Earnings call: Glacier Bancorp reports Q1 results, branch acquisitions

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Earnings call: Glacier Bancorp reports Q1 results, branch acquisitions

Glacier Bancorp (NYSE: GBCI ) reported its financial results for the first quarter, announcing an increase in net interest margin and the approval of its purchase of six Montana branches. Despite a rise in loan yields outpacing deposit costs and an increase in both loan portfolio and total deposits, net income for the quarter saw a 40% decrease from the previous quarter, settling at $32.6 million. This drop was attributed to credit loss expenses from an acquisition and increased expenses due to a special assessment by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The company also completed the acquisition of Community Financial Group and declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share.

Key Takeaways

  • Net interest margin increased, driven by higher loan yields.
  • Interest income rose by 2% from the previous quarter and 20% year-over-year.
  • Loan portfolio and total deposits both grew by 3% in the quarter.
  • $2.7 billion of Federal Reserve bank term funding was repaid.
  • Non-performing assets decreased by 1% from the previous quarter and 20% year-over-year.
  • Net income decreased by 40% from the previous quarter due to credit loss expenses and FDIC special assessment.
  • Acquisition of Community Financial Group completed; six branches from Heartland Bank to be purchased.
  • Quarterly dividend declared at $0.33 per share.
  • Recognized for retail banking satisfaction and ranked as a top bank by Forbes.
  • Continued margin growth and stable credit conditions expected.

Company Outlook

  • Glacier Bancorp expects low to mid-single-digit loan growth for the full year.
  • Margin expected to reach the low $280 million range by year-end, with quarter-over-quarter growth.
  • Balance sheet likely to remain stable, with loan growth funded by securities outflow.
  • Efficiency ratio could reach 69% to 70% by Q4, lower if excluding transaction costs.

Bearish Highlights

  • Net income for the quarter decreased significantly due to credit loss expenses and increased FDIC expenses.

Bullish Highlights

  • Interest income and net interest margin showed strong growth.
  • Loan portfolio and deposit base both expanded.
  • Non-performing assets continued to decline.


  • The company's net income suffered due to acquisition-related expenses and a special FDIC assessment.

Q&A Highlights

  • Ron Copher discussed expected cost savings from Wheatland acquisition and higher Q2 expenses.
  • Tom Dolan provided insights on anticipated loan growth patterns.
  • Byron Pollan commented on margin expectations and balance sheet stability.
  • Efficiency ratio, including transaction costs, expected to be around 69-70%, without them 74-75%.
  • Second quarter expenses projected to be between $144-146 million, excluding merger-related expenses.
  • Operating expense from the branch acquisition estimated at $3 million.
  • Investment yields on tax-exempt securities at 3.52%, taxable investments at 1.60%.
  • Fixed rate loans maturing within the year amount to nearly $900 million.
  • Margin guidance assumes two rate cuts later in the year, with minor impact on forecast.

Glacier Bancorp's earnings call reflected a company navigating the complexities of acquisitions and market fluctuations while maintaining a focus on growth and efficiency. The company's strategy to enhance its loan portfolio and deposit base, coupled with its cost-saving measures and expansion through acquisitions, positions it for continued progress in the financial sector.

InvestingPro Insights

Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) has demonstrated a resilient financial performance in its latest earnings report, with a notable increase in net interest margin and a strategic expansion through acquisitions. Here are some key insights based on real-time data from InvestingPro and InvestingPro Tips that investors might find valuable:

  • The company has a solid market capitalization of $4.19 billion and a Price/Earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.1, which is slightly adjusted to 20.97 for the last twelve months as of Q1 2024. This indicates that investors are willing to pay $20.1 for every dollar of earnings, suggesting a moderate valuation relative to earnings.
  • Glacier Bancorp's dividend yield stands at 3.57%, with the company having maintained dividend payments for an impressive 40 consecutive years. This consistent return to shareholders is a testament to the company's financial stability and commitment to shareholder value.
  • Despite challenges, Glacier Bancorp has been profitable over the last twelve months, and analysts predict it will remain profitable this year. This is reinforced by a large price uptick of 26.44% over the last six months, showing investor confidence in the company's growth trajectory.

