respectively, compared with regulatory “well capitalized” minimums of 5.00%, 6.5%, and 10.00%, respectively.        

Dividends

Although the Company has historically paid quarterly dividends on its common stock and currently intends to continue to pay such dividends, the Company’s ability to pay such dividends depends on a number of factors, including restrictions under federal laws and regulations on the Company’s ability to pay dividends, and as a result, there can be no assurance that dividends will continue to be paid in the future.

About Western New England Bancorp, Inc.

Western New England Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, CSB Colts, Inc., Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Western New England Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate 25 banking offices throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. To learn more, visit our website at www.westfieldbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, with respect to the Company’s financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, future performance, business, measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of such words as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated,” and “potential.”  Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to our financial condition, results of operations and business that are subject to various factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from these estimates.  These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic and the local, national and global impact of COVID-19;
  • actions governments, businesses and individuals take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • the speed and effectiveness of vaccine and treatment developments and their deployment, including public adoption rates of COVID-19 vaccines;
  • variations of COVID-19, such as the Delta variant, and the response thereto;
  • the pace of recovery when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides;
  • changes in the interest rate environment that reduce margins;
  • the effect on our operations of governmental legislation and regulation, including changes in accounting regulation or standards, the nature and timing of the adoption and effectiveness of new requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank Act”), Basel guidelines, capital requirements and other applicable laws and regulations;
  • the highly competitive industry and market area in which we operate;
  • general economic conditions, either nationally or regionally, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality;
  • changes in business conditions and inflation;
  • changes in credit market conditions;
  • the inability to realize expected cost savings or achieve other anticipated benefits in connection with business combinations and other acquisitions;
  • changes in the securities markets which affect investment management revenues;
  • increases in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation deposit insurance premiums and assessments;
  • changes in technology used in the banking business;
  • the soundness of other financial services institutions which may adversely affect our credit risk;
  • certain of our intangible assets may become impaired in the future;
  • our controls and procedures may fail or be circumvented;
  • new lines of business or new products and services, which may subject us to additional risks;
  • changes in key management personnel which may adversely impact our operations;
  • severe weather, natural disasters, acts of war or terrorism and other external events which could significantly impact our business; and
  • other factors detailed from time to time in our SEC filings.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in these forward-looking statements.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  We do not undertake any obligation to republish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by law.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Net Income and Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,March 31,December 31,September 30,September 30,
  2021  2021  2021  2020  2020  2021  2020 
INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME:       
Loans$18,670 $18,321 $19,120 $20,727 $19,364 $56,111 $57,110 
Securities 1,500  1,277  854  825  953  3,631  3,517 
Other investments 28  28  35  130  118  91  457 
Short-term investments 40  26  24  26  12  90  83 
Total interest and dividend income 20,238  19,652  20,033  21,708  20,447  59,923  61,167 
        
INTEREST EXPENSE:       
Deposits 1,217  1,466  1,734  2,257  3,190  4,417  11,243 
Long-term debt -  185  273  656  789  458  2,677 
Subordinated debt 256  197  -  -  -  453  - 
Short-term borrowings -  -  -  -  478  -  1,612 
Total interest expense 1,473  1,848  2,007  2,913  4,457  5,328  15,532 
        
Net interest and dividend income 18,765  17,804  18,026  18,795  15,990  54,595  45,635 
        
(CREDIT) PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES (100) (1,200) 75  500  2,725  (1,225) 7,275 
        
Net interest and dividend income after (credit) provision for loan losses 18,865  19,004  17,951  18,295  13,265  55,820  38,360 
        
NON-INTEREST INCOME:       
Service charges and fees 2,132  2,075  1,883  1,970  1,764  6,090  5,097 
Income from bank-owned life insurance 485  500  441  444  444  1,426  1,365 
Gain (loss) on sales of securities, net 2  (12) (62) -  1,929  (72) 1,965 
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable equity securities 11  6  (89) (24) (4) (72) 133 
Gain on sale of mortgages 665  242  227  -  -  1,134  - 
Gain on non-marketable equity investments -  -  546  -  -  546  - 
Loss on interest rate swap terminations -  (402) -  -  (2,353) (402) (2,353)
Other income -  -  58  72  397  58  582 
Total non-interest income 3,295  2,409  3,004  2,462  2,177  8,708  6,789 
        
