New York bank to open office in Burlington

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New York bank to open office in Burlington

Wed, 05/06/2009 - 10:04am -- tim

NBT Bank, NA, of Norwich, NY, is planning to open a commercial lending office on Bank Street in Burlington. The office will be located in the former Vermont National Bank building, which more recently was used by Chittenden Bank. The bank's parent company, NBT Bancorp, announced it was moving into Vermont yesterday during its annual shareholders' meeting. The Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin quoted CEO Martin Dietrich as saying the office would open in either the second or third quarter of this year and could expand further into Vermont eventually. NBT Bancorp Inc is a $5.3 billion holding company operating under two nameplates, one in New York (NBT Bank) and another in Pennsylvania (Pennstar Bank), as well as providing other financial services. As of late Wednesday, shares of NBT were up 77 cents or 3.28 percent.
NBT (NASDAQ: NBTB) previously reported that net income for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $13.1 million, down $0.6 million, or 4.7%, from net income of $13.7 million reported for the same period in 2008. Net income per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $0.40 per share, compared with $0.43 per share for 2008. Return on average assets and return on average equity were 0.99% and 12.14%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with 1.07% and 13.68%, respectively, for 2008.
NBT President and CEO Martin Dietrich said: "Our first quarter results were down slightly from the same period in 2008 primarily due to higher FDIC premiums which were imposed on all FDIC insured financial institutions. I am pleased with our performance as we were able to grow our net interest income over last year by more than 9% due to effective management of our earning assets and liabilities in this challenging economic environment. Compared with the first quarter of 2008, our noninterest income grew by more than 21%, which is important to our success. While these positive trends have been encouraging, we were negatively affected in a few areas, due in part to the recent struggles of the financial services industry and the economy in general. Most notably, our FDIC premiums increased by approximately $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2009, as compared with the first quarter of 2008, due to increased assessment rates. In addition, our pension expenses increased significantly in the first quarter due to the volatile marketplace and its impact on plan assets. On a positive note, in the beginning of the second quarter we were able to raise approximately $34 million in capital through an additional public offering of our common stock on favorable terms, while simultaneously being added to the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index. Inclusion in this index is a very significant event for our Company, since it reinforces and recognizes our strong financial performance. While we anticipate that the rest of 2009 will be very challenging for the financial services industry, we are confident that we can continue to meet these challenges and deliver long-term value to our shareholders and customers."
Loan and Lease Quality and Provision for Loan and Lease Losses
Nonperforming loans at March 31, 2009 were $27.3 million or 0.75% of total loans and leases compared with $26.5 million or 0.73% at December 31, 2008. The allowance for loan and lease losses totaled $59.3 million at March 31, 2009, compared with $58.6 million at December 31, 2008. The Company recorded a provision for loan and lease losses of $6.5 million during the first quarter of 2009 compared with $6.5 million for the three months ending March 31, 2008. Net charge-offs totaled $5.7 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2009, up from $4.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008. The increase in net charge-offs for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2008, was due primarily to increased charge-offs in the first quarter of 2009 related to indirect consumer loans and small business loans. The Company's allowance for loan and lease losses was 1.63% of loans and leases at March 31, 2009, compared with 1.61% at March 31, 2008.
Net Interest Income
Net interest income was up 9.2% to $48.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with $44.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008. The Company's fully taxable equivalent (FTE) net interest margin was 4.09% for the three months ended March 31, 2009, as compared with 3.84% for the three months ended March 31, 2008. In addition, the Company experienced a 3.0% growth in average earning assets for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2008, due primarily to an increase in average loans and leases.
Although the yield on interest-earning assets decreased 57 basis points for the three months ended March 31, 2009, the yield on interest-bearing liabilities declined 98 basis points, which led to the increase in the net interest margin from the three months ended March 31, 2008. The yield on money market deposit accounts was 1.34% for the three months ended March 31, 2009, down from 2.37% for the three months ended March 31, 2008. The yield on time deposits decreased 124 basis points for the same period. The yield on short-term borrowings declined 270 basis points for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2008, as a result of the 200 basis point drop in the Federal Reserve's target for the federal funds rate from 2.25% at March 31, 2008 to 0.25% at March 31, 2009.
Noninterest Income
