Chemung Financial Corporation Reports Annual Net Income of $26.4 million, or $5.64 per Share, and Fourth Quarter 2021 Net Income of $6.5 million, or $1.38 per Share

Wednesday, 26. January 2022 22:17

ELMIRA, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chemung Financial Corporation (the “Corporation”) (Nasdaq: CHMG), the parent company of Chemung Canal Trust Company (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $26.4 million, or $5.64 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $19.3 million, or $4.01 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2020. Net income was $6.5 million, or $1.38 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $5.2 million, or $1.11 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

“2021 was a record-setting year for our institution, with net income and earnings per share increasing 37.2 percent and 40.7 percent year-over-year, respectively,” said Anders M. Tomson, President & CEO of Chemung Financial Corporation. “Organic loan growth, strong fee income due to new business relationships from the Wealth Management Group, and cost-savings measures all contributed to our successful year,” Tomson added. “We are encouraged by the volume of loans originated from our new presence in Western New York, as well as the trends of an improving efficiency ratio and decreasing non-performing loans.”

Fourth Quarter Highlights1:

  • Loans1, net of PPP, grew $89.6 million, or 6.46%.

  • The Corporation's new Clarence, New York office originated $47.0 million in loans1 as of December 31, 2021.
  • The Corporation had no pandemic-related loan modifications1 as of December 31, 2021.
  • Deposits1 increased $117.7 million, or 5.8%.
  • Wealth Management Group realized record fee income of $11.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021.
  • Non-performing loans decreased from $8.4 million as of September 30, 2021 to $8.1 million as of December 31, 2021, representing 0.54% of total loans.
  • Book Value per share increased 2.5% from $44.00 per share as of September 30, 2021, to $45.09 per share as of December 31, 2021.
  • Tangible Book Value2 per share increased 2.8% from $39.34 per share as of September 30, 2021, to $40.44 per share as of December 31, 2021.
  • Dividends declared during the fourth quarter 2021 were $0.31 per share.
  • As of December 31, 2021, a total of 34,921 shares of common stock at a total cost of $1.3 million were repurchased by the Corporation under its share repurchase program. The weighted average cost was $38.55 per share. Remaining buyback authority under the share repurchase program was 215,079 shares at December 31, 2021.

1 Balance sheet comparisons are calculated as of December 31, 2021 versus December 31, 2020.
2 See GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations, included within.

2021 vs 2020

Net Interest Income:
Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2021 totaled $65.6 million compared with $62.9 million for the prior year, an increase of $2.7 million, or 4.2%. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $2.9 million in interest and dividend income on taxable securities and a decrease of $0.6 million in total interest expense, offset by decreases of $0.6 million in interest income on interest-earning deposits, and $0.2 million in interest income on loans, including fees.

The increase in interest and dividend income on taxable securities was due primarily to an increase in average invested balances of $343.0 million and the one-time recognition of $0.6 million related to prepayment penalties on a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) obligation. The decrease in interest expense on deposits was due primarily to the decreases in average rates paid on interest-bearing checking, and savings and money market products. The decrease in interest income on interest-earning deposits was due primarily to the drop in interest rates on overnight deposits with the average yield on interest-earning deposits declining from 0.54% in 2020 to 0.17% in 2021, and a decrease of $53.1 million in the average balance of interest-earning deposits in 2021 when compared to the prior year. The decrease in interest income on loans, including fees was due primarily to decreases in the commercial, consumer and mortgage loan portfolio average yields due to a decrease in interest rates, partially offset by increases in average invested balances in the commercial and mortgage loan portfolios.

Fully taxable equivalent net interest margin was 2.84% for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared with 3.25% for the prior year. Average interest-earning assets increased $379.4 million in 2021 compared to the prior year. The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 47 basis points while the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased nine basis points in 2021 when compared to the prior year.

The provision for loan losses for the year ended December 31, 2021 totaled $17.0 thousand compared with $4.2 million for the prior year, a decrease of $4.2 million, or 99.6%. The December 31, 2021 provision included a $1.5 million increase in reserves for impaired loans, primarily due to the impairment of one commercial real estate loan. Additionally, the general component of the allowance based on historical loss experience was reduced in total by $1.6 million, primarily a result of the decrease in the pandemic related reserve which included $1.4 million released and $0.2 million utilized for downgraded loans, with a remaining balance of $2.4 million at December 31, 2021. In 2020, net charge-offs of $6.8 million were offset by a decline in reserves for impaired loans of $6.6 million. Additionally, the general component of the allowance based on historical loss experience increased by $2.8 million with the establishment of a $4.0 million reserve at year-end 2020 related to the pandemic, partially offset by a decrease of $1.2 million due to a net decrease in the historical loss factors due to a large 2018 loan charge-off which no longer impacted the calculation. Reserves also increased by $0.9 million in 2020 on other classified loans.

Non-Interest Income:
Non-interest income for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $23.9 million compared to $21.1 million for the prior year, an increase of $2.7 million, or 13.0%. The increase was due primarily to increases of $1.6 million in wealth management group fee income, $0.8 million in interchange revenue from debit card transactions, $0.2 million in change in fair value of equity investments, and a $0.7 million one-time refund of real estate taxes, sales tax rebates and Mastercard incentives as compared to the prior year, offset by a $0.7 million decrease in net gains on sales of residential mortgage loans sold into the secondary market.

The increase in wealth management group fee income was primarily attributed to new business relationships and an increase in the market value of total assets under management or administration. The increase in interchange revenue from debit card transactions in the current quarter was primarily attributable to an increase in consumer debit card usage when compared to the prior year.

Non-Interest Expense:
Non-interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $55.7 million compared with $55.9 million in the prior year, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 0.5%. The decrease was due primarily to a decrease of $1.3 million in other non-interest expense, a $0.6 million increase in the credit related to the net periodic pension and post-retirement benefits, and a decrease of $0.4 million in furniture and equipment expenditures, offset by increases of $0.9 million in data processing expense, $0.5 million in pension and other employee benefits, $0.4 million in FDIC insurance, and $0.2 million in professional services.

The decrease in other non-interest expense was primarily due to a $0.7 million reserve established in 2020 related to a compliance matter with NYS Department of Financial Services, and the subsequent $0.3 million release of the remaining reserve upon resolution of the matter in 2021, as described in the Corporation's Form 8-K filed June 29, 2021. Also contributing to the decrease was $0.4 million in costs related to the closing of a branch location, including equipment and leasehold improvements and a $0.2 million lease buy-out in the prior year, and a $0.4 million decrease due to a change in restricted stock vesting requirements based upon the adoption of the Corporation's 2021 Equity Incentive Plan as approved by shareholders on June 8, 2021. The increase in the credit related to the net periodic pension and post-retirement benefits was primarily due to a change in factors used to prepare annual actuarial estimates. Furniture and equipment expenditures decreased primarily due to a decrease in depreciable assets and an overall decrease in building furniture and equipment expenditures when compared to the prior year. Data processing expenses increased primarily due to investment in new initiatives in the current year and a $0.2 million credit received in the prior year. Pension and other employee benefits increased primarily due to an increase in healthcare costs when compared to the prior year. FDIC insurance increased primarily due to an increase in the assessment base due to increased average asset balances. Professional services increased primarily due to additional consulting services in the current year.

