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  Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) stock observed trading -35.58% off 52-week high price. On the other end, the stock has been noted -13.29% away from low price over the last 52-weeks. The stock disclosed a move of -28.45% away from 50 day moving average and -26.63% away from 200 day moving average. Moving closer, we can see that shares have been trading -27.63% off 20-day moving average. It has market cap of $1346.76M and dividend yield of 2.25%.

Eagle Bancorp (NASDAQ: EGBN), the parent company of EagleBank, reported quarterly net income of $37.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to $37.3 million net income for the three months ended June 30, 2018. Net income per basic common share for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was $1.08 compared to $1.09 for the same period in 2018. Net income per diluted common share was $1.08 for both the three months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the Company’s net income was $71.0 million, a 3% decrease from the $73.0 million of net income for the same period in 2018. Net income per basic common share for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $2.06 compared to $2.13 for the same period in 2018, a 3% decrease. Net income per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $2.05 compared to $2.12 for the same period in 2018, a 3% decrease.

“While we experienced a challenging interest rate environment in the second quarter of 2019, we are pleased to report another quarter of overall favorable earnings, supported by continued loan and balance sheet growth, solid asset quality and favorable operating leverage,” noted Susan G. Riel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bancorp, Inc. Ms. Riel continued, “The Company’s assets ended the quarter at $8.7 billion, representing 10% growth over the second quarter of 2018.  Second quarter 2019 earnings resulted in a return on average assets (“ROAA”) of 1.74%, return on average common equity (“ROACE”) of 12.81%, and a return on average tangible common equity (“ROATCE”) of 14.08%.”

 

The Company’s performance in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018 was highlighted by growth in average total loans of 11%, growth in average total deposits of 10%, a net interest margin of 3.91%, 5% growth in total revenue to $87.7 million, and a 3% increase in noninterest expenses, further improving our operating leverage and resulting in an improved efficiency ratio of 38.04% versus 38.55% for the second quarter of 2018. Additionally, annualized net charge-offs to average loans was 0.08%. Ms. Riel noted, “The Company continues to focus more on growth of average balances year over year and quarter over quarter since that measure more directly impacts income statement results.” Comparing average balances in the second quarter of 2019 versus the first quarter of 2019, average loan growth was 3% while average deposits declined by 1%. As average U.S. Treasury rates in the two to five year area declined by about 35 basis points in the second quarter 2019 and the average yield curve remained fairly flat, we experienced 11 basis points of net interest margin compression as compared to the first quarter of 2019, as our cost of funds increased 11 basis points while the yield on earning assets was unchanged. The yield on our substantial level of variable rate assets was negatively impacted by the lower interest rate environment in the second quarter of 2019, including a decline in the average one month LIBOR rate, while our cost of funds was impacted by our goal of funding solid new loan opportunities. In spite of the margin compression, we continue to believe that our net interest margin remains superior to other banking companies.

Ms. Riel added, “In the second quarter of 2019, period end total loan growth was 3.1% over March 31, 2019, while total deposits increased 4.0% over March 31, 2019. New loans settled in the second quarter of 2019 were substantially greater than those closed in the first quarter of 2019, which had a 2.6% growth rate. The total of unfunded loan commitments has remained stable over the last six quarters at approximately $2.4 billion. The Company continues to emphasize achieving core deposit growth. The mix of noninterest deposits to total deposits averaged 31% in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to 33% in both the second quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.

The net interest margin was 3.91% for the second quarter of 2019, down 24 basis points from the second quarter of 2018. Ms. Riel noted, “There has been a lesser focus on higher risk and higher yielding construction lending and more attention towards strong commercial real estate credits secured by stabilized income producing properties. The yield on the loan portfolio was 5.61% for the second quarter of 2019 as compared to 5.53% for the second quarter of 2018 and 5.62% for the first quarter of 2019. The cost of funds was 1.30% for the second quarter of 2019 as compared to 0.96% for the second quarter of 2018 and 1.19% for the first quarter of 2019. We continue to see well structured new loan opportunities and are having to pay higher rates to fund that growth. Even considering the decline in the net interest margin, the Company’s net interest income increased 4% in the second quarter of 2019 over 2018 as the Company has continued its emphasis on disciplined pricing for both new loans and funding sources in the face of competitive pressures.”

 

For the first six months of 2019, average total loans increased 10% over the same period in 2018, and total deposits averaged 13% higher for the first six months of 2019 as compared to the first six months of 2018.

Total revenue (net interest income plus noninterest income) for the second quarter of 2019 was $87.7 million, or 5% above the $83.8 million of total revenue earned for the second quarter of 2018 and was slightly higher than the $87.3 million of revenue earned in the first quarter of 2019. For the six month periods ended June 30, total revenue was $175.0 million for 2019 as compared to $164.8 million in 2018, a 6% increase.

The primary driver of the Company’s revenue growth for the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the second quarter of 2018 was its net interest income growth of 4% ($81.3 million versus $78.2 million). Noninterest income (excluding investment gains) increased by 5% in the second quarter 2019 over 2018 ($5.8 million versus $5.5 million), due substantially to increased sales of residential mortgage loans and the resulting gains on the sale of these loans, partially offset by lower deposit service charges.

Asset quality measures remained solid at June 30, 2019. Net charge-offs (annualized) were 0.08% of average loans for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to 0.05% of average loans for the second quarter of 2018. At June 30, 2019, the Company’s nonperforming loans amounted to $37.4 million (0.51% of total loans) as compared to $10.9 million (0.16% of total loans) at June 30, 2018, and $16.3 million (0.23% of total loans) at December 31, 2018. Nonperforming assets amounted to $38.8 million (0.45% of total assets) at June 30, 2019 compared to $12.3 million (0.16% of total assets) at June 30, 2018 and $17.7 million (0.21% of total assets) at December 31, 2018.

Management continues to remain attentive to any signs of deterioration in borrowers’ financial conditions and is proactive in taking the appropriate steps to mitigate risk. Furthermore, the Company is diligent in placing loans on nonaccrual status and believes, based on its loan portfolio risk analysis, that its allowance for credit losses, at 0.98% of total loans (excluding loans held for sale) at June 30, 2019, is adequate to absorb potential credit losses within the loan portfolio at that date. The allowance for credit losses was 1.00% at both June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The allowance at June 30, 2019 for credit losses represented 193% of nonperforming loans, as compared to 612% at June 30, 2018 and 430% at December 31, 2018.

“The Company’s productivity continued to be very favorable in the second quarter,” noted Ms. Riel. The efficiency ratio of 38.04% reflects management’s ongoing efforts to maintain superior operating leverage. The annualized level of noninterest expenses as a percentage of average assets has declined to 1.55% in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to 1.66% in the second quarter of 2018. A relatively stable staff, capacity utilization, branch rationalization, a low level of problem assets, and leveraging of other fixed costs have been the major reasons for improved operating leverage. The Company continues to make investments in its infrastructure including IT systems and resources and online client services. Our goal is to maintain strong operating performance without inhibiting growth or negatively impacting our ability to service our customers. Ms. Riel further noted, “We will continue to maintain strict oversight of expenses, while retaining an infrastructure to remain competitive, support our growth initiatives, and proactively enhance our risk management systems as we continue to grow.”

Total assets at June 30, 2019 were $8.67 billion, a 10% increase as compared to $7.88 billion at June 30, 2018, and a 3% increase as compared to $8.39 billion at December 31, 2018. Total loans (excluding loans held for sale) were $7.39 billion at June 30, 2019, an 11% increase as compared to $6.65 billion at June 30, 2018, and a 6% increase as compared to $6.99 billion at December 31, 2018. Loans held for sale amounted to $37.5 million at June 30, 2019 as compared to $30.5 million at June 30, 2018, a 23% increase, and $19.3 million at December 31, 2018, a 95% increase. The investment portfolio totaled $745.3 million at June 30, 2019, a 13% increase from the $656.9 million balance at June 30, 2018. As compared to December 31, 2018, the investment portfolio at June 30, 2019 decreased by $38.8 million, or 5%.

Total deposits at June 30, 2019 were $6.95 billion, compared to deposits of $6.27 billion at June 30, 2018, an 11% increase, and a slight decrease compared to deposits of $6.97 billion at December 31, 2018. Total borrowed funds (excluding customer repurchase agreements) were $442.5 million at June 30, 2019, $517.1 million at June 30, 2018, and $217.3 million at December 31, 2018. We continue to work on expanding the breadth and depth of our existing relationships while we pursue building new relationships.

Total shareholders’ equity at June 30, 2019 increased 16%, to $1.18 billion, compared to $1.02 billion at June 30, 2018, and increased 7%, from $1.11 billion at December 31, 2018. The Company’s capital position remains substantially in excess of regulatory requirements for well capitalized status, with a total risk based capital ratio of 16.36% at June 30, 2019, as compared to 15.59% at June 30, 2018, and 16.08% at December 31, 2018. In addition, the tangible common equity ratio was 12.60% at June 30, 2019, compared to 11.79% at June 30, 2018 and 12.11% at December 31, 2018. As a result of our strong capital position, the Company reinstituted a quarterly cash dividend in the second quarter of 2019. A $0.22 per share dividend was declared May 15th to shareholders of record on May 31st and was paid June 14, 2019.

Analysis of the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to June 30, 2018

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company reported an annualized ROAA of 1.74% as compared to 1.92% for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The annualized ROACE for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was 12.81% as compared to 14.93% for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The annualized ROATCE for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was 14.08% as compared to 16.71% for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Net interest income increased 4% for the three months ended June 30, 2019 over the same period in 2018 ($81.3 million versus $78.2 million), resulting from growth in average earning assets of 10%. The net interest margin was 3.91% for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to 4.15% for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The Company believes its current net interest margin remains favorable compared to peer banking companies and that its disciplined approach to managing the loan portfolio yield to 5.61% for the second quarter of 2019 (as compared to 5.53% for the same period in 2018) has been a significant factor in its overall profitability.

 

The provision for credit losses was $3.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. Net charge-offs of $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2019 represented an annualized 0.08% of average loans, excluding loans held for sale, as compared to $848 thousand, or an annualized 0.05% of average loans, excluding loans held for sale, in the second quarter of 2018. Net charge-offs in the second quarter of 2019 were attributable primarily to commercial real estate loans ($1.5 million).

Noninterest income for the three months ended June 30, 2019 increased to $6.4 million from $5.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, a 15% increase, due substantially to $537 thousand higher gains on the sale of investment securities and $362 thousand higher gains on the sale of residential mortgage loans ($1.9 million versus $1.5 million) resulting from higher volume as compared to 2018. Residential mortgage loans closed were $152 million for the second quarter of 2019 versus $126 million for the second quarter of 2018.

The efficiency ratio, which measures the ratio of noninterest expense to total revenue, was 38.04% for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to 38.55% for the second quarter of 2018. Noninterest expenses totaled $33.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to $32.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, a 3% increase. Data processing expense increased by $199 thousand due primarily to the costs of software and infrastructure investments. Legal, accounting and professional fees increased $561 thousand from $2.2 million to $2.7 million, the reasons of which are further discussed below. Other expenses increased $448 thousand, due primarily to $354 thousand higher real estate and utility costs on special assets.

Analysis of the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to June 30, 2018

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the Company reported an annualized ROAA of 1.68% as compared to 1.91% for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The annualized ROACE for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was 12.47% as compared to 14.96% for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The annualized ROATCE for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was 13.73% as compared to 16.78% for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Net interest income increased 5% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 over the same period in 2018 ($162.3 million versus $154.0 million), resulting from growth in average earning assets of 11%. The net interest margin was 3.97% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 4.16% for the same period in 2018. The Company believes its current net interest margin remains favorable compared to peer banking companies and that its disciplined approach to managing the loan portfolio yield to 5.62% for the first six months of 2019 (as compared to 5.42% for the same period in 2018) has been a significant factor in its overall profitability.