Noninterest income for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $19.6 million, up $3.5 million or 21.7% from $16.1 million for the same period in 2008. The increase in noninterest income was due primarily to an increase in broker/dealer and insurance revenue of approximately $4.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, primarily due to the acquisition of Mang Insurance Agency, LLC during the third quarter of 2008. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in trust administration income of $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the same period in 2008. This decrease was primarily the result of a decline in the value of trust assets under administration.
Noninterest Expense and Income Tax Expense
Noninterest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $42.3 million, up from $34.0 million for the same period in 2008. Salaries and employee benefits increased $4.7 million, or 27.8%, for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the same period in 2008. This increase was due primarily to increases in full-time-equivalent employees during 2009, largely due to new branch activity and the aforementioned acquisition. In addition, the Company experienced increases of approximately $0.8 million and $0.4 million in pension and medical expenses, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2009 as compared with the same period in 2008. Occupancy, equipment and data processing and communications expenses were $9.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, up $0.9 million, or 10.2%, from $8.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008. This increase was due primarily to an increase in expenses related to new branch activity during the past nine months. Professional fees and outside services decreased $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the same period in 2008, due primarily to professional fees incurred in 2008 related to noninterest income initiatives. Amortization of intangible assets was $0.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, up from $0.4 million for same period in 2008 due to the aforementioned acquisition. Other operating expenses were $4.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, up $1.0 million from $3.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008. This increase resulted primarily from various nonrecurring recoveries in 2008. FDIC expenses increased approximately $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared with the same period in 2008. Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008 was $5.9 million. The effective rates were 31.0% and 30.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Balance Sheet
Total assets were $5.4 billion at March 31, 2009, up $70.1 million or 1.3% from $5.3 billion at December 31, 2008. Loans and leases were $3.6 billion at March 31, 2009, down nominally from December 31, 2008. Total deposits were $4.1 billion at March 31, 2009, up $152.7 million or 3.9% from December 31, 2008. The increase from December 31, 2008 was due in large part to a $177.7 million, or 9.4%, increase in NOW, savings and money market accounts, partially offset by a $27.6 million decrease in time deposits. Stockholders' equity was $442.6 million, representing a total equity-to-total assets ratio of 8.19% at March 31, 2009, compared with $431.8 million or a total equity-to-total assets ratio of 8.09% at December 31, 2008.
Stock Repurchase Program
The Company made no purchases of its common stock securities during the quarter ended March 31, 2009. At March 31, 2009, there were 1,000,000 shares available for repurchase under a previously announced stock repurchase plan. This plan was authorized on January 28, 2008 in the amount of 1,000,000 shares and expires on December 31, 2009.
Dividend Declared
The NBT Board of Directors declared a 2009 second-quarter cash dividend of $0.20 per share at a meeting held today. The dividend will be paid on June 15, 2009, to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2009.
Corporate Overview
NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, NY, with total assets of $5.4 billion at March 31, 2009. The company primarily operates through NBT Bank, N.A., a full-service community bank with two divisions, and through two financial services companies. NBT Bank, N.A. has 122 locations, including 84 NBT Bank offices in upstate New York and 38 Pennstar Bank offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, NY, is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm. Mang Insurance Agency, LLC, based in Binghamton, NY, is a full-service insurance agency. More information about NBT and its divisions can be found on the Internet at: www.nbtbancorp.com,www.nbtbank.com, www.pennstarbank.com, www.epic1st.com and www.manginsurance.com.
Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of NBT Bancorp and its subsidiaries and on the information available to management at the time that these statements were made. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond NBT's control, that could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, among others, the following possibilities: (1) competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly; (2) revenues may be lower than expected; (3) changes in the interest rate environment may reduce interest margins; (4) general economic conditions, either nationally or regionally, may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality and/or a reduced demand for credit; (5) legislative or regulatory changes, including changes in accounting standards and tax laws, may adversely affect the businesses in which NBT is engaged; (6) competitors may have greater financial resources and develop products that enable such competitors to compete more successfully than NBT; and (7) adverse changes may occur in the securities markets or with respect to inflation. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, NBT does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent circumstances or events.

