Press Release

German American Bancorp, Inc. (GABC) Posts 9th Consecutive Year of Record Annual Earnings & Announces 13% Cash Dividend Increase

Company Release - 1/28/2019 9:28 PM ET

JASPER, Ind., Jan. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: GABC) reported that the Company has achieved record annual earnings for the year ended on December 31, 2018, marking the 9th consecutive year of record performance.  This level of annual earnings performance resulted in a 12.1% return on shareholders’ equity for 2018, noting the 14th consecutive fiscal year in which the Company has delivered double-digit returns on shareholders’ equity.  The Company also announced a 13% increase in its quarterly cash dividend.

2018 was a year of growth and progress for the Company in many areas of its operations.  During the fourth quarter, the Company completed its acquisition of First Security Bank, which was headquartered in Owensboro, Kentucky.  The inclusion of the First Security branch footprint expanded German American’s branch network into Bowling Green, Lexington and Owensboro, three vibrant, growing markets within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Additionally, the Company completed a five-branch acquisition in the Columbus, Indiana market area during the second quarter of 2018, as well as continuing to deliver organic growth throughout its Southern Indiana footprint, particularly within its newest market area in the Indiana portion of the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area.

On a year-over-year basis, as of December 31, 2018, total assets, total loans, and total deposits each increased by approximately 25% from the 2017 year-end levels.  This impressive level of growth was attributable to both the aforementioned acquisitions and organic growth within the Company’s existing Indiana branches.  Approximately 20% of the balance sheet growth in 2018 was attributable to the acquisition growth, with the Company’s existing branch network delivering 5% organic growth.

The Company’s 2018 record net income of $46.5 million, or $1.99 per share, was an increase of approximately $5.9 million, or 12% on a per share basis, over its previous record annual net income of $40.7 million, or $1.77 per share, reported in 2017.  Current year fourth quarter earnings totaled $11.0 million, or $0.44 per share, compared to 2017 fourth quarter net income of $11.6 million, or $0.51 per share.  The 2018 reported fourth quarter and year-to-date net income were impacted by acquisition-related expenses of approximately $3.1 million (which equated to $2.3 million, or $0.09 per share on an after-tax basis) in the fourth quarter and $4.6 million (which represents $3.5 million, or $0.15 on an after-tax basis) during 2018.

Commenting on the Company’s continuation of its trend of consecutive years of record financial performance and historic growth in 2018, Mark A. Schroeder, German American’s Chairman & CEO, stated, "This financial performance and the historic level of growth of approximately $600 million in both loans and deposits in 2018 would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our team of over 800 employees and the acceptance of the German American brand and product offerings by our loyal customers throughout our footprint.  Our continued expansion and organic growth in our Southern Indiana markets and our entry into the very exciting Bowling Green, Lexington and Owensboro, Kentucky markets in 2018 positions our Company extremely well for a continuation of our trend of consistent, impressive financial performance in the coming years.”

The Company also announced a 13% increase in its regular quarterly cash dividend, as its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share, which will be payable on February 20, 2019 to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2019.

Balance Sheet Highlights

The Company completed a five-branch acquisition of locations of First Financial Bancorp (formerly branch locations of Mainsource Financial Group, Inc. prior to its merger with First Financial Bancorp) on May 18, 2018.  Four of the branches are located in Columbus, Indiana, and one in Greensburg, Indiana.  In addition, on October 15, 2018, the Company completed its acquisition of First Security, Inc. ("First Security") and its subsidiary bank, First Security Bank, Inc.  First Security was based in Owensboro, Kentucky, and operated 11 retail banking offices in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Franklin and Lexington, Kentucky and in Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana.

Total assets for the Company increased to $3.929 billion at December 31, 2018, representing an increase of $565.3 million, compared with September 30, 2018 and an increase of $784.7 million, or 25%, compared with December 31, 2017.  The increase in total assets as of year-end 2018 compared to September 30, 2018 was driven largely by the acquisition of First Security.  The increase in total assets as of year-end 2018 compared with the prior year end was driven by the acquisition of First Security and the five-branch network in the Columbus and Greensburg, Indiana markets as well as organic loan growth.

