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Exhibit 99.1

 

News Release

For further information, please contact:

5790 Widewaters Parkway, DeWitt, N.Y. 13214

Joseph E. Sutaris, EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Office: (315) 445-7396

 

Community
Bank System, Inc. Reports

First
Quarter 2022 Results

 

SYRACUSE,
N.Y. — April 25, 2022 — Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) reported first quarter 2022 net income of $47.1
million, or $0.86 per fully-diluted share. This compares to $52.9 million of net income, or $0.97 per fully-diluted share for the first
quarter of 2021. The $0.11, or 11.3%, decrease in earnings per share was primarily attributable to increases in the provision for credit
losses, operating expenses, income taxes and fully-diluted shares outstanding, offset, in part, by increases in net interest income and
noninterest revenues. Comparatively, the Company recorded $0.80 in fully-diluted earnings per share for the linked fourth quarter of 2021.
Operating earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, which excludes acquisition expenses, acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustments
and unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities, net of tax, was $0.87 for the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $0.97 in the first
quarter of 2021 and $0.81 in the fourth quarter of 2021. First quarter 2021 results were complemented by a net benefit recorded in the
provision for credit losses and higher Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)-related revenues than the first quarter of 2022
which, net of tax, were responsible for a $0.17 decrease in fully-diluted operating earnings per share year-over-year. The $0.06 improvement
in operating earnings per share from the fourth quarter of 2021 was primarily driven by a lower provision for credit losses, higher noninterest
revenues and lower operating expenses. First quarter 2022 a
djusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share, a non-GAAP measure,
which excludes income taxes, the provision for credit losses, acquisition expenses, acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustments
and unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities from net income, of $1.12 was up $0.03 in comparison to both the first and fourth quarters
of 2021.

 

First
Quarter 2022 Performance Highlights
:

 

$0.86 per share, down $0.11 per share from the first quarter of 2021
Operating EPS (non-GAAP)
$0.87 per share, down $0.10 per share from the first quarter of 2021
Adjusted Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Net Revenue Per Share (non-GAAP)
$1.12 per share, up $0.03 per share from the first quarter of 2021
Return on Tangible Equity (non-GAAP)
Total Deposit Funding Costs
Annualized Loan Net Charge-Offs

 

“Community Bank System’s first quarter 2022 results were
highlighted by continued noninterest revenue expansion, the deployment of excess liquidity into loans and investment securities, and low
funding and credit-related costs,” said Mark E. Tryniski, President & CEO. “I am pleased by the continued momentum
we are seeing in our business, particularly in this more favorable interest rate environment. During the first quarter, we continued to
deliver solid organic loan growth while also deploying a significant amount of our excess liquidity into the investment securities portfolio,
driving improvements in our core net interest income. In addition, the double-digit growth in noninterest revenues over the first quarter
of 2021 came from both higher banking-related noninterest revenues and increases from each of our three financial services business lines
– employee benefit services, insurance services, and wealth management services. Asset quality also remained strong with annualized
net charge-offs of just three basis points in the quarter and nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans improving to 0.49% at March 31,
2022, compared to 0.62% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 and 1.02% one year prior.”

 

 

Mr. Tryniski continued, “These factors contributed to solid
earnings, including $0.86 per share on a GAAP basis and $0.87 per share on a non-GAAP operating basis. While earnings per share were down
from the prior year period, this was largely driven by an increase in the provision for credit losses and an expected decrease in PPP-related
interest income driven primarily by the timing of PPP loan forgiveness. During the first quarter of 2022, the Company recorded $0.9 million
in the provision for credit losses compared to a $5.7 million net benefit recorded in the provision for credit losses in the first quarter
of 2021, reflective of improvements in the economic outlook as the U.S. rebounded from effects of the pandemic. Additionally, the Company
recorded PPP-related interest income of $1.7 million during the first quarter of 2022, as compared to $6.9 million during the first quarter
of 2021. The increase in the provision for credit losses and the decrease in PPP-related revenues, net of tax, were responsible for a
$0.17 decrease in fully-diluted operating earnings per share year-over-year. On a linked quarter basis, operating earnings per share grew
by $0.06, or 7.4%, driven by a lower provision for credit losses, higher noninterest revenues and lower operating expenses. The Company’s
adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share, a non-GAAP measure, increased $0.03 per share to $1.12 during the first quarter
of 2022, from $1.09 in both the linked and year-ago periods.”

 

Mr. Tryniski further noted, “The Company achieved its third
consecutive quarter of growth in loans outstanding, as our team maintained its enhanced focus on organic loan generation amid improving
economic conditions. Excluding a $42.1 million decrease in outstanding PPP loans, ending loans were up $90.7 million, or 1.2%, in the
quarter as growth in our business lending, consumer mortgage and home equity portfolios offset seasonal declines in our consumer direct
and indirect portfolios. Furthermore, the Company utilized its excess liquidity and purchased $1.26 billion of investment securities during
the quarter with a weighted average yield of 1.63%. As a result of these efforts, net interest income increased $0.9 million, or 1.0%,
over the first quarter of 2021. Although the Company’s earning asset yields decreased 34 basis points over the prior year’s
first quarter due to lower market interest rates on new loan originations and investments and the aforementioned decrease in PPP-related
interest income, net interest income increased due to lower funding costs, a significant increase in average earning assets and an 11
basis point increase in investment yields, including cash equivalents, as the Company meaningfully shifted the composition of earning
assets away from low-yield cash equivalents to higher yield investment securities between the periods. Banking noninterest revenues were
$1.4 million, or 9.0%, higher than the prior year’s first quarter and financial services business revenues were up $5.7 million,
or 13.4%, over the same period. While revenue growth was somewhat muted by increases in operating expenses and income taxes, we believe
we are very well-positioned heading into the second quarter. With loan growth momentum and healthy pipelines, continued runway to grow
our financial services businesses, and good progress on our pending acquisition of Elmira Savings Bank, we are pleased with the many growth
opportunities we see ahead.”