NBT Bancorp Inc. and Subsidiaries
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(unaudited)

Net Percent
2009 2008 Change Change
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
(dollars in thousands,
except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
Net Income $ 13,072 $ 13,716 ($ 644) -5%
Diluted Earnings
Per Share $ 0.40 $ 0.43 ($ 0.03) -7%
Weighted Average
Diluted
Common Shares
Outstanding 32,644,599 32,251,700 392,899 1%
Return on Average
Assets (1) 0.99% 1.07% -0.08% -7%
Return on Average
Equity (1) 12.14% 13.68% -1.54% -11%
Net Interest Margin
(2) 4.09% 3.84% 0.25% 7%
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Asset Quality March 31, December 31,
2009 2008
------------ ------------
Nonaccrual Loans $ 24,747 $ 24,191
90 Days Past Due
and Still Accruing $ 2,537 $ 2,305
Total Nonperforming
Loans $ 27,284 $ 26,496
Other Real Estate
Owned $ 1,254 $ 665
Total Nonperforming
Assets $ 28,538 $ 27,161
Past Due Loans $ 33,982 $ 33,098
Allowance for Loan
and Lease Losses $ 59,311 $ 58,564
Year-to-Date (YTD)
Net Charge-Offs $ 5,704 $ 22,800
Allowance for Loan
and Lease Losses
to Total Loans and
Leases 1.63% 1.60%
Total Nonperforming
Loans to Total
Loans and Leases 0.75% 0.73%
Total Nonperforming
Assets to Total
Assets 0.53% 0.51%
Past Due Loans to
Total Loans and
Leases 0.93% 0.91%
Allowance for Loan
and Lease Losses
to Total
Nonperforming
Loans 217.38% 221.03%
Net Charge-Offs to
YTD Average Loans
and Leases 0.63% 0.64%
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Capital
Equity to Assets 8.19% 8.09%
Book Value Per
Share $ 13.55 $ 13.24
Tangible Book Value
Per Share $ 9.34 $ 9.01
Tier 1 Leverage
Ratio 7.47% 7.17%
Tier 1 Capital
Ratio 10.11% 9.75%
Total Risk-Based
Capital Ratio 11.36% 11.00%
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Quarterly Common
Stock Price 2009 2008 2007
Quarter End High Low High Low High Low
---- --- ---- --- ---- ---
March 31 $28.37 $15.42 $23.65 $17.95 $25.81 $21.73
June 30 25.00 20.33 23.45 21.80
September 30 36.47 19.05 23.80 17.10
December 31 30.83 21.71 25.00 20.58

(1) Annualized
(2) Calculated on a FTE basis

NBT Bancorp Inc. and Subsidiaries
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(unaudited)

March 31, December 31, Net Percent
2009 2008 Change Change
----------- ----------- ---------- ----------
(dollars in thousands,
except per share data)
Balance Sheet
Loans and Leases $ 3,648,384 $ 3,651,911 ($ 3,527) 0%
Earning Assets $ 4,992,706 $ 4,933,099 $ 59,607 1%
Total Assets $ 5,406,234 $ 5,336,088 $ 70,146 1%
Deposits $ 4,075,919 $ 3,923,258 $ 152,661 4%
Stockholders Equity $ 442,598 $ 431,845 $ 10,753 2%
----------- ----------- ---------- ----------

