BOSTON, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "Meridian") (NASDAQ:EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (the "Bank") announced net income of $9.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up from $5.9 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $5.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net income was $22.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, up from $17.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The Company's return on average assets was 0.94% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up from 0.62% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and 0.68% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company's return on average assets was 0.80%, up from 0.71% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The Company's return on average equity was 6.39% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up from 4.03% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and 3.89% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company's return on average equity was 5.18%, up from 4.03% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am proud to report net income of $9.5 million for the third quarter of 2016, up 61% from the second quarter of 2016 and 65% from the third quarter of 2015, and net income of $22.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, up 29% from the same period in 2015. Our record earnings resulted from strong organic growth in loans and deposits along with significant enhancements to our credit quality over the past year as accomplished through the tremendous Bank-wide efforts of our team."

The Company's net interest income was $31.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up $1.8 million, or 6.3%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $5.1 million, or 19.4%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 3.11% and 3.32%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 compared to 3.15% and 3.36%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and 3.10% and 3.32%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net interest income increased $13.6 million, or 18.0%, to $89.1 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The net interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 3.14% and 3.35%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 3.06% and 3.28%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The increases in net interest income were due primarily to loan growth, partially offset by increases in the average balances and costs of total deposits and borrowings for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to the respective prior periods.

Total interest and dividend income increased to $38.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up $2.6 million, or 7.2%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $7.1 million, or 22.6%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2015, primarily due to growth in the Company's average loan balances to $3.614 billion. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.04% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, down one basis point from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and up nine basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Total interest expense increased to $7.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up $734,000, or 11.5%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $2.0 million, or 38.9%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Interest expense on deposits increased to $6.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up $612,000, or 10.8%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $1.6 million, or 35.1%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to growth in average total deposits to $3.099 billion and an increase in the cost of average total deposits to 0.81%. Interest expense on borrowings increased to $845,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up $122,000, or 16.9%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $363,000, or 75.3%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to growth in average total borrowings to $320.1 million, partially offset by a decrease in the cost of average total borrowings to 1.05%. The Company's cost of funds was 0.83% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up three basis points from the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and nine basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company's total interest and dividend income increased $17.7 million, or 19.6%, to $108.4 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to growth in the average loan balances of $658.4 million, or 24.1%, to $3.395 billion, partially offset by a decrease in the yield on loans on a tax-equivalent basis of nine basis points to 4.28% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 4.37% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis increased 14 basis points to 4.05% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 3.91% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Total interest expense increased $4.2 million, or 27.4%, to $19.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $15.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Interest expense on deposits increased $3.5 million, or 25.5%, to $17.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 from the nine months ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to growth in average total deposits of $390.3 million, or 15.2%, to $2.950 billion and an increase in the cost of average total deposits of seven basis points to 0.78%. Interest expense on borrowings increased $673,000, or 45.7%, to $2.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 from the nine months ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to growth in average total borrowings of $116.9 million, or 80.8%, to $261.5 million, partially offset by a decrease in the cost of average total borrowings of 26 basis points to 1.10%. The Company's cost of funds increased five basis points to 0.80% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 0.75% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, "The continuing rise in our net interest income is attributable to growth in total loans of $777 million, or 27%, over the past twelve months, reflecting commercial loan originations of $1.3 billion. The strength and quality of our loan growth contributed to the relative stability of our earning assets yields and net interest margin since last year and reduced the effect of a small rise in our cost of funds."

The Company's provision for loan losses was $858,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, down from $4.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the provision for loan losses was $5.9 million compared to $6.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The allowance for loan losses was $38.7 million or 1.04% of total loans at September 30, 2016, compared to $38.3 million or 1.08% of total loans at June 30, 2016, $33.4 million or 1.08% of total loans at December 31, 2015 and $32.6 million or 1.11% of total loans at September 30, 2015. The changes in the provision and the allowance for loan losses were based on management's assessment of loan portfolio growth and composition changes, declines in historical charge-off trends, reductions in problem loans and other improving asset quality trends, partially offset by growth in the multi-family, commercial real estate, construction, and commercial and industrial loan categories. The changes also reflected provisions and charge-offs on a multi-family construction loan relationship of $486,000 during the third quarter of 2016 and $2.3 million during the second quarter of 2015.

Net charge-offs totaled $478,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, or 0.05% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis compared to net charge-offs of $24,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, or less than 0.01% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis and net recoveries of $65,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, or 0.01% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net charge-offs totaled $583,000, or 0.02% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis compared to net charge-offs of $2.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, or 0.10% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis.