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:       
Salaries and employees benefits 8,175  8,054  7,682  7,806  7,204  23,911  21,543 
Occupancy 1,124  1,099  1,289  1,161  1,120  3,512  3,359 
Furniture and equipment 533  513  490  362  421  1,536  1,175 
Data processing 698  758  721  711  768  2,177  2,190 
Professional fees 575  589  544  521  615  1,708  1,851 
FDIC insurance 273  225  298  300  293  796  732 
Advertising 345  347  338  309  326  1,030  797 
Loss on prepayment of borrowings -  45  -  987  -  45  - 
Other 2,295  2,044  1,965  2,181  2,106  6,304  5,765 
Total non-interest expense 14,018  13,674  13,327  14,338  12,853  41,019  37,412 
        
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 8,142  7,739  7,628  6,419  2,589  23,509  7,737 
        
INCOME TAX PROVISION 2,106  2,087  1,837  1,406  488  6,030  1,535 
NET INCOME$6,036 $5,652 $5,791 $5,013 $2,101 $17,479 $6,202 
        
Basic earnings per share$0.27 $0.24 $0.24 $0.20 $0.08 $0.74 $0.25 
Weighted average shares outstanding 22,620,387  23,722,903  24,486,146  24,754,681  24,945,670  23,602,978  25,145,411 
Diluted earnings per share$0.27 $0.24 $0.24 $0.20 $0.08 $0.74 $0.25 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 22,714,429  23,773,562  24,543,554  24,763,022  24,945,670  23,670,347  25,163,005 
        
Other Data:       
Return on average assets (1) 0.96% 0.92% 0.98% 0.83% 0.35% 0.95% 0.36%
Return on average equity (1) 10.85% 10.16% 10.35% 8.62% 3.61% 10.45% 3.59%
Efficiency ratio (2) 63.58% 66.09% 64.58% 62.74% 69.12% 64.73% 71.02%
Net interest margin, on a fully tax-equivalent basis 3.20% 3.08% 3.26% 3.32% 2.83% 3.18% 2.82%
(1) Annualized.     
(2) The efficiency ratio represents the ratio of operating expenses divided by the sum of net interest and dividend income and non-interest income, excluding realized and unrealized gains and losses on securities, gain on non-marketable equity investments, loss on interest rate swap termination and loss on prepayment of borrowings.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,
  2021   2021   2021   2020   2020 
Cash and cash equivalents$148,496  $105,494  $132,124  $87,444  $172,112 
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 208,030   231,166   195,454   201,880   191,569 
Securities held to maturity, at amortized cost 154,403   107,783   63,960   -   - 
Marketable equity securities, at fair value 11,970   11,936   11,906   11,968   6,965 
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and other restricted stock - at cost 2,698   4,036   4,492   5,160   9,252 
          
Loans 1,846,150   1,876,988   1,924,868   1,927,383   1,974,387 
Allowance for loan losses (19,837)  (19,870)  (21,227)  (21,157)  (20,692)
Net loans 1,826,313   1,857,118   1,903,641   1,906,226   1,953,695 
          
Bank-owned life insurance 74,286   73,801   73,301   72,860   72,416 
Goodwill 12,487   12,487   12,487   12,487   12,487 
Core deposit intangible 2,656   2,750   2,844   2,937   3,031 
Other assets 69,459   70,035   63,320   64,924   65,261 
TOTAL ASSETS$2,510,798  $2,476,606  $2,463,529  $2,365,886  $2,486,788 
          
Total deposits$2,224,842  $2,180,648  $2,154,133  $2,038,130  $2,011,291 
Long-term debt 3,829   4,990   42,676   57,850   151,258 
Subordinated debt 19,623   19,614   -   -   - 
Securities pending settlement -   461   152   160   57,226 
Other liabilities 44,162   47,222   43,712   43,106   36,792 
TOTAL LIABILITIES 2,292,456   2,252,935   2,240,673   2,139,246   2,256,567 
          
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 218,342   223,671   222,856   226,640   230,221 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$2,510,798  $2,476,606  $2,463,529  $2,365,886  $2,486,788 
          



WESTERN NEW ENGLAND BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Other Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
  September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,
  2021   2021   2021   2020   2020 
Shares outstanding at end of period 22,848,781   24,070,399   24,583,958   25,276,193   25,595,557 
          
Operating results:         
Net interest income$18,765  $17,804  $18,026  $18,795  $15,990 
(Credit) provision for loan losses (100)  (1,200)  75   500   2,725 
Non-interest income 3,295   2,409   3,004   2,462   2,177 
Non-interest expense 14,018   13,674   13,327   14,338   12,853 
Income before income provision for income taxes 8,142   7,739   7,628   6,419   2,589 
Income tax provision 2,106   2,087   1,837   1,406   488 
Net income 6,036   5,652   5,791   5,013   2,101 
          
