NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp. (the “Company”) (NYSE: MCB), the holding company for Metropolitan Commercial Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $11.8 million, or $1.39 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $7.9 million, or $0.93 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2019.
For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company reported net income of $39.5 million, or $4.66 per diluted common share, as compared to $30.1 million, or $3.56 per diluted common share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.
Financial Highlights include:
- Record full-year 2020 net income and diluted EPS with 31% year-over-year increases.
- Return on average tangible common equity* was 14.61% for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 12.92% for the full year 2020.
- Net interest margin improved to 3.21% for the fourth quarter of 2020, a quarter-on-quarter increase of 3 basis points.
- Total assets increased 29.0% year-over-year to $4.33 billion as of December 31, 2020, driven by $1.03 billion, or 36.8%, growth in deposits, with year-over-year net loan growth of 17.4%. Year-over-year growth in deposits was largely driven by $624.6 million, or 57.3%, increase in non-interest-bearing deposits.
- Total loan deferrals related to the Coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”) decreased by 29.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $220.3 million, or 7.0% of the total loan portfolio, as of December 31, 2020. Remaining deferrals have contractual expirations that would reduce outstanding balance of deferrals to $56.0 million by March 31, 2020, of which $17.8 million would be full payment deferrals with remainder being principal only deferrals.
* Non-GAAP financial measure. See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures on page 15.
Mark R. DeFazio, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “While 2020 was a very challenging year, our success was driven by our focus and discipline as well as the strong foundation we have built over the last 20 years. I am very pleased with our 2020 results, our recent operating metrics, and especially the outstanding performance of our team in supporting our customers through this unprecedented crisis.
“Record results for the most volatile period in our history as a public company underscore the strength and resilience of our business model and our team. Our underwriting prowess coupled with our high quality client base yielded positive momentum in an uncertain environment.
“As highlighted in our newly refreshed investor presentation, we were early to recognize the evolution and changes underway in the payments industry over the last several years. We have been extremely focused on forming strong, durable relationships with the FinTech community and the leading participants for many years. Our Global Payments business provides key financial infrastructure to numerous FinTech partners. We are confident that as we grow our base of FinTech partners and they continue to take market share from traditional providers of financial services, MCB will benefit from improving scale and profitability.
“I would like to once again thank our amazing staff for their dedication, loyalty and diligence along with the steadfast leadership and support from our Board of Directors,” Mr. DeFazio concluded.
The Company had total assets of $4.33 billion at December 31, 2020, an increase of 29.0% from December 31, 2019. Total loans before deferred fees increased to $3.14 billion at December 31, 2020, as compared to $2.99 billion and $2.67 billion at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The increase from September 30, 2020 primarily included increases of $81.3 million in Commercial Real Estate (“CRE”) loans, $63.4 million in Commercial and Industrial (“C&I”) loans and $7.8 million in 1-4 Family loans, partially offset by net paydowns and amortization of $5.0 in Consumer loans. The increase from December 31, 2019 primarily included increases of $358.4 million in CRE loans and $142.9 million in C&I loans, partially offset by net paydowns and amortization of $11.3 million and $25.5 million in 1-4 Family and Consumer loans, respectively. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, the Bank’s loan production was $174.0 million and $687.2 million, respectively, as compared to $252.2 million and $1.1 billion for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, respectively.
Total cash and cash equivalents were $864.3 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of 122.1% from December 31, 2019. The increases in cash and cash equivalents reflect the strong growth in deposits of $1.03 billion that exceeded growth in loans of $464.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020. Total securities, primarily those classified as available-for-sale (“AFS”), were $271.2 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of 12.6% from December 31, 2019.
Total deposits increased to $3.82 billion at December 31, 2020, up 8.2% and 36.8%, respectively, from $3.53 billion at September 30, 2020 and $2.79 billion at December 31, 2019, respectively. The increase in deposits for the fourth quarter of 2020 was due to increases of $161.8 million in non-interest-bearing deposits and $129.1 million in interest-bearing deposits. The year-to-date increase in deposits was due to increases of $624.6 million in non-interest-bearing deposits to $1.72 billion at December 31, 2020, as compared to $1.09 billion at December 31, 2019 and $403.2 million in interest-bearing deposits to $2.10 billion at December 31, 2020, as compared to $1.70 billion at December 31, 2019. The increase in deposits for the quarter and year was primarily due to growth in U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee and property management accounts, as well as deposit growth in the Bank’s retail network. Non-interest-bearing deposits were 44.9% of total deposits at December 31, 2020, as compared to 39.1% at December 31, 2019.