Income Tax Expense:

Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $7.3 million compared with $4.6 million for the prior year, an increase of $2.7 million. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2021 increased to 21.7% compared to 19.3% for the prior year. The increase in income tax expense was primarily due to an increase in pretax income.

4th Quarter 2021 vs 4th Quarter 2020

Net Interest Income:

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $16.9 million compared to $16.4 million for the same period in the prior year, an increase of $0.5 million, or 3.0%, due primarily to an increase of $0.9 million in interest and dividend income on taxable securities and a $0.1 million decrease in total interest expense, offset by decreases of $0.4 million in interest income on loans, including fees, and $0.1 million in interest income on interest-earning deposits.

The increase in interest and dividend income on taxable securities was due primarily to an increase in average invested balances of $332.3 million. The decrease in interest expense on deposits was due primarily to the decreases in average rates paid on interest-bearing checking, and savings and money market products. The decrease in interest income on loans, including fees was due primarily to a decrease in average balances on consumer and commercial loans and decreases in the consumer and mortgage loan portfolios average yield due to a decrease in interest rates. The decrease in interest income on interest-earning deposits was due primarily to the drop in interest rates on overnight deposits with the average yield on interest-earning deposits declining from 0.31% in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 0.16% in the fourth quarter of 2021, and a decrease of $93.7 million in the average balance of interest-earning deposits in the fourth quarter of 2021 when compared to the same period in the prior year.

Fully taxable equivalent net interest margin was 2.85% for the fourth quarter 2021, compared to 3.06% for the same period in the prior year. Average interest-earning assets increased $219.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 compared to the same period in the prior year. The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 24 basis points to 2.99%, while the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased five basis points to 0.22%, for the three months ended December 31, 2021 compared to the same period in the prior year.

Non-Interest Income:

Non-interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $5.8 million compared to $6.0 million for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 3.1%. The decrease in the current quarter was due primarily to a decrease of $0.6 million in net gains on sales of loans held for sale, offset by increases of $0.3 million in wealth management group fee income and $0.1 million in interchange revenue from debit card transactions.

The decrease in net gains on sales of loans held for sale was primarily attributable to a decrease in residential mortgage loans sold into the secondary market when compared to the same period in the prior year. The increase in wealth management group fee income was primarily attributed to new business relationships and an increase in the market value of total assets under management or administration. The increase in interchange revenue from debit card transactions in the current quarter was primarily attributable to an increase in consumer debit card usage when compared to the same period in the prior year.

Non-Interest Expense:

Non-interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $14.4 million compared to $15.6 million for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $1.2 million, or 7.8%. The decrease can be mostly attributed to decreases of $1.3 million in other non-interest expense, $0.2 million in salaries and wages and a $0.2 million increase in the credit related to other components of net periodic pension cost (benefits), offset by increases of $0.3 million in data processing expenses and $0.2 million in pension and other employee benefits.

The decrease in other non-interest expense was primarily due to a $0.7 million reserve established in 2020 related to a compliance matter with NYS Department of Financial Services, and the subsequent $0.3 million release of the remaining reserve upon resolution of the matter in 2021, as described in the Corporation's Form 8-K filed June 29, 2021. Also contributing to the decrease was $0.4 million in costs related to the closing of a branch location, including equipment and leasehold improvements and a $0.2 million lease buy-out in the same period of the prior year, and a $0.4 million decrease due to a change in restricted stock vesting requirements based upon the adoption of the Corporation's 2021 Equity Incentive Plan as approved by shareholders on June 8, 2021. The decrease in salaries and wages was primarily attributable to year end adjustments with respect to incentive payouts when compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The increase in the credit related to net periodic pension and post-retirement benefits was primarily due to a change in factors used to prepare annual actuarial estimates. Data processing expenses increased primarily due to the addition of new services when compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Pension and other employee benefits increased primarily due to an increase in healthcare costs when compared to the same quarter in the prior year.

Income Tax Expense:

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $1.8 million compared to $1.3 million for the same period in the prior year, an increase of $0.5 million. The effective tax rate for the current quarter increased to 21.6% compared to 19.8% for the same period in the prior year. The increase in income tax expense was primarily due to an increase in pretax income.

4th Quarter 2021 vs 3rd Quarter 2021

Net Interest Income:

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $16.9 million compared to $16.8 million for the prior quarter, an increase of $0.1 million, or 0.4%, due primarily to an increase of $0.2 million in interest income on loans, including fees, offset by a decrease of $0.2 million in interest and dividend income on taxable securities.

The increase in interest income and fees from loans, including fees, can be primarily attributed to a six basis points increase in total loan portfolio average yield due to accelerated recognition of PPP fees. The Corporation recorded $1.1 million of PPP fees in the fourth quarter of 2021, of which $0.9 million represented accelerated recognition of fees related to SBA loan forgiveness of $25.0 million in loan balances. In the third quarter of 2021, $1.2 million of PPP fees were recorded, of which $0.9 million represented accelerated recognition of fees related to SBA loan forgiveness of $71.6 million in loan balances. The decrease in interest and dividend income on taxable securities can be primarily attributed to the one-time recognition of $0.5 million related to a prepayment penalty on a Fannie Mae DUS obligation in the prior quarter, despite an increase in average invested balances of $71.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the prior quarter.

Fully taxable equivalent net interest margin was 2.85% in the current quarter compared to 2.88% in the prior quarter. Average interest-earning assets increased $36.8 million in the current quarter compared to the prior quarter, and the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased three basis points from 3.02% in the prior quarter to 2.99% in the current quarter.

The Corporation continues to closely monitor the loan portfolio for effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in governmental policies and economic pressures during the pandemic placed stress on certain industries while other industries initially anticipated to be highly impacted by the pandemic demonstrated resilience. As a result, the Corporation continually evaluates various qualitative factors used to calculate the provision. As of December 31, 2021, a $2.4 million pandemic related reserve remains as part of the allowance.

Non-Interest Income:

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $5.8 million compared to $6.0 million for the prior quarter, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 3.1%. The decrease was mostly attributed to a $0.1 million gain on the sale of a former branch building in the prior quarter, and a $0.1 million refund of property taxes in the prior quarter.

Non-Interest Expense:

Non-interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $14.4 million compared to $14.1 million for the prior quarter, an increase of $0.3 million, or 2.0%. The increase can be mostly attributed to increases of $0.1 million in loan expenses, $0.1 million in salaries and wages, and $0.1 million in pension and other employee benefits.

Loan expenses increased primarily due to an increase in dealer flat fees. Salaries and wages increased primarily due to annual merit increases and an increase in commission and reward expenses. Pension and other employee benefits increased primarily due to an increase in healthcare costs when compared to the prior quarter.

Income Tax Expense:

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $1.8 million compared to $1.7 million for the prior quarter, an increase of $0.1 million in income tax expense. The effective tax rate for the current quarter increased to 21.6% compared to 20.4% in the prior period.

