BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2018 (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 $9.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, down from $13.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $11.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income was $42.9 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, up from $34.2 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2016.  Net income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 reflects a charge of approximately $7.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, related to enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") on December 22, 2017. Non-recurring merger and acquisition expenses totaling $1.8 million for the quarter and $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 related to the Company's acquisition of Meetinghouse Bancorp, Inc. and Meetinghouse Bank ("Meetinghouse") completed on December 29, 2017 are also reflected in the Company's results. The Company's return on average assets was 0.70% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, down from 1.10% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 1.05% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company's return on average assets was 0.89%, up from 0.87% for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company's return on average equity was 5.56% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, down from 8.40% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 7.51% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company's return on average equity was 6.82%, up from 5.77% for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Meridian earned record net income of $42.9 million for the year 2017, up $8.8 million, or 26%, from the prior record set in 2016, even after the $7.0 million tax charge resulting from the Tax Act and $2.1 million of acquisition expenses. Without these non-recurring expenses, our net income for 2017 would have been $51 million, up 50% from 2016. The strong organic loan and deposit growth that continues to drive our earnings to new records also increased total assets to $5.3 billion during the year. The Meetinghouse acquisition added $120 million in assets, including $76 million in loans, $94 million in deposits and two branches in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roslindale that provide us with a platform for expansion of our market share in the surrounding areas."

Mr. Gavegnano added, "A major element of our enhanced commitments to our employees, infrastructure investment and charitable giving as previously announced is to expand our core banking franchise to areas not being served by a community bank. We are moving forward with plans to open four new branches in Boston's Cleveland Circle and Brigham Circle neighborhoods and north of Boston in Lynnfield and West Peabody in 2018 as we continue to evaluate additional branch opportunities within our metropolitan Boston footprint."

The Company's net interest income was $39.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up $1.3 million or 3.4%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $5.9 million, or 17.7%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.97% and 3.20%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to 3.08% and 3.30%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 3.09% and 3.31%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, net interest income increased $23.6 million, or 19.3%, to $146.2 million from the year ended December 31, 2016.  The net interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 3.01% and 3.23%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to 3.13% and 3.34%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2016  The increases in net interest income were primarily due to loan growth, partially offset by increases in the average balances of total deposits and borrowings and the cost of funds for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 compared to the respective prior periods.

Total interest and dividend income increased to $50.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up $2.9 million, or 6.1%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $9.6 million, or 23.3%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2016, primarily due to growth in the Company's average loan balances to $4.556 billion and increases in the yield on loans, to 4.39% on a tax-equivalent basis, of eight basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and five basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.11% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, down two basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and up six basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company's total interest and dividend income increased $35.4 million, or 23.7%, to $185.1 million from the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily due to growth in the average loan balances of $791.7 million, or 22.6%, to $4.287 billion. The Company's yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.06% for the year ended December 31, 2017, up one basis point from the year ended December 31, 2016.

Total interest expense increased to $11.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up $1.6 million, or 16.4%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $3.7 million, or 47.4%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Interest expense on deposits increased to $10.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up $1.6 million, or 18.4%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $3.1 million, or 45.1%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2016 primarily due to growth in average total deposits to $3.992 billion and increases in the cost of average total deposits to 1.00% from 0.91% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and 0.83% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Interest expense on borrowings increased to $1.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up $56,000, or 4.0%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $576,000, or 66.4%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2016 primarily due to growth in average total borrowings to $486.9 million. The Company's total cost of funds was 1.02% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up eight basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 17 basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Total interest expense increased $11.8 million, or 43.4%, to $38.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 from the year ended December 31, 2016. Interest expense on deposits increased $9.9 million, or 40.9%, to $34.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 from the year ended December 31, 2016 due to the growth in average total deposits of $682.5 million, or 22.4%, to $3.732 billion and an increase in the cost of average total deposits of 12 basis points to 0.91%. Interest expense on borrowings increased $1.9 million, or 63.6%, to $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 from the year ended December 31, 2016 due to the growth in average total borrowings of $133.6 million, or 48.1%, to $411.2 million and an increase in the cost of average total borrowings of 11 basis points to 1.20%. The Company's cost of funds increased 12 basis points to 0.94% for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to the year ended December 31, 2016.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, "Rising net interest income, the key component of our record earnings pace, continues to be driven by strong organic loan growth. Our loan portfolio, excluding acquired with Meetinghouse, rose $648 million, or 17%, on loan originations of $1.8 billion in 2017. Our net interest income rose 19% in 2017 despite a rising short-term interest rate environment that contributed to the 12 basis point increase in our cost of funds to 0.94% and an 11 basis point decline in our net interest margin to 3.23%."