Performance Ratios:         
Net interest margin, on a fully tax-equivalent basis 3.20%  3.08%  3.26%  3.32%  2.83%
Interest rate spread, on a fully tax-equivalent basis 3.09%  2.94%  3.10%  3.11%  2.51%
Return on average assets 0.96%  0.92%  0.98%  0.83%  0.35%
Return on average equity 10.85%  10.16%  10.35%  8.62%  3.61%
Efficiency Ratio 63.58%  66.09%  64.58%  62.74%  69.12%
          
Per Common Share Data:         
Basic earnings per share$0.27  $0.24  $0.24  $0.20  $0.08 
Diluted earnings per share 0.27   0.24   0.24   0.20   0.08 
Cash dividend declared 0.05   0.05   0.05   0.05   0.05 
Book value per share 9.56   9.29   9.07   8.97   8.99 
Tangible book value per share 8.89   8.66   8.44   8.36   8.39 
          
Asset Quality:         
30-89 day delinquent loans$1,619  $2,607  $7,216  $11,403  $3,754 
90 days or more delinquent loans 1,446   1,808   2,058   2,119   2,924 
Total delinquent loans 3,065   4,415   9,274   13,522   6,678 
Total delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans 0.17%  0.24%  0.48%  0.70%  0.34%
Total delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans, excluding PPP 0.17%  0.25%  0.53%  0.77%  0.38%
Nonperforming loans$5,632  $5,989  $6,782  $7,841  $9,208 
Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans 0.31%  0.32%  0.35%  0.41%  0.47%
Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans, excluding PPP 0.32%  0.34%  0.39%  0.45%  0.53%
Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets 0.22%  0.24%  0.28%  0.33%  0.37%
Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets, excluding PPP 0.23%  0.25%  0.30%  0.36%  0.41%
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans 351.91%  331.77%  312.99%  269.83%  224.72%
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans 1.07%  1.06%  1.10%  1.10%  1.05%
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans, excluding PPP 1.11%  1.12%  1.21%  1.20%  1.18%
Net loan (recoveries) charge-offs$(67) $157  $5  $35  $286 
Net loan charge-offs as a percentage of average assets 0.00%  0.01%  0.00%  0.00%  0.02%



The following tables set forth the information relating to our average balances and net interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2020 and reflect the average yield on interest-earning assets and average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

 Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2021 June 30, 2021 September 30, 2020
 Average    Average Yield/ Average    Average Yield/ Average    Average Yield/
 Balance Interest(8) Cost(9) Balance Interest(8) Cost(9) Balance Interest(8) Cost(9)
 (Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS:                    
Interest-earning assets                    
Loans(1)(2)$1,867,769 $18,776  3.99% $1,911,323 $18,425  3.87% $1,994,072 $19,469  3.88%
Securities(2) 353,690  1,501  1.68   293,991  1,278  1.74   217,911  958  1.75 
Other investments 10,525  28  1.06   10,114  28  1.11   14,862  118  3.16 
Short-term investments(3) 105,733  40  0.15   114,883  26  0.09   39,576  12  0.12 
Total interest-earning assets 2,337,717  20,345  3.45   2,330,311  19,757  3.40   2,266,421  20,557  3.61 
Total non-interest-earning assets 148,383       147,545       144,387     
Total assets$2,486,100      $2,477,856      $2,410,808     
                     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:                    
Interest-bearing liabilities                    
Interest-bearing checking accounts$115,091  96  0.33% $100,455  92  0.37% $92,603  108  0.46%
Savings accounts 212,711  35  0.07   206,302  47  0.09   161,801  32  0.08 
Money market accounts 813,528  562  0.27   766,378  650  0.34   541,923  700  0.51 
Time deposit accounts 445,379  524  0.47   487,712  677  0.56   624,717  2,350  1.50 
Total interest-bearing deposits 1,586,709  1,217  0.30   1,560,847  1,466  0.38   1,421,044  3,190  0.89 
Short-term borrowings and long-term debt 23,920  256  4.25   54,459  382  2.81   194,021  1,267  2.60 
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,610,629  1,473  0.36   1,615,306  1,848  0.46   1,615,065  4,457  1.10 
Non-interest-bearing deposits 615,468       603,270       529,229     
Other non-interest-bearing liabilities 39,381       36,043       34,930     
Total non-interest-bearing liabilities 654,849       639,313       564,159     
Total liabilities 2,265,478       2,254,619       2,179,224     
Total equity 220,622       223,237       231,584     
Total liabilities and equity$2,486,100      $2,477,856      $2,410,808     
Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment (2)   (107)       (105)       (110)   
Net interest and dividend income  $18,765       $17,804       $15,990    
Net interest rate spread (4)    3.07%     2.92%     2.49%
Net interest rate spread, on a tax-equivalent basis (5)    3.09%     2.94%     2.51%
Net interest margin (6)    3.18%     3.06%     2.81%
Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis (7)    3.20%     3.08%     2.83%
Ratio of average interest-earning                    
assets to average interest-bearing liabilities    145.14%     144.26%     140.33%


