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HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results and Quarterly Dividend

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 29, 2021 — HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBI) (“Company”), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank (“Bank”), today announced a preliminary net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 and approval of its quarterly cash dividend. The loss was driven by expenses previously announced by the Company related to branch closures and the restructuring of its balance sheet. The restructuring included a $19.0 million pre-tax prepayment penalty related to the early retirement of $275.0 million in long-term borrowings for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. In addition, the Company had a pre-tax charge of $1.5 million for costs associated with the pending branch closures.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021 compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous year:

  • net loss was $7.4 million, compared to net income of $3.6 million;
  • diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) was ($0.46), compared to $0.22;
  • return on assets (“ROA”) was (0.81)%, compared to 0.39%;
  • return on equity (“ROE”) was (7.30)%, compared to 3.54%;
  • provision for credit losses was a net benefit of $955,000, compared to a provision of $2.7 million;
  • noninterest income increased $4.0 million, or 54.5% to $11.2 million from $7.2 million;
  • organic net loan growth, which excludes U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans and purchases of home equity lines of credit, was $76.7 million, or 11.9% annualized compared to $35.3 million, or 5.5% annualized;
  • 166,892 shares were repurchased at an average price of $26.56 per share; and
  • quarterly cash dividends continued at $0.08 per share totaling $1.3 million.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021 compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous year and before after-tax prepayment penalties and branch closure charges (non-GAAP):

  • adjusted net income was $8.3 million, compared to $3.6 million;
  • adjusted diluted EPS was $0.50 compared to $0.22;
  • adjusted ROA was 0.91%, compared to 0.39%; and
  • adjusted ROE was 8.19%, compared to 3.54%.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 compared to the previous year:

  • net income was $15.7 million, compared to $22.8 million;
  • diluted EPS was $0.94, compared to $1.30;
  • ROA was 0.42%, compared to 0.63%;
  • ROE was 3.88%, compared to 5.54%;
  • provision for credit losses was a net benefit of $7.1 million, compared to a provision of $8.5 million;
  • noninterest income increased $9.5 million, or 31.3% to $39.8 million from $30.3 million; and
  • organic net loan growth, which excludes PPP loans and purchases of home equity lines of credit, was $31.0 million, or 1.2% compared to $183.3 million, or 7.1%.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 compared to the previous year and before after-tax prepayment penalties and branch closure charges (non-GAAP):

  • adjusted net income was $34.2 million, compared to $22.8 million;
  • adjusted diluted EPS was $2.06, compared to $1.30;
  • adjusted ROA was 0.92%, compared to 0.63%; and
  • adjusted ROE was 8.47%, compared to 5.54%.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per common share payable on September 2, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 19, 2021.

The reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, which the Company believes facilitates the assessment of its banking operations and peer comparability, is included in tabular form at the end of this release.

“Despite the challenges faced during this pandemic, our bankers continue to perform at the highest levels within our business lines leading to strong performance for the quarter,” said Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “As previously announced, our GAAP net income includes a $14.6 million after-tax prepayment penalty on the early termination of the $275 million remaining long-term borrowings and $1.2 million of after-tax costs associated with our plan to close nine branches towards the end of next quarter. On an adjusted basis, we earned $8.3 million as compared to $3.6 million in the same quarter last year, largely driven by our increase in gain on sale of loans held for sale and a benefit for credit losses compared to a provision for credit losses in the prior comparable quarter.

“We continue to focus on strategic initiatives to enhance profitability by reducing ongoing costs and increasing revenues in all our lines of business. We had another record gain on sale of SBA loans of $2.4 million up 755% over the same quarter last year. As of July 1, 2021, we have successfully transitioned our SBA servicing operations from a loan service provider to full back-room operations in-house to increase gain on sale and create servicing income. And we continue to focus on increasing SBA loan origination volume to lever this investment and increase profitability. Our mortgage area produced another strong quarter with the sale of $106 million in residential mortgages resulting in a gain of $2.8 million which was up 52% over the same period a year ago. Our equipment finance division had another strong year as the portfolio grew $89 million to $340 million which was a 35% increase since June 30, 2020.

