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(EDGAR Online via COMTEX) -- ITEM 7 MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion of financial condition as of December 31, 2020 and 2019 and results of operations for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2020 should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto, included in Part II ITEM 8 of this report. Average balances, including balances used in calculating certain financial ratios, are generally comprised of average daily balances. All share and per share data have been adjusted to reflect the stock split effective November 27, 2018.

Forward-Looking Statements

The disclosures set forth in this item are qualified by important factors detailed in Part I captioned Forward-Looking Statements and ITEM 1A captioned Risk Factors of this report and other cautionary statements set forth elsewhere in the report.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The SEC requires us to disclose "critical accounting policies" defined as those that are both most important to the presentation of our financial condition and results of operations and require management's most difficult, subjective, or complex judgments, often because of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain and imprecise. We consider accounting estimates to be critical to our financial results if (i) the accounting estimate requires management to make assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain,

Management has determined the following accounting policies to be critical:

Allowance for Credit Losses on Loans and Unfunded Commitments - For information regarding critical estimates related to our allowance methodology, the provision for credit losses, and risks to asset quality and lending activity, including the transition from the incurred loss method to the current expected credit loss ("CECL") method under ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326) and related amendments, which we adopted as of December 31, 2020, see ITEM 1A - Risk Factors, the Allowance for Credit Losses section in ITEM 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, and Note 3 - Loans and Allowance for Credit Losses in ITEM 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Form 10�K.

Allowance for Credit Losses on Investment Securities - For information regarding our investment securities and risks associated with identifying impairment and estimating the allowance for credit losses under the new CECL method, see ITEM 1A - Risk Factors, Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, and Note 2 - Investment Securities in ITEM 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Form 10�K.

Accounting for Income Taxes - For information on our tax assets and liabilities, and related provision for income taxes, see Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Note 11 - Income Taxes in ITEM 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Form 10-K.

Fair Value Measurements - For information on our use of fair value measurements and our related valuation methodologies, see Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Note 9 - Fair Value of Assets and Liabilities in ITEM 8

Executive Summary

Annual earnings were $30.2 million in 2020 compared to $34.2 million in 2019. Diluted earnings were $2.22 per share in 2020, compared to $2.48 per share in 2019.

The following are highlights of operating and financial performance for the year ended December 31, 2020:

The Bank achieved total loan growth of $245.3 million, or 13% in 2020, to $2.089 billion at December 31, 2020, from $1.843 billion at December 31, 2019. SBA PPP loans outstanding at December 31, 2020 were $291.6 million.

Credit quality remains strong with non-accrual loans representing 0.44% of the Bank's loan portfolio as of December 31, 2020. The adoption of CECL in the fourth quarter of 2020 resulted in an increase to the allowance for credit losses on loans of $748 thousand and a $1.1 million increase to the allowance for unfunded loan commitments. See Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, for additional information.

Deposits grew $167.8 million, or 7%, to $2.504 billion at December 31, 2020, compared to $2.336 billion at December 31, 2019. Non-interest bearing deposits grew by $225.8 million in 2020, or 20%, and made up 54% of total deposits at year-end. Cost of deposits remained low at 0.11% in 2020, compared to 0.20% in 2019.

Net interest income totaled $96.7 million and $95.7 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The $1.0 million increase in 2020 was primarily due to SBA PPP loans and lower rates on interest-bearing deposits, largely offset by lower yields on earning-assets. The tax-equivalent net interest margin decreased to 3.55% in 2020, compared to 3.98% in 2019. The 43 basis point decrease was primarily due to lower yields across interest-earning asset categories, partially offset by lower rates on interest-bearing deposits.

The efficiency ratio was 57.06% in 2020, up from 55.33% in 2019. Contributing to this increase was the decrease in net interest margin, higher provision for credit losses on unfunded loan commitments, and lower income from service charges on deposit accounts and ATM fees in 2020.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, return on assets and return on equity were 1.04% and 8.60%, respectively, compared to 1.34% and 10.49% in the prior year.

All capital ratios exceeded regulatory requirements. The total risk-based capital ratio for Bancorp was 16.0% at December 31, 2020 up from 15.1% at December 31, 2019. Tangible common equity to tangible assets was 11.3% at both December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 (See footnote 8, ITEM 6, Selected Financial Data, for the definition of this non-GAAP financial measure). The total risk-based capital ratio for the Bank was 15.8% at December 31, 2020 and 14.6% at December 31, 2019.

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share on January 22, 2021. This was the 63rd consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Bank of Marin Bancorp. The cash dividend was paid on February 12, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 5, 2021.

