ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNOB) (the “Company” or “ConnectOne”), parent company of ConnectOne Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $4.3 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared with $10.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and $11.9 million for the first quarter of 2017. Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 for the current quarter versus $0.33 earned in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $0.37 earned in the first quarter of 2017. Earnings for the first quarter 2018 included a $17.0 million pretax provision for loan losses related to the Bank’s New York City taxi medallion loan portfolio.

Adjusted net income amounted to $17.1 million, or $0.53 earnings per share, for the first quarter of 2018; $16.3 million, or $0.51 earnings per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017; and $12.3 million, or $0.38 earnings per share, for the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted net income excludes taxi medallion after-tax charges of $13.4 million for the first quarter 2018, $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, and $1.5 million for the first quarter 2017. In addition, the first quarter of 2018 excludes $0.5 million of income tax benefit from ASU 2016-19, the fourth quarter of 2017 excludes a $5.6 million deferred tax asset (“DTA”) estimated valuation charge resulting from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”), and the first quarter of 2017 excludes $1.1 million of after-tax net gains on sales of securities.

Frank Sorrentino, ConnectOne’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased to report continued strong operating performance in the first quarter of 2018 resulting in an adjusted return on average assets of 1.37% and an adjusted return on average tangible common equity of 16.4%. On a quarterly average basis, total loans for the 2018 first quarter increased by an annualized 15.1% sequentially from the 2017 fourth quarter, while average deposits increased by 7.0% on the same basis. Although sequential point-to-point loan and deposit growth was less than typical for ConnectOne due to a large volume of business booked at year-end, we remain on track to achieve strong deposit and loan growth during 2018. We continue to build upon our C&I origination capabilities demonstrated by more than 25% annualized sequential growth in average C&I loans in the 2018 first quarter and, combined with the previously announced $75 million subordinated debt issuance in January 2018, have made substantial headway in reducing our commercial real estate concentration as a percentage of regulatory capital to 509% at March 31, 2018 from 568% at year-end 2017. On the technology front, the implementation of nCino continues, effectively digitizing our loan onboarding process, enhancing our client service capabilities and client experience while also providing additional operating leverage. While our net interest margin in the quarter appeared to contract significantly on a sequential quarter basis, the decrease was primarily attributable to known events and non-recurring items including the early first quarter issuance of $75 million of subordinated debt and a decrease in yield related loan fees. As we continue to invest in our infrastructure and new team members, the efficiency ratio, which due to seasonal factors is typically higher in the first quarter of the year, temporarily increased to 42.5%. In comparison to the first quarter of 2017, the ratio showed an improvement from 44.0%, and still places our organization as one of the best in the industry.”

Mr. Sorrentino added, “Our growth plans include new office centers in Melville, Long Island, which opened in April 2018, and in the Astoria, Queens Market, which is projected to open in the second half of the year. We are pleased with the groundwork we’re laying for the continued success of the business and, going forward, our loan and deposit pipeline remains very strong. We continue to project 2018 loan growth to be in the low to mid-teens and remain well positioned to produce strong, sustainable long-term growth.”

Operating Results

Fully taxable equivalent net interest income for the first quarter of 2018 was $38.6 million, a decrease of $2.1 million, or 5.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2017, resulting from the effects of a lower day count and a 25 basis-points contraction in the net interest margin to 3.26% from 3.51%, partially offset by a 4.3% increase in average interest earning assets, primarily loans, to $4.8 billion in the first quarter 2018 from $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter 2017. Included in net interest income was accretion and amortization of purchase accounting adjustments of $0.2 million during the first quarter of 2018 and $1.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2017. Excluding these purchase accounting adjustments, the adjusted net interest margin was 3.24% in the first quarter of 2018, contracting by 18 basis-points from the fourth quarter of 2017 adjusted net interest margin of 3.42%. Contributing 9 basis-points to the margin contraction were the subordinated debt issuance and the change in the taxable equivalent adjustment, both of which were anticipated. The margin contraction also reflected approximately 6 basis-points of lower yield related fees which tend to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, with the remaining variance attributable to an increasingly competitive environment on both sides of the balance sheet negatively affecting both spreads and volumes of new business.