“Credit quality continues to hold up nicely reflecting the financial strength of our borrowers who have been able to navigate through the pandemic,” continued Stonestreet. “While smaller than the allowance releases in the two previous quarters, the improvement in the economic forecast and continued strong credit metrics allowed us to recognize a benefit for credit losses of $955,000 for the quarter. With the prepayment of higher cost borrowings behind us, our announced branch closure plan to lower costs, our transition of SBA servicing to in-house, and our diversified lines of business that we continue to grow, we’re well positioned to achieve higher profitability and to create additional shareholder value as we begin a new fiscal year.”

COVID-19 Update

Loan Programs. The Company participated in the SBA PPP during calendar year 2020 and 2021. During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, the program’s funds were depleted and subsequently the Company ended its participation. The Company originated a total of $112.0 million or 469 PPP loans under the program throughout the pandemic, which included a total of $31.2 million in PPP loans for calendar year 2021. As of June 30, 2021, PPP loans totaled $46.7 million, which included $1.1 million in net deferred fees that will be accreted into interest income over the remaining life of the loans, unless the loans are forgiven at which point these fees would be accelerated into income. For the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2021, the Company earned $416,000 and $1.8 million, respectively, in fees through accretion including some accelerated accretion resulting from loan forgiveness. The Company has worked with the SBA and its customers to forgive a total of $64.2 million in PPP loans during its participation in the program.

Loan Modifications. During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, there were no new COVID-19 loan modifications for full deferral of principal and interest nor partial deferral of interest only. Substantially all loans placed on full payment deferral during the pandemic have come out of deferral and borrowers are either making regular loan payments or interest-only payments until the latter part of calendar year 2021. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had $78.9 million in commercial loan deferrals on interest-only payments. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had $107,000 in loans with full principal and interest payment deferrals. The Company continues to work with its customers to determine the best option for repayment of accrued interest on the deferred payments.

Branch Operations. Throughout the pandemic the Bank has provided banking services with a focus on the health and safety of its customers and employees. The Bank continues to monitor the effects of customer behavior specific to in-person branch transactions and has experienced meaningful increases in digital banking activity and online deposit account openings. Partially in response to these changes, the Bank recently announced its plans to close nine branches in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Company continues to respond to the banking needs of its customers whether through physical branch locations and/or digital banking services.

Income Statement Review

Net interest income increased to $26.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $24.7 million for the comparative quarter in fiscal 2020. Interest and dividend income decreased by $2.3 million, or 7.3%, primarily driven by lower yields on loans and commercial paper as a result of lower federal funds and other market interest rates. This decrease was more than offset by a $3.6 million decrease in interest expense. Average interest-earning assets decreased $16.6 million, or 0.49% to $3.4 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. The average balance of total loans receivable increased by $6.3 million, or 0.23% compared to the same quarter last year. The average balance of commercial paper and deposits in other banks decreased $26.0 million, or 5.7% driven by the Company purchasing higher yielding available for sale securities and using excess liquidity to pay down borrowings between the periods. The Company’s investments in commercial paper have short-term maturities and limited exposure of $15.0 million or less per each highly-rated company. The average balance in securities available for sale increased $14.9 million, or 10.4%. The average balance in other investments at cost decreased $11.8 million, or 29.2% as a result of Federal Home Loan Bank stock being sold in relation to the paydown of borrowings. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased to 3.10% from 2.92% for the same period a year ago.

