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ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2023 RESULTS

Company Release - 1/25/2024 8:30 AM ET

Strong Commercial Growth Coupled with Relationship Banking Drives Record Earnings and Returns for 2023

JERICHO, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESQ) (the "Company"), the financial holding company for Esquire Bank, National Association ("Esquire Bank" or the "Bank"), (collectively "Esquire") today announced its operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2023. Significant achievements and key performance metrics during the current quarter and year include:

  • Net income increased 8% to $9.9 million, or $1.18 per diluted share in the current quarter, as compared to $9.1 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter in 2022. Net income for the full year increased 44% to $41.0 million, or $4.91 per diluted share, when compared to 2022. For the full year 2023, adjusted(1) net income and diluted earnings per share would have been $38.1 million (a 34% increase compared to 2022) and $4.56, excluding the $4.0 million net pre-tax gain on certain equity investments.

  • On a linked quarter basis, net income was relatively flat ($9.8 million) despite a $300 thousand increase in the provision for credit losses (primarily due to commercial loan growth) and a $328 thousand increase in employee compensation and benefits (primarily due to year-end bonus and incentive payments).

  • Industry leading returns on average assets and equity of 2.59% and 20.78% for the current quarter and 2.89% and 23.20% for the full year 2023, respectively. For the full year 2023, adjusted(1) returns on average assets and equity would have been 2.68% and 21.54%, respectively. Returns on average assets and equity were 2.80% and 23.89% for the fourth quarter 2022 and 2.31% and 19.44% for full year ended 2022, respectively.

  • Continued expansion of our total revenue base totaling $113.5 million fueled by an industry leading net interest margin of 6.12% for the current quarter (6.09% for the full year 2023) as well as stable fee-based income (led by our payment processing platform) totaling $6.3 million and $25.7 million for the current quarter and full year 2023, respectively. Fee income represents 22% and 23% of total revenue for the fourth quarter and full year 2023, respectively.

  • Significant loan growth on a linked quarter basis totaling $94.0 million, or 34% annualized, to $1.2 billion, focused in higher yielding variable rate commercial loans nationally. These newly originated commercial loans have and will continue to create additional opportunities for full commercial banking relationships (commercial deposits). Loan growth for the full year was $260.1 million or 27% when compared to 2022. Net draws on existing commercial facilities totaled $64.3 million in the current quarter.

  • Solid credit metrics, asset quality, and reserve coverage ratios with a 1.38% allowance for credit losses to loans ratio and nonperforming loan to total assets ratio of 0.68%, representing one multi-family loan totaling $10.9 million. Within our commercial real estate portfolio, we have no exposure to commercial office space and only $15.5 million in performing loans to the hospitality industry as of December 31, 2023.

  • Strong deposit growth totaling $124.7 million, or 38.6% annualized, on a linked quarter basis to $1.4 billion with this core funding base primarily comprised of stable low-cost commercial relationship deposits with a cost-of-funds of 0.88% (including demand deposits). Deposit growth for the year was $179.1 million, or 14.6%, when compared to year end 2022. Off-balance sheet sweep funds totaled $278.0 million at quarter end, with approximately 48% available for additional on-balance sheet liquidity, while the associated administrative service payments ("ASP") fee income totaled $580 thousand for the current quarter.

    (1)     See non-GAAP reconciliation provided at the end of this news release.

  • Stable and consistent payment processing fee income of $5.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2023, with continued increases in small business clients nationally totaling 84,000. Our technology enabled payments platform facilitated the processing of $8.5 billion in credit and debit card payment volume across 155.7 million transactions for our clients in the current quarter.

  • Strong efficiency ratio of 48.0% and 46.8% for the fourth quarter and full year ended 2023, respectively, despite our investments in resources (both people and technology) including, but not limited to, regional senior business development officers ("BDOs"), a chief legal officer, senior underwriters and other employees in various areas focused on our client-centric relationship banking model as well as risk and compliance management.

  • On January 11, 2024, the Company announced that it closed on a committed investment of $6 million (representing 24.99% ownership interest) in United Payment Systems, LLC (doing business as Payzli), an end-to-end payment technology company that acts as a single source for payment services, business management software, web enablement and mobile solutions.

  • Strong capital foundation with common equity tier 1 ("CET1") and tangible common equity to tangible asset(1) ("TCE/TA") ratios of 14.13% and 12.28%, respectively. Including the after tax unrealized losses on both the available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities portfolios of $13.2 million and $5.7 million, respectively, the adjusted(1) CET1 and adjusted(1) TCE/TA ratios would have been 12.65% and 11.93%, respectively. Esquire Bank remains well above the bank regulatory "Well Capitalized" standards.