December 31, 2018 total loans increased $391.6 million compared with September 30, 2018 and increased $586.7 million compared with December 31, 2017.  As of December 31, 2018, outstanding loans from the  First Security transaction, which closed in October 2018, totaled $374.5 million.  At December 31, 2018, the loans acquired as a part of the branch acquisition, which closed in May 2018, totaled $106.0 million.

Total loans from the Company's existing branch network, excluding the acquired First Security loans, grew by approximately $17.1 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with September 30, 2018 total loans.  Included in this fourth quarter of 2018 loan growth, excluding First Security, was an increase of approximately $22.4 million, or 9% on an annualized basis, of commercial and industrial loans and a modest increase in retail loans of $0.2 million, or less than 1% on an annualized basis, which was partially mitigated by a decline of $4.2 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, of commercial real estate loans, and a decline in agricultural loans of approximately $1.3 million, or 2% on an annualized basis.

Total loans from the Company's existing branch network, excluding the acquired First Security loans and the loans acquired in the branch acquisition, grew by approximately $106.2 million, or 5%, at year-end 2018 compared with year-end 2017 total loans.  Included in this 2018 loan growth, excluding First Security and the branch acquisition, was an increase of approximately $16.1 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, of commercial and industrial loans, an increase of $56.8 million, or 6%, of commercial real estate loans, an increase of $22.0 million, or 7%, in agricultural loans, and an increase of $11.3 million, or 3%, of retail loans.  The level of organic loan growth in the last half of 2018 from the Company’s existing branch network was impacted by an increased level of large balance pay-offs (approximately $52.0 million), which were largely driven by borrowers’ sales of individual properties and businesses.

       
End of Period Loan Balances 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Commercial & Industrial Loans $543,761  $527,938  $486,668 
Commercial Real Estate Loans 1,208,646  985,915  926,729 
Agricultural Loans 365,208  358,543  333,227 
Consumer Loans 285,534  247,861  219,662 
Residential Mortgage Loans 328,592  219,916  178,733 
  $2,731,741  $2,340,173  $2,145,019 
       

Non-performing assets totaled $13.5 million at December 31, 2018 compared to $8.6 million at September 30, 2018 and $11.9 million at December 31, 2017.  Non-performing assets represented 0.34% of total assets at December 31, 2018 compared to 0.26% of total assets at September 30, 2018 and 0.38% of total assets at December 31, 2017.  Non-performing loans totaled $13.2 million at December 31, 2018 compared to $8.5 million at September 30, 2018 and $11.8 million at December 31, 2017.  Non-performing loans represented 0.48% of total loans at December 31, 2018 compared to 0.36% at September 30, 2018 and 0.55% at December 31, 2017. The increase in non-performing assets and non-performing loans at year-end 2018 was primarily attributable to the loans acquired in the First Security transaction which closed effective October 15, 2018.  Non-performing assets and non-performing loans from the Company’s existing branch network, excluding First Security, were both $8.5 million as of December 31, 2018 compared to non-performing assets of $8.6 million and non-performing loans of $8.5 million as of September 30, 2018

      
Non-performing Assets     
(dollars in thousands)     
 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 12/31/2017
Non-Accrual Loans$12,579  $8,428  $11,091 
Past Due Loans (90 days or more)633  69  719 
    Total Non-Performing Loans13,212  8,497  11,810 
Other Real Estate286  100  54 
    Total Non-Performing Assets$13,498  $8,597  $11,864 
      
Restructured Loans$121  $122  $149 
      

The Company’s allowance for loan losses totaled $15.8 million at December 31, 2018 compared to $16.1 million at September 30, 2018 and $15.7 million at December 31, 2017.  The allowance for loan losses represented 0.58% of period-end loans at December 31, 2018 compared with 0.69% of period-end loans at September 30, 2018 and 0.73% of period-end loans at December 31, 2017.  From time to time, the Company has acquired loans through bank and branch acquisitions with the most recent being the First Security acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2018 and a five-branch acquisition in the second quarter of 2018.  Under acquisition accounting treatment, loans acquired are recorded at fair value which includes a credit risk component, and therefore the allowance on loans acquired is not carried over from the seller.  The Company held a net discount on acquired loans of $19.5 million at December 31, 2018, $9.0 million at September 30, 2018 and $7.6 million at December 31, 2017.