Total interest and dividend income decreased $2.3 million, or 7.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 as compared to the same period last year, which was primarily driven by a $1.3 million, or 73.2% decrease in interest income from commercial paper and deposits in other banks, a $774,000, or 2.8% decrease in interest income from loans, and a $290,000, or 36.9% decrease in interest income from securities available for sale. The lower interest income in each category was driven by the decrease in yields caused by the significant reduction in current market rates compared to the same quarter last year. Average loan yields decreased 11 basis points to 3.95% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 from 4.06% in the corresponding quarter last year. Average yields on commercial paper and deposits in other banks decreased 110 basis points to 0.44% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 from 1.54% in the corresponding quarter last year. Average yields on securities available for sale decreased 95 basis points to 1.26% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 from 2.21% in the corresponding quarter last year.

Total interest expense decreased $3.6 million, or 56.0% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 compared to the same period last year. The decrease was driven by a $2.9 million, or 62.2% decrease in interest expense on deposits and a $660,000, or 39.0% decrease in interest expense on borrowings. Average interest-bearing deposits for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 increased $152.0 million, or 7.0%, which was more than offset by the 56 basis point decrease in cost of deposits, down to 0.31% compared to 0.87% in the same period last year. Average borrowings for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 decreased $258.1 million, or 50.6% compared to the same period last year as a result of the previously mentioned balance sheet restructuring. The increase in average deposits (interest and noninterest-bearing) was due to successful deposit gathering campaigns and funds from PPP loans and other government stimulus. The overall average cost of funds decreased 51 basis points to 0.44% for the current quarter compared to 0.95% in the same quarter last year. The decrease in the average cost of funds was driven by the lower federal funds rate during the current quarter compared to the prior year.

Net interest income decreased to $103.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2021, compared to $104.1 million in fiscal 2020. The $782,000, or 0.8% decrease was due to a $17.5 million decrease in interest and dividend income partially offset by a $16.7 million decrease in interest expense, both of which were driven primarily by the lower rate environment in the current fiscal year. Average interest-earning assets increased $115.6 million, or 3.5% to $3.4 billion for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to $3.3 billion in prior year. The average balance of total loans receivable increased by $71.1 million, or 2.6% compared to last year. The average balance of commercial paper and deposits in other banks increased $62.5 million, or 16.2% during fiscal 2021. These increases were funded by a $12.4 million, or 8.2% decrease in securities available for sale, a $5.6 million, or 13.3% decrease in other interest-earning assets and a $149.2 million, or 4.8% increase in average deposits (interest and noninterest-bearing) and borrowings as compared to last year. Net interest margin (on a fully taxable-equivalent basis) for the year ended June 30, 2021 decreased to 3.04% from 3.17% in prior year.

Total interest and dividend income decreased $17.5 million, or 12.9% for the year June 30, 2021 as compared to last year, which was primarily driven by a $10.4 million, or 8.5% decrease in interest income from loans, a $5.1 million, or 66.6% decrease in interest income from commercial paper and deposits in other banks, a $1.7 million, or 45.1% decrease in interest income from securities available for sale, and a $356,000, or 13.2% decrease in interest income from other interest-earning assets. The lower interest income was driven by the decrease in market yields compared to the prior year. Average loan yields decreased 48 basis points to 4.01% for the year ended June 30, 2021 from 4.49% last year. Average yields on commercial paper and deposits in other banks decreased 143 basis points to 0.57% for the year ended June 30, 2021 from 2.00% in the prior year. Average yields on securities available for sale decreased 98 basis points to 1.47% for the year ended June 30, 2021 from 2.45% in the prior year.

Total interest expense decreased $16.7 million, or 52.1% for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to last year. The decrease was driven by a $13.5 million, or 59.0% decrease in interest expense on deposits and a $3.3 million, or 35.1% decrease in interest expense on borrowings. The $116.1 million, or 5.4% increase in average interest-bearing deposits for the year ended June 30, 2021 was more than offset by the 65 basis point decrease down to 0.41% in the corresponding cost of deposits compared to 1.06% in the prior year. Average borrowings for the year ended June 30, 2021 decreased $151.6 million, or 26.7% along with a 19 basis point decrease in the average cost of borrowings compared to last year. The overall average cost of funds decreased 61 basis points to 0.57% for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to 1.18% last year due primarily to the impact of the lower amount of borrowings and rates.

