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Origin Bancorp, Inc. Reports Earnings for Third Quarter 2020


Origin Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: OBNK) ("Origin" or the "Company"), the holding company for Origin Bank (the "Bank"), today announced net income of $13.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. This represents an increase of $8.1 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and a decrease of $1.5 million from the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, were $0.56, up $0.35 from the linked quarter and down $0.06 from the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Pre-tax pre-provision earnings for the quarter were $29.9 million, a 10.3% increase on a linked quarter basis, and a 33.4% increase on a prior year quarter basis, while the efficiency ratio improved to 56.4%, a 206 basis point decline from the linked quarter.

“Origin delivered strong third quarter results reflecting historic pre-tax, pre-provision earnings” said Drake Mills, chairman, president and CEO of Origin Bancorp, Inc. “Our teams across Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi continue to work to help our customers and communities through the current environment. While much uncertainty remains, we believe our company has shown amazing resiliency, and we are strategically positioned to build sustainable, long term value for our stakeholders and help facilitate the economic recovery across our footprint."

Financial Highlights

  • Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was $13.1 million, compared to $5.0 million for the linked quarter and $14.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

  • Pre-tax pre-provision earnings continue to achieve historic heights, reaching $29.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $27.1 million for the linked quarter and $22.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

  • Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, were $0.56, compared to $0.21 for the linked quarter and $0.62 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

  • Net interest income was $50.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $46.3 million for the linked quarter and $44.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The fully tax-equivalent net interest margin ("NIM") was 3.18% for the current quarter, a nine basis point improvement from the linked quarter and a 51 basis point decrease from the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

  • Provision expense was $13.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to provision expense of $21.4 million for the linked quarter and $4.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans held for investment ("LHFI") increased to 270.09%, compared to 234.53% on a linked quarter basis and compared to 117.97% at September 30, 2019.

  • Total LHFI were $5.61 billion at September 30, 2020, an increase of $300.5 million, or 5.7%, from June 30, 2020, and an increase of $1.42 billion, or 34.0%, from September 30, 2019. LHFI, excluding Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans, net of deferred fees and costs, increased $297.3 million, or 6.2%, compared to June 30, 2020, and $871.8 million, or 20.8%, compared to September 30, 2019.

  • Total deposits at September 30, 2020, were $5.94 billion, an increase of $563.7 million, or 10.5%, from June 30, 2020, and an increase of $1.65 billion, or 38.6%, from September 30, 2019.

  • The Company completed an offering of $80 million in aggregate principal amount of subordinated notes due 2030 in October 2020. The notes qualify as Tier 2 capital for the Company and approximately $64.8 million of Tier 1 capital for regulatory capital purposes for Origin Bank.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Origin has continued to meet customers' needs while keeping the safety and well-being of the Company's employees and customers as its top priority. The Company implemented a hotline and a temporary pandemic Paid Time Off policy to assist employees and the Company's offices and branches all remain open with all drive-thrus fully operational. The Company has maintained social distancing measures for its employees working in the Company's offices, including appointment-only restricted lobby access and requiring employees to wear face masks unless working in an office or other location that permits social distancing. The Company has also enhanced its sanitation protocols, implemented return to work screening protocols following potential exposures, as well as other measures consistent with applicable federal, state, and local guidelines to promote the safety and health of its employees and customers. To allow for more normalized customer operations, the Company has installed thermal kiosks for temperature checks at the entrance of each location and is currently evaluating additional safety protocols to allow unrestricted lobby access in the future, if the circumstances allow.

Credit Quality

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a severe impact on the U.S. economy leading to elevated unemployment levels and a recession. Our results for the first three quarters of 2020 have been impacted by elevated provision expense and increases in allowance for credit loss due to the COVID-19 health care crisis and the uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook.

The Company recorded a provision expense of $13.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to provision expense of $21.4 million for the linked quarter and $4.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in provision expense compared to the linked quarter reflects more stable credit trends. The increase from September 30, 2019, was primarily due to the decline in overall economic conditions and the change in accounting methods from incurred loss to expected loss under the implementation of Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments ("CECL"). The key business sectors affected by the economic uncertainty are discussed below.

As the Company has previously reported, the Company continues to closely monitor those industry sectors that could experience a more protracted recovery from the current economic down turn, specifically the sectors of hotels, energy, non- essential retail, restaurants, and assisted living. Excluding PPP loans, at September 30, 2020, the Company had $551.2 million, or 11.0%, of its LHFI invested in these sectors and, while the Company has increased its allowance for credit losses, the allowance is a current estimate and may be subject to change. Excluding PPP loans, nonperforming LHFI in these sectors were $7.3 million at September 30, 2020, while past due LHFI, excluding PPP loans, defined as loans 30 days or more past due, as a percentage of LHFI in these sectors, excluding PPP loans, was 1.3% at September 30, 2020. For more information on Origin’s COVID-19 impacted sectors, please see the Investor Presentation furnished to the SEC on October 28, 2020, and on Origin's website at www.origin.bank under the Investor Relations, News & Events, Events & Presentations link.