December 31, 2018 total deposits increased $431.8 million compared with September 30, 2018 and increased $588.6 million compared with December 31, 2017.  As of December 31, 2018, deposits from the First Security transaction which closed on October 15, 2018 totaled $348.8 million.  At December 31, 2018, the deposits acquired as a part of the branch acquisition which closed May 18, 2018, totaled $124.8 million.

Total deposits, excluding the acquired First Security deposits, grew by approximately $83.0 million, or 13% on an annualized basis, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with September 30, 2018 total deposits.  Total deposits, excluding the acquired First Security deposits and the deposits acquired in the branch acquisition, grew by approximately $115.0 million, or 5%, at year-end 2018 compared with year-end 2017 total deposits.

       
End of Period Deposit Balances 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits $715,972  $634,421  $606,134 
IB Demand, Savings, and MMDA Accounts 1,768,177  1,605,818  1,490,033 
Time Deposits < $100,000 249,309  189,405  198,646 
Time Deposits > $100,000 339,174  211,203  189,239 
  $3,072,632  $2,640,847  $2,484,052 
       

Results of Operations Highlights - Year ended December 31, 2018

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $46,529,000 or $1.99 per share, an increase of $5,853,000, or approximately 12% on a per share basis, from the year ended December 31, 2017 net income of $40,676,000 or $1.77 per share.

Net income for 2018 was positively impacted by lower federal income tax rates that became effective January 1, 2018, as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Act”). The lower federal income tax rates had a positive impact of approximately $0.26 per share for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Net income for 2018 was also impacted by merger and acquisition activity during the year.  The year ended December 31, 2018 included acquisition-related expenses of approximately $4,592,000 (approximately $3,526,000 or $0.15 per share, on an after tax basis) for the aforementioned acquisitions.

During the fourth quarter of 2017, as a result of the enactment of the Tax Act, the Company revalued its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities.  The revaluation resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000, or approximately $0.10 per share during 2017.

             
Summary Average Balance Sheet            
(Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)            
  Year Ended December 31, 2018 Year Ended December 31, 2017
             
   Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/Rate  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/Rate
Assets            
Federal Funds Sold and Other            
  Short-term Investments $18,587  $308  1.65% $12,405  $134  1.09%
Securities 768,361  23,739  3.09% 744,985  23,595  3.17%
Loans and Leases 2,339,089  112,437  4.81% 2,036,717  92,449  4.54%
Total Interest Earning Assets $3,126,037  $136,484  4.36% $2,794,107  $116,178  4.16%
             
Liabilities            
Demand Deposit Accounts $640,865      $572,356     
IB Demand, Savings, and            
  MMDA Accounts $1,616,558  $7,709  0.48% $1,442,474  $3,971  0.28%
Time Deposits 459,289  5,916  1.29% 380,316  3,123  0.82%
FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings 257,737  5,514  2.14% 233,315  4,027  1.73%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities $2,333,584  $19,139  0.82% $2,056,105  $11,121  0.54%
             
Cost of Funds     0.61%     0.40%
Net Interest Income   $117,345      $105,057   
Net Interest Margin     3.75%     3.76%
             

During the year ended December 31, 2018, net interest income totaled $114,610,000 representing an increase of $14,701,000, or 15%, from the year ended December 31, 2017 net interest income of $99,909,000. The increased level of net interest income during 2018 compared with 2017 was driven primarily by a higher level of earning assets resulting from organic loan growth, the previously discussed merger and acquisition activity and improvement in the net interest margin.

The tax equivalent net interest margin for the year ended December 31, 2018 was 3.75% compared to 3.76% in 2017.  The lower federal income tax rates during 2018 had an approximately 9 basis point negative impact on the Company's net interest margin.  The improvement in the net interest margin, excluding the impact of the lower federal tax rates, during 2018 compared to 2017 was related to the positive impact on earning asset yields caused by the continued increase in short-term market interest rates partially offset by an increased cost of funds also related to the increased short-term interest rates.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 8 basis points to the net interest margin during 2018 and 9 basis points in 2017.

During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company recorded a provision for loan loss of $2,070,000 compared with a provision for loan loss of $1,750,000 during 2017.  The provision during all periods was done in accordance with the Company's standard methodology for determining the adequacy of its allowance for loan loss.

During the year ended December 31, 2018, non-interest income increased $5,216,000, or 16%, from the year ended December 31, 2017.