Noninterest income increased $3.9 million, or 54.5% to $11.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 from $7.2 million for the same period in the previous year primarily due to a $3.1 million, or 128.9% increase in gain on sale of loans, a $372,000, or 20.1% increase in other noninterest income, and a $346,000, or 17.0% increase in service charges and fees on deposit accounts. The increase in gain on the sale of loans was primarily driven by an increase in gains from sales of SBA and mortgage loans. During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, $21.4 million of the guaranteed portion of SBA commercial loans were sold with gains of $2.4 million compared to $4.0 million sold with gains of $286,000 in the corresponding quarter in the prior year. There were $105.6 million of residential mortgage loans originated for sale which were sold with gains of $2.8 million compared to $68.6 million sold with gains of $1.9 million in the corresponding quarter in the prior year. In addition, $24.9 million of home equity loans were sold during the quarter ended June 30, 2021 for a gain of $164,000 compared to $53.1 million sold with gains of $232,000 in the corresponding quarter. The increase in other noninterest income was driven by a $353,000, or 31.0% increase in operating lease income from the continued growth in the equipment finance line of business. The increase in service charges and fees on deposit accounts was primarily related to higher debit card fees as customers have begun to increase spending as a result of the broader market recovery from the pandemic.

Noninterest income increased $9.5 million, or 31.3% to $39.8 million for the year ended June 30, 2021 from $30.3 million last year primarily due to a $7.4 million, or 74.5% increase in gain on sale of loans and a $2.8 million, or 44.0% increase in other noninterest income, partially offset by a $299,000, or 3.2% decrease in service charges and fees on deposit accounts, and a $286,000, or 11.5% decrease in loan income and fees. The increase in gain on the sale of loans was driven by an increase in sales of mortgage, SBA, and home equity loans. There were $406.5 million of residential mortgage loans originated for sale which were sold with gains of $10.5 million compared to $203.9 million sold with gains of $5.4 million in the prior year. Included in the prior year’s gain on sale of loans was an additional $1.3 million non-recurring gain related to one-to-four family portfolio loans of $154.9 million reclassed to loans held for sale that were sold during the year. During the year ended June 30, 2021, $66.1 million of the guaranteed portion of SBA commercial loans were sold with gains of $6.1 million compared to $38.1 million sold with gains of $2.8 million in the prior year. In addition, $110.8 million of home equity loans were sold during the year ended June 30, 2021 with gains of $724,000 compared to $71.1 million sold with gains of $415,000 in the prior year. The increase in other noninterest income was driven by a $2.2 million, or 66.9% increase in operating lease income from the equipment finance business and a $538,000, or 63.4% increase in the investment services line of business. The decrease in service charges and fees on deposit accounts was primarily related to lower nonsufficient fund fees as customers decreased spending during the pandemic. The decrease in loan income and fees was primarily a result of lower fees from the Company’s adjustable rate conversion program.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased $23.6 million, or 95.6% to $48.2 million compared to $24.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase was driven by the $19.0 million prepayment penalty on the early retirement of borrowings and to a lesser extent the $1.5 million charge related to the branch closures, all of which are related to the Company’s balance sheet restructuring and profitability improvement plan. In addition, there was a $2.1 million, or 14.8% increase in salaries and employee benefits as a result of new positions, mortgage loan origination incentives, and annual salary increases; a $527,000, or 14.0% increase in other expenses, mainly driven by depreciation from the Company’s equipment finance line of business; a $499,000, or 319.9% increase in marketing and advertising expense related to our post-pandemic full geographic footprint marketing campaign; a $379,000, or 17.9% increase in computer services as a result of increased processing charges; and a $254,000, or 11.3% increase in net occupancy expense from investments in infrastructure. Partially offsetting these increases was a cumulative decrease of $209,000, or 18.7% in telephone, postage, and supplies expense and core deposit intangible amortization for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the same period last year. In addition, there was a $522,000, or 81.3% decrease in real estate owned (“REO”) related expenses as a result of fewer properties held, no post-foreclosure writedowns, and additional legal expenses in the prior year’s quarter related to one commercial property.

