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First Home Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Earnings for First Quarter 2021

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First Home Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FHBI) ("FHBI" or the "Company"), parent company of First Home Bank ("First Home" or the "Bank") reported record earnings for the first quarter of 2021, driven by mortgage banking income, as well as loan origination fees and net interest income associated with the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"). The Company reported net income for the first quarter of 2021 of $7.51 million, or $3.07 per basic common share and $2.76 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $5.61 million, or $2.29 per basic common share and $2.03 per diluted common share, in the fourth quarter 2020, and a net loss of $501 thousand, or $(0.30) per basic and diluted common share in the first quarter of 2020. The first quarter’s earnings increased tangible book value to $26.89 per common share.

FHBI Chief Executive Officer Anthony N. Leo stated, "The record quarter earnings in the first quarter of 2021 continued the success from First Home Bancorp, Inc.’s remarkable year of 2020. Record production in residential mortgage lending together with the Bank’s participation in the PPP program drove the extraordinary profitability in the quarter. At the same time, we continued to expand our community banking franchise, with core deposits increasing 27% in the past year, while our conventional loan portfolio grew by 34% in that period."

Mr. Leo continued, "Once again, the Company provided critical rescue funding to struggling businesses, originating $287 million in PPP loans in the quarter, with over $1.2 billion in PPP loans originated over the course of the program. Now, our CreditBench Division is reaching out to businesses in Tampa Bay and across the nation to provide fresh growth capital under the SBA recovery program, which carries a 90% guarantee on SBA 7(a) loans originated through September 30, 2021 or until appropriations are depleted."

Mr. Leo further noted, "The success of our residential and SBA lending services have allowed us to take advantage of market opportunities, while making significant investments in technology and infrastructure to position the Company for future growth in an evolving environment."

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • The Company reported return on average common equity of 49.56% for the first quarter 2021, an increase over the prior quarter’s return on average common equity of 39.97%.

  • Despite significant levels of PPP loans in the first quarter of 2021 and throughout much of 2020 which inflated average assets, return on average assets for the first quarter of 2021 equaled 1.84%, an increase over fourth quarter of 2020 return on average assets of 1.48%.

  • The Bank’s Residential Mortgage Division produced a record volume of loan originations, with production of $716 million during the first quarter of 2021 compared to $641 million of production during the fourth quarter of 2020 and $272 million during the first quarter of 2020.

  • The Bank originated $287 million of PPP loans during the first quarter of 2021 to businesses in need and as a result, net loan origination fee income increased to $6.01 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to $5.24 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • In consideration of strong revenue from other sources, the Company’s record earnings were achieved while recognizing no gain on sale of SBA guaranteed 7(a) loans during the quarter, advancing the Company’s strategy of increasing recurring revenue through holding government guaranteed loans.

Results of Operations

Net Income

Net income was $7.51 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to net income of $5.61 million in the fourth quarter 2020, and a net loss of $501 thousand in the first quarter of 2020. The modest loss in the first quarter of 2020 was due to several factors including a downturn in the value of the residential mortgage pipeline in reaction to market movements at the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic at the end of March 2020, lower than expected SBA guaranteed loan sales due to market disruption as a result of the Pandemic, and one-time data processing costs incurred for the conversion of the Bank’s core operating system. The increase in net income for the first quarter of 2021 over the fourth quarter of 2020 was primarily due to an increase in residential loan fee income, an increase in PPP loan origination fees recognized and a decrease in the provision for loan losses, offset by an increase in noninterest expenses, particularly salaries and commissions expenses.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income was $12.63 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $1.06 million or 9.14% from $11.57 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and an increase of $4.36 million or 189.78% from the first quarter of 2020. The increase during the first quarter as compared to the prior quarter was mainly due to an increase in net PPP origination fees recognized, as well as an increase in interest income on loans other than PPP. The increase over the same quarter in the prior year is due primarily to the addition of PPP loan origination fee income and interest income that wasn’t present in the first quarter of 2020.