  Year Ended Year Ended
Non-interest Income 12/31/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)    
     
Trust and Investment Product Fees $6,680  $5,272 
Service Charges on Deposit Accounts 7,044  6,178 
Insurance Revenues 8,330  7,979 
Company Owned Life Insurance 1,243  1,341 
Interchange Fee Income 7,278  4,567 
Other Operating Income 2,785  2,641 
    Subtotal 33,360  27,978 
Net Gains on Loans 3,004  3,280 
Net Gains on Securities 706  596 
Total Non-interest Income $37,070  $31,854 
     

Trust and investment product fees increased $1,408,000, or 27%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase in 2018 compared with 2017 was largely attributable to increased assets under management in the Company's wealth management group.

Service charges on deposit accounts increased $866,000, or 14%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase during 2018 compared with 2017 was positively impacted by the acquisition activity completed during 2018.

Interchange fees increased $2,711,000, or 59%, during 2018 compared to 2017.  The increase during 2018 was largely attributable to increased card utilization by customers, the acquisition activity completed during 2018 and to the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard effective January 1, 2018.  While the adoption of the standard did not have a significant impact on the Company's financial results, the recording of revenue gross versus net of certain expenses, in accordance with the standard, did result in the reclassification of some expenses associated with the interchange fee revenue during 2018.

During 2018, non-interest expense totaled $93,553,000, an increase of $15,750,000, or 20%, compared with 2017.  2018 included operating expenses related to the branch acquisition completed during the second quarter of 2018 as well as related to the bank acquisition completed early in the fourth quarter of 2018.  2018 also included acquisition-related expenses of a non-recurring nature of approximately $4,592,000 (approximately $3,526,000 or $0.15 per share, on an after tax basis) related to the aforementioned merger and acquisition activity.

  Year Ended Year Ended
Non-interest Expense 12/31/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)    
     
Salaries and Employee Benefits $51,306  $46,642 
Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense 10,877  9,230 
FDIC Premiums 1,033  954 
Data Processing Fees 6,942  4,276 
Professional Fees 5,362  2,817 
Advertising and Promotion 3,492  3,543 
Intangible Amortization 1,752  942 
Other Operating Expenses 12,789  9,399 
Total Non-interest Expense $93,553  $77,803 
     

Salaries and benefits increased $4,664,000, or 10%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase during 2018 compared with 2017 was primarily attributable to an increased number of full-time equivalent employees due in part to the acquisition transactions during 2018.

Occupancy, furniture and equipment expense increased $1,647,000, or 18%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase during 2018 compared to 2017 was primarily due to operating costs related to the acquisition activity during 2018 as well as other facilities the Company has placed into service over the past several quarters.

Data processing fees increased $2,666,000, or 62%, during 2018 compared to 2017.  The increase was largely related to costs associated with merger and acquisition activities which totaled approximately $2,002,000 during 2018.

Professional fees increased $2,545,000, or 90%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase was primarily due to professional fees related to merger and acquisition activities which totaled $1,738,000 during 2018.

Intangible amortization increased $810,000, or 86%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase in intangible amortization was attributable to the previously discussed acquisition transactions completed during 2018.

Other operating expenses increased $3,390,000, or 36%, during 2018 compared with 2017.  The increase during 2018 was largely attributable to the operating costs related to the acquisitions completed in 2018 and to the adoption of the revenue recognition standard effective January 1, 2018 and the reclassification of expenses as previously discussed.

The Company’s effective income tax rate was 17.0% during the year ended December 31, 2018 compared with an effective tax rate of 22.1% during 2017.  The Company's effective tax rate and provision for income tax was positively impacted during 2018 by the reduction of federal income tax rates from a statutory rate of 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018 related to the enactment of the Tax Act during the fourth quarter of 2017.  As a result of the enactment of the Tax Act, the Company revalued its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities during the fourth quarter of 2017 which resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000 and consequently impacted the effective tax rate for 2017 as well.

Results of Operations Highlights – Quarter ended December 31, 2018

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 totaled $10,980,000, or $0.44 per share, a decline of 20% on a per share basis compared with third quarter 2018 net income of $12,639,000, or $0.55 per share, and a decline of 14% on a per share basis compared with the fourth quarter 2017 net income of $11,621,000, or $0.51 per share.