Asset Quality

Non-performing loans totaled $8.1 million at December 31, 2021, or 0.54% of total loans, compared to $10.0 million or 0.65% of total loans at December 31, 2020. Non-performing assets, which are comprised of non-performing loans and other real estate owned, were $8.2 million, or 0.34% of total assets, at December 31, 2021, compared to $10.2 million, or 0.45% of total assets, at December 31, 2020. The decrease in non-performing loans can mostly be attributed to payments received on non-performing loans across all loan portfolios. The decrease in non-performing assets can be primarily attributed to the decrease in non-performing loans.

Management performs an ongoing assessment of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses based upon a number of factors including an analysis of historical loss factors, collateral evaluations, recent charge-off experience, credit quality of the loan portfolio, current economic conditions and loan growth. Management continues to evaluate the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the loan portfolio. As part of this analysis, management identified what it believes to be higher risk loans through a detailed analysis of industry codes. During 2020, management increased certain allowance qualitative factors based on its assessment of the impact of the current pandemic on local, national, and global economic conditions as well as the perceived risks inherent in specific industries and credit characteristics. Based on this approach, the Corporation did not adjust the COVID-19 pandemic specific provision for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The allowance for loan losses was $21.0 million at December 31, 2021 and $20.9 million at December 31, 2020, respectively. The allowance for loan losses was 259.17% of non-performing loans at December 31, 2021 compared to 210.25% at December 31, 2020. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans was 1.38% at December 31, 2021 compared to 1.36% at December 31, 2020. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans excluding PPP loans was 1.43% at December 31, 2021, compared to 1.51% at December 31, 2020. The Corporation continues to closely monitor the loan portfolio for effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in governmental policies and economic pressures during the pandemic placed stress on certain industries while other industries initially anticipated to be highly impacted by the pandemic demonstrated resilience. Based upon management review of these factors and the uncertainty that the pandemic continues to present, there was no change to the pandemic related portion of the allowance during the fourth quarter of 2021, with a balance of $2.4 million as of December 31, 2021. To date the Corporation has released $1.9 million and utilized $0.5 million of the pandemic related provision.

Under Section 4013 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"), "Temporary Relief from Troubled Debt Restructurings" loans less than 30 days past due as of December 31, 2019 will be considered current for COVID-19 related modifications and therefore will not be treated as TDRs. The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) signed in December, 2020 extended the provisions of Section 4013 to January 1, 2022.

On June 17, 2020 the New York legislature passed, and Governor Cuomo signed, legislation which allows certain borrowers to extend the period of forbearance on a primary residence if financial hardship is demonstrated as a result of COVID-19. At its highest point as of May 31, 2020, total loan forbearances represented 15.77% of the Corporation's total loan portfolio. As of December 31, 2021, no loan forbearances due to COVID-19 remained.

COVID-19 Loan Modifications Outstanding As Of
 June 30, 2020 Sept. 30, 2020 Dec. 31, 2020 June 30, 2021 Sept. 30, 2021 Dec. 31, 2021
  Total  Total  Total  Total  Total  Total
 #Loan #Loan #Loan #Loan #Loan #Loan
 ClientsBalance ClientsBalance ClientsBalance ClientsBalance ClientsBalance ClientsBalance
($ in millions)                 
Commercial172$167.7 31$43.3 13$19.8 19$20.3 5$2.9 0$0.0
Retail and
Residential
457$18.0 43$2.5 18$1.0 5$0.2 6$0.1 0$0.0

The above reflects the uncertain economic situation whereby the initial response by customers prompted a quick reaction to the unknown potential impact of COVID-19 on their business. Subsequently, customers may have reassessed their financial position prior to finalization of a modification, either modifying deferral requests or withdrawing the request altogether. In some cases, customers continued to make payments on modified loans.

Balance Sheet Activity

Total assets were $2.419 billion at December 31, 2021 compared to $2.279 billion at December 31, 2020, an increase of $139.3 million, or 6.1%. The increase can be mostly attributed to an increase of $237.4 million in securities available for sale, at estimated fair value, offset by decreases of $81.6 million in total cash and cash equivalents, and $18.2 million in loans, net of deferred origination fees and costs, and unearned income.

The increase in securities available for sale can be mostly attributed to purchases of $401.6 million, offset by a decrease of $143.2 million in paydowns, and a decrease in the value of the portfolio of $15.6 million due to increases in interest rates. The decrease in loans, net of deferred loan fees, can mostly be attributed to decreases of $25.7 million in commercial loans and $12.4 million in consumer loans, offset by an increase of $19.9 million in residential mortgage loans. During 2021, PPP loans contributed a net decrease of $107.8 million to the total loan portfolio as of December 31, 2021 due to a total of $185.5 million of paydowns received from the SBA for loan forgiveness, offset by $77.7 million in new Phase 2 loans. The PPP loan program ended May 31, 2021. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to changes in deposits, securities, and loans.

Total liabilities were $2.207 billion at December 31, 2021 compared to $2.080 billion at December 31, 2020, an increase of $127.6 million, or 6.1%. The increase in total liabilities can primarily be attributed to increases of $117.7 million, or 5.8% in deposits and $14.5 million in Federal Home Loan Bank of New York overnight advances, offset by a decrease of $5.0 million in other liabilities. The increase in deposits was due primarily to increases of $76.1 million in consumer deposits and $42.8 million in commercial deposits. The increase in deposits was partially attributed to the collection of stimulus checks and PPP loan disbursements. The decrease in other liabilities was due primarily to a decrease of $5.6 million in interest rate swap liabilities, primarily due to changes in interest rates.

Total shareholders’ equity was $211.5 million at December 31, 2021 compared to $199.7 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $11.8 million, or 5.9%, primarily due to a $20.9 million increase in retained earnings, offset by a $8.9 million decrease in accumulated other income (loss). The increase in retained earnings was due primarily to net income of $26.4 million offset by $5.6 million in dividends declared. The decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) can mostly be attributed to a decrease in the fair market value of the securities portfolio. Treasury stock increased $0.3 million primarily due to the Corporation's common stock repurchase program, offset by the impact of the issuance of shares related to the Corporation's employee benefit plans.

The total equity to total assets ratio was 8.74% at December 31, 2021 compared to 8.76% at December 31, 2020. The tangible equity to tangible assets ratio was 7.91% at December 31, 2021 compared to 7.87% at December 31, 2020. Book value per share increased to $45.09 at December 31, 2021 from $42.53 at December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2021, the Bank’s capital ratios were in excess of those required to be considered well-capitalized under the regulatory framework for prompt corrective action.

Other Items

The market value of total assets under management or administration in our Wealth Management Group was $2.325 billion at December 31, 2021, including $344.2 million of assets under management or administration for the Corporation, compared to $2.091 billion at December 31, 2020, including $305.5 million of assets under management or administration for the Corporation, an increase of $234.0 million, or 11.19%. The increase in total assets under management or administration for the Corporation can be mostly attributed to new business relationships and an increase in the market value of the assets under management.

