Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

NOTABLE ITEMS FOR THE QUARTER INCLUDE:

  • DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE INCREASED OVER 46% TO $0.38 AS COMPARED TO $0.26 FOR THE TRAILING QUARTER, AND OVER 280% COMPARED TO $0.10 FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020.
  • NET INTEREST INCOME INCREASED $3.1 MILLION, OR 8.5%, OVER THE TRAILING QUARTER, AND $10.2 MILLION, OR 34.2%, COMPARED TO THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020.
  • NET INTEREST MARGIN INCREASED 27 BASIS POINTS TO 3.10% AS COMPARED TO 2.83% FOR THE TRAILING QUARTER, AND 53 BASIS POINTS AS COMPARED TO 2.57% FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020.
  • LOANS HELD-FOR-INVESTMENT, NET, INCREASED $109.8 MILLION, OR 11.5% ANNUALIZED.
  • DEPOSITS, EXCLUDING BROKERED, INCREASED $25.2 MILLION, OR 2.6%, ANNUALIZED.
  • THE COMPANY ADOPTED THE CURRENT EXPECTED CREDIT LOSSES (“CECL”) ACCOUNTING STANDARD AS OF JANUARY 1, 2021.
  • INCREASED QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND BY 18.2% TO $0.13 PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK, PAYABLE MAY 26, 2021, TO STOCKHOLDERS OF RECORD AS OF MAY 12, 2021.
  • REPURCHASED 742,323 SHARES TOTALING APPROXIMATELY $10.1 MILLION.

WOODBRIDGE, N.J., April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC. (Nasdaq:NFBK), the holding company for Northfield Bank, reported diluted earnings per common share of $0.38 for quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $0.26 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and $0.10 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, included a negative provision for loan losses of $2.4 million, reflecting an improvement in the forecasted economic outlook during the quarter, as compared to provisions for loan losses of $2.5 million and $8.2 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2020, and March 31, 2020, respectively, under the incurred loss methodology. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, included incremental loss provisions of $6.2 million ($4.6 million after-tax), related to additional factors considered for economic uncertainties related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. Earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, also included approximately $1.9 million of accretable income related to the payoffs of purchased credit deteriorated (“PCD”) loans. Earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, included $2.2 million ($1.6 million after-tax) in occupancy costs attributable to branch consolidations.

Commenting on the quarter, Steven M. Klein, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer noted, “Our strong financial results for the first quarter reflect our continued commitment to and execution on the fundamentals of community-based banking. With a strategic focus on prudent loan and low-cost deposit growth we have increased net interest margins, and related net interest income, while maintaining strong asset quality due to our prudent lending standards. Throughout this past year we also have been proactive, assisting our customers affected by the pandemic. These actions, among others, continue to produce positive results for our stockholders, customers, and communities.”

Mr. Klein further noted, “I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has declared a $0.13 per share cash dividend, an increase of $0.02, or 18.2%, per share, payable May 26, 2021, to stockholders of record on May 12, 2021.”

Results of Operations

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Net income was $18.7 million and $4.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, respectively. Significant variances from the comparable prior year period are as follows: a $10.2 million increase in net interest income, a $10.6 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, a $2.5 million increase in non-interest income, a $3.9 million increase in non-interest expense, and a $5.3 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2021, increased $10.2 million, or 34.2%, to $40.2 million, from $29.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, primarily due to a $569.6 million, or 12.2%, increase in average interest-earning assets and a 53 basis point increase in net interest margin to 3.10% from 2.57% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in average interest-earning assets was due to increases in average loans outstanding of $402.5 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $161.3 million and average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions of $63.0 million, partially offset by decreases in average other securities of $54.6 million and average Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLBNY”) stock of $2.6 million.

The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to the decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities outpacing the decrease in yields on interest earning assets. Yields on interest earning assets decreased 19 basis points to 3.48% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from 3.67% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The cost of interest bearing liabilities decreased by 86 basis points to 0.50% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from 1.36% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, primarily driven by lower costs of deposits. Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2021, included loan prepayment income of $860,000 as compared to $627,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The Company accreted interest income related to PCD loans of $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $803,000 for three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in accretable interest income was related to payoffs of PCD loans. Also contributing to the increase in net interest income for the current quarter were fees related to loans originated under the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") of approximately $1.3 million.