Fourth quarter 2018 net income was impacted by merger and acquisition activity during the year.  The fourth quarter 2018 results of operations included acquisition-related expenses of approximately $3,107,000 (approximately $2,343,000 or $0.09 per share, on an after tax basis) for the aforementioned acquisitions.

As previously discussed, as a result of the enactment of the Tax Act, the revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000, or approximately $0.10 per share, during the fourth quarter of 2017.

                   
Summary Average Balance Sheet                  
(Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)                  
   Quarter Ended  Quarter Ended  Quarter Ended
  December 31, 2018 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
                   
   Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
Assets                  
Federal Funds Sold and Other                  
  Short-term Investments $20,925  $97  1.83% $20,745  $101  1.94% $10,268  $34  1.33%
Securities 812,191  6,447  3.18% 755,793  5,826  3.08% 755,659  6,001  3.18%
Loans and Leases 2,662,502  33,771  5.04% 2,318,657  28,240  4.84% 2,100,432  23,872  4.51%
Total Interest Earning Assets $3,495,618  $40,315  4.58% $3,095,195  $34,167  4.39% $2,866,359  $29,907  4.15%
                   
Liabilities                  
Demand Deposit Accounts $714,504      $636,989      $598,107     
IB Demand, Savings, and                  
  MMDA Accounts $1,794,891  $2,808  0.62% $1,617,768  $2,028  0.50% $1,488,671  $1,177  0.31%
Time Deposits 593,615  2,151  1.44% 425,783  1,507  1.40% 376,585  889  0.94%
FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings 271,834  1,654  2.42% 257,460  1,392  2.14% 226,437  1,090  1.91%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities $2,660,340  $6,613  0.99% $2,301,011  $4,927  0.85% $2,091,693  $3,156  0.60%
                   
Cost of Funds     0.75%     0.63%     0.44%
Net Interest Income   $33,702      $29,240      $26,751   
Net Interest Margin     3.83%     3.76%     3.71%
                   

During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, net interest income totaled $32,983,000, which represented an increase of $4,435,000, or 16%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018 net interest income of $28,548,000 and an increase of $7,529,000, or 30%, compared with the quarter ended December 31, 2017 net interest income of $25,454,000. The increased level of net interest income during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with both the third quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2017 was driven primarily by a higher level of average earning assets and an improved tax equivalent net interest margin.  The increased level of average earning assets in the fourth quarter of  2018, compared with the third quarter of 2018, was driven primarily by the completed acquisition of First Security on October 15, 2018.

The tax equivalent net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 was 3.83% compared with 3.76% in the third quarter of 2018 and 3.71% in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The lower federal income tax rates during 2018 had an approximately 9 basis point negative impact on the Company's net interest margin in both the third and fourth quarters of 2018.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 13 basis points to the net interest margin on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2018, 8 basis points in the third quarter of 2018, and 6 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2017.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company recorded no provision for loan loss compared with a provision for loan loss of $500,000 in the third quarter of 2018 and $650,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The provision during all periods was done in accordance with the Company's standard methodology for determining the adequacy of its allowance for loan loss.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, non-interest income totaled $9,733,000, an increase of $770,000, or 9%, compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and an increase of $2,139,000, or 28%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.

       
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
Non-interest Income 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Trust and Investment Product Fees $1,645  $1,585  $1,378 
Service Charges on Deposit Accounts 2,072  1,858  1,608 
Insurance Revenues 1,877  1,827  1,867 
Company Owned Life Insurance 420  251  290 
Interchange Fee Income 2,235  1,847  1,202 
Other Operating Income 629  639  546 
    Subtotal 8,878  8,007  6,891 
Net Gains on Loans 583  866  682 
Net Gains on Securities 272  90  21 
Total Non-interest Income $9,733  $8,963  $7,594 
       

Service charges on deposit accounts increased $214,000, or 12%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $464,000, or 29%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with both the third quarter of 2018 and fourth quarter of 2017 was largely attributable to the acquisitions completed during 2018.

Interchange fees increased $388,000, or 21%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $1,033,000, or 86%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018  was primarily attributable to increased card utilization by customers and the bank acquisition completed during fourth quarter.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 was attributable to increased card utilization by customers, the acquisitions completed during 2018 and the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard effective January 1, 2018.

