JASPER, Ind., Jan. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GABC) reported that the Company has achieved record earnings for the year ended on December 31, 2016, marking the 7th consecutive year that the Company has attained this level of performance.  This record financial performance in 2016 continues a trend of exceptional performance by German American, as the Company has consistently delivered double-digit returns on shareholders’ equity over the course of the past twelve fiscal years.

The Company’s 2016 net income of $35.2 million, or $2.36 per share, was an increase of approximately 4%, on a per share basis, over its previous record annual net income of $30.1 million, or $2.27 per share, reported in 2015.  Fourth quarter earnings in the current year of $10.1 million, or $0.66 per share, represented an increase of approximately 14%, on a per share basis, relative to 2015 fourth quarter results of $7.7 million, or $0.58 per share.  The Company’s 2016 reported net income was inclusive of ten month’s operations of River Valley Bancorp, following completion of the merger transaction on March 1, 2016, and reflected merger related costs totaling approximately $4.3 million, or $2.7 million on an after-tax basis, representing approximately $0.18 per share.

The 2016 record performance was largely attributable to an increased level of net interest income and net interest margin, driven primarily by a higher level of average loans outstanding and a portfolio mix shift within the Company’s securities portfolio to a higher percentage of non-taxable municipal securities.  2016 year-end loans outstanding increased by approximately $425 million, or 27%, from the prior year-end level.  The year-over-year increase in loans outstanding was largely due to the acquisition of River Valley, as well as organic growth, exclusive of the impact of the River Valley acquisition, of approximately $118 million, or 8%.

Commenting on the Company’s continuation of record financial performance in 2016, Mark A. Schroeder, German American’s Chairman & CEO, stated, "Our exceptionally strong 2016 financial performance was driven by a combination of both merger-related expansion and organic growth within our existing market footprint.  The acquisition of River Valley Bancorp in March provided an opportunity to enter the vibrant Southeast Indiana area.  With a well connected team of financial professionals and an established branch network along the I-65 corridor between our existing Columbus, Indiana presence and the Indiana counties of Clark and Floyd, which are a rapidly growing component of the greater Louisville, Kentucky market area, the inclusion of River Valley positions us very well for future growth within this market area.  We have already seen significant community banking opportunities within these markets, and we fully expect these new markets for German American will provide significant growth potential going forward.”

Schroeder continued, “Perhaps most importantly, we were able to successfully complete the merger integration of River Valley during 2016 while remaining focused on enhancing our market share within our existing footprint.  Exclusive of River Valley, we were also able to generate approximately $118 million in year-over-year loan growth within our existing branch network, which represents the 2nd consecutive year in which we were able to generate approximately 8% organic loan growth.  The relative level of employment within our markets in 2016 remained among the strongest in the state, and compared favorably to national statistics.  A testament to the local business environment, this combination of economic strength and stability throughout our Southern Indiana market area in 2016 afforded us the opportunity, as a banking organization, to provide our clients with a wide array of financial products and services.”

The Company also announced that it was increasing the level of its regular quarterly cash dividend.  German American's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, which will be payable on February 20, 2017 to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2017. This level of regular quarterly cash dividend represents approximately a 6% increase above the Company’s prior quarterly cash dividend level.   This is the 5th consecutive year of annual dividend increases.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets for the Company decreased to $2.956 billion at December 31, 2016, representing a decline of $23.5 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, compared with September 30, 2016 and an increase of $582.3 million compared with December 31, 2015. The year-over-year increase was largely attributable to the acquisition of River Valley Bancorp ("River Valley") and its banking subsidiary River Valley Financial Bank effective March 1, 2016.  River Valley's total assets as of the effective date of the merger totaled approximately $516.3 million.