The provision for loan losses decreased by $10.6 million to a negative provision of $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $8.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The higher provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2020 was primarily due to increases in the qualitative factors used in determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses related to unemployment, loan risk rating changes and increased risks related to loans on forbearance, resulting from economic uncertainty attributable to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the incurred loss methodology. On January 1, 2021, the Company adopted ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments- Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (“CECL”). CECL requires the measurement of all expected credit losses over the life of financial instruments held at the reporting date based on historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts. In connection with the adoption of CECL, the Company recognized a cumulative effect adjustment that reduced stockholders’ equity by $3.1 million, net of tax. At adoption, the Company increased its allowance for credit losses by $11.1 million, comprised of $10.3 million and $737,000, respectively, for loans and unfunded commitments, including $6.8 million related to PCD loans. For PCD loans, the allowance for credit losses recorded is recognized through a gross-up that increases the amortized cost basis of loans with a corresponding increase to the allowance for credit losses, and therefore results in no impact to shareholders' equity. For the for three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company recorded a negative provision of $2.4 million, driven primarily by an improvement in economic forecasts for the current quarter. Net charge-offs were $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily related to PCD loans, as compared to $90,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Non-interest income increased $2.5 million to $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $108,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, primarily due to an increase of $2.4 million in gains on trading securities, net. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, gains on trading securities were $364,000 as compared to losses of $2.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company's deferred compensation plan (the “Plan”). The participants of this Plan, at their election, defer a portion of their compensation. Gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values. Therefore, the Company records an equal and offsetting amount in compensation expense, reflecting the change in the Company’s obligations under the Plan.   

Non-interest expense increased $3.9 million, or 24.7%, to $19.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $15.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This is due primarily to a $3.2 million increase in employee compensation and benefits, $2.4 million of which is attributable to the increase in the Company's deferred compensation plan expense which as discussed above has no effect on net income, as well as increases in salary and medical benefit expenses associated with increased personnel from our acquisition of VSB Bancorp, Inc. (“Victory”) on July 1, 2020. Additionally occupancy expense increased by $641,000, primarily attributable to higher snow removal costs.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $6.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $1.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was 27.1% compared to 26.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The higher effective tax rate is primarily due to higher taxable income. On April 19, 2021, the Governor of New York signed into law an increase in the tax rate from 6.5% to 7.25%. This would have increased our tax expense by approximately $45,000 if enacted in the first quarter of 2021.

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020

Net income was $18.7 million and $13.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, respectively. Significant variances from the prior quarter are as follows: a $3.1 million increase in net interest income, a $4.8 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, a $1.5 million decrease in non-interest income, a $1.6 million decrease in non-interest expense, and a $2.5 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2021, increased $3.1 million, or 8.5%, primarily due to a 27 basis point increase in net interest margin to 3.10% from 2.83% for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and a $48.2 million, or 0.9%, increase in average interest-earning assets. The increase in average interest-earning assets was primarily due to increases in average loans outstanding of $166.6 million, partially offset by decreases in average mortgage-backed securities of $23.5 million, average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions of $78.8 million, and average other securities of $15.4 million. The increase in net interest margin was primarily due to higher yields on interest-earning assets which increased by 19 basis points to 3.48% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from 3.29% for the three months ended December 31, 2020, and a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities, which decreased 10 basis points to 0.50% for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from 0.60% for the three months ended December 31, 2020. Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2021, included loan prepayment income of $860,000 as compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. The Company accreted interest income related to PCD loans of $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $689,000 for three months ended December 31, 2020. The increase in accretable interest income was related to payoffs of PCD loans. Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, included PPP fee income of approximately $1.3 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

The provision for loan losses decreased by $4.8 million to a negative provision of $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from a provision of $2.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to an improvement in economic forecasts for the quarter. Net charge-offs were $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily related to PCD loans, as compared to net charge-offs of $3.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. Net charge-offs for the three months ended December 31, 2020, were primarily related to commercial real estate and multifamily loans, that were modified in the form of interest and/or principal payment deferrals due to COVID-19 related hardships and were transferred to held-for-sale.

Non-interest income decreased by $1.5 million to $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $4.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to decreases of $840,000 in gains on trading securities, net, $291,000 in income on bank owned life insurance, and $236,000 in other income. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, gains on trading securities, net, included gains of $364,000 related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $1.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. As previously noted, the trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company's deferred compensation plan, and gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values.