As previously announced on January 8, 2021, the Corporation announced that the Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program. Under the new repurchase program, the Corporation may repurchase up to 250,000 shares of its common stock, or approximately 5% of its then outstanding shares. The repurchase program permits shares to be repurchased in open market or privately negotiated transactions, through block trades, and pursuant to any trading plan that may be adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As of December 31, 2021, a total of 34,921 shares of common stock at a total cost of $1.3 million were repurchased by the Corporation under its share repurchase program. The weighted average cost was $38.55 per share repurchased. Remaining buyback authority under the share repurchase program was 215,079 shares at December 31, 2021.

Chemung Financial COVID-19 Pandemic Update

The Corporation continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic while following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health (DOH) and our local governments. During the past three months, positivity rates related to the Omicron variant significantly increased throughout our footprint, and the Corporation quickly reinstituted several safety measures for our employees and customers. While all of our offices remain open for business, we have limited branch access to drive-up windows and lobbies by appointment only. Employees with the ability to work remotely were encouraged to do so, while mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitizing requirements remain in effect inside our facilities. We continue our efforts to assist our customer base through the Forgiveness phase of the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Management believes that the Corporation's liquidity position is strong. The Corporation uses a variety of resources to meet its liquidity needs. These include short term investments, cash flow from lending and investing activities, core-deposit growth and non-core funding sources, such as time deposits of $100,000 or more, FHLB advances, and other borrowings. As of December 31, 2021, the Corporation's cash and cash equivalents balance was $27.0 million. The Corporation also maintains an investment portfolio of securities available for sale, comprised primarily of mortgage-backed securities and municipal bonds. Although this portfolio generates interest income for the Corporation, it also serves as an available source of liquidity and capital if the need should arise. As of December 31, 2021, the Corporation's investment in securities available for sale was $792.0 million, $547.7 million of which was not pledged as collateral. Additionally, the Bank's unused borrowing capacity at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York was $175.5 million, as of December 31, 2021. The Corporation did not experience excessive draws on available working capital lines of credit and home equity lines of credit during the fourth quarter 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis, nor has the Corporation experienced any significant or unusual activity related to customer reaction to the COVID-19 crisis that would create stress on the Corporation's liquidity position.

With respect to the Corporation's credit risk and lending activities, management has taken actions to identify and assess additional possible credit exposure due to the changing environment caused by the COVID-19 crisis based upon the industry types within our current loan portfolio. Lending risks, as mentioned, are being monitored by industry, based upon NAICS code, with specific attention being paid to those industries that may experience greater stress during this time.

The COVID-19 crisis is expected to continue to impact the Corporation's financial results, as well as demand for its services and products into 2022. The short and long-term implications of the COVID-19 crisis, and related monetary and fiscal stimulus measures on the Corporation's future revenues, earnings results, allowance for loan losses, capital reserves, and liquidity are uncertain at this time.

About Chemung Financial Corporation

Chemung Financial Corporation is a $2.4 billion financial services holding company headquartered in Elmira, New York and operates 31 retail offices through its principal subsidiary, Chemung Canal Trust Company, a full service community bank with trust powers. Established in 1833, Chemung Canal Trust Company is the oldest locally-owned and managed community bank in New York State. Chemung Financial Corporation is also the parent of CFS Group, Inc., a financial services subsidiary offering non-traditional services including mutual funds, annuities, brokerage services, tax preparation services and insurance, and Chemung Risk Management, Inc., a captive insurance company based in the State of Nevada.

This press release may be found at: www.chemungcanal.com under Investor Relations.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Corporation intends its forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in this press release. All statements regarding the Corporation's expected financial position and operating results, the Corporation's business strategy, the Corporation's financial plans, forecasted demographic and economic trends relating to the Corporation's industry and similar matters are forward-looking statements. These statements can sometimes be identified by the Corporation's use of forward-looking words such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," or "intend." The Corporation cannot promise that its expectations in such forward-looking statements will turn out to be correct. The Corporation's actual results could be materially different from expectations because of various factors, including changes in economic conditions or interest rates, credit risk, difficulties in managing the Corporation’s growth, competition, changes in law or the regulatory environment, including the Dodd-Frank Act, and changes in general business and economic trends.

As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related adverse local and national economic consequences, the Company could be subject to any of the following additional risks, any of which could have a material, adverse effect on our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations:

  • demand for our products and services may decline, making it difficult to grow assets and income;

  • if the economy is unable to substantially reopen, and high levels of unemployment continue for an extended period of time, loan delinquencies, problem assets, and foreclosures may increase, resulting in increased charges and reduced income;

  • collateral for loans, especially real estate, may decline in value, which could cause loan losses to increase;

  • our allowance for loan losses may have to be increased if borrowers experience financial difficulties beyond forbearance periods, which will adversely affect our net income;

  • the net worth and liquidity of loan guarantors may decline, impairing their ability to honor commitments to us;

  • as the result of the decline in the Federal Reserve Board’s target federal funds rate to near 0%, the yield on our assets may decline to a greater extent than the decline in our cost of interest-bearing liabilities, reducing our net interest margin and spread and reducing net income;

  • a material decrease in net income over several quarters could result in a decrease in the rate of our quarterly cash dividend;

  • our cyber security risks are increased as the result of an increase in the number of employees working remotely;

  • we rely on third party vendors for certain services and the unavailability of a critical service due to the COVID-19 outbreak could have an adverse effect on us; and

  • FDIC premiums may increase if the agency experiences additional resolution costs.

Information concerning these and other factors can be found in the Corporation’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. These filings are available publicly on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, on the Corporation's website at http://www.chemungcanal.com or upon request from the Corporate Secretary at (607) 737-3746. Except as otherwise required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Chemung Financial Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
  Dec. 31,Sept. 30,June 30,March 31,Dec. 31,
(in thousands) 20212021202120212020
ASSETS      
Cash and due from financial institutions $17,365 $28,859 $27,439 $30,602 $29,467 
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions  9,616  32,838  29,358  126,397  79,071 
Total cash and cash equivalents  26,981  61,697  56,797  156,999  108,538 
                 
Equity investments  2,964  2,933  2,856  2,718  2,542 
                 
Securities available for sale  792,026  761,531  687,594  626,195  554,611 
Securities held to maturity  3,790  3,183  2,981  2,453  2,469 
FHLB and FRB stocks, at cost  4,218  3,562  3,562  3,164  3,150 
Total investment securities  800,034  768,276  694,137  631,812  560,230 
                 
Commercial  1,059,848  1,060,230  1,105,520  1,128,241  1,085,554 
Mortgage  259,334  253,991  246,667  245,231  239,401 
Consumer  199,067  202,447  205,812  207,477  211,508 
Loans, net of deferred loan fees  1,518,249  1,516,668  1,557,999  1,580,949  1,536,463 
Allowance for loan losses  (21,025) (20,940) (20,676) (20,909) (20,924)
Loans, net  1,497,224  1,495,728  1,537,323  1,560,040  1,515,539 
                 
