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Meridian Bancorp, Inc. Announces Record Fourth Quarter Net Income and Full Year 2020 Results

BOSTON, Jan. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “Meridian”) (NASDAQ: EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income of $18.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $17.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, net income was $65.1 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, down from $67.0 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019. The Company’s return on average assets was 1.10% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to 1.08% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company’s return on average assets was 1.01%, down from 1.06% for the year ended December 31, 2019. The Company’s return on average equity was 9.51% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to 9.45% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company’s return on average equity was 8.76%, down from 9.56% for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am pleased to report record net income of $18.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $1.1 million, or 6.2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, and $65.1 million for the year 2020. These earnings reflect significant increases in net interest income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, improving the net interest margin to 3.24% and 3.12%, respectively, a result of management’s focus on maintaining loan yields while aggressively decreasing our cost of funds. Also, with the adoption of CECL as of the end of the quarter, our percentage of allowance to total loans increased to 1.25% at December 31, 2020, from 0.87% at December 31, 2019, after provisions of $8.9 million and a $26.5 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively.”

Mr. Gavegnano continued, “Our commercial lending team has worked diligently with our customers throughout the pandemic to ensure the Bank is providing these relationships with the support necessary to best address their needs in navigating through these unprecedented times. These efforts have resulted in a sharp decrease in the Bank’s COVID-19 related modifications, with substantially all remaining modifications being interest-only payments over a temporary period. As of December 31, 2020, the Bank had not executed any second modifications to customers that required full payment deferrals.”

The Company’s net interest income was $51.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, up $2.6 million, or 5.4%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and up $7.8 million, or 17.9%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 3.06% and 3.24%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to 2.91% and 3.13%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and 2.51% and 2.84%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, net interest income increased $19.8 million, or 11.4%, to $192.7 million from the year ended December 31, 2019. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.87% and 3.12% for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to 2.52% and 2.86% for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increases in net interest income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the respective prior periods were primarily due to the substantial reduction in the cost of funds.

Total interest and dividend income totaled $62.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, up $733,000, or 1.2%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The Company’s yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 3.92% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, down two basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and 41 basis points from the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company’s total interest and dividend income totaled $252.1 million, a decrease of $14.0 million, or 5.3%, from the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to a decrease in the yield on other interest-earning assets of 190 basis points to 0.58%. The Company’s yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis decreased 31 basis points to 4.06% for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to the increase of $224.2 million, or 65.6%, in the Company’s average other interest-earning assets to $566.0 million and a 190 basis point, or 73.6%, decrease in the yield on other interest-earning assets.

Total interest expense totaled $10.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, down $1.9 million, or 14.9%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and down $12.3 million, or 53.0%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Interest expense on deposits decreased to $6.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, down $1.9 million, or 21.3%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and down $12.1 million, or 63.8%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2019 primarily due to a decrease in the cost of average total deposits to 0.55% from 0.72% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and 1.53% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Interest expense on borrowings totaled $4.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, down $180,000, or 4.3%, from the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The Company’s total cost of funds was 0.75% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, down 15 basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and down 90 basis points from 1.65% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Interest expense totaled $59.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, down $33.8 million, or 36.3%, from the year ended December 31, 2019. Interest expense on deposits decreased to $43.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, down $36.0 million, or 45.6%, primarily due to a decrease in the cost of average total deposits to 0.88% from 1.59% for the year ended December 31, 2019. Interest expense on borrowings totaled $16.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, up $2.2 million, or 15.5%, from the year ended December 31, 2019 primarily due to an increase in average total borrowings to $750.6 million. The Company’s total cost of funds was 1.05% for the year ended December 31, 2020, down 63 basis points from 1.68% for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, “Our net interest margin improved to 3.24% for the quarter and 3.12% for the year ended December 31, 2020, due to increases in net interest income of 17.9% and 11.5%, respectively. These increases are primarily driven from the decline in our cost of funds, decreasing 90 basis points to 0.75% for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 63 basis points to 1.05% for the year 2020, from 1.65% and 1.68%, respectively, from the same periods in 2019.”