"Coupling growth in our national platforms with strong balance sheet management, including credit quality, core relationship banking, liquidity and capital, has led us to consistently being named one of the top performing financial institutions in the country in 2023 as well as over the last several years," stated Tony Coelho, Chairman of the Board.  "We continually focus on building long-term stakeholder value rather than focusing on short-term quarterly earnings."  

"Strong commercial loan growth from our national platform was not only comprised of new originations but significant draws on existing facilities during the current quarter," stated Andrew C. Sagliocca, Vice Chairman, CEO, and President. "We believe that these draws may temper first quarter loan growth while our current loan pipeline will allow us to grow loans in 2024 commensurate to prior years. We anticipate 2024 loan growth to be funded by core relationship deposits.  Finally, we anticipate the recent investment in our fintech, Payzli, should directly benefit fee income in early 2025 as we currently focus on building out this technology for select direct merchant verticals."

(1)     See non-GAAP reconciliation provided at the end of this news release.

Fourth Quarter Earnings

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 was $9.9 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared to $9.1 million, or $1.10 per diluted share for the same period in 2022. Returns on average assets and equity for the current quarter were 2.59% and 20.78%, respectively, compared to 2.80% and 23.89% for the same period of 2022.

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2023 increased $4.3 million, or 23.6%, to $22.7 million, due to growth in average interest earning assets (funded with core deposits) totaling $217.3 million, or 17.3%, to $1.5 billion as well as a 31 basis point increase in our net interest margin to 6.12% when compared to the same period in 2022. Our net interest margin was positively impacted by growth in higher yielding variable rate commercial loans and increases in short-term interest rates. The average yield on loans increased 54 basis points to 7.81%, primarily driven by higher yielding variable rate commercial loan growth (approximately 60% of our portfolio is tied to prime as of December 31, 2023). Average loans in the quarter increased $269.0 million, or 29.9%, to $1.2 billion when compared to the fourth quarter of 2022, primarily due to growth in our national commercial lending platform and, to a lesser extent, our regional multi-family real estate loan portfolio. Loan income increased $6.5 million, or 39.5%, to $23.0 million with the increases in average loan balances (primarily commercial) accounting for $5.5 million of the increase and $1.0 million representing increases in average rate (primarily commercial). Our loan-to-deposit ratio was 85.8% as our low-cost deposit base increased $179.1 million, or 14.6%, primarily due to growth in our longer duration escrow (interest on lawyer trust accounts or "IOLTA") deposit banking relationships. Our deposit cost-of-funds, excluding demand deposits, increased 95 basis points in the current quarter when compared to 2022 due to increases in short-term interest rates as well as management pro-actively increasing rates on IOLTA accounts in the various states where we operate.  Deposit expense increased $2.2 million to $2.9 million with increases in average deposit balances accounting for $768 thousand (primarily core relationship money market deposits) of the increase and $1.4 million representing increases in average rate (primarily core IOLTA relationship deposits). Average securities in the quarter increased $4.7 million to $218.1 million and yields increased 42 basis points to 2.62%, primarily due to reinvestment of portfolio cash flows into securities at current market rates. The movement in short-term interest rates increased yields and interest income on our interest earning cash balances. In the third quarter 2023, management elected to close out its reverse repurchase agreements and reinvest these funds into higher yielding loans.

The provision for credit losses was $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, a $150 thousand increase from the fourth quarter 2022 provision. As of December 31, 2023, our allowance to loans ratio was 1.38% as compared to 1.29% as of December 31, 2022. The increase in the allowance as a percentage of loans was general reserve driven considering loan growth and qualitative factors associated with the current uncertain economic environment including, but not limited to, its potential impact on the New York metro commercial real estate market.

Noninterest income totaled $6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2023 as compared to $6.8 million in the same period for 2022.  Payment processing income was $5.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, a $239 thousand decrease from the same period in 2022, primarily due to the anticipated ISO customer turnover and change in our overall merchant risk profile. Payment processing volumes and transactions for the credit and debit card processing platform increased $1.2 billion, or 15.8%, to $8.5 billion and 15.8 million, or 11.3%, to 155.7 million transactions, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 as compared to the same period in 2022. These increases were due to the expansion of sales channels through ISOs, an increased number of merchants, volume increases, and were facilitated by our focus on technology and other resources in the payments vertical. The Company utilizes proprietary and industry leading technology to ensure card brand and regulatory compliance, support multiple processing platforms, manage daily risk across 84,000 small business merchants in all 50 states, and perform commercial treasury clearing services. ASP fee income decreased $443 thousand to $580 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2023. ASP fee income is directly impacted by the average balances of off-balance sheet sweep funds as well as current short-term market interest rates.