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Full transcript - Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) Q1 2024:

Operator: Thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Glacier Bancorp First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in listen-only mode. After the speaker's presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, today's program is being recorded. And now I'd like to introduce your host for today's program, Randy Chesler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Glacier Bancorp. Please go ahead, sir.

Randy Chesler: All right. Thank you, Jonathan, and good morning, and thank you for joining us today. With me here in Kalispell this morning is Ron Copher, our Chief Financial Officer; Angela Dose, our Chief Accounting Officer; Byron Pollan, our Treasurer; Tom Dolan, our Chief Credit Administrator; and Don Chery, our Chief Administrative Officer. I'd like to point out that the discussion today is subject to the same forward-looking considerations starting on Page 10 of our press release, and we encourage you to review this section. Yesterday, we released our first quarter earnings and an announcement regarding the approval of our purchase of six Montana branches after the close of the market. We experienced an increase in the net interest margin for the first time since the third quarter of 2022. The company's net interest margin as a percentage of earning assets on a tax equivalent basis was 2.59% compared to 2.56% in the prior quarter and was primarily driven by the increase in loan yields, outpacing the increase in deposit costs. This is a very welcome result and arrived a quarter sooner than we expected. We believe this trend will continue throughout '24 and into '25. It appears that we are entering a higher for longer period of interest rates and that environment is good for the company as our lower rates. Interest income of $279 million in the quarter increased $5.9 million or 2% over the prior quarter and increased $47.5 million or 20% over the prior year first quarter. The loan yield for the current quarter was 5.46%, increased 12 basis points compared to 5.34% in the prior quarter and increased 44 basis points from the prior year first quarter. The loan portfolio of $16.7 billion increased $534 million or 3% during the quarter. The core deposit cost was 1.34%, which increased 10 basis points for the quarter, which was the smallest increase since the fourth quarter of 2022. Total deposits of $20.4 billion increased $498 million or 3% during the current quarter and increased $279 million or 1% from the prior year first quarter. The $2.7 billion of Federal Reserve bank term funding was paid off during the quarter through a combination of Federal Home Loan Bank advances and cash. Non-performing assets of $25 million at quarter-end decreased $206,000 or 1% from the prior quarter and decreased $6.6 million or 20% from the prior year first quarter. Net income was $32.6 million for the current quarter, a decrease of $21.7 million or 40% from the prior quarter net income of $54.3 million. However, the current quarter included a total of $13.3 million related to credit loss expense from the acquisition of Wheatland Bank, acquisition-related expense and increased expense from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation special assessment. We completed the acquisition and core conversion of Community Financial Group, the parent of Wheatland Bank, a leading Eastern Washington community bank headquartered in Spokane, with total assets of $778 million. As you may remember, we consolidated our other Eastern Washington division, North Cascades Bank under Wheatland to create one brand in Eastern Washington. The two divisions have been combined, and the team has done an excellent job bringing our employees and customers together and focusing on building the Wheatland brand across the state. In February, we announced a purchase and assumption agreement with Heartland Bank to purchase six Montana branches from its Rocky Mountain Bank division, including the deposits, loans, owned real estate and fixed assets associated with the branches. I'm very pleased to announce that we received all regulatory approvals yesterday and expect to close this transaction in July. It is a rare opportunity to purchase six branches of a well-running franchise in good markets where we already have divisional branch leadership and a good knowledge of the customers. This transaction includes high-quality deposits and loans and a great team of employees, too. We expect to close and convert these branches in July. We also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share. The company has declared 156 quarterly dividends and has increased the dividend 49 times. This quarter, we're very pleased to be recognized by J.D. Power to be number one in retail banking satisfaction in Montana, Idaho and Washington. And Forbes also announced that they ranked Glacier Bank as top 10 in the US of the world's best banks. And that now makes it five consecutive years we have achieved this recognition. So, Jonathan, that ends my formal remarks, and I would now like you to open the line for any questions that our analysts may have.