Non-interest expense decreased $1.6 million, or 7.7%, to $19.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from $21.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, primarily due to a $1.8 million decrease in occupancy, related to costs associated with branch consolidations in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and a $361,000 decrease in data processing costs. Partially offsetting the decreases was an increase of $134,000 in compensation and employee benefits, which included an $840,000 decrease in the Company's deferred compensation plan expense which as previously discussed has no effect on net income, offset by higher salary expense and medical benefits, an increase of $135,000 in professional fees, and an increase of $248,000 in other expenses.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $6.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $4.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020. The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was 27.1%, compared to 25.3% for the three months ended and December 31, 2020. The higher effective tax rate is primarily due to higher taxable income.

Financial Condition

Total assets increased $62.4 million, or 1.1%, to $5.58 billion at March 31, 2021, from $5.51 billion at December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily due to increases in cash and cash equivalents of $40.0 million, or 45.7%, and total loans of $89.9 million, or 2.3%. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease in available-for sale debt securities of $57.6 million, or 4.6%, a decrease in other assets of $3.3 million, or 12.9%, and an increase in the allowance for credit losses of $5.6 million, or 14.9%. The Company adopted the CECL accounting standard effective January 1, 2021, and recorded an increase in the allowance for credit losses of $11.1 million, comprised of $10.3 million and $737,000, respectively, for loans and unfunded commitments, including $6.8 million related to PCD loans. For PCD loans, the allowance for credit losses recorded is recognized through a gross-up that increases the amortized cost basis of loans with a corresponding increase to the allowance for credit losses, and therefore results in no impact to shareholders' equity. The remaining increase to the allowance for credit losses of $4.3 million was offset in stockholders' equity and deferred tax assets.

As of March 31, 2021, we estimate that our non-owner occupied commercial real estate concentration (as defined by regulatory guidance) to total risk-based capital was approximately 488.0%. Management believes that Northfield Bank (the Bank) has implemented appropriate risk management practices including risk assessments, board-approved underwriting policies and related procedures which include monitoring Bank portfolio performance, performing market analysis (economic and real estate), and stressing of the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio under severe, adverse economic conditions. Although management believes the Bank has implemented appropriate policies and procedures to manage our commercial real estate concentration risk, the Bank’s regulators could require us to implement additional policies and procedures or could require us to maintain higher levels of regulatory capital, which might adversely affect our loan originations, ability to pay dividends, and profitability.

Cash and cash equivalents increased by $40.0 million, or 45.7%, to $127.6 million at March 31, 2021, from $87.5 million at December 31, 2020. Balances fluctuate based on the timing of receipt of security and loan repayments and the redeployment of cash into higher-yielding assets such as loans and securities, or the funding of deposit outflows or borrowing maturities.

Loans held-for-investment, net, increased $109.8 million to $3.93 billion at March 31, 2021, from $3.82 billion at December 31, 2020, primarily due to an increase in multifamily real estate loans of $58.4 million, or 2.3%, to $2.57 billion at March 31, 2021, from $2.51 billion at December 31, 2020, commercial and industrial loans of $45.0 million, or 23.1%, to $239.3 million at March 31, 2021, from $194.4 million at December 31, 2020, and commercial real estate loans of $16.6 million, or 2.3% to $733.6 million at March 31, 2021, from $717.0 million at December 31, 2020.

The increase in commercial and industrial loans is primarily due to loans originated under the PPP as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. The PPP loans are administered by the Small Business Administration, which provides 100% federally guaranteed loans for small businesses to cover payroll, utilities, rent and interest. These small business loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls and satisfy certain other conditions for a period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company began accepting and funding loans under this program in April 2020. There were 1,756 PPP loans totaling $167.9 million at March 31, 2021, compared to 1,275 loans totaling $126.5 million at December 31, 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company originated, and the SBA approved, funding for $68.2 million PPP loans. PPP provides for lender processing fees that range from 1 to 5% of the final disbursement made to individual borrowers. As of March 31, 2021, we have received loan processing fees of $8.8 million, of which $3.1 million has been recognized in earnings, including $1.2 million recognized in the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The remaining unearned fees will be recognized in income over the remaining term of the loans.

