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Meridian Bancorp, Inc. Reports Record Net Income for the Third Quarter, up 30%, and its Intention to Increase the Quarterly Dividend 14%

October 22, 2019

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company” or “Meridian”) (NASDAQ: EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income of $19.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up from $15.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $17.4 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net income was $49.9 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, up from $43.4 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The Company’s return on average assets was 1.24% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up from 0.97% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 1.22% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Company’s return on average assets was 1.06%, up from 1.05% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The Company’s return on average equity was 11.17% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up from 8.75% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 10.28% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company’s return on average equity was 9.60%, up from 8.72% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Richard J. Gavegnano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am pleased to report record net income of $19.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 30% from the second quarter of 2019 and 13% from the third quarter of 2018, and $49.9 million for the first nine months of 2019, up 15% from the first nine months of 2018. These earnings increases reflect a $3.0 million loan loss provision reversal resulting from over $200 million of commercial loan pay-offs and another $200 million of construction loans that converted to permanent status and also reflect overhead expense reductions in the third quarter of 2019. While the strong commercial real estate market conditions in the metropolitan Boston area that resulted in the sale of several large underlying properties and the challenging interest rate environment that impacted market lending rates contributed to the volume of our loan payoffs, our loan origination pipelines remain strong. In consideration of our current and expected earnings trends, the Board of Directors intends to declare an increase in our quarterly dividend by $0.01 per share, or 14%, to $0.08 per share in the fourth quarter.”

The Company’s net interest income was $44.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up $1.7 million, or 4.1%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $2.8 million, or 6.9%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.52% and 2.87%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to 2.48% and 2.82%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 2.70% and 2.99%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net interest income increased $7.0 million, or 5.7%, to $129.3 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The interest rate spread and net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis were 2.52% and 2.86%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to 2.81% and 3.07% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The increases in net interest income were primarily due to growth in average loan balances and yields on interest-earning assets, reflecting higher commercial loan prepayment fees, partially offset by increases in the average balances of total deposits and borrowings and the cost of funds for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to the respective periods of 2018.

Total interest and dividend income increased to $68.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up $2.3 million, or 3.4%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $10.4 million, or 17.9%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018, primarily due to growth in the Company’s average loan balances to $5.841 billion and increases in the yield on loans. The Company’s yield on loans on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.54% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up seven basis points from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and up 24 basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Interest and fees on loans included commercial loan prepayment fees of $873,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up from $136,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $29,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The Company’s yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis was 4.42% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up four basis points from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and up 24 basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Company’s total interest and dividend income increased $33.3 million, or 20.1%, to $199.3 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2018, primarily due to growth in the Company’s average loan balances of $769.4 million, or 15.3%, to $5.782 billion and an increase in the yield on loans on a tax-equivalent basis of 17 basis points to 4.48% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Interest and fees on loans included commercial loan prepayment fees of $1.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, up from $658,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The Company’s yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis increased 23 basis points to 4.38% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Total interest expense increased to $24.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up $504,000, or 2.1%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $7.6 million, or 45.1%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Interest expense on deposits decreased $475,000, or 2.3%, to $20.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from the quarter ended June 30, 2019, primarily due to decreases of $30.1 million in average total deposits to $4.971 billion and five basis points in the cost of average total deposits to 1.61%. Interest expense on deposits increased $5.9 million, or 41.3%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018 primarily due to a $585.8 million increase, or 13.4%, in average total deposits and a 32 basis point increase in the cost of average total deposits from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Interest expense on borrowings increased to $4.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, up $979,000, or 31.1%, from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $1.7 million, or 67.7%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2018 primarily due to growth in average total borrowing to $627.1 million and increases in the average cost of borrowings to 2.61% from 2.37% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and 1.60% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The Company’s total cost of funds was 1.72% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, down one basis point from the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and up 39 basis points from the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Total interest expense increased $26.3 million, or 60.2%, to $70.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 from the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Interest expense on deposits increased $22.4 million, or 59.8%, to $60.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 from the nine months ended September 30, 2018 due to growth in average total deposits of $700.7 million, or 16.4%, to $4.962 billion and an increase in the cost of average total deposits of 44 basis points to 1.62%. Interest expense on borrowings increased $3.9 million, or 62.6%, to $10.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 from the nine months ended September 30, 2018 due to an increase in the cost of average total borrowings of 88 basis points to 2.31% and an increase in average total borrowings of $4.0 million, or 0.7%, to $579.3 million. The Company’s cost of funds increased 48 basis points to 1.69% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Mr. Gavegnano continued, “Our net interest income rose 4% along with a five basis point increase in our net interest margin to 2.87% for the third quarter from the second quarter of 2019. This improvement was driven by a seven basis point increase in our yield on loans as enhanced by commercial loan prepayment fees along with a one basis point decline in our cost of funds, reflecting a five basis point decrease in our cost of deposits. We expect further expansion in our margin in the coming months with continuing declines in our funding costs.”

