Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. has a market cap of $442.1 million; its shares were traded at around $18.42 with a P/E ratio of 108.4 and P/S ratio of 2.2. The dividend yield of Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. stocks is 0.2%.SASR is in the portfolios of Columbia Wanger of Columbia Wanger Asset Management, Arnold Schneider of Schneider Capital Management, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC.
Highlight of Business Operations:The Company's total assets were $3.6 billion at September 30, 2010, decreasing $23.9 million or 1% during the first nine months of 2010. Earning assets remained virtually level for the first nine months of the year at $3.3 billion at September 30, 2010. The decrease in total assets for the first nine months of the year was due primarily to a 5% decline in loans as a result of current conditions in both the national and regional economy. Also contributing to this decrease was the repayment by the Company of half of the preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury under TARP. The Company repurchased 41,547 shares for $41.5 million on July 21, 2010.
Total loans and leases, excluding loans held for sale, decreased $112.8 million or 5% during the first nine months of 2010 to $2.2 billion. Residential real estate loans, comprised of residential construction and permanent residential mortgage loans, decreased $14.5 million or 3%, to $535.2 million at September 30, 2010. Permanent residential mortgages declined to $442.7 million in 2010, a decrease of $14.7 million or 3% reflecting greatly reduced demand for adjustable rate mortgages due to regional economic conditions. The Company generally retains adjustable rate mortgages in its portfolio and sells the fixed rate mortgages that it originates in the secondary mortgage market. Residential construction loans remained virtually level for the first nine months of 2010 at $92.5 million as of September 30, 2010.
Commercial loans and leases, which includes commercial real estate loans, commercial construction loans, equipment leases and commercial business loans, decreased by $90.1 million or 7%, to $1.3 billion at September 30, 2010. This decrease was due primarily to loan pay-downs and charge-offs of problem credits during the year resulting from the Company s aggressive efforts to reduce its non-performing assets. In addition, soft loan demand resulting from continuing weak market conditions in the regional and national economies played a role in reducing these loan balances as pay-off of performing credits outpaced new originations.
Consumer lending continues to be an integral part of the Company s full-service, community banking business. This category of loans includes primarily home equity loans and lines of credit. The consumer loan portfolio decreased 2% or $8.2 million, to $391.4 million at September 30, 2010. This decline was driven largely by a decrease of $6.2 million or 16% in installment loans to $31.9 million at quarter-end. Home equity lines and loans remained virtually even with the prior year-end at $352.5 million at September 30, 2010.
The investment portfolio, consisting of available-for-sale, held-to-maturity and other equity securities, increased $75.7 million or 7% to $1.1 billion at September 30, 2010, from $1.0 billion at December 31, 2009. This increase was due primarily to investment of excess liquidity due to the decline in the loan portfolio during the first nine months of 2010.
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