The following tables detail multifamily real estate originations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (dollars in thousands): 

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
Multifamily
Originations
 Weighted Average
Interest Rate
 Weighted Average
LTV Ratio
 Weighted Average Months to Next Rate
Change or Maturity for Fixed Rate
Loans
 (F)ixed or
(V)ariable
 Amortization Term
$161,087  3.11% 57% 75 V 10 to 30 Years
               
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020
Multifamily
Originations
 Weighted Average
Interest Rate
 Weighted Average
LTV Ratio
 Weighted Average Months to Next Rate
Change or Maturity for Fixed Rate
Loans
 (F)ixed or
(V)ariable
 Amortization Term
$181,511  3.67% 60% 94 V 30 Years
 1,500  4.40% 47% 180 F 15 Years
$183,011  3.68% 60%      

There were no loans held-for-sale at March 31, 2021, compared to $19.9 million at December 31, 2020. At December 31, 2020, loans held-for-sale were comprised of commercial real estate and multifamily loans, primarily accommodation loans that were modified in the form of interest and/or principal payment deferrals due to COVID-19 related hardships, and had not returned to contractual payments after 180 days of relief. The sale of these loans was completed in March 2021.

PCD loans totaled $18.0 million at March 31, 2021, and $18.5 million at December 31, 2020. Upon adoption of the CECL accounting standard on January 1, 2021, the allowance for credit losses related to PCD loans was recorded through a gross-up that increased the amortized cost-basis of PCD loans by $6.8 million with a corresponding increase to the allowance for credit losses. The decrease in the PCD loan balance at March 31, 2021, is due to 10 PCD loan sold during the quarter. The majority of the remaining PCD loan balance consists of loans acquired as part of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-assisted transaction. The Company accreted interest income of $2.4 million attributable to PCD loans for the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $803,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in income accreted for the quarter was related to the payoff of PCD loans. PCD loans had an allowance for credit losses of approximately $5.3 million at March 31, 2021.

The Company’s available-for-sale debt securities portfolio decreased by $57.6 million, or 4.6%, to $1.21 billion at March 31, 2021, from $1.26 billion at December 31, 2020. The decrease was primarily attributable to paydowns, maturities, calls, and sales. At March 31, 2021, $1.08 billion of the portfolio consisted of residential mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. In addition, the Company held $2.7 million in U.S. Government agency securities, $124.4 million in corporate bonds, all of which were considered investment grade at March 31, 2021, $103,000 in municipal bonds, and $747,000 in other debt securities.
  
Total liabilities increased $61.8 million, or 1.3%, to $4.82 billion at March 31, 2021, from $4.76 billion at December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in deposits of $59.2 million and an increase in advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance of $4.4 million, partially offset by a decrease in accrued expenses and other liabilities of $1.4 million.

Deposits increased $59.2 million, or 1.5%, to $4.14 billion at March 31, 2021, as compared to $4.08 billion at December 31, 2020. The increase was attributable to increases of $88.8 million in transaction accounts, $9.7 million in savings accounts, and $108.6 million in certificates of deposit, partially offset by a decrease of $147.8 million in money market accounts.

Deposit account balances are summarized as follows (dollars in thousands):

 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Transaction:   
Non-interest bearing checking$771,432  $695,831 
Negotiable orders of withdrawal and interest-bearing checking918,367  905,208 
Total transaction1,689,799  1,601,039 
Savings and Money market:   
Savings1,150,383  1,140,717 
Money market665,344  713,168 
Brokered money market  100,000 
Total savings1,815,727  1,953,885 
Certificates of deposit:   
Brokered deposits181,827  47,827 
$250,000 and under357,803  374,344 
Over $250,00090,560  99,456 
Total certificates of deposit630,190  521,627 
Total deposits$4,135,716  $4,076,551 
        

Included in the table above are business and municipal deposit account balances as follows (dollars in thousands):

 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
    
Business customers$1,023,970  $977,778 
Municipal customers$514,653  $501,040 

Borrowings and securities sold under agreements to repurchase increased to $592.2 million at March 31, 2021, from $591.8 million at December 31, 2020. Management utilizes borrowings to mitigate interest rate risk, for short-term liquidity, and to a lesser extent as part of leverage strategies.

The following is a table of term borrowing maturities (excluding capitalized leases and overnight borrowings) and the weighted average rate by year at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

Year Amount Weighted Average Rate
2021 $170,000 1.98%
2022 120,000 2.29%
2023 87,500 2.89%
2024 50,000 2.47%
2025 112,500 1.48%
Thereafter 45,000 1.45%
  $585,000 2.08%
     

Total stockholders’ equity increased by $584,000 to $754.6 million at March 31, 2021, from $754.0 million at December 31, 2020. The increase was attributable to net income of $18.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and a $1.5 million increase in equity award activity, partially offset by an $893,000 decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income associated with unrealized gains on our debt securities available-for-sale portfolio, $5.5 million in dividend payments, and $10.1 million in stock repurchases. The Company repurchased 742,323 shares of its common stock outstanding at an average price of $13.64 for a total of $10.1 million during the first quarter of 2021, pursuant to the approved stock repurchase plans. In connection with the adoption of CECL, effective January 1, 2021, the Company recognized a cumulative effect adjustment that reduced stockholders’ equity by $3.1 million, net of tax, to establish initial allowances against credit losses on loans and off-balance sheet credit exposures.

