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Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSBI)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
April 26, 2019 , 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Q1 2019 Midland States Bancorp, Inc. Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions will follow at that time. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.

I'd now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Mr. Tony Rossi from Financial Profiles. Mr. Rossi you may begin.

Tony Rossi -- Senior Vice President

Thank you, Josh. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today for the Midland States Bancorp First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call.

Joining us for Midlands management team are Jeff Ludwig, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Steve Erickson, Chief Financial Officer. We will be using a slide presentation as part of our discussion this morning. If you've not done so already, please visit the Webcasts and Presentations page of Midland's Investor Relations website to download a copy of the presentation. The management team will discuss the first quarter results and then we'll open up the call for questions.

Before we begin, I'd like to remind you that this conference call contains forward-looking statements with respect to the future performance and financial condition of Midland States Bancorp that involve risks and uncertainties. Various factors could cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed in the company's SEC filings, which are available on the company's website. The company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements made during the call.

Additionally, management may refer to the non-GAAP measures, which are intended to supplement, but not substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The press release available on the website contains the financial and other quantitative information to be discussed today, as well as the reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

And with that, I'd like to turn the call over to Jeff. Jeff?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the Midland States earnings call .

I'm going to start on slide three with the highlights of the first quarter. We generated $0.57 in earnings per share, which compared to $0.67 in the prior quarter. Our prior quarter results included a number of items that favorably impacted our bottom line, including higher accretion income on purchase loan portfolios, higher estate fees in our wealth management business and the recapture of mortgage servicing rights in our commercial FHA business.

When adjusting for these items, our financial performance was relatively consistent with the prior quarter. And once again, we had a solid quarter of internal capital generation that resulted in strong increases in all of our capital ratios. We've made excellent progress on rebuilding our capital ratios following the Alpine acquisition last year, which enabled us to execute on our acquisition strategy and announced another attractive transaction that I will touch on in a few moments.

Our strong performance is also helping us to quickly earn back the tangible book value dilution from prior acquisitions, as our tangible book value per share increased by 4% in the first quarter. Our first quarter performance reflects solid execution on the near-term priorities we have outlined for the company.

We are prudently managing our balance sheet to protect our net interest margin, which on a normalized basis increased 2 basis points in the quarter. We are focusing our new loan production in areas with the most attractive risk adjusted yields.

Most notably, we continue to see strong growth in our equipment finance portfolio, which is helping to drive an increase in our overall normalized yield on loans and leases, that is more than offsetting the increase we are seeing in our deposit costs. The impact of the focus on more attractive risk adjusted yields can be seen in our average rate on our new and renewed loans, which was 5.7% in the first quarter, or 48 basis points higher than the average yield on our overall portfolio.

On the operating expense side, we are focused on enhancing efficiencies and controlling expenses. Our total non-interest expense was over $4 million lower than the prior quarter. As a result of our strong execution on these strategic priorities, we were able to deliver a solid earnings for the shareholders despite the challenging conditions for generating balance sheet growth.

On our las t earnings call, when we laid out our priorities for 2019, we indicated that with respect to accretive acquisitions, we are focused on filling opportunities that can enhance the value of our franchise. Earlier this month, we announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire HomeStar Financial Group, which is exactly the type of transaction that fits this profile.

HomeStar is a classic community bank that has utilized a strong commitment to its customers, employees and communities to build a leading market share position in Kankakee, Illinois. With just under $400 million in total assets and five branches in a market where we already have a presence, this is a very easily digestible acquisition that won't require significant resources from an integration standpoint.

Despite the small size of the transaction though, there are considerable synergies that make this combination very attractive. HomeStar has a stable base of low-cost deposits, with the cost of deposits of just 20 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Through its strong customer relationships, HomeStar has been able to effectively manage its deposit costs during the rising interest rate cycle and has had a deposit beta of just over 1%. With a 67% loan-to-deposit ratio, HomeStar has excellent liquidity that we can utilize to profitably fund our organic loan growth.

The addition of this franchise furthers our efforts to increase our core deposits. Because of the considerable overlap in our operations, we expected the total cost saves to be approximately 40% of HomeStar's non-interest expense. The economics of the deal are very attractive, as we've projected to be approximately 9% accretive to earnings per share in 2020, with the tangible book value dilution earn back of just about two years.

As we have done over the past decade, we have consistently created value for our shareholders through our M&A activities, and we believe the acquisition of HomeStar will be another transaction that enhances our deposit base while further increasing our earnings power.

Now, I'm going to turn the call over to Steve to walk through some more details on our financial performance in the quarter. Steve?