Operator: [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of David Feaster from Raymond (NS: RYMD ) James. Your question please.

David Feaster: Hey, good morning, everybody.

Randy Chesler: Good morning, David.

David Feaster: Maybe just starting on the margin. You were able to -- like you talked about, drive the core margin higher quarter-over-quarter. You've been pretty vocal about calling the bottom and were able to do it earlier than expected. And then you talked about the higher for longer environment being a positive, which makes sense just given the earning asset remix. I guess I was just hoping that you could help us think through the margin trajectory over the course of the year assuming rates do stabilize here. And then -- and we stay in this higher for longer environment. And just remind us expectations for the benefits of each freight cut if they do arise.

Byron Pollan: Sure, David. This is Byron. I can touch on margin. I would say, first of all, we're very pleased to see that our margin did grow in the first quarter. I think that was huge. And as you mentioned, a little sooner than we anticipated. I would say the trends are there for growth throughout the year, whether the Fed cuts or not. We do a little better if the Fed cuts, but higher for longer is still good for us. I would say in this rate environment with fewer cuts pushback later in the year, we do give up a little bit of the margin upside. However, our branch acquisition that Randy talked about gives us some of that back. So I would say, net-net, we're pretty much in the same place, even with fewer expected rate cuts this year. I would say, overall, I would see our full year margin coming in at the low end of our previous guide. That's a $280 million, and that does include the benefit of the branch acquisitions that Randy noted. I would say -- I would caution you on that, though, there is a potential headwind and that is with non-interest bearing migration. If we can -- if we see some outflow in our non-interest bearing deposit balances, that could pressure deposit costs and margin if that comes through.

David Feaster: Absolutely. And maybe just kind of staying on that topic, could you talk about the trends that you saw in the quarter, especially on NIB and core deposits and how that progressed throughout the quarter? And just kind of the early read on the second quarter so far, and just how you're thinking about core deposit growth as we enter into seasonally stronger months?

Byron Pollan: Sure. Yeah. Non-interest bearing balances did -- we did on a core from an organic perspective. Non-interest bearing balances did outflow, I would say, if you break that down within the quarter. All of our outflow happened in January, followed by a slight growth in February and March. Again, with the acquisition of Wheatland, they brought in $250 million of non-interest bearing balances. That was a significant boost to the balance sheet. I do think we could continue to see some additional outflow in future quarters. For example, we do see some tax -- seasonal tax outflows this time of year. So that's something that we've seen so far in April, that's consistent with prior years as well. Overall, in terms of core deposits, I do think we could see a little bit of outflow in the second quarter. I do think we will be returning more towards seasonal trends, which means very strong inflows during the summer months and early fall. And then as we get later in the year, we could see a little bit of outflow. So I see overall kind of getting back to some of the normal seasonality that we see year-to-year and so that's -- I think that's a positive for us. Overall, in terms of where I see the balance ending, I think we'll end up -- at the end of '23, pretty close to where we ended, and this is organically close to where we ended the year -- last year with growth coming from the acquisitions of Wheatland and the branches.

David Feaster: Okay. That's really helpful color. And then maybe just last one for me. Touching on credit. I mean broadly, credit remains pretty benign. You guys are aggressive managers of credit. NPAs still are low, but early-stage delinquencies did tick up and it sounds like it's primarily on one credit. I'm just curious if you could touch on what drove that? And then your thoughts on credit more broadly, what you're seeing, what you're watching more closely and your thoughts on credit as you stretch your book.