Loans held for sale  396  224    295  170 
Premises and equipment, net  17,969  18,370  19,094  19,541  20,119 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  7,546  7,084  7,274  7,335  7,145 
Goodwill  21,824  21,824  21,824  21,824  21,824 
Other intangible assets, net  15  26  68  157  258 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets  43,835  41,494  41,339  41,774  43,086 
Total assets $2,418,788 $2,417,656 $2,380,712 $2,442,495 $2,279,451 


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
      
Deposits:      
Non-interest-bearing demand deposits $739,607 $725,181 $674,205 $693,785 $620,423 
Interest-bearing demand deposits  284,721  282,036  276,250  285,934  282,172 
Money market accounts  654,553  661,049  669,953  661,132  603,583 
Savings deposits  280,195  275,137  276,496  270,778  245,865 
Time deposits  196,357  230,419  241,283  298,752  285,731 
Total deposits  2,155,433  2,173,822  2,138,187  2,210,381  2,037,774 
                 
Advances and other debt  18,164  3,659  3,724  3,788  3,849 
Operating lease liabilities  7,696  7,227  7,409  7,462  7,264 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities  26,040  26,809  27,415  26,080  30,865 
Total liabilities  2,207,333  2,211,517  2,176,735  2,247,711  2,079,752 
       
Shareholders' equity      
Common stock  53  53  53  53  53 
Additional-paid-in capital  46,901  47,203  47,081  47,025  46,764 
Retained earnings  188,877  183,873  178,673  173,325  168,006 
Treasury stock, at cost  (17,846) (17,924) (17,972) (17,867) (17,525)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (6,530) (7,066) (3,858) (7,752) 2,401 
Total shareholders' equity  211,455  206,139  203,977  194,784  199,699 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,418,788 $2,417,656 $2,380,712 $2,442,495 $2,279,451 
Period-end shares outstanding  4,689  4,685  4,681  4,682  4,695 

Chemung Financial Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Percent  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 Percent
(in thousands, except per share data) 2021  2020 Change  2021  2020 Change
Interest and dividend income:
                 
Loans, including fees$
14,897 $15,319 (2.8) $58,861 $59,089 (0.4)
Taxable securities 2,504  1,646 52.1   8,935  6,004 48.8 
Tax exempt securities 269  261 3.1   1,061  1,060 0.1 
Interest-earning deposits 20  111 (82.0)  151  754 (80.0)
Total interest and dividend income 17,690  17,337 2.0   69,008  66,907 3.1 

Interest
expense:
                 
Deposits 763  905 (15.7)  3,284  3,827 (14.2)
Borrowed funds 35  35    135  161 (16.1)
Total interest expense 798  940 (15.1)  3,419  3,988 (14.3)

Net interest income
 16,892  16,397 3.0   65,589  62,919 4.2 
Provision for loan losses 70  250 (72.0)  17  4,239 (99.6)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 16,822  16,147 4.2   65,572  58,680 11.7 
Non-interest income:                 
Wealth management group fee income 2,826  2,524 12.0   11,072  9,492 16.6 
Service charges on deposit accounts 909  840 8.2   3,214  3,134 2.6 
Interchange revenue from debit card transactions 1,222  1,079 13.3   4,844  4,068 19.1 
Change in fair value of equity investments 43  122 (64.8)  246  89 N/M 
Net gains on sales of loans held for sale 189  814 (76.8)  1,073  1,730 (38.0)
Net gains (losses) on sales of other real estate owned 2  (8)N/M   (16) (79)(79.7)
Income from bank owned life insurance 12  14 (14.3)  52  161 (67.7)
Other 584  590 (1.0)  3,385  2,529 33.8 
Total non-interest income 5,787  5,975 (3.1)  23,870  21,124 13.0 

Non-interest expense:
                 
Salaries and wages 6,355  6,572 (3.3)  24,413  24,250 0.7 
Pension and other employee benefits 1,636  1,458 12.2   6,086  5,553 9.6 
Other components of net periodic pension and postretirement benefits (410) (255)60.8   (1,583) (1,017)55.7 
Net occupancy 1,427  1,479 (3.5)  5,873  5,885 (0.2)
Furniture and equipment 484  505 (4.2)  1,669  2,078 (19.7)
Data processing 2,258  1,946 16.0   8,519  7,576 12.4 
Professional services 401  412 (2.7)  1,932  1,725 12.0 
Amortization of intangible assets 11  113 (90.3)  243  484 (49.8)
Marketing and advertising 220  85 158.8   792  631 25.5 
Other real estate owned expense 16  15 6.7   40  102 (60.8)
FDIC insurance 333  261 27.6   1,408  987 42.7 
Loan expense 317  375 (15.5)  1,037  1,173 (11.6)
Other 1,330  2,631 (49.4)  5,253  6,508 (19.3)
Total non-interest expense 14,378  15,597 (7.8)  55,682  55,935 (0.5)

Income before income tax expense
 8,231  6,525 26.1   33,760  23,869 41.4 
Income tax expense 1,777  1,292 37.5   7,335  4,607 59.2 
Net income$6,454 $5,233 23.3  $26,425 $19,262 37.2 
Basic and diluted earnings per share$1.38 $1.11   $5.64 $4.01  
Cash dividends declared per share 0.31  0.26    1.19  1.04  
Average basic and diluted shares outstanding 4,682  4,702    4,683  4,802  


N/M - Not Meaningful
       


Chemung Financial Corporation As of or for the Three Months EndedAs of or for the Twelve Months Ended
Consolidated Financial Highlights (Unaudited) Dec. 31,Sept. 30,June 30,March 31,Dec. 31,Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
(in thousands, except per share data)2021202120212020202020212020
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS         
Interest income$17,690$17,633$16,945$16,740$17,337$69,008$66,907
Interest expense  798 801 866 954 940 3,419  3,988
Net interest income  16,892 16,832 16,079 15,786 16,397 65,589  62,919
Provision (credit) for loan losses  70 356 (150) (259) 250 17  4,239
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  16,822 16,476 16,229 16,045 16,147 65,572  58,680
Non-interest income  5,787 5,970 6,492 5,621 5,975 23,870  21,124
Non-interest expense  14,378 14,100 13,851 13,353 15,597 55,682  55,935
Income before income tax expense  8,231 8,346 8,870 8,313 6,525 33,760  23,869
Income tax expense  1,777 1,700 2,075 1,783 1,292 7,335  4,607
Net income$6,454$6,646$6,795$6,530$5,233$26,425 $19,262


Basic and diluted earnings per share$1.38 $1.42 $1.45 $1.39 $1.11 $5.64 $4.01 
Average basic and diluted shares outstanding 4,682  4,684  4,683  4,691  4,702  4,683  4,802 

PERFORMANCE
RATIOS
       
Return on average assets 1.04% 1.09% 1.11% 1.12% 0.93% 1.09% 0.94%
Return on average equity 12.30% 12.68% 13.58% 13.24% 10.51% 12.94% 9.94%
Return on average tangible equity (a) 13.74% 14.16% 15.25% 14.88% 11.84% 14.49% 11.24%
Efficiency ratio (unadjusted) (f) 63.40% 61.84% 61.37% 62.38% 69.72% 62.24% 66.56%
Efficiency ratio (adjusted) (a) (b) 63.11% 61.40% 60.72% 61.64% 68.94% 61.71% 65.71%
Non-interest expense to average assets 2.32% 2.30% 2.27% 2.30% 2.76% 2.30% 2.73%
Loans to deposits 70.44% 69.77% 72.87% 71.52% 75.40% 70.44% 75.40%