The Company’s provision for credit losses was $8.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $7.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and a reversal of $504,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The provision for credit losses was $26.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to a reversal of $2.6 million for 2019. The allowance for credit losses on loans was $68.8 million or 1.25% of total loans at December 31, 2020, compared to $67.6 million or 1.20% of total loans at September 30, 2020, and $50.3 million or 0.87% of total loans at December 31, 2019. In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326), the Company adopted the new credit loss accounting standard as of December 31, 2020, with a retroactive adjustment as of January 1, 2020. The Company previously deferred the adoption of ASU No. 2016-03, an option provided under the CARES Act. The adoption resulted in a $7.7 million decrease in the allowance for credit losses on loans recognized through an adjustment to retained earnings, net of deferred taxes.

Net charge-offs totaled $43,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to net charge-offs of $5,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, net charge-offs totaled $255,000 compared to net charge-offs of $348,000 for year ended December 31, 2019. Non-performing assets were $3.2 million, or 0.05% of total assets, at December 31, 2020, compared to $3.4 million, or 0.05% of total assets, at December 31, 2019.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, “Management has been very successful in sustaining the Company’s historically low levels of non-performing assets and substandard loans. Our asset quality, despite the COVID-19 related modifications, has the Company well-positioned as we approach the latter stages of the pandemic response and look to the resumption of economic activity, even in the hardest hit industries. We are confident that the work we have put in to strengthening our loan relationships has not only protected these relationships during the pandemic but also reinforces our position as reliable business partners when executing their post-pandemic strategies.”  

Non-interest income was $5.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, up from $3.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and up from $3.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Non-interest income increased $2.3 million, or 64.2%, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2020, due primarily to an increase of $2.7 million in gain on marketable equity securities, net, reflecting increases in market valuations in the fourth quarter of 2020, partially offset by a decrease of $686,000 in loan fees. Compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2019, non-interest income increased $2.2 million, or 59.3%, due primarily to increases of $1.9 million in valuation increase on marketable equity securities, net, and $659,000 in mortgage banking gains, net, partially offset by a decrease of $405,000 in loan fees. For the year ended December 31, 2020, non-interest income increased $4.0 million, or 29.7%, to $17.3 million from $13.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, due primarily to a $4.2 million gain on sale of asset and an increase of $1.7 million in mortgage banking gains, net, partially offset by a $1.4 million valuation decrease on marketable equity securities, net, and a $627,000 decrease in customer service fees for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to the year ended December 31, 2019.

Non-interest expenses were $24.1 million, or 1.46% of average assets for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $25.3 million, or 1.59% of average assets for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Non-interest expenses decreased $1.2 million, or 4.6%, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2019, due primarily to decreases of $1.0 million in salaries and employee benefits. For the year ended December 31, 2020, non-interest expenses decreased $3.5 million, or 3.5%, to $96.5 million from $100.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, due primarily to decreases of $3.5 million in salaries and employee benefits, $652,000 in marketing and advertising and $542,000 in other general and administrative, partially offset by increases of $636,000 in occupancy and equipment and $592,000 in data processing. The Company’s efficiency ratio was 44.23% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to 43.69% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and 54.44% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020 the efficiency ratio was 47.07%, a decrease of 722 basis points compared to 54.29% for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Mr. Gavegnano added, “We decreased our efficiency ratio to 47% for the year ended December 31, 2020, from 54% for 2019. The Company’s efforts towards limiting operating expenses throughout the pandemic proved successful, even as we opened three de novo branches in Brookline, Salem and Woburn during 2020.”

The Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $6.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, reflecting an effective tax rate of 25.4%, compared to $5.5 million, or an effective tax rate of 24.4%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020 the provision for income taxes was $21.9 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 25.2%, compared to $21.8 million, reflecting an effective rate of 24.5% for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Total assets were $6.620 billion at December 31, 2020, up $276.2 million, or 4.4%, from $6.344 billion at December 31, 2019. Net loans were $5.444 billion at December 31, 2020 down $253.7 million, or 4.5%, from December 31, 2019. Loan originations totaled $505.2 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2020 and $1.461 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020. The net decrease in loans for the year ended December 31, 2020 was primarily due to decreases of $197.0 million in commercial real estate loans, $122.9 million in multi-family loans and $95.2 million in one- to four-family loans, partially offset by increases of $160.3 million in commercial and industrial loans and $24.1 million in construction loans. The increase in commercial and industrial loans includes the origination of $123.7 million in PPP loans. The allowance for credit losses on loans increased $18.5 million, or 36.8%, to $68.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2020. Cash and due from banks was $914.6 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $508.2 million, or 125.1% from December 31, 2019.