The Company recognized a reversal of $3.0 million in its provision for loan losses for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to provisions of $78,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $226,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, there was a loan loss provision reversal of $2.1 million compared to a provision expense of $4.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The reductions in the provision for loan losses were primarily due to substantial payoffs of multi-family, commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loans, the conversion of construction loans to permanent status in the commercial loan categories and continuing improvements in credit quality trends during the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019. The allowance for loan losses was $50.8 million or 0.88% of total loans at September 30, 2019, compared to $53.9 million or 0.92% of total loans at June 30, 2019, $53.2 million or 0.94% of total loans at December 31, 2018, and $49.6 million or 0.94% of total loans at September 30, 2018. The declines in the allowance for loan losses coverage ratio were based on management’s assessment of the loan portfolio balance and composition changes, declines in historical charge-off trends, reduced levels of problem loans and other improvements in asset quality trends.

Net charge-offs totaled $56,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to net charge-offs of $210,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and net charge-offs of $18,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, net charge-offs totaled $343,000 compared to net recoveries of $139,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Non-accrual loans were $3.9 million, or 0.07% of total loans outstanding, at September 30, 2019; down $2.1 million, or 34.7%, from June 30, 2019; down $3.0 million, or 42.8%, from December 31, 2018 and down $4.1 million, or 50.7%, from September 30, 2018. Non-performing assets were $3.9 million, or 0.06% of total assets, at September 30, 2019, compared to $6.0 million, or 0.09% of total assets, at June 30, 2019, $6.9 million, or 0.11% of total assets, at December 31, 2018, and $8.0 million, or 0.14% of total assets, at September 30, 2018.

Mr. Gavegnano noted, “We are also gratified to have achieved asset quality levels not seen since well before the Great Recession. Along with non-performing loans of only $3.9 million, or 0.06% of total assets, we currently have no past due multi-family, commercial real estate or construction loans outstanding.”

Non-interest income was $2.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, down from $3.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $3.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Non-interest income decreased $105,000, or 3.6%, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2019, primarily due to a $686,000 decrease in gain on marketable equity securities, net, reflecting decreases in market valuations, partially offset by increases of $383,000 in loan fees and $140,000 in customer service fees. Compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2018, non-interest income decreased $828,000, or 22.5%, primarily due to a decrease of $1.2 million in gain on marketable equity securities, net, partially offset by increases of $186,000 in customer service fees and $135,000 in loan fees. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, non-interest income increased $763,000, or 8.6%, to $9.6 million from $8.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, primarily due to increases of $454,000 in gain on marketable equity securities, net, reflecting increases in market valuations, $128,000 in loan fees and $119,000 in customer service fees. The increases in loan fees are primarily due to $308,000 of loan swap fee income recognized in the third quarter of 2019.

