Independent Bank Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

MCKINNEY, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Independent Bank Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBTX) today announced net income of $14.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2023, compared to $32.8 million, or $0.79 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 was $25.5 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $32.6 million, or $0.79 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.


For the year ended December 31, 2023, the Company reported net income of $43.2 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, compared to $196.3 million, or $4.70 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2022. Adjusted net income was $135.9 million, or $3.29 per diluted share in 2023 compared to $209.7 million, or $5.02 per diluted share in 2022.

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.38 per share of common stock. The dividend will be payable on February 15, 2024 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 1, 2024.

Highlights

  • Organic loan growth of 11.0% annualized for the quarter
  • Resilient credit metrics with nonperforming assets of 0.32% of total assets and net charge-offs of 0.01% annualized for the quarter
  • Grew book value per share by $1.71 to $58.20 and tangible book value per share by $1.79 to $32.90
  • Stable loan to deposit ratio of 93.6% at quarter-end
  • Capital levels remain healthy, with ratios well above the standards to be considered well-capitalized under regulatory requirements, with an estimated total capital ratio of 11.57%, leverage ratio of 8.94%, and (non-GAAP) tangible common equity (TCE) ratio of 7.55%

“During the fourth quarter, we were pleased to see healthy growth in our core loan book as the growing Texas and Colorado economies boosted demand from our relationship borrowers. This growth came alongside continued strength in our credit metrics, as nonperforming assets and net charge-offs for the year remained at historically low levels,” said Independent Bank Group Chairman & CEO David R. Brooks. “Over the past year, we took deliberate actions to strengthen our balance sheet while leveraging our position across great markets to build stronger relationships with our customers. We have now entered 2024 with significant momentum, and we remain encouraged about our ability to continue to grow our franchise by serving our customers and communities in the year ahead. I am excited for the opportunities our teams have to continue to win business and capitalize on our strong incumbent position across four of the strongest metropolitan markets in the country.”

Fourth Quarter 2023 Balance Sheet Highlights

Loans

  • Total loans held for investment, excluding mortgage warehouse purchase loans, were $14.2 billion at December 31, 2023 compared to $13.8 billion at September 30, 2023 and $13.6 billion at December 31, 2022. Loans held for investment, excluding mortgage warehouse purchase loans, increased $383.6 million, or 11.0% on an annualized basis, during fourth quarter 2023.
  • Average mortgage warehouse purchase loans were $408.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 compared to $425.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, and $297.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2022, a decrease of $17.5 million, or 4.1% from the linked quarter and an increase of $111.3 million, or 37.5% year over year.

Asset Quality

  • Nonperforming assets totaled $61.4 million, or 0.32% of total assets at December 31, 2023, compared to $61.0 million or 0.33% of total assets at September 30, 2023, and $64.1 million, or 0.35% of total assets at December 31, 2022.
  • Nonperforming loans totaled $51.8 million, or 0.37% of total loans held for investment at December 31, 2023, compared to $38.4 million, or 0.28% at September 30, 2023 and $40.1 million, or 0.29% at December 31, 2022.
  • The increase in nonperforming loans for the year over year and linked period was primarily due to the addition of a $13.3 million commercial real estate loan to nonaccrual in fourth quarter 2023.
  • The slight increase in nonperforming assets for the linked quarter reflects the nonaccrual loan discussed above offset by the sale of a $10.0 million other real estate property and a $3.0 million write-down on another other real estate property during fourth quarter 2023. The year over year change in nonperforming assets was also impacted by $2.2 million in additional write-downs on other real estate and an $805 thousand branch facility that was closed and moved to other real estate.
  • Net charge-offs were 0.01% annualized both in the fourth quarter 2023 and the linked quarter and 0.02% annualized in the prior year quarter.