Total LHFI 30 days or more past due as a percentage of LHFI, was 0.52% (0.58% excluding PPP loans) at September 30, 2020, compared to 0.45% (0.50% excluding PPP loans) at June 30, 2020, and 0.72% at September 30, 2019. The ratio of past due LHFI to LHFI excluding PPP loans does not include delinquent GNMA loans that we service of which approximately $60.1 million are available for repurchase and are included in Loans held for sale on the consolidated balance sheet. When GNMA loans available for repurchase, which are past due 90 days or greater, are included, the ratio of Past due loans/Total loans was 1.68% at September 30, 2020.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Company had net charge-offs of $1.8 million compared to net charge-offs of $6.5 million for the linked quarter. The Company's net charge-off ratio to average LHFI for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was 0.13%, compared to 0.53% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Total nonperforming LHFI were stable at $30.2 million at September 30, 2020, compared to $30.0 million and $31.5 million at June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively.

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Allowance for credit losses on loans as a percentage of total LHFI was 1.45% at September 30, 2020, compared to 1.33% and 0.89% at June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively. Excluding PPP loans and mortgage warehouse lines of credit, the allowance for credit losses on loans as a percentage of LHFI was 2.00% at September 30, 2020, and 1.75% for the linked quarter. The allowance for credit losses on loans as a percentage of nonperforming LHFI was 270.09% at September 30, 2020, compared to 234.53% and 117.97% at June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively. The increase in the allowance for credit losses was primarily due to the estimated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's loan portfolio combined with an extension of the reversion period during the current quarter. Classified assets remained stable on a linked quarter basis, at $101.6 million at September 30, 2020, compared to $100.3 million at June 30, 2020. The increase in classified assets from $73.5 million at September 30, 2019, is due to the financial condition of borrowers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Excluding PPP loans, classified loans as a percentage of LHFI and as a percentage of total risk-based capital (at the Origin Bancorp, Inc. level) were 1.99% and 13.67%, respectively, at September 30, 2020, reflecting an increase from 1.65% and 11.51%, respectively, at September 30, 2019.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was $50.6 million, an increase of $4.3 million, or 9.3%, compared to the linked quarter. The increase was primarily due to a $2.7 million increase in income from mortgage warehouse lines of credit during the current quarter compared to the linked quarter, combined with a $922,000 decrease in total interest- bearing deposit expenses.

Interest-bearing deposit expense was $5.7 million during the current quarter, compared to $6.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, primarily due to a reduction in deposit rates. The average rate on savings and interest-bearing transaction accounts was 0.39% for the current quarter, down from 0.51% for the linked quarter, accounting for $900,000 of the decrease in interest expense from the linked quarter. This reduction was partially offset by a $377.9 million increase in the average balance of savings and interest-bearing transaction accounts. The decrease in the cost of interest-bearing deposit accounts was primarily due to the Company's efforts to reduce rates on deposit accounts to offset the continued low-rate environment impact on asset yields. The average balance of Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") advances and other borrowings decreased by $124.6 million primarily due to a $300.0 million short-term FHLB advance obtained in March 2020 that matured on June 25, 2020, but was offset by an increase in the Company's utilization of the Federal Reserve's PPP Lending Facility ("PPPLF") during the quarter.

The fully tax-equivalent net interest margin ("NIM") was 3.18% for the current quarter, a nine basis point improvement from the linked quarter and a 51 basis point decrease from the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Excluding PPP loans, the fully tax-equivalent NIM was 3.28%, a 13 basis point increase from the linked quarter. The yield earned on interest- earning assets was 3.64%, a one basis point and a 117 basis point decrease compared to the linked quarter and the quarter ended September 30, 2019, respectively. Excluding PPP loans, the yield earned on interest-earning assets was 3.75%, a three basis point increase compared to the linked quarter. The rate paid on total interest-bearing liabilities for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was 0.75%, representing a decrease of 14 basis points and 90 basis points compared to the linked quarter and the quarter ended September 30, 2019, respectively. The Company has experienced margin compression since the quarter ended September 30, 2019, primarily caused by decreasing loan yields driven by declining short-term interest rates over the last several quarters.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was $18.1 million, a decrease of $1.0 million, or 5.4%, from the linked quarter. The decrease from the linked quarter was primarily driven by a decrease of $1.4 million in swap fee income and a $1.2 million decrease in mortgage banking revenue, offset by a $661,000 decrease in the loss on sales and disposal of other assets.

The decrease in swap fees income was due to lower transaction volume during the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to the linked quarter. The decrease in mortgage banking revenue compared to the linked quarter was primarily due to a reduction in the volume of loans funded and sold.

The decrease in loss on sales and disposals of other assets was primarily due to the decline in value and subsequent write down of two commercial real estate owned properties during the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

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Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, was $38.7 million, an increase of $514,000, or 1.3%, compared to the linked quarter. The increase from the linked quarter was largely driven by increases of $671,000, $544,000, $482,000, and $300,000 in advertising and marketing expense, regulatory assessment expense, other noninterest expense, and loan related expense, respectively.