Non-interest expenses were $23.8 million, or 1.50% of average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to $25.1 million, or 1.60% of average assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and $23.0 million, or 1.61% of average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Non-interest expenses decreased $1.3 million, or 5.1%, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2019, due primarily to decreases of $919,000 in deposit insurance, $280,000 in marketing and advertising, $176,000 in other general and administrative and $104,000 in professional services, partially offset by a $185,000 increase in salaries and employee benefits. Non-interest expenses increased $840,000, or 3.7%, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2018, due primarily to increases of $715,000 in salaries and employee benefits, $676,000 in occupancy and equipment, $279,000 in data processing and $187,000 in marketing and advertising, partially offset by decreases of $841,000 in deposit insurance and $147,000 in other general and administrative. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, non-interest expenses increased $3.6 million, or 5.1%, to $74.8 million from $71.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, due primarily to increases of $1.4 million in salaries and employee benefits, $1.4 million in occupancy and equipment, $922,000 in data processing and $675,000 in marketing and advertising, partially offset by decreases of $479,000 in deposit insurance and $324,000 in professional services. The decreases in deposit insurance reflect the application of $903,000 in Small Bank Assessment Credits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increases in salaries and employee benefits were primarily due to annual increases in employee compensation, payroll taxes and employee benefits, while the increases in occupancy and equipment expenses and data processing include costs associated with the expansion of our branch network, including one new branch that opened late in the first quarter of 2018, three new branch openings in the fourth quarter of 2018 and one new branch opened in July 2019. The Company’s efficiency ratio was 50.18% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to 55.57% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and 51.92% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the efficiency ratio was 54.24% compared to 54.44% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Mr. Gavegnano added, “Our non-interest expenses decreased 5% and our efficiency ratio improved to 50.18% from 55.57% for the third quarter of 2019 from the second quarter. While these improvements reflected the deposit insurance assessment credits applied by the FDIC, they were also indicative of our prudent management of overhead expense levels in recent years while we significantly expanded our branch network. We remained committed to this disciplined approach as we approach the scheduled opening of our 40th branch in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood in early December and consider additional opportunities to expand our market share in the metropolitan Boston area.”

The Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $6.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, reflecting an effective tax rate of 24.8%, compared to $5.1 million, or an effective tax rate of 25.0%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and $4.5 million, or an effective tax rate of 20.4%, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the provision for income taxes was $16.3 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 24.6%, compared to $12.3 million, or an effective tax rate of 22.0%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Total assets were $6.363 billion at September 30, 2019, down $5.4 million, or 0.1%, from $6.369 billion at June 30, 2019 and up $184.5 million, or 3.0%, from $6.179 billion at December 31, 2018. Net loans were $5.698 billion at September 30, 2019, down $67.8 million, or 1.2%, from June 30, 2019, and up $104.2 million, or 1.9%, from December 31, 2018. The net decrease in loans for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 reflects loan payoffs of $66.1 million in the multi-family, $123.3 million in the commercial real estate, $43.2 million in the commercial and industrial and $14.3 million in the construction loan categories. Loan originations totaled $183.2 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $736.7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The net increase in loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was primarily due to increases of $65.6 million in commercial real estate loans, $58.8 million in multi-family loans, $20.0 million in one- to four-family loans, and $16.4 million in home equity lines of credit, partially offset by decreases of $30.3 million in construction loans and $30.3 million in commercial and industrial loans. These balance changes reflect commercial loan payoffs totaling $439.5 million and construction loans that converted to permanent status totaling $321.1 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. Cash and due from banks was $428.1 million at September 30, 2019, an increase of $56.1 million, or 15.1% from December 31, 2018. Securities, at fair value, were $30.1 million at September 30, 2019, a decrease of $484,000, or 1.6%, from $30.6 million at December 31, 2018.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, premises and equipment, net increased $20.4 million to $65.6 million and accrued expenses and other liabilities increased $25.9 million to $58.8 million at September 30, 2019, reflecting the recognition of operating lease assets and liabilities totaling $18.1 million based on the present value of future minimum lease payments as required by ASU No. 2016-02.

