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Form 10-K for BRIDGE BANCORP INC


14-Mar-2014

Annual Report


Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This report may contain statements relating to the future results of the Company (including certain projections and business trends) that are considered "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA"). Such forward-looking statements, in addition to historical information, which involve risk and uncertainties, are based on the beliefs, assumptions and expectations of management of the Company. Words such as "expects," "believes," "should," "plans," "anticipates," "will," "potential," "could," "intend," "may," "outlook," "predict," "project," "would," "estimated," "assumes," "likely," and variation of such similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, possible or assumed estimates with respect to the financial condition, expected or anticipated revenue, and results of operations and business of the Company, including earnings growth; revenue growth in retail banking lending and other areas; origination volume in the consumer, commercial and other lending businesses; current and future capital management programs; non-interest income levels, including fees from the title abstract subsidiary and banking services as well as product sales; tangible capital generation; market share; expense levels; and other business operations and strategies. For this presentation, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the PSLRA.

Factors that could cause future results to vary from current management expectations include, but are not limited to, changing economic conditions; legislative and regulatory changes, including increases in FDIC insurance rates; monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; changes in tax policies; rates and regulations of federal, state and local tax authorities; changes in interest rates; deposit flows; the cost of funds; demands for loan products; demand for financial services; competition; changes in the quality and composition of the Bank's loan and investment portfolios; changes in management's business strategies; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, changes in real estate values; expanded regulatory requirements as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, which could adversely affect operating results; and other factors discussed elsewhere in this report including factors set forth under Item 1A., Risk Factors, and in quarterly and other reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this report, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

OVERVIEW

Who We Are and How We Generate Income

Bridge Bancorp, Inc., a New York corporation, is a bank holding company formed in 1989. On a parent-only basis, the Company has had minimal results of operations. The Company is dependent on dividends from its wholly owned subsidiary, The Bridgehampton National Bank ("the Bank"), its own earnings, additional capital raised, and borrowings as sources of funds. The information in this report reflects principally the financial condition and results of operations of the Bank. The Bank's results of operations are primarily dependent on its net interest income, which is mainly the difference between interest income on loans and investments and interest expense on deposits and borrowings. The Bank also generates non interest income, such as fee income on deposit accounts and merchant credit and debit card processing programs, investment services, income from its title abstract subsidiary, and net gains on sales of securities and loans. The level of its non-interest expenses, such as salaries and benefits, occupancy and equipment costs, other general and administrative expenses, expenses from its title insurance subsidiary, and income tax expense, further affects the Bank's net income. Certain reclassifications have been made to prior year amounts and the related discussion and analysis to conform to the current year presentation. These reclassifications did not have an impact on net income or total stockholders' equity.

Year and Quarterly Highlights

Net income of $3.6 million and $0.32 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2013 compared to $3.4 million and $0.39 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2012. Net income for 2013 was $13.1 million and $1.36 per diluted share, compared to $12.8 million and $1.48 per diluted share in 2012

Returns on average assets and equity for 2013 were 0.77% and 9.89%, respectively.

Net interest income increased to $51.2 million for 2013 compared to $47.0 million in 2012.

Net interest margin was 3.24% for 2013 and 3.52% for 2012.

Total assets of $1.9 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of $0.3 billion or 16.8% over the same date last year.

Total loans held for investment of $1.0 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of 26.9% from December 31, 2012.

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Total investment securities of $783.5 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of 5.5% over December 31, 2012.

Total deposits of $1.5 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of $129.8 million or 9.2% over 2012 level.

Allowance for loan losses was 1.58% of loans as of December 31, 2013, compared to 1.81% at December 31, 2012.

The Company's Tier 1 Capital to quarterly average assets ratio was 10.3% as of December 31, 2013, as compared to 8.4% as of 2012. Stockholders' equity totaled $159.5 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of $40.8 million from December 31, 2012 as a result of a $37.5 million public offering on October 8, 2013, as well as the capital raised through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRP") and continued earnings growth, net of dividends.

