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Community Bank System Reports Strong First Quarter Results

Stocks in this article: CBU

Annual Meeting Scheduled

The Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta, New York.

Conference Call Scheduled

Company management will conduct an investor call at 11:00 a.m. (ET) tomorrow (Wednesday) April 25, 2012 to discuss its first quarter results. The conference call can be accessed at 1-877-641-0093 (1-904-520-5773 if outside United States and Canada). An audio recording will be available one hour after the call until June 30, 2012, and may be accessed at 1-888-284-7564 (1-904-596-3174 if outside the United States and Canada) and entering access code 2767071. Investors may also listen live via the Internet at: [ http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=86286 ] and may be accessed at any point during this time at no cost.

This earnings release, including supporting financial tables, is available within the press releases section of the Company's investor relations website at: http://ir.communitybanksystem.com. An archived webcast of the earnings call will be available on this site for one full year.

Headquartered in DeWitt, N.Y., Community Bank System, Inc. has $6.9 billion in assets and over 170 customer facilities. The Company’s banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. operates across Upstate New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania, where it conducts business as First Liberty Bank & Trust. Its other subsidiaries include: Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc., a national employee benefits consulting and trust administration firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas; the CBNA Insurance Agency, with offices in five northern New York communities; Community Investment Services, Inc., a wealth management firm delivering a wide range of financial products throughout the Company's branch network; and Nottingham Advisors, an investment management and advisory firm with offices in Buffalo, N.Y. and North Palm Beach, Florida. For more information, visit: www.communitybankna.com or www.firstlibertybank.com.

                                 

Summary of Financial Data

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                                 
2012       2011
        1st Qtr       4th Qtr       3rd Qtr       2nd Qtr       1st Qtr
Earnings                                        
Loan income $47,638 $50,511 $50,702 $49,471 $42,297
Investment income 19,873 19,903 19,716 20,379 17,990
Total interest income 67,511 70,414 70,418 69,850 60,287
Interest expense 13,602 15,279 15,850 15,663 14,764
Net interest income 53,909 55,135 54,568 54,187 45,523
Provision for loan losses 1,644 1,593 1,043 1,050 1,050
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 52,265 53,542 53,525 53,137 44,473
Deposit service fees 10,369 11,027 11,134 10,488 9,685
Mortgage banking revenues 320 37 320 982 396
Other banking services 674 694 1,179 645 398
Trust, investment and asset management fees 3,132 2,831 2,904 2,782 2,180
Benefit plan administration, consulting and actuarial fees 8,973 7,879 7,685 7,854 8,183
Investment securities and debt extinguishment gains/(losses), net 0 (69) (6) 14 0
Total noninterest income 23,468 22,399 23,216 22,765 20,842
Salaries and employee benefits 27,425 27,093 26,543 25,531 23,111
Occupancy and equipment and furniture 6,463 6,089 6,103 6,253 6,057
Amortization of intangible assets 1,086 1,130 1,161 1,189 901
Acquisition expenses 260 142 381 3,617 691
Other 14,169 13,383 13,905 14,536 12,556
Total operating expenses 49,403 47,837 48,093 51,126 43,316
Income before income taxes 26,330 28,104 28,648 24,776 21,999
Income taxes 7,504 9,116 8,640 6,790 5,839
Net income 18,826 18,988 20,008 17,986 16,160
Basic earnings per share $0.49 $0.51 $0.54 $0.49 $0.48
Diluted earnings per share       $0.48       $0.51       $0.54       $0.49       $0.48
Profitability                                        
Return on assets 1.14% 1.16% 1.23% 1.14% 1.19%
Return on equity 9.22% 9.96% 10.67% 10.15% 10.70%
Return on tangible equity (3) 15.59% 17.91% 19.63% 17.11% 20.33%
Noninterest income/operating income (FTE) (1) 28.8% 27.6% 28.5% 28.1% 29.6%
Efficiency ratio (2)       59.0%       57.2%       57.0%       57.2%       59.3%
Components of Net Interest Margin (FTE)                                        
Loan yield 5.58% 5.80% 5.81% 5.77% 5.73%
Cash equivalents yield 0.26% 0.25% 0.25% 0.24% 0.25%
Investment yield 4.33% 4.49% 4.55% 4.75% 5.01%
Earning asset yield 4.89% 5.11% 5.13% 5.24% 5.30%
Interest-bearing deposit rate 0.56% 0.65% 0.70% 0.70% 0.75%
Borrowing rate 3.79% 4.21% 4.27% 4.24% 4.28%
Cost of all interest-bearing funds 1.13% 1.27% 1.32% 1.34% 1.47%
Cost of funds (includes DDA) 0.96% 1.08% 1.12% 1.14% 1.25%
Net interest margin (FTE) 3.96% 4.06% 4.04% 4.13% 4.08%
Fully tax-equivalent adjustment       $4,031       $3,851       $3,836       $4,018       $3,969
                                 