Fully taxable equivalent net interest income for the first quarter of 2018 increased by $4.7 million, or 13.7%, from the first quarter of 2017, resulting from an increase in average interest-earning assets of 18.4%, primarily loans, offset by a contraction in the net interest margin of 14 basis-points to 3.26% from 3.40%. Included in net interest income was accretion and amortization of purchase accounting adjustments of $0.2 million during the first quarter of 2018 and $0.6 million during the first quarter of 2017. Excluding these purchase accounting adjustments, the adjusted net interest margin was 3.24% in the first quarter of 2018, contracting by 9 basis-points from the first quarter of 2017 adjusted net interest margin of 3.33%. The decrease in the adjusted net interest margin was primarily attributable to the aforementioned long-term subordinated debt issuance, the change in the taxable equivalent adjustment due to the Tax Act, and increased deposit rates, partially offset by higher rates earned on loans.

Noninterest income totaled $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2018, $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2017. Included in the $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2017 were net gains on sale of investment securities of $1.6 million. There were no net gains on sale of investment securities during the first quarter of 2018 or the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease from the prior sequential quarter was mainly attributable to a $0.5 million gain on sale of non-relationship multifamily loans that took place during the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease from the prior year quarter was mainly attributable to the aforementioned net gains on sale of investment securities.

Noninterest expenses totaled $17.1 million for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of $0.5 million from $16.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and a decrease of $1.2 million from $18.2 million for the first quarter of 2017. The increase from the prior sequential quarter was mainly attributable to increases in salaries and employee benefits ($0.3 million), occupancy and equipment expenses ($0.2 million) and other expenses ($0.3 million), offset by a valuation allowance adjustment on taxi medallion loans held-for-sale of $0.3 million that occurred during the prior sequential quarter. The decrease in noninterest expenses from the prior year first quarter was mainly attributable to increases in salaries and employee benefits ($1.5 million), offset by valuation allowance adjustment on taxi medallion loans held-for-sale of $2.6 million that occurred during the prior year quarter. The increases over the prior year fourth quarter were the result of increased levels of business and staff resulting from organic growth.

Income tax expense was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $12.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and $4.9 million for the first quarter of 2017. Included in income tax expenses for the first quarter of 2018 was an income tax benefit of $0.5 million resulting from the effect of ASU 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. Included in income tax expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 was a $5.6 million DTA valuation estimated charge related to the Tax Act. At the present time, the Bank is projecting a 2018 effective tax rate of approximately 21%, exclusive of ASU 2016-09 benefits.

Asset Quality

The provision for loan losses was $17.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2017. The increase from the prior sequential quarter was largely attributable to $17.0 million of provision related to the taxi medallion loan portfolio, offset by a decrease in loan growth. The increase from the prior year quarter was mainly attributable to the aforementioned taxi medallion loan provision. The provision related to taxi medallions primarily resulted from decreases in the transfer values as reported by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and a reduction in the Bank’s cash flow valuation model.

As of March 31, 2018, loans secured by New York City taxi medallions had a carrying value of $29.4 million, down significantly from $46.8 million as of December 31, 2017, reflecting the aforementioned provision (and subsequent charge-off) and cash flow applied to principal. As of March 31, 2018, the medallion loans had a carrying value of approximately $216,000 per medallion, compared to $343,000 as of December 31, 2017.

Nonperforming assets, which includes nonaccrual loans and other real estate owned, were $51.1 million at March 31, 2018, $66.2 million at December 31, 2017 and $72.4 million at March 31, 2017. Included in nonperforming assets were taxi medallion loans totaling $29.4 million at March 31, 2018, $46.8 million at December 31, 2017 and $59.1 million at March 31, 2017. Excluding the taxi medallion loans, nonaccrual loans were $20.6 million at March 31, 2018, $18.8 million at December 31, 2017 and $12.8 million at March 31, 2017, representing 0.49%, 0.46% and 0.36%, respectively, of nonaccrual loans (excluding taxis) as a percentage of loans receivable. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets were 0.99% at March 31, 2018, 1.29% at December 31, 2017 and 1.62% at March 31, 2017.