YIELDS
/ RATES - Fully Taxable Equivalent
       
Yield on loans 3.90% 3.84% 3.72% 3.81% 3.96% 3.82% 4.06%
Yield on investments 1.35% 1.49% 1.21% 1.28% 1.37% 1.34% 1.65%
Yield on interest-earning assets 2.99% 3.02% 2.90% 3.03% 3.23% 2.99% 3.46%
Cost of interest-bearing deposits 0.21% 0.21% 0.22% 0.25% 0.26% 0.22% 0.31%
Cost of borrowings 2.16% 3.56% 3.64% 3.51% 3.52% 3.05% 1.65%
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities 0.22% 0.22% 0.23% 0.26% 0.27% 0.23% 0.32%
Interest rate spread 2.77% 2.80% 2.67% 2.77% 2.96% 2.76% 3.14%
Net interest margin, fully taxable equivalent 2.85% 2.88% 2.76% 2.86% 3.06% 2.84% 3.25%

CAPITAL
       
Total equity to total assets at end of period 8.74% 8.53% 8.57% 7.97% 8.76% 8.74% 8.76%
Tangible equity to tangible assets at end of period (a) 7.91% 7.69% 7.72% 7.14% 7.87% 7.91% 7.87%

Book value per share
$45.09 $44.00 $43.57 $41.60 $42.53 $45.09 $42.53 
Tangible book value per share (a) 40.44  39.34  38.90  36.91  37.83  40.44  37.83 
Period-end market value per share 46.45  45.30  44.31  41.82  33.95  46.45  33.95 
Dividends declared per share 0.31  0.31  0.31  0.26  0.26  1.19  1.04 

AVERAGE BALANCES
                     
Loans and loans held for sale (c)$1,520,478 $1,519,264 $1,585,902 $1,557,368 $1,540,618 $1,545,579 $1,456,096 
Interest earning assets 2,364,578  2,327,817  2,352,908  2,251,334  2,144,891  2,324,498  1,945,062 
Total assets 2,454,294  2,427,107  2,447,587  2,357,646  2,249,949  2,421,801  2,046,786 
Deposits 2,205,632  2,181,517  2,210,413  2,117,963  2,009,211  2,179,128  1,807,478 
Total equity 208,147  208,023  200,627  200,035  198,036  204,239  193,741 
Tangible equity (a) 186,302  186,155  178,681  177,992  175,894  182,314  171,413 

ASSET QUALITY
                     
Net charge-offs (recoveries) (15)$92 $83 $(244)$3,915 $(84)$6,792 
Non-performing loans (d) 8,112  8,373  8,583  9,327  9,952  8,112  9,952 
Non-performing assets (e) 8,226  8,544  8,707  9,418  10,189  8,226  10,189 
Allowance for loan losses 21,025  20,940  20,676  20,909  20,924  21,025  20,924 

Annualized net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans
 % 0.02% 0.02% (0.06%) 1.01% (0.01%) 0.47%
Non-performing loans to total loans 0.54% 0.56% 0.55% 0.59% 0.65% 0.54% 0.65%
Non-performing assets to total assets 0.34% 0.35% 0.37% 0.39% 0.45% 0.34% 0.45%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.38% 1.38% 1.33% 1.32% 1.36% 1.38% 1.36%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans, net of PPP 1.43% 1.45% 1.46% 1.50% 1.51% 1.43% 1.51%
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 259.18% 250.08% 240.89% 224.19% 210.25% 259.17% 210.25%


(a)See the GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliations.
(b)Efficiency ratio (adjusted) is non-interest expense less amortization of intangible assets less legal reserve divided by the total of fully taxable equivalent net interest income plus non-interest income less net gains or losses on securities transactions.
(c)Loans and loans held for sale do not reflect the allowance for loan losses.
(d)Non-performing loans include non-accrual loans only.
(e)Non-performing assets include non-performing loans plus other real estate owned.
(f)Efficiency ratio (unadjusted) is non-interest expense divided by the total of net interest income plus non-interest income.

Chemung Financial Corporation

Average Consolidated Balance Sheets & Net Interest Income Analysis and Rate/Volume Analysis of Net Interest Income (Unaudited)


 Three Months Ended
Three Months Ended
Three Months Ended
 December 31, 2021December 31, 2020
December 31, 2021 vs. 2020
 Average
Balance
 InterestYield /
Rate
Average
Balance
 InterestYield /
Rate
Total
Change
 Due to
Volume
 Due to
Rate
(in thousands)

Interest earning assets:
 
Commercial loans$1,065,059  $10,919 4.07%$1,092,236  $11,010 4.01%$(91) $(258) $167 
Mortgage loans 254,941   2,132 3.32% 236,461   2,123 3.57% 9   162   (153)
Consumer loans 200,478   1,879 3.72% 211,921   2,208 4.14% (329)  (114)  (215)
Taxable securities 752,199   2,513 1.33% 419,871   1,651 1.56% 862   1,137   (275)
Tax-exempt securities 42,318   332 3.11% 41,075   322 3.12% 10   11   (1)
Interest-earning deposits 49,583   20 0.16% 143,327   112 0.31% (92)  (53)  (39)
Total interest earning assets 2,364,578   17,795 2.99% 2,144,891   17,426 3.23% 369   885   (516)
Non-interest earnings assets:                 
Cash and due from banks 24,329     24,826         
Other assets 86,539     104,664         
Allowance for loan losses (21,152)    (24,432)        
Total assets$2,454,294    $2,249,949         
Interest-bearing liabilities:                             
Interest-bearing checking$300,309  $61 0.08%$290,951  $72 0.10%$(11) $3  $(14)
Savings and money market 947,197   216 0.09% 864,540   281 0.13% (65)  26   (91)
Time deposits 216,864   486 0.89% 239,262   552 0.92% (66)  (49)  (17)
Long-term advances and other debt 6,425   35 2.16% 3,961   35 3.52%    17   (17)
Total int.-bearing liabilities 1,470,795   798 0.22% 1,398,714   940 0.27% (142)  (4)  (138)


Non-interest-bearing liabilities:
             
Demand deposits 741,262     614,458         
Other liabilities 34,090     38,741         
Total liabilities 2,246,147     2,051,913         
Shareholders' equity 208,147     198,036         


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$


2,454,294
    

$


2,249,949
         


Fully taxable equivalent net interest income
   

16,997
     

16,486
  

$


        511
  

$


        888
  

$


(377


)
Net interest rate spread (1)   2.77%   2.96%     
Net interest margin, fully taxable equivalent (2)     2.85%     3.06%     
Taxable equivalent adjustment   (105)     (89)       
Net interest income  $16,892    $16,397       


(1)Net interest rate spread is the difference in the average yield on interest-earning assets less the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
(2)Net interest margin is the ratio of fully taxable equivalent net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