Net interest margin was 3.21% for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 3.13% for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 3.34% for the first quarter of 2020. The increase in margin in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior quarter was largely due to the increase in net PPP origination fees and a decrease in interest-bearing liability costs. The primary reason for the decline in net interest margin from the first quarter of 2020 was the decline in rates at the beginning of 2020 and the significant amount of PPP loan balances during the majority of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 at a rate of 1.00%. Although the rate on PPP loans brings down the Company’s net interest margin, because these loans are pledged to the Federal Reserve’s PPP Liquidity Facility (PPPLF) at a rate of 0.35%, their balance is allowed to be excluded from capital ratios and thus the net 0.65 bps earned brings significant earnings to the Company without having to allocate capital against these assets.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $33.16 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $1.78 or 5.68% from $31.38 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, and an increase of $20.40 million or 159.87% from $12.76 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior quarter was primarily the result of an increase in residential loan fee income and SBA servicing income. The increase over the same quarter in the prior year was primarily the result of a large increase in residential loan production which produced an increase in residential loan fee income, offset by a decline in gain on sales of SBA guaranteed loans in 2021 as compared to the same quarter in the prior year.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $33.72 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $3.25 million or 10.65% from $30.47 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and an increase of $16.56 million or 96.55% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The increase in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior quarter was primarily due to an increase in salary and benefits as the Company continued to build its workforce and utilized several temporary workers to assist with the forgiveness and origination of PPP loans., as well as an increase in commissions and bonuses due to increased residential loan production and higher earnings. The increase in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the same quarter of 2020 was primarily due to increases in salaries and benefits, commissions, and bonus and incentives as residential loan production and related personnel increased substantially, and significant PPP loan production over the past year necessitated the need for additional personnel, temporary workers, and significant overtime. Other noninterest expenses, such as mortgage banking expense, increased proportionately with the increase in residential lending volume.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense was $2.56 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $698 thousand or 36.81% from $1.87 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and an increase of $3.99 million or 277.99% over the first quarter of 2020. The increase in income tax expense during the first quarter of 2021 was primarily due to an increase in pre-tax earnings, offset by a one-time a tax benefit of $969 thousand in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the CARES Act signed in March of 2020. The effective income tax rate remained stable at 25.40% for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 25.01% for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Balance Sheet

Assets

Total assets increased by $172.14 million or 11.14% during the first quarter of 2021 to $1.72 billion, mainly due to an increase in PPP loan balances of $148.35 million as the Bank originated $286.66 million of PPP loans in the first quarter, offset by declines due to the processing of forgiveness applications on PPP loans originated during 2020. Total assets increased by $1.15 billion or 205.08% from the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to the origination of $1.2 billion in PPP loans during the past year, offset by declines as those loans are forgiven. The increase was also due to a large increase in residential loans held for sale due to increased production in the current period and increases in conventional and SBA loans other than PPP, offset by a decline in cash.

Loans

Gross loans, excluding loans held for sale and PPP loans, increased by $18.74 million or 4.66% during the first quarter of 2021 and by $72.02 million or 20.62% over the prior year to $421.26 million due to an increase in both conventional community bank loans and SBA loans. Traditional SBA production was largely halted during the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and related focus on PPP loans, but resumed in the third quarter of 2020. PPP loans, net of deferred origination fees increased by $148.35 million or 17.69% in the first quarter of 2021 to $967.27 million due to new originations offset by declines as PPP forgiveness payments were processed. Deferred PPP origination fees, net, which will be recognized over the life of the PPP loans totaled $19.83 million as of March 31, 2021.

Deposits

Deposits increased by $48.48 million or 8.68% during the first quarter of 2021 and increased by $129.41 million or 27.08% as compared to the prior year, ending the quarter at $607.26 million, with the majority of the increase coming from increases in noninterest-bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand deposits and money market accounts, partially offset by declines in time deposit balances.

Asset Quality

The Company recorded provision for loan losses of $2.00 million during the first quarter of 2021, compared to $5.00 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and $1.90 million in the first quarter of 2020. Throughout 2020, the qualitative factors in the allowance for loan loss calculation were increased due to the economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in increased provision expense in the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2020. As asset quality remained stable in the first quarter of 2021 and as many of the Company’s SBA loans were bolstered by additional government support during the first quarter, significant additional provision for loan losses as a result of qualitative analysis was not deemed necessary.

Over the past five years, the Company’s loan losses have been incurred primarily in its SBA unguaranteed loan portfolio, particularly loans originated under the SBA 7(a) Small Loan Program. The Small Loan Program represents loans of $350,000 or less and carry an SBA guaranty of 75% to 85% of the loan, depending on the original principal balance. The default rate on loans originated in the SBA 7(a) Small Loan Program is significantly higher than the Bank’s other SBA 7(a) loans, conventional commercial loans, or residential mortgage loans.