The net loan charge-offs (recoveries) ratio was 1.63% for the first quarter of 2018, 0.01% for the fourth quarter of 2017 and (0.01%) for the first quarter of 2017. The increase in the net loan charge-off ratio for the first quarter of 2018 was attributable to a $17.0 million charge-off related to the taxi medallion portfolio. The allowance for loan losses represented 0.77%, 0.76%, and 0.75% of loans receivable as of March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonaccrual loans was 65.0% as of March 31, 2018, 48.4% as of December 31, 2017 and 37.4% as of March 31, 2017. Excluding the taxi medallion loans, allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonaccrual loans was 157.7% as of March 31, 2018, 168.4% as of December 31, 2017 and 210.3% as of March 31, 2017.

Selected Balance Sheet Items

At March 31, 2018, the Company’s total assets were $5.2 billion, an increase of $50 million from December 31, 2017, largely a result of net loan growth (loan originations less pay-downs and pay-offs) of $52 million. The Company’s stockholders’ equity was $564 million at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $1 million from December 31, 2017. The decrease in stockholders’ equity was primarily attributable to increases in other comprehensive losses of $3 million, offset by an increase of $2 million in retained earnings. As of March 31, 2018, the Company’s tangible common equity ratio and tangible book value per share were 8.31% and $12.93, respectively. As of December 31, 2017, the tangible common equity ratio and tangible book value per share were 8.41% and $13.01, respectively. Total goodwill and other intangible assets were approximately $148 million as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), ConnectOne routinely supplements its evaluation with an analysis of certain non-GAAP/adjusted financial measures including an adjusted net income available to common shareholders. ConnectOne believes these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to the related GAAP measures, provide meaningful information to investors in understanding our operating performance and trends. These non-GAAP measures have inherent limitations and are not required to be uniformly applied and are not audited. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of results reported under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP/adjusted financial measures disclosed in this earnings release to the comparable GAAP measures are provided in the accompanying tables.

First Quarter 2018 Conference Call

Management will also host a conference call and audio webcast at 10:00 a.m. ET on April 26, 2018 to review the Company’s financial performance and operating results. The conference call dial-in number is 334-323-0522, access code 4265482. Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the call to register. An audio webcast of the conference call will be available to the public, on a listen-only basis, via the "Shareholders" link on the Company’s website https://www.ConnectOneBank.com or at http://ir.connectonebank.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 26, 2018 and ending on Thursday, May 3, 2018 by dialing 719-457-0820, access code 4265482. An online archive of the webcast will be available following the completion of the conference call at https://www.ConnectOneBank.com or at http://ir.connectonebank.com.

About ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc.

ConnectOne is a New Jersey corporation and a registered bank holding company pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and serves as the holding company for ConnectOne Bank ("the Bank"). The Bank is a community-based, full-service New Jersey-chartered commercial bank that was founded in 2005. The Bank operates from its headquarters located at 301 Sylvan Avenue in the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey, and through its 21 other banking offices.

For more information visit https://www.ConnectOneBank.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by use of the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," or similar expressions. The Company’s ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the operations of the Company and its subsidiaries include, but are not limited to, those factors set forth in Item 1A – Risk Factors of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities Exchange Commission, and changes in interest rates, general economic conditions, legislative/regulatory changes, monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board, the quality or composition of the loan or investment portfolios, demand for loan products, deposit flows, competition, demand for financial services in the Company’s market area and accounting principles and guidelines. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to publicly release the result of any revisions which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