The provision for credit losses was $7.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The higher provisioning for the six months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018, is due primarily to higher net charge-offs. Net charge-offs of $4.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 represented an annualized 0.13% of average loans, excluding loans held for sale, as compared to $1.8 million, or an annualized 0.05% of average loans, excluding loans held for sale, in the first six months of 2018. Net charge-offs in the first six months of 2019 were attributable primarily to commercial real estate loans ($5.0 million) offset by a recovery in commercial loans ($162 thousand).

Noninterest income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased to $12.7 million from $10.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a 17% increase, due substantially to $1.4 million higher gains on the sale of investment securities primarily due to $829 thousand of noninterest income recognized during March 2019 on interest rate swap terminations, and $288 thousand higher gains on the sale of residential mortgage loans ($3.2 million versus $2.9 million) resulting from higher volume as compared to 2018. Residential mortgage loans closed were $246 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 versus $226 million for the same period in 2018.

Noninterest expenses totaled $71.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to $63.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a 13% increase. Cost increases for salaries and benefits for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $6.7 million, due primarily to $6.2 million of nonrecurring charges related to share based compensation and the retirement of our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ronald D. Paul, and secondly to increased overall headcount. Marketing and advertising increased by $188 thousand due primarily to increased digital, radio and television advertising spend. Data processing expense increased by $257 thousand due primarily to the costs of software and infrastructure investments. Legal, accounting, and professional fees have decreased $703 thousand from $5.2 million to $4.4 million, the reasons of which are further discussed below. Other expenses increased $1.5 million, due primarily to broker fees ($554 thousand) and real estate and utility costs on special assets ($369 thousand). For the first six months of 2019, the efficiency ratio was 40.95% as compared to 38.47% for the same period in 2018.

During the three month periods ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, the Company incurred legal, accounting and professional fees and expenses of $2.7 million and $2.2 million, respectively, which represented an increase of 26%. For the six month periods ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, the Company incurred legal, accounting and professional fees and expenses of $4.4 million and $5.2 million, respectively, which represented a decrease of 14%. During the three months ended June 30, 2018, these expenses related substantially to the Company’s engagement of independent accounting, legal and compliance consultants who conducted various investigations for the Company, in addition to consulting costs to enhance our governance and risk management systems. During the three months ended June 30, 2019, such expenses related primarily to legal fees and expenditures in connection with our responses to investigations and related document requests and subpoenas from government agencies examining matters, including the Company’s identification, classification and disclosure of related party transactions; the retirement of certain former officers and directors; and the relationship of the Company and certain of its former officers and directors with a local public official. The Company has D&O insurance that may provide reimbursement for all or part of advancement and indemnification costs requested by current and former officers and directors, and those costs can not be estimated at this time. While we are unable to estimate the amount of these legal expenditures at this time, the Company expects that it will continue to incur elevated levels of legal and professional fees and expenses for at least the remainder of 2019 as it continues to cooperate with these investigations. Other than these increased costs, we do not believe at this time that the resolution of these investigations will be materially adverse to the Company. As a result of these ongoing investigations, there have been no regulatory restrictions placed on the Company’s ability to fully engage in its banking business as presently conducted. We are, however, unable to predict the duration, scope or outcome of these investigations.

The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2019 was 26.6% as compared to 25.1% for the second quarter of 2018 due primarily to a decrease in federal tax credits and an increase in nondeductible expenses.

The financial information that follows provides more detail on the Company’s financial performance for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 as well as providing eight quarters of trend data. Persons wishing to obtain additional information should refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

The USA based company Eagle Bancorp, Inc. moved with change of -26.75% to $39.15 with the total traded volume of 3576664 shares in recent session versus to an average volume of 210.3K. The stock was observed in the 5 days activity at -28.05%. The one month performance of stock was -29.08%. EGBN’s shares are at -29.09% for the quarter and driving a -34.48% return over the course of the past year and is now at -19.63% since this point in 2018.  Right now the stock beta is 0.92. The average volatility for the week and month was at 9.26% and 3.90% respectively. There are 34.4M shares outstanding and 31.91M shares are floated in market.

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