Tom Dolan: Yeah. Like you said, the increase this quarter was primarily one relationship. We should have some resolution this quarter -- second quarter on that transaction. More broadly on the portfolio, we're not seeing any specific industry, asset class or geography that's showing any trends and stress. So no material cracks in the portfolio yet. Certainly, we keep watching. We still regularly stress test the portfolio not only for economic trends, but also interest rates. Those results continue to be favorable, and we just continue our strong discipline in credit risk management.

David Feaster: And so that credit, what industry was it in? And it sounds like you're expecting a resolution with no losses or anything pretty quickly?

Tom Dolan: Yeah. The industry that is in hospitality and the -- what's behind it, it's really more like an RV cabin type structure. And it's -- the sponsor is just involved in some other transactions and that are coming out of the ground and so instead of where these projects are typically slow in the winter, some funds left there to support some other projects, and we expect it to return back to its normal trend this summer.

David Feaster: That’s great color. Thanks, everybody.

Operator: Thank you. One moment for our next question. And our next question comes from the line of Kelly Motta from KBW. Your question please.

Kelly Motta: Hey, good morning. Thanks for the question.

Randy Chesler: Good morning, Kelly.

Kelly Motta: Maybe just starting with expenses. It looks like you came in right down the middle of where you said you went last quarter. Just wondering, if we look ahead, if there's any sort of puts and takes, cost savings we should be incorporating with Wheatland as well as how we should be thinking about any of the associated costs with the Heartland Bridge transaction you announced.

Ron Copher: Yeah, Kelly, Ron here. Yeah, thanks for the recognition. We hit it right down the middle there. So that's pretty good. The point I want to make is the divisions, corporate departments, everybody continues to focus on that. The guide that I want to give for Q2, I'm going to stick with the $144 million to $146 million. But we're going to be on the high end of that. I think as we get through the second quarter. But speaking to Wheatland, we do expect to about another $2 million of cost savings that we'll have there. And those will be spread out over the three quarters ratably. One thing to keep in mind, another reason why I say the high end of that range closer to the $146 million. We only had two months of Wheatland in there, and now we're going to have a full three months. So that helps explain why it would be at the high end of that range. And then let me pause there. Any questions on that information.

Kelly Motta: No, I think that was explained quite well. Thanks, Ron.

Ron Copher: Okay. But let me then get into the branch acquisition of Rocky Mountain, the thing everybody should take away is we're going to on an operating basis for the 5 months of 2024, we're factoring in the $0.03 per share that's operating, but we've got the transaction-related expenses that will largely be expensed in the -- in that third quarter. Again, we're going to close that in July. So the operating will be $0.03 over that five months, just say [$0.015] (ph) in each quarter, if you will. But then the transaction expenses on an after-tax basis, that's $0.05. So that will show up primarily in that third quarter and then very little I expect will show up in the -- in that fourth quarter. But we feel pretty good about it.

Kelly Motta: Got it. That's helpful. Maybe turning to loan growth. Can you just provide an overview of what pipelines look like right now, how they're forming, where you're seeing the most opportunities and your outlook as you look ahead through the balance of this year.

Tom Dolan: Sure. Yeah, Kelly, this is Tom. Yeah, just to rewind the clock a little bit. We saw pipelines muted pretty much throughout 2023. Now that there's been a little more stable guidance around where interest rates are going. We've seen our pipelines pick up a little bit in the first quarter, which is encouraging. And so our guidance for the full year, we're going to -- we're still at the low to mid-single digits. I think we'll probably see some stronger growth in Q2, Q3. Q4 tends to be a little bit slow. So for the overall year, low to mid-single digits. And then in terms of specific industry or geography, it's pretty -- it's fairly widespread across the industries and across our HP (NYSE: HPQ ) footprint. So nothing is really standing out as an outlier.

Kelly Motta: Got it. That's helpful. And then maybe last one from me. I appreciate the color around margin and your expectation now that that's on the lower end of the previously provided range. Just wondering, as we think ahead, there is a lot of moving parts this quarter with the BTFP repayment. And just how should we be thinking about the size of the balance sheet portion? Do you still expect the balance sheet to grow through the balance of the year? Or is loan growth mostly going to be funded with securities flows and whatnot?