A cash dividend of $0.23 per share was declared in January 2014 for the fourth quarter of 2013 paid in February 2014.

Significant Events

Acquisition of FNBNY

On September 27, 2013, Bridge Bancorp, Inc. ("Bridge Bancorp") entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with FNBNY Bancorp, Inc. ("FNBNY"). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, FNBNY will merge with and into Bridge Bancorp, with Bridge Bancorp as the surviving entity. Immediately following the merger of FNBNY with and into Bridge Bancorp, the First National Bank of New York, a national banking association and wholly owned subsidiary of FNBNY ("First National Bank"), will merge with and into The Bridgehampton National Bank, a national banking association and wholly owned subsidiary of Bridge Bancorp, with The Bridgehampton National Bank as the surviving entity. On February 14, 2014, the Company acquired FNBNY at a purchase price of $6.1 million and issued an aggregate of 240,598 Bridge Bancorp shares in exchange for all the issued and outstanding stock of FNBNY. The purchase price is subject to certain post-closing adjustments equal to 60 percent of the net recoveries of principal on $6.3 million of certain identified problem loans over a two-year period after the acquisition. As of February 14, 2014, FNBNY had total assets of $218 million, including $106 million in loans, funded by deposits of $169 million with three full-service branches, including the Company's first two branches in Nassau County located in Merrick and Massapequa, and one in western Suffolk County located in Melville.

Public Offering of Common Stock

On October 8, 2013, the Company completed a public offering of common stock wherein the Company sold 1,926,250 shares of common stock at a price of $20.75 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $40.0 million, which include 251,250 shares sold pursuant to the option granted to the underwriters. The net proceeds of the offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses, were approximately $37.5 million. The purpose of the offering was in part to provide additional capital to Bridge Bancorp to support its acquisition of FNBNY Bancorp, Inc. and for general corporate purposes.

Current Environment

On July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act") was signed by the President. The Act permanently raised the current standard maximum deposit insurance amount to $250,000. Section 331(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act required the FDIC to change the definition of the assessment base from which assessment fees are determined. The new definition for the assessment base is the average consolidated total assets of the insured depository institution less the average tangible equity of the insured depository institution. The financial reform legislation, among other things, created a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tightened capital standards and resulted in new regulations that are expected to increase the cost of operations.

In July 2013, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the other federal bank regulatory agencies issued a final rule that will revise their leverage and risk-based capital requirements and the method for calculating risk-weighted assets to make them consistent with agreements that were reached by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Among other things, the rule establishes a new common equity Tier 1 minimum capital requirement (4.5% of risk-weighted assets), increases the minimum Tier 1 capital to risk-based assets requirement (from 4% to 6% of risk-weighted assets) and assigns a higher risk weight (150%) to exposures that are more than 90 days past due or are on nonaccrual status and to certain commercial real estate facilities that finance the acquisition, development or construction of real property. The final rule also requires unrealized gains and losses on certain "available-for-sale" securities holdings to be included for purposes of calculating regulatory capital unless a one-time opt-out is exercised. Additional constraints will also be imposed on the inclusion in regulatory capital of mortgage-servicing assets, defined tax assets and minority interests. The rule limits a banking organization's capital distributions and certain discretionary bonus payments if the banking organization does not hold a "capital conservation buffer" consisting of 2.5% of common equity Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets in addition to the amount necessary to meet its minimum risk-based capital requirements. The final rule becomes effective for the Bank on January 1, 2015. The capital conservation buffer requirement will be phased in beginning January 1, 2016 and ending January 1, 2019, when the full capital conservation buffer requirement will be effective.

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Since April 2010 the Federal Reserve has maintained the federal funds target rate between 0 and 25 basis points as an effort to foster employment. In June 2013, the FOMC announced it will continue purchasing agency mortgage-backed securities and longer term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion a month and $45 billion a month, respectively, until certain improvements in the economy are achieved. The FOMC will continue to reinvest principal payments of agency mortgage-backed securities and roll over maturing Treasury securities. In December 2013, the FOMC announced that in light of improving economic indicators, it would reduce these purchases by $10 billion per month. These actions have resulted in a prolonged low interest rate environment reducing yields on interest earning assets and compressing the Company's net interest margin. The FOMC anticipates maintaining the federal funds target rate until the outlook for employment and inflation are in line with the Committee's long term objectives.

