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BRKL Brookline Bancorp

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K

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CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  April 29, 2020

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BROOKLINE BANCORP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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Delaware0-2369504-3402944
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

131 Clarendon Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(617) 425-4600

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
CommonBRKLNASDAQ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On April 29, 2020, the Board of Directors of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press release announcing its earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  Additionally, the Company announced the approval by its Board of Directors of a regular quarterly dividend of $0.115 per share payable on May 29, 2020 to stockholders of record on May 15, 2020.  A copy of that press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is hereby incorporated by reference herein.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

In connection with the press release announcing the Company's first quarter earnings, the Company posted an investor presentation to its website at www.brookinebancorp.com. A copy of the investor presentation is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and is hereby incorporated by reference herein.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

The following risk factor supplements the "Risk Factors" section in our 2019 Annual Report and item 1A of our 2019 Form 10-K.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures taken to control its spread, will continue to adversely impact our employees, customers, business operations and financial results, and the ultimate impact will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, and will likely continue to, severely impact the national economy and the regional and local markets in which we operate, lower equity market valuations, create significant volatility and disruption in capital and debt markets, and increase unemployment levels. Our business operations may be disrupted if significant portions of our workforce are unable to work effectively, including because of illness, quarantines, government actions, or other restrictions in connection with the pandemic.  We are subject to heightened cybersecurity, information security and operational risks as a result of work-from-home arrangements that we have put in place for our employees.  Actions taken by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to combat the economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the reduction of the target federal funds rate and quantitative easing programs, could, if prolonged, adversely affect our net interest income and margins, and our profitability.  The continued closures of many businesses and the institution of social distancing, shelter in place and stay home orders in the states and communities we serve, have reduced business activity and financial transactions.  Changes in customer behavior due to worsening business and economic conditions or legislative or regulatory initiatives may impact the demand for our products and services, which could adversely affect our revenue, increase the recognition of credit losses in our loan portfolios and increases in our allowance for credit losses. Similarly, because of adverse economic and market conditions affecting issuers, we may be required to recognize further impairments on the securities we hold as well as reductions in other comprehensive income. While the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted our results of operations for the first quarter of 2020, the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact our business, results of operations, and financial condition, as well as our regulatory capital and liquidity ratios, will depend on future developments, including the scope and duration of the pandemic and actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response to the pandemic, as well as further actions we may take as may be required by government authorities or that we determine is in the best interests of our employees and customers. There is no certainty that such measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks posed by the pandemic.

Our participation in the Small Business Administration, or SBA, Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, may expose us to reputational harm, increased litigation risk, as well as the risk that the SBA may not fund some or all of the guarantees associated with PPP loans. 

As of April 16, 2020, we originated 2,189 loans aggregating $518 million through the PPP. Lenders participating in the PPP have faced increased public scrutiny about their loan application process and procedures, and the nature and type of the borrowers receiving PPP loans. We depend on our reputation as a trusted and responsible financial services company to compete effectively in the communities that we serve, and any negative public or customer response to, or any litigation or claims that might arise out of, our participation in the PPP and any other legislative or regulatory initiatives and programs that may be enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, could adversely impact our business. Other larger banks have been subject to litigation regarding the process and procedures that such banks used in processing applications for the PPP, and we may be subject to the same or similar litigation.  In addition, if the SBA determines that there is a deficiency in the manner in which a PPP loan was originated, funded, or serviced by us, the SBA may deny its liability under the guaranty, reduce the amount of the guaranty, or, if it has already paid under the guaranty, seek recovery of any loss related to the deficiency from us.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

99.1     Press release of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. reporting earnings and dividend approval, issued April 29, 2020
99.2     Investor Presentation of Brookline Bancorp, Inc., issued April 29, 2020
104      Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 
 

SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 BROOKLINE BANCORP, INC.
   
  
Date: April 29, 2020By: /s/ Carl M. Carlson        
  Carl M. Carlson
  Chief Financial Officer