Total deposits were $4.956 billion at September 30, 2019, down $62.6 million, or 1.2%, from $5.018 billion at June 30, 2019 and up $71.5 million, or 1.5%, from $4.884 billion at December 31, 2018. The net decrease in deposits for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 reflects a $108.3 million reduction in brokered deposits. Core deposits, which exclude certificates of deposit, increased $117.3 million, or 3.7%, during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 to $3.315 billion, or 66.9% of total deposits. Total borrowings were $636.6 million, up $36.5 million, or 6.1%, from June 30, 2019 and $49.7 million, or 8.5%, from December 31, 2018.

Total stockholders’ equity increased $16.3 million, or 2.3%, to $712.0 million at September 30, 2019 from $695.7 million at June 30, 2019, and $37.3 million, or 5.5%, from $674.7 million at December 31, 2018. The increase for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was primarily due to net income of $49.9 million and $5.2 million related to stock-based compensation plans, partially offset by the repurchase of 428,820 shares of the Company’s common stock related to the stock repurchase programs at a total cost of $7.3 million and dividends of $0.21 per share totaling $10.7 million. Stockholders’ equity to assets was 11.19% at September 30, 2019, compared to 10.92% at June 30, 2019 and 10.92% at December 31, 2018. Book value per share increased to $13.36 at September 30, 2019 from $12.60 at December 31, 2018. Tangible book value per share increased to $12.93 at September 30, 2019 from $12.17 at December 31, 2018. Market price per share increased $4.43 or 30.9%, to $18.75 at September 30, 2019 from $14.32 at December 31, 2018. At September 30, 2019, the Company and the Bank continued to exceed all regulatory capital requirements.

The Company repurchased 87,801 shares of its stock at an average price of $17.64 during the quarter ended September 30, 2019. As of September 30, 2019, the Company has repurchased 324,544 shares of its stock at an average price of $17.32, or 64.91% of the 500,000 shares authorized for repurchase under the Company’s repurchase program adopted in April 2019. The Company has repurchased 3,698,165 shares at an average price of $15.11 per share since August 2015.

Mr. Gavegnano concluded, “In addition to our stock repurchases to date and our announced intention to increase the quarterly dividend to stockholders, we are also considering the expansion of our stock repurchase program as we explore additional opportunities to enhance stockholder value.”

