Washington Trust Reports Record Full-Year 2018 Earnings and Reaches $5 Billion in Assets
January 28, 2019
WESTERLY, R.I., Jan. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:WASH), parent company of The Washington Trust Company, today announced fourth quarter 2018 net income of $17.0 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, compared to net income of $17.5 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, reported for the third quarter of 2018. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $68.4 million, or $3.93 per diluted share, compared to $45.9 million, or $2.64 per diluted share, reported for the prior year. Earnings in 2017 were reduced by a non-cash charge to write down net deferred tax assets by $6.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included the reduction of the federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018.
“Washington Trust reported record full-year 2018 earnings, reached $5 billion in total assets and posted all-time high levels of total deposits and loans,” stated Edward O. Handy III, Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These achievements are testaments to our continued success in growing our key business lines and expanding our presence throughout the region.”
Selected highlights for fourth quarter and full-year 2018 include:
- Returns on average equity and average assets for the fourth quarter were 15.61% and 1.40%, respectively. Full-year returns on average equity and average assets were at 16.20% and 1.46%, respectively.
- Total loans were up by $124 million, or 3%, from the end of the prior quarter and up by $306 million, or 9%, from a year ago.
- Total deposits were up by $110 million, or 3%, from the end of the preceding quarter and up by $281 million, or 9%, from a year ago.
- In December, Washington Trust declared a quarterly dividend of 47 cents per share, representing a 4 cent per share, or 9%, increase over the preceding quarter. Full-year 2018 dividends declared amounted to $1.76 per share, representing an increase of 22 cents per share, or 14%, over last year.