Noninterest expense for the year ended June 30, 2021 increased $34.1 million, or 35.1% to $131.2 million compared to $97.1 million last year. The increase was primarily due to $22.7 million in prepayment penalties on borrowings and $1.5 million in branch closure and restructuring charges previously mentioned. In addition, there was a $6.2 million, or 11.0% increase in salaries and employee benefits; a $2.9 million, or 20.8% increase in other expenses, driven by depreciation from the Company’s equipment finance line of business; a $1.5 million, or 17.8% increase in computer services; an $899,000 increase in deposit insurance premiums as a result of credits issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation being utilized in the prior year period; and a $293,000, or 3.2% increase in net occupancy expense. Partially offsetting these increases was a $686,000, or 48.3% decrease in core deposit intangible amortization and a cumulative decrease of $399,000, or 7.8% in telephone, postage, and supplies expense; and marketing and advertising expense for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to last year. In addition, there was a $893,000, or 60.5% decrease in REO related expenses as a result of fewer properties held, no post-foreclosure writedowns, and a gain on the sale of REO in the current period compared to a loss last year.

For the three months ended June 30, 2021, the Company’s net income tax benefit was $2.7 million driven by the quarter’s pretax loss compared to income tax expense of $964,000 in the corresponding quarter of last year.

For the year ended June 30, 2021, the Company’s income tax expense decreased $2.6 million, or 43.2% to $3.4 million from $6.0 million as a result of lower taxable income. The effective tax rate for the year ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 was 17.9% and 20.9%, respectively.

Balance Sheet Review

Total assets and liabilities decreased by $198.1 million and $186.4 million down to $3.5 billion and $3.1 billion, respectively, at June 30, 2021 as compared to June 30, 2020. The cumulative decrease of $201.6 million, or 41.8% in cash and cash equivalents, commercial paper, and certificates of deposits in other banks; along with the $169.8 million, or 6.1% increase in deposits was used to pay down borrowings by $360.0 million. The $16.4 million, or 21.2% increase in loans held for sale primarily relates to additional one-to-four family and home equity loans originated for sale during the period. The $15.2 million, or 39.1% decrease in other investments, at cost was due to Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) stock being sold back in connection with the previously mentioned paydown of borrowings.

Total loans decreased $35.9 million, or 1.3% to $2.7 billion at June 30, 2021. The decrease was driven by PPP loan forgiveness totaling $34.0 million, the continued payoff of purchased HELOCs of $32.8 million, partially offset by $31.0 million in organic loan growth.

Total deposits increased $169.8 million, or 6.1% to $3.0 billion at June 30, 2021 from $2.8 billion at June 30, 2020 which was driven by a $436.2 million, or 21.3% increase in core deposits as a result of additional funds to customers from government stimulus and the Company’s focused effort to realign the deposit mix. Partially offsetting the increase was a managed runoff of certificates of deposit and brokered deposits totaling $266.4 million, or 36.0% down to $472.8 million at June 30, 2021. Total borrowings decreased $360.0 million, or 75.8% to $115.0 million at June 30, 2021 from $475.0 million at June 30, 2020 due to the early retirement of $475.0 million in long-term FHLB borrowings partially offset by $115.0 million in additional borrowings at lower rates and 30-day maturities.

On July 1, 2020, the Company adopted the current expected credit loss (“CECL”) accounting standard in accordance with Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, “Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments.” The cumulative effect adjustment from this change in accounting policy resulted in an increase in its allowance for credit losses for loans of $14.8 million, additional deferred tax assets of $3.9 million, additional reserve for unfunded loan commitments of $2.3 million, and a reduction to retained earnings of $13.2 million. In addition, an allowance for credit loss for commercial paper was established for $250,000 with a deferred tax asset of $58,000. The adoption of this ASU did not have an effect on available for sale debt securities for the year ended June 30, 2021.