Meridian Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank. East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 39 branches in the greater Boston metropolitan area, including 38 full-service locations and one mobile branch. We offer a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in our primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit www.ebsb.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by words such as “believes,” “will,” “expects,” “project,” “may,” “could,” “developments,” “strategic,” “launching,” “opportunities,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets” and similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Meridian Bancorp, Inc.’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors. Factors that could cause such differences to exist include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, and competition and the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, Meridian Bancorp, Inc.’s actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) September June 30, December September 30, 2019 31, 30, 2019 2018 2018 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- (Dollars in thousands) ASSETS Cash and due from banks $ 428,061 $ 361,050 $ 371,995 $ 313,668 Certificates of deposit 247 5,247 5,247 20,891 Securities available for sale, at fair value 15,799 16,500 17,159 17,510 Marketable equity securities, at fair value 14,313 14,776 13,437 16,135 Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 28,947 27,469 29,187 31,100 Loans held for sale 1,828 2,105 409 843 Loans: One- to four-family 667,385 668,997 647,367 636,419 Home equity lines of credit 66,495 60,040 50,087 46,534 Multi-family 1,069,312 1,061,839 1,010,521 969,628 Commercial real estate 2,687,614 2,647,033 2,621,979 2,438,139 Construction 656,615 748,457 686,948 594,611 Commercial and industrial 594,683 627,718 625,018 585,215 Consumer 12,017 11,445 10,953 10,934 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total loans 5,754,121 5,825,529 5,652,873 5,281,480 Allowance for loan losses (50,831 ) (53,865 ) (53,231 ) (49,609 ) Net deferred loan origination fees (5,670 ) (6,292 ) (6,239 ) (5,970 ) - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Loans, net 5,697,620 5,765,372 5,593,403 5,225,901 Bank-owned life insurance 41,267 41,295 40,734 41,164 Premises and equipment, net 65,582 66,280 45,140 42,448 Accrued interest receivable 14,305 15,436 14,267 13,409 Deferred tax asset, net 18,393 18,301 18,196 15,998 Goodwill 20,378 20,378 20,378 19,638 Core deposit intangible 2,254 2,385 2,653 2,801 Other assets 14,146 11,978 6,478 13,822 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total assets $ 6,363,140 $ 6,368,572 $ 6,178,683 $ 5,775,328 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Deposits: Non interest-bearing demand deposits $ 514,941 $ 505,679 $ 483,777 $ 490,703 Interest-bearing demand deposits 1,262,552 1,161,835 1,190,346 1,151,955 Money market deposits 689,324 675,452 729,174 844,183 Regular savings and other deposits 848,582 986,112 794,813 327,721 Certificates of deposit 1,640,303 1,689,226 1,686,074 1,596,691 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total deposits 4,955,702 5,018,304 4,884,184 4,411,253 Short-term borrowings — — 50,000 40,000 Long-term debt 636,615 600,088 536,880 610,772 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 58,841 54,479 32,965 34,160 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities 5,651,158 5,672,871 5,504,029 5,096,185 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Stockholders’ equity: Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 — — — — shares authorized; none issued Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 53,297,061, 53,321,805, 53,541,429 and 54,233,331 shares issued at September 30, 2019, 533 533 535 542 June 30, 2019, December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, respectively Additional paid-in capital 375,618 375,760 378,583 392,545 Retained earnings 352,758 336,628 313,521 304,725 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 48 (24 ) (348 ) (812 ) Unearned compensation - ESOP, 2,343,949, 2,374,390, 2,435,272 and 2,465,713 shares at (16,975 ) (17,196 ) (17,637 ) (17,857 ) September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, respectively - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total stockholders’ equity 711,982 695,701 674,654 679,143 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 6,363,140 $ 6,368,572 $ 6,178,683 $ 5,775,328 - --------- - --------- - --------- - ---------

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September June 30, September September September 30, 2019 30, 30, 30, 2019 2018 2019 2018 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Interest and dividend income: Interest and fees on loans $ 66,121 $ 64,040 $ 55,849 $ 191,802 $ 159,738 Interest on debt securities: Taxable 101 108 115 319 367 Tax-exempt 12 13 13 38 43 Dividends on equity securities 137 142 101 384 383 Interest on certificates of 18 28 104 73 448 deposit Other interest and dividend income 2,136 1,943 1,932 6,656 4,981 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Total interest and dividend income 68,525 66,274 58,114 199,272 165,960 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Interest expense: Interest on deposits 20,178 20,653 14,284 59,982 37,544 Interest on short-term borrowings 1 — 8 296 8 Interest on long-term debt 4,129 3,151 2,455 9,710 6,146 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Total interest expense 24,308 23,804 16,747 69,988 43,698 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Net interest income 44,217 42,470 41,367 129,284 122,262 Provision (reversal) for loan (2,978 ) 78 226 (2,057 ) 4,285 losses - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Net interest income, after provision (reversal) for loan 47,195 42,392 41,141 131,341 117,977 losses - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Non-interest income: Customer service fees 2,428 2,288 2,242 6,813 6,694 Loan fees 436 53 301 566 438 Mortgage banking gains, net 99 101 74 240 270 (Loss) gain on marketable equity (463 ) 223 781 1,086 632 securities, net Income from bank-owned life 285 280 279 846 828 insurance Gain on life insurance 52 — — 52 — distribution Other income 12 9 — 28 6 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Total non-interest income 2,849 2,954 3,677 9,631 8,868 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Non-interest expenses: Salaries and employee benefits 15,101 14,916 14,386 45,649 44,218 Occupancy and equipment 3,657 3,650 2,981 10,903 9,545 Data processing 2,026 2,009 1,747 6,005 5,083 Marketing and advertising 1,019 1,299 832 3,480 2,805 Professional services 680 784 683 2,324 2,648 Deposit insurance 10 929 851 1,951 2,430 Merger and acquisition — — 26 — 114 Other general and administrative 1,354 1,530 1,501 4,448 4,318 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Total non-interest expenses 23,847 25,117 23,007 74,760 71,161 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Income before income taxes 26,197 20,229 21,811 66,212 55,684 Provision for income taxes 6,508 5,061 4,454 16,284 12,271 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Net income $ 19,689 $ 15,168 $ 17,357 $ 49,928 $ 43,413 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Earnings per share: Basic $ 0.39 $ 0.30 $ 0.34 $ 0.98 $ 0.84 Diluted $ 0.38 $ 0.29 $ 0.33 $ 0.97 $ 0.82 Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 50,923,760 51,051,880 51,492,448 51,031,359 51,487,192 Diluted 51,454,186 51,511,678 52,732,340 51,477,206 52,894,503