Total deposits were $5.081 billion at December 31, 2020, up $159.6 million, or 3.2%, from $4.922 billion at December 31, 2019. Core deposits, which exclude certificates of deposit, increased $510.3 million, or 15.2%, during the year ended December 31, 2020 to $3.862 billion, or 76.0% of total deposits, compared to 68.1% at December 31, 2019. The net increase in deposits for the year ended December 31, 2020 includes a $187.4 million increase, or 35.8%, in non-interest bearing demand deposits and a $350.7 million decrease in certificates of deposit, including a $192.5 million reduction in brokered deposits. Total borrowings were $708.2 million at December 31, 2020, up $72.0 million, or 11.3%, from December 31, 2019.

Total stockholders’ equity increased $42.3 million, or 5.8%, to $768.9 million at December 31, 2020 from $726.6 million at December 31, 2019. The increase for the year ended December 31, 2020 was primarily due to net income of $65.1 million, $5.5 million related to the adoption of ASU 2016-13, net of taxes, and $5.3 million related to stock-based compensation plans, partially offset by the repurchase of one million shares of the Company’s common stock related to the stock repurchase program at a total cost of $17.7 million and dividends of $0.32 per share totaling $16.0 million. Stockholders’ equity to assets was 11.61% at December 31, 2020, compared to 11.45% at December 31, 2019. Book value per share increased to $14.67 at December 31, 2020 from $13.61 at December 31, 2019. Tangible book value per share increased to $14.25 at December 31, 2020 from $13.19 at December 31, 2019. Market price per share decreased 25.8% to $14.91 at December 31, 2020 from $20.09 at December 31, 2019. The Company and the Bank elected to be subject to the Community Bank Leverage Ratio and at December 31, 2020 exceeded the minimum requirement to be considered well capitalized.

Mr. Gavegnano concluded, “The year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have posed unprecedented challenges to the integrity of the economy and financial markets, especially the financial services industry. Management’s depth in industry experience, along with strong capital and liquidity positions, have the Company prepared to meet the challenges of 2021 and beyond. We will continue to support our customers and communities we serve through these difficult times, testing our steadfast resolve to be a true community bank.”

Meridian Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank. East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 43 branches in the greater Boston metropolitan area, including 42 full-service locations and one mobile branch. We offer a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in our primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit www.ebsb.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by words such as “believes,” “will,” “expects,” “project,” “may,” “could,” “developments,” “strategic,” “launching,” “opportunities,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets” and similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Meridian Bancorp, Inc.’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors. Factors that could cause such differences to exist include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, the effects of any health pandemic, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, and competition and the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, Meridian Bancorp, Inc.’s actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

  December 31,
2020
  September 30,
2020
  December 31,
2019
  
   
  (Dollars in thousands)
ASSETS             
Cash and due from banks $914,586  $702,138  $406,382  
Certificates of deposit        247  
Securities available for sale, at fair value  11,326   12,183   15,076  
Marketable equity securities, at fair value  12,189   16,203   15,243  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost  30,658   33,282   28,947  
Loans held for sale  8,224   11,662   2,455  
Loans:             
One- to four-family  564,146   604,037   659,366  
Home equity lines of credit  68,721   73,581   69,491  
Multi-family  880,552   941,409   1,003,418  
Commercial real estate  2,499,660   2,595,124   2,696,671  
Construction  731,432   666,375   707,370  
Commercial and industrial  765,195   766,418   604,889  
Consumer  10,707   12,213   12,196  
Total loans  5,520,413   5,659,157   5,753,401  
Allowance for credit losses on loans  (68,824)  (67,639)  (50,322) 
Net deferred loan origination fees  (7,784)  (7,717)  (5,539) 
Loans, net  5,443,805   5,583,801   5,697,540  
Bank-owned life insurance  41,877   41,606   41,155  
Premises and equipment, net  66,850   67,917   65,841  
Accrued interest receivable  23,173   21,460   14,481  
Deferred tax asset, net  21,355   17,007   16,726  
Goodwill  20,378   20,378   20,378  
Core deposit intangible  1,651   1,769   2,123  
Other assets  23,776   37,327   17,100  
Total assets $6,619,848  $6,566,733  $6,343,694  
              