Stockholders’ equity at June 30, 2021 decreased $11.7 million, or 2.9% to $396.5 million compared to $408.3 million at June 30, 2020. Changes within stockholders’ equity included $15.7 million in net income and $6.7 million in stock-based compensation and stock option exercises, offset by $13.4 million related to the adoption of the new CECL accounting standard, 733,347 shares of common stock being repurchased at an average cost of $22.03, or approximately $16.2 million in total, and $5.0 million related to cash dividends declared. As of June 30, 2021, the Bank was considered “well capitalized” in accordance with its regulatory capital guidelines and exceeded all regulatory capital requirements.

Asset Quality

The allowance for credit losses was $35.5 million, or 1.30% of total loans, at June 30, 2021 compared to $28.1 million, or 1.01% of total loans, at June 30, 2020. The allowance for credit losses to total gross loans excluding PPP loans was 1.32% at June 30, 2021, compared to 1.04% at June 30, 2020. The overall increase was driven by additional allowance stemming from the Company’s adoption of the new CECL accounting standard.

Provision for credit losses was a net benefit of $7.1 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, compared to a $8.5 million provision for fiscal year 2020. The net benefit of provision was primarily driven by changes in the economic forecast which continue to improve since the adoption of the standard. Net loan recoveries totaled $309,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to net charge-offs of $1.5 million for the same period last year. Net recoveries as a percentage of average loans were (0.04)% for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 compared to net charge-offs of 0.21% for the corresponding quarter in 2020. Net loan charge-offs totaled $143,000 and $1.9 million for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 0.01% and 0.07% for each of the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Nonperforming assets decreased by $3.5 million, or 21.3% to $12.8 million, or 0.36% of total assets at June 30, 2021 compared to $16.3 million, or 0.44% of total assets at June 30, 2020. Nonperforming assets included $12.6 million in nonaccruing loans and $188,000 in REO at June 30, 2021, compared to $15.9 million and $337,000 in nonaccruing loans and REO, respectively, at June 30, 2020. Included in nonperforming loans as of June 30, 2021 were $5.5 million of loans restructured from their original terms of which $4.2 million were current at June 30, 2021, with respect to their modified payment terms. Nonperforming loans to total loans was 0.46% at June 30, 2021 and 0.58% at June 30, 2020.

The ratio of classified assets to total assets decreased to 0.64% at June 30, 2021 from 0.84% at June 30, 2020 due to the decrease in classified loans during fiscal 2021. Classified assets decreased to $22.4 million at June 30, 2021 compared to $31.1 million at June 30, 2020 primarily due to $5.7 million in payoffs, $1.6 million in charge-offs, and $950,000 in upgrades during the period. The Company’s overall asset quality metrics continue to demonstrate its commitment to growing and maintaining a loan portfolio with a moderate risk profile; however, the Company will remain diligent in its review of the portfolio and overall economy as it continues to maneuver through the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had assets of $3.5 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a North Carolina state chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added relationship banking with over 40 locations as well as online/mobile channels. Locations include: North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the “Piedmont” region, Charlotte, and Raleigh/Cary), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the 2nd largest publicly traded community bank holding company headquartered in North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” or “may.” Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management’s current expectations and forecasts regarding future events, many of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on our credit quality and business operations, as well as its impact on general economic and financial market conditions and other uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the extent and duration of the impact on public health, the U.S. and global economies, and consumer and corporate customers, including economic activity, employment levels and market liquidity; increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in HomeTrust’s latest annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission – which are available on our website at www.htb.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this press release or the documents we file with or furnish to the SEC are based upon management’s beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors described above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2022 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect our operating and stock performance.

WEBSITE: WWW.HOMETRUSTBANCSHARES.COM
Contact:
Dana L. Stonestreet – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tony J. VunCannon – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer
828-259-3939