Growth and service strategies have the potential to offset the compression on net interest margin with volume as the customer base grows through expanding the Bank's footprint, while maintaining and developing existing relationships. Since 2008, the Bank has opened nine new branches, including the most recent branch openings in March 2013 in Rocky Point, New York, and in May 2013 in Shelter Island, New York. Most of the recent branch openings move the Bank geographically westward and demonstrate its commitment to traditional growth through branch expansion. In May 2011, the Bank acquired Hampton State Bank ("HSB") which increased the Bank's presence in an existing market with a branch located in the Village of Southampton. After careful consideration, management decided to close its existing branch on County Road 39 in Southampton, New York, effective in April 2013. Management has demonstrated its ability to successfully integrate the former HSB customers and achieve expected cost savings while continuing to execute its business strategy. Management will continue to seek opportunities to expand its reach into other contiguous markets by network expansion, or through the addition of professionals with established customer relationships.

Challenges and Opportunities

As noted earlier, on February 14, 2014, the Company acquired FNBNY. This acquisition increases the Company's scale and continues the westward expansion into three new markets including Melville (Suffolk County), and two branches in Nassau County; Massapequa and Merrick. To support this acquisition and future growth, the Company completed a public offering on October 8, 2013, with $37.5 million in net proceeds. While these proceeds provide capital to support the acquisition, the additional common shares outstanding negatively impacted earnings per share during the fourth quarter of 2013 and will likely impact the first half of 2014 until the benefits of the acquisition can be affected. Management recognizes the challenges associated with an acquisition and will leverage the experience gained in the acquisition of Hamptons State Bank in 2011, with the integration of FNBNY.

The Bank continues to face challenges associated with a fragile economic recovery, ever increasing regulations, and the current volatile interest rate environment. During 2013, speculation about the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing or bond buying program caused longer term interest rates to rise dramatically. Over time, increases in rates should provide some relief to net interest margin compression as new loans are funded and securities are reinvested at higher rates. However, in the short term, the fair value of our available for sale securities declined, resulting in net unrealized losses and a reduction in stockholders' equity. Strategies for managing for the eventuality of higher rates have a cost. Extending liability maturities or shortening the tenor of assets increase interest expense and reduce interest income. An additional method for managing in a higher rate environment is to grow stable core deposits, requiring continued investment in people, technology and branches. Over time, the costs of these strategies should provide long term benefits.

New regulations required under Dodd-Frank continue to be issued and in July 2013, the regulatory agencies issued final capital rules under Basel III which become effective for our Company in January 2015. The final rules, while more favorable to community banks, require that all banks maintain higher levels of capital. Management believes the Bank's current capital levels will meet these new requirements. These factors taken together present formidable challenges to the banking industry

The key to delivering on the Company's mission is combining its expanding branch network, improving technology, and experienced professionals with the critical element of local decision making. The successful expansion of the franchise's geographic reach continues to deliver the desired results: increasing core deposits and loans, and generating higher levels of revenue and income.

Corporate objectives for 2014 include: successful integration of the operations of FNBNY, leveraging our expanding branch network to build customer relationships and grow loans and deposits; focusing on opportunities and processes that continue to enhance the customer experience at the Bank; improving operational efficiencies and prudent management of non-interest expense; and maximizing non-interest income through Bridge Abstract as well as other lines of business. Management believes there remain opportunities to grow its franchise and continued investments to generate core funding, quality loans and new sources of revenue, remain keys to continue creating long term shareholder value. Management remains committed to branch based banking and during 2013, the Company has opened two new branches, one in Rocky Point, New York, in March 2013 and one in Shelter Island, New York, in May 2013. The Bank also received regulatory approval to open an additional branch in Bay Shore, New York, and a loan production office in Riverhead, New York. The Company expects to open the Bay Shore branch and the loan production office during the first quarter of 2014. The Company launched its new electronic banking platform in the first half of 2013. This new platform allows the Company to enhance the delivery of current technology, and more importantly, effectively deliver the next generation of products and services to its existing and new customer base. The ability to attract, retain, train and cultivate employees at all levels of the Company remains significant to meeting corporate objectives. The Company has made great progress toward the achievement of these objectives, and avoided many of the problems facing other financial institutions as a result of maintaining discipline in its