The Company recognized a reversal of $715,000 in its provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, compared to provisions of $2.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $1.3 million from the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the provision for loan losses was $4.9 million compared to $7.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses was $45.2 million or 0.97% of total loans at December 31, 2017, compared to $45.6 million or 1.00% of total loans at September 30, 2017, and $40.1 million or 1.02% of total loans at December 31, 2016. 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, reduced levels of problem loans and other improving asset quality trends, with reductions in the provision for loan losses for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 reflecting improvement in these asset quality factors during the year.

Net recoveries totaled $257,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, or 0.02% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis compared to net charge-offs of $44,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and net recoveries of $147,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, or 0.02% of average loans on an annualized basis. For the year ended December 31, 2017, net recoveries totaled $177,000, or 0.00% of average loans outstanding compared to net charge-offs of $436,000, or 0.01% of average loans outstanding, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Non-accrual loans were $8.4 million, or 0.18% of total loans outstanding, at December 31, 2017; down $815,000, or 8.9%, from September 30, 2017; and down $5.1 million, or 37.8%, from December 31, 2016. Non-performing assets were $8.4 million, or 0.16% of total assets, at December 31, 2017, compared to $10.9 million, or 0.21% of total assets, at September 30, 2017, and $13.4 million, or 0.30% of total assets, at December 31, 2016.

Mr. Gavegnano commented, "We saw continuing improvement in our asset quality during 2017, as non-performing assets declined to 0.16% of total assets, the lowest level since 2006, with negligible loan charge-off activity. This improvement reflects our ongoing emphasis on maintaining disciplined underwriting, credit monitoring and collection processes."

Non-interest income was $8.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up from $5.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and up from $5.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Non-interest income increased $3.5 million, or 65.8%, as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2017, primarily due to a $5.2 million increase in gain on sales of securities, net, partially offset by a $1.7 million gain on a life insurance distribution related to a banked-owned life insurance claim recognized during the third quarter of 2017. As compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2016, non-interest income increased $3.1 million, or 55.1%, primarily due to a $3.4 million increase in gain on sales of securities, net. For the year ended December 31, 2017, non-interest income increased $8.9 million, or 62.5%, to $23.1 million from $14.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, primarily due to a $6.3 million increase in gain on sale of securities, net, the $1.7 million gain on a life insurance distribution, and a $1.1 million increase in loan fees. The increases in loan fees are primarily due to $1.3 million of loan swap fee income recognized in the second quarter of 2017.