Noninterest expense increased $2.5 million, or 22.2%, to $13.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, as compared to the same period in 2022. This increase was primarily due to increases in employee compensation and benefits, data processing, advertising and marketing, and travel and business relations, partially offset by decreases in professional services costs. Employee compensation and benefits costs increased $1.9 million, or 28.4%, due to increases in employees to support growth as well as the impact of year end salary, bonus and stock-based compensation increases. In 2023, we hired six regional managing directors/senior BDOs, resources within our commercial underwriting/lending area, sales support staff, operational staff to support Esquire's growth plans as well as our risk management and compliance areas, and our new chief legal officer/corporate secretary. Data processing costs increased $352 thousand due to increased processing volume, primarily driven by our core banking platform, and additional costs related to our technology implementations. Advertising and marketing costs increased $255 thousand as we continued to grow our digital marketing platform, expand our thought leadership in our national verticals, and support our new regional BDOs. Travel and business relations costs increased $174 thousand, as a result of our high touch marketing and sales efforts which complement our digital marketing efforts and additional travel related to our newly hired regional BDOs. Professional services costs decreased $114 thousand primarily due to our hiring of a chief legal officer as well as a reduction in costs associated with our CECL implementation in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Company's efficiency ratio was 48.0% for the three months ended December 31, 2023, as compared to 45.3% in 2022, primarily due to our significant increase in resources including, but not limited to, people and technology to support growth, risk management, and compliance. Our strong efficiency ratio is a result of our continued revenue growth driven by our core national platforms. These national platforms have benefited from our investments in technology, digital marketing, employees, and other branchless infrastructure that support our industry leading returns.

The effective tax rate was 27.0% for the fourth quarter of 2023, as compared to 26.5% for the same period in 2022. The effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2022 was impacted by certain discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation, specifically voluntary stock option exercises.

Full Year Earnings

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2023 was $41.0 million, or $4.91 per diluted share, compared to $28.5 million, or $3.47 per diluted share for the same period in 2022. Returns on average assets and equity for the year ended December 31, 2023 were 2.89% and 23.20%, respectively, compared to 2.31% and 19.44% for the same period of 2022. Excluding the pretax gain of $5.3 million on our Litify investment and the $1.3 million equity method loss on our investment in a third party sponsored NFL consumer post settlement loan fund, adjusted(1) net income, diluted earnings per share, return on average assets, and return on average common equity for the year ended December 31, 2023 would have been $38.1 million, $4.56, 2.68% and 21.54%, respectively.

Net interest income for the year ended 2023 increased $24.4 million, or 41.2%, to $83.8 million, due to growth in average interest earning assets (funded with core deposits) totaling $185.9 million, or 15.6%, to $1.4 billion as well as a 110 basis point increase in our net interest margin to 6.09% when compared to the same period in 2022. Our net interest margin was positively impacted by growth in higher yielding variable rate commercial loans and increases in short-term interest rates. The average yield on loans increased 132 basis points to 7.72%, primarily driven by higher yielding variable rate commercial loan growth. Average loans for the year ended December 31, 2023 increased $207.5 million, or 24.6%, to $1.1 billion when compared to the year ended December 31, 2022, primarily due to growth in our national commercial lending platform and, to a lesser extent, our regional multi-family real estate loans. Loan income increased $27.2 million, or 50.0%, to $81.2 million with the increases in average loan balances (primarily commercial) accounting for $16.5 million of the increase and $10.7 million representing increases in average rate (primarily commercial).  Average securities for the year ended December 31, 2023 increased $6.3 million to $210.8 million as yields increased 35 basis points to 2.38%, primarily due to reinvestment of portfolio cash flows into securities at current market interest rates, increasing interest income $860 thousand to $5.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2023. The movement in short-term interest rates increased yields and interest income on our reverse repurchase agreements and interest earning cash balances. Our deposit cost-of-funds, excluding demand deposits, increased 83 basis points due to increases in short-term interest rates as well as management pro-actively increasing rates on IOLTA accounts in the various states where we operate. For the full year 2023, deposit expense increased $6.5 million to $8.1 million with increases in average deposit balances accounting for $541 thousand of the increase and $5.9 million representing increases in the average rate (both increases were primarily core IOLTA and, to a lesser extent, money market relationship deposits).

The provision for credit losses was $4.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, a $1.0 million increase from the same period in 2022. As of December 31, 2023, our allowance to loans ratio was 1.38% as compared to 1.29% as of December 31, 2022. The increase in the allowance as a percentage of loans was general reserve driven considering loan growth and qualitative factors associated with the current uncertain economic environment including, but not limited to, its potential impact on the New York metro commercial real estate market.

