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City Holding Company Announces Third Quarter Results

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CHARLESTON, W. Va., October 21, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--City Holding Company ("Company" or "City") (NASDAQ:CHCO), a $6.0 billion bank holding company headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, today announced quarterly net income of $22.7 million and diluted earnings of $1.47 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. For the third quarter of 2021, the Company achieved a return on assets of 1.53% and a return on tangible equity of 15.7%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, City reported net income of $64.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of $4.13.

Charles R. ("Skip") Hageboeck, the President and Chief Executive Officer of City Holding Company, commented: "While our financial performance is not quite back to pre-COVID levels, City’s financial performance continued on an upward swing in the third quarter of 2021. Net interest income, largely on the strength of fee income related to Government sponsored Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans, increased $1.6 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and noninterest income, exclusive of security items, was up $1.3 million from the quarter ended September 30, 2020."

"Asset quality continues to be a hallmark for City with nonperforming assets dropping to below $10 million ($9.0 million or just 0.26% of total loans and other real estate owned). Past due loans and troubled debt restructurings also declined during the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Deferrals on commercial loans have also declined significantly during the quarter to just $15 million and are solely related to hotel and lodging customers."

"While consumer related lending continues to be challenging with the current interest rate environment, commercial loans grew $36 million, or 2% (8.1% annualized), during the quarter ended September 30, 2021, exclusive of PPP balances. As of September 30, 2021, our PPP balances have declined to $26 million with less than $1 million remaining outstanding from PPP loans originated in 2020 and approximately 45% of loans originated in 2021 already forgiven."

Net Interest Income

The Company’s net interest income increased from $37.9 million during the second quarter of 2021 to $39.5 million during the third quarter of 2021. The Company’s tax equivalent net interest income increased from $38.3 million for the second quarter of 2021 to $39.8 million for the third quarter of 2021. An increase in loan fees related to PPP loan forgiveness increased net interest income by $0.6 million. In addition, a modest increase in loan yields, due to interest recoveries on previously charged-off loans, increased net interest income by $0.6 million and lower rates paid on time deposits (16 basis points) increased net interest income by $0.4 million. The Company’s reported net interest margin increased from 2.81% for the second quarter of 2021 to 2.89% for the third quarter of 2021. Excluding the favorable impact of the accretion from fair value adjustments, the net interest margin would have been 2.86% for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 and 2.76% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Credit Quality

The Company’s ratio of nonperforming assets to total loans and other real estate owned decreased from 0.32% at June 30, 2021 to 0.26% at September 30, 2021. Total nonperforming assets decreased from $11.4 million at June 30, 2021 to $9.0 million at September 30, 2021. Total past due loans decreased slightly from $7.6 million, or 0.22% of total loans outstanding, at June 30, 2021 to $7.3 million, or 0.21% of total loans outstanding, at September 30, 2021.

As a result of the Company’s quarterly analysis of the adequacy of the allowance for credit losses ("ACL"), the Company recorded a recovery of credit losses of $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to a provision for credit losses of $1.0 million for the comparable period in 2020 and a recovery of credit losses of $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2021. Due to adjustments to other qualitative and other factors, the Company partially recovered a portion of the provision for credit losses incurred in the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income was $17.9 million for the third quarter of 2021 as compared to $17.0 million for the third quarter of 2020. During the third quarter of 2021, the Company reported $0.1 million of unrealized fair value gains on the Company’s equity securities compared to $0.5 million of unrealized fair value gains on the Company’s equity securities in the third quarter of 2020. Exclusive of these gains, non-interest income increased from $16.5 million for the third quarter of 2020 to $17.8 million for the third quarter of 2021. This increase was largely attributable to higher bankcard revenues ($0.7 million, or 12.0%) and service charges ($0.4 million, or 6.5%). In addition, trust and investment management fee income increased $0.3 million and other income increased $0.2 million from the quarter ended September 30, 2020. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in bank owned life insurance revenues due to lower death benefit proceeds ($0.3 million).