Byron Pollan: I do think loan growth will be funded with securities outflow. We do continue to see about $250 million of cash flow coming off of our securities portfolio. I think that's going to be a massive fund. The loan growth that Tom will see on his side of the balance sheet. So I think overall, our cash balance will probably maintain it in the range that you see it now, somewhere between $700 million and $800 million. So likely to see a fairly stable balance sheet that's where we ended the quarter organically. And from there, just add the branch acquisitions that will happen later in the year.

Kelly Motta: Thanks a lot. I’ll step back.

Operator: Thank you. One moment for our next question. And our next question comes from the line of Jeff Rulis from D.A. Davidson. Your question please.

Jeff Rulis: Thanks, good morning.

Randy Chesler: Good morning, Jeff.

Jeff Rulis: Byron, sorry to get back on the margin, but I just wanted to clarify. I think when you said kind of low end at $280 million. We're talking about trajectory towards that at year-end. Is that correct way to think about that?

Byron Pollan: Yes. We do think it will be growing quarter-over-quarter and on the full year, end up in that $280 million area. So I would say from here, continued growth quarter-over-quarter. And we have a lot of positive dynamics in the structure of our balance sheet and the repricing of our assets that are not dependent on Fed cut. And so that's really where you're going to see the growth in our margin for the rest of the year.

Jeff Rulis: Okay. But that -- I mean, I think we were talking last quarter about potentially kind of Q4 exiting the year, you could -- you have 3%. I think that included maybe some rate cuts, and you talked about this time around that rate cuts would be better understanding that it's still trending up. So is that -- am I thinking about that right that even with the $280 million low guide, maybe not that high end exiting at 3% with cuts if that doesn't play out. But is that -- I mean without cuts, let me put it this way, it's probably something north of $280 million to end the year. Is that fair if we're getting an average for the full year at $280 million.

Byron Pollan: That's right. Yeah. We'll be approaching the high 2s as we exit the year, and as I mentioned, what we give up with fewer Fed cuts, we kind of get back with the addition of the branches that are coming on to the balance sheet. So some puts and takes there, but overall, I do see us continuing to grow margin. And I think on the year, we'll be close to that low end of the previous guidance, as I mentioned.

Jeff Rulis: Okay.

Randy Chesler: The margin does grow, Jeff, and reaches that almost 3% in the fourth quarter, but then the full year margin is closer to what Byron is saying is the low -- when you take the full year margin, that's going to be closer to the $280 million in that range.

Jeff Rulis: Okay. And Randy, as you mentioned on this call and I think in prior calls, there's momentum into '25 as well as we kind of prior discussions, that's correct as well.

Randy Chesler: Yes.

Jeff Rulis: Okay. And then -- sorry for the follow-ons. The expense side, Ron, yeah, I just wanted to kind of range by. I appreciate the onetime expenses with the branch deal. But if we think about high end maybe in 2Q run rate of $146 million, what does that head to in -- if you get some cost saves, but then you bring on HTLF or the whatever division they call that. Where does that head in the third quarter in terms of quarterly kind of run rate ex the transaction costs more core?

Ron Copher: Yeah. So in the third quarter, first of, the Rocky Mountain Bank branches that we'll pick up, we only have them for five months. So we've said we'll have a 38% cost savings overall, but we're only going to have 50% of that occur, and then you only got five months. So it won't be a big cost savings in that respect. It will show up in '25 because we're going to have 100% cost saves there because of the -- being in the market, having to convert right away, it's not a typical stock deal. So there will be some slight trending up in the third -- in the fourth quarter, but I'm not ready to quantify it just yet. I want to see what we're going to get when we actually close on the deal.