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underwriting, expansion strategies, investing and general business practices. The Company has capitalized on opportunities presented by the market and diligently seeks opportunities for growth and to strengthen the franchise. The Company recognizes the potential risks of the current economic environment and will monitor the impact of market events as we consider growth initiatives and evaluate loans and investments. Management and the Board have built a solid foundation for growth and the Company is positioned to adapt to anticipated changes in the industry resulting from new regulations and legislative initiatives.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Note 1 of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended
December 31, 2013 contains a summary of our significant accounting policies. Various elements of our accounting policies, by their nature, are inherently subject to estimation techniques, valuation assumptions and other subjective assessments. Our policy with respect to the methodologies used to determine the allowance for loan losses is our most critical accounting policy. This policy is important to the presentation of our financial condition and results of operations, and it involves a higher degree of complexity and requires management to make difficult and subjective judgments, which often require assumptions or estimates about highly uncertain matters. The use of different judgments, assumptions and estimates could result in material differences in our results of operations or financial condition.

The following is a description of our critical accounting policy and an explanation of the methods and assumptions underlying its application.

ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES

Management considers the accounting policy on the allowance for loan losses to be the most critical and requires complex management judgment as discussed below. The judgments made regarding the allowance for loan losses can have a material effect on the results of operations of the Company.

The allowance for loan losses is established and maintained through a provision for loan losses based on probable incurred losses inherent in the Bank's loan portfolio. Management evaluates the adequacy of the allowance on a quarterly basis. The allowance is comprised of both individual valuation allowances and loan pool valuation allowances. If the allowance for loan losses is not sufficient to cover actual loan losses, the Company's earnings could decrease. The Bank monitors its entire loan portfolio on a regular basis, with consideration given to detailed analysis of classified loans, repayment patterns, probable incurred losses, past loss experience, current economic conditions, and various types of concentrations of credit. Additions to the allowance are charged to expense and realized losses, net of recoveries, are charged to the allowance.

Individual valuation allowances are established in connection with specific loan reviews and the asset classification process including the procedures for impairment testing under FASB Accounting Standard Codification ("ASC") No. 310, "Receivables". Such valuation, which includes a review of loans for which full collectibility in accordance with contractual terms is not reasonably assured, considers the estimated fair value of the underlying collateral less the costs to sell, if any, or the present value of expected future cash flows, or the loan's observable market value. Any shortfall that exists from this analysis results in a specific allowance for the loan. Pursuant to our policy, loan losses must be charged-off in the period the loans, or portions thereof, are deemed uncollectible. Assumptions and judgments by management, in conjunction with outside sources, are used to determine whether full collectibility of a loan is not reasonably assured. These assumptions and judgments are also used to determine the estimates of the fair value of the underlying collateral or the present value of expected future cash flows or the loan's observable market value. Individual loan analyses are periodically performed on specific loans considered impaired. For collateral dependent impaired loans, appraisals are performed by certified general appraisers (for commercial properties) or certified residential appraisers (for residential properties) whose qualifications and licenses have been reviewed and verified by the Company. Once received, the Credit Administration department reviews the assumptions and approaches utilized in the appraisal as well as the overall resulting fair value in comparison with independent data sources, such as recent market data or industry-wide statistics. On a quarterly basis, the Company compares the actual selling price of collateral that has been sold, based on these independent sources, as well as recent appraisals associated with current loan origination activity, to the most recent appraised value to determine if additional adjustments should be made to the appraisal value to arrive at fair value. Adjustments to fair value are made only when the analysis indicates a probable decline in collateral values. Individual valuation allowances could differ materially as a result of changes in these assumptions and judgments. Individual loan analyses are periodically performed on specific loans considered impaired. The results of the individual valuation allowances are aggregated and included in the overall allowance for loan losses.