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS (Unaudited) Three Months Ended -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- September 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 September 30, 2018 ------------------------------- -------------------------------- ------------------------------- Average Interest Yield/ Average Interest Yield/ Average Interest Yield/ Balance (1) Cost Balance (1) Cost Balance (1) Cost (1)(6) (1)(6) (1)(6) ----------- ---------- ------ ----------- ---------- ------- ----------- ---------- ------ (Dollars in thousands) Assets: Interest-earning assets: Loans (2) $ 5,840,885 $ 66,837 4.54 % $ 5,809,827 $ 64,740 4.47 % $ 5,213,832 $ 56,488 4.30 % Securities and certificates of 34,108 289 3.36 36,447 312 3.43 57,489 355 2.45 deposit Other interest-earning 335,400 2,136 2.53 290,092 1,943 2.69 310,622 1,932 2.47 assets (3) - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ Total interest-earning 6,210,393 69,262 4.42 6,136,366 66,995 4.38 5,581,943 58,775 4.18 assets - ------ - ------ - ------ Noninterest-earning 145,445 136,159 118,253 assets - --------- - --------- - --------- Total assets $ 6,355,838 $ 6,272,525 $ 5,700,196 - --------- - --------- - --------- Liabilities and stockholders’ equity: Interest-bearing liabilities: Interest-bearing $ 1,195,266 $ 5,258 1.75 $ 1,215,832 $ 5,584 1.84 $ 1,133,916 $ 4,032 1.41 demand deposits Money market 683,201 2,281 1.32 674,851 2,158 1.28 869,248 2,658 1.21 deposits Regular savings and 870,677 3,199 1.46 954,811 3,961 1.66 329,586 114 0.14 other deposits Certificates of 1,705,718 9,440 2.20 1,660,373 8,950 2.16 1,557,998 7,480 1.90 deposit - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ Total interest-bearing 4,454,862 20,178 1.80 4,505,867 20,653 1.84 3,890,748 14,284 1.46 deposits Borrowings 627,063 4,130 2.61 532,449 3,151 2.37 612,171 2,463 1.60 - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ - --------- - ------ Total interest-bearing 5,081,925 24,308 1.90 5,038,316 23,804 1.90 4,502,919 16,747 1.48 liabilities - ------ - ------ - ------ Noninterest-bearing 516,020 495,090 494,366 demand deposits Other noninterest-bearing 52,663 45,506 27,388 liabilities - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities 5,650,608 5,578,912 5,024,673 Total stockholders’ 705,230 693,613 675,523 equity - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ $ 6,355,838 $ 6,272,525 $ 5,700,196 equity - --------- - --------- - --------- Net interest-earning $ 1,128,468 $ 1,098,050 $ 1,079,024 assets - --------- - --------- - --------- Fully tax-equivalent net 44,954 43,191 42,028 interest income Less: tax-equivalent (737 ) (721 ) (661 ) adjustments - ------ - ------ - ------ Net interest income $ 44,217 $ 42,470 $ 41,367 - ------ - ------ - ------ Interest rate 2.52 % 2.48 % 2.70 % spread (1)(4) Net interest margin 2.87 % 2.82 % 2.99 % (1)(5) Average interest-earning assets to average 122.21 % 121.79 % 123.96 % interest-bearing liabilities Supplemental Information: Total deposits, including $ 4,970,882 $ 20,178 1.61 % $ 5,000,957 $ 20,653 1.66 % $ 4,385,114 $ 14,284 1.29 % noninterest-bearing demand deposits Total deposits and borrowings, including $ 5,597,945 $ 24,308 1.72 % $ 5,533,406 $ 23,804 1.73 % $ 4,997,285 $ 16,747 1.33 % noninterest-bearing demand deposits