December 31, 2016 total loans declined $12.7 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, compared with September 30, 2016 and increased $425.3 million, or 27%, compared with December 31, 2015.  The decline during the fourth quarter of 2016 was largely related to payoff activity of several commercial real estate projects in addition to pay-down activity on commercial lines of credit.  The year-over-year increase was largely attributable to the acquisition of River Valley as well as growth within the Company's existing branch network, excluding River Valley, which totaled approximately $118 million, or 8% growth.

       
End of Period Loan Balances 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Commercial & Industrial Loans $457,372  $469,255  $418,154 
Commercial Real Estate Loans 856,094  862,998  618,788 
Agricultural Loans 303,128  299,080  246,886 
Consumer Loans 193,520  186,854  147,931 
Residential Mortgage Loans 183,290  187,903  136,316 
  $1,993,404  $2,006,090  $1,568,075 
       

Non-performing assets totaled $4.0 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $5.5 million of non-performing assets at September 30, 2016 and $3.5 million at December 31, 2015.  Non-performing assets represented 0.14% of total assets at December 31, 2016 compared to 0.18% of total assets at September 30, 2016 and 0.15% of total assets at December 31, 2015.  Non-performing loans totaled $3.8 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $5.1 million at September 30, 2016 and $3.3 million of non-performing loans at December 31, 2015.  Non-performing loans represented 0.19% of total loans at December 31, 2016 compared to 0.25% at September 30, 2016 and 0.21% at December 31, 2015.  The decline in non-performing assets and non-performing loans during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with September 30, 2016 levels was attributable to both a decline in non-performing loans acquired in the River Valley merger transaction and payoff of a non-accrual commercial real estate credit relationship unrelated to River Valley.

      
Non-performing Assets     
(dollars in thousands)     
 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2015
Non-Accrual Loans$3,793  $4,906  $3,143 
Past Due Loans (90 days or more)2  191  143 
  Total Non-Performing Loans3,795  5,097  3,286 
Other Real Estate242  355  169 
  Total Non-Performing Assets$4,037  $5,452  $3,455 
      
Restructured Loans$28  $50  $2,203 
      

The Company’s allowance for loan losses totaled $14.8 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $15.2 million at September 30, 2016 and $14.4 million at December 31, 2015.  The allowance for loan losses represented 0.74% of period-end loans at December 31, 2016 compared with 0.76% of period-end loans at September 30, 2016 and 0.92% of period-end loans at December 31, 2015.  The year-over-year decline in the allowance for loan loss as a percent of total loans was the result of the acquisition of River Valley.  Under acquisition accounting treatment, loans acquired are recorded at fair value which includes a credit risk component, and therefore the allowance on loans acquired is not carried over from the seller.  The Company held a discount on acquired loans of $10.0 million as of December 31, 2016, $11.1 million at September 30, 2016 and $3.0 million at December 31, 2015.

Total deposits increased $19.9 million, or 3% on an annualized basis, as of December 31, 2016 compared with September 30, 2016 and increased $523.2 million compared with December 31, 2015.  The increase in total deposits as of December 31, 2016 compared with year-end 2015 was largely attributable to the acquisition of River Valley which had total deposits of approximately $405.4 million as of the effective date of the merger.

       
End of Period Deposit Balances 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits $571,989  $534,620  $465,357 
IB Demand, Savings, and MMDA Accounts 1,399,381  1,361,522  1,054,983 
Time Deposits < $100,000 207,824  214,235  186,859 
Time Deposits > $100,000 170,357  219,286  119,177 
  $2,349,551  $2,329,663  $1,826,376 
       

Results of Operations Highlights - Year ended December 31, 2016

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 totaled $35,184,000 or $2.36 per share, an increase of $5,120,000, or approximately 4% on a per share basis, from the year ended December 31, 2015 net income of $30,064,000 or $2.27 per share.  The 2016 results of operations included ten month's operations of River Valley and were impacted by merger related charges associated with the closing of the River Valley transaction which was effective March 1, 2016.  These merger related charges totaled approximately $4,318,000, or $2,725,000 on an after tax basis, which represented approximately $0.18 per share during 2016.