Summary of Financial Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                                  
2012       2011
        1st Qtr       4th Qtr       3rd Qtr       2nd Qtr       1st Qtr
Average Balances                                        
Loans $3,454,240 $3,473,366 $3,481,087 $3,454,246 $3,005,926
Cash equivalents 251,828 233,984 240,127 177,154 159,044
Taxable investment securities 1,565,215 1,495,590 1,458,127 1,447,815 1,188,182
Nontaxable investment securities 613,947 567,835 560,051 579,795 565,564
Total interest-earning assets 5,885,230 5,770,775 5,739,392 5,659,010 4,918,716
Total assets 6,618,812 6,474,722 6,447,210 6,313,391 5,487,618
Interest-bearing deposits 3,964,062 3,929,231 3,926,457 3,864,671 3,234,986
Borrowings 859,774 830,344 832,505 839,003 830,454
Total interest-bearing liabilities 4,823,836 4,759,575 4,758,962 4,703,674 4,065,440
Noninterest-bearing deposits 884,451 878,443 867,373 813,789 739,515
Shareholders' equity       821,043       756,334       743,730       710,765       612,559
Balance Sheet Data                                        
Cash and cash equivalents $132,055 $324,878 $425,877 $273,693 $296,938
Investment securities 2,765,145 2,151,370 2,075,283 2,088,105 1,792,246
Loans:
Business lending 1,210,773 1,226,439 1,261,125 1,290,893 1,006,114
Consumer mortgage 1,245,217 1,214,621 1,167,781 1,149,219 1,055,164
Consumer installment - indirect 542,605 556,955 564,423 549,449 500,058
Home equity 317,716 323,840 328,468 330,213 299,925
Consumer installment - direct 144,428 149,170 154,672 158,376 139,183
Total loans 3,460,739 3,471,025 3,476,469 3,478,150 3,000,444
Allowance for loan losses 41,809 42,213 42,463 42,531 42,147
Intangible assets 359,480 360,564 360,228 363,015 311,076
Other assets 236,848 222,651 208,460 230,053 190,815
Total assets 6,912,458 6,488,275 6,503,854 6,390,485 5,549,372
Deposits:
Noninterest-bearing 911,131 894,464 887,009 849,071 754,892
Non-maturity interest-bearing 2,974,191 2,776,532 2,782,241 2,721,589 2,361,312
Time 1,066,685 1,124,249 1,169,503 1,186,442 904,827
Total deposits 4,952,007 4,795,245 4,838,753 4,757,102 4,021,031
Borrowings 910,427 728,281 728,335 728,441 728,385
Subordinated debt held by unconsolidated subsidiary trusts 102,054 102,048 102,042 102,036 102,030
Other liabilities 107,297 88,118 79,091 72,835 73,826
Total liabilities 6,071,785 5,713,692 5,748,221 5,660,414 4,925,272
Shareholders' equity 840,673 774,583 755,633 730,071 624,100
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity       6,912,458       6,488,275       6,503,854       6,390,485       5,549,372
Capital                                        
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.37% 8.38% 8.17% 8.07% 8.42%
Tangible equity/net tangible assets (3) 7.70% 7.12% 6.79% 6.44% 6.36%
Diluted weighted average common shares O/S 39,323 37,491 37,312 37,061 33,989
Period end common shares outstanding 39,439 36,986 36,829 36,807 33,429
Cash dividends declared per common share $0.26 $0.26 $0.26 $0.24 $0.24
Book value $21.32 $20.94 $20.52 $19.84 $18.67
Tangible book value (3) $12.84 $11.85 $11.37 $10.59 $10.01
Common stock price (end of period)       $28.78       $27.80       $22.69       $24.79       $24.27
                                   