Non-interest expenses were $23.9 million, or 1.85% of average assets for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, compared to $20.8 million, or 1.71% of average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $19.8 million, or 1.84% of average assets for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  Non-interest expenses increased $4.1 million, or 20.7%, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2016, due primarily to increases of $1.8 million in merger and acquisition expenses, $1.6 million in salaries and employee benefits, $343,000 in deposit insurance premiums, $260,000 in other general and administrative expenses, and $200,000 in data processing.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, non-interest expenses increased $10.5 million, or 13.5%, to $88.0 million from $77.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, due to increases of $4.3 million in salaries and employee benefits, $2.1 million in merger and acquisition expenses, $951,000 in deposit insurance premiums, $777,000 in data processing expenses, $724,000 in occupancy and equipment expenses, $704,000 in professional services, $491,000 in other general and administrative expenses, and $436,000 in marketing and advertising expenses.  The increases in salaries and employee benefits expenses reflect annual increases in employee compensation and health benefits during the first quarter of 2017 and a 20% bonus enhancement to the Bank's Incentive Compensation Plan for 2017.  In addition, the increases in salaries and employee benefits, and occupancy and equipment expenses include costs associated with the expansion of our branch and regulatory compliance staff.  Professional services increased primarily due to additional costs related to regulatory compliance projects.  The Company's efficiency ratio, which excludes non-recurring merger and acquisition expenses, was 52.61% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to 48.40% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 54.33% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, the efficiency ratio was 53.71% compared to 57.95% for the year ended December 31, 2016. 

Mr. Gavegnano said, "Our efficiency ratio improved to 53.71% in 2017 from 57.95% in 2016, primarily due to the 19% rise in net interest income. Non-interest expenses, without the non-recurring Meetinghouse acquisition expenses of $2.1 million in 2017 that were excluded from the determination of our efficiency ratio, increased 11%. The significant expenses related to the Meetinghouse acquisition and our regulatory compliance infrastructure enhancements are now behind us. As we move forward with prudent staffing and capital commitments related to our planned branch expansion, we believe these investments will ultimately contribute to further improvement in our financial performance."

The Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $15.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, reflecting an effective tax rate of 63.7%, compared to $6.7 million, or an effective tax rate of 33.5%, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and $6.6 million, or an effective tax rate of 37.0%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the provision for income taxes was $33.5 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 43.8%, compared to $17.9 million, or an effective tax rate of 34.3%, for the year ended December 31, 2016. The changes in the income tax provision and effective tax rate were primarily due to the $7.0 million charge related to enactment of the Tax Act that required the Company to revalue its net deferred tax asset.  This charge may be subject to adjustment in future periods.

Total assets were $5.299 billion at December 31, 2017, up $213.0 million, or 4.2%, from $5.086 billion at September 30, 2017 and $863.5 million, or 19.5%, from $4.436 billion at December 31, 2016.  The growth in assets includes $120.4 million of assets acquired in the Meetinghouse acquisition. Net loans were $4.623 billion at December 31, 2017, up $120.9 million, or 2.7%, from September 30, 2017, and $724.1 million, or 18.6%, from December 31, 2016, including $73.6 million of loans acquired in the Meetinghouse acquisition.  Loan originations totaled $452.9 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 and $1.763 billion during the year ended December 31, 2017. The net increase in loans for the year ended December 31, 2017 was primarily due to increases of $287.2 million in commercial real estate loans, $216.7 million in multi-family loans, $138.5 million in construction loans, $71.2 million in one- to four-family loans and $10.2 million in commercial and industrial loans.  Cash and due from banks was $402.7 million at December 31, 2017, an increase of $166.3 million, or 70.3% from December 31, 2016.  Securities available for sale were $38.4 million at December 31, 2017, a decrease of $29.3 million, or 43.3%, from $67.7 million at December 31, 2016.

Total deposits were $4.108 billion at December 31, 2017, an increase of $162.4 million, or 4.1%, from $3.945 billion at September 30, 2017 and an increase of $632.0 million, or 18.2%, from $3.476 billion at December 31, 2016.  Contributing to the growth was $93.8 million of deposits acquired in the Meetinghouse acquisition.  Core deposits, which exclude certificate of deposits, increased $389.6 million, or 16.6%, during the year ended December 31, 2017 to $2.737 billion, or 66.6% of total deposits. Total borrowings were $513.4 million, up $42.4 million, or 9.0%, from September 30, 2017 and up $190.9 million, or 59.2%, from December 31, 2016. 