Non-interest Expenses

Non-interest expenses increased $0.5 million (1.6%), from $28.7 million in the third quarter of 2020 to $29.2 million in the third quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily due to an increase in advertising expenses of $0.3 million and telecommunication expenses of $0.2 million.

Balance Sheet Trends

Loans decreased $7.5 million from June 30, 2021 to September 30, 2021, to $3.52 billion. PPP loans decreased $23.5 million from $49.8 million at June 30, 2021 to $26.3 million at September 30, 2021. Excluding outstanding PPP loans (included in the commercial and industrial loan category), total loans increased $16.0 million, (0.5%), from June 30, 2021 to $3.50 billion at September 30, 2021. Commercial real estate loans increased $18.2 million (1.2%) and commercial and industrial loans increased $18.0 million (5.8%) (excluding PPP loans). These increases were partially offset by decreases in residential real estate loans ($14.5 million or 1.0%); home equity loans ($2.8 million or 2.2%); and consumer loans ($1.9 million or 4.2%).

Total average depository balances increased $40.8 million, or 0.8%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2021 to the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Average noninterest-bearing demand deposit balances increased $45.4 million, average savings deposit balances increased $27.5 million, and average interest-bearing demand deposit balances increased $23.3 million. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in time deposit balances of $55.4 million.

Income Tax Expense

The Company’s effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2021 was 21.6% compared to 19.5% for the year ended December 31, 2020, and 20.2% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Capitalization and Liquidity

The Company’s loan to deposit ratio was 72.1% and the loan to asset ratio was 59.2% at September 30, 2021. The Company maintained investment securities totaling 23.5% of assets as of the same date. The Company’s deposit mix is weighted heavily toward checking and saving accounts, which fund 63.6% of assets at September 30, 2021. Time deposits fund 18.5% of assets at September 30, 2021, but very few of these deposits are in accounts that have balances of more than $250,000, reflecting the core retail orientation of the Company.

The Company continues to be strongly capitalized with tangible equity of $560 million at September 30, 2021. Due primarily to the influx of deposits and share repurchases during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company’s tangible equity ratio decreased from 10.3% at December 31, 2020 to 9.6% at September 30, 2021. At September 30, 2021, City National Bank’s Leverage Ratio was 8.73%, its Common Equity Tier I ratio was 14.61%, its Tier I Capital ratio was 14.61%, and its Total Risk-Based Capital ratio was 15.06%. These regulatory capital ratios are significantly above levels required to be considered "well capitalized," which is the highest possible regulatory designation.

On September 29, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.58 per share payable October 29, 2021, to shareholders of record as of October 15, 2021. During the quarter ended September 30, 2021, the Company repurchased 337,000 common shares at a weighted average price of $75.65 as part of a one million share repurchase plan authorized by the Board of Directors in March 2021. As of September 30, 2021, the Company could repurchase approximately 446,000 additional shares under the plan.

City Holding Company is the parent company of City National Bank of West Virginia. City National Bank operates 94 branches across West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio.