CONNECTONE BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION(in thousands)March 31, December 31, March 31,2018 2017 2017(unaudited) (unaudited)ASSETSCash and due from banks$ 36,396 $ 52,565 $ 35,867Interest-bearing deposits with banks 106,391 97,017 126,002 Cash and cash equivalents 142,787 149,582 161,869Securities available-for-sale 424,322 435,284 352,476Equity securities 11,607 – -Loans held-for-sale 45,886 24,845 62,255Loans receivable 4,202,679 4,171,456 3,571,663Less: Allowance for loan losses 32,529 31,748 26,901 Net loans receivable 4,170,150 4,139,708 3,544,762Investment in restricted stock, at cost 34,622 33,497 24,985Bank premises and equipment, net 21,039 21,659 22,259Accrued interest receivable 16,020 15,470 12,701Bank owned life insurance 111,500 111,311 99,063Other real estate owned 1,076 538 580Goodwill 145,909 145,909 145,909Core deposit intangibles 2,195 2,364 2,895Other assets 31,255 28,275 31,062Total assets$ 5,158,368 $ 5,108,442 $ 4,460,816LIABILITIESDeposits: Noninterest-bearing$ 739,174 $ 776,843 $ 671,183 Interest-bearing 3,010,413 3,018,285 2,684,294 Total deposits 3,749,587 3,795,128 3,355,477Borrowings 695,032 670,077 491,226Subordinated debentures (net of $1,845, $456 and $580 in debt issuance costs) 128,310 54,699 54,575Other liabilities 21,173 23,101 19,261Total liabilities 4,594,102 4,543,005 3,920,539COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIESSTOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITYCommon stock 413,958 412,546 412,546Additional paid-in capital 12,022 13,602 11,796Retained earnings 162,510 160,025 135,939Treasury stock (16,717) (16,717) (16,717)Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,507) (4,019) (3,287)Total stockholders’ equity 564,266 565,437 540,277Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$ 5,158,368 $ 5,108,442 $ 4,460,816
CONNECTONE BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(dollars in thousands, except for per share data)Three Months Ended03/31/18 12/31/17 03/31/17Interest income Interest and fees on loans$ 47,025 $ 46,945 $ 38,006 Interest and dividends on investment securities: Taxable 1,887 1,757 1,548 Tax-exempt 814 914 954 Dividends 485 439 330 Interest on federal funds sold and other short-term investments 264 156 246 Total interest income 50,475 50,211 41,084Interest expense Deposits 7,688 6,953 5,109 Borrowings 4,640 3,450 2,834 Total interest expense 12,328 10,403 7,943Net interest income 38,147 39,808 33,141 Provision for loan losses 17,800 2,000 1,100Net interest income after provision for loan losses 20,347 37,808 32,041Noninterest income Annuities and insurance commissions – – 39 Income on bank owned life insurance 774 779 703 Net gains on sale of loans held-for-sale 17 588 21 Deposit, loan and other income 616 657 643 Net gains on sale of investment securities – – 1,596 Total noninterest income 1,407 2,024 3,002Noninterest expenses Salaries and employee benefits 9,679 9,418 8,206 Occupancy and equipment 2,143 1,948 2,255 FDIC insurance 850 935 895 Professional and consulting 723 671 718 Marketing and advertising 207 226 256 Data processing 1,148 1,069 1,149 Amortization of core deposit intangible 169 169 193 Increase in valuation allowance, loans held-for-sale – 267 2,600 Other expenses 2,140 1,863 1,977 Total noninterest expenses 17,059 16,566 18,249Income before income tax expenses 4,695 23,266 16,794 Income tax expenses 444 12,686 4,914Net income$ 4,251 $ 10,580 $ 11,880Earnings per common share: Basic$ 0.13 $ 0.33 $ 0.37 Diluted 0.13 0.33 0.37Dividends per common share$ 0.075 $ 0.075 $ 0.075