Deposits, Borrowings and Liquidity

  • Total deposits were $15.7 billion at December 31, 2023 compared to $15.3 billion at September 30, 2023 and compared to $15.1 billion at December 31, 2022.
  • Estimated uninsured deposits, excluding public funds deposits, totaled $4.6 billion, or 29.1% of total deposits as of December 31, 2023 compared to $4.6 billion, or 29.9% as of September 30, 2023.
  • Total borrowings (other than junior subordinated debentures) were $621.8 million at December 31, 2023, an increase of $75.2 million from September 30, 2023 and an increase of $54.8 million from December 31, 2022. The year over year change primarily reflects a $50.0 million increase in short-term FHLB advances and $33.8 million outstanding on the Company’s unsecured line of credit at year-end offset by the redemption of $30.0 million of subordinated debentures in first quarter 2023. The linked quarter change reflects an increase of $75.0 million in FHLB advances.

Capital

  • The Company continues to be well capitalized under regulatory guidelines. At December 31, 2023, the estimated common equity Tier 1 to risk-weighted assets, Tier 1 capital to average assets, Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets and total capital to risk-weighted asset ratios were 9.58%, 8.94%, 9.93% and 11.57%, respectively, compared to 9.86%, 9.09%, 10.21%, and 11.89%, respectively, at September 30, 2023 and 10.09%, 9.49%, 10.45%, and 12.35%, respectively at December 31, 2022.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Operating Results

Net Interest Income

  • Net interest income was $106.3 million for fourth quarter 2023 compared to $141.8 million for fourth quarter 2022 and $109.0 million for third quarter 2023. The decrease from the prior year was primarily due to the increased funding costs on our deposit products and FHLB advances due to Fed rate increases over the last year offset to a lesser extent by increased earnings on interest-earning assets, primarily loans and interest-bearing cash accounts. The decrease from the linked quarter was primarily due to continued increases in deposit funding costs due to the competitive environment as well as increased brokered deposits offset by increased earnings on loans due to growth during the quarter. The fourth quarter 2023 includes $725 thousand in acquired loan accretion compared to $1.1 million in fourth quarter 2022 and $940 thousand in third quarter 2023.
  • The average balance of total interest-earning assets grew by $833.9 million and totaled $16.9 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 compared to $16.1 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2022 and increased $286.2 million from $16.7 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. The increase from the prior year and linked quarter is primarily due to higher average loans of $713.1 million and $317.1 million due to organic growth for the respective periods while the prior year increase also reflects a $209.2 million increase in average interest-bearing cash balances.
  • The yield on interest-earning assets was 5.44% for fourth quarter 2023 compared to 4.67% for fourth quarter 2022 and 5.31% for third quarter 2023. The increase in asset yield compared to the prior year and linked quarter is primarily a result of increases in the Fed Funds rate over the last year. The average loan yield, net of acquired loan accretion and PPP income was 5.81% for the current quarter, compared to 5.01% for prior year quarter and 5.67% for the linked quarter.
  • The cost of interest-bearing liabilities, including borrowings, was 3.98% for fourth quarter 2023 compared to 1.81% for fourth quarter 2022 and 3.72% for third quarter 2023. The increase from the linked quarter and prior year is reflective of higher funding costs, primarily on deposit products and FHLB advances as a result of Fed Funds rate increases. In addition, deposit funding costs were also higher due to promotional campaigns for certificate of deposit accounts.
  • The net interest margin was 2.49% for fourth quarter 2023 compared to 3.49% for fourth quarter 2022 and 2.60% for third quarter 2023. The net interest margin excluding acquired loan accretion was 2.47% for fourth quarter 2023 compared to 3.46% for fourth quarter 2022 and 2.58% for third quarter 2023. The decrease in net interest margin from the prior year and linked quarter was primarily due to the increased funding costs on deposits, offset by higher earnings on loans due to organic growth and rate increases for the respective periods. The year over year change also reflects increased funding costs on FHLB and other short-term advances, offset by higher earnings on other interest-bearing assets due to rate increases over the year.