Noninterest income increased to $29.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to $24.9 million in same period in 2022.  Payment processing income was $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, a $372 thousand increase from the same period in 2022. Payment processing volumes and transactions for the credit and debit card processing platform increased $5.0 billion, or 17.8%, to $33.0 billion and 76.8 million, or 14.3%, to 612.8 million transactions, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2023 as compared to the same period in 2022. These increases were due to the expansion of sales channels through ISOs, the increased number of merchants, volume increases, and were facilitated by our focus on technology and other resources in the payments vertical. ASP fee income totaled $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, consistent with the year ended December 21, 2022 as we managed approximately $1.5 billion in gross mass tort/class action depository funds (qualified settlement funds or "QSFs") in 2023.  In 2023, Litify was reorganized into a partnership and an unrelated third party acquired a majority ownership in the reorganized entity. As party to the reorganization and sale transaction, the Company's partnership interest was exchanged for cash and noncash consideration, resulting in a gain on its investment of $5.3 million in 2023. The Company also recognized an equity method loss of $1.3 million on its investment in a third party sponsored NFL consumer post settlement loan fund, extending the expected weighted average life of the underlying assets by approximately one year.  The Company presents this investment in other assets with a carrying amount of $10.6 million.

(1)     See non-GAAP reconciliation provided at the end of this news release.

Noninterest expense increased $11.1 million, or 26.5%, to $53.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to the same period in 2022. This increase was primarily due to increases in employee compensation and benefits, professional services costs, data processing, travel and business relations, advertising and marketing, and occupancy and equipment. Employee compensation and benefits costs increased $6.7 million, or 26.0%, due to increases in employees to support growth as well as the impact of year end salary, bonus and stock-based compensation increases. As previously noted, we have made a significant investment in people in almost all areas of our Company to support future growth, client-centric relationship banking, and overall compliance and risk management across all verticals. Professional services costs increased $2.1 million with $1.0 million representing costs associated with the retention of a global executive search firm to expand our regional national sales capabilities (senior BDOs), senior commercial underwritings, and senior payment processing risk management. The remaining $1.0 million increase in professional services costs was primarily due to incremental increases in insurance, legal, accounting, risk management, and compliance costs. Data processing costs increased $943 thousand due to increased processing volume, primarily driven by our core banking platform, and additional costs related to our technology implementations. Travel and business relations costs increased $419 thousand, as a result of our high touch marketing and sales efforts which complement our digital marketing efforts and additional travel related to our newly hired regional BDOs. Advertising and marketing costs increased $361 thousand, as we continued to grow our brand and expand our thought leadership through digital marketing efforts in our national verticals and support our new regional BDOs. Occupancy and equipment costs increased $127 thousand due to amortization of our investments in internally developed software to support our digital platform and additional office space to support our growth.

The Company's efficiency ratio was 46.8% for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to 49.8% in 2022, despite our investment in resources as noted above. The adjusted(1) efficiency ratio was 48.5% excluding the $4.0 million net pre-tax gain on certain equity investments previously noted. Our national platforms that drive our growth should continue to benefit from our investments in people, technology, digital marketing, and other branchless infrastructure that support our industry leading returns.

The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2023 was 26.6%, as compared to 26.5% for the same period in 2022.

Asset Quality

At December 31, 2023, the nonperforming loan totaling $10.9 million consisted of one multifamily loan with no associated specific reserve. As of period end, the allowance for credit losses was $16.6 million, or 1.38% of total loans, as compared to $12.2 million, or 1.29% of total loans at December 31, 2022. The nonperforming loan to total loans and total assets were 0.91% and 0.68%, respectively. The allowance for credit losses to the nonperforming loan was 152%. The increase in the allowance as a percentage of loans was general reserve driven considering loan growth and qualitative factors associated with the current uncertain economic environment including, but not limited to, its potential impact on the New York metro commercial real estate market. As of January 1, 2023, the Company adopted the CECL Standard which increased its allowance for credit losses as a percentage of loans by 2 basis points, or $283 thousand, which was reflected as an adjustment to retained earnings. As part of the adoption of the CECL Standard, management established a credit reserve for unfunded loan commitments of $500 thousand which is classified in other liabilities on the Statement of Financial Condition and reflected as an adjustment to retained earnings.

Balance Sheet

At December 31, 2023, total assets were $1.6 billion, reflecting a $221.2 million, or 15.9% increase from December 31, 2022. This increase was primarily attributable to growth in loans totaling $260.1 million, or 27.4%, to $1.2 billion. Our higher yielding variable rate commercial loans increased $185.8 million, or 33.7%, during this same period. As a component of this growth, net draws on existing commercial facilities totaled $64.3 million in the current quarter. Our commercial relationship banking sales pipeline remains robust, anchored by our national platforms and supported by our competitive advantages in data, analytics and digital marketing. This coupled with our regional BDOs and related employees should continue to drive growth across our national commercial platforms. Our available-for-sale securities portfolio increased $12.8 million to $122.1 million as compared to December 31, 2022 driven by purchases partially offset by paydowns. Our held-to-maturity securities portfolio decreased $1.4 million to $77.0 million as compared to December 31, 2022. In the third quarter, management elected to close out its reverse repurchase agreements and reinvest these funds into higher yielding loans.