The following tables set forth the information relating to our average balances and net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 and reflect the average yield on interest-earning assets and average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021  2020
 Average
Balance
 Interest (8) Average Yield/
Cost(9)
 Average
Balance
 Interest (8) Average Yield/
Cost(9)
 
 (Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS:             
Interest-earning assets             
Loans(1)(2)$1,900,652 $56,423  3.97% $1,912,420 $57,452  4.01%
Securities(2) 292,133  3,633  1.66   220,544  3,533  2.14 
Other investments 10,104  91  1.20   15,781  457  3.87 
Short-term investments(3) 105,246  90  0.11   26,826  83  0.41 
Total interest-earning assets 2,308,135  60,237  3.49   2,175,571  61,525  3.78 
Total non-interest-earning assets 146,180       140,279     
Total assets$2,454,315      $2,315,850     
              
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:             
Interest-bearing liabilities             
Interest-bearing checking accounts$102,106  293  0.38% $82,091  269  0.44%
Savings accounts 202,170  119  0.08   147,464  103  0.09 
Money market accounts 752,361  1,865  0.33   494,973  2,173  0.59 
Time deposit accounts 499,618  2,140  0.57   638,705  8,698  1.82 
Total interest-bearing deposits 1,556,255  4,417  0.38   1,363,233  11,243  1.10 
Short-term borrowings and long-term debt 43,578  911  2.79   215,610  4,289  2.66 
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1,599,833  5,328  0.45   1,578,843  15,532  1.31 
Non-interest-bearing deposits 593,637       474,436     
Other non-interest-bearing liabilities 37,259       31,881     
Total non-interest-bearing liabilities 630,896       506,317     
              
Total liabilities 2,230,729       2,085,160     
Total equity 223,586       230,690     
Total liabilities and equity$2,454,315      $2,315,850     
Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment (2)   (314)       (358)   
Net interest and dividend income  $54,595       $45,635    
Net interest rate spread (4)    3.03%     2.44%
Net interest rate spread, on a tax-equivalent basis (5)    3.04%     2.46%
Net interest margin (6)    3.16%     2.80%
Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis (7)    3.18%     2.82%
Ratio of average interest-earning             
assets to average interest-bearing liabilities   144.27%     137.80%


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(1)        Loans, including nonaccrual loans, are net of deferred loan origination costs and unadvanced funds.
(2)        Loan and securities income are presented on a tax-equivalent basis using a tax rate of 21%. The tax-equivalent adjustment is deducted from tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income to agree to the amount reported on the consolidated statements of net income.
(3)        Short-term investments include federal funds sold.
(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 rate spread, on a tax-equivalent basis, represents the difference between the tax-equivalent weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the tax-equivalent weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(6)        Net interest margin represents net interest and dividend income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.
(7)        Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, represents tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.
(8)        Acquired loans, time deposits and borrowings are recorded at fair value at the time of acquisition. The fair value marks on the loans, time deposits and borrowings acquired accrete and amortize into net interest income over time. For the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020, the loan accretion income and interest expense reduction on time deposits and borrowings increased (decreased) net interest income $56,000, ($33,000) and $18,000, respectively, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020, the loan accretion income and interest expense reduction on time deposits and borrowings (decreased) increased net interest income ($23,000) and $47,000, respectively. Excluding these items, net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020 was 3.19%, 3.09% and 2.82%, respectively, and the net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020 was 3.18% and 2.82%, respectively.
(9)        Annualized.

For further information contact:
James C. Hagan, President and CEO
Guida R. Sajdak, Executive Vice President and CFO
Meghan Hibner, Vice President and Investor Relations Officer
413-568-1911


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