Noninterest Income

  • Total noninterest income decreased $613 thousand compared to fourth quarter 2022 and decreased $3.0 million compared to third quarter 2023.
  • The decrease from the prior year quarter reflects a $1.8 million loss on sale of an other real estate property recognized in fourth quarter 2023 offset by increases of $314 thousand in service charge income and $287 thousand in investment management fees. Furthermore, there was $343 thousand in loss on sale of loans and increased losses of $162 thousand on premises and equipment in the fourth quarter 2022.
  • The change from the linked quarter primarily reflects the loss on sale of other real estate mentioned above as well as decreases of $417 thousand in mortgage banking revenue and $752 thousand in other noninterest income. The decrease in mortgage banking revenue for the quarter is due to lower volumes and margins, while the decrease in noninterest income is due to lower acquired loan recoveries and decreases in various types of other miscellaneous income.

Noninterest Expense

  • Total noninterest expense decreased $3.6 million compared to fourth quarter 2022 and increased $13.8 million compared to third quarter 2023.
  • The net decrease in noninterest expense in fourth quarter 2023 compared to the prior year is due primarily to decreases of $12.6 million in salaries and benefits expense, $2.7 million in professional fees and $2.5 million in other noninterest expense offset by a $9.9 million increase in FDIC assessment in addition to a $3.0 million impairment write-down on an other real estate property.
  • The increase in noninterest expense from the linked quarter is due primarily to an $8.3 million increase in FDIC assessment as well as the $3.0 million impairment expense on the other real estate property mentioned above and $994 thousand in higher salaries and benefits expense in the current quarter.
  • The decrease in salaries and benefits from the prior year is due primarily to $7.1 million severance and accelerated stock vesting expenses in fourth quarter 2022. In addition, there were lower combined salaries, bonus, employee insurance, payroll taxes and 401(k) expenses of $4.7 million in fourth quarter 2023 compared to the prior year quarter, due to overall strategic efforts to manage expenses. The linked quarter change was primarily impacted by a third quarter 2023 downward adjustment to performance-based executive compensation equity awards.
  • The decrease in professional fees compared to the prior year was primarily due to lower consulting fees of $1.6 million as well as lower legal fees of $848 thousand.
  • The decrease in other noninterest expense from prior year is primarily due to asset impairment charges of $3.3 million recognized in fourth quarter 2022 compared to none in fourth quarter 2023, offset by increases in charitable contributions and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • The increase in FDIC assessment compared to the prior year and linked quarter was due to increases in the assessment rate charged by the FDIC which took effect in 2023, as well as an increase in the liquidity stress rate. In addition, an $8.3 million special assessment, charged to recover uninsured deposit losses due to bank failures in early 2023, was recorded in fourth quarter 2023.

Provision for Credit Losses

  • The Company recorded $3.5 million provision for credit losses for fourth quarter 2023, compared to $2.8 million for fourth quarter 2022 and $340 thousand for the linked quarter. Provision expense during a given period is generally dependent on changes in various factors, including economic conditions, credit quality and past due trends, as well as loan growth and charge-offs or specific credit loss allocations taken during the respective period. The higher provision expense in both fourth quarters 2023 and 2022 primarily reflects loan growth during those periods.
  • The allowance for credit losses on loans was $151.9 million, or 1.07% of total loans held for investment, net of mortgage warehouse purchase loans, at December 31, 2023, compared to $148.8 million, or 1.09% at December 31, 2022 and compared to $148.2 million, or 1.08% at September 30, 2023.
  • The allowance for credit losses on off-balance sheet exposures was $3.9 million at December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, compared to $4.4 million at September 30, 2023. Changes in the allowance for unfunded commitments are generally driven by the remaining unfunded amount and the expected utilization rate of a given loan segment.

Income Taxes

  • Federal income tax expense of $3.5 million was recorded for the fourth quarter 2023, an effective rate of 18.9% compared to tax expense of $10.7 million and an effective rate of 20.7% for the prior year quarter and income tax expense of $8.2 million and an effective rate of 20.1% for the linked quarter. The lower effective rate for fourth quarter 2023 resulted from the recognition of a tax benefit due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on an immaterial uncertain tax position.

Subsequent Events

The Company is required, under generally accepted accounting principles, to evaluate subsequent events through the filing of its consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023 on Form 10-K. As a result, the Company will continue to evaluate the impact of any subsequent events on critical accounting assumptions and estimates made as of December 31, 2023 and will adjust amounts preliminarily reported, if necessary.