ConnectOne’s management believes that the supplemental financial information, including non-GAAP measures provided below, is useful to investors. The non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, and are not necessarily comparable to non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies. CONNECTONE BANCORP, INC.SUPPLEMENTAL GAAP AND NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESAs ofMar. 31,Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31,2018 2017 2017 2017 2017Selected Financial Data(dollars in thousands)Total assets$ 5,158,368 $ 5,108,442 $ 4,844,755 $ 4,681,280 $ 4,460,816Loans receivable: Commercial 768,640 781,698 641,613 610,442 541,690 Commercial real estate 1,275,764 1,232,037 1,254,720 1,218,995 1,192,074 Multifamily 1,400,420 1,403,256 1,330,485 1,251,962 1,134,760 Commercial construction 479,190 483,216 399,453 431,049 460,611 Residential 278,985 271,795 264,244 251,108 242,883 Consumer 2,461 2,808 1,912 2,005 2,811 Gross loans 4,205,460 4,174,810 3,892,427 3,765,561 3,574,829Unearned net origination fees (2,781) (3,354) (3,138) (3,989) (3,166) Loans receivable 4,202,679 4,171,456 3,889,289 3,761,572 3,571,663 Loans held-for-sale (net of valuation allowance) 45,886 24,845 89,386 51,124 62,255Total loans$ 4,248,565 $ 4,196,301 $ 3,978,675 $ 3,812,696 $ 3,633,918Investment securities$ 435,929 $ 435,284 $ 400,516 $ 402,130 $ 352,476Goodwill and other intangible assets 148,104 148,273 148,442 148,611 148,804Deposits: Noninterest-bearing demand 739,174 776,843 719,582 695,522 671,183 Other interest-bearing deposits 1,754,759 1,838,316 1,825,828 1,752,523 1,714,081 Time deposits 1,255,654 1,179,969 1,078,359 982,328 970,213Total deposits$ 3,749,587 $ 3,795,128 $ 3,623,769 $ 3,430,373 $ 3,355,477Borrowings 695,032 $ 670,077 585,124 626,173 491,226Subordinated debentures (net of issuance costs) 128,310 54,699 54,657 54,616 54,575Total stockholders’ equity 564,266 565,437 557,691 546,173 540,277Quarterly Average BalancesTotal assets$ 5,088,823 $ 4,916,549 $ 4,713,487 $ 4,494,978 $ 4,381,707Loans receivable: Commercial 820,562 761,147 671,525 603,733 557,347 Commercial real estate (including multifamily) 2,643,466 2,566,959 2,502,846 2,337,499 2,222,795 Commercial construction 482,391 439,629 418,439 451,038 466,455 Residential 275,263 268,047 255,755 246,864 237,418 Consumer 4,659 3,849 2,555 2,929 2,460 Gross loans 4,226,341 4,039,631 3,851,120 3,642,063 3,486,475Unearned net origination fees (3,110) (3,485) (3,724) (3,967) (3,304) Loans receivable 4,223,231 4,036,146 3,847,396 3,638,096 3,483,171 Loans held-for-sale 24,766 57,812 51,008 61,259 65,860Total loans$ 4,247,997 $ 4,093,958 $ 3,898,404 $ 3,699,355 $ 3,549,031Investment securities 437,141 417,560 398,635 391,965 367,940Goodwill and other intangible assets 148,215 148,383 148,553 148,737 148,930Deposits: Noninterest-bearing demand 724,471 712,391 688,707 667,461 655,597 Other interest-bearing deposits 1,815,122 1,855,688 1,816,162 1,712,875 1,706,991 Time deposits 1,207,369 1,114,670 1,005,997 976,012 963,976Total deposits$ 3,746,962 $ 3,682,749 $ 3,510,866 $ 3,356,348 $ 3,326,564Borrowings 630,117 $ 588,260 570,711 514,161 442,595Subordinated debentures (net of issuance costs) 115,182 54,672 54,630 54,560 54,548Total stockholders’ equity 575,029 567,308 556,620 549,748 539,544Three Months EndedMar. 