Our strong capital and liquidity position afforded us the opportunity to eliminate a high cost funding source. On March 15, 2021 we redeemed the $2.8 million subordinated debenture, which carried a rate of 5.68% in 2020. The redemption consisted of $4.1 million principal balance, quarterly interest due, and $1.3 million in accelerated accretion of purchase discount. The contractual interest rate on the subordinated debenture was 3-month LIBOR plus 1.40%, or 1.62% as of December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Response Update - We have remained open and responded to customer needs throughout 2020. We more than doubled our charitable contributions to non-profit organizations in our community to over $1.0 million in 2020. In March 2020, we began waiving all ATM and overdraft fees and cancelling early withdrawal penalties for time certificate of deposits when allowed by law. We accommodated loan payment relief requests for borrowers with financial hardships and lowered interest rate floors on commercial Prime Rate loans. Under the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") of 2020, Bank of Marin originated over 1,800 PPP loans to small businesses, reaching nearly 28,000 employees in our markets. In 2021, we are once again diligently working with our customers to accommodate requests for round two of PPP

loans under the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act ("Economic Aid Act"), which became law in December of 2020.

Paycheck Protection Program - While the PPP affords us an opportunity to assist our customers and community and requires a large of amount of human resources, the PPP loans do not pose a significant amount of risk of loss to the Bank as they are 100% guaranteed by the SBA. As of December 31, 2020, there were 1,777 PPP loans outstanding totaling $291.6 million, net of $5.4 million in unearned fees. During the fourth quarter Bank of Marin opened a secure PPP loan forgiveness application portal and gave all PPP borrowers access to apply. As of December 31, 2020 we received SBA loan forgiveness payments totaling $10.9 million for 35 loans that were forgiven. Of the total PPP loans remaining, 74% (1,309 loans) totaling $58.7 million are less than or equal to $150 thousand and have access to streamlined forgiveness processing. On January 19, 2021, the Bank launched the application process and began accepting loan requests for the second round of PPP, as revised by the Economic Aid Act. As of March 11, 2021, we have received 974 loan applications totaling $131.6 million.

Payment Relief - During 2020, in accordance with section 4013 of the CARES Act, subsequently amended by the Economic Aid Act, we elected to apply the temporary accounting relief provisions for loan modifications that met certain criteria, which would otherwise be designated as TDRs under existing GAAP. Of the 269 loans totaling $402.9 million granted payment relief since the onset of the pandemic, 222 loans or $324.2 million have resumed normal payments and 18 loans or $7.7 million paid off. As of December 31, 2020, 21 borrowing relationships with 29 loans totaling $71.0 million had requested additional payment relief. We know each of these clients very well and monitor their loans closely, and anticipate that the vast majority will work through current adverse conditions and resume making full payments. The following table summarizes these loans by industry or collateral type.







                                                   Payment Relief by Type
                                                                              Outstanding Loan
                                                                                       Balance
        Industry/Collateral Type                                                (in thousands)   Weighted Average LTV
        Education                                                            $       17,580                     26  %
        Health Clubs                                                                    16,551                  38  %
        Office and Mixed Use                                                            15,883                  44  %
        Hospitality                                                                     12,439                  49  %
        Retail Related CRE                                                               6,899                  52  %
        Auto Dealership                                                                    393                  49  %
        Non-CRE Related                                                                    121                    N/A
        Residential Real Estate                                                          1,130                  60  %
        Payment Relief Totals                                                $       70,996                     40  %
        


Looking forward into the new year, with a low cost and stable deposit base, opportunities for loan growth, and our unwavering commitment to relationship banking, we believe we are well-positioned to navigate the remaining stages of the pandemic and build new capabilities. We have ample liquidity and capital to support organic growth and acquisitions in coming years. Acquisitions remain a component of our strategic plan and we will continue to evaluate merger and acquisition opportunities that fit with our culture and add value for our shareholders. Our disciplined credit culture and relationship-focused banking continue to be critical components of our success.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Net Interest Income

Net interest income is the interest earned on loans, investment securities and other interest-earning assets minus the interest expense incurred on deposits and other interest-bearing liabilities. Net interest income is affected by changes in general market interest rates and by changes in the amounts and composition of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities. Interest rate changes can create fluctuations in net interest income and/or margin due to an imbalance in the timing of repricing or maturity of assets or liabilities. We manage interest rate risk exposure with the goal of minimizing the effect of interest rate volatility on net interest income.

Net interest margin is expressed as net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets. Net interest rate spread is the difference between the average rate earned on total interest-earning assets and the average rate incurred on total interest-bearing liabilities. Both of these measures are reported on a taxable-equivalent basis. Net interest margin is the higher of the two because it reflects interest income earned on assets funded with non-interest-bearing sources of funds, which include demand deposits and stockholders' equity.

The following table compares interest income, average interest-earning assets, interest expense, and average interest-bearing liabilities for the periods presented. The table also presents net interest income, net interest margin and net interest rate spread for the years indicated.