Non-accrual loans were $15.2 million, or 0.41% of total loans outstanding, at September 30, 2016, down $14.2 million, or 48.3%, from June 30, 2016, $16.1 million, or 51.5%, from December 31, 2015 and $19.9 million, or 56.7%, from September 30, 2015. The reductions in non-accrual loans were primarily due to the sale at foreclosure during the third quarter of 2016 of an $11.5 million multi-family construction loan in Boston that was originally placed on non-accrual status during the second quarter of 2015, along with steady reductions across various categories of non-accrual loans. Non-performing assets were $15.2 million, or 0.36% of total assets, at September 30, 2016, down from $29.6 million, or 0.75% of total assets, at June 30, 2016, $31.3 million, or 0.89% of total assets, at December 31, 2015 and $35.7 million, or 1.06% of total assets, at September 30, 2015.

Mr. Gavegnano commented, "During the third quarter, our non-performing assets were reduced by one half to the lowest level in eight years. Although the third quarter resolution of the $11.5 million non-accrual construction loan in Boston provided the largest reduction, enhancements in our credit quality as exemplified by historically low charge-off rates have been achieved through solid loan underwriting, credit review and collection processes."

Non-interest income was $3.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, up from $2.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $2.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to increases in fee income, mortgage banking gains, net and gain on sale of securities, net. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, non-interest income decreased $1.8 million, or 17.3%, to $8.6 million from $10.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 primarily due to declines of $2.1 million in gain on sales of securities, net and $131,000 in loan fees, partially offset by an increase of $444,000 in customer service fees.

Non-interest expenses were $19.2 million, or 1.90% of average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, compared to $19.3 million, or 2.03% of average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and $18.1 million, or 2.15% of average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. As compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2015, non-interest expenses increased $1.1 million, or 5.9%, primarily due to increases of $934,000 in salaries and employee benefits and $171,000 in occupancy and equipment expenses. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, non-interest expenses increased $4.2 million, or 7.9%, to $57.7 million from $53.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, primarily due to increases of $3.5 million in salaries and employee benefits, $534,000 in occupancy and equipment and $518,000 in other general and administrative expenses, partially offset by a decrease of $311,000 in marketing and advertising. The increases in salaries and employee benefits expenses were primarily due to annual increases in employee compensation and health benefits, and expenses associated with the November 2015 grant of restricted stock and stock options to the Company's directors, officers and employees. In addition, increases in salaries and employee benefits expenses, occupancy and equipment expenses and other general and administrative expenses reflect costs associated with three new branches opened over the last twelve months. The decreases in marketing and advertising expenses reflect lower advertising production and direct mail costs and cost savings associated with the 2015 rebranding of the former Mt. Washington Bank Division into the East Boston Savings Bank brand. The Company's efficiency ratio improved to 55.81% for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 from 60.44% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 and 62.45% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the efficiency ratio was 59.31% compared to 64.13% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Mr. Gavegnano added, "Our efficiency ratio improved to 55.81% for the third quarter as a result of continually increasing net interest income and close control over our non-interest expenses. We are continuing to attract new business relationships across the board in the lucrative Boston market, providing us with many opportunities to gain market share in loans and deposits. With our seasoned branches serving as a strong platform, our newer branches are contributing to our robust growth. As we continue to emphasize organic growth across our commercial portfolios, we are strategically expanding our core banking franchise with the opening of our 31 st branch at a second location in Brookline by year end."

The Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $5.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, reflecting an effective tax rate of 34.9%, compared to $2.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, reflecting an effective tax rate of 32.6% and $2.8 million, or a 32.5% effective tax rate, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the provision for income taxes was $11.2 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 32.9%, compared to $8.6 million, or 32.6%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The changes in the income tax provision and effective tax rate were primarily due to changes in the components of pre-tax income.