About Independent Bank Group, Inc.

Independent Bank Group, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Independent Bank, doing business as Independent Financial, Independent Bank Group serves customers across Texas and Colorado with a wide range of relationship-driven banking services tailored to meet the needs of businesses, professionals and individuals. Independent Bank Group, Inc. operates in four market regions located in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston areas in Texas and the Colorado Front Range area, including Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

Conference Call

A conference call covering Independent Bank Group’s fourth quarter earnings announcement will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 8:30 am (ET) and can be accessed by the webcast link, https://www.webcast-eqs.com/independentbankgroup01232024_en/en or by calling 1-877-407-0989 and by identifying the meeting number 13743624 or by identifying “Independent Bank Group Fourth Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call.” The conference materials will also be available by accessing the Investor Relations page of our website, https://ir.ifinancial.com. If you are unable to participate in the live event, a recording of the conference call will be accessible via the Investor Relations page of our website.

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time the Company’s comments and releases may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and other related federal security laws. Forward-looking statements include information about the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including its future revenues, income, expenses, provision for taxes, effective tax rate, earnings (loss) per share and cash flows, its future capital expenditures and dividends, its future financial condition and changes therein, including changes in the Company’s loan portfolio and allowance for credit losses, the Company’s future capital structure or changes therein, the plan and objectives of management for future operations, the Company’s future or proposed acquisitions, the future or expected effect of acquisitions on the Company’s operations, results of operations and financial condition, the Company’s future economic performance and the statements of the assumptions underlying any such statement. Such statements are typically, but not exclusively, identified by the use in the statements of words or phrases such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “guidance,” “intend,” “is anticipated,” “is estimated,” “is expected,” “is intended,” “objective,” “plan,” “projected,” “projection,” “will affect,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will decrease,” “will grow,” “will impact,” “will increase,” “will incur,” “will reduce,” “will remain,” “will result,” “would be,” variations of such words or phrases (including where the word “could,” “may” or “would” is used rather than the word “will” in a phrase) and similar words and phrases indicating that the statement addresses some future result, occurrence, plan or objective. The forward-looking statements that the Company makes are based on its current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy, and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to future results and occurrences, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. The Company’s actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Many possible events or factors could affect the Company’s future financial results and performance and could cause those results or performance to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These possible events or factors include, but are not limited to: 1) the Company’s ability to sustain its current internal growth rate and total growth rate; 2) changes in geopolitical, business and economic events, occurrences and conditions, including changes in rates of inflation or deflation, nationally, regionally and in the Company’s target markets, particularly in Texas and Colorado; 3) worsening business and economic conditions nationally, regionally and in the Company’s target markets, particularly in Texas and Colorado, and the geographic areas in those states in which the Company operates; 4) the Company’s dependence on its management team and its ability to attract, motivate and retain qualified personnel; 5) the concentration of the Company’s business within its geographic areas of operation in Texas and Colorado; 6) changes in asset quality, including increases in default rates on loans and higher levels of nonperforming loans and loan charge-offs generally; 7) concentration of the loan portfolio of Independent Financial, before and after the completion of acquisitions of financial institutions, in commercial and residential real estate loans and changes in the prices, values and sales volumes of commercial and residential real estate; 8) the ability of Independent Financial to make loans with acceptable net interest margins and levels of risk of repayment and to otherwise invest in assets at acceptable yields and that present acceptable investment risks; 9) inaccuracy of the assumptions and estimates that the managements of the Company and the financial institutions that the Company acquires make in establishing reserves for credit losses and other estimates generally; 10) lack of liquidity, including as a result of a reduction in the amount of sources of liquidity the Company currently has; 11) material increases or decreases in the amount of insured and/or uninsured deposits held by Independent Financial or other financial institutions that the Company acquires and the cost of those deposits; 12) the Company’s access to the debt and equity markets and the overall cost of funding its operations; 13) regulatory requirements to maintain minimum capital levels or maintenance of capital at levels sufficient to support the Company’s anticipated growth; 14) changes in market interest rates that affect the