NBT Bancorp announces net income of $154.9 million

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NORWICH — NBT Bancorp Inc., headquartered in Norwich, reported net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2021.

Net income for the year was $154.9 million, up 48.4% from $104.4 million for the prior year primarily due to changes in the estimated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on expected credit losses. Diluted earnings per share for the year ended Dec. 31, 2021 was $3.54, as compared with $2.37 for the prior year, an increase of 49.4%.

Pre-provision net revenue (PPNR) for the year ended Dec. 31, 2021 was $195.3 million compared to $193.4 million in the prior year. The increase in PPNR from the prior year reflected higher net interest income and higher noninterest income partly offset by higher noninterest expense. Income from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans increased $7.1 million from the prior year.

Net income for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2021, was $37.3 million, or $0.86 per diluted common share. Net income increased $3.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily due to higher net interest income and higher noninterest income, partly offset by higher provision for loan losses.

The fourth quarter 2021 provision for loan losses was $3.1 million compared to the fourth quarter 2020 provision release of $0.6 million. Quarterly net income was consistent with the previous quarter and reflected improved revenue generation offset by a higher provision for loan losses and higher noninterest expense.

PPNR for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $51.5 million compared to $47.4 million in the previous quarter and $48.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Income from PPP loans increased $4.7 million and $1.9 million from the previous quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

“Our fourth quarter and full-year results for 2021 reflect the hard work of our team, and our strong finish is the culmination of a record year,” said NBT President and CEO John H. Watt, Jr. “Our fee-based businesses achieved new levels of success year over year, and we saw digital adoption continue to soar across our consumer and commercial platforms, including a 64% increase in consumer digital adoption. NBT has a strong and growing capital base, which provides us with optionality that will enable our dedicated and talented team to be successful in 2022.”

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