The Company continues to maintain a strong liquidity and capital position, despite the economic uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company's most liquid assets are cash and cash equivalents, corporate bonds, and unpledged mortgage-related securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, that we can either borrow against or sell. We also have the ability to surrender bank-owned life insurance contracts. The surrender of these contracts would subject the Company to income taxes and penalties for increases in the cash surrender values over the original premium payments. We also have the ability to obtain additional funding from the FHLB and Federal Reserve Bank utilizing unencumbered and unpledged securities and multifamily loans. The Company expects to have sufficient funds available to meet current commitments in the normal course of business.

The Company had the following primary sources of liquidity at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands): 

Cash and cash equivalents(1)$111,650 
Corporate bonds$112,800 
Multifamily loans(2)$1,337,379 
Mortgage-backed securities (issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac)(2)$493,733 
  

(1) Excludes $15,920 of cash at Northfield Bank.
(2) Represents remaining borrowing potential.        

The Company and the Bank elected to opt into the Community Bank Leverage Ratio (“CBLR”) framework, effective for the first quarter of 2020. The CBLR replaces the risk-based and leverage capital requirements in the generally applicable capital rules. At March 31, 2021, the Company and the Bank's estimated CBLR ratios were 12.68% and 10.92% respectively, which exceeded the minimum requirement to be considered well-capitalized of 8%. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the Federal Regulators have lowered the CBLR ratio to 8%, which will phase back to the original legislation of 9% by 2022.

Asset Quality

The following table details total non-accrual loans (excluding PCD), non-performing loans, non-performing assets, troubled debt restructurings on which interest is accruing, and accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent at March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):

 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Non-accrual loans:   
Held-for-investment   
Real estate loans:   
Commercial$4,961  $6,229 
One-to-four family residential805  906 
Construction and land1,150   
Multifamily1,145  1,153 
Home equity and lines of credit187  191 
Commercial and industrial198  37 
Total non-accrual loans8,446  8,516 
Loans delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing:   
Held-for-investment   
Real estate loans:   
Commercial219  500 
One-to-four family residential172  174 
Multifamily516   
Commercial and industrial738  436 
Other3  3 
Total loans held-for-investment delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing1,648  1,113 
Non-performing loans held-for-sale  19,895 
Total non-performing loans10,094  29,524 
Other real estate owned100   
Total non-performing assets$10,194  $29,524 
Non-performing loans to total loans0.26% 0.77%
Non-performing assets to total assets0.18% 0.54%
Loans subject to restructuring agreements and still accruing$7,326  $7,697 
Accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent$14,148  $13,982 

Other Real Estate Owned

Other real estate owned is comprised of one property acquired during the three months ended March 31, 2021, as a result of foreclosure. The property is located in New Jersey and had a carrying value of approximately $100,000 and is included in other assets on the consolidated balance sheet at March 31, 2021.

Accruing Loans 30 to 89 Days Delinquent

Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent and on accrual status totaled $14.1 million and $14.0 million at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. The following table sets forth delinquencies for accruing loans by type and by amount at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 (dollars in thousands):     

 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Held-for-investment   
Real estate loans:   
Commercial$4,457  $8,792 
One-to-four family residential4,023  1,152 
Multifamily2,419  1,893 
Construction and land390  994 
Home equity and lines of credit372  380 
Commercial and industrial loans2,480  760 
Other loans7  11 
Total delinquent accruing loans held-for-investment$14,148  $13,982 
        

PCD Loans (Held-for-Investment)

Under the new CECL standard, the Company will continue to account for PCD loans at estimated fair value using discounted expected future cash flows deemed to be collectible on the date acquired. Based on its detailed review of PCD loans and experience in loan workouts, management believes it has a reasonable expectation about the amount and timing of future cash flows and accordingly has classified PCD loans ($18.0 million at March 31, 2021 and $18.5 million at December 31, 2020) as accruing, even though they may be contractually past due. At March 31, 2021, 2.9% of PCD loans were past due 30 to 89 days, and 19.7% were past due 90 days or more, as compared to 9.6% and 35.2%, respectively, at December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Exposure