The Bank fully paid down its Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) advances, a decrease of $144.0 million from December 31, 2019.
The Company and the Bank each meet all the requirements to be considered “Well-Capitalized” under applicable regulatory guidelines. Total non-owner-occupied commercial real estate loans were 412.5% of total risk based capital at both December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019.
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*Non-GAAP financial measure. See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures on page 15.
Net Interest Income
Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $33.5 million, an increase of $1.1 million from the linked quarter. This increase was primarily due to the higher average balance of $4.12 billion in interest-earning assets for the fourth quarter of 2020, which increased $122.1 million from the linked quarter, partially offset by an increase of $60.3 million in average interest-bearing liabilities, which were $2.10 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to $2.04 billion for the linked quarter.
Additionally, in September 2020, the Bank repaid $104.0 million of FHLB advances with a weighted-average cost of funds of 2.09% resulting in a lower average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to the linked quarter.
Net Interest Margin
Net interest margin improved by 3 basis points to 3.21% for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to 3.18% for the linked quarter primarily due to the repayment of $104.0 million of FHLB advances in September 2020, which reduced the average cost of interest-bearing-liabilities by 7 basis points for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to the linked quarter. Additionally, average loan balances increased and average overnight deposits, which are lower-yielding, decreased in the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to the linked quarter. Loans and overnight deposits were 75% and 20% of the asset mix, respectively, and yielded 4.62% and 0.14%, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to being 74% and 21% of the asset mix, respectively, and yielding 4.66% and 0.14%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2020.
Non-interest income was $3.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $264,000 from the linked quarter. The decrease was due to elevated third quarter revenues given timing of new client onboarding and certain debit card programs.
Non-interest income was $17.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $6.4 million as compared to the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $2.8 million global payments revenue, reflecting the growth in the global payments business, and a gain of $3.3 million on sale of AFS securities in 2020.
Non-interest expense was $17.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $1.1 million from the linked quarter primarily due to decreases in Bank premises and equipment expenses, professional fees and other expenses.
Bank premises and equipment was $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $269,000 from the linked quarter, primarily due to moving expenses and costs related to disposal of furniture that were incurred in the third quarter of 2020, related to the Company taking possession of new space at its headquarters in 99 Park Ave., New York, NY in July 2020.
Professional fees were $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $157,000 from the linked quarter, principally due to decreased consulting fees.
Other expenses were $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease of $461,000 from the linked quarter, driven largely by regulatory premiums and certain business-related reserves that were recognized in the third quarter of 2020.
Non-interest expense was $74.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $14.6 million from the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to increases in compensation and benefits cost, licensing fees and technology costs, and Bank premises and equipment costs.
Compensation and benefits expense was $39.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $8.6 million over the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. This increase was due to year-on-year growth in the number of full-time employees, as well as total compensation in line with year-on-year loan growth and revenue generation for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 from December 31, 2019.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, licensing fees and technology costs were $13.0 million, an increase of $2.0 million over the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. This increase was primarily due to increases in licensing fees related to certain corporate cash management deposits and technology costs. Licensing fees amounted to $9.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $1.2 million over the year ended December 31, 2019. Average corporate cash management deposits related to these licensing fees amounted to $773.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared to $375.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to an increase in U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee deposit accounts. Technology costs were $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $862,000 over the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in technology costs was due to the growth of the business and its technology needs.
Bank premises and equipment was $8.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $1.8 million over the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to the Company taking possession of and renovating new headquarters space. In addition, the Bank accelerated the amortization of $575,000 of leasehold improvements related to the Bank’s prior space at its headquarters in the first quarter of 2020.
Non-performing loans were $6.4 million at December 31, 2020, which was consistent with the third quarter of 2020. The Bank’s ratio of non-performing loans to total loans remains low at 20 basis points at December 31, 2020.
The provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.8 million, an increase of $658,000 from the linked quarter. The provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2020 was higher than the linked quarter primarily due to higher net loan growth in the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to the linked quarter as well as an increase in specific reserves for certain C&I and consumer loans.
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On September 7, 2020, the Bank implemented its Return-to-Work Plan, which allowed for up to 50% of employees to return to work. The Bank has made available, at no cost to employees, on-site COVID-19 testing on a 2-week schedule. Based on the success of the on-site testing program, the Bank has revised its Return-to-work Plan to allow up to 75% of employees to return to work as of January 11, 2021. The Bank is monitoring conditions in New York City and the surrounding areas and will continue to revise the Return-to-Work Plan, as necessary. The Bank requires certain health protocols to be followed by all employees including, but not limited to, daily temperature checks prior to entering the common workspace, daily health certifications by employees, office cleaning measures, social distancing practices and the use of face coverings in all common areas.