Net charge-offs for the first quarter 2021 were $1.15 million, a decrease of $1.61 million from $2.75 million for the fourth quarter 2020 and were relatively flat compared to $1.20 million of net charge-offs in the first quarter of 2020. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans, excluding PPP loans, were 0.18% for the first quarter 2021, a decrease from 0.54% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.29% in the first quarter of 2020. Non-performing assets, excluding government guaranteed loans, to total assets were 0.19% as of March 31, 2021, a slight decrease from 0.21% as of December 31, 2020, and a significant decrease from 0.80% as of March 31, 2020. Since the majority of the Company’s loan portfolio consists of SBA loans, most of which received principal and interest payments under Section 1112 of the CARES Act, asset quality trends may appear more favorable than they otherwise would without the CARES Act support.

As of March 31, 2021, a total of 20 loans with principal balances of $1.05 million were under payment deferral compared to a total of 245 loans with principal balances of $14.61 million as of December 31, 2020. Of the deferrals at March 31, 2021, 18 are SBA loans totaling $439 thousand in outstanding unguaranteed balances compared to deferrals at December 31, 2020 of 239 SBA loans totaling $11.98 million in outstanding unguaranteed balances. As expected, the level of SBA loans on deferral increased in the fourth quarter with the expiration of the Section 1112 payment support afforded under the CARES Act at which point certain borrowers sought out payment deferrals, and then deferrals decreased in the first quarter as additional payment support was provided by the Economic Aid Act signed into law on December 27, 2020. As a result of this additional Pandemic relief package, beginning in February 2021, Section 1112 CARES Act payments were extended, with some stipulations, which is assisting the bulk of our SBA borrowers for 3 months and, depending on the type of business, up to 8 months of additional principal and interest payments with a cap of $9,000 per month per borrower.

Although the Company’s asset quality trends indicate minimal stress on the portfolio, management believes it is prudent to be proactive in increasing the allowance for loan losses using qualitative measures. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans, excluding SBA guaranteed loans, residential loans held for sale, and loans whereby the Fair Value Option was elected, was 7.62% at March 31, 2021, an increase from 7.50% as of December 31, 2020 and 4.41% as of March 31, 2020.

Capital Strength

The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage ratio decreased to 10.84% as of March 31, 2021 from 11.75% as of December 31, 2020 mainly due to modest amounts of increased cash as the Bank sought additional liquidity during the funding of PPP loans during the quarter prior to pledging those loans to the PPPLF. The Tier 1 leverage ratio increased from 9.63% from March 31, 2020 due to strong earnings and additional capital raises during the past year with the majority of capital raised being contributed to the Bank. The CET 1 and Tier 1 capital ratio to risk-weighted assets increased to 16.97% as of March 31, 2021 from 15.72% as of December 31, 2020 and 14.86% as of March 31, 2020, and the total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio increased to 18.27% as of March 31, 2021 from 17.02% as of December 31, 2020 and 16.28% as of March 31, 2020.

In addition, the Company raised approximately $726 thousand of 8% Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock in the first quarter as well as $672 thousand of common stock through private placements and employee stock programs. In addition, $2.45 million of Series B Preferred Stock was converted to common shares during the quarter at a conversion rate equal to the tangible book value as of December 31, 2020 of $24.02 per share, resulting in 104,913 new common shares.

About the Company

First Home Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of First Home Bank, a Florida state-chartered banking institution and Federal Reserve member. The Company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida with 6 full-service banking centers in the Tampa Bay area as of December 31, 2020. In addition to traditional community banking services, the Company specializes in providing lending services to small businesses nationwide guaranteed by the Small Business Administration ("SBA"). The Company also derives a significant portion of its earnings and loan production from a nationwide residential mortgage lending division with 29 residential loan production offices across the country.

First Home Bancorp, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

QUARTERLY

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

3/31/2020

Interest income:

Loans, other than PPP

$

6,599,324

$

6,355,033

$

6,444,114

PPP loan interest income

2,199,377

2,243,936

-

PPP origination fee income

6,012,990

5,243,921

-

Interest-bearing deposits in banks and other

81,031

69,627

361,742

Total interest income

14,892,722

13,912,517

6,805,856

Interest expense:

Deposits

1,320,552

1,379,429

2,211,804

PPPLF borrowings

766,023

783,130

-

Other

175,695

177,606

235,413

Total interest expense

2,262,270

2,340,165

2,447,217

Net interest income

12,630,452

11,572,352

4,358,639

Provision for loan losses

2,000,000

5,000,000

1,900,000

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

10,630,452

6,572,352

2,458,639

Noninterest income:

Service charges and fees

221,903

222,689

261,978

Bank Owned Life Insurance income

84,094

84,535

-

Residential loan fee income

32,028,680

30,789,739

10,400,993

Gain on sale of SBA loans

-

(10,124

)

1,153,047

SBA loan servicing right gain

-

-

530,000

Loss on sale of unguaranteed loan amounts

-

(70,000

)

-

SBA servicing income, net

704,282

270,862

459,797

Other SBA noninterest income

120,065

89,896

(45,879

)

Total noninterest income

33,159,024

31,377,597

12,759,936

Noninterest Expense:

Salaries and benefits

13,166,463

11,906,236

7,305,461

Commissions

10,320,097

9,409,466

3,681,221

Bonus and incentives

1,552,452

775,175

276,536

Occupancy and equipment expense

1,332,709

1,138,749

1,032,535

Data processing

1,269,091

1,332,170

1,043,129

Professional services

923,772

1,189,689

589,861

Mortgage lead generation

763,631

683,361

464,212

Marketing and business development

878,844

620,361

316,390

Mortgage banking expense

1,694,639

1,647,194

850,275

Regulatory assessments

102,836

25,941

100,500

ATM and interchange expense

76,912

91,956

63,732

Telecommunications expense

139,076

145,793

148,407

Employee recruiting and development

614,619

633,898

576,229

Loan origination and collection

495,939

268,416

432,863

Other expenses

390,338

606,112

275,159

Total noninterest expense

33,721,418

30,474,517

17,156,510

Income (loss) before taxes

10,068,058

7,475,432

(1,937,935

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

2,557,516

1,869,346

(1,436,903

)

Net income (loss)

$

7,510,542

$

5,606,086

$

(501,032

)

Preferred dividends

331,086

306,616

177,638

Net income available to common shareholders

$

7,179,456

$

5,299,470

$

(678,670

)

First Home Bancorp, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

Assets

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

3/31/2020

Cash and due from banks

$

2,857,527

$

2,789,933

$

2,487,145

Interest-bearing deposits in banks

58,139,736

52,588,765

88,217,520

Cash and cash equivalents

60,997,263

55,378,698

90,704,665

Certificates of deposit

2,381,000

2,381,000

2,381,000

Securities HTM and restricted equity securities

2,750,677

2,403,186

2,745,494

Residential loans held for sale

208,761,599

208,704,152

87,582,646

PPP loans, net of deferred fees and costs

967,274,548

825,802,040

-

Community bank loans

156,987,667

147,838,945

117,470,130

SBA loans

264,270,729

254,681,272

231,770,977

Total loans held for investment

1,388,532,944

1,228,322,257

349,241,107

Allowance for loan losses

(22,017,222

)

(21,162,339

)

(11,440,799

)

Loans, net

1,366,515,722

1,207,159,918

337,800,308

Accrued interest receivable

8,584,297

7,299,759

2,114,669

Premises and equipment, net

18,303,348

18,114,600

16,409,249

Loan servicing assets

7,444,471

8,159,501

10,834,960

Bank Owned Life Insurance

12,267,541

12,183,448

-

Other assets

28,825,378

22,906,514

12,182,214

Total assets

$

1,716,831,296

$

1,544,690,776

$

562,755,205

Liabilities

Noninterest-bearing transaction accounts

$

77,766,379

$

62,650,336

$

49,260,424

Interest-bearing transaction accounts

149,677,931

140,265,079

92,322,088

Savings and money market deposits

325,187,181

286,743,776

206,355,592

Time deposits

54,633,054

69,125,349

129,913,241

Total deposits

607,264,545

558,784,540

477,851,345

Federal funds purchased

40,000,000

-

-

Federal Home Loan Bank advances

-

-

10,000,000

Subordinated debentures

5,950,935

5,947,900

6,936,716

Notes payable

3,640,701

3,754,465

4,095,758

PPP Liquidity Facility

957,413,181

881,261,659

-

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

23,141,432

23,873,311

13,029,153

Total liabilities

1,637,410,794

1,473,621,875

511,912,972

Stockholders' equity

Preferred stock, series A

6,161,000

6,161,000

7,661,000

Preferred stock, series B

6,791,117

8,516,114

-

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

46,167,873

43,043,215

41,758,774

Deferred compensation - restricted stock

(35,043

)

(40,958

)

(136,973

)

Retained earnings

20,335,555

13,389,530

1,559,432

Total stockholders' equity

79,420,502

71,068,901

50,842,233

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,716,831,296

$

1,544,690,776

$

562,755,205

First Home Bancorp, Inc.

