Independent Bank Corp. (Nasdaq Global Select Market: INDB), parent of Rockland Trust Company, today announced 2020 second quarter net income of $24.9 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, compared to net income of $26.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, reported in the first quarter of 2020. Both quarters’ results were negatively impacted by elevated provision for credit losses of $20.0 million and $25.0 million for the second and first quarters, respectively. Second quarter results also reflected a return to a higher, more normalized tax rate.
Total assets of $13.0 billion at June 30, 2020 increased by $1.0 billion, or 8.7%, from the prior quarter, and increased by $1.4 billion, or 12.2%, as compared to the year ago period. Total asset growth in the second quarter is primarily attributable to the Company’s participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), as both higher cash and loan balances were generated from the funded PPP loans.
Interest-earning cash of $974.1 million as of June 30, 2020 reflects an increase of $628.4 million when compared to the prior quarter, as PPP loan fundings and other deposit growth fueled the significant increase.
Total loans rose by $443.2 million, or 5.0%, (20.0% annualized) when compared to the prior quarter, as PPP loan balances of $793.0 million at June 30, 2020 contributed significantly to the increase. When excluding PPP activity, loans declined by $349.8 million, or 3.92%, for the quarter. The majority of this decline occurred in the commercial and industrial (“C&I”) and residential portfolios, as C&I balances reflect significantly reduced line utilization across multiple products, while the residential decline continues to reflect the lower rate environment driving the majority of production to be sold into the secondary market.
Deposit balances of $10.7 billion at June 30, 2020 increased by $1.3 billion, or 13.8%, (55.6% annualized) from the prior quarter, as a combination of PPP loan fundings, government stimulus programs, and a customer focus on retaining liquidity have fueled significant growth during the quarter. As these PPP funds get utilized and immediate stimulus money is disbursed, some level of decline from this elevated deposit level is expected to occur. Regarding time deposits, maturities of brokered certificates of deposits led to a 14.0% decline in balances when compared to the prior quarter. Deposit rate reductions resulted in the total cost of deposits for the second quarter declining by 20 basis points to 0.28% as compared to the prior quarter.
The securities portfolio decreased by $61.9 million, or 5.0%, when compared to the prior quarter, reflecting $10.0 million of purchases offset by paydowns, called securities, and maturities.
Total borrowings decreased by $250.3 million, or 45.8%, compared to the prior quarter, as the aforementioned enhanced on-balance sheet liquidity position led to a $200.0 million prepayment on short-term borrowings held with the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”). The payoff resulted in a prepayment penalty of $389,000, which is included in other noninterest expense for the quarter. Additionally, during the quarter, $37.5 million of the parent company long-term line of credit was paid down.
Stockholders’ equity at June 30, 2020 remained relatively consistent with March 31, 2020. During the second quarter, the Company repurchased the remaining 300,000 shares under its previously announced stock repurchase plan at an average price of $65.65. Despite the repurchase of 1.5 million shares that was executed over the first and second quarters of 2020, stockholders’ equity increased by 2.2% when compared to the year ago period, reflecting strong earnings retention and an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income of $30.9 million, offsetting the $73.2 million impact of the stock repurchases. Book value per share increased by $0.25, or 0.5%, to $50.75 during the second quarter as compared to the linked quarter. The Company’s ratio of common equity to assets of 12.84% decreased by 118 basis points from the prior quarter and decreased by 126 basis points from the same period a year ago. The Company’s tangible book value per share at June 30, 2020 rose by $0.13, or 0.4%, from the prior quarter to $34.59, and is now 8.1% higher than the year ago period. The Company’s ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets of 9.12% at June 30, 2020 is 89 basis points below the prior quarter and 80 basis points below the year ago period, largely attributable to the increase in the Company’s balance sheet and stock repurchase activity.
Net interest income for the second quarter decreased 3.4% to $91.1 million compared to $94.3 million in the prior quarter largely due to the negative impact of the lower interest rate environment along with the mix of interest earning assets. The 2020 second quarter net interest margin of 3.25% represents a reduction of 49 basis points from the prior quarter.