2009 2008
----------- -----------
Average Balances (dollars in thousands,
except per share data)
Three Months Ended March
31,
Loans and Leases $ 3,658,682 $ 3,466,360 $ 192,322 6%
Securities Available For
Sale
(excluding unrealized gains
or losses) $ 1,089,512 $ 1,120,257 ($ 30,745) -3%
Securities Held To Maturity $ 138,700 $ 152,860 ($ 14,160) -9%
Regulatory Equity
Investment $ 38,852 $ 37,509 $ 1,343 4%
Short-Term Interest Bearing
Accounts $ 2,684 $ 8,400 ($ 5,716) -68%
Total Earning Assets $ 4,928,430 $ 4,785,386 $ 143,044 3%
Total Assets $ 5,351,476 $ 5,164,344 $ 187,132 4%
Interest Bearing Deposits $ 3,312,594 $ 3,232,999 $ 79,595 2%
Non-Interest Bearing
Deposits $ 680,835 $ 659,417 $ 21,418 3%
Short-Term Borrowings $ 148,448 $ 303,576 ($ 155,128) -51%
Long-Term Borrowings $ 706,660 $ 500,294 $ 206,366 41%
Total Interest Bearing
Liabilities $ 4,167,702 $ 4,036,869 $ 130,833 3%
Stockholders Equity $ 436,685 $ 403,165 $ 33,520 8%
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NBT Bancorp Inc. and Subsidiaries March 31, December 31,
Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited) 2009 2008
----------- -----------
(in thousands)

ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 98,753 $ 107,409
Short term interest bearing accounts 80,580 2,987
Securities available for sale, at fair value 1,111,372 1,119,665
Securities held to maturity (fair value of $140,423
and $141,308 at March 31, 2009 and December 31,
2008, respectively) 139,195 140,209
Trading securities 1,741 1,407
Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan Bank stock 37,920 39,045
Loans and leases 3,648,384 3,651,911
Less allowance for loan and lease losses 59,311 58,564
=========== ===========
Net loans and leases 3,589,073 3,593,347
Premises and equipment, net 64,951 65,241
Goodwill 114,838 114,838
Intangible assets, net 22,784 23,367
Bank owned life insurance 72,111 72,276
Other assets 72,916 56,297
----------- -----------
TOTAL ASSETS $ 5,406,234 $ 5,336,088
=========== ===========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Deposits:
Demand (noninterest bearing) $ 688,116 $ 685,495
Savings, NOW, and money market 2,063,222 1,885,551
Time 1,324,581 1,352,212
----------- -----------
Total deposits 4,075,919 3,923,258
Short-term borrowings 127,187 206,492
Long-term debt 616,078 632,209
Trust preferred debentures 75,422 75,422
Other liabilities 69,030 66,862
----------- -----------
Total liabilities 4,963,636 4,904,243

Total stockholders' equity 442,598 431,845
=========== ===========

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 5,406,234 $ 5,336,088
=========== ===========