Total stockholders' equity increased $6.0 million, or 0.9%, to $646.4 million at December 31, 2017 from $640.4 million at September 30, 2017, and $39.1 million, or 6.4%, from $607.3 million at December 31, 2016. The increase for the year ended December 31, 2017 was primarily due to net income of $42.9 million, and $6.5 million related to stock-based compensation plans partially offset by $1.7 million in accumulated other comprehensive losses, reflecting a decrease in the fair value of available-for-sale securities, partially offset by dividends of $0.17 per share totaling $8.7 million. Stockholders' equity to assets was 12.20% at December 31, 2017, compared to 12.59% at September 30, 2017 and 13.69% at December 31, 2016. Book value per share increased to $11.96 at December 31, 2017 from $11.33 at December 31, 2016. Tangible book value per share increased to $11.54 at December 31, 2017 from $11.08 at December 31, 2016. Market price per share increased $1.70, or 9.0%, to $20.60 at December 31, 2017 from $18.90 at December 31, 2016. At December 31, 2017, the Company and the Bank continued to exceed all regulatory capital requirements.

As of December 31, 2017, the Company had repurchased 2,059,611 shares of its stock at an average price of $13.71 per share, or 75.2% of the 2,737,334 shares authorized for repurchase under the Company's repurchase program adopted in August 2015. The Company did not repurchase any of its shares during the year ended December 31, 2017.

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 33 full-service locations and one mobile location 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, Norfolk 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)
 
    December 31, 2017     September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016  
                         
    (Dollars in thousands)  
ASSETS                        
Cash and due from banks   $ 402,687     $ 300,297     $ 236,423  
Certificates of deposit     69,326       75,192       80,323  
Securities available for sale, at fair value     38,364       44,661       67,663  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost     24,947       22,976       18,175  
Loans held for sale     3,772       3,707       3,944  
Loans:                        
One- to four-family     603,680       560,393       532,450  
Home equity lines of credit     48,393       42,042       42,913  
Multi-family     779,637       702,631       562,948  
Commercial real estate     2,063,781       2,070,761       1,776,601  
Construction     641,306       604,487       502,753  
Commercial and industrial     525,604       561,769       515,430  
Consumer     10,761       10,222       9,712  
Total loans     4,673,162       4,552,305       3,942,807  
Allowance for loan losses     (45,185 )     (45,643 )     (40,149 )
Net deferred loan origination fees     (5,179 )     (4,794 )     (3,990 )
Loans, net     4,622,798       4,501,868       3,898,668  
Bank-owned life insurance     40,336       40,052       40,745  
Foreclosed real estate, net           1,690        
Premises and equipment, net     40,967       40,077       41,427  
Accrued interest receivable     12,902       11,580       10,381  
Deferred tax asset, net     15,244       21,487       21,461  
Goodwill     19,638       13,687       13,687  
Other intangible assets     3,243              
Other assets     5,231       9,140       3,105  
Total assets   $ 5,299,455     $ 5,086,414     $ 4,436,002  
                         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                        
Deposits:                        
Non interest-bearing demand deposits   $ 477,428     $ 455,540     $ 431,222  
Interest-bearing demand deposits     1,004,155       896,561       630,413  
Money market deposits     921,895       975,246       980,344  
Regular savings and other deposits     333,774       324,895       305,632  
Certificates of deposit     1,370,609       1,293,227       1,128,226  
Total deposits     4,107,861       3,945,469       3,475,837  
Long-term debt     513,444       471,069       322,512  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     31,751       29,472       30,356  
Total liabilities     4,653,056       4,446,010       3,828,705  
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; 54,039,316, 53,947,394 and 53,596,105 shares issued at December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     540       539       536  
Additional paid-in capital     395,716       393,903       390,065  
Retained earnings     268,533       262,079       234,290  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     128       2,622       1,806  
Unearned compensation - ESOP, 2,557,036, 2,587,477 and 2,678,800 at December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     (18,518 )     (18,739 )     (19,400 )
Total stockholders' equity     646,399       640,404       607,297  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 5,299,455     $ 5,086,414     $ 4,436,002  
 