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY             
Deposits:             
Non interest-bearing demand deposits $711,573  $707,458  $524,154  
Interest-bearing demand deposits  1,364,548   1,353,153   1,269,211  
Money market deposits  930,507   789,712   675,702  
Regular savings and other deposits  855,329   850,810   882,550  
Certificates of deposit  1,219,210   1,250,894   1,569,916  
Total deposits  5,081,167   4,952,027   4,921,533  
Short-term borrowings     25,000     
Long-term debt  708,245   779,279   636,245  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  61,551   62,163   59,329  
Total liabilities  5,850,963   5,818,469   5,617,107  
Stockholders' equity:             
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued          
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 52,415,061, 52,413,120 and 53,377,506 shares issued at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  524   524   534  
Additional paid-in capital  363,995   363,093   377,213  
Retained earnings  420,297   400,649   365,742  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (58)  91   (147) 
Unearned compensation - ESOP; 2,191,745, 2,222,186 and 2,313,509 shares at December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  (15,873)  (16,093)  (16,755) 
Total stockholders' equity  768,885   748,264   726,587  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $6,619,848  $6,566,733  $6,343,694  
              

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended  Years Ended 
  December 31,
2020
  September 30,
2020
  December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2020
  December 31,
2019
 
    
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) 
Interest and dividend income:                    
Interest and fees on loans $61,599  $60,918  $64,801  $247,999  $256,603 
Interest on debt securities  68   76   109   331   466 
Dividends on equity securities  158   118   109   515   493 
Interest on certificates of deposit        1   1   74 
Other interest and dividend income  514   494   1,811   3,267   8,467 
Total interest and dividend income  62,339   61,606   66,831   252,113   266,103 
Interest expense:                    
Interest on deposits  6,883   8,746   18,996   42,989   78,978 
Interest on borrowings  4,001   4,051   4,181   16,391   14,187 
Total interest expense  10,884   12,797   23,177   59,380   93,165 
Net interest income  51,455   48,809   43,654   192,733   172,938 
Provision (reversal) for credit losses  8,927   7,163   (504)  26,456   (2,561)
Net interest income, after provision for credit losses  42,528   41,646   44,158   166,277   175,499 
Non-interest income:                    
Customer service fees  2,355   2,193   2,407   8,593   9,220 
Loan (costs) fees  (422)  264   (17)  481   549 
Mortgage banking gains, net  728   704   69   1,961   309 
Gain on sale of asset           4,195    
Gain on marketable equity securities, net  2,853   122   930   656   2,016 
Income from bank-owned life insurance  271   272   281   1,113   1,127 
Other income  82   17   12   267   92 
Total non-interest income  5,867   3,572   3,682   17,266   13,313 
Non-interest expenses:                    
Salaries and employee benefits  14,704   13,426   15,722   57,902   61,371 
Occupancy and equipment  3,833   3,734   3,691   15,230   14,594 
Data processing  2,205   2,196   2,074   8,671   8,079 
Marketing and advertising  1,165   554   1,151   3,979   4,631 
Professional services  594   688   858   2,974   3,182 
Deposit insurance  404   692   255   2,371   2,206 
Other general and administrative  1,189   1,540   1,512   5,418   5,960 
Total non-interest expenses  24,094   22,830   25,263   96,545   100,023 
Income before income taxes  24,301   22,388   22,577   86,998   88,789 
Provision for income taxes  6,180   5,714   5,509   21,947   21,793 
Net income $18,121  $16,674  $17,068  $65,051  $66,996 
                     
Earnings per share:                    
Basic $0.36  $0.33  $0.33  $1.29  $1.31 
Diluted $0.36  $0.33  $0.33  $1.29  $1.30 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                    
Basic  50,201,720   50,169,024   51,027,229   50,283,704   51,030,318 
Diluted  50,295,295   50,248,048   51,539,436   50,418,169   51,492,755 
                     