Three months
ended
NBT Bancorp Inc. and Subsidiaries March 31,
Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited) 2009 2008
-------- --------
(in thousands, except per share data)
Interest, fee and dividend income:
Loans and leases $ 55,411 $ 58,617
Securities available for sale 12,375 13,746
Securities held to maturity 1,234 1,514
Other 361 775
-------- --------
Total interest, fee and dividend income 69,381 74,652
-------- --------
Interest expense:
Deposits 13,839 22,698
Short-term borrowings 147 2,340
Long-term debt 6,197 4,302
Trust preferred debentures 1,086 1,247
-------- --------
Total interest expense 21,269 30,587
-------- --------
Net interest income 48,112 44,065
Provision for loan and lease losses 6,451 6,478
-------- --------
Net interest income after provision for loan and lease
losses 41,661 37,587
-------- --------
Noninterest income:
Trust 1,409 1,774
Service charges on deposit accounts 6,297 6,525
ATM and debit card fees 2,182 2,097
Broker/dealer and insurance revenue 5,338 1,107
Net securities gains - 15
Bank owned life insurance income 872 807
Retirement plan administration fees 1,741 1,708
Other 1,751 2,062
-------- --------
Total noninterest income 19,590 16,095
-------- --------
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and employee benefits 21,427 16,770
Office supplies and postage 1,530 1,339
Occupancy 4,165 3,610
Equipment 2,022 1,825
Professional fees and outside services 2,722 3,099
Data processing and communications 3,295 3,170
Amortization of intangible assets 813 391
Loan collection and other real estate owned 748 567
FDIC expenses 1,529 188
Other operating 4,054 3,075
-------- --------
Total noninterest expense 42,305 34,034
-------- --------
Income before income taxes 18,946 19,648
Income taxes 5,874 5,932
-------- --------
Net income $ 13,072 $ 13,716
-------- --------
Earnings Per Share:
Basic $ 0.40 $ 0.43
Diluted $ 0.40 $ 0.43
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NBT Bancorp Inc. and
Subsidiaries
Quarterly Consolidated
Statements of Income 1Q 4Q 3Q 2Q 1Q
(unaudited) 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
(in thousands, except per
share data)
Interest, fee and
dividend income:
Loans and leases $ 55,411 $ 58,164 $ 58,154 $ 57,220 $ 58,617
Securities available for
sale 12,375 13,434 13,451 13,417 13,746
Securities held to
maturity 1,234 1,253 1,343 1,478 1,514
Other 361 436 673 739 775
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Total interest, fee and
dividend income 69,381 73,287 73,621 72,854 74,652
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Interest expense:
Deposits 13,839 16,371 18,351 18,712 22,698
Short-term borrowings 147 382 763 1,362 2,340
Long-term debt 6,197 6,401 6,310 5,629 4,302
Trust preferred
debentures 1,086 1,200 1,154 1,146 1,247
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Total interest expense 21,269 24,354 26,578 26,849 30,587
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Net interest income 48,112 48,933 47,043 46,005 44,065
Provision for loan and
lease losses 6,451 7,721 7,179 5,803 6,478
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Net interest income after
provision for loan and
lease losses 41,661 41,212 39,864 40,202 37,587
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Noninterest income:
Trust 1,409 1,685 1,720 2,099 1,774
Service charges on
deposit accounts 6,297 7,266 7,414 6,938 6,525
ATM and debit card fees 2,182 2,176 2,334 2,225 2,097
Broker/dealer and
insurance fees 5,338 3,915 2,338 1,366 1,107
Net securities (losses)
gains - (8) 1,510 18 15
Bank owned life insurance
income 872 2,484 924 708 807
Retirement plan
administration fees 1,741 1,468 1,461 1,671 1,708
Other 1,751 1,244 1,261 1,394 2,062
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Total noninterest
income 19,590 20,230 18,962 16,419 16,095
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and employee
benefits 21,427 20,633 16,850 16,906 16,770
Office supplies and
postage 1,530 1,354 1,322 1,331 1,339
Occupancy 4,165 3,385 3,359 3,427 3,610
Equipment 2,022 1,944 1,908 1,862 1,825
Professional fees and
outside services 2,722 2,651 2,205 2,521 3,099
Data processing and
communications 3,295 3,254 3,155 3,115 3,170
Amortization of
intangible assets 813 874 462 378 391
Loan collection and other
real estate owned 748 692 505 730 567
Impairment on lease
residual assets - - 2,000 - -
FDIC expenses 1,529 827 614 184 188
Other operating 4,054 4,684 4,678 4,969 3,075
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Total noninterest
expense 42,305 40,298 37,058 35,423 34,034
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Income before income
taxes 18,946 21,144 21,768 21,198 19,648
Income taxes 5,874 6,247 6,685 6,541 5,932
--------- -------- --------- --------- ---------
Net income $ 13,072 $ 14,897 $ 15,083 $ 14,657 $ 13,716
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Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.40 $ 0.46 $ 0.47 $ 0.46 $ 0.43
Diluted $ 0.40 $ 0.45 $ 0.46 $ 0.45 $ 0.43
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Source: NBT Q1 financial results. NORWICH, NY--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) -