Berkshire Hills Bancorp reports 40 percent growth in Q2 core EPS

first_img— Interest expense 5,7156,121 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME – UNAUDITED Total interest and dividend income    32,053 Total net revenue32,371 Sept. 30, 1,027887 (In thousands, except per share data)2011 520 2010 Other1,628 816 Loans$ 28,607 $ 24,606$ 25,005 – Interest and dividend income     Securities and other    3,446 1,432 $     0.25 Net interest income24,201 1,373 19,684 7,611 Diluted$     0.11 1,090 Non-interest income Insurance commissions and fees    2,782 Income before income taxes2,248 6,787 Supplies, postage and delivery507 2,0522,153 5911,125 20112010 13,893 7,7678,274 609184 549 $     0.20$     0.26 – 1,708426 $     0.25 – $ 24,917 3,473 7,912 3,4353,043 Marketing and professional services    1,557 2,5412,871 $   3,454 Technology and communications1,531 1,1921,051 (301) — 13,856 454453 Other real estate owned700 2,819 Loan related fees780 2,305 13,865 1,116 FDIC premiums and assessments741 6,563 100 26,482 10,870 80234 $     0.20$     0.26 Gain on sale of securities, net    6 – Non-recurring gain124 23,18921,415 20,14620,095 3,7302,150 8,1347,431 4,153 1,140 2,963 June 30, Total fee income    8,317 2,267 2,988 June 30, 1,6002,000 Provision for loan losses  1,500 (122) Berkshire Bank,Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHLB) reported second quarter 2011 core earnings per share totaling $0.35, increasing by 40 percent compared to $0.25 in the second quarter of 2010.  This increase resulted from strong ongoing organic growth together with the benefits of the acquisition of Rome Bancorp, which was completed on April 1, 2011. Diluted earnings per share was $0.11 for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $0.25 in the second quarter of 2010.Berkshire also completed the acquisition of Legacy Bancorp on July 21, 2011.  This event will be reported in Berkshire’s third quarter financial results. Berkshire incurred non-core merger related expenses in the second quarter for both the Rome and Legacy transactions.  Net of these expenses, which totaled $0.24per share after-tax, GAAP earnings per share were $0.11 during the quarter.  Including the Legacy acquisition in July, Berkshire’s total assets have now grown by more than 40% this year to over $4 billion, and Berkshire’s total common shares outstanding have increased by about 50% to approximately 21.1 million.  Based on the $23.06 closing price of Berkshire’s common stock on July 20, 2011, Berkshire’s total market capitalization exceeds $480 million.SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Revenue and expense comparisons are to the prior year second quarter, unless otherwise noted.  Second quarter results include the operations of Rome Bancorp.  Organic growth numbers exclude acquired Rome balances.)40% increase in core earnings per share16% organic annualized commercial loan growth9% organic annualized total loan growth3% organic annualized deposit growth3.52% net interest margin, improved from 3.30% in the first quarter of 201122% increase in wealth management fee income0.52% non-performing assets/total assets0.24% annualized net loan charge-offs/average loans0.62% accruing delinquent loans/loansBerkshire President and CEO, Michael P. Daly, stated, “Our solid core earnings growth reflects strong organic growth and sensible bank acquisitions that are improving the strength of our franchise and shareholder value.  We have completed the Rome and Legacy acquisitions as planned.  We fully expect to achieve the cost savings and earnings targets that we have previously set out for these mergers and for our overall operations, and we are also benefiting from a higher net interest margin.  Our tangible book value per share at mid-year improved from where it was before we announced these acquisitions, reflecting our financial disciplines to produce strong earnings accretion while carefully managing any impact on tangible equity.”Mr. Daly continued, “All major business lines produced solid organic growth in the second quarter.  Growth has been led by the commercial lending teams recruited in recent years, as Berkshire continues to increase its market share in supporting business activity in our regional markets.  Our annualized organic core earnings per share growth continues to exceed 25%.  Our core return on assets has increased by 41% over 2010, and we are moving strongly towards our medium term goal to produce an annualized return on assets exceeding 1%.  For the quarter, our marginal core return on equity exceeded 10% on the additional capital that we utilized in the second quarter, which is consistent with our investment objectives.  Our asset quality metrics continue to be favorable and our capital ratios are strong and have improved during the year.  We continue to take advantage of the opportunities to take our company to the next level in serving our markets and in our attractiveness to the investment community.”DIVIDEND DECLAREDThe Board of Directors maintained the cash dividend on Berkshire’s common stock, declaring a dividend of$0.16 per share to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 11, 2011 and payable onAugust 25, 2011.   This dividend equates to a 2.95% annualized yield based on the average closing price of Berkshire’s common stock in the second quarter of 2011.FINANCIAL CONDITIONChanges in financial condition in the second quarter reflected the Rome acquisition at the start of the quarter, together with the ongoing benefit of organic loan and deposit growth.  Total assets increased to$3.2 billion, including the addition of $0.3 billion in Rome assets.  Total loans increased by 14% during the second quarter, including the benefit of 9% annualized organic loan growth.  Commercial business loans increased at a 16% annualized organic rate in the second quarter, including the benefit of higher asset based loans.  Residential mortgage balances increased at a 6% organic annualized rate, offsetting the impact of planned runoff of indirect auto loans.Second quarter asset quality metrics remain favorable and continue to improve.  Non-performing assets decreased to 0.52% of total assets, and annualized net loan charge-offs decreased to 0.24% of average loans.  Accruing delinquent loans also remained favorable, decreasing to 0.62% of total loans.  Total deposits increased by 11% in the second quarter with the benefit of the Rome acquisition.  Annualized organic deposit growth was 3% for the quarter.  The loan/deposit ratio was 99% at mid-year, reflecting the Bank’s ongoing strong liquidity.Berkshire issued 2.7 million shares for the Rome acquisition at an average value of $20.83 based on the closing price of Berkshire’s stock prior to the acquisition.  Total shareholders’ equity increased by $54 million primarily due to the benefit of this stock issuance.  Total intangible assets increased by $20 millionas a result of the Rome purchase accounting.  Tangible book value per share was $15.07 at mid-year, declining slightly from $15.35 at the start of the year.  Total book value per share decreased to $26.61from $27.61 during this period, primarily reflecting the $20.83 per share book value of the new shares issued.  The ratio of tangible equity/assets increased to 8.3% from 8.0% during the first half of the year including the benefit of the Rome acquisition.  RESULTS OF OPERATIONSThe second quarter of 2011 was the first period including the benefits of the Rome operations acquired at the start of the quarter.  As a result, most categories of income and expense increased due to the Romemerger.  Most core profitability measurements improved due to the benefit of this merger.  Results in the most recent quarter include an estimated $0.03 per share accretive core earnings benefit from the Romeacquisition.  Earnings per share were affected by the issuance of additional Berkshire common shares related to the Rome acquisition.  Second quarter core earnings increased by 69% to $5.8 million in 2011 compared to 2010, and core earnings per share increased by 40% to $0.35 (including the impact of the newly issued shares).  Excluding the $0.03 estimated Rome-related core EPS accretion, core EPS grew at a 27% organic annualized rate compared to the prior quarter.  This ongoing organic growth in core EPS reflects the benefit of positive operating leverage resulting from revenue growth and disciplined expense management.  GAAP income results in 2011 included the impact of merger related non-core items listed on page F-9 of the accompanying tables, adjusted for tax accruals.  Second quarter 2011 GAAP earnings per share were$0.11, net of $0.24 per share in net after-tax merger related non-core items.  Including the benefits of theRome merger, the core return on assets improved to 0.72% in the most recent quarter.  Net of merger related charges, GAAP return on assets measured 0.23%.  The efficiency ratio improved including the benefits of the merger and organic growth.  Second quarter total net revenue increased by 22% in 2011 compared to 2010.  The net interest margin improved to 3.52% from 3.30% in the prior quarter and 3.25% in the second quarter of 2010.  This improvement was primarily due to the higher margin of the acquired Rome operations, along with the continuing benefit of disciplined pricing of loans and deposits.  Second quarter wealth management revenue increased organically by 22% in 2011 compared to 2010, including the benefit of new business development at a 13% annualized rate for the first half of the year.  Including the wealth management business acquired after mid-year with the Legacy acquisition, Berkshire’s total assets under management now exceed $900 million for its combined wealth management business.  Second quarter insurance commissions increased 4% year-to-year, including the benefit of commercial account growth.  Second quarter revenue included the impact of a $0.5 million year-to-year reduction in insurance contingency income as a result of lower payouts from major carriers due to industry conditions.The provision for loan losses decreased in the most recent quarter compared to the prior quarter and to the second quarter of 2010, reflecting the continuing strong performance of the loan portfolio.   Under current accounting standards for business combinations, the Rome loan loss allowance was not transferred to Berkshire along with the Rome loans.  Estimated losses inherent in Rome’s loan portfolio were recorded as charges against the fair value of Rome loans on the merger date.  Berkshire’s loan loss allowance remained unchanged at $31.9 million during the second quarter.  The ratio of the allowance to total loans was 1.30% at mid-year 2011, and the ratio of the allowance to nonperforming loans was 212%.  Second quarter non-interest expense totaled $28.6 million, including $5.5 million in non-core merger related expenses.  Core non-interest expense totaled $23.2 million, which was a 16% increase over the second quarter of 2010.  This increase includes the impact of the core Rome operating expenses.  Berkshire is proceeding with its plans to achieve cost savings related to this merger, which are expected to be further realized in upcoming quarters.  FDIC insurance expense decreased due to the benefit of new FDIC industry assessment rates which became effective at the beginning of the second quarter.  This partially offset a write-down on a foreclosed property in anticipation of its sale.  Second quarter income tax expense decreased in 2011 compared to 2010 due to the lower pre-tax earnings as a result of the merger related expenses recorded in the most recent quarter.UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS OF LEGACY BANCORPIncluded in the financial exhibits to this news release are unaudited selected second quarter financial highlights of Legacy Bancorp.  This information does not include all items which will affect the final financial statements of Legacy as of the acquisition date.  Activity in the second quarter was in line with the Company’s expectations and transitioning in anticipation of the merger.  Additional financial information about Legacy Bancorp will be provided in the notes to the financial statements of Berkshire as of September 30, 2011, which will reflect the acquisition of Legacy as of July 21, 2011.  In conjunction with the acquisition of Legacy, a deposit divestiture agreement was entered into with NBT Bancorp to divest four Berkshire County Legacy branch offices with deposits totaling approximately $158 million.  It is anticipated that this divestiture will be completed by October 31, 2011.NOTE ON ACCOUNTING CORRECTIONBased on a review of its tax credit investment limited partnership interests in the most recent quarter,Berkshire determined that its net income had been understated by an immaterial amount in prior periods.  These interests primarily relate to low income housing, community development, and solar energy related investments.  The Company has corrected its accounting for these interests, including adjustments to non-interest income to reflect book losses in these interests, which are more than offset by the reduction of income tax expense resulting from federal income tax credits.  The enclosed financial statements include the impact of the correction of these immaterial errors to current and prior period financial information presented.   Compensation and benefits12,027 28,463 9,092 756 1,244 2,000 27,963 3,546 Income tax expense371 1,4661,519 8,0547,197 2,316 2,730 Amortization of intangible assets    935 Merger related expenses    5,451 1,4101,572 Basic16,580 Wealth management fees    1,389 26,247 Mar. 31,Dec. 31, Deposit related fees3,366 6,685 2,200 28,28027,526 Quarters Ended Basic$     0.11 Total non-interest expense    28,623 768 768 $     0.25 20,028 – $   2,835$   3,600 Borrowings and junior subordinated debentures2,084 Other(277) 3,3073,364 2010 Occupancy and equipment    3,546 Non-interest expense 3,197 $ 24,490 8,779 13,94313,890 1,2131,520 10,960 3,4914,111 13,98113,934 4,254 Total non-interest income      8,170 656511 699 $   3,438 Net income$   1,877 1,253 – 1,458 716718 Weighted average shares outstanding:       BACKGROUNDBerkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM), and now has more than $4 billion in assets after the Legacy acquisition.    The Company has more than 60 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and theDepositors Insurance Fund (DIF).  For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) or call 800-773-5601.  FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTSThis document may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  There are several factors that could cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations described in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of such factors, please seeBerkshire’s most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov(link is external).  Berkshire does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made in this document.NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESThis document contains certain non-GAAP financial measures in addition to results presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).  These non-GAAP measures provide supplemental perspectives on operating results, performance trends, and financial condition.  They are not a substitute for GAAP measures; they should be read and used in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financial information.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is included in the accompanying financial tables.  In all cases, it should be understood that non-GAAP per share measures do not depict amounts that accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders.  The Company utilizes the non-GAAP measure of core earnings in evaluating operating trends, including components for core revenue and expense.  These measures exclude amounts which the Company views as unrelated to its normalized operations, including merger costs and restructuring costs.  Similarly, the efficiency ratio is also adjusted for these non-core items.  The Company also adjusts certain equity related measures to exclude intangible assets due to the importance of these measures to the investment community.  Non-GAAP adjustments in 2010 and 2011 are primarily related to expense charges related to the Rome and Legacy mergers.  These charges consist primarily of severance/benefit related expenses and professional fees.  Tax adjustments are based on an analysis of tax accruals for core income and for GAAP income, with the net difference included with non-core items and reflecting the timing impacts of tax expense estimates.PITTSFIELD, Mass., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — $     0.25 874 11,15111,093 542 18,871 27,91328,369 BERKSHIRE HILLS BANCORP, INC. 893 Deposits5,768 Diluted16,601 Earnings per share: 6,512 – 20,094 13,894 Total interest expense    7,852last_img read more

China reports avian flu case near Hong Kong

first_imgJun 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 31-year-old Chinese man from Guangdong province near Hong Kong has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, according to a Xinhua news report today.The man, a truck driver, had a fever, back pain, and coughing that started Jun 3, and he was hospitalized in the city of Shenzhen Jun 9, according to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He has been transferred to Donghu Hospital in Shenzhen and is listed in critical condition, Xinhua reported.The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control said the man tested positive for H5N1, and samples had been sent to China’s Ministry of Health for verification.The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global count of human H5N1 cases currently stands at 225 cases worldwide, including 128 deaths, since the current outbreak began in 2003. China has reported 18 avian flu cases and 12 deaths, all in 2005 and 2006, according to the WHO.The infected man might have contracted H5N1 after his wife bought a chicken from a live-bird market 2 weeks earlier and served it to him and four other family members, AFP reported, citing Xinhua. The other relatives have not had symptoms, the story said. In contrast, a Bloomberg report today said the man himself may have visited a local wet market.Shenzhen is about 40 minutes by rail from Hong Kong, the Bloomberg report said, and thousands commute between the cities each day or visit Shenzhen to shop. Hong Kong officials are screening travelers arriving by land for fever and have stepped up inspections of poultry from mainland China, according to Bloomberg.News of this human case comes after China’s Ministry of Agriculture issued an emergency order for local governments to tighten controls over poultry stocks to prevent migratory birds from infecting them, AFP reported Jun 12. The order focuses on areas in the flight paths of migratory birds. China has reported 35 outbreaks of avian flu among poultry since October 2005, according to AFP.In addition, the WHO announced it will open a center in China to help fight avian flu and other infectious diseases, according to a Jun 12 Bloomberg story. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance, Research and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases will be located in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.”The WHO collaborating center in Guangdong is a milestone in China’s contribution to global public health,” said Huang Jiefu, China’s vice-minister for health, in a statement quoted by Bloomberg. “It reflects our country’s commitment to playing a prominent role in this regard, at an especially critical moment in public health history.”Elsewhere, Indonesia has asked the WHO and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to hold a technical review and consultation meeting next week in Jakarta, a separate Bloomberg story reported. Indonesia’s national committee for avian flu and pandemic flu preparedness invited Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO’s global influenza program, and other avian flu experts to participate in the meeting.The 3-day meeting begins Jun 21 and will assess the avian flu situation in Indonesia’s human and animal populations, according to Bloomberg. Its aim is to provide guidance to Indonesia’s government and improve the country’s strategies for rapid response and containment of outbreaks.And in northeastern Ukraine, the village of Pisky near the Russian border was quarantined to control an outbreak of avian flu in domestic poultry, a third Bloomberg article reported yesterday. A team of 70 soldiers was culling about 7,200 chickens to control the outbreak, the story said, only a month after government officials declared Ukraine free of the H5N1 virus.”I don’t know how long we will quarantine the village,” Ihor Krol, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, told Bloomberg.The country has culled more than 175,000 poultry in its southern regions this year to contain avian flu, Bloomberg reported. Ukraine also quarantined 10 villages in the Crimea, on the Black Sea, in December after the virus killed 2,500 poultry in the first of the country’s 22 H5N1 outbreaks, the story said. That quarantine was lifted in March.The current outbreak is the first in northern Ukraine, according to a Jun 12 Reuters article.last_img read more

Kento Momota suffers minor injury in road accident

first_imgKuala Lumpur: World No. 1 shuttler Kento Momota was injured in a traffic accident in Malaysia on early Monday. The 25-year-old is in a stable condition despite a minor injury, police and badminton officials said. The van carrying Momota to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) collided with a 30-ton lorry from behind, killing the Malaysian driver of the van on the spot, according to the police as well as the local fire and rescue department. The other passengers in the van were UK badminton court official William Thomas who operates the hawkeye system operator, Japanese assistant coach Hirayama Yu and physiologist Morimoto Arkifuki. They were rushed to a nearby hospital to receive treatment. IANSAlso Read: Srikanth gets 1st round bye in Hong Kong as Momota pulls outAlso Watch: AJYCP observed ‘Black Day’ against CAA 2019 in Nagaonlast_img read more

A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES!

first_imgIt may be a small Donegal school but it is going big places in national competitions.Cloughfin NS are going to see Google!Cloughfin N.S., situated in a rural setting between Ballindrait, Castlefinn and Raphoe, might be a small two teacher school but this has not impeded them from excelling in two national competitions.Pupils and staff were thrilled to hear that their school’s website has once again been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards for the Best School Website category. There are only seven primary schools from all over Ireland that have been shortlisted in this category. Pupils will attend the Awards Cermony in none other than Google’s European Headquarters in The Foundry at Google in Dublin on Tuesday the 29th of April.Principal Fiona Farry said “Pupils are so excited at the prospect of traveling to this spectacular venue. It will be an amazing experience for them. Our school website www.cloughfinns.com showcases the huge amount of hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff in our school. We are the only primary school in Co. Donegal to be shortlisted and are delighted to hear that a group of students from St. Eunan’s College (post primary school) in Letterkenny have also been shortlisted for their project in the Best web design category http://www.optimalf1.com/ ”The school’s website.But wait, there is more. 5th and 6th class pupils have also topped the polls in a National Maths Competition for the months of February and March and are currently in pole position overall as the end of the challenge approaches on May 16th. TD Joe Mc Hugh presented them with there Mathletes Cup for winning the National February Challenge. http://www.mathletes.ie is the brainchild of Junior Minister for Education Ciarán Cannon and Sean O Sullivan, Sos Ventures and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den (RTE) and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Mr. O Sullivan tweeted the following ” Sean OSullivan @sosventuresBiggest little underdog Primary School in #Ireland @MATHletes_ie Cloughfin NS in Lifford, Co. Donegal http://mathletes.ie/leaderboards-schools-march/ … #Superhuman ”Pupils master maths skills online using Khan Academy in school and at home. It is amazing to see how much time they spend learning maths at home and even during the school holidays! http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/khando-approach-rips-up-the-rule-book-on-learning-by-rote-30193088.htmlIf the students retain their overall lead on May 16th, they will be presented with their award and a grant to purchase technology for their school at the eXCITE Global Digital Learning Conference, in Dublin on May 31st. http://www.excited.ie/Great see the Donegal Flag flying high again at National Level!!Http:/www.cloughfinns.com or follow the school on Twitter @CloughfinNs A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalGooglelast_img read more