GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (January 30, 2023) – Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) reported net income for fiscal year 2022 of $48.8 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 2.1%, compared to fiscal year 2021. Diluted earnings per share was $2.95 for the year ended December 31, 2022, as compared to $3.01 for the year ended December 31, 2021, a decrease of 2.0%. For the fourth quarter of 2022, net income was $12.1 million, an increase of $1.8 million, or 17.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2021. Diluted EPS was $0.73 for the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of 17.7% from $0.62 from the comparable 2021 quarter.
2022 Annual Highlights
- Diluted earnings per Share (EPS) was $2.95.
- Net income was $48.8 million.
- Revenue for 2022 was $149.2 million.
- Return on average assets (ROA) was 1.21%.
- Return on average equity (ROE) was 13.55%.
- Net interest margin was 3.03%.
- Total assets were $3.97 billion as of December 31, 2022.
- Total cash and cash equivalents were $64.7 million as of December 31, 2022.
- Total loans were $2.98 billion as of December 31, 2022.
- Total deposits were $3.50 billion as of December 31, 2022.
- Total borrowings were $74.8 million as of December 31, 2022.
- Loans to deposits and borrowings as of December 31, 2022 was 83.49%.
- Book value per share was $21.36, down 4.9% from the prior-year level, primarily as a result of unrealized losses within the available-for-sale investment portfolio due to higher interest rates.
- Nonperforming assets of $12.6 million at December 31, 2022, represented 0.32% of period-end assets, an increase from 0.29% at December 31, 2021.
Net income for 2022 was $48.8 million, down from $49.9 million for 2021. The decrease from the prior year was primarily the result of an increase in net interest income of $8.0 million, offset by a $4.5 million increase in the provision for credit loss, a decrease in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) revenue earned of $6.2 million and a $2.3 million decrease in the gain on the sale of loans.
“Arrow Financial Corporation delivered another year of strong performance in 2022, with record loan growth, excellent earnings and sustained profitability. During 2022, we made key investments in our technology and our Team, with the upgrade of our core banking system and the payment of a special employee bonus for outstanding performance, respectively," said Arrow President and CEO Thomas J. Murphy. "With the economic headwinds anticipated for 2023, we will continue to focus on what we do best: organic growth, expense management, and deepening and growing relationships. Thank you to the Arrow Team for their continued commitment to our customers and the communities we serve."
The 2022 system upgrade reflects our strategic focus on a strong technology foundation and this investment paves the way for customer-facing enhancements and more efficient and improved internal operations as we continue to work toward fully leveraging the capabilities of our new bank core system.
Additionally in 2022, Arrow further optimized its branch network with the December consolidation of Glens Falls National Bank's Aviation Road Office into nearby Queensbury locations. Meanwhile, construction on our downtown Glens Falls headquarters advanced; once completed later this year, the energy-efficient space will improve both the employee and customer experience.
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- Net Interest Income: Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $118.3 million, an increase of $8.0 million, or 7.2%, from the prior year. Interest and fees on loans were $113.0 million, an increase of 7.6% from the $105.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. Interest and fees related to PPP loans, included in the $113.0 million, were $1.6 million. In 2021, $7.8 million of income was earned on PPP loans. Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $11.3 million. This is an increase of $6.1 million, or 117.7%, from the $5.2 million in expense for the prior-year period.
- Net Interest Margin: Net interest margin was 3.03% for the year ended December 31, 2022, as compared to 2.97% for the year ended December 31, 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2022, the net interest margin was 3.08%, as compared to 2.77% for the fourth quarter of 2021. The increase in net interest margin was due to a variety of factors, including higher market rates impacting asset yields and a reduction in cash balances. Net interest margin in 2022, excluding PPP income, increased to 3.00% from 2.84% in the prior year. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased primarily due to the repricing of time deposits and municipal deposits.
|| Three Months Ended
||December 31, 2022
||December 31, 2021
|Interest and Dividend Income
|Net Interest Income
|Average Earning Assets(1)
|Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities
|Yield on Earning Assets(1)
|| 3.32 %
|| 3.11 %
|Cost of Interest-Bearing Liabilities
|Net Interest Spread
|Net Interest Margin
|Income Earned on PPP Loans included in Net Interest Income
|Net Interest Income excluding PPP loans
|Net Interest Margin excluding PPP loans
|| 3.00 %
|| 2.84 %
| (1) Includes Nonaccrual Loans.
- Provision for Credit Losses: For 2022, the provision for credit losses related to the loan portfolio was $4.8 million, compared to $272 thousand in 2021. The key drivers affecting the provision were strong loan growth, increase in net charge-offs and a deterioration in forecasted economic conditions.