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
  Average
Balance
  Interest
(1)
 Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
 Average
Balance
 Interest
(1)
 Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
  Average
Balance
  Interest
(1)
 Yield/
Cost (1)(6)
   
  (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                                   
Interest-earning assets:                                   
Loans (2) $5,613,834  $62,400   4.42% $5,671,957 $61,682   4.33% $5,772,817  $65,525   4.50%
Securities and certificates of deposit  25,855   258   3.97   29,263  219   2.98   30,377   236   3.08 
Other interest-earning assets (3)  777,307   514   0.26   604,916  494   0.32   388,136   1,811   1.85 
Total interest-earning assets  6,416,996   63,172   3.92   6,306,136  62,395   3.94   6,191,330   67,572   4.33 
Noninterest-earning assets  164,339           161,886          155,912         
Total assets $6,581,335          $6,468,022         $6,347,242         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                                   
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                   
Interest-bearing demand deposits $1,362,686  $1,727   0.50  $1,291,341 $1,946   0.60  $1,263,108  $5,169   1.62 
Money market deposits  839,992   1,026   0.49   769,571  1,270   0.66   674,620   2,210   1.30 
Regular savings and other deposits  851,711   729   0.34   834,368  966   0.46   861,523   2,834   1.31 
Certificates of deposit  1,221,585   3,401   1.11   1,262,433  4,564   1.44   1,604,383   8,783   2.17 
Total interest-bearing deposits  4,275,974   6,883   0.64   4,157,713  8,746   0.84   4,403,634   18,996   1.71 
Borrowings  787,406   4,001   2.02   804,281  4,051   2.00   636,370   4,181   2.61 
Total interest-bearing liabilities  5,063,380   10,884   0.86   4,961,994  12,797   1.03   5,040,004   23,177   1.82 
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits  700,341           702,717          527,723         
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities  55,742           57,636          57,400         
Total liabilities  5,819,463           5,722,347          5,625,127         
Total stockholders' equity  761,872           745,675          722,115         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $6,581,335          $6,468,022         $6,347,242         
Net interest-earning assets $1,353,616          $1,344,142         $1,151,326         
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income      52,288          49,598           44,395     
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments      (833)         (789)          (741)    
Net interest income     $51,455         $48,809          $43,654     
Interest rate spread (1)(4)          3.06%         2.91%          2.51%
Net interest margin (1)(5)          3.24%         3.13%          2.84%
Average interest-earning assets to average                                   
interest-bearing liabilities      126.73 %        127.09 %         122.84 %   
                                    
Supplemental Information:                                   
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing                                   
demand deposits $4,976,315  $6,883   0.55% $4,860,430 $8,746   0.72% $4,931,357  $18,996   1.53%
Total deposits and borrowings, including                                   
noninterest-bearing demand deposits $5,763,721  $10,884   0.75% $5,664,711 $12,797   0.90% $5,567,727  $23,177   1.65%

(1)   Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.37%, 4.27% and 4.45%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.48%, 2.64% and 2.86%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.86%, 3.89% and 4.28%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 was 3.00%, 2.86% and 2.46%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 was 3.19%, 3.08% and 2.80%, respectively.
(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances.
(3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends.
(4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.
(6)   Annualized.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)

  Years Ended
  December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
  Average
Balance
  Interest (1) Yield/
Cost (1)
 Average
Balance
  Interest (1) Yield/
Cost (1)
   
  (Dollars in thousands)
Assets:                            
Interest-earning assets:                            
Loans (2) $5,687,214  $251,003    4.41 % $5,779,924  $259,427    4.49 %
Securities and certificates of deposit  28,286   926    3.27    34,343   1,109    3.23  
Other interest-earning assets (3)  566,003   3,267    0.58    341,786   8,467    2.48  
Total interest-earning assets  6,281,503   255,196    4.06    6,156,053   269,003    4.37  
Noninterest-earning assets  160,444             138,983           
Total assets $6,441,947            $6,295,036           
                             