(1)     See non-GAAP reconciliation provided at the end of this news release.

The following table provides information regarding the composition of our loan portfolio for the periods presented:






















December 31, 



September 30, 



December 31, 




2023



2023



2022




(Dollars in thousands)


Real estate:



















Multifamily


$

348,241


28.8

%


$

327,653


29.4

%


$

262,489


27.7

%

Commercial real estate



89,498


7.4




90,052


8.1




91,837


9.7


1 – 4 family



17,937


1.5




20,974


1.9




25,565


2.7


Total real estate



455,676


37.7




438,679


39.4




379,891


40.1


Commercial:



















Litigation related



612,457


50.7




570,831


51.2




464,675


49.0


Other



125,457


10.4




91,441


8.2




87,407


9.2


Total commercial



737,914


61.1




662,272


59.4




552,082


58.2


Consumer



14,491


1.2




13,390


1.2




16,580


1.7


Total loans held for investment


$

1,208,081


100.0

%


$

1,114,341


100.0

%


$

948,553


100.0

%

Deferred loan fees and unearned
premiums, net



(668)






(903)






(1,258)




Loans, held for investment


$

1,207,413





$

1,113,438





$

947,295




Total deposits were $1.4 billion as of December 31, 2023, a $179.1 million, or 14.6%, increase from December 31, 2022. This was primarily due to a $161.9 million, or 21.2%, increase in Savings, NOW and Money Market deposits, driven primarily by our IOLTA and other escrow deposits and, to a lesser extent, our commercial relationship money market deposits (primarily our mass tort/class action funds). Our deposit strategy primarily focuses on developing full service commercial banking relationships with our clients through lending facilities, payment processing, and other unique commercial cash management services in our two national verticals, rather than competing with other institutions on rate. Our longer duration IOLTA, escrow and claimant trust settlement deposits represent $684.2 million, or 48.6%, of total deposits. These law firm escrow accounts, as well as other fiduciary deposit accounts, are for the benefit of the law firm's clients (or claimants) and are titled in a manner to ensure that the maximum amount of FDIC insurance coverage passes through the account to the beneficial owner of the funds held in the account. Therefore, these law firm escrow accounts carry FDIC insurance at the claimant settlement level, not at the deposit account level. As of December 31, 2023, uninsured deposits were $381.6 million, or 27%, of our total deposits of $1.4 billion, excluding $5.5 million of affiliate deposits held by the Bank. Approximately 85% of our uninsured deposits represent clients with full relationship banking (loans, payment processing, and other service-oriented relationships) including, but not limited to, law firm operating accounts, law firm IOLTA/escrow accounts, merchant reserves, ISO reserves, ACH processing, and custodial accounts.

Due to the nature of our larger mass tort and class action settlements related to the litigation vertical, we participate in FDIC insured sweep programs as well as treasury secured money market funds. As of December 31, 2023, off-balance sheet sweep funds totaled approximately $278.0 million, of which approximately $132.9 million, or 47.8%, was available to be swept onto our balance sheet as reciprocal client relationship deposits. During 2023, we managed approximately $1.5 billion in gross mass tort/class action depository funds or QSFs and our pipeline of these opportunities remains robust as we look towards 2024. Our deposit growth and off-balance sheet funds continue to demonstrate our highly efficient branchless and technology enabled deposit platforms.

At December 31, 2023, we had the ability to borrow up to $284.2 million from the FHLB of New York and $58.0 million from the FRB of New York discount window. No borrowing amounts were outstanding in 2023. Historically, we have not leveraged our balance sheet to generate earnings and have always utilized core client deposits to fund our asset growth and related earnings. Additionally, the Company has access to the Federal Reserve Bank Term Funding Program.

Stockholders' equity increased $40.4 million to $198.6 million as of December 31, 2023 when compared to December 31, 2022. This increase was primarily due to net income, other comprehensive income, and amortization of share-based compensation, partially offset by the following items: dividends declared to common stockholders; a January 1, 2023 reduction attributable to the adoption of the CECL standard; and the repurchase of 8,000 shares of common stock.

Esquire Bank remains well above bank regulatory "Well Capitalized" standards.

About Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc.

Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Jericho, New York, with one branch office in Jericho, New York and an administrative office in Boca Raton, Florida. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Esquire Bank, National Association, is a full-service commercial bank dedicated to serving the financial needs of the litigation industry and small businesses nationally, as well as commercial and retail clients in the New York metropolitan area. The Bank offers tailored financial and payment processing solutions to the litigation community and their clients as well as dynamic and flexible payment processing solutions to small business owners. For more information, visit www.esquirebank.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future results of the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: changes in business plans as circumstances warrant; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; and other risks detailed in the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements," "Risk Factors" and other sections of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "might," "should," "could," "predict," "potential," "believe," "expect," "attribute," "continue," "will," "anticipate," "seek," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "projection," "goal," "target," "outlook," "aim," "would," "annualized" and "outlook," or similar terminology. Any forward-looking statements presented herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Statement of Condition (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands except per share data)














December 31, 


September 30, 


December 31, 




2023


2023


2022


ASSETS











Cash and cash equivalents


$

165,209


$

120,646


$

164,122


Securities purchased under agreements to resell, at cost







49,567


Securities available-for-sale, at fair value



122,107



114,373



109,269


Securities held-to-maturity, at cost



77,001



78,779



78,377


Securities, restricted at cost



2,928



2,928



2,810


Loans, held for investment



1,207,413



1,113,438



947,295


Less: allowance for credit losses (1)



(16,631)



(15,328)



(12,223)


Loans, net of allowance



1,190,782



1,098,110



935,072


Premises and equipment, net



2,602



2,503



2,704


Other assets



56,247



65,073



53,718


Total Assets


$

1,616,876


$

1,482,412


$

1,395,639













LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY











Demand deposits


$

473,274


$

472,073


$

444,324


Savings, NOW and money market deposits



926,264



802,332



764,354


Certificates of deposit



7,761



8,188



19,558


Total deposits



1,407,299



1,282,593



1,228,236


Other liabilities



11,022



14,209



9,245


Total liabilities



1,418,321



1,296,802



1,237,481


Total stockholders' equity



198,555



185,610



158,158


Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$

1,616,876


$

1,482,412


$

1,395,639













Selected Financial Data











Common shares outstanding



8,287,848



8,203,259



8,195,333


Book value per share


$

23.96


$

22.63


$

19.30


Equity to assets



12.28

%


12.52

%


11.33

%












Capital Ratios (2)











Tier 1 leverage ratio



12.07

%


11.98

%


10.98

%

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio



14.13



14.34



14.21


Tier 1 capital ratio



14.13



14.34



14.21


Total capital ratio



15.38



15.59



15.44













Asset Quality











Nonperforming loans 


$

10,940


$


$

4


Allowance for credit losses to total loans



1.38

%


1.38

%


1.29

%

Nonperforming loans to total loans



0.91



0.00



0.00


Nonperforming assets to total assets



0.68



0.00



0.00


Allowance to nonperforming loans



152



NM



NM


___________________________

(1)

 Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2023 are presented under the CECL Standard while prior period amounts are reported in accordance
with previously applicable GAAP. 

(2)

 Regulatory capital ratios presented on bank-only basis. The Bank has no recorded intangible assets on the Statement of Financial Condition, so accordingly,
tangible common equity is equal to common equity. 



NM – Not meaningful

 

ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Income Statement (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands except per share data)




















Three Months Ended


Year Ended




December 31, 


September 30,


December 31, 


December 31, 




2023


2023


2022


2023


2022


Interest income


$

25,567


$

23,901


$

19,053


$

91,888


$

60,993


Interest expense



2,897



2,176



714



8,115



1,647


Net interest income



22,670



21,725



18,339



83,773



59,346


Provision for credit losses (1)



1,500



1,200



1,350



4,525



3,490


Net interest income after provision for credit losses



21,170



20,525



16,989



79,248



55,856



















Noninterest income:

















Payment processing fees



5,418



5,621



5,657



22,316



21,944


(Loss) gain on equity investments





(14)





4,013




Other noninterest income



848



921



1,126



3,422



2,981


Total noninterest income



6,266



6,528



6,783



29,751



24,925



















Noninterest expense:

















Employee compensation and benefits



8,761



8,433



6,822



32,481



25,774


Other expenses



5,140



5,326



4,549



20,636



16,206


Total noninterest expense



13,901



13,759



11,371



53,117



41,980


Income before income taxes



13,535



13,294



12,401



55,882



38,801


Income taxes



3,653



3,457



3,286



14,871



10,283


Net income


$

9,882


$

9,837


$

9,115


$

41,011


$

28,518



















Earnings Per Share

















Basic


$

1.28


$

1.27


$

1.19


$

5.31


$

3.73


Diluted



1.18



1.17



1.10



4.91



3.47


Basic - adjusted (2)



1.28



1.28



1.19



4.94



3.73


Diluted - adjusted (2)



1.18



1.17



1.10



4.56



3.47



















Selected Financial Data

















Return on average assets



2.59

%


2.71

%


2.80

%


2.89

%


2.31

%

Return on average equity



20.78



21.44



23.89



23.20



19.44


Adjusted return on average assets (2)



2.59



2.71



2.80



2.68



2.31


Adjusted return on average equity (2)



20.78



21.46



23.89



21.54



19.44


Net interest margin



6.12



6.19



5.81



6.09



4.99


Efficiency ratio (2)



48.0



48.7



45.3



46.8



49.8


Adjusted efficiency ratio (2)



48.0



48.7



45.3



48.5



49.8



















Cash dividends paid per common share


$

0.125


$

0.125


$

0.100


$

0.475


$

0.280



















Weighted average basic shares



7,730,151



7,717,971



7,666,674



7,716,367



7,638,423


Weighted average diluted shares



8,387,587



8,379,112



8,296,176



8,345,586



8,213,694


________________________

(1)

Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2023 are presented under the CECL Standard while prior period amounts are reported in accordance
with previously applicable GAAP. 