Forward-Looking Information

  • This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are included pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements express only management’s beliefs regarding future results or events and are subject to inherent uncertainty, risks, and changes in circumstances, many of which are outside of management’s control. Uncertainty, risks, changes in circumstances and other factors could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 under "ITEM 1A Risk Factors" and the following: (1) general economic conditions, especially in the communities and markets in which we conduct our business; (2) the uncertainties on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will depend on several factors, including the scope and duration of the pandemic, its continued influence on financial markets, the effectiveness of the Company’s work from home arrangements and staffing levels in operational facilities, the impact of market participants on which the Company relies and actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response to the pandemic; (3) credit risk, including risk that negative credit quality trends may lead to a deterioration of asset quality, risk that our allowance for credit losses may not be sufficient to absorb actual losses in our loan portfolio, and risk from concentrations in our loan portfolio; (4) changes in the real estate market, including the value of collateral securing portions of our loan portfolio; (5) changes in the interest rate environment; (6) operational risk, including cybersecurity risk and risk of fraud, data processing system failures, and network breaches; (7) changes in technology and increased competition, including competition from non-bank financial institutions; (8) changes in consumer preferences, spending and borrowing habits, demand for our products and services, and customers’ performance and creditworthiness; (9) difficulty growing loan and deposit balances; (10) our ability to effectively execute our business plan, including with respect to future acquisitions; (11) changes in regulations, laws, taxes, government policies, monetary policies and accounting policies affecting bank holding companies and their subsidiaries; (12) deterioration in the financial condition of the U.S. banking system may impact the valuations of investments the Company has made in the securities of other financial institutions; (13) regulatory enforcement actions and adverse legal actions; (14) difficulty attracting and retaining key employees; (15) other economic, competitive, technological, operational, governmental, regulatory, and market factors affecting our operations. Forward-looking statements made herein reflect management's expectations as of the date such statements are made. Such information is provided to assist stockholders and potential investors in understanding current and anticipated financial operations of the Company and is included pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date such statements are made. Further, the Company is required to evaluate subsequent events through the filing of its September 30, 2021 Form 10-Q. The Company will continue to evaluate the impact of any subsequent events on the preliminary September 30, 2021 results and will adjust the amounts if necessary.

CITY HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Financial Highlights

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

March 31,
2021

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

Earnings

Net Interest Income (fully taxable equivalent)

$

39,822

$

38,257

$

37,871

$

38,514

$

38,278

$

115,950

$

117,168

Net Income available to common shareholders

22,732

22,148

19,814

22,222

20,126

64,694

67,374

Per Share Data

Earnings per share available to common shareholders:

Basic

$

1.47

$

1.41

$

1.25

$

1.40

$

1.25

$

4.13

$

4.15

Diluted

1.47

1.41

1.25

1.40

1.25

4.13

4.15

Weighted average number of shares (in thousands):

Basic

15,279

15,573

15,656

15,708

15,950

15,501

16,065

Diluted

15,302

15,594

15,687

15,733

15,970

15,526

16,084

Period-end number of shares (in thousands)

15,192

15,527

15,724

15,768

15,848

15,192

15,848

Cash dividends declared

$

0.58

$

0.58

$

0.58

$

0.58

$

0.57

$

1.74

$

1.71

Book value per share (period-end)

$

44.58

$

44.79

$

43.99

$

44.47

$

43.62

$

44.58

$

43.62

Tangible book value per share (period-end)

36.85

37.20

36.47

36.94

36.11

36.85

36.11

Market data:

High closing price

$

79.99

$

83.85

$

87.41

$

70.77

$

67.98

$

87.41

$

82.40

Low closing price

72.29

74.44

69.05

56.98

55.37

69.05

55.18

Period-end closing price

77.91

75.24

81.78

69.55

57.61

77.91

57.61

Average daily volume (in thousands)

53

61

63

56

67

59

75

Treasury share activity:

Treasury shares repurchased (in thousands)

337

217

75

81

231

629

492

Average treasury share repurchase price

$

75.65

$

78.75

$

76.71

$

60.32

$

59.49

$

76.85

$

64.23

Key Ratios (percent)

Return on average assets

1.53%

1.49%

1.38%

1.59%

1.46%

1.47%

1.68%

Return on average tangible equity

15.7%

15.2%

13.5%

15.3%

13.8%

14.8%

15.6%

Yield on interest earning assets

3.04%

3.00%

3.17%

3.32%

3.43%

3.07%

3.75%

Cost of interest bearing liabilities

0.22%

0.27%

0.37%

0.47%

0.58%

0.28%

0.73%

Net Interest Margin

2.89%

2.81%

2.91%

2.99%

3.02%

2.87%

3.22%

Non-interest income as a percent of total revenue

31.1%

31.0%

30.4%

30.7%

30.3%

31.0%

35.8%

Efficiency Ratio

50.0%

52.8%

54.3%

51.0%

51.6%

52.3%

51.5%

Price/Earnings Ratio (a)

13.22

13.35

16.30

12.41

11.53

14.14

10.40

Capital (period-end)