             
Summary Average Balance Sheet            
(Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)            
  Year Ended December 31, 2016 Year Ended December 31, 2015
             
   Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/Rate  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/Rate
Assets            
Federal Funds Sold and Other            
  Short-term Investments $22,180  $73  0.33% $19,187  $13  0.07%
Securities 723,044  21,102  2.92% 634,232  18,018  2.84%
Loans and Leases 1,904,779  86,756  4.55% 1,483,752  67,109  4.52%
Total Interest Earning Assets $2,650,003  $107,931  4.07% $2,137,171  $85,140  3.98%
             
Liabilities            
Demand Deposit Accounts $513,199      $430,312     
IB Demand, Savings, and            
  MMDA Accounts $1,322,593  $2,515  0.19% $1,045,079  $1,343  0.13%
Time Deposits 414,100  2,672  0.65% 350,522  2,633  0.75%
FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings 242,483  3,274  1.35% 178,767  2,092  1.17%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities $1,979,176  $8,461  0.43% $1,574,368  $6,068  0.39%
             
Cost of Funds     0.32%     0.28%
Net Interest Income   $99,470      $79,072   
Net Interest Margin     3.75%     3.70%

During the year ended December 31, 2016, net interest income totaled $94,904,000 representing an increase of $19,352,000 or 26% from the year ended December 31, 2015 net interest income of $75,552,000.  The tax equivalent net interest margin for the year ended December 31, 2016 was 3.75% compared to 3.70% in 2015.  The increase in the net interest margin during 2016 was primarily attributable to an increase in the amount of accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans combined with an increased loan yield stemming largely from the addition of the River Valley loan portfolio and a securities portfolio mix shift to a higher percentage of total securities in non-taxable securities rather than in taxable securities, partially offset by a higher cost of funds.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 13 basis points to the net interest margin in 2016 compared with approximately 4 basis points in 2015.

The Company recorded a $1,200,000 provision for loan loss during 2016 compared with no provision during the year ended December 31, 2015.

During the year ended December 31, 2016, non-interest income increased approximately 17% from the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase during 2016 compared with 2015 was largely the result of the acquisition of River Valley and an increase in the level of gains on the sale of securities.  The year ended December 31, 2016 included ten months of River Valley operations while 2015 had no operations of River Valley included.

  Year Ended Year Ended
Non-interest Income 12/31/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)    
     
Trust and Investment Product Fees $4,644  $3,957 
Service Charges on Deposit Accounts 5,973  4,826 
Insurance Revenues 7,741  7,489 
Company Owned Life Insurance 987  846 
Interchange Fee Income 2,532  2,127 
Other Operating Income 4,798  4,515 
  Subtotal 26,675  23,760 
Net Gains on Loans 3,359  2,959 
Net Gains on Securities 1,979  725 
Total Non-interest Income $32,013  $27,444 

During 2016, the Company realized net gains on the sale of securities of $1,979,000 related to the sale of $100.1 million of securities compared with a net gain on the sale of securities of $725,000 in 2015 related to the sale of $18.3 million of securities.

During 2016, non-interest expense increased $15,261,000, or 25%, compared with 2015.  During 2016, the Company recorded costs related to the River Valley merger transaction that totaled $4,318,000.  The majority of the remainder of the increase in operating expenses during 2016 compared with 2015 were related to the operating costs of River Valley.

  Year Ended Year Ended
Non-interest Expense 12/31/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)    
     
Salaries and Employee Benefits $43,961  $35,042 
Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense 8,558  6,812 
FDIC Premiums 1,151  1,144 
Data Processing Fees 5,686  3,541 
Professional Fees 3,672  2,661 
Advertising and Promotion 2,657  3,669 
Intangible Amortization 1,062  790 
Other Operating Expenses 9,840  7,667 
Total Non-interest Expense $76,587  $61,326 

Salaries and benefits increased $8,919,000, or 25%, in 2016 compared with 2015.  Included in the increase in 2016 was $1,934,000 of merger costs related to the settlement of various employment and benefit arrangements.  The remainder of the increase was largely related to a higher number of full-time equivalent employees stemming from the acquisition of River Valley.