Total assets were $4.173 billion at September 30, 2016, an increase of $244.1 million, or 6.2%, from $3.929 billion at June 30, 2016 and an increase of $648.6 million, or 18.4%, from $3.525 billion at December 31, 2015. Net loans were $3.662 billion at September 30, 2016, an increase of $155.0 million, or 4.4%, from June 30, 2016 and an increase of $616.4 million, or 20.2% from December 31, 2015. Loan originations totaled $270.5 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and $1.0 billion during the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The net increase in loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to increases of $313.4 million in commercial real estate loans, $149.4 million in multi-family loans, $101.9 million in commercial and industrial loans and $68.5 million in construction loans, partially offset by a decrease of $10.4 million in one- to four-family loans. These net changes exclude reclassifications during the third quarter of $44.3 million in multi-family loans and $34.5 million in commercial real estate loans to one- to four-family loans in accordance with regulatory guidance. Cash and due from banks was $182.9 million at September 30, 2016, an increase of $81.1 million, or 79.7%, from June 30, 2016 and an increase of $86.5 million, or 89.8% from December 31, 2015. Securities available for sale were $145.4 million at September 30, 2016, an increase of $3.8 million, or 2.7%, from $141.6 million at December 31, 2015.

Total deposits were $3.230 billion at September 30, 2016, an increase of $231.5 million, or 7.7%, from $2.998 billion at June 30, 2016 and an increase of $486.6 million, or 17.7%, from $2.743 billion at December 31, 2015. Core deposits, which exclude certificate of deposits, increased $269.0 million, or 14.5%, during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 to $2.123 billion, or 65.8% of total deposits. Total borrowings were $319.8 million, a decrease of $804,000, or 0.3%, from June 30, 2016 and an increase of $152.6 million, or 91.3%, from December 31, 2015.

Total stockholders' equity was $597.1 million, an increase of $10.4 million, or 1.8%, from $586.7 million at June 30, 2016 and an increase of $8.9 million, or 1.5%, from $588.1 million at December 31, 2015. The increase for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was primarily due to increases from $22.9 million in net income, $4.5 million related to stock-based compensation plans and $3.1 million in accumulated other comprehensive income, reflecting an increase in the fair value of available-for-sale securities, partially offset by a $17.0 million repurchase of 1,220,711 shares of the Company's common stock and three quarterly dividends of $0.03 per share totaling $4.6 million. Stockholders' equity to assets was 14.31% at September 30, 2016, compared to 14.93% at June 30, 2016 and 16.69% at December 31, 2015. Book value per share increased to $11.12 at September 30, 2016 from $10.72 at December 31, 2015. Tangible book value per share increased to $10.86 at September 30, 2016 from $10.47 at December 31, 2015. Market price per share increased $1.47, or 10.4%, to $15.57 at September 30, 2016 from $14.10 at December 31, 2015. At September 30, 2016, the Company and the Bank continued to exceed all regulatory capital requirements.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had repurchased 1,942,815 shares of its stock at an average price of $13.58 per share, or 71.0% of the 2,737,334 shares authorized for repurchase under the Company's repurchase program as adopted in August 2015. The Company did not repurchase any of its shares during the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Meridian Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank. East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 30 full-service locations in the greater Boston metropolitan area. We offer a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in our primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit www.ebsb.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by words such as "believes," "will," "expects," "project," "may," "could," "developments," "strategic," "launching," "opportunities," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets" and similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Meridian Bancorp, Inc.'s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors. Factors that could cause such differences to exist include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, and competition and the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, Meridian Bancorp, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.
                 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
                 
  September 30, 2016   June 30, 2016   December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015  
                         