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Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the three months ended September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, yields on loans before tax-equivalent (1) adjustments were 4.49%, 4.42% and 4.25%, respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.12%, 3.20% and 2.30%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.38%, 4.33% and 4.13%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 was 2.48%, 2.43% and 2.65%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 was 2.82%, 2.78% and 2.94%, respectively. (2) Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances. (3) Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends. (4) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (5) Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. (6) Annualized.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NET INTEREST INCOME ANALYSIS (Unaudited) Nine Months Ended ------------------------------------------------------------------ September 30, 2019 September 30, 2018 -------------------------------- -------------------------------- Average Yield/ Average Yield/ Balance Interest Cost Balance Interest Cost (1) (1)(6) (1) (1)(6) ----------- ----------- ------ ----------- ----------- ------ (Dollars in thousands) Assets: Interest-earning assets: Loans (2) $ 5,782,319 $ 193,902 4.48 % $ 5,012,959 $ 161,552 4.31 % Securities and certificates of deposit 35,679 873 3.27 74,575 1,321 2.37 Other interest-earning assets (3) 326,166 6,656 2.73 319,028 4,981 2.09 - --------- - ------- - --------- - ------- Total interest-earning assets 6,144,164 201,431 4.38 5,406,562 167,854 4.15 - ------- - ------- Noninterest-earning assets 133,279 120,139 - --------- - --------- Total assets $ 6,277,443 $ 5,526,701 - --------- - --------- Liabilities and stockholders’ equity: Interest-bearing liabilities: Interest-bearing demand deposits $ 1,200,110 $ 15,782 1.76 $ 1,090,516 $ 10,309 1.26 Money market deposits 685,892 6,587 1.28 867,272 7,041 1.09 Regular savings and other deposits 915,173 10,962 1.60 334,605 346 0.14 Certificates of deposit 1,662,818 26,651 2.14 1,480,331 19,848 1.79 - --------- - ------- - --------- - ------- Total interest-bearing deposits 4,463,993 59,982 1.80 3,772,724 37,544 1.33 Borrowings 579,335 10,006 2.31 575,375 6,154 1.43 - --------- - ------- - --------- - ------- Total interest-bearing liabilities 5,043,328 69,988 1.86 4,348,099 43,698 1.34 - ------- - ------- Noninterest-bearing demand deposits 498,037 488,597 Other noninterest-bearing liabilities 42,493 26,559 - --------- - --------- Total liabilities 5,583,858 4,863,255 Total stockholders’ equity 693,585 663,446 - --------- - --------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 6,277,443 $ 5,526,701 - --------- - --------- Net interest-earning assets $ 1,100,836 $ 1,058,463 - --------- - --------- Fully tax-equivalent net interest income 131,443 124,156 Less: tax-equivalent adjustments (2,159 ) (1,894 ) - ------- - ------- Net interest income $ 129,284 $ 122,262 - ------- - ------- Interest rate spread (1)(4) 2.52 % 2.81 % Net interest margin (1)(5) 2.86 % 3.07 % Average interest-earning assets to average 121.83 % 124.34 % interest-bearing liabilities Supplemental Information: Total deposits, including $ 4,962,030 $ 59,982 1.62 % $ 4,261,321 $ 37,544 1.18 % noninterest-bearing demand deposits Total deposits and borrowings, including $ 5,541,365 $ 69,988 1.69 % $ 4,836,696 $ 43,698 1.21 % noninterest-bearing demand deposits