Jeff Rulis: Okay. One last one, Randy. It's kind of a high-level question. I guess, we're a year removed from kind of the liquidity crisis or the peak of that. And I think in early '23, kind of circle the wagons with your team in terms of bringing customers back. And I guess just at a high level, do you feel like you've sort of reestablished the bank with those customers in terms of maybe some led away late in '22? And just kind of feeling where you are competitively on the deposit side and kind of a year removed, if you will.

Randy Chesler: Yeah. Yeah, a lot has happened since '22. I think the team did an excellent job of going back out after the -- if you go back to some of the turbulence we had in the market, both with rates moving up quickly and people moving based on market rates and then the fear around the Silicon Valley Bank failure. The team, I think of all the customers we want to bring back in, have done a very good job of bringing them back. And in fact, I think that the current status right now is there are some very good customers kind of up for grabs in the market. And based on what other banks are doing, and so I think we're not only feel good about holding on to the good customers that we had back in '22, but growing some relationships with some new customers. So right now, it looks very favorable. I still think the banking environment overall could be a bit fragile. But as of right now, Jeff, looks very favorable.

Jeff Rulis: Thanks for the perspective. Appreciate it. Thanks.

Randy Chesler: Thanks.

Operator: Thank you. One moment for our next question. And our next question comes from the line of Matthew Clark from Piper Sandler. Your question please.

Matthew Clark: Hey, good morning, thanks for the questions.

Randy Chesler: Good morning.

Matthew Clark: Maybe just to close the loop on the margin. If you could give us the spot rate on deposit costs at the end of December and then the average NIM and -- I'm sorry, at the end of March. And then the average NIM in the month of March?

Byron Pollan: Sure. Spot rates on total deposits on March 31 was $136 million. And then the spot margin in the month of March was 2.61%.

Matthew Clark: 2.61%. Okay. Great. Thank you. And then on the Heartland branch deal, can you help quantify the loans and deposits that are expected to come over, even if it's somewhat of a range and then the related margin on those combined balances?

Ron Copher: Yeah, Jeff, Ron here. So on the deposits, we'll pick up $463 million. I'm going to throw a $7 million in there for repo, but the deposits $463 million, the yield on that, that we're getting just on the coupon is the $437. That's what's coming over. I'll get to the fair value mark and accretion in a second. On the loans, $296 million coming in, again, a yield of 5.37%. On the deposits, the yield on average cost is 1.59%. They've had -- in order to retain deposits, they've had to price up and also some migration as you can imagine. So on the loan marks, the accretable dollar amount is $17 million, that includes both the rate mark and the credit mark and combined $17 million fully amortized at over five years. So the margin should be pretty healthy, both actual and then the -- with the purchase accounting marks as well.

Matthew Clark: Okay. Great. Thank you. And then just on your efficiency ratio. It's higher than I'm sure you'd like it to be, I think, on an operating basis, about 72%, well above kind of your longer-term goal, 54%, 55%. Where do you think that efficiency ratio can get to by the fourth quarter of this year and then into next year?

Ron Copher: I would say, just to give you a range, Again, we're going to have to factor in the fact that we have those transaction costs coming in, so that factors in, even though I can say their M&A. So I would tell you, it will probably be 69%, 70% is realistically the best that we can do. That's all in. And if you pull out the operating, I would say, we could get to 74%, 75% range.

Matthew Clark: You mean lower, if it's excluding...

Ron Copher: Lower, yeah.

Matthew Clark: Okay. So lower than the 69%, 70%, not higher with the ex merger charges? Okay.

Ron Copher: Yeah. That’s right.

Matthew Clark: Okay. And is that by the fourth quarter this year, is that what you're suggesting? Or is that -- how are you thinking about next year?

Ron Copher: It could be for the full year.

Matthew Clark: For this year.

Ron Copher: Yeah.

Matthew Clark: Okay. All right, that’s it for me. Thank you.

Randy Chesler: Welcome.

Operator: [Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from the line of Andrew Terrell from Stephens. Your question please.

Andrew Terrell: Hey, good morning.