Occupancy, furniture and equipment expense increased $1,746,000, or 26%, in 2016 compared with 2015.  This increase was related to the operation of River Valley's 15 branch network during 2016.

Data processing fees increased $2,145,000, or 61%, in 2016 compared with 2015.  Included in the increase was $1,288,000 of merger costs related to the consolidation of various data processing and information systems.

Professional fees increased $1,011,000, or 38%, in 2016 compared with 2015.  Included in the increase in 2016 was $770,000 of merger related costs.

Advertising and promotion declined $1,012,000, or 28%, during 2016 compared with 2015.  The decline in advertising and promotion during 2016 compared with 2015 was related to the recognition of a $1,750,000 contribution expense during 2015 in connection with the donation of a building and accompanying real estate to an economic development foundation in one of the Company's market areas.

Other operating expenses increased $2,173,000, or 28%, in 2016 compared with 2015.  Included in the increase in 2016 was $284,000 of merger related costs.  The inclusion of River Valley's operations was the primary driver of the remainder of the increase.

Results of Operations Highlights – Quarter ended December 31, 2016

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 totaled $10,065,000, or $0.66 per share, which represented a decline of approximately 1% on a per share basis compared with the third quarter 2016 net income of $10,185,000, or $0.67 per share, and represented an increase of approximately 14% on a per share basis compared with the fourth quarter 2015 net income $7,712,000 or $0.58 per share.  The results of operations during both the third and fourth quarters of 2016 fully included the operations of River Valley.

                   
Summary Average Balance Sheet                  
(Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)                  
   Quarter Ended  Quarter Ended  Quarter Ended
  December 31, 2016 September 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
                   
   Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
  Principal
Balance
  Income/
Expense
  Yield/
Rate
Assets                  
Federal Funds Sold and Other                  
  Short-term Investments $19,738  $12  0.24% $22,709  $25  0.44% $17,502  $3  0.07%
Securities 737,619  5,582  3.03% 734,869  5,426  2.95% 639,352  4,697  2.94%
Loans and Leases 2,004,983  22,734  4.51% 1,982,291  22,475  4.51% 1,540,491  17,294  4.46%
Total Interest Earning Assets $2,762,340  $28,328  4.09% $2,739,869  $27,926  4.07% $2,197,345  $21,994  3.98%
                   
Liabilities                  
Demand Deposit Accounts $559,597      $522,994      $444,951     
IB Demand, Savings, and                  
  MMDA Accounts $1,412,398  $708  0.20% $1,363,654  $671  0.20% $1,080,603  $357  0.13%
Time Deposits 412,151  675  0.65% 416,968  652  0.62% 344,820  617  0.71%
FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings 217,033  829  1.52% 274,365  851  1.23% 183,603  611  1.32%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities $2,041,582  $2,212  0.43% $2,054,987  $2,174  0.42% $1,609,026  $1,585  0.39%
                   
Cost of Funds     0.32%     0.32%     0.29%
Net Interest Income   $26,116      $25,752      $20,409   
Net Interest Margin     3.77%     3.75%     3.69%
                   

During the quarter ended  December 31, 2016, net interest income totaled $24,889,000 representing an increase of $329,000, or 1%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2016 net interest income of $24,560,000 and an increase of $5,451,000, or 28%, compared with the quarter ended December 31, 2015 net interest income of $19,438,000.

The tax equivalent net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was 3.77% compared with 3.75% in the third quarter of 2016 and 3.69% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 13 basis points to the net interest margin on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2016, 9 basis points in the third quarter of 2016, and 2 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2015.