 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended     Years Ended  
    December 31, 2017     September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016     December 31, 2017     December 31, 2016  
                                         
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
Interest and dividend income:                                        
Interest and fees on loans   $ 49,144     $ 46,597     $ 40,172     $ 179,425     $ 145,541  
Interest on debt securities:                                        
Taxable     42       58       159       302       866  
Tax-exempt     14             19       32       114  
Dividends on equity securities     223       275       346       1,066       1,529  
Interest on certificates of deposit     185       221       115       814       495  
Other interest and dividend income     1,265       819       438       3,465       1,147  
Total interest and dividend income     50,873       47,970       41,249       185,104       149,692  
Interest expense:                                        
Interest on deposits     10,100       8,528       6,962       33,982       24,124  
Interest on short-term borrowings                       4       6  
Interest on long-term debt     1,444       1,388       868       4,926       3,007  
Total interest expense     11,544       9,916       7,830       38,912       27,137  
Net interest income     39,329       38,054       33,419       146,192       122,555  
Provision for loan losses     (715 )     2,458       1,304       4,859       7,180  
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses     40,044       35,596       32,115       141,333       115,375  
Non-interest income:                                        
Customer service fees     2,170       2,081       2,233       8,517       8,491  
Loan fees     88       180       335       1,970       918  
Mortgage banking gains, net     109       176       125       457       573  
Gain on sales of securities, net     6,058       865       2,627       9,305       3,020  
Income from bank-owned life insurance     284       294       294       1,158       1,188  
Gain on life insurance distribution           1,657             1,657        
Total non-interest income     8,709       5,253       5,614       23,064       14,190  
Non-interest expenses:                                        
Salaries and employee benefits     13,761       12,973       12,167       53,161       48,828  
Occupancy and equipment     2,798       2,676       2,881       11,533       10,809  
Data processing     1,531       1,528       1,331       5,912       5,135  
Marketing and advertising     1,131       715       973       3,653       3,217  
Professional services     804       624       969       3,669       2,965  
Deposit insurance     824       660       481       2,988       2,037  
Merger and acquisition     1,784       271             2,055        
Other general and administrative     1,236       1,367       976       4,994       4,503  
Total non-interest expenses     23,869       20,814       19,778       87,965       77,494  
Income before income taxes     24,884       20,035       17,951       76,432       52,071  
Provision for income taxes     15,863       6,702       6,642       33,487       17,881  
Net income   $ 9,021     $ 13,333     $ 11,309     $ 42,945     $ 34,190  
                                         
Earnings per share:                                        
Basic   $ 0.18     $ 0.26     $ 0.22     $ 0.84     $ 0.67  
Diluted   $ 0.17     $ 0.25     $ 0.22     $ 0.82     $ 0.65  
Weighted average shares:                                        
Basic     51,425,793       51,229,203       50,940,037       51,153,665     51,128,914  
Diluted     53,026,141       52,672,962       52,102,511       52,663,597     52,248,308  
                                       

 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
    AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Yield/Cost (1)(6)   Average Balance     Interest (1)   YieldCost (1)(6)   AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Yield/Cost (1)(6)
                                                                                     
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                                                                    
Interest-earning assets:                                                                                    
Loans (2)   $ 4,555,544     $ 50,361         4.39   %   $ 4,402,966     $ 47,855         4.31   %   $ 3,792,961     $ 41,394         4.34   %
Securities and certificates of deposit     110,900       554         1.98         132,972       658         1.96         147,509       778         2.10    
Other interest-earning assets (3)     375,712       1,265         1.34         208,193       819         1.56         244,241       438         0.71    
Total interest-earning assets     5,042,156       52,180         4.11         4,744,131       49,332         4.13         4,184,711       42,610         4.05    
Noninterest-earning assets     115,174                           115,491                           113,336                      
Total assets   $ 5,157,330                         $ 4,859,622                         $ 4,298,047                      
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                                                    
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                                                    
Interest-bearing deposits   $ 965,096     $ 2,624         1.08       $ 819,965       1,874         0.91       $ 577,419     $ 1,025         0.71    
Money market deposits     920,676       2,176         0.94         966,340       2,240         0.92         907,157       1,955         0.86    
Regular savings and other deposits     321,436       113         0.14         323,621       113         0.14         301,832       108         0.14    
Certificates of deposit     1,322,382       5,187         1.56         1,169,264       4,301         1.46         1,139,816       3,874         1.35    
Total interest-bearing deposits     3,529,590       10,100         1.14         3,279,190       8,528         1.03         2,926,224       6,962         0.95    
Borrowings     486,882       1,444         1.18         468,642       1,388         1.18         325,421       868         1.06    
Total interest-bearing liabilities     4,016,472       11,544         1.14         3,747,832       9,916         1.05         3,251,645       7,830         0.96    
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits     462,684                           450,890                           416,727                      
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     29,596                           26,228                           26,977                      
Total liabilities     4,508,752                           4,224,950                           3,695,349                      
Total stockholders' equity     648,578                           634,672                           602,698                      
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 5,157,330                         $ 4,859,622                         $ 4,298,047                      
Net interest-earning assets   $ 1,025,684                         $ 996,299                         $ 933,066                      
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income             40,636                           39,416                           34,780              
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments             (1,307 )                         (1,362 )                         (1,361 )            
Net interest income           $ 39,329                         $ 38,054                         $ 33,419              
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                       2.97   %                       3.08   %                       3.09   %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                       3.20   %                       3.30   %                       3.31   %
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities             125.54   %                       126.58   %                       128.70   %          
Supplemental Information:                                                                                    
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 3,992,274     $ 10,100         1.00   %   $ 3,730,080     $ 8,528         0.91   %   $ 3,342,951     $ 6,962         0.83   %
Total deposits and borrowings, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 4,479,156     $ 11,544         1.02   %   $ 4,198,722     $ 9,916         0.94   %   $ 3,668,372     $ 7,830         0.85   %
                                                                                     

(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 December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.28%, 4.20% and 4.21%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 1.66%, 1.65% and 1.72%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.00%, 4.01% and 3.92%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was 2.86%, 2.96% and 2.96%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was 3.09%, 3.18% and 3.18%, 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)
 
    Years Ended
    December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
    Average Balance     Interest (1)   Yield/Cost (1)   AverageBalance     Interest (1)   Yield/Cost (1)
                                                         
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                                        
Interest-earning assets:                                                        
Loans (2)   $ 4,286,830     $ 184,337         4.30   %   $ 3,495,088     $ 150,182         4.30   %
Securities and certificates of deposit     132,872       2,630         1.98         183,828       3,629         1.97    
Other interest-earning assets (3)     266,945       3,465         1.30         146,786       1,147         0.78    
Total interest-earning assets     4,686,647       190,432         4.06         3,825,702       154,958         4.05    
Noninterest-earning assets     113,254                           116,985                      
Total assets   $ 4,799,901                         $ 3,942,687                      
                                                         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                                        
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                        
Interest-bearing demand deposits   $ 799,377     $ 7,315         0.92       $ 469,103     $ 2,988         0.64    
Money market deposits     971,692       8,865         0.91         857,952       7,025         0.82    
Regular savings and other deposits     317,717       448         0.14         296,951       424         0.14    
Certificates of deposit     1,193,803       17,354         1.45         1,042,425       13,687         1.31    
Total interest-bearing deposits     3,282,589       33,982         1.04         2,666,431       24,124         0.90    
Borrowings     411,200       4,930         1.20         277,586       3,013         1.09    
Total interest-bearing liabilities     3,693,789       38,912         1.05         2,944,017       27,137         0.92    
Non interest-bearing demand deposits     448,952                           382,644                      
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     27,221                           23,879                      
Total liabilities     4,169,962                           3,350,540                      
Total stockholders' equity     629,939                           592,147                      
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 4,799,901                         $ 3,942,687                      
Net interest-earning assets   $ 992,858                         $ 881,685                      
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income             151,520                           127,821              
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments             (5,328 )                         (5,266 )            
Net interest income           $ 146,192                         $ 122,555              
Interest rate spread (1)(4)                       3.01   %                       3.13   %
Net interest margin (1)(5)                       3.23   %                       3.34   %
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities             126.88   %                       129.95   %          
                                                         