31,Dec. 31,Sept. 30,June 30,Mar. 31,2018 2017 2017 2017 2017(dollars in thousands, except for per share data)Net interest income$ 38,147 $ 39,808 $ 37,019 $ 35,101 $ 33,141 Provision for loan losses 17,800 2,000 1,450 1,450 1,100Net interest income after provision for loan losses 20,347 37,808 35,569 33,651 32,041Noninterest income Annuity and insurance commissions – – – – 39 Income on bank owned life insurance 774 779 985 714 703 Net gains on sale of loans held-for-sale 17 588 50 49 21 Deposit, loan and other income 616 657 721 659 643 Net gains on sale of investment securities – – – – 1,596 Total noninterest income 1,407 2,024 1,756 1,422 3,002Noninterest expenses Salaries and employee benefits 9,679 9,418 8,872 8,632 8,206 Occupancy and equipment 2,143 1,948 1,969 1,991 2,255 FDIC insurance 850 935 840 815 895 Professional and consulting 723 671 740 734 718 Marketing and advertising 207 226 225 289 256 Data processing 1,148 1,069 1,176 1,149 1,149 Amortization of core deposit intangible 169 169 169 193 193 Increase in valuation allowance, loans held-for-sale – 267 3,000 9,725 2,600 Other expenses 2,140 1,863 1,650 1,775 1,977 Total noninterest expenses 17,059 16,566 18,641 25,303 18,249Income before income tax expense 4,695 23,266 18,684 9,770 16,794 Income tax expense 444 12,686 5,607 2,087 4,914Net income$ 4,251 $ 10,580 $ 13,077 $ 7,683 $ 11,880Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings to Earnings Excluding theFollowing Items:Net income$ 4,251 $ 10,580 $ 13,077 $ 7,683 $ 11,880Net gains on sales of securities (after taxes) – – – – (1,093)Deferred tax valuation charge – 5,574 – – -Tax benefit on employee share-based awards (ASU 2016-09) (541) – – (133) (47)Provision related to taxi medallion loans (after taxes) 13,430 – – – -Increase in valuation allowance, loans held-for-sale (after taxes) – 182 1,776 5,719 1,538Net income-adjusted$ 17,140 $ 16,336 $ 14,853 $ 13,269 $ 12,278Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 32,238,048 32,252,759 32,182,016 32,255,770 32,192,643Diluted EPS (GAAP)$ 0.13 $ 0.33 $ 0.41 $ 0.24 $ 0.37Diluted EPS-adjusted (Non-GAAP) (1) 0.53 0.51 0.46 0.41 0.38Return on Assets MeasuresNet income-adjusted$ 17,140 $ 16,336 $ 14,853 $ 13,269 $ 12,278Average assets$ 5,088,823 $ 4,916,549 $ 4,713,487 $ 4,494,978 $ 4,381,707Less: average intangible assets (148,215) (148,383) (148,553) (148,737) (148,930)Average tangible assets$ 4,940,608 $ 4,768,166 $ 4,564,934 $ 4,346,241 $ 4,232,777Return on avg. assets (GAAP) 0.34 % 0.85 % 1.10 % 0.69 % 1.10 %Return on avg. assets-adjusted (non-GAAP) (2) 1.37 1.32 1.25 1.18 1.14(1) Represents adjusted earnings available to common stockholders divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding.(2) Adjusted net income divided by average assets.Three Months EndedMar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31,2018 2017 2017 2017 2017Return on Equity Measures(dollars in thousands)Net income-adjusted$ 17,140 $ 16,336 $ 14,853 $ 13,269 $ 12,278Average common equity$ 575,029 $ 567,308 $ 556,620 $ 549,748 $ 539,544Less: average intangible assets (148,215) (148,383) (148,553) (148,737) (148,930)Average tangible common equity$ 426,814 $ 418,925 $ 408,067 $ 401,011 $ 390,614Return on avg. common equity (GAAP) 3.00 % 7.40 % 9.32 % 5.61 % 8.93 %Return on avg. common equity-adjusted (non-GAAP) (3) 12.09 11.42 10.59 9.68 9.23Return on avg. tangible common equity (non-GAAP) (4) 4.15 10.11 12.81 7.80 12.45Return on avg. tangible common equity-adjusted (non-GAAP) (5) 16.40 15.57 14.54 13.39 12.87Efficiency MeasuresTotal noninterest expenses$ 17,059 $ 16,566 $ 18,641 $ 25,303 $ 18,249Increase in valuation allowance, loans held-for-sale – (267) (3,000) (9,725) (2,600)Foreclosed property expense (51) (32) (46) (71) (100)Operating noninterest expense $ 17,008 $ 16,267 $ 15,595 $ 15,507 $ 15,549Net interest income (tax equivalent basis)$ 38,610 $ 40,744 $ 37,929 $ 35,839 $ 33,956Noninterest income 1,407 2,024 1,756 1,422 3,002Net gains on sales of investment securities – – – – (1,596)Operating revenue $ 40,017 $ 