Net gains on sales of loans declined $283,000, or 33%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and declined $99,000, or 15%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The decline in the net gain on sale during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter 2018 was largely attributable to lower pricing levels on loans sold and a decline in volume of loans sold.  Loan sales totaled $35.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $37.6 million during the third quarter of 2018 and $28.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2017.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, non-interest expense totaled $29,814,000, an increase of $8,238,000, or 38%, compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and an increase of $9,814,000, or 49%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The fourth quarter of  2018 included operating expenses related to the branch acquisition completed during the second quarter of 2018 as well as operating expenses related to the bank acquisition completed early in the fourth quarter of 2018.  The fourth quarter of 2018 included acquisition-related expenses of a non-recurring nature of approximately $3,107,000 (approximately $2,343,000 or $0.09 per share, on an after tax basis) while the third quarter of 2018 included acquisition-related expenses of approximately $396,000  (approximately $317,000 or $0.01 per share, on an after-tax basis) related to the previously discussed acquisitions.

       
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
Non-interest Expense 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 12/31/2017
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Salaries and Employee Benefits $15,027  $12,134  $12,168 
Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense 3,203  2,738  2,452 
FDIC Premiums 234  324  242 
Data Processing Fees 3,108  1,309  1,154 
Professional Fees 2,337  793  550 
Advertising and Promotion 1,083  851  820 
Intangible Amortization 810  430  217 
Other Operating Expenses 4,012  2,997  2,397 
Total Non-interest Expense $29,814  $21,576  $20,000 
       

Salaries and benefits increased $2,893,000, or 24%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $2,859,000, or 24%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase in salaries and benefits during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with both the third quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily attributable to an increased number of full-time equivalent employees due in part to the acquisition transactions completed during 2018.  The fourth quarter of 2018 also included approximately $474,000 of acquisition-related salary and benefit costs of a non-recurring nature.

Occupancy, furniture and equipment expense increased $465,000, or 17%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $751,000, or 31%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2018 was primarily related to the acquisition transaction completed early in the fourth quarter of 2018.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily due to operating costs related to the acquisitions completed during 2018 as well as other facilities the Company has placed into service over the past several quarters.

Data processing fees increased $1,799,000, or 137%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $1,954,000, or 169%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with both the third quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2017 was driven by acquisition and conversion-related costs associated with the aforementioned bank acquisition which totaled approximately $1,668,000 during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Professional fees increased $1,544,000, or 195%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $1,787,000, or 325%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to both periods was due in part to professional fees related to merger and acquisition activity during 2018.  Merger and acquisition related professional fees totaled approximately $730,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018 and $248,000 during the third quarter of 2018 while there were no professional fee costs for acquisitions during the fourth quarter of 2017.  Professional fees during the fourth quarter of 2018 also included approximately $930,000 in fees related to certain contract negotiations.

Intangible amortization increased $380,000, or 88%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $593,000, or 273%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase in intangible amortization was attributable to the previously discussed acquisitions completed during 2018.

Other operating expenses increased $1,015,000, or 34%, during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 and increased $1,615,000, or 67%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter of 2018 was attributable to the bank acquisition completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.   The increase during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 was largely attributable to the operating costs related to the acquisitions completed in 2018 and to the adoption of the revenue recognition standard effective January 1, 2018 and the reclassification of expense as previously discussed.

The Company’s effective income tax rate was 14.9% during the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with an effective tax rate of 18.1% during the third quarter of 2018 and 6.3% during the fourth quarter of 2017.  The Company's effective tax rate and provision for income tax was positively impacted during 2018 by the reduction of federal income tax rates from a statutory rate of 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018 related to the enactment of the Tax Act during the fourth quarter of 2017.  As a result of the enactment of the Tax Act, the Company revalued its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities during the fourth quarter of 2017 which resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000 and consequently significantly impacted the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2017.