Management continues to evaluate the Company's exposure to increased loan losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the commercial real estate and multifamily loan portfolios. During the second quarter of 2020, the Company implemented a customer relief program to assist borrowers that may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related challenges. The relief program grants principal and/or interest payment deferrals typically for a period of 90 days, which management may choose to extend for additional 90 days periods. At the peak of forbearance, June 2020, the Company had 286 loans approved for payment deferral representing $360.2 million, or approximately 10% of the Company's loan portfolio. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $28.8 million, or 24 outstanding loans, (excluding PCD loans) remaining in deferral, representing approximately 0.7% of the Company’s outstanding loan portfolio (excluding PCD loans) as of that date. Loans currently in deferment status (“COVID-19 Modified Loans”) will continue to accrue interest during the deferment period unless otherwise classified as nonperforming. COVID-19 Modified Loans are required to make escrow payments for real estate taxes and insurance, if applicable. The COVID-19 Modified Loan agreements also require loans to be brought back to their fully contractual terms within 12 to 18 months and include covenants that prohibit distributions, bonuses, or payments of management fees to related entities until all deferred payments are made. Consistent with industry regulatory guidance, borrowers that were otherwise current on loan payments that were granted COVID-19 related financial hardship payment deferrals will continue to be reported as current loans throughout the agreed upon deferral period. Borrowers, which were delinquent in their payments to the Bank, prior to requesting a COVID-19 related financial hardship payment deferral are reviewed on a case by case basis for TDR classification and non-performing loan status.

The following table sets forth the property types collateralizing our loans held-for-investment (excluding PCD) in forbearance as of March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

 Loan Portfolio by Property Type at March 31, 2021Loans in Forbearance for COVID Relief as of March 31, 2021
 Number
of Loans
 Amount  Average
Loan Size
 Weighted
Average
LTV Ratio
 % of
Total
Loans
 Number of
Loans
(2)
 Amount  Average
Loan Size
 Weighted
Average
LTV Ratio
 % of Portfolio
by Property
Type
Commercial Real Estate and Multifamily                   
Multifamily(1)1,122 $2,571,409 $2,292  53% 65.8% 7 $17,988 $2,570  46% 0.70%
Mixed use (majority of space is non-residential)227 151,604 668  46% 3.9% 4 7,550 1,888  46% 4.98%
Retail88 147,484 1,676  47% 3.8% 1 607 607  55% 0.41%
Office buildings111 107,263 966  46% 2.7%     % %
Accommodations9 52,277 5,809  37% 1.3% 1 155   16% 0.30%
Nursing Home5 27,608 5,522  58% 0.7%     % %
Medical Office Buildings24 26,765 1,115  64% 0.7%     % %
Industrial and Manufacturing (Office and Plant)23 18,608 809  44% 0.5%     % %
Warehousing30 23,907 797  46% 0.6%     % %
Restaurant22 13,045 593  51% 0.3%     % %
Religious16 10,716 670  39% 0.3%     % %
Bank Branch7 5,516 788  44% 0.1%     % %
Schools/Child Day care6 5,604 934  36% 0.1%     % %
Automobile18 6,482 360  52% 0.2%     % %
Funeral Home2 1,771 885  63% %     % %
Leisure4 4,011 1,003  47% 0.1% 1 79 79  7% 1.97%
Car Wash1 509 509  19% %     % %
Other138 130,942 949  59% 3.3%     % %
Total commercial real estate and multifamily1,853 3,305,521 1,784  52% 84.4% 14 26,379 1,884  46% 0.80%
One-to-four family residential648 202,948 313  35% 5.2% 5 2,300 460  39% 1.13%
Home equity and lines of credit1,741 93,119 53  47% 2.4% 1 32 32  67% 0.03%
Construction and land43 77,205 1,795  38% 2.0%     % %
Commercial and industrial loans2,544 234,518 92  NM 6.0% 4 129 32  NM 0.06%
Other125 1,659 13  NM %     % %
Total loans (excluding PCD)6,954 $3,914,970 563    100.0% 24 $28,840 1,202    0.74%
                          

(1) Property type is apartment units equal or greater than five units.

Of the loans currently in deferral as of March 31, 2021, seven loans totaling $11.8 million are in their first deferral period and 17 loans totaling $17.0 million are repeat deferrals. As of April 26, 2021, one multifamily loan in the table above totaling $2.4 million returned to contractual payments and a further six loans totaling $2.1 million were granted additional relief, the majority being repeat deferrals.