Average Shareholders' Equity to Average Assets

11.69%

11.81%

12.30%

12.46%

12.71%

Tangible equity to tangible assets

9.59%

9.98%

9.93%

10.33%

10.61%

Consolidated City Holding Company risk based capital ratios (b):

CET I

15.95%

16.40%

16.76%

16.18%

15.93%

Tier I

15.95%

16.40%

16.76%

16.18%

15.93%

Total

16.39%

16.88%

17.33%

16.75%

16.50%

Leverage

9.46%

9.70%

10.06%

10.22%

10.19%

City National Bank risk based capital ratios (b):

CET I

14.61%

14.82%

14.75%

14.10%

14.46%

Tier I

14.61%

14.82%

14.75%

14.10%

14.46%

Total

15.06%

15.30%

15.33%

14.68%

15.04%

Leverage

8.73%

8.80%

8.91%

8.97%

9.32%

Other (period-end)

Branches

94

94

94

94

94

FTE

921

912

916

926

925

Assets per FTE (in thousands)

$

6,463

$

6,477

$

6,434

$

6,219

$

5,984

Deposits per FTE (in thousands)

5,308

5,271

5,236

5,024

4,799

(a) The price/earnings ratio is computed based on annualized quarterly earnings (excludes gain for sale of VISA shares, net of taxes).

(b) September 30, 2021 risk-based capital ratios are estimated.

CITY HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited) ($ in 000s, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,
2021

June 30,
2021

March 31,
2021

December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2021

September 30,
2020

Interest Income

Interest and fees on loans

$

33,961

$

33,114

$

34,324

$

35,685

$

35,761

$

101,399

$

114,813

Interest on investment securities:

Taxable

6,144

5,932

5,242

5,500

6,266

17,318

17,855

Tax-exempt

1,257

1,291

1,253

1,254

1,132

3,801

2,659

Interest on deposits in depository institutions

196

162

118

60

72

476

432

Total Interest Income

41,558

40,499

40,937

42,499

43,231

122,994

135,759

Interest Expense

Interest on deposits

1,955

2,460

3,280

4,198

5,123

7,695

18,324

Interest on short-term borrowings

115

125

117

120

131

357

873

Interest on long-term debt

-

-

-

-

-

-

100

Total Interest Expense

2,070

2,585

3,397

4,318

5,254

8,052

19,297

Net Interest Income

39,488

37,914

37,540

38,181

37,977

114,942

116,462

(Recovery of) provision for credit losses

(725

)

(2,000

)

(440

)

474

1,026

(3,165

)

10,248

Net Interest Income After (Recovery of) Provision for Credit Losses

40,213

39,914

37,980

37,707

36,951

118,107

106,214

Non-Interest Income

Net gains on sale of investment securities

-

29

283

6

-

312

56

Unrealized gains (losses) recognized on equity securities still held

93

410

(51

)

835

461

452

(1,698

)

Service charges

6,706

5,895

5,881

6,771

6,295

18,482

18,962

Bankcard revenue

6,791

7,221

6,213

5,991

6,065

20,225

17,068

Trust and investment management fee income

2,172

2,012

2,033

2,162

1,844

6,217

5,574

Bank owned life insurance

747

940

1,460

813

1,088

3,147

3,611

Sale of VISA shares

-

-

-

-

-

-

17,837

Other income

1,438

941

811

1,143

1,232

3,190

3,550

Total Non-Interest Income

17,947

17,448

16,630

17,721

16,985

52,025

64,960

Non-Interest Expense

Salaries and employee benefits

15,321

15,559

15,671

15,989

15,361

46,551

46,085

Occupancy related expense

2,507

2,525

2,622

2,447

2,428

7,654

7,318

Equipment and software related expense

2,554

2,655

2,544

2,660

2,607

7,753

7,540

FDIC insurance expense

396

382

405

363

1,183

522

Advertising

804

824

881

538

462

2,509

2,238

Bankcard expenses

1,549

1,746

1,584

1,443

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