42,768 $ 39,685 $ 37,261 $ 35,362Operating efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) (6) 42.5 % 38.0 % 39.3 % 41.6 % 44.0 %Net Interest MarginAverage interest-earning assets$ 4,799,453 $ 4,603,659 $ 4,378,537 $ 4,168,344 $ 4,053,324Net interest income (tax equivalent basis)$ 38,610 $ 40,744 $ 37,929 $ 35,839 $ 33,956Impact of purchase accounting fair value marks (240) (1,026) (317) (316) (649)Adjusted net interest income (tax equivalent basis)$ 38,370 $ 39,718 $ 37,612 $ 35,523 $ 33,307Net interest margin (GAAP) 3.26 % 3.51 % 3.44 % 3.45 % 3.40 %Adjusted net interest margin (non-GAAP) (7) 3.24 3.42 3.41 3.42 3.33(3) Adjusted earnings available to common stockholders divided by average common equity.(4) Earnings available to common stockholders excluding amortization of intangibles assets divided by average tangible common equity.(5) Adjusted earnings available to common stockholders divided by average tangible common equity.(6) Operating noninterest expense divided by operating revenue.(7) Adjusted net interest income excluding amortization of intangibles assets divided by average interest-earning assets.As ofMar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31,2018 2017 2017 2017 2017Capital Ratios and Book Value per Share(dollars in thousands, except for per share data)Common equity$ 564,266 $ 565,437 $ 557,691 $ 546,173 $ 540,277Less: intangible assets (148,104) (148,273) (148,442) (148,611) (148,804)Tangible common equity$ 416,162 $ 417,164 $ 409,249 $ 397,562 $ 391,473Total assets$ 5,158,368 $ 5,108,442 $ 4,844,755 $ 4,681,280 $ 4,460,816Less: intangible assets (148,104) (148,273) (148,442) (148,611) (148,804)Tangible assets$ 5,010,264 $ 4,960,169 $ 4,696,313 $ 4,532,669 $ 4,312,012Common shares outstanding 32,175,233 32,071,860 32,015,317 32,015,317 32,004,471Common equity ratio (GAAP) 10.94 % 11.07 % 11.51 % 11.67 % 12.11 %Tangible common equity ratio (non-GAAP) (8) 8.31 8.41 8.71 8.77 9.08Regulatory capital ratios (Bancorp): Leverage ratio 8.65 % 8.92 % 9.13 % 9.33 % 9.44 % Common equity Tier 1 risk-based ratio 9.14 9.15 9.40 9.48 9.79 Risk-based Tier 1 capital ratio 9.25 9.26 9.52 9.60 9.92 Risk-based total capital ratio 12.66 11.04 11.34 11.46 11.83Regulatory capital ratios (Bank): Leverage ratio 10.20 % 9.84 % 10.11 % 10.34 % 10.50 % Common equity Tier 1 risk-based ratio 10.91 10.21 10.54 10.64 11.03 Risk-based Tier 1 capital ratio 10.91 10.21 10.54 10.64 11.03 Risk-based total capital ratio 12.31 10.90 11.22 11.32 11.70Book value per share (GAAP)$ 17.54 $ 17.63 $ 17.42 $ 17.06 $ 16.88Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP) (9) 12.93 13.01 12.78 12.42 12.23Net Charge-Off (Recoveries) DetailNet loan charge-offs (recoveries) : Charge-offs$ 17,038 $ 156 $ – $ 10 $ 72 Recoveries (19) (34) (20) (60) (129) Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)$ 17,019 $ 122 $ (20) $ (50) $ (57) Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) as a % of average loansreceivable (annualized) 1.63 % 0.01 % (0.00)% (0.01)% (0.01)%Asset QualityNonaccrual taxi medallion loans$ 29,405 $ 46,765 $ 47,430 $ 48,884 $ 59,054Nonaccrual loans (excluding taxi medallion loans) 20,631 18,848 13,755 14,055 12,790Other real estate owned 1,076 538 – 580 580Total nonperforming assets$ 51,112 $ 66,151 $ 61,185 $ 63,519 $ 72,424Performing troubled debt restructurings$ 14,349 $ 14,920 $ 12,749 $ 10,221 $ 10,005Allowance for loan losses ("ALLL")$ 32,529 $ 31,748 $ 29,870 $ 28,401 $ 26,901Loans receivable$ 4,202,679 $ 4,171,456 $ 3,889,289 $ 3,761,572 $ 3,571,663Less: taxi medallion loans 29,405 46,765 – – -Loans receivable (excluding taxi medallion loans)$ 4,173,274 $ 4,124,691 $ 