About German American

German American Bancorp, Inc. is a NASDAQ-traded (symbol: GABC) bank holding company based in Jasper, Indiana.  German American, through its banking subsidiary German American Bank, operates 65 banking offices in 20 contiguous southern Indiana counties and four counties in Kentucky.  The Company also owns an investment brokerage subsidiary (German American Investment Services, Inc.) and a full line property and casualty insurance agency (German American Insurance, Inc.).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Readers are cautioned that, by their nature, forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Actual results and experience could differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including but not limited to, those discussed in this press release. Factors that could cause actual experience to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in this press release include the unknown future direction of interest rates and the timing and magnitude of any changes in interest rates; changes in competitive conditions; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of asset/liability management strategies or of mergers and acquisitions and other business initiatives and strategies; changes in customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; changes in fiscal, monetary and tax policies; changes in financial and capital markets; potential deterioration in general economic conditions, either nationally or locally, resulting in, among other things, credit quality deterioration; capital management activities, including possible future sales of new securities, or possible repurchases or redemptions by the Company of outstanding debt or equity securities; risks of expansion through acquisitions and mergers, such as unexpected credit quality problems of the acquired loans or other assets, unexpected attrition of the customer base of the acquired institution or branches, and difficulties in integration of the acquired operations; factors driving impairment charges on investments; the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; potential cyber-attacks, information security breaches and other criminal activities; litigation liabilities, including related costs, expenses, settlements and judgments, or the outcome of matters before regulatory agencies, whether pending or commencing in the future; actions of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in accounting principles and interpretations; potential increases of federal deposit insurance premium expense, and possible future special assessments of FDIC premiums, either industry wide or specific to the Company’s banking subsidiary; actions of the regulatory authorities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and other possible legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; impacts resulting from possible amendments or revisions to the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder, or to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules and regulations; the continued availability of earnings and excess capital sufficient for the lawful and prudent declaration and payment of cash dividends; and other risk factors expressly identified in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements reflect our views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. It is intended that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
      
Consolidated Balance Sheets
      
 December 31, 2018 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
ASSETS     
  Cash and Due from Banks$64,549  $50,980  $58,233 
  Short-term Investments32,251  14,604  12,126 
  Investment Securities812,964  739,980  740,994 
      
  Loans Held-for-Sale4,263  9,178  6,719 
      
  Loans, Net of Unearned Income2,728,059  2,336,625  2,141,638 
  Allowance for Loan Losses(15,823) (16,051) (15,694)
    Net Loans2,712,236  2,320,574  2,125,944 
      
  Stock in FHLB and Other Restricted Stock13,048  13,048  13,048 
  Premises and Equipment80,627  69,267  54,246 
  Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets113,645  65,548  56,160 
  Other Assets95,507  80,590  76,890 
  TOTAL ASSETS$3,929,090  $3,363,769  $3,144,360 
      
LIABILITIES     
  Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits$715,972  $634,421  $606,134 
  Interest-bearing Demand, Savings, and Money Market Accounts1,768,177  1,605,818  1,490,033 
  Time Deposits588,483  400,608  387,885 
    Total Deposits3,072,632  2,640,847  2,484,052 
      
  Borrowings376,409  327,039  275,216 
  Other Liabilities21,409  19,760  20,521 
  TOTAL LIABILITIES3,470,450  2,987,646  2,779,789 
      
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY     
  Common Stock and Surplus254,314  189,195  188,222 
  Retained Earnings211,424  204,188  178,969 
  Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)(7,098) (17,260) (2,620)
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY458,640  376,123  364,571 
      
  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$3,929,090  $3,363,769  $3,144,360 
      
END OF PERIOD SHARES OUTSTANDING24,967,458  22,968,078  22,934,403 
      
TANGIBLE BOOK VALUE PER SHARE (1)$13.81  $13.52  $13.45 
      
 
(1) Tangible Book Value per Share is defined as Total Shareholders' Equity less Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets divided by End of Period Shares Outstanding.


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
           
Consolidated Statements of Income
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31,
2018
 September 30,
2018
 December 31,
2017
 December 31,
2018
 December 31,
2017
INTEREST INCOME         
  Interest and Fees on Loans$33,678  $28,148  $23,699  $112,084  $91,745 
  Interest on Short-term Investments97  101  34  308  134 
  Interest and Dividends on Investment Securities5,821  5,226  4,877  21,357  19,151 
  TOTAL INTEREST INCOME39,596  33,475  28,610  133,749  111,030 
           
INTEREST EXPENSE         
  Interest on Deposits4,959  3,535  2,066  13,625  7,094 
  Interest on Borrowings1,654  1,392  1,090  5,514  4,027 
  TOTAL INTEREST EXPENSE6,613  4,927  3,156  19,139  11,121 
           