 

The Company
recorded total revenues of $160.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of
 $8.1 million, or 5.3%, over the prior
year’s first quarter. The increase in total revenues between the periods was driven by a $0.9 million, or 1.0%, increase in net
interest income, a $2.0 million, or 13.1%, increase in deposit service and other banking fees, a $3.0 million, or 11.5% increase in employee
benefit services revenues, and a $2.7 million, or 16.5%, increase in wealth management and insurance services revenues, offset, in part,
by a $0.5 million decrease in mortgage banking income. Comparatively, total revenues were up $0.9 million, or 0.5%, over fourth quarter
2021 results, due to a $1.8 million, or 2.7%, increase in noninterest revenues, partially offset by a $0.9 million, or 0.9%, decrease
in net interest income driven by a $1.9 million decline in PPP-related interest income.

 

The Company recorded net interest income of $94.9 million in the first
quarter of 2022. This compares to $94.0 million of net interest income recorded in the first quarter of 2021. Between comparable periods,
a large increase in average interest-earning assets was largely offset by a 30 basis point decrease in the net interest margin. Average
interest-earning assets increased $1.54 billion, or 12.2%, between comparable quarters due to large net inflows of funds from government
stimulus programs and PPP loan originations, while the tax equivalent net interest margin decreased from 3.03% in the first quarter of
2021 to 2.73% in the first quarter of 2022. The tax equivalent average yield on interest-earning assets in the first quarter of 2022 of
2.81% was 34 basis points lower than the tax equivalent average yield on interest-earning assets of 3.15% in the first quarter of 2021.
Comparatively, the Company recorded net interest income of $95.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, $0.9 million higher than first
quarter 2022 results, while the tax equivalent net interest margin was 2.74%.

 

 

Interest income and fees on loans decreased $7.2 million, or 9.0%,
from $79.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 to $72.5 million in the first quarter of 2022. Although average total loans outstanding
increased $30.4 million, or 0.4%, between the comparable periods, interest income and fees on loans decreased significantly due to the
decrease in PPP-related interest income and a decrease in yields on new loan originations. During the first quarter of 2022, the Company
recorded $1.7 million of PPP-related interest income, including the accelerated recognition of $1.5 million of deferred loan fees. This
compares to $6.9 million of PPP-related interest income recorded in the prior year’s first quarter, including the recognition of
$5.9 million of deferred loan fees. The average tax equivalent yield on loans was 3.99% in the first quarter of 2022, 41 basis points
lower than the prior year’s average tax equivalent yield on loans of 4.40%. Comparatively, the Company recorded $76.9 million of
interest income and fees on loans during the fourth quarter of 2021, including $3.6 million of PPP-related interest income, while the
average tax equivalent yield on loans was 4.19%.

 

Interest income on investments, including cash equivalents, increased
$7.2 million, or 40.3%, between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. The increase in interest income on investments
was driven by both an increase in average outstanding investment balances and an increase in the tax equivalent average yield on investments,
including cash equivalents, between the periods. The tax-equivalent average yield on investments, including cash equivalents, increased
from 1.42% in the first quarter of 2021 to 1.53% in the first quarter of 2022, reflective of a significant change in the composition of
investment securities and cash equivalents. The average book value of investments increased $1.51 billion, or 28.4%, between the comparable
periods. This included a $2.25 billion, or 61.4%, increase in the investments securities portfolio, offset, in part, by a $735.8 million
decrease in the average balance of cash equivalents driven by the Company’s investment security purchase activities between the
periods. The average tax equivalent yield on the investment securities portfolio, excluding cash equivalents, decreased 28 basis points
from 2.02% in the first quarter of 2021 to 1.74% in the first quarter of 2022, while the average yield on cash equivalents increased nine
basis points from 0.10% to 0.19%. Although the tax equivalent average yield on the investment securities portfolio decreased 28 basis
points between the periods, the tax equivalent average yield on investments, including cash equivalents, increased 11 basis points due
to the large increase in the average outstanding balance of investment securities with a significantly higher yield than cash equivalents.

 

Interest expense
decreased $0.9 million, or 23.9%, from $3.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2022. Although
average interest-bearing deposit liabilities increased $1.04 billion, or 12.9%, between the periods, interest expense decreased due primarily
to decreases in the average outstanding balance and interest rate paid on time deposits and a decrease in the average outstanding balance
of long term borrowings.
During the first quarter of 2021, the Company redeemed $75.0 million of floating rate junior subordinated
debt and $2.3 million of associated capital securities, which was initially issued by the Company’s wholly-owned unconsolidated
trust entity Community Capital Trust IV (“CCT IV”) in 2006. The interest rate on the floating rate junior subordinated debt,
which were classified as long term borrowings, was reset quarterly at three month LIBOR plus 1.65%. The Company’s average cost of
deposits was 0.08% in the first quarter of 2022, down from 0.11% during the first quarter of 2021.

 

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company recorded a provision
for credit losses of $0.9 million. This compares to a $5.7 million net benefit recorded in the provision for credit losses in the first
quarter of 2021. The Company recorded net loan charge-offs of $0.5 million, or an annualized 0.03% of average loans outstanding, during
the first quarter of 2022, as compared to net loan charge-offs of $0.4 million, or an annualized 0.02% of average loans outstanding, for
the first quarter of 2021. Although economic forecasts remained generally stable during the first quarter of 2022, the Company’s
allowance for credit losses increased $0.3 million from the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, due in part to a $90.7 million increