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BSB Bancorp Inc Releases 2015 Q2 Earnings

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 at 11:30 AM

BELMONT, MA, July 23, 2015 (PR Newswire) - BSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ-BLMT) (the “Company”), the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank (the “Bank”), a state-chartered savings bank headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts, today reported net income of $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 54.0%. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, the Company reported net income of $3.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 73.0%.

Robert M. Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to announce a continuation of our organic growth and improving profitability."

NET INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME

Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $9.0 million as compared to $7.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, or an 18.6% increase. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $365,000 as compared to a provision for loan losses of $307,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, or an 18.9% increase. This resulted in a $1.4 million, or 18.6%, increase in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $17.8 million as compared to $14.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, or a 19.1% increase. The provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $704,000, as compared to $696,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2014, or a 1.1% increase. This resulted in a $2.8 million, or 20.0%, increase in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2014.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $948,000 as compared to $859,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 10.4%. This increase was primarily driven by an increase in net gains on sales of loans and income from bank owned life insurance. Net gains on sales of loans increased $130,000 due to an increase in volume of loan sales. Income from bank owned life insurance increased $101,000 due to $15 million of additional policies purchased subsequent to June 30, 2014. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in loan servicing fee income of $60,000. Loan servicing fees decreased primarily due to a decrease in the volume of auto loans serviced for others. Noninterest income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $1.7 million as compared to $1.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 7.8%. This increase was also driven by an increase in income from bank owned life insurance and net gains on sales of loans, partially offset by a decrease in loan servicing fee income.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $7.0 million as compared to $6.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 7.4%. This increase was primarily driven by an increase in salaries and employee benefits costs. Our efficiency ratio improved to 70.1% during the quarter ended June 30, 2015 from 76.8% during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 as we continue to grow the balance sheet and manage costs. Noninterest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $13.9 million as compared to $13.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, or an increase of 5.7%. This increase was primarily driven by an increase in salaries and employee benefits costs. Our efficiency ratio also improved to 71.4% during the six months ended June 30, 2015, from 79.8% during the six months ended June 30, 2014.

BALANCE SHEET

At June 30, 2015, total assets were $1.55 billion, an increase of $126.5 million or 8.9% from $1.43 billion at December 31, 2014. The Company experienced net loan growth of $112.9 million, or 9.6%, from December 31, 2014. Residential one-to-four family loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans and home equity lines of credit increased by $71.6 million, $28.8 million, $12.3 million and $11.2 million, respectively. Partially offsetting this increase were decreases in commercial loans and indirect auto loans of $8.0 million and $2.4 million, respectively. The asset growth was funded by growth in deposits. We expect the balance of our indirect auto loan portfolio to decline as we have temporarily suspended new originations due to current market conditions.

At June 30, 2015, deposits totaled $1.15 billion, an increase of $165.2 million or 16.8% from $984.6 million at December 31, 2014. Core deposits, which we consider to include all deposits other than CD’s and brokered CD’s, increased by $130.8 million from December 31, 2014. Hal R. Tovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Second quarter deposit growth was driven by our expanding municipal banking program as well as the continued success of our targeted strategy for the legal profession. Existing relationships as well as new business penetration in both categories have created strong increases in municipal and IOLTA deposits.”

At June 30, 2015, deposits totaled $1.15 billion, an increase of $165.2 million or 16.8% from $984.6 million at December 31, 2014. Core deposits, which we consider to include all deposits other than CD’s and brokered CD’s, increased by $130.8 million from December 31, 2014. Hal R. Tovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Second quarter deposit growth was driven by our expanding municipal banking program as well as the continued success of our targeted strategy for the legal profession. Existing relationships as well as new business penetration in both categories have created strong increases in municipal and IOLTA deposits.”

ASSET QUALITY

The allowance for loan losses in total and as a percentage of total loans as of June 30, 2015 was $9.5 million and 0.74%, respectively, as compared to $8.9 million and 0.75%, respectively, as of December 31, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, the Company recorded net charge offs of $48,000, as compared to $40,000 for the six months ending June 30, 2014. Total non-performing assets were $2.8 million, or 0.18% of total assets, as of June 30, 2015, as compared to $2.8 million, or 0.20% of total assets as of December 31, 2014.

Company Profile

BSB Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and is the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank. The Bank provides financial services to individuals, families, municipalities and businesses through its six full-service branch offices located in Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham in Southeast Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The Bank's primary lending market includes Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “BLMT”. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.belmontsavings.com.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements herein constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on the beliefs and expectations of management, as well as the assumptions made using information currently available to management. Since these statements reflect the views of management concerning future events, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a result, actual results may differ from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may.” Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, our ability to continue to increase loans and deposit growth, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the businesses in which the Company is engaged, changes in the securities market, and other factors that may be 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. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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