Chemung Financial Corporation

Average Consolidated Balance Sheets & Net Interest Income Analysis and Rate/Volume Analysis of Net Interest Income (Unaudited)

 Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2021

 Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2020

 Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2021 vs. 2020



(in thousands)
Average
Balance
InterestYield /
Rate
 Average
Balance
InterestYield /
Rate
 Total
Change
Due to
Volume
Due to
Rate




Interest earning assets:
           
Commercial loans$1,091,569 $42,661 3.91% $1,020,292 $41,936 4.11% $725 $2,833 $(2,108)
Mortgage loans 248,387  8,474 3.41%  211,929  7,885 3.72%  589  1,282  (693)
Consumer loans 205,623  7,850 3.82%  223,875  9,358 4.18%  (1,508) (733) (775)
Taxable securities 650,974  8,946 1.37%  307,933  6,012 1.95%  2,934  5,135  (2,201)
Tax-exempt securities 41,632  1,308 3.14%  41,582  1,306 3.14%  2  2   
Interest-earning deposits 86,313  151 0.17%  139,451  755 0.54%  (604) (216) (388)
Total interest earning assets 2,324,498  69,390 2.99%  1,945,062  67,252 3.46%  2,138  8,303  (6,165)


Non-interest earnings assets:
           
Cash and due from banks 26,150     25,040       
Other assets 92,246     101,379       
Allowance for loan losses (21,093)    (24,695)      
Total assets$2,421,801    $2,046,786       


Interest-bearing liabilities:
           
Interest-bearing checking$287,340  $235 0.08%$246,133  $334 0.14%$(99)$55 $(154)
Savings and money market 932,940   930 0.10% 797,287   1,282 0.16% (352) 189  (541)
Time deposits 254,718   2,119 0.83% 190,072   2,211 1.16% (92) 633  (725)
Long-term advances and other debt 4,420   135 3.05% 9,729   161 1.65% (26) (117) 91 
Total int.-bearing liabilities 1,479,418   3,419 0.23% 1,243,221   3,988 0.32% (569) 760  (1,329)

Non-interest-bearing liabilities:
           
Demand deposits 704,130     573,986       
Other liabilities 34,014     35,838       
Total liabilities 2,217,562     1,853,045       
Shareholders' equity 204,239     193,741       
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$2,421,801    $2,046,786       


Fully taxable equivalent net interest income
   65,971     63,264  $2,707 
$
7,543 $(4,836)
Net interest rate spread (1)   2.76%   3.14%   
Net interest margin, fully taxable equivalent (2)   2.84%   3.25%   
Taxable equivalent adjustment   (382)    (345)    
Net interest income  $65,589    $62,919     


(1)Net interest rate spread is the difference in the average yield on interest-earning assets less the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
(2)Net interest margin is the ratio of fully taxable equivalent net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

Chemung Financial Corporation

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations (Unaudited)

The Corporation prepares its Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with GAAP. See the Corporation’s unaudited consolidated balance sheets and statements of income contained within this press release. That presentation provides the reader with an understanding of the Corporation’s results that can be tracked consistently from period-to-period and enables a comparison of the Corporation’s performance with other companies’ GAAP financial statements.

In addition to analyzing the Corporation’s results on a reported basis, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, because it believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide information to investors about the underlying operational performance and trends of the Corporation and, therefore, facilitate a comparison of the Corporation with the performance of its competitors. Non-GAAP financial measures used by the Corporation may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

The SEC has adopted Regulation G, which applies to all public disclosures, including earnings releases, made by registered companies that contain “non-GAAP financial measures.” Under Regulation G, companies making public disclosures containing non-GAAP financial measures must also disclose, along with each non-GAAP financial measure, certain additional information, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the closest comparable GAAP financial measure and a statement of the Corporation’s reasons for utilizing the non-GAAP financial measure as part of its financial disclosures. The SEC has exempted from the definition of “non-GAAP financial measures” certain commonly used financial measures that are not based on GAAP. When these exempted measures are included in public disclosures, supplemental information is not required. The following measures used in this Report, which are commonly utilized by financial institutions, have not been specifically exempted by the SEC and may constitute "non-GAAP financial measures" within the meaning of the SEC's rules, although we are unable to state with certainty that the SEC would so regard them.

Fully Taxable Equivalent Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income is commonly presented on a tax-equivalent basis. That is, to the extent that some component of the institution's net interest income, which is presented on a before-tax basis, is exempt from taxation (e.g., is received by the institution as a result of its holdings of state or municipal obligations), an amount equal to the tax benefit derived from that component is added to the actual before-tax net interest income total. This adjustment is considered helpful in comparing one financial institution's net interest income to that of other institutions or in analyzing any institution’s net interest income trend line over time, to correct any analytical distortion that might otherwise arise from the fact that financial institutions vary widely in the proportions of their portfolios that are invested in tax-exempt securities, and that even a single institution may significantly alter over time the proportion of its own portfolio that is invested in tax-exempt obligations. Moreover, net interest income is itself a component of a second financial measure commonly used by financial institutions, net interest margin, which is the ratio of net interest income to average interest-earning assets. For purposes of this measure as well, fully taxable equivalent net interest income is generally used by financial institutions, as opposed to actual net interest income, again to provide a better basis of comparison from institution to institution and to better demonstrate a single institution’s performance over time. The Corporation follows these practices.

  As of or for the Three Months Ended
 As of or for the Twelve Months Ended
(in thousands, except ratio data) Dec. 31,
2021

 Sept. 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
March 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
 Dec. 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
NET INTEREST MARGIN - FULLY TAXABLE EQUIVALENT          
Net interest income (GAAP)$16,892 $16,832 $16,079 $15,786 $16,397  $65,589 $62,919 
Fully taxable equivalent adjustment 105  94  92  91  89   382  345 
Fully taxable equivalent net interest income (non-GAAP)$16,997 $16,926 $16,171 $15,877 $16,486  $65,971 $63,264 

Average interest-earning assets (GAAP)
$2,364,578 $2,327,817 $2,352,908 $2,251,334 $2,144,891  $2,324,498 $1,945,062 

Net interest margin - fully taxable equivalent (non-GAAP)
 2.85% 2.88% 2.76% 2.86% 3.06%  2.84% 3.25%

Efficiency Ratio

The unadjusted efficiency ratio is calculated as non-interest expense divided by total revenue (net interest income and non-interest income). The adjusted efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure which represents the Corporation’s ability to turn resources into revenue and is calculated as non-interest expense divided by total revenue (fully taxable equivalent net interest income and non- interest income), adjusted for one-time occurrences and amortization. This measure is meaningful to the Corporation, as well as investors and analysts, in assessing the Corporation’s productivity measured by the amount of revenue generated for each dollar spent.