Stephen A. Erickson -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Jeff. I'm going to start with our loan portfolio and slide four. Our total loans outstanding declined $45.4 million from the end of the prior quarter. This was primarily due to declines in portfolios that we are de-emphasizing, due to their less attractive risk adjusted yields in the current environment. Most notably, residential and commercial real estate. This was partially offset by growth in our commercial loans and leases.

Our equipment finance group continues to perform well and our total outstanding balances increased by $57.5 million, or 15.3%, from the end of the prior quarter. Year-over-year, this portfolio was up $206.1 million, or 91%, and the expansion of the equipment finance business has had the positive impact that we anticipated when we made the investment to bring this new team on board.

Turning to deposits on slide five. Total deposits were $4.04 billion at the end of the first quarter, a decline of approximately $37.9 million from the end of the prior quarter. The decline was primarily attributable to outflows of commercial deposits and a decline in public funds. We partially offset the decline by adding to our balances of time deposits and brokered deposits.

Turning to wealth management on slide 6. At the end of the quarter, our assets under administration were $3.1 billion, an increase of $152 million from the prior -- from the end of the prior quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to improved market performance.

Our wealth management revenue declined 12.4% from the prior quarter to $5 million, which was primarily attributable to lower estate fees and other one-time revenue items that we recorded in the prior quarter. On a year-over-year basis, our wealth management revenue increased 21.4%.

Turning to our net interest income and net interest margin slide on page seven. Our net interest income decreased by 6% from the fourth quarter. Excluding accretion income, net interest income decreased $1.2 million from the prior quarter. The decrease was primarily due to a decline in our average interest-earning assets, which was partially offset by 2 basis point increase in our net interest margin, excluding accretion income.

With the impact of the repricing in our loan portfolio and a higher rates on new and renewed loans, the increase in our average interest-earning asset yields more than offset the increase in our cost of funds during the first quarter. While the outlook for interest rates has changed quite a bit from our las t earnings call , we are relatively neutral from a balance sheet sensitivity standpoint. Accordingly, we continue to expect our net interest margin to be relatively flat going forward, excluding the impact of accretion income.

In terms of our scheduled accretion income, which does not include the impact of prepayments on acquired loans, we are expecting $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $8.1 million for the full year. This does not include accretion income from our pending acquisition of HomeStar Financial Group, which we will quantify once that transaction closes and the purchase accounting is completed.

Moving on to our non-interest income on slide eight. Our total non-interest income decreased 19.3% from the prior quarter. The decrease was spread across all of our major contributors to non-interest income. As Jeff pointed out earlier, we had a number of one-time revenue items that positively impacted our non-interest income last quarter, one of which was a $1.4 million recapture of mortgage servicing rights impairment in our commercial FHA business.

We had $3.3 million in commercial FHA revenue this quarter, which is at the low end of the range that we expect for this business. The government shutdown in the early part of the year lengthened the sales cycle for some of the opportunities in our pipeline. However, our overall expectations for this business remain the same and we should see more rate like activity, as we work through the loans in the pipeline now that HUD is nearly caught up on the backlog that accumulated during the shutdown.

Turning to our expenses and efficiency ratio on slide nine. We incurred $0.2 million in integration and acquisition expense in the first quarter. Excluding integration and acquisition expense, our non-interest expense decreased by 8.7% on a linked-quarter basis.

The decrease resulted from declines in all of our major non-interest expense line items, which reflects the success we are having in managing expenses and driving improved efficiencies throughout the organization. With the lower expense levels in the first quarter, our efficiency ratio improved to 64.7% from 65.5%. Although, we came in below, our expected range in the first quarter, we still expect that a quarterly run rate for operating expenses will be in the $42 million to $43 million range.

Moving to slide 10. We'll look at our asset quality. Our non-performing loans increased by $6.4 million, which was primarily attributable to the downgrade of one commercial real estate loan and one residential real estate loan during the quarter.

Our net charge-offs were just 10 basis points of average loans for the quarter. We recorded a provision for loan losses of $3.2 million, which was primarily driven by a specific reserve set against one non-performing loan. This provision increased our allowance to 56 basis points of total loans as of March 31st, and our credit marks accounted for another 47 basis points.

With that, I'll turn the call back over to Jeff. Jeff?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Steve. We'll wrap up on slide 11 with some comments on our outlook. We're going to remain focused on protecting our margin and controlling expenses and we expect to deliver strong earnings. Although, we saw a decline in loan balances during the first quarter, we still feel comfortable that we will generate low-single digit organic loan growth this year, based on the level of demand we are seeing in our markets.

As we have discussed, our loan growth needs to match our ability to fund new production with lower-cost deposits, the HomeStar acquisition will assist in this effort, with more than a $100 million, it has in excess deposits.