Randy Chesler: Good morning.

Andrew Terrell: If I could just follow-up quickly on the expenses, the $144 million to $146 million and maybe kind of higher end of that for the second quarter. I just want to clarify, is that on an operating basis, so excluding any merger charges? Or is it kind of fully loaded on a GAAP basis? I don't know if there are any merger expectations in 2Q?

Ron Copher: Yes. So it is excluding the merger-related expenses in the second quarter. So we'll still have some trailing and estimated to be no more than $2 million trailing M&A expenses.

Andrew Terrell: Okay. Got it. And then I don't know, I might have missed this, but are you able to provide the -- just the operating expense add we should expect in the third quarter from the branch acquisition, we can probably get there with the accretion math, but I think it would be helpful if we had the operating expense figure.

Ron Copher: Yeah, I would say it's going to be including the limited cost savings, again, just because it's a matter of time. I would go with $3 million additional noninterest expense will pick up from that.

Andrew Terrell: Okay. that's helpful. I appreciate it. If I can go back to just the margin briefly, if I look at the taxable securities yields in the quarter, it was, I think 2.13%, but it looks like the cash position normalized a lot with some of the BTFP repayment. Can you maybe just provide the spot securities yields at March 31 or just share kind of expectations for how the reported securities yield should trend in the second quarter.

Randy Chesler: Yeah. We're just double checking the numbers here to give that to you. And just while Byron is checking at the expenses that Ron gave you for the branch acquisition is $3 million for the -- till end of the year.

Ron Copher: Right. from the July 31 through the end of the year, five months.

Andrew Terrell: Okay. So got it.

Byron Pollan: And circling back to the investment yields on our tax exempt securities at 3.52% and our taxable investments are at 1.60% yield.

Andrew Terrell: 1.60%. Okay. Perfect. And then maybe just a reminder on the -- I understand the repricing story on the loan side. Can you just remind us on the bond book side, just how much in kind of quarterly cash flow you expect there?

Byron Pollan: Yeah. We're getting about $250 million a quarter in cash on our securities portfolio. That includes principal pay down and interest payments.

Andrew Terrell: Okay. Very good. Thank you for taking the questions.

Operator: Thank you. One moment for our next question. And our next question is a follow-up question from the line of Kelly Motta from KBW. Your question please.

Kelly Motta: Hey, thanks so much for letting me jump back in. I just wanted to follow-up two related questions on the margin. First, can you remind us on the fixed loan repricing coming off over the course of this year and next?

Byron Pollan: Sure. Give me a quick second here. So fixed rate loans maturing this year, well, I would say, in -- from March 31 to December 31, just under $900 million of fixed rate loans are maturing.

Kelly Motta: Got it. That is helpful. And then last question for me, and I hate to beat a dead horse, I just want to make sure I'm understanding the guidance correctly. Byron, when you said you now expect margin at the low end of the provided range of, call it, $280 million, is that assuming -- last quarter, you assumed 3 rate cuts. Is that assuming higher for longer, no change in rates here? Or I just want to make sure I'm understanding the provided guidance on that.

Byron Pollan: Sure. Sure. In that margin guide, we do have two cuts in our forecast, one in September, one in December. I would say because we do assume that there will be a lag between when the Fed cuts and when our deposit pricing will be able to come down, we're not getting a lot of benefit from a September, December cut in that current forecast. So the difference between higher for longer, no cuts and September, December cut is not that big in our model. It's a basis point or two at this point.

Kelly Motta: Got it. Thank you so much. I will -- that’s all from me.

Operator: Thank you. This does conclude the question-and-answer session of today's program. I'd like to hand the program back to Randy Chesler for any further remarks.

Randy Chesler: All right, Jonathan, thank you. We want to thank everybody for dialing into the call today. Have a great Friday and a great weekend. Thank you.

Operator: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for your participation in today's conference. This does conclude the program. You may now disconnect. Good day.

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