(2)

See non-GAAP reconciliation provided elsewhere herein.

 

ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Average Balance Sheets and Average Yield/Cost (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)





























Three Months Ended




December 31, 


September 30,


December 31, 




2023


2023


2022




Average





Average


Average





Average


Average





Average




Balance


Interest


Yield/Cost


Balance


Interest


Yield/Cost


Balance


Interest


Yield/Cost


INTEREST EARNING ASSETS


























Loans, held for investment


$

1,169,411


$

23,028


7.81

%

$

1,090,112


$

21,408


7.79

%

$

900,407


$

16,508


7.27

%

Securities, includes restricted stock



218,130



1,439


2.62

%


207,873



1,238


2.36

%


213,400



1,186


2.20

%

Securities purchased under agreements
to resell








9,932



158


6.31

%


49,172



552


4.45

%

Interest earning cash and other



83,103



1,100


5.25

%


84,581



1,097


5.15

%


90,329



807


3.54

%

Total interest earning assets



1,470,644



25,567


6.90

%


1,392,498



23,901


6.81

%


1,253,308



19,053


6.03

%



























NONINTEREST EARNING ASSETS



44,805








49,762








40,335

































TOTAL AVERAGE ASSETS


$

1,515,449







$

1,442,260







$

1,293,643

































INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES




















































Savings, NOW, Money Market deposits


$

814,089


$

2,826


1.38

%

$

722,684


$

1,988


1.09

%

$

617,549


$

648


0.42

%

Time deposits



8,366



70


3.32

%


18,565



187


4.00

%


13,588



65


1.90

%

Total interest bearing deposits



822,455



2,896


1.40

%


741,249



2,175


1.16

%


631,137



713


0.45

%

Borrowings



45



1


8.82

%


46



1


8.62

%


101



1


3.93

%

Total interest bearing liabilities



822,500



2,897


1.40

%


741,295



2,176


1.16

%


631,238



714


0.45

%



























NONINTEREST BEARING
LIABILITIES


























Demand deposits



484,690








501,841








495,337







Other liabilities



19,614








17,091








15,680







Total noninterest bearing liabilities



504,304








518,932








511,017







Stockholders' equity



188,645








182,033








151,388

































TOTAL AVG. LIABILITIES AND
EQUITY


$

1,515,449







$

1,442,260







$

1,293,643







Net interest income





$

22,670







$

21,725







$

18,339




Net interest spread








5.50

%







5.65

%







5.58

%

Net interest margin








6.12

%







6.19

%







5.81

%

Deposits (including noninterest bearing
demand deposits)


$

1,307,145


$

2,896


0.88

%

$

1,243,090


$

2,175


0.69

%

$

1,126,474


$

713


0.25

%

 

ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Average Balance Sheets and Average Yield/Cost (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)





















Year Ended December 31, 




2023


2022




Average





Average


Average





Average




Balance


Interest


Yield/Cost


Balance


Interest


Yield/Cost


INTEREST EARNING ASSETS


















Loans, held for investment


$

1,051,903


$

81,188


7.72

%

$

844,393


$

54,007


6.40

%

Securities, includes restricted stock



210,776



5,020


2.38

%


204,501



4,161


2.03

%

Securities purchased under agreements to
resell



27,142



1,526


5.62

%


49,273



1,251


2.54

%

Interest earning cash and other



85,454



4,154


4.86

%


91,206



1,574


1.73

%

Total interest earning assets



1,375,275



91,888


6.68

%


1,189,373



60,993


5.13

%



















NONINTEREST EARNING ASSETS



45,703








45,004

























TOTAL AVERAGE ASSETS


$

1,420,978







$

1,234,377

























INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES




































Savings, NOW, Money Market deposits


$

715,004


$

7,635


1.07

%

$

572,498


$

1,488


0.26

%

Time deposits



13,159



476


3.62

%


17,775



155


0.87

%

Total interest bearing deposits



728,163



8,111


1.11

%


590,273



1,643


0.28

%

Borrowings



46



4


8.70

%


75



4


5.33

%

Total interest bearing liabilities



728,209



8,115


1.11

%


590,348



1,647


0.28

%



















NONINTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES


















Demand deposits



497,795








485,277







Other liabilities



18,210








12,043







Total noninterest bearing liabilities



516,005








497,320







Stockholders' equity



176,764








146,709

























TOTAL AVG. LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$

1,420,978







$

1,234,377







Net interest income





$

83,773







$

59,346




Net interest spread








5.57

%







4.85

%

Net interest margin








6.09

%







4.99

%

Deposits (including noninterest bearing
demand deposits)