 As of or for the Three Months Ended  As of or for the 
Twelve Months Ended


(in thousands, except ratio data)
Dec. 31,
2021
 Sept. 30,
2021
 June 30,
2021
 March 31,
2021
 Dec. 31,
2020
 Dec. 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
EFFICIENCY RATIO                          
Net interest income (GAAP)$16,892  $16,832  $16,079  $15,786  $16,397  $65,589 $62,919 
Fully taxable equivalent adjustment 105   94   92   91   89   382  345 
Fully taxable equivalent net interest income (non-GAAP)$16,997  $16,926  $16,171  $15,877  $16,486  $65,971 $63,264 

Non-interest income (GAAP)
$5,787  $5,970  $6,492  $5,621  $5,975  $23,870 $21,124 
Less: net (gains) losses on security transactions                   
Adjusted non-interest income (non-GAAP)$5,787  $5,970  $6,492  $5,621  $5,975  $23,870 $21,124 

Non-interest expense (GAAP)
$14,378  $14,100  $13,851  $13,353  $15,597  $55,682 $55,935 
Less: amortization of intangible assets (11)  (42)  (89)  (101)  (113)  (243) (484)
Adjusted non-interest expense (non-GAAP)$14,367  $14,058  $13,762  $13,252  $15,484  $55,439 $55,451 

Efficiency ratio (unadjusted)
 63.40%  61.84%  61.37%  62.38%  69.72%  62.24% 66.56%
Efficiency ratio (adjusted) 63.11%  61.40%  60.72%  61.64%  68.94%  61.71% 65.71%
             

Tangible Equity and Tangible Assets (Period-End)

Tangible equity, tangible assets, and tangible book value per share are each non-GAAP financial measures. Tangible equity represents the Corporation’s stockholders’ equity, less goodwill and intangible assets. Tangible assets represents the Corporation’s total assets, less goodwill and other intangible assets. Tangible book value per share represents the Corporation’s tangible equity divided by common shares at period-end. These measures are meaningful to the Corporation, as well as investors and analysts, in assessing the Corporation’s use of equity.


 As of or for the Three Months Ended As of or for the
Twelve Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share and ratio data)
Dec. 31,
2021
Sept. 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
March 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
 Dec. 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
TANGIBLE EQUITY AND TANGIBLE ASSETS        
(PERIOD END)                      
Total shareholders' equity (GAAP)$211,455 $206,139 $203,977 $194,784 $199,699  $211,455 $199,699 
Less: intangible assets (21,839) (21,850) (21,892) (21,981) (22,082)  (21,839) (22,082)
Tangible equity (non-GAAP)$189,616 $184,289 $182,085 $172,803 $177,617  $189,616 $177,617 

Total assets (GAAP)

$

2,418,788
 
$

2,417,656
 
$

2,380,712
 
$

2,442,495
 
$

2,279,451
  
$

2,418,788
 
$

2,279,451
 
Less: intangible assets (21,839) (21,850) (21,892) (21,981) (22,082)  (21,839) (22,082)
Tangible assets (non-GAAP)$2,396,949 $2,395,806 $2,358,820 $2,420,514 $2,257,369  $2,396,949 $2,257,369 

Total equity to total assets at end of period (GAAP)
 
8.74

%
 
8.53

%
 
8.57

%
 
7.97

%
 
8.76

%
  
8.74

%
 
8.76

%
Book value per share (GAAP)$45.09 $44.00 $43.57 $41.60 $42.53  $45.09 $42.53 

Tangible equity to tangible assets at end of period (non-GAAP)
 
7.91

%
 
7.69

%
 
7.72

%
 
7.14

%
 
7.87

%
  
7.91

%
 
7.87

%
Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP)$40.44 $39.34 $38.90 $36.91 $37.83  $40.44 $37.83 

Tangible Equity (Average)

Average tangible equity and return on average tangible equity are each non-GAAP financial measures. Average tangible equity represents the Corporation’s average stockholders’ equity, less average goodwill and intangible assets for the period. Return on average tangible equity measures the Corporation’s earnings as a percentage of average tangible equity. These measures are meaningful to the Corporation, as well as investors and analysts, in assessing the Corporation’s use of equity.


 As of or for the Three Months Ended As of or for the
Twelve Months Ended
(in thousands, except ratio data)Dec. 31,
2021
Sept. 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
March 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
 Dec. 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
TANGIBLE EQUITY (AVERAGE)                      
Total average shareholders' equity (GAAP)$208,147 $208,023 $200,627 $200,035 $198,036  $204,239 $193,741 
Less: average intangible assets (21,845) (21,868) (21,946) (22,043) (22,142)  (21,925) (22,328)
Average tangible equity (non-GAAP)$186,302 $186,155 $178,681 $177,992 $175,894  $182,314 $171,413 

Return on average equity (GAAP)
 
12.30

%
 
12.68

%
 
13.58

%
 
13.24

%
 
10.51

%

12.94

%
 
9.94

%
Return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP) 13.74% 14.16% 15.25% 14.88% 11.84%14.49% 11.24%

Adjustments for Certain Items of Income or Expense

In addition to disclosures of certain GAAP financial measures, including net income, EPS, ROA, and ROE, we may also provide comparative disclosures that adjust these GAAP financial measures for a particular period by removing from the calculation thereof the impact of certain transactions or other material items of income or expense occurring during the period, including certain nonrecurring items. The Corporation believes that the resulting non-GAAP financial measures may improve an understanding of its results of operations by separating out any such transactions or items that may have had a disproportionate positive or negative impact on the Corporation’s financial results during the particular period in question. In the Corporation’s presentation of any such non-GAAP (adjusted) financial measures not specifically discussed in the preceding paragraphs, the Corporation supplies the supplemental financial information and explanations required under Regulation G.

 As of or for the Three Months Ended As of or for the
Twelve Months Ended



(in thousands, except per share and ratio data)
Dec. 31,
2021
 Sept. 30,
2021
 June 30,
2021
 March 31,
2021
 Dec. 31,
2020
 Dec. 31,
2021
Dec. 31,
2020
NON-GAAP NET INCOME                          
Reported net income (GAAP)$6,454  $6,646  $6,795  $6,530  $5,233  $26,425 $19,262 
Net (gains) losses on security transactions (net of tax)                   
Net income (non-GAAP)$6,454  $6,646  $6,795  $6,530  $5,233  $26,425 $19,262 
                           
Average basic and diluted shares outstanding 4,682   4,684   4,683   4,691   4,702   4,683  4,802 
                           
Reported basic and diluted earnings per share (GAAP)$1.38  $1.42  $1.45  $1.39  $1.11  $5.64 $4.01 
Reported return on average assets (GAAP) 1.04%  1.09%  1.11%  1.12%  0.93%  1.09% 0.94%
Reported return on average equity (GAAP) 12.30%  12.68%  13.58%  13.24%  10.51%  12.94% 9.94%
                           
Basic and diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)$1.38  $1.42  $1.45  $1.39  $1.11  $5.64 $4.01 
Return on average assets (non-GAAP) 1.04%  1.09%  1.11%  1.12%  0.93%  1.09% 0.94%
Return on average equity (non-GAAP) 12.30%  12.68%  13.58%  13.24%  10.51%  12.94% 9.94%

Category: Financial

Source: Chemung Financial Corp

For further information contact:
Karl F. Krebs, EVP and CFO
kkrebs@chemungcanal.com
Phone: 607-737-3714


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