                                                                            Year ended                                      Year ended                                       Year ended
                                                                         December 31, 2020                               December 31, 2019                               December 31, 2018
                                                                             Interest                                        Interest                                        Interest
                                                                Average       Income/       Yield/              Average       Income/       Yield/              Average       Income/       Yield/
        (dollars in thousands; unaudited)                       Balance       Expense        Rate               Balance       Expense        Rate               Balance       Expense        Rate
        Assets
                 Interest-earning deposits with banks 1      $   153,794    $    461           0.29  %       $    67,192    $  1,321           1.94  %       $    78,185    $  1,461            1.84  %
                 Investment securities 2, 3                      533,186      15,025           2.82  %           555,618      15,102           2.72  %           566,883      14,512            2.56  %
                 Loans 1, 3, 4                                 2,023,203      85,398           4.15  %         1,775,193      85,062           4.73  %         1,704,390      80,406            4.65  %
                   Total interest-earning assets 1             2,710,183     100,884           3.66  %         2,398,003     101,485           4.17  %         2,349,458      96,379            4.05  %
                 Cash and non-interest-bearing due from
                 banks                                            49,676                                          35,956                                          41,595
                 Bank premises and equipment, net                  5,526                                           6,911                                           8,021
                 Interest receivable and other assets, net       131,780                                         109,837                                          86,709
        Total assets                                         $ 2,897,165                                     $ 2,550,707                                     $ 2,485,783
        Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
                 Interest-bearing transaction accounts       $   148,817    $    186           0.13  %       $   133,922    $    347           0.26  %       $   143,706    $    226            0.16  %
                 Savings accounts                                184,146          68           0.04  %           172,273          70           0.04  %           178,907          72            0.04  %
                 Money market accounts                           763,689       2,009           0.26  %           680,296       3,439           0.51  %           612,372       1,355            0.22  %
                 Time accounts, including CDARS                   96,558         554           0.57  %           106,783         595           0.56  %           137,339         542            0.39  %
                 Borrowings and other obligations 1                  174           4           2.16  %             2,935          77           2.57  %               105           2            2.03  %
                 Subordinated debentures 1                         2,741         158           5.68  %             2,673         229           8.44  %             5,025       1,339           26.29  %
                   Total interest-bearing liabilities          1,196,125       2,979           0.25  %         1,098,882       4,757           0.43  %         1,077,454       3,536            0.33  %
                 Demand accounts                               1,308,199                                       1,094,806                                       1,085,870
                 Interest payable and other liabilities           41,347                                          30,578                                          18,514
                 Stockholders' equity                            351,494                                         326,441                                         303,945
        Total liabilities & stockholders' equity             $ 2,897,165                                     $ 2,550,707                                     $ 2,485,783
        Tax-equivalent net interest income/margin 1                         $ 97,905           3.55  %                      $ 96,728           3.98  %                      $ 92,843            3.90  %
        Reported net interest income/margin 1                               $ 96,659           3.51  %                      $ 95,680           3.94  %                      $ 91,544            3.84  %
        Tax-equivalent net interest rate spread                                                3.41  %                                         3.74  %                                          3.72  %
        


1 Interest income/expense is divided by actual number of days in the period times 360 days to correspond to stated interest rate terms, where applicable.







        Table 2   Analysis of Changes in Net Interest Income
        The following table presents the effects of changes in average balances (volume)
        or changes in average rates on tax-equivalent net interest income for the years
        indicated. Volume variances are equal to the increase or decrease in average
        balances multiplied by prior period rates. Rate variances are equal to the
        increase or decrease in rates multiplied by prior period average balances. Mix
        variances are attributable to the change in yields or rates multiplied by the
        change in average balances.
                                                               2020 compared to 2019                              2019 compared to 2018
        (in thousands, unaudited)                        Volume     Yield/Rate         Mix      Total     Volume     Yield/Rate       Mix      Total
        Interest-earning deposits with banks   $       1,702    $    (1,120)   $ (1,442)   $  (860)   $  (204)   $        75    $  (11)   $  (140)
        Investment securities 1                         (610)           555         (22)       (77)      (288)           897       (19)       590
        Loans 1                                       11,884        (10,337)     (1,211)       336      3,340          1,263        53      4,656
        Total interest-earning assets                 12,976        (10,902)     (2,675)      (601)     2,848          2,235        23      5,106
        Interest-bearing transaction accounts             39           (180)        (20)      (161)       (15)           147       (11)       121
        Savings accounts                                   5             (7)          -         (2)        (3)             1         -         (2)
        Money market accounts                            422         (1,655)       (197)    (1,430)       150          1,741       193      2,084
        Time accounts, including CDARS                   (56)            15           -        (41)      (120)           223       (50)        53
        Borrowings and other obligations                 (72)           (12)         11        (73)        58              1        16         75
        Subordinated debentures                            6            (76)         (1)       (71)      (627)          (909)      426     (1,110)
        Total interest-bearing liabilities               344         (1,915)       (207)    (1,778)      (557)         1,204       574      1,221
        Tax-equivalent net interest income     $      12,632    $    (8,987)   $ (2,468)   $ 1,177    $ 3,405    $     1,031    $ (551)   $ 3,885
        