About Northfield Bank

Northfield Bank, founded in 1887, operates 38 full-service banking in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York, and Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, and Union counties, New Jersey. For more information about Northfield Bank, please visit www.eNorthfield.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This release may contain certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by the use of such words as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue," and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this release and in any other public statements made by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions Northfield Bancorp, Inc. might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties as described in our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, those related to general economic conditions, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the effects of the steps taken to address the pandemic and their impact on the Company’s market and employees, competition among depository and other financial institutions, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements, inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments, our ability to successfully integrate acquired entities, including Victory, and adverse changes in the securities markets. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release, or conform these statements to actual events.

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NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)

      
 At or For the Three Months Ended
 March 31, December 31,
 2021 2020 2020
Selected Financial Ratios:     
Performance Ratios (1)     
Return on assets (ratio of net income to average total assets) (5) 1.36% 0.37% 0.94%
Return on equity (ratio of net income to average equity) (5) (6) (8) (9)10.03  2.60  6.83 
Average equity to average total assets13.57  14.14  13.75 
Interest rate spread2.98  2.31  2.69 
Net interest margin3.10  2.57  2.83 
Efficiency ratio (2) (5)45.70  52.20  51.50 
Non-interest expense to average total assets1.43  1.27  1.52 
Non-interest expense to average total interest-earning assets1.51  1.35  1.62 
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities132.26  123.41  131.32 
Asset Quality Ratios:     
Non-performing assets to total assets0.18  0.19  0.54 
Non-performing loans (3) to total loans (4)0.26  0.27  0.77 
Allowance for credit losses to non-performing loans (6)427.95  390.37  390.56 
Allowance for credit losses to total loans held-for-investment, net (4) (6) (7) (8) 1.10  1.05  0.98 

(1) Annualized when appropriate. 
(2) The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
(3) Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing (excluding PCD loans), and are included in total loans held-for-investment, net, and total loans held-for-sale.
(4) Includes originated loans held-for-investment, PCD loans, acquired loans, and loans held-for-sale.
(5) The three months ended March 31, 2020, included merger-related expenses of $179,000.
(6) The three months ended March 31, 2020, included an allowance for loan losses of $6.2 million ($4.6 million after-tax) related to additional factors considered for COVID-19.
(7) Excluding PPP loans of $167.9 million, which are fully government guaranteed and do not carry any provision for losses, the allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, net, totaled 1.15% and 1.00%, respectively, at December 31, 2020. There were no PPP loans at March 31, 2020.
(8) The Company adopted the CECL accounting standard effective January 1, 2021, and recorded a $10.3 million increase to its allowance for loan losses, including reserves of $6.8 million related to PCD loans. Ratios as of December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020 do not reflect the adoption of CECL.
(9) In connection with the adoption of CECL, the Company recognized a cumulative effect adjustment that reduced stockholders’ equity by $3.1 million, net of tax.

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020
ASSETS:    
Cash and due from banks$15,920   $16,115 
Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions111,650   71,429 
Total cash and cash equivalents127,570   87,544 
Trading securities12,142   12,291 
Debt securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value1,207,238   1,264,805 
Debt securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost6,913   7,234 
Equity securities473   253 
Loans held-for-sale   19,895 
Loans held-for-investment, net3,933,015   3,823,238 
Allowance for credit losses(43,197)  (37,607)
Net loans held-for-investment3,889,818   3,785,631 
Accrued interest receivable14,753   14,690 
Bank-owned life insurance162,771   161,924 
Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") of New York stock, at cost28,641   28,641 
Operating lease right-of-use assets35,662   36,741 
Premises and equipment, net27,509   28,188 
Goodwill41,320   41,320 
Other assets22,114   25,387 
Total assets$5,576,924   $5,514,544 
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:    
LIABILITIES:    
Deposits$4,135,716   $4,076,551 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase75,000   75,000 
FHLB advances and other borrowings517,170   516,789 
Lease liabilities42,067   42,734 
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance24,027   19,677 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities28,379   29,812 
Total liabilities4,822,359   4,760,563 
     
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:    
Total stockholders’ equity754,565   753,981 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$5,576,924   $5,514,544 
     
Total shares outstanding51,638,582   52,209,897 
Tangible book value per share (1)$13.80   $13.64 

(1) Tangible book value per share is calculated based on total stockholders' equity, excluding intangible assets (goodwill and core deposit intangibles), divided by total shares outstanding as of the balance sheet date. Core deposit intangibles were $590,000 and $640,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, and are included in other assets.