  (Dollars in thousands)  
ASSETS                        
Cash and due from banks $ 182,852   $ 101,735   $ 96,363   $ 98,038  
Certificates of deposit   30,342     35,342     99,062     95,008  
Securities available for sale, at fair value   145,441     131,942     141,646     151,025  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost   17,818     17,818     10,931     12,725  
Loans held for sale   2,854     2,397     4,669     2,302  
Loans:                        
One- to four-family   526,828     447,131     458,423     458,635  
Home equity lines of credit   46,249     47,412     46,660     48,838  
Multi-family   522,444     490,724     417,388     386,060  
Commercial real estate   1,607,276     1,568,224     1,328,344     1,274,371  
Construction   490,016     484,858     421,531     384,468  
Commercial and industrial   501,976     500,897     400,051     365,594  
Consumer   9,680     9,568     10,028     9,793  
Total loans   3,704,469     3,548,814     3,082,425     2,927,759  
Allowance for loan losses   (38,697 )   (38,317 )   (33,405 )   (32,585 )
Net deferred loan origination fees   (4,159 )   (3,902 )   (3,778 )   (3,526 )
Loans, net   3,661,613     3,506,595     3,045,242     2,891,648  
Bank-owned life insurance   40,451     40,155     39,557     39,262  
Foreclosed real estate, net       183         600  
Premises and equipment, net   40,747     40,821     40,248     39,539  
Accrued interest receivable   9,209     9,246     8,574     8,239  
Deferred tax asset, net   19,835     20,232     21,246     19,933  
Goodwill   13,687     13,687     13,687     13,687  
Other assets   8,281     8,923     3,284     3,842  
Total assets $ 4,173,130   $ 3,929,076   $ 3,524,509   $ 3,375,848  
                         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                        
Deposits:                        
Non interest-bearing demand deposits $ 410,667   $ 373,561   $ 370,546   $ 352,360  
NOW deposits   547,650     452,451     334,753     308,612  
Money market deposits   863,385     812,315     860,957     880,841  
Regular savings and other deposits   301,754     300,522     288,180     283,595  
Certificates of deposit   1,106,113     1,059,188     888,582     805,273  
Total deposits   3,229,569     2,998,037     2,743,018     2,630,681  
Short-term borrowings           20,000      
Long-term debt   319,820     320,624     147,226     140,023  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   26,685     23,763     26,139     22,045  
Total liabilities   3,576,074     3,342,424     2,936,383     2,792,749  
Stockholders' equity:                        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued                
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 53,714,191, 53,688,566,  54,875,237 and 54,458,315 shares issued at September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016, December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015, respectively   537     537     549     545  
Additional paid-in capital   390,587     389,318     403,737     405,602  
Retained earnings   224,509     216,539     206,214     200,813  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   1,044     99     (2,092 )   (3,358 )
Unearned compensation - ESOP, 2,709,242, 2,739,682,  2,800,564 and 2,831,005 at September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016, December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015, respectively   (19,621 )   (19,841 )   (20,282 )   (20,503 )
Total stockholders' equity   597,056     586,652     588,126     583,099  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,173,130   $ 3,929,076   $ 3,524,509   $ 3,375,848  
                         

         
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME (Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
  September 30,2016     June 30, 2016     September 30,2015     September 30,2016     September 30,2015
                                     
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Interest and dividend income:                                    
Interest and fees on loans $ 37,444     $ 34,828     $ 30,153     $ 105,369     $ 87,031
Interest on debt securities:                                    
Taxable   203       238       366       707       1,311
Tax-exempt   30       32       41       95       124
Dividends on equity securities   365       418       408       1,183       1,216
Interest on certificates of deposit   75       135       163       380       456
Other interest and dividend income   303       188       207       709       565
Total interest and dividend income   38,420       35,839       31,338       108,443       90,703
Interest expense:                                    
Interest on deposits   6,273       5,661       4,643       17,162       13,679
Interest on short-term borrowings                     6      
Interest on long-term debt   845       723       482       2,139       1,472
Total interest expense   7,118       6,384       5,125       19,307       15,151
Net interest income   31,302       29,455       26,213       89,136       75,552
Provision for loan losses   858       3,952       2,412       5,876       6,123
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses   30,444       25,503       23,801       83,260       69,429
Non-interest income:                                    
Customer service fees   2,170       2,136       2,049       6,253       5,809
Loan fees   293       (22 )     318       583       714
Mortgage banking gains, net   274       104       38       448       416
Gain on sales of securities, net   266       68       45       393       2,489
Income from bank-owned life insurance   296       296       340       894       930
Other income   2       1       7       5       8
Total non-interest income   3,301       2,583       2,797       8,576       10,366
Non-interest expenses:                                    
Salaries and employee benefits   12,169       11,979       11,235       36,661       33,119
Occupancy and equipment   2,577       2,867       2,406       7,928       7,394
Data processing   1,293       1,254       1,375       3,804       3,887
Marketing and advertising   832       699       766       2,244       2,555
Professional services   663       720       644       1,996       1,981
Foreclosed real estate   (11 )     31       96       28       125
Deposit insurance   572       532       522       1,556       1,462
Other general and administrative   1,069       1,240       1,045       3,499       2,981
Total non-interest expenses   19,164       19,322       18,089       57,716       53,504
Income before income taxes   14,581       8,764       8,509       34,120       26,291
Provision for income taxes   5,084       2,857       2,767       11,239       8,559
Net income $ 9,497     $ 5,907     $ 5,742     $ 22,881     $ 17,732
                                     
Earnings per share:                                    
Basic $ 0.19     $ 0.12     $ 0.11     $ 0.45     $ 0.34
Diluted $ 0.18     $ 0.11     $ 0.11     $ 0.44     $ 0.33
Weighted average shares:                                    
Basic 50,982,633     51,026,985       51,940,055     51,192,332       51,959,315
Diluted 52,093,009     52,137,475       53,023,850     52,297,367       53,064,962
                               