Loan Portfolio and Modifications
The Bank has taken several steps to assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on its business, including contacting customers to determine how their business was being affected and analyzing the impact of the virus on the different industries that the Bank serves.
The largest concentration in the loan portfolio is healthcare, which amounted to $824.4 million, or 26.3% of total loans at December 31, 2020, including $709.2 million in loans to skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”). The Bank has not noted any significant impact on SNF loans because of COVID-19 as cash flows for these borrowers have not been significantly affected.
Loan Deferrals: The Bank has been working with customers to address their needs during the pandemic. Loan customers have requested various forms of relief during this period, including payment deferrals, interest rate reductions and extensions of maturity dates. The following is a summary of deferrals requested and in process as of December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):
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Loan deferrals as a percentage of total loans decreased to 7.0% at December 31, 2020, as compared to 10.5% at September 30, 2020. Principal-only payment deferrals have contractual maturities that would reduce outstanding balance of these deferrals to $41.4 million and $37.4 million at January 31, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively. Full payments deferrals have contractual maturities that would reduce outstanding balance of these deferrals to $50.2 million and $17.8 million at January 31, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively.
The following is a summary of the weighted average LTV for CRE and 1-4 Family loan deferrals as of December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):
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Allowance for Loan Losses (“ALLL”): Management continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19, particularly as the term of loan modifications expire and borrowers return to a normal debt service schedule, as well as the commencement of a repayment schedule for payments that were deferred. As such, significant adjustments to the ALLL may be required as the full impact of COVID-19 on the Bank’s borrowers becomes known.
The Bank has not yet adopted ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses, which requires the measurement of all expected credit losses (“CECL”) for financial assets. The Bank is required to implement CECL by January 1, 2023. The Bank is currently developing CECL models and evaluating its potential impact on the Bank’s ALLL.
About Metropolitan Bank Holding Corporation
Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp. (NYSE: MCB) is the holding company for Metropolitan Commercial Bank. The Bank provides a broad range of business, commercial and personal banking products and services to small and middle-market businesses, public entities and affluent individuals in the New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1999, the Bank is headquartered in New York City and operates six locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Great Neck, Long Island. The Bank is also an active issuer of debit cards for third-party debit card programs and provides critical global payments infrastructure to its FinTech partners. Metropolitan Commercial Bank is a New York State chartered commercial bank and a Federal Reserve System member bank whose deposits are insured up to applicable limits by the FDIC, and an equal opportunity lender. For more information, please visit www.mcbankny.com.
Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the Company’s financial condition and capital ratios, results of operations and the Company’s outlook and business. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts. Such statements may be identified by the use of such words as “may”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar terminology. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause our forward-looking statements to be materially inaccurate include, but are not limited to those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as an unexpected deterioration in our loan portfolio, unexpected increases in our expenses, greater than anticipated growth and our ability to manage such growth, unanticipated regulatory action, unexpected changes in interest rates, an unanticipated decrease in deposits, an unanticipated loss of key personnel, an unanticipated loss of existing customers, competition from other institutions resulting in unanticipated changes in our loan or deposit rates, unanticipated increases in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation costs and unanticipated adverse changes in our customers’ economic conditions or economic conditions in our local area in general.
Further, given its ongoing and dynamic nature, it is difficult to predict the full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business. The extent of such impact will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain, including when the coronavirus can be controlled and abated and when and whether the gradual reopening of businesses will result in a meaningful increase in economic activity. As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related adverse local and national economic consequences, we could be subject to any of the following risks, any of which could have a material, adverse effect on our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations: the demand for our products and services may decline, making it difficult to grow assets and income; if the economy is unable to substantially reopen, and high levels of unemployment continue for an extended period of time, loan delinquencies, problem assets, and foreclosures may increase, resulting in increased charges and reduced income; collateral for loans, especially real estate, may decline in value, which could cause loan losses to increase; our allowance for loan losses may increase if borrowers experience financial difficulties, which will adversely affect our net income; the net worth and liquidity of loan guarantors may decline, impairing their ability to honor commitments to us; as the result of the decline in the Federal Reserve Board’s target federal funds rate to near 0%, the yield on our assets may decline to a greater extent than the decline in our cost of interest-bearing liabilities, reducing our net interest margin and spread and reducing net income; our cyber security risks are increased as the result of an increase in the number of employees working remotely; and FDIC premiums may increase if the agency experiences additional resolution costs.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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