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Income on debt securities, equity securities and revenue bonds included in commercial real estate loans, as well as resulting yields, interest rate spread and net interest margin, are presented on a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent adjustments are deducted from tax-equivalent net interest income to agree to amounts reported in the consolidated statements of net income. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, yields on loans before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.43% and 4.26%, (1) respectively, yields on securities and certificates of deposit before tax-equivalent adjustments were 3.05% and 2.22%, respectively, and yield on total interest-earning assets before tax-equivalent adjustments were 4.34% and 4.10%, respectively. Interest rate spread before tax-equivalent adjustments for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 was 2.48% and 2.76%, respectively, while net interest margin before tax-equivalent adjustments for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 was 2.81% and 3.02%, respectively. (2) Loans on non-accrual status are included in average balances. (3) Includes Federal Home Loan Bank stock and associated dividends. (4) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (5) Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. (6) Annualized.

MERIDIAN BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Septembe June Septembe Septembe Septembe r 30, 30, r 30, r 30, r 30, 2019 2019 2018 2019 2018 ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Key Performance Ratios Return on average assets (1) 1.24 % 0.97 % 1.22 % 1.06 % 1.05 % Return on average equity (1) 11.17 8.75 10.28 9.60 8.72 Interest rate spread (1) (2) 2.52 2.48 2.70 2.52 2.81 Net interest margin (1) (3) 2.87 2.82 2.99 2.86 3.07 Non-interest expense to average assets (1) 1.50 1.60 1.61 1.59 1.72 Efficiency ratio (4) 50.18 55.57 51.92 54.24 54.44

September 30, June 30, December 31, September 30, 2019 2019 2018 2018 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- (Dollars in thousands) Asset Quality Non-accrual loans: One- to four-family $ 3,600 $ 5,378 $ 5,888 $ 6,977 Home equity lines of credit — — — — Multi-family — — — — Commercial real estate — 318 342 353 Commercial and industrial 350 350 676 676 Total non-accrual loans 3,950 6,046 6,906 8,006 Foreclosed assets — — — — - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Total non-performing assets $ 3,950 $ 6,046 $ 6,906 $ 8,006 - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- - ---------- Allowance for loan losses/total loans 0.88 % 0.92 % 0.94 % 0.94 % Allowance for loan losses/non-accrual loans 1,286.86 890.92 770.79 619.65 Non-accrual loans/total loans 0.07 0.10 0.12 0.15 Non-accrual loans/total assets 0.06 0.09 0.11 0.14 Non-performing assets/total assets 0.06 0.09 0.11 0.14 Capital and Share Related Stockholders’ equity to total assets 11.19 % 10.92 % 10.92 % 11.76 % Book value per share $ 13.36 $ 13.05 $ 12.60 $ 12.52 Tangible book value per share (5) $ 12.93 $ 12.62 $ 12.17 $ 12.11 Market value per share $ 18.75 $ 17.89 $ 14.32 $ 17.00 Shares outstanding 53,297,061 53,321,805 53,541,429 54,233,331

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(1) Annualized. (2) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. (3) Net interest margin represents net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) divided by average interest-earning assets. The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP measure representing non-interest expense, excluding merger and acquisition expenses, divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income excluding gains and losses on marketable equity securities. The efficiency ratio is a common measure used by banks to understand expenses related to the generation of revenue. We have removed gains and losses on marketable equity securities and gains and losses on sales of securities available for sale as management deems them (4) to be either discretionary or market driven and not representative of operating performance. We have removed merger and acquisition expenses as management deems them to be not representative of operating performance. Presented on a basis including merger and acquisition expenses and gains and losses on marketable equity securities and gains and losses on sales of securities available for sale, the efficiency ratio was 50.67%, 55.29% and 51.08% for the quarters ended September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, and September 30, 2018, respectively and 53.82% and 54.27% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. (5) Tangible book value per share represents total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of shares outstanding.

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