Selected Financial Data

QUARTERLY

Selected income statement data:

3/31/2021

12/31/2020

3/31/2020

Interest income

$

14,892,722

$

13,912,517

$

6,805,856

Interest expense

2,262,270

2,340,165

2,447,217

Net interest income

12,630,452

11,572,352

4,358,639

Provision for loan losses

2,000,000

5,000,000

1,900,000

Noninterest income

33,159,024

31,377,597

12,759,936

Noninterest expense

33,721,418

30,474,517

17,156,510

Income tax expense

2,557,516

1,869,346

(1,436,903

)

Net income (loss)

7,510,542

5,606,086

(501,032

)

Preferred dividends

331,086

306,616

177,638

Net income available to common shareholders

7,179,456

5,299,470

(678,670

)

Balance sheet data:

Average loans

$

1,469,518,275

$

1,374,750,567

$

417,525,553

Average loans, excluding PPP loans

641,295,688

509,522,563

417,525,553

Average loans, excluding LHFS

1,292,026,536

1,264,263,002

344,883,281

Average assets

1,636,170,908

1,513,402,577

552,521,203

Average total equity

72,988,806

66,876,764

51,034,073

Average common equity

57,944,076

53,035,258

43,139,073

Total loans, period end

1,597,294,543

1,437,026,409

436,823,753

Total loans, excluding PPP

630,019,995

611,224,369

436,823,753

Total loans, excluding PPP and LHFS

421,258,396

401,520,217

349,241,107

Loans where the Fair Value Option (FVO) was elected

10,544,460

9,265,984

10,091,039

Total loans, excl guaranteed loans, LHFS, and FVO loans

288,889,448

282,058,094

259,634,461

ALLL, period end

22,017,222

21,162,339

11,440,799

Total assets, at period end

1,716,831,296

1,544,690,776

562,755,205

Share data:

Basic earnings (loss) per share

$

3.07

$

2.29

$

(0.30

)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

2.76

$

2.03

$

(0.30

)

Tangible book value per common share (at period end)

$

26.89

$

24.02

$

18.83

Shares of common stock outstanding

2,452,377

2,323,345

2,275,080

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

2,339,410

2,309,182

2,266,870

Diluted

2,672,247

2,689,673

2,266,870

Performance ratios:

Return on average assets

1.84

%

1.48

%

-0.36

%

Return on average common equity

49.56

%

39.97

%

-6.29

%

Yield on average earning assets

3.79

%

3.76

%

5.21

%

Cost of average interest bearing liabilities

0.62

%

0.68

%

2.28

%

Net interest margin

3.21

%

3.13

%

3.34

%

Asset quality ratios:

Net charge-offs

1,145,112

2,754,955

1,201,151

Net charge-offs/avg loans excl PPP

0.18

%

0.54

%

0.29

%

Non-performing loans (including gov't gtd loans), at period end

9,812,244

9,585,952

9,738,061

Non-performing assets (including gov't gtd loans), at period end

9,812,244

9,585,952

9,738,061

Non-performing loans (excluding gov't gtd loans), at period end

3,241,531

3,263,797

4,477,595

Non-performing assets (excluding gov't gtd loans), at period end

3,241,531

3,263,797

4,477,595

Non-performing loans (including gov't gtd loans)/total loans

0.61

%

0.67

%

2.23

%

Non-performing assets (including gov't gtd loans)/total assets

0.57

%

0.62

%

1.73

%

Non-performing loans (excluding gov't gtd loans)/total loans

0.20

%

0.23

%

1.03

%

Non-performing assets (excluding gov't gtd loans)/total assets

0.19

%

0.21

%

0.80

%

ALLL/Total loans

1.38

%

1.47

%

2.62

%

ALLL/Total loans, excl PPP loans

3.49

%

3.46

%

2.62

%

ALLL/Total loans, excl guaranteed loans, LHFS, and FVO loans

7.62

%

7.50

%

4.41

%

Other company information:

FTEs

649

596

461

Community banking center offices

6

6

6

Loan production offices

29

28

25

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Contacts

Anthony N. Leo
Chief Executive Officer
727.399.5678

Jeffrey M. Hunt
Chief Strategy Officer
727.399.5687