pricing of the loans and deposits of each of Independent Financial and the financial institutions that the Company acquires and that affect the net interest income, other future cash flows, or the market value of the assets of each of Independent Financial and the financial institutions that the Company acquires, including investment securities; 15) fluctuations in the market value and liquidity of the securities the Company holds for sale, including as a result of changes in market interest rates; 16) effects of competition from a wide variety of local, regional, national and other providers of financial, investment and insurance services; 17) changes in economic and market conditions, that affect the amount and value of the assets of Independent Financial and of financial institutions that the Company acquires; 18) the institution and outcome of, and costs associated with, litigation and other legal proceedings against one or more of the Company, Independent Financial and financial institutions that the Company acquired or will acquire or to which any of such entities is subject; 19) the occurrence of market conditions adversely affecting the financial industry generally; 20) the impact of recent and future legislative regulatory changes, including changes in banking, securities, and tax laws and regulations and their application by the Company’s regulators, and changes in federal government policies, as well as regulatory requirements applicable to, and resulting from regulatory supervision of, the Company and Independent Financial as a financial institution with total assets greater than $10 billion; 21) changes in accounting policies, practices, principles and guidelines, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as the case may be; 22) governmental monetary and fiscal policies; 23) changes in the scope and cost of FDIC insurance and other coverage; 24) the effects of war or other conflicts, including, but not limited to, the conflicts between Russia and the Ukraine and Israel and Hamas, acts of terrorism (including cyberattacks) or other catastrophic events, including natural disasters such as storms, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding, that may affect general economic conditions; 25) the Company’s actual cost savings resulting from previous or future acquisitions are less than expected, the Company is unable to realize those cost savings as soon as expected, or the Company incurs additional or unexpected costs; 26) the Company’s revenues after previous or future acquisitions are less than expected; 27) the liquidity of, and changes in the amounts and sources of liquidity available to the Company, before and after the acquisition of any financial institutions that the Company acquires; 28) deposit attrition, operating costs, customer loss and business disruption before and after the Company completed acquisitions, including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, may be greater than the Company expected; 29) the effects of the combination of the operations of financial institutions that the Company has acquired in the recent past or may acquire in the future with the Company’s operations and the operations of Independent Financial, the effects of the integration of such operations being unsuccessful, and the effects of such integration being more difficult, time consuming, or costly than expected or not yielding the cost savings the Company expects; 30) the impact of investments that the Company or Independent Financial may have made or may make and the changes in the value of those investments; 31) the quality of the assets of financial institutions and companies that the Company has acquired in the recent past or may acquire in the future being different than it determined or determine in its due diligence investigation in connection with the acquisition of such financial institutions and any inadequacy of credit loss reserves relating to, and exposure to unrecoverable losses on, loans acquired; 32) the Company’s ability to continue to identify acquisition targets and successfully acquire desirable financial institutions to sustain its growth, to expand its presence in the Company’s markets and to enter new markets; 33) changes in general business and economic conditions in the markets in which the Company currently operates and may operate in the future; 34) changes occur in business conditions and inflation generally; 35) an increase in the rate of personal or commercial customers’ bankruptcies generally; 36) technology-related changes are harder to make or are more expensive than expected; 37) attacks on the security of, and breaches of, the Company’s and Independent Financial’s digital infrastructure or information systems, the costs the Company or Independent Financial incur to provide security against such attacks and any costs and liability the Company or Independent Financial incurs in connection with any breach of those systems; 38) the potential impact of climate change and related government regulation on the Company and its customers; 39) the potential impact of technology and “FinTech” entities on the banking industry generally; 40) other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, technological and geopolitical factors affecting the Company’s operations, pricing and services; and 41) the other factors that are described or referenced in Part I, Item 1A, of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 21, 2023, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, in each case under the caption “Risk Factors”; and The Company urges you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating all such forward-looking statements made by the Company.

Contacts

Analysts/Investors:
Paul Langdale

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

(972) 562-9004

[email protected]

Media:
Wendi Costlow

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

(972) 562-9004

[email protected]

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