     
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS (Unaudited)
     
    Three Months Ended
    September 30, 2016     June 30, 2016     September 30, 2015
                    Yield/                     Yield/                     Yield/
    AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Cost(1)(6)     AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Cost(1)(6)     AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Cost(1)(6)
                                                                                   
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                                                                  
Interest-earning assets:                                                                                  
Loans (2)   $ 3,614,168     $ 38,684         4.26 %     $ 3,422,193     $ 36,000         4.23 %     $ 2,813,703     $ 30,967         4.37 %
Securities and certificates of deposit     157,293       823         2.08         199,596       995         2.00         262,874       1,150         1.74  
Other interest-earning assets (3)     148,425       303         0.81         69,914       188         1.08         171,454       207         0.48  
Total interest-earning assets     3,919,886       39,810         4.04         3,691,703       37,183         4.05         3,248,031       32,324         3.95  
Noninterest-earning assets     117,703                           124,147                           117,024                    
Total assets   $ 4,037,589                         $ 3,815,850                         $ 3,365,055                    
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                                                  
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                                                  
NOW deposits   $ 493,612       816         0.66       $ 462,543       646         0.56       $ 296,829       416         0.56  
Money market deposits     836,941       1,715         0.82         813,625       1,609         0.80         921,425       1,909         0.82  
Regular savings and other deposits     298,799       107         0.14         296,638       106         0.14         283,130       102         0.14  
Certificates of deposit     1,085,898       3,635         1.33         1,005,764       3,300         1.32         759,682       2,216         1.16  
Total interest-bearing deposits     2,715,250       6,273         0.92         2,578,570       5,661         0.88         2,261,066       4,643         0.81  
Borrowings     320,091       845         1.05         264,060       723         1.10         140,297       482         1.36  
Total interest-bearing liabilities     3,035,341       7,118         0.93         2,842,630       6,384         0.90         2,401,363       5,125         0.85  
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits     383,953                           364,327                           350,963                    
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     23,977                           22,909                           22,572                    
Total liabilities     3,443,271                           3,229,866                           2,774,898                    
Total stockholders' equity     594,318                           585,984                           590,157                    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 4,037,589                         $ 3,815,850                         $ 3,365,055                    
Net interest-earning assets   $ 884,545                         $ 849,073                         $ 846,668                    
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income             32,692                           30,799                           27,199            
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments             (1,390 )                         (1,344 )                         (986 )          
Net interest income           $ 31,302                         $ 29,455                         $ 26,213            
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                       3.11 %                         3.15 %                         3.10 %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                       3.32 %                         3.36 %                         3.32 %
Average interest-earning assets to                                                                                  
  average interest-bearing liabilities             129.14   %                       129.87   %                       135.26   %        
Supplemental Information:                                                                                  
Total deposits, including noninterest-                                                                                  
  bearing demand deposits   $ 3,099,203     $ 6,273         0.81 %     $ 2,942,897     $ 5,661         0.77 %     $ 2,612,029     $ 4,643         0.71 %
Total deposits and borrowings,                                                                                  
  including noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 3,419,294     $ 7,118         0.83 %     $ 3,206,957     $ 6,384         0.80 %     $ 2,752,326     $ 5,125         0.74 %

 (1)   Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the three months ended September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2015, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.12%, 4.09% and 4.25%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 1.70%, 1.66% and 1.48%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.90%, 3.90% and 3.83%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2015 was 2.97%, 3.00% and 2.98%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2016, June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2015 was 3.18%, 3.21% and 3.20%, respectively. 

(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances. (3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends. (4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. (6)   Annualized.

       
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS (Unaudited)
       
  Nine Months Ended    
  September 30, 2016   September 30, 2015    
  Average               Yield/   Average                Yield/    
  Balance     Interest (1)   Cost (1)(6)   Balance      Interest (1)   Cost (1)(6)    
                                                                               
  (Dollars in thousands)    
Assets:                                                  
Interest-earning assets:                                                  
Loans (2) $ 3,395,072     $ 108,788         4.28 %   $ 2,736,720     $ 89,432         4.37 %
Securities and certificates of deposit   196,022       2,852         1.94       276,976       3,618         1.75  
Other interest-earning assets (3)   114,064       709         0.83       185,297       565         0.41  
Total interest-earning assets   3,705,158       112,349         4.05       3,198,993       93,615         3.91  
Noninterest-earning assets   118,211                         114,196                    
Total assets $ 3,823,369                       $ 3,313,189                    
                                                   