2020 Compared to 2019

Net interest income totaled $96.7 million and $95.7 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively. The $1.0 million increase in 2020 was primarily due to SBA PPP loans and lower rates on interest-bearing deposits, largely offset by lower yields on earning-assets, except for investment securities where we collected prepayment penalties on called securities in 2020. Notable balance increases occurred in interest-earning deposits with other banks, commercial real estate loans and deposits. The tax-equivalent net interest margin decreased 43 basis points to 3.55% in 2020, from 3.98% in 2019 for the reasons already mentioned and as shown in the above table. Additionally, the SBA PPP loans lowered the 2020 net interest margin by 6 basis points.

On March 15, 2021, we redeemed the $2.8 million subordinated debenture. The redemption consisted of $4.1 million principal balance, quarterly interest due, and $1.3 million in accelerated accretion of purchase discount. The contractual interest rate on the subordinated debenture was 3-month LIBOR plus 1.40%, or 1.62% as of December 31, 2020.

2019 Compared to 2018

Net interest income totaled $95.7 million and $91.5 million in 2019 and 2018, respectively. The increase of $4.2 million in 2019 was primarily due to higher average loan balances and assets yields across all categories and the early redemption of a high-rate subordinated debenture in the fourth quarter of 2018. Positive variances were partially offset by higher balances and rates on money market accounts. The tax-equivalent net interest margin increased eight basis points to 3.98% in 2019 compared to 3.90% in 2018 for the same reasons.

Market Interest Rates

Market interest rates are, in part, based on the target federal funds interest rate (the interest rate banks charge each other for short-term borrowings) implemented by the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee ("FOMC").

In response to the evolving risks to economic activity posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FOMC made two emergency cuts totaling 150 basis points to the federal funds rate in March 2020. The federal funds target rate range resided between 0.0% to 0.25% for the majority of 2020, putting downward pressure on our asset yields and net interest margin. In each of its July, September and October 2019 meetings, the FOMC lowered the federal

funds target rate by 0.25% to a range of 1.50% to 1.75% at the end of 2019. During 2018, the FOMC made four 25-basis-point increases to a range of 2.25% to 2.50% as of December 2018.

A low interest rate environment will continue to put downward pressure on asset yields and net interest margin to be fully seen in future periods. See ITEM 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk for further information.

Provision for Credit Losses on Loans

Management assesses the adequacy of the allowance for credit losses on loans quarterly based on several factors including growth of the loan portfolio, past events, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts to estimate expected losses over the contractual terms of our loans. The allowance for credit losses is increased by provisions charged to expense and loss recoveries and decreased by loans charged off. For additional information about the allowance for credit losses and transition from the incurred loss method to the CECL method in 2020, see Notes 1 and 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in ITEM 8 of this report.

We recorded a $4.6 million provision for credit losses in 2020, compared to a $900 thousand provision in 2019 and no provision for credit losses in 2018. The provision for credit losses in 2020 was largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the local and regional economies and economic outlook. In addition, under the CECL method, we increased our allowance for credit losses by approximately $925 thousand for previously acquired loans (i.e., non-purchased credit deteriorated or "non-PCD" loans); whereas, under previous GAAP (incurred loss method) we did not record an allowance on our unimpaired previously acquired non-PCD loans. Our allowance model is particularly sensitive to current and forecasted California unemployment rates, which increased from 3.7% at December 31, 2019 to 8.8% at December 31, 2020. The pandemic also negatively affected the financial condition of many of our borrowers, which was partially alleviated by our payment relief program under the CARES Act and the SBA PPP. Additionally, with the adoption of ASC 326 in 2020, our provision for credit losses may become more volatile in the future due to changes in macroeconomic conditions and forecasts, CECL model assumptions, and loan composition, which affect the allowance for credit losses balance. The provision for credit losses in 2019 was consistent with loan growth. The lack of a provision for credit losses in 2018 was primarily due to a $15.3 million decrease in classified loans, resulting from two borrowing relationships whose risk grades were upgraded from substandard to special mention in the second quarter of 2018.







        Non-interest Income
        The table below details the components of non-interest income.
        Table 3 Components of Non-Interest Income
                                                                                            2020 compared to 2019              2019 compared to 2018
                                                       Years ended December 31,           Amount
                                                                                         Increase     Percent Increase  Amount Increase   Percent Increase
        . . .
        


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