During the quarters ended December 31, 2016, September 30, 2016, and December 31, 2015, the Company recorded no provision for loan loss.  The lack of recording a provision during all periods was done in accordance with the Company's standard methodology for determining the adequacy of its allowance for loan loss.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, non-interest income totaled $8,357,000, a decline of less than 1% compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and an increase of $1,933,000, or 30%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 was largely the result of the acquisition of River Valley.

       
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
Non-interest Income 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Trust and Investment Product Fees $1,209  $1,191  $983 
Service Charges on Deposit Accounts 1,594  1,612  1,232 
Insurance Revenues 1,748  1,661  1,677 
Company Owned Life Insurance 278  247  229 
Interchange Fee Income 708  688  534 
Other Operating Income 1,515  1,523  1,174 
  Subtotal 7,052  6,922  5,829 
Net Gains on Loans 752  1,004  595 
Net Gains on Securities 553  458   
Total Non-interest Income $8,357  $8,384  $6,424 
       

Net gains on sales of loans decreased $252,000, or 25%, during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 and increased $157,000, or 26%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  Loan sales totaled $37.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $34.4 million during the third quarter of 2016 and $21.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2015.  The decline in net gain during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 was primarily related to the decline in value of open commitments to sell loans in future periods.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, non-interest expense totaled $19,355,000, an increase of $702,000, or 4%, compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and an increase of $4,143,000, or 27%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 was largely the result of the acquisition of River Valley.

       
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
Non-interest Expense 12/31/2016 9/30/2016 12/31/2015
(dollars in thousands)      
       
Salaries and Employee Benefits $11,604  $10,572  $8,960 
Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense 2,229  2,224  1,663 
FDIC Premiums 111  373  294 
Data Processing Fees 1,079  1,261  933 
Professional Fees 797  777  588 
Advertising and Promotion 797  687  544 
Intangible Amortization 262  280  160 
Other Operating Expenses 2,476  2,479  2,070 
Total Non-interest Expense $19,355  $18,653  $15,212 
       

Salaries and benefits increased $1,032,000, or 10%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 and increased $2,644,000, or 30%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase in salaries and benefits during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 was attributable to increased costs related to the Company's employee benefit plans including incentive compensation, retirement, and health insurance plans.

FDIC premiums declined $262,000, or 70%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 and declined $183,000, or 62%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  The decline in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with both the third quarter of 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2015 was primarily due to a reduction in FDIC assessment rates.

Data processing fees declined $182,000, or 14%, in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the third quarter of 2016 and increased $146,000, or 16%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  The decline during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with third quarter of 2016 was primarily related to charges associated with the acquisition of River Valley that were incurred during the third quarter of 2016.

About German American

German American Bancorp, Inc., is a NASDAQ-traded (symbol: GABC) bank holding company based in Jasper, Indiana.  German American, through its banking subsidiary German American Bancorp, operates 51 banking offices in 19 contiguous southern Indiana counties and one northern Kentucky county. The Company also owns an investment brokerage subsidiary (German American Investment Services, Inc.) and a full line property and casualty insurance agency (German American Insurance, Inc.).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Readers are cautioned that, by their nature, forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Actual results and experience could differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including but not limited to, those discussed in this press release. Factors that could cause actual experience to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in this press release include the unknown future direction of interest rates and the timing and magnitude of any changes in interest rates; changes in competitive conditions; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of asset/liability management strategies or of mergers and acquisitions and other business initiatives and strategies; changes in customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; changes in fiscal, monetary and tax policies; changes in financial and capital markets; potential deterioration in general economic conditions, either nationally or locally, resulting in, among other things, credit quality deterioration; capital management activities, including possible future sales of new securities, or possible repurchases or redemptions by the Company of outstanding debt or equity securities; risks of expansion through acquisitions and mergers, such as unexpected credit quality problems of the acquired loans or other assets, unexpected attrition of the customer base of the acquired institution or branches, and difficulties in integration of the acquired operations; factors driving impairment charges on investments; the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; potential cyber-attacks, information security breaches and other criminal activities; litigation liabilities, including related costs, expenses, settlements and judgments, or the outcome of matters before regulatory agencies, whether pending or commencing in the future; actions of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in accounting principles and interpretations; potential increases of federal deposit insurance premium expense, and possible future special assessments of FDIC premiums, either industry wide or specific to the Company’s banking subsidiary; actions of the regulatory authorities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and other possible legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; the continued availability of earnings and excess capital sufficient for the lawful and prudent declaration and payment of cash dividends; and other risk factors expressly identified in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements reflect our views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. It is intended that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
      