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                  
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                  
NOW deposits $ 432,729       1,962         0.61     $ 291,864       1,254         0.57  
Money market deposits   841,430       5,070         0.80       947,368       5,901         0.83  
Regular savings and other deposits   295,313       316         0.14       280,481       357         0.17  
Certificates of deposit   1,009,724       9,814         1.30       717,126       6,167         1.15  
Total interest-bearing deposits   2,579,196       17,162         0.89       2,236,839       13,679         0.82  
Borrowings   261,524       2,145         1.10       144,662       1,472         1.36  
Total interest-bearing liabilities   2,840,720       19,307         0.91       2,381,501       15,151         0.85  
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits   371,204                         323,264                    
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities   22,841                         22,152                    
Total liabilities   3,234,765                         2,726,917                    
Total stockholders' equity   588,604                         586,272                    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,823,369                       $ 3,313,189                    
Net interest-earning assets $ 864,438                       $ 817,492                    
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income           93,042                         78,464            
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments           (3,906 )                       (2,912 )          
Net interest income         $ 89,136                       $ 75,552            
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                     3.14 %                       3.06 %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                     3.35 %                       3.28 %
Average interest-earning assets to average                                                  
  interest-bearing liabilities           130.43   %                     134.33   %        
                                                   
Supplemental Information:                                                  
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing                                                  
  demand deposits $ 2,950,400     $ 17,162         0.78 %   $ 2,560,103     $ 13,679         0.71 %
Total deposits and borrowings, including                                                  
  noninterest-bearing demand deposits $ 3,211,924     $ 19,307         0.80 %   $ 2,704,765     $ 15,151         0.75 %
                                                   

(1)   Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.15% and 4.25%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 1.61% and 1.50%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.91% and 3.79%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was 3.00% and 2.94%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was 3.21% and 3.16%, respectively.(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances. (3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends. (4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. (6)   Annualized.
           
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited)
           
    For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,2016   June 30, 2016   September 30,2015   September 30,2016   September 30,2015  
                                           
Key Performance Ratios                                          
Return on average assets (1)     0.94 %     0.62 %     0.68 %     0.80 %     0.71 %  
Return on average equity (1)     6.39       4.03       3.89       5.18       4.03    
Interest rate spread  (1) (2)     3.11       3.15       3.10       3.14       3.06    
Net interest margin  (1) (3)     3.32       3.36       3.32       3.35       3.28    
Non-interest expense to average assets  (1)     1.90       2.03       2.15       2.01       2.15    
Efficiency ratio (4)     55.81       60.44       62.45       59.31       64.13    

      September 30, 2016     June 30, 2016     December 31, 2015     September 30, 2015
                                         
      (Dollars in thousands)
Asset Quality                                        
Non-accrual loans:                                        
One- to four-family     $ 8,828       $ 9,552       $ 9,264       $ 9,717  
Home equity lines of credit       746         1,609         1,763         1,837  
Multi-family                                
Commercial real estate       2,871         3,829         3,663         4,983  
Construction       2,031         13,698         15,849         17,502  
Commercial and industrial       730         737         805         1,101  
Consumer                                
Total non-accrual loans       15,206         29,425         31,344         35,140  
Foreclosed assets               183                 600  
Total non-performing assets     $ 15,206       $ 29,608       $ 31,344       $ 35,740  
                                         
Allowance for loan losses/total loans       1.04 %       1.08 %       1.08 %       1.11 %
Allowance for loan losses/non-accrual loans       254.49         130.22         106.58         92.73  
Non-accrual loans/total loans       0.41         0.83         1.02         1.20  
Non-accrual loans/total assets       0.36         0.75         0.89         1.04  
Non-performing assets/total assets       0.36         0.75         0.89         1.06  
                                         
Capital and Share Related                                        
Stockholders' equity to total assets       14.31 %       14.93 %       16.69 %       17.27 %
Book value per share     $ 11.12       $ 10.93       $ 10.72       $ 10.71  
Tangible book value per share     $ 10.86       $ 10.67       $ 10.47       $ 10.46  
Market value per share     $ 15.57       $ 14.78       $ 14.10       $ 13.67  
Shares outstanding     53,714,191       53,688,566       54,875,237       54,458,315  

(1)   Annualized.(2)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (3)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. (4)   The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains or losses on securities.
Contact:Richard J. GavegnanoChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer(978) 977-2211

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