Loan pool valuation allowances represent loss allowances that have been established to recognize the inherent risks associated with our lending activities, but which, unlike individual allowances, have not been allocated to particular problem assets. Pool evaluations are broken down into loans with homogenous characteristics by loan type and include commercial real estate mortgages, owner and non-owner occupied; multi-family mortgages; residential real estate mortgages, first lien and home equity; commercial loans, secured and unsecured; installment/consumer loans; and real estate construction and land loans. The determination of the adequacy of the valuation allowance is a process that takes into consideration a variety of factors. The Bank has developed a range of valuation allowances necessary to adequately provide for probable incurred losses inherent in each pool of loans. We consider our own charge-off history along with the growth in the portfolio as well as the Bank's credit administration and asset management philosophies and

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procedures, and concentrations in the portfolio when determining the allowances for each pool. In addition, we evaluate and consider the credit's risk rating which includes management's evaluation of: cash flow, collateral and trends in current values, guarantor support, financial disclosures, industry trends and strength of borrowers' management, the impact that economic and market conditions may have on the portfolio as well as known and inherent risks in the portfolio. Finally, we evaluate and consider the allowance ratios and coverage percentages of both peer group and regulatory agency data. These evaluations are inherently subjective because, even though they are based on objective data, it is management's interpretation of that data that determines the amount of the appropriate allowance. If the evaluations prove to be incorrect, the allowance for loan losses may not be sufficient to cover losses inherent in the loan portfolio, resulting in additions to the allowance for loan losses.

The Credit Risk Committee is comprised of members of both management and the Board of Directors. The adequacy of the allowance is analyzed quarterly, with any adjustment to a level deemed appropriate by the Credit Risk Committee, based on its risk assessment of the entire portfolio. Based on the Credit Risk Committee's review of the classified loans and the overall allowance levels as they relate to the entire loan portfolio at December 31, 2013 and 2012, management believes the allowance for loan losses has been established at levels sufficient to cover the probable incurred losses in the Bank's loan portfolio. Future additions or reductions to the allowance may be necessary based on changes in economic, market or other conditions. Changes in estimates could result in a material change in the allowance. In addition, various regulatory agencies, as an integral part of the examination process, periodically review the allowance for loan losses. Such agencies may require the Bank to recognize adjustments to the allowance based on their judgments of the information available to them at the time of their examination.

For additional information regarding our allowance for loan losses, see Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

NET INCOME

Net income for 2013 totaled $13.1 million or $1.36 per diluted share while net income for 2012 totaled $12.8 million or $1.48 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $10.4 million, or $1.54 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011. Net income increased $0.3 million or 2.5% compared to 2012 and net income for 2012 increased $2.4 million or 23.3% as compared to 2011. Significant trends for 2013 include: (i) a $4.2 million or 9.0% increase in net interest income; (ii) a $2.7 million decrease in the provision for loan losses;
(iii) a $1.8 million or 16.7% decrease in total non-interest income due to lower net securities gains of $0.7 million in 2013 compared to $2.6 million in 2012; and (iv) a $4.2 million or 12.3% increase in total non-interest expenses including $0.5 million of acquisition costs associated with the FNBNY acquisition that closed on February 14, 2014. The effective income tax rate was 33.8% for 2013 compared to 32.3% for 2012.

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income, the primary contributor to earnings, represents the difference between income on interest earning assets and expenses on interest bearing liabilities. Net interest income depends upon the volume of interest earning assets and interest bearing liabilities and the interest rates earned or paid on them.

The following table sets forth certain information relating to the Company's average consolidated balance sheets and its consolidated statements of income . . .

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