Consolidated Balance Sheets
      
 December 31,
2016
 September 30,
2016
 December 31,
2015
ASSETS     
    Cash and Due from Banks$48,467  $38,329  $36,062 
    Short-term Investments16,349  16,455  15,947 
    Interest-bearing Time Deposits with Banks  744   
    Investment Securities709,786  732,911  637,935 
      
    Loans Held-for-Sale15,273  12,967  10,762 
      
    Loans, Net of Unearned Income1,989,955  2,002,380  1,564,347 
    Allowance for Loan Losses(14,808) (15,154) (14,438)
      Net Loans1,975,147  1,987,226  1,549,909 
      
    Stock in FHLB and Other Restricted Stock13,048  13,048  8,571 
    Premises and Equipment48,230  48,074  37,817 
    Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets56,893  56,767  21,819 
    Other Assets72,801  73,019  54,879 
  TOTAL ASSETS$2,955,994  $2,979,540  $2,373,701 
      
LIABILITIES     
    Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits$571,989  $534,620  $465,357 
    Interest-bearing Demand, Savings, and Money Market Accounts1,399,381  1,361,522  1,054,983 
    Time Deposits378,181  433,521  306,036 
      Total Deposits2,349,551  2,329,663  1,826,376 
      
    Borrowings258,114  279,110  273,323 
    Other Liabilities18,062  29,776  21,654 
  TOTAL LIABILITIES2,625,727  2,638,549  2,121,353 
      
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY     
    Common Stock and Surplus187,005  186,519  123,424 
    Retained Earnings149,666  142,347  125,112 
    Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income(6,404) 12,125  3,812 
  TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY330,267  340,991  252,348 
      
  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$2,955,994  $2,979,540  $2,373,701 
      
END OF PERIOD SHARES OUTSTANDING15,261,431  15,257,849  13,278,824 
      
TANGIBLE BOOK VALUE PER SHARE (1)$17.91  $18.63  $17.36 
      
(1) Tangible Book Value per Share is defined as Total Shareholders' Equity less Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets divided by End of Period Shares Outstanding.


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
           
Consolidated Statements of Income
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31,
2016
 September 30,
2016
 December 31,
2015
 December 31,
2016
 December 31,
2015
INTEREST INCOME         
   Interest and Fees on Loans$22,557  $22,311  $17,202  $86,202  $66,740 
   Interest on Short-term Investments and Time Deposits12  25  3  74  13 
   Interest and Dividends on Investment Securities4,532  4,398  3,818  17,089  14,867 
  TOTAL INTEREST INCOME27,101  26,734  21,023  103,365  81,620 
           
INTEREST EXPENSE         
   Interest on Deposits1,383  1,323  974  5,187  3,976 
   Interest on Borrowings829  851  611  3,274  2,092 
  TOTAL INTEREST EXPENSE2,212  2,174  1,585  8,461  6,068 
           
   NET INTEREST INCOME24,889  24,560  19,438  94,904  75,552 
   Provision for Loan Losses      1,200   
   NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES24,889  24,560  19,438  93,704  75,552 
           