- Noninterest Income: Noninterest income was $30.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, a decrease of 4.5%, as compared to $32.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. Income from fiduciary activities in 2022 was $9.7 million, a decrease of $431 thousand from 2021, driven by market conditions. Fees and other services to customers increased $164 thousand to $11.6 million in 2022. Gain on sales of loans decreased $2.3 million from 2021 to $83 thousand in 2022. Other operating income increased $814 thousand from 2021 due to gains related to other investments and bank-owned life insurance proceeds.
- Noninterest Expense: Noninterest expense for the year ended December 31, 2022 increased by $3.5 million, or 4.5%, to $81.5 million, as compared to $78.0 million in 2021. The largest component of noninterest expense is salaries and benefits paid to our employees, which totaled $47.0 million in 2022. Salaries and benefits increased $2.2 million, or 4.9%, from the prior year. Technology and and equipment expense were $16.1 million, an increase of $1.2 million or 8.4%, from the prior year reflects our continued commitment to innovation. Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased $68 thousand, or 0.3%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.
- Provision for Income Taxes: The provision for income taxes for 2022 was $14.1 million, compared to $14.5 million for 2021. The effective income tax rates for 2022 and 2021 were 22.4% and 22.6%, respectively.
- Total Assets: Total assets were $3.97 billion at December 31, 2022, a decrease of $58.4 million, or 1.5%, compared to December 31, 2021.
- Cash and Cash Equivalents: Total cash and cash equivalents were $64.7 million at December 31, 2022, a decrease of $393.0 million, or 85.9%, compared to December 31, 2021.
- Investments: Total investments were $757.1 million at December 31, 2022, a decrease of $5.9 million, or 0.8%, compared to December 31, 2021. In 2022, the rising interest rate environment resulted in an increase of unrealized losses versus the prior year.
- Loans: At December 31, 2022, total loan balances reached $3.0 billion, up $315 million, or 11.8%, from the prior-year level. Loan growth for the fourth quarter was $58.4 million. The consumer loan portfolio grew by $144.6 million, or 15.7%, over the balance at December 31, 2021, primarily as a result of continued strength in the indirect automobile lending program. The residential real estate loan portfolio increased $124.8 million, or 13.2%, from the prior year. Commercial loans, including commercial real estate, increased $45.9 million, or 5.7%, over the balances at December 31, 2021.
- Allowance for Credit Losses: The allowance for credit losses was $30.0 million at December 31, 2022, an increase of $2.7 million from December 31, 2021. The allowance for credit losses represents 1.00% of loans outstanding, a decrease from 1.02% at year-end 2021. When expressed as a percentage of nonperforming loans, the allowance for credit loss coverage ratio was 250.0% at year-end 2022 as compared to 233.9% at year-end 2021. Asset quality remained solid at December 31, 2022. Net loan losses, expressed as an annualized percentage of average loans outstanding, were 0.08% for the year ended December 31, 2022, as compared to 0.03% for the prior year. Nonperforming assets of $12.6 million at December 31, 2022, represented 0.32% of period-end assets, compared to $11.8 million or 0.29% at December 31, 2021.
- Deposits: At December 31, 2022, total deposit balances were $3.5 billion, a decrease of $52.1 million, or 1.5%, from the prior-year level. Non-municipal deposits decreased by $26.6 million and municipal deposits decreased by $25.5 million as compared to December 31, 2021. Noninterest-bearing deposits grew by $26.6 million, or 3.3%, during 2022, and represented 23.9% of total deposits at year-end, as compared to the prior-year level of 22.8%. At December 31, 2022, total time deposits decreased $5.1 million from the prior-year level. Deposits decreased in the fourth quarter by $296.7 million. Non-municipal and municipal deposits decreased by $149.0 million and $147.7 million, respectively in the fourth quarter. The decline is deposits was primarily the result of both increased consumer spending and pressure from competitive rate pricing.
- Borrowing: Total borrowings were $74.8 million at December 31, 2022, an increase of $9.8 million, or 15.1%, compared to December 31, 2021.
- Capital: Total shareholders’ equity was $353.5 million at period-end, a decrease of $17.6 million, or 4.8%, from the year-end 2021 balance. Arrow's regulatory capital ratios remained strong in 2022. At December 31, 2022, Arrow's Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio was 13.32% and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio was 15.11%. The capital ratios of Arrow and both its subsidiary banks continued to significantly exceed the “well capitalized” regulatory standards.
- Cash and Stock Dividends: On December 15, 2022, Arrow distributed a cash dividend of $0.27 per share. Additionally, a 3% stock dividend was distributed on September 23, 2022.
- Industry Recognition: In the fourth quarter, both of Arrow's banking subsidiaries, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company, maintained their BauerFinancial, Inc. 5-Star "Exceptional Performance" Bank ratings for the 15th and 13th consecutive years, respectively.
Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls, New York, serving the financial needs of northeastern New York. The Company is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc. and Upstate Agency, LLC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation
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