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                            
Interest-bearing liabilities:                            
Interest-bearing demand deposits $1,307,881  $10,463    0.80   $1,215,989  $20,951    1.72  
Money market deposits  756,169   5,577    0.74    683,051   8,797    1.29  
Regular savings and other deposits  858,360   5,221    0.61    901,650   13,796    1.53  
Certificates of deposit  1,322,317   21,728    1.64    1,648,089   35,434    2.15  
Total interest-bearing deposits  4,244,727   42,989    1.01    4,448,779   78,978    1.78  
Borrowings  750,621   16,391    2.18    593,711   14,187    2.39  
Total interest-bearing liabilities  4,995,348   59,380    1.19    5,042,490   93,165    1.85  
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits  647,735             505,520           
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities  56,091             46,250           
Total liabilities  5,699,174             5,594,260           
Total stockholders' equity  742,773             700,776           
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $6,441,947            $6,295,036           
Net interest-earning assets $1,286,155            $1,113,563           
Fully tax-equivalent net interest income      195,816             175,838       
Less: tax-equivalent adjustments      (3,083)            (2,900)      
Net interest income     $192,733            $172,938       
Interest rate spread (1)(4)           2.87 %           2.52 %
Net interest margin (1)(5)           3.12 %           2.86 %
Average interest-earning assets to average                            
interest-bearing liabilities      125.75 %           122.08 %     
                             
Supplemental Information:                            
Total deposits, including noninterest-bearing                            
demand deposits $4,892,462  $42,989    0.88 % $4,954,299  $78,978    1.59 %
Total deposits and borrowings, including                            
noninterest-bearing demand deposits $5,643,083  $59,380    1.05 % $5,548,010  $93,165    1.68 %

____________________
(1) Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.36% and 4.44%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 2.99% and 3.01%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.01%, and 4.32%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was 2.82%, and 2.47%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was 3.07% and 2.81%, respectively.
(2)   Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances.
(3)   Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends.
(4)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended Years Ended
  December 31,
2020
 September 30,
2020
 December 31,
2019
 December 31,
2020
 December 31,
2019
Key Performance Ratios                    
Return on average assets (1)  1.10%  1.03%  1.08%  1.01%  1.06%
Return on average equity (1)  9.51   8.94   9.45   8.76   9.56 
Interest rate spread (1) (2)  3.06   2.91   2.51   2.87   2.52 
Net interest margin (1) (3)  3.24   3.13   2.84   3.12   2.86 
Non-interest expense to average assets (1)  1.46   1.41   1.59   1.50   1.59 
Efficiency ratio (4)  44.23   43.69   54.44   47.07   54.29 


  December 31,
2020
 September 30,
2020
 December 31,
2019
   
  (Dollars in thousands)
Asset Quality            
Non-accrual loans:            
One- to four-family $2,617  $3,041  $3,082 
Home equity lines of credit  20   20    
Commercial and industrial  527   541   323 
Total non-accrual loans  3,164   3,602   3,405 
Foreclosed assets         
Total non-performing assets $3,164  $3,602  $3,405 
             
Allowance for credit losses on loans/total loans  1.25%  1.20%  0.87%
Allowance for credit losses on loans/non-accrual loans  2,175.22   1,877.82   1,477.89 
Non-accrual loans/total loans  0.06   0.06   0.06 
Non-accrual loans/total assets  0.05   0.05   0.05 
Non-performing assets/total assets  0.05   0.05   0.05 
             
Capital and Share Related            
Stockholders' equity to total assets  11.61%  11.39%  11.45%
Book value per share $14.67  $14.28  $13.61 
Tangible book value per share (5) $14.25  $13.85  $13.19 
Market value per share $14.91  $10.35  $20.09 
Shares outstanding 52,415,061  52,413,120  53,377,506 

(1)   Quarterly amounts are annualized.
(2)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(3)   Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets.
(4)   The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure representing non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains and losses on marketable equity securities and gains and losses on sale of assets. The efficiency ratio is a common measure used by banks to understand expenses related to the generation of revenue. We have removed gains and losses on marketable equity securities and gains and losses on sale of assets as management deems them to be either discretionary or market driven and not representative of operating performance. Presented on a basis including gains and losses on marketable equity securities and gains and losses on sale of assets the efficiency ratio was 42.03%, 43.58% and 53.37% for the quarters ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019, respectively and 45.97% and 53.70% for the year ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
(5)   Tangible book value per share represents total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Contact: Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
(978) 977-2211


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