  NET INTEREST INCOME32,983  28,548  25,454  114,610  99,909 
  Provision for Loan Losses  500  650  2,070  1,750 
  NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES32,983  28,048  24,804  112,540  98,159 
           
NON-INTEREST INCOME         
  Net Gain on Sales of Loans583  866  682  3,004  3,280 
  Net Gain on Securities272  90  21  706  596 
  Other Non-interest Income8,878  8,007  6,891  33,360  27,978 
  TOTAL NON-INTEREST INCOME9,733  8,963  7,594  37,070  31,854 
           
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE         
  Salaries and Benefits15,027  12,134  12,168  51,306  46,642 
  Other Non-interest Expenses14,787  9,442  7,832  42,247  31,161 
  TOTAL NON-INTEREST EXPENSE29,814  21,576  20,000  93,553  77,803 
           
  Income before Income Taxes12,902  15,435  12,398  56,057  52,210 
  Income Tax Expense1,922  2,796  777  9,528  11,534 
           
NET INCOME$10,980  $12,639  $11,621  $46,529  $40,676 
           
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.44  $0.55  $0.51  $1.99  $1.77 
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.44  $0.55  $0.51  $1.99  $1.77 
           
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING24,962,878  22,968,047  22,930,666  23,381,616  22,924,726 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING24,962,878  22,968,047  22,930,666  23,381,616  22,924,726 
           


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
            
   Three Months Ended Year Ended
   December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
   2018 2018 2017 2018 2017
EARNINGS PERFORMANCE RATIOS          
 Annualized Return on Average Assets 1.15% 1.52% 1.51% 1.38% 1.35%
 Annualized Return on Average Equity 10.05% 13.47% 12.83% 12.07% 11.59%
 Net Interest Margin 3.83% 3.76% 3.71% 3.75% 3.76%
 Efficiency Ratio (1) 68.64% 56.48% 58.23% 60.59% 56.83%
 Net Overhead Expense to Average Earning Assets (2) 2.30% 1.63% 1.73% 1.81% 1.64%
            
ASSET QUALITY RATIOS          
 Annualized Net Charge-offs to Average Loans 0.03% 0.01% 0.05% 0.08% 0.04%
 Allowance for Loan Losses to Period End Loans 0.58% 0.69% 0.73%    
 Non-performing Assets to Period End Assets 0.34% 0.26% 0.38%    
 Non-performing Loans to Period End Loans 0.48% 0.36% 0.55%    
 Loans 30-89 Days Past Due to Period End Loans 0.54% 0.65% 0.32%    
            
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET & OTHER FINANCIAL DATA          
 Average Assets $3,834,251  $3,333,005  $3,078,875  $3,380,409  $3,002,695 
 Average Earning Assets $3,495,618  $3,095,195  $2,866,359  $3,126,037  $2,794,107 
 Average Total Loans $2,662,502  $2,318,657  $2,100,432  $2,339,089  $2,036,717 
 Average Demand Deposits $714,504  $636,989  $598,107  $640,865  $572,356 
 Average Interest Bearing Liabilities $2,660,340  $2,301,011  $2,091,693  $2,333,584  $2,056,105 
 Average Equity $437,177  $375,255  $362,356  $385,476  $350,913 
            
 Period End Non-performing Assets (3) $13,498  $8,597  $11,864     
 Period End Non-performing Loans (4) $13,212  $8,497  $11,810     
 Period End Loans 30-89 Days Past Due (5) $14,815  $15,110  $6,865     
            
 Tax Equivalent Net Interest Income $33,702  $29,240  $26,751  $117,345  $105,057 
 Net Charge-offs during Period $228  $86  $277  $1,941  $864 
            
(1)Efficiency Ratio is defined as Non-interest Expense divided by the sum of Net Interest Income, on a tax equivalent basis, and Non-interest Income.    
(2)Net Overhead Expense is defined as Total Non-interest Expense less Total Non-interest Income.    
(3)Non-performing assets are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, Restructured Loans, and Other Real Estate Owned.    
(4)Non-performing loans are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, and Restructured Loans.    
(5)Loans 30-89 days past due and still accruing.          


For additional information, contact:
Mark A Schroeder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of German American Bancorp, Inc.
Bradley M Rust, Executive Vice President/CFO of German American Bancorp, Inc.
(812) 482-1314

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