Summary of Financial Data
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                                  
2012       2011
        1st Qtr       4th Qtr       3rd Qtr       2nd Qtr       1st Qtr
Asset Quality                                        
Nonaccrual loans $27,787 $26,262 $16,502       $17,833 $14,953
Accruing loans 90+ days delinquent 3,889 3,089 2,319 2,499 2,774
Total nonperforming loans 31,676 29,351 18,821 20,332 17,727
Other real estate owned (OREO) 2,690 2,682 2,776 3,269 1,945
Total nonperforming assets 34,366 32,033 21,597 23,601 19,672
Net charge-offs 2,048 1,844 1,111 666 1,413
Allowance for loan losses/loans outstanding 1.21% 1.22% 1.22% 1.22% 1.40%
Nonperforming loans/loans outstanding 0.92% 0.85% 0.54% 0.58% 0.59%
Allowance for loan losses/nonperforming loans 132% 144% 226% 209% 238%
Net charge-offs/average loans 0.24% 0.21% 0.13% 0.08% 0.19%
Delinquent loans/ending loans 1.78% 1.99% 1.56% 1.50% 1.46%
Loan loss provision/net charge-offs 80% 94% 94% 158% 74%
Nonperforming assets/total assets       0.50%       0.49%       0.33%       0.37%       0.35%
Asset Quality (excluding loans acquired since 1/1/09)                                        
Nonaccrual loans $20,178 $17,585 $13,540 $13,208 $14,953
Accruing loans 90+ days delinquent 2,700 2,878 2,233 2,466 2,774
Total nonperforming loans 22,878 20,463 15,773 15,674 17,727
Other real estate owned (OREO) 1,778 1,734 1,810 1,889 1,945
Total nonperforming assets 24,656 22,196 17,583 17,563 19,672
Net charge-offs 752 1,844 1,111 666 1,413
Allowance for loan losses/loans outstanding 1.30% 1.36% 1.38% 1.40% 1.40%
Nonperforming loans/loans outstanding 0.74% 0.69% 0.52% 0.52% 0.59%
Allowance for loan losses/nonperforming loans 175% 197% 268% 271% 238%
Net charge-offs/average loans 0.10% 0.24% 0.14% 0.09% 0.19%
Delinquent loans/ending loans 1.61% 1.77% 1.57% 1.45% 1.46%
Loan loss provision/net charge-offs 37% 79% 72% 158% 74%
Nonperforming assets/total assets       0.38%       0.36%       0.29%       0.30%       0.35%
 
(1) Excludes gain (loss) on investment securities.
(2) Excludes intangible amortization, goodwill impairment, acquisition expenses, and gain (loss) on investment securities.
(3) Includes deferred tax liabilities (of approximately $25.2 million at 3/31/12) generated from tax deductible goodwill.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following factors, among others, could cause the actual results of CBU’s operations to differ materially from CBU’s expectations: the successful integration of operations of its acquisitions; competition; changes in economic conditions, interest rates and financial markets; and changes in legislation or regulatory requirements. CBU does not assume any duty to update forward-looking statements.

Copyright Business Wire 2010
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