3,889,289 $ 3,761,572 $ 3,571,663Loans held-for-sale (taxi medallion loans)$ – $ – $ 47,430 $ 50,891 $ 61,319Nonaccrual loans (excluding taxi medallion loans) as a % of loansreceivable (excluding taxi medallion loans) 0.49 % 0.46 % 0.35 % 0.37 % 0.36 %Nonaccrual loans as a % of loans receivable 1.19 1.57 1.57 1.67 2.01Nonperforming assets as a % of total assets 0.99 1.29 1.26 1.36 1.62ALLL as a % of loans receivable 0.77 0.76 0.77 0.76 0.75ALLL as a % of nonaccrual loans (excluding taxi medallion loans) 157.7 168.4 217.2 202.1 210.3ALLL as a % of nonaccrual loans 65.0 48.4 48.8 45.1 37.4(8) Tangible common equity divided by tangible assets.(9) Tangible common equity divided by common shares outstanding at period-end.
CONNECTONE BANCORP, INC.NET INTEREST MARGIN ANALYSIS(dollars in thousands)For the Three Months EndedMarch 31, 2018December 31, 2017March 31, 2017Average Average AverageInterest-earning assets:BalanceInterestRate (8) BalanceInterestRate (8) BalanceInterestRate (8)Investment securities (1) (2)$ 441,563 $ 2,917 2.68% $ 417,954 $ 3,162 3.00% $ 366,473 $ 3,015 3.34Total loans (2) (3) (4) 4,247,997 47,272 4.51 4,093,958 47,389 4.59 3,549,031 38,308 4.38Federal funds sold and interest- bearing deposits with banks 78,194 264 1.37 61,933 156 1.00 115,025 246 0.87Restricted investment in bank stock 31,699 485 6.21 29,814 440 5.86 22,795 330 5.87Total interest-earning assets 4,799,453 50,938 4.30 4,603,659 51,147 4.41 4,053,324 41,899 4.19Allowance for loan losses (32,113) (30,478) (26,215)Noninterest-earning assets 321,483 343,368 354,598Total assets$ 5,088,823 $ 4,916,549 $ 4,381,707Interest-bearing liabilities: Time deposits 1,207,369 4,789 1.61 1,114,670 4,172 1.48 963,976 3,091 1.30 Other interest-bearing deposits 1,815,122 2,900 0.65 1,855,688 2,780 0.59 1,706,991 2,018 0.48Total interest-bearing deposits 3,022,491 7,689 1.03 2,970,358 6,952 0.93 2,670,967 5,109 0.78Borrowings 630,117 2,926 1.88 588,260 2,597 1.75 442,595 1,985 1.82Subordinated debentures (5) 115,182 1,674 5.89 54,672 814 5.91 54,548 808 6.01Capital lease obligation 2,622 39 6.03 2,655 40 5.98 2,752 41 6.04Total interest-bearing liabilities 3,770,412 12,328 1.33 3,615,945 10,403 1.14 3,170,862 7,943 1.02Noninterest-bearing demand deposits 724,471 712,391 655,597Other liabilities 18,912 20,905 15,705Total noninterest-bearing liabilities 743,383 733,296 671,302Stockholders’ equity 575,029 567,308 539,543Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$ 5,088,823 $ 4,916,549 $ 4,381,707Net interest income (tax equivalent basis) 38,610 40,744 33,956Net interest spread (6) 2.98% 3.27% 3.17 %Net interest margin (7) 3.26% 3.51% 3.40 %Tax equivalent adjustment (463) (936) (815)Net interest income $ 38,147 $ 39,808 $ 33,141(1) Average balances are calculated on amortized cost and includes equity securities.(2) Interest income is presented on a tax equivalent basis using 21% federal tax rate.(3) Includes loan fee income.(4) Loans include nonaccrual loans.(5) Average balances are net of debt issuance costs of $1,639, $483, and $607 as of March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively. Amortization expense related to debt issuance costs included in interest expense was $86, $41 and $41 as of March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively.(6) Represents difference between the average yield on interest-earning assets and the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities and is presented on a tax equivalent basis.(7) Represents net interest income on a tax equivalent basis divided by average total interest-earning assets.(8) Rates are annualized.

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