$

1,225,958


$

8,111


0.66

%

$

1,075,550


$

1,643


0.15

%

ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation (unaudited)
(all dollars in thousands except per share data)

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide information that is important to investors and that is useful in understanding our financial position, results and ratios. However, these non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and are not a substitute for an analysis based on GAAP measures. As other companies may use different calculations for this measure, this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures by other companies.

Adjusted net income, which is used to compute adjusted return on average assets, adjusted return on average equity and adjusted earnings per share, excludes the impact of the recognized loss (gain), net of tax, on the Company's equity investments.


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31, 


September 30,


December 31, 


December 31, 



2023


2023


2022


2023


2022


Net income – GAAP

$

9,882


$

9,837


$

9,115


$

41,011


$

28,518


   Less: loss (gain) on equity investments




14





(4,013)




   Add: income tax impact




(4)





1,083




Adjusted net income

$

9,882


$

9,847


$

9,115


$

38,081


$

28,518


















Return on average assets – GAAP


2.59

%


2.71

%


2.80

%


2.89

%


2.31

%

Adjusted return on average assets


2.59

%


2.71

%


2.80

%


2.68

%


2.31

%

















Return on average equity – GAAP


20.78

%


21.44

%


23.89

%


23.20

%


19.44

%

Adjusted return on average equity


20.78

%


21.46

%


23.89

%


21.54

%


19.44

%

















Basic earnings per share – GAAP

$

1.28


$

1.27


$

1.19


$

5.31


$

3.73


Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

1.28


$

1.28


$

1.19


$

4.94


$

3.73


















Diluted earnings per share – GAAP

$

1.18


$

1.17


$

1.10


$

4.91


$

3.47


Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

1.18


$

1.17


$

1.10


$

4.56


$

3.47


 The following table presents a reconciliation of efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) and adjusted efficiency ratio (non-GAAP).


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31, 


September 30,


December 31, 


December 31, 



2023


2023


2022


2023


2022


Efficiency ratio – non-GAAP(1)


48.0

%


48.7

%


45.3

%


46.8

%


49.8

%

Noninterest expense – GAAP

$

13,901


$

13,759


$

11,371


$

53,117


$

41,980


Net interest income – GAAP


22,670



21,725



18,339



83,773



59,346


Noninterest income – GAAP


6,266



6,528



6,783



29,751



24,925


   Less: loss (gain) on equity investments




14





(4,013)




Adjusted noninterest income – non-GAAP

$

6,266


$

6,542


$

6,783


$

25,738


$

24,925


Adjusted efficiency ratio – non-GAAP(2)


48.0

%


48.7

%


45.3

%


48.5

%


49.8

%



(1)

The reported efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure calculated by dividing GAAP noninterest expense by the sum of GAAP net interest income and GAAP
noninterest income.

(2)

The adjusted efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure calculated by dividing GAAP noninterest expense by the sum of GAAP net interest income and adjusted
noninterest income.

The following table presents the adjusted tangible common equity to tangible assets calculation (non-GAAP):


December 31,



2023


Total assets - GAAP

$

1,616,876


Less: intangible assets



Tangible assets ("TA") - non-GAAP


1,616,876






Total stockholders' equity - GAAP

$

198,555


   Less: intangible assets



   Less: preferred stock



Tangible common equity ("TCE") - non-GAAP


198,555


Add: unrecognized losses on securities held-to-maturity, net of tax


(5,717)


Adjusted TCE - non-GAAP

$

192,838






Stockholders' equity to assets - GAAP


12.28

%

TCE to TA - non-GAAP


12.28

%

Adjusted TCE to TA - non-GAAP


11.93

%

 The following table presents the common equity tier 1 capital ratio and the adjusted common equity tier 1 capital ratio:


December 31,



2023


Common equity tier 1 ("CET1") capital - Bank

$

181,162


Less: unrealized losses on securities available-for-sale , net of tax


(13,235)


Less: unrecognized losses on securities held-to-maturity, net of tax


(5,717)


Adjusted CET1 capital - Bank

$

162,210






Total risk-weighted assets - Bank

$

1,282,340






CET1 capital ratio(1)


14.13

%

Adjusted CET1 capital ratio(1)


12.65

%


(1)

Regulatory capital ratios presented on bank-only basis. The Bank has no recorded intangible assets on the Statement of Financial Condition, and accordingly,
tangible common equity is equal to common equity. 

 

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