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
 March 31, December 31,
 2021 2020 2020
Interest income:     
Loans$41,277  $35,337  $38,865 
Mortgage-backed securities2,959  5,622  3,224 
Other securities424  1,024  529 
FHLB of New York dividends370  577  382 
Deposits in other financial institutions37  172  45 
Total interest income45,067  42,732  43,045 
Interest expense:     
Deposits1,870  9,279  2,835 
Borrowings3,021  3,520  3,173 
Total interest expense4,891  12,799  6,008 
Net interest income40,176  29,933  37,037 
(Credit)/provision for loan losses(2,374) 8,183  2,473 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses42,550  21,750  34,564 
Non-interest income:     
Fees and service charges for customer services1,197  1,120  1,172 
Income on bank-owned life insurance848  876  1,139 
Gains (losses) on available-for-sale debt securities, net97  (13) 222 
Gains (losses) on trading securities, net364  (1,992) 1,204 
Other130  117  366 
Total non-interest income2,636  108  4,103 
Non-interest expense:     
Compensation and employee benefits10,532  7,289  10,398 
Occupancy3,701  3,060  5,534 
Furniture and equipment437  333  412 
Data processing1,632  1,460  1,993 
Professional fees906  1,109  771 
Advertising465  818  503 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance375    309 
Other1,515  1,613  1,267 
Total non-interest expense19,563  15,682  21,187 
Income before income tax expense25,623  6,176  17,480 
Income tax expense6,946  1,625  4,418 
Net income $18,677  $4,551  $13,062 
Net income per common share:     
Basic$0.38  $0.10  $0.26 
Diluted$0.38  $0.10  $0.26 
Basic average shares outstanding49,528,419  46,791,768  50,514,632 
Diluted average shares outstanding49,633,644  46,983,466  50,534,643 

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME
(Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)

 For the Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest Average
Yield/
Rate
(1)
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest Average
Yield/
Rate
(1)
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest Average
Yield/
Rate
(1)
Interest-earning assets:                 
Loans (2)$3,873,884  $41,277  4.32% $3,707,263  $38,865  4.17% $3,471,367  $35,337  4.09%
Mortgage-backed securities (3)1,116,281  2,959  1.08  1,139,755  3,224  1.13  955,024  5,622  2.37 
Other securities (3)101,523  424  1.69  116,919  529  1.80  156,074  1,024  2.64 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock28,640  370  5.24  29,472  382  5.16  31,263  577  7.42 
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions133,208  37  0.11  211,970  45  0.08  70,225  172  0.99 
Total interest-earning assets5,253,536  45,067  3.48  5,205,379  43,045  3.29  4,683,953  42,732  3.67 
Non-interest-earning assets310,681       326,924      289,925     
Total assets$5,564,217       $5,532,303      $4,973,878     
                   
Interest-bearing liabilities:                  
Savings, NOW, and money market accounts$2,768,816  $932  0.14% $2,734,973  $1,251  0.18% $2,002,066  $4,073  0.82%
Certificates of deposit611,267  938  0.62  618,785  1,584  1.02  1,114,043  5,206  1.88 
Total interest-bearing deposits3,380,083  1,870  0.22  3,353,758  2,835  0.34  3,116,109  9,279  1.20 
Borrowed funds591,993  3,021  2.07  610,182  3,173  2.07  679,476  3,520  2.08 
Total interest-bearing liabilities3,972,076  4,891  0.50  3,963,940  6,008  0.60  3,795,585  12,799  1.36 
Non-interest bearing deposits739,064       713,478      382,044     
Accrued expenses and other liabilities98,261       94,373      93,129     
Total liabilities4,809,401       4,771,791      4,270,758     
Stockholders' equity754,816       760,512      703,120     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,564,217       $5,532,303      $4,973,878     
                   
Net interest income  $40,176       $37,037      $29,933   
Net interest rate spread (4)    2.98%     2.69%     2.31%
Net interest-earning assets (5)$1,281,460       $1,241,439       $888,368      
Net interest margin (6)    3.10%     2.83%     2.57%
Average interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities    132.26%     131.32%     123.41%

(1) Average yields and rates are annualized.
(2) Includes non-accruing loans.
(3) Securities available-for-sale and other securities are reported at amortized cost.
(4) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(6) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.

Company Contact:
William R. Jacobs
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (732) 499-7200 ext. 2519


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