Supplemental Information:                                                        
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 3,731,541     $ 33,982         0.91   %   $ 3,049,075     $ 24,124         0.79   %
Total deposits and borrowings, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits   $ 4,142,741     $ 38,912         0.94   %   $ 3,326,661     $ 27,137         0.82   %
                                                         

(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 years ended December 31, 2017, and 2016, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.19% and 4.16%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 1.67% and 1.63%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.95% and 3.91%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the years ended ended December 31, 2017, and 2016 was 2.90% and 2.99%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the years ended December 31, 2017, and 2016 was 3.12% 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.
 
MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Years Ended  
    December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016  
                                                     
Key Performance Ratios                                                    
Return on average assets (1)     0.70   %     1.10   %     1.05   %     0.89   %     0.87   %  
Return on average equity (1)     5.56         8.40         7.51         6.82         5.77      
Interest rate spread  (1) (2)     2.97         3.08         3.09         3.01         3.13      
Net interest margin  (1) (3)     3.20         3.30         3.31         3.23         3.34      
Non-interest expense to average assets  (1)     1.85         1.71         1.84         1.83         1.97      
Efficiency ratio (4)     52.61         48.40         54.33         53.71         57.95      

    December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016  
                                 
    (Dollars in thousands)  
Asset Quality                                
Non-accrual loans:                                
One- to four-family   $ 6,890       $ 7,055       $ 8,487      
Home equity lines of credit     562         563         674      
Commercial real estate     388         862         2,807      
Construction     -         173         815      
Commercial and industrial     523         525         653      
Total non-accrual loans     8,363         9,178         13,436      
Foreclosed assets             1,690              
Total non-performing assets   $ 8,363       $ 10,868       $ 13,436      
                                 
Allowance for loan losses/total loans     0.97   %     1.00   %     1.02   %  
Allowance for loan losses/non-accrual loans     540.30         497.31         298.82      
Non-accrual loans/total loans     0.18         0.20         0.34      
Non-accrual loans/total assets     0.16         0.18         0.30      
Non-performing assets/total assets     0.16         0.21         0.30      
                                 
Capital and Share Related                                
Stockholders' equity to total assets     12.20   %     12.59   %     13.69   %  
Book value per share   $ 11.96       $ 11.87       $ 11.33      
Tangible book value per share (5)   $ 11.54       $ 11.62       $ 11.08      
Market value per share   $ 20.60       $ 18.65       $ 18.90      
Shares outstanding   54,039,316       53,947,394       53,596,105      
                           

(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 is a non-GAAP measure representing non-interest expense, excluding merger and acquisition expenses, divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains or losses on sales of securities. The efficiency ratio is a common measure used by banks to understand expenses related to the generation of revenue. We have removed gains or losses on sales of securities as management deems them to be discretionary and not representative of operating performance. We have removed merger and acquisition expenses as management deems them to be not representative of operating performance. Presented on a basis including merger and acquisition expenses and gains or losses on sales of securities, the efficiency ratio was 46.69%, 48.06% and 50.67% for the quarters ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, and 51.97% and 56.67% for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.(5)   Tangible book value per share represents total stockholders' equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of shares outstanding.

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