NON-INTEREST INCOME         
   Net Gain on Sales of Loans752  1,004  595  3,359  2,959 
   Net Gain on Securities553  458    1,979  725 
   Other Non-interest Income7,052  6,922  5,829  26,675  23,760 
  TOTAL NON-INTEREST INCOME8,357  8,384  6,424  32,013  27,444 
           
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE         
   Salaries and Benefits11,604  10,572  8,960  43,961  35,042 
   Other Non-interest Expenses7,751  8,081  6,252  32,626  26,284 
  TOTAL NON-INTEREST EXPENSE19,355  18,653  15,212  76,587  61,326 
           
   Income before Income Taxes13,891  14,291  10,650  49,130  41,670 
   Income Tax Expense3,826  4,106  2,938  13,946  11,606 
           
NET INCOME$10,065  $10,185  $7,712  $35,184  $30,064 
           
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.66  $0.67  $0.58  $2.36  $2.27 
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE$0.66  $0.67  $0.58  $2.36  $2.27 
           
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING15,258,378  15,257,814  13,275,915  14,926,091  13,255,002 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING15,258,378  15,257,814  13,280,058  14,927,410  13,258,916 


GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.
(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
  2016 2016 2015 2016 2015
EARNINGS PERFORMANCE RATIOS         
 Annualized Return on Average Assets1.36% 1.38% 1.33% 1.24% 1.33%
 Annualized Return on Average Equity11.90% 12.07% 12.36% 10.94% 12.47%
 Net Interest Margin3.77% 3.75% 3.69% 3.75% 3.70%
 Efficiency Ratio (1)56.15% 54.64% 56.69% 58.25% 57.57%
 Net Overhead Expense to Average Earning Assets (2)1.59% 1.50% 1.60% 1.68% 1.59%
           
ASSET QUALITY RATIOS         
 Annualized Net Charge-offs to Average Loans0.07% 0.03% 0.09% 0.04% 0.03%
 Allowance for Loan Losses to Period End Loans0.74% 0.76% 0.92%    
 Non-performing Assets to Period End Assets0.14% 0.18% 0.15%    
 Non-performing Loans to Period End Loans0.19% 0.25% 0.21%    
 Loans 30-89 Days Past Due to Period End Loans0.36% 0.39% 0.22%    
           
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET & OTHER FINANCIAL DATA         
 Average Assets$2,970,408  $2,943,564  $2,327,377  $2,841,096  $2,267,555 
 Average Earning Assets$2,762,340  $2,739,869  $2,197,345  $2,650,003  $2,137,171 
 Average Total Loans$2,004,983  $1,982,291  $1,540,491  $1,904,779  $1,483,752 
 Average Demand Deposits$559,597  $522,994  $444,951  $513,199  $430,312 
 Average Interest Bearing Liabilities$2,041,583  $2,054,987  $1,609,026  $1,979,176  $1,574,368 
 Average Equity$338,270  $337,449  $249,661  $321,520  $241,017 
           
 Period End Non-performing Assets (3)$4,037  $5,452  $3,455     
 Period End Non-performing Loans (4)$3,795  $5,097  $3,286     
 Period End Loans 30-89 Days Past Due (5)$7,109  $7,776  $3,460     
           
 Tax Equivalent Net Interest Income$26,116  $25,752  $20,409  $99,470  $79,072 
 Net Charge-offs during Period$346  $150  $332  $830  $491 
           
           
(1)Efficiency Ratio is defined as Non-interest Expense divided by the sum of Net Interest Income, on a tax equivalent basis, and Non-interest Income.
(2)Net Overhead Expense is defined as Total Non-interest Expense less Total Non-interest Income.
(3)Non-performing assets are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, Restructured Loans, and Other Real Estate Owned.
(4)Non-performing loans are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, and Restructured Loans.
(5)Loans 30-89 days past due and still accruing.
For additional information, contact:
Mark A Schroeder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of German American Bancorp, Inc.
Bradley M Rust, Executive Vice President/CFO of German American Bancorp, Inc.
(812) 482-1314