The increase in advertising and marketing expense was primarily driven by $550,000 in donations and contributions made to various institutions as part of our initiative to invest a portion of our PPP loan income within the community. The increase in regulatory assessment expense was largely driven by significant growth in our assets during the last six months. The increase in other expenses was driven by a $475,000 reserve for a judgment, currently on appeal. The increase in loan related expense was driven by $255,000 in one-time charges on deemed uncollectible receivables from our mortgage servicing portfolio.

These increases were offset by a $1.4 million decrease in salaries and employee benefits expense. Medical self- insurance costs decreased $487,000 primarily due to lower medical claims. Commissions decreased $317,000 due to lower mortgage production compared to the linked quarter.

Financial Condition

Loans

Total LHFI at September 30, 2020, were $5.61 billion, an increase of $300.5 million, or 5.7%, compared to $5.31 billion at June 30, 2020, and an increase of $1.42 billion, or 34.0%, compared to $4.19 billion at September 30, 2019. The increase in LHFI when compared to June 30, 2020, was primarily driven by a $248.3 million increase in mortgage warehouse lines of credit, which was primarily due to increased mortgage activity due to the continued low interest rate environment, but also coupled with additional mortgage warehouse clients being onboarded and funding loans in the last six months. The increase in LHFI when compared to September 30, 2019, was primarily due to an increase of $552.3 million in PPP loans.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, average LHFI were $5.29 billion, an increase of $373.1 million, or 7.6%, from $4.92 billion for the linked quarter. The increase in average LHFI was caused by the same drivers that were discussed in the immediately preceding paragraph.

Deposits

Total deposits at September 30, 2020, were $5.94 billion, an increase of $563.7 million, or 10.5%, compared to $5.37 billion at June 30, 2020, and an increase of $1.65 billion, or 38.6%, compared to $4.28 billion, at September 30, 2019. Interest- bearing demand deposits increased $598.7 million, or 19.7%, compared to the linked quarter and $1.33 billion, or 57.6%, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Brokered and money market deposits contributed an increase of $345.0 million and $188.3 million, respectively, compared to the linked quarter and $505.5 million and $551.0 million, respectively, when compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Noninterest-bearing deposits increased $14.7 million and $444.8 million compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively.

Average total deposits for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, increased by $411.5 million, or 8.3%, over the linked quarter primarily due to an increase of $117.3 million in average business money market deposits and $82.9 million in average brokered deposits.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, average noninterest-bearing deposits as a percentage of total average deposits was 30.4%, compared to 31.8% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and 27.1% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Borrowings

Average FHLB advances and other borrowings for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, decreased by $124.6 million, or 19.0%, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and increased by $56.8 million, or 11.9% over the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The Company entered into a total of $400.0 million in short-term FHLB advances in March 2020, of which $380.0 million matured and were not replaced with new advances as of September 30, 2020. The maturities of the advances caused the average balance of FHLB advances and borrowings to decline $329.1 million in the current quarter compared to the linked quarter. During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Company more significantly utilized PPPLF which caused an increase in borrowings of $199.4 million, partially offsetting the decline due to FHLB advance maturities. By September 30, 2020, the Company had repaid all advances outstanding under the PPPLF and replaced the advances with brokered deposits ranging in cost from one to five basis points.

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The Company announced the completion of an offering of $80 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.50% fixed- to floating rate subordinated notes due 2030 (the “Notes”) in October 2020. The Notes will initially bear interest at a fixed annual rate of 4.50% for five years then adjusts to a floating rate which is expected to be the three-month term Secured Overnight Financing Rate ("SOFR") plus 432 basis points. The Notes qualify as Tier 2 capital for regulatory capital purposes for the Company, and approximately $64.8 million will be passed downstream as Tier 1 capital for regulatory capital purposes to Origin Bank.

Stockholders' Equity

Stockholders' equity was $627.6 million at September 30, 2020, an increase of $12.9 million, or 2.1%, compared to $614.8 million at June 30, 2020, and an increase of $39.3 million, or 6.7%, compared to $588.4 million at September 30, 2019. The increase from the linked quarter was primarily due to net income for the quarter of $13.1 million. The increase from the September 30, 2019, quarter was primarily caused by retained earnings and other comprehensive income during the intervening period.

Conference Call

Origin will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2020 results on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Time). To participate in the live conference call, please dial (844) 695-5516; International: (412) 902-6750 and request to be joined into the Origin Bancorp, Inc. (OBNK) call. A simultaneous audio-only webcast may be accessed via Origin's website at www.origin.bank under the Investor Relations, News & Events, Events & Presentations link or directly by visiting https://services.choruscall.com/links/obnk201029.html.

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the webcast will be archived on the Investor Relations section of Origin's website at www.origin.bank, under Investor Relations, News & Events, Events & Presentations.

About Origin Bancorp, Inc.

Origin is a financial holding company headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana. Origin's wholly owned bank subsidiary, Origin Bank, was founded in 1912. Deeply rooted in Origin's history is a culture committed to providing personalized, relationship banking to its clients and communities. Origin provides a broad range of financial services to businesses, municipalities, high net-worth individuals and retail clients. Origin currently operates 43 banking centers located from Dallas/ Fort Worth, Texas across North Louisiana to Central Mississippi, as well as in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.origin.bank.

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