The HomeStar acquisition is highly a accretive transaction that is small enough in size to allow us to continue our ongoing focus on enhancing efficiencies throughout our organization. Given the number of banks in our markets, we believe that we can continue to drive value through our acquisition strategy within our existing footprint.

With that, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Operator, please open the call?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. (Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Terry McEvoy of Stephens. You may proceed with your question.

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Terry.

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Just a question on the equipment finance loans. I know you talked about the 5.70 renewal in new loan rate, how much above that average are the equipment finance loans? I remember them being quite a bit above that 5.70.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I think in the current quarter, the rates on the equipment finance business did come down a little bit, given the flatter yield curve in the quarter. It was probably in the 15 basis points to 20 basis points above that number in the current quarter. And we, in prior quarters have seen it and probably touching six and a little above six.

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

And then -- thank you, there. And moving over to just deposits. I know you talked about just some outflows and decline in public funds in Q1. Do you typically see a seasonal rebound in the second quarter? And to keep the balance sheet flat, you just bring down some of the brokered funding?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. That's a strategy, for sure. If we have excess deposits come in, we do have some brokered deposits that we can let go if we don't have the loan demand. I think, from a seasonality point of view, given the growth we've had in the last two years, we're still -- we still can't see maybe seasonality. Centrue has been on here for a couple of years now. Alpine just now for about a year. So, we are -- we're not necessarily pinpointing seasonality right now. I think as we continue to move forward with this larger balance sheet and these customers, I think we'll get a better feel of seasonality as we move forward.

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Thanks. And then just one last question on HomeStar. What was unique, was those -- the outstanding true ups. And has that been finalized completely in order to move forward with the eventual closing of the deal? Or there is still some -- is there still some uncertainty there?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I wouldn't say there's any uncertainty. I mean, there's a little bit of legal work that still needs to happen, but we're pretty confident, based on communications back and forth between the trustee and the debt holders. That -- the final legal paperwork will be -- we'll work through. So, we don't see that as an obstacle, no.

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. And our next question comes from Michael Perito of KBW. You may proceed with your question.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Good morning.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Morning, Mike.

Stephen A. Erickson -- Chief Financial Officer

Morning.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

I had a handful of things I want to hit on. First, on the loan growth side, I mean, it seems like the last few quarters here the equipment finance team has really been kind of the lone driver of net production. I mean, is that a good quantification (ph) moving forward, or are there other segments within the portfolio that there does seem to be growth opportunities on that, that you're willing to share?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, I think what we're seeing in the other portfolios, we're seeing pretty good pipeline actually. What's happening is there's probably an elevated level of payoffs and attrition that we've been seeing for several quarters now. And some of these are rates and terms that we are not going to chase on the commercial, real estate side. And that's what we're probably seeing -- we're probably seeing the run-off impacting balances more than we're seeing a lack of production.

So in terms of other growth, yeah, I mean our shining star right now is the equipment finance business. We continue to focus on the other areas of the business. And if -- I think if we see attrition slow down, we'll see some lift in some of these other portfolios, although we are deemphasizing residential real estate right now. So we would (Multiple Speakers)

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Yeah. That was going to be my next question. I mean, how much of the attrition is intentional versus kind of just elevated payoff activity and stuff of that nature?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, some of this is intentional. The residential real estate portfolio, in prior quarters, we were -- we had a doctor program we were running, which puts some residential real estate on our books. We've stopped that program. So, we would expect that those portfolios to continue to kind of decrease over time. We were doing and Alpine was doing some indirect lending and we stopped that a quarter or so ago. So, you don't necessarily see that in the consumer line item, but there is some natural paydowns in that book as well. And those are both lower-yielding less profitable loans.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. On the fee income side, can you maybe just give us a little commentary about where the Love Funding pipeline is, as we think about the next quarter or so? And then also, the residential mortgage piece continues to jump around a little bit. What's kind of the production outlook at this point for that unit?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So, on the Love Funding side, for most of the quarter -- not most of the quarter, a third of the quarter, the government was shut down. So, we had kind of a low in production. The pipeline is fairly -- it's stable. It's probably about the same as it was to begin the year. So, we feel good about the pipeline. We'll get three months of production in the quarter. Not to -- so, I think we are optimistic that Love Funding can have a better quarter, this quarter than -- the second quarter than they did the first quarter.

So, I think things are working pretty well on that front. We've made management changes last year. Those are working well, and I think we feel pretty good about the next several quarters of the Love business. And our guidance of that $3 million to $5 million in revenue were -- we are good with that guidance continuing.

On the resi side, I think pipelines are up from where they were at the end of the year. We do have some focus to bring some producers on and generate some revenue. I would expect revenue to be up in that line item in the second quarter. It is seasonally better. But I wouldn't say it's going to be materially -- it's going to be a material change in the second quarter. We're going to continue to look to build that business back over a period of time, not ramp it up in the next quarter or two.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. Then on the -- on expenses. Obviously, the quarter looked pretty good. Can you talk about what is going to drive the increase, I guess, back into that $42 million (ph) range from where we were in the first quarter ?

Stephen A. Erickson -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. This is Steve. When we look at where we're sitting at with the $41.1 million, it was, as we said across all categories where we saw the decline. Going forward, our annual salary increases take place April 1. And so all of that will kick in, starting in the second quarter. And that's why we haven't pulled down our expectations of $42 million to $43 million. So, that's the primary driver of why we believe that, that $42 million to $43 million is still the correct guidance for now.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. Is there room for that data processing line to come down low? I mean, it still seems like it's operating at a little bit of an elevated figure. But I know it's jumped around a lot with some of the deal activity and everything. What's the outlook there?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So, as we looked at the work that we're doing internally, we kind of look at something like data processing as something that's not an expense that can be materially impacted over a three month to six month period. That's a bit longer process and involves looking at how we do things internally. But it also involves managing different vendor contracts. And so while that may be an item along with others that can be brought down, it's going to be a longer term exercise in doing so. But it is something that we are focused on.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. And then just one last one if I can. Just on the tax rate. Seems a little high relative to last year's total full year rate, just any thoughts on where that will trend for the rest of the year?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Last year was probably impacted a little bit for Alpine and all the kind of one-time expenses that are rolling through. So, there is some noise, if you will, in the tax rate. Yeah, I think our tax rate, correct me, if I'm wrong, Steve, we expect it to be in that 24% range for the year. So --

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. So, consistent with where I thought it was in the first quarter.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Stephen A. Erickson -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Okay. All right. Thank you, guys. Appreciate it.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

The higher level of profitability is going to increase that tax rate a little bit.

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. (Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from Andrew Liesch of Sandler O'Neill. You may proceed with your question.

Andrew Liesch -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Morning, guys. How are you?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Morning, Andrew. We are good.

Andrew Liesch -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Just wanted to talk about the consumer portfolio. It sounds like maybe there was some run-off of some indirect that Alpine used to be doing, but what's the -- what's the take right now with the GreenSky in that relationship? And what's the outlook for growth there? And then, what was -- was there any growth from the last quarter?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, GreenSky was flat quarter-over-quarter. And that's kind of what we've been managing to the last couple of quarters so. And it's a relationship. We assess periodically and we'll increase our volumes as we feel appropriate. And it's something that we continue to look at. And it may -- in the future, we might increase some volumes there. But at this point, no concrete plans to do that. Hopefully, that's helpful.

Andrew Liesch -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Yeah. And then on the wealth management line, looks like this was the lowest quarter since some fill-time (ph) deal was done. Did the other quarters like second and third quarter of last year also have some one-time items in there? I'm just trying to get a sense of what the -- what a good run rate is going forward from here.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, each quarter we generally do have some of those items. It's a business that we have as part of that group, when we manage an estate that type of thing. And those fees, while they are one-time in nature, we generally have some every quarter. It just happened to be. In the fourth quarter, we had quite a bit more than we normally do. In the first quarter, we had quite a bit less than we normally do. Those -- that stream is not really predictable or consistent. So, we will still have those items and it's just hard to predict where they will be.

Andrew Liesch -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Okay. No, that's actually pretty helpful. Thank you. I appreciate that. That's all my questions.

Operator

Thank you. And our next question comes from Kevin Reevey of D.A. Davidson. You may proceed with your question.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson & Co. -- Analyst

Good morning.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Kevin.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson & Co. -- Analyst

I have a question related to the commercial real estate loan that was downgraded in the quarter. First, can you give us some color on the type of loan and the type of collateral? And was this a legacy Midland States credit or was this a credit that was part of a prior acquisition?

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

This was a legacy Midland credit. It's an assisted-living center in Northern Illinois. That's a municipality-based credit. So, we feel OK about loss rates today. We won't take a loss, but there are some issues in the credit and we needed to move to non-performing so.

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson & Co. -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks. That was all I had.

Operator

Thank you. And I'm not showing any further questions at this time. I would now like to turn the call back over to Jeff Ludwig for any further remarks.

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. I'd like to thank, everybody, for joining our call today. And we'll talk next quarter. Thanks.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for participating in today's conference. This does conclude today's program and you may all disconnect. Everyone have a beautiful day.

Duration: 28 minutes

Call participants:

Tony Rossi -- Senior Vice President

Jeffrey G. Ludwig -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen A. Erickson -- Chief Financial Officer

Terry McEvoy -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Michael Perito -- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods -- Analyst

Andrew Liesch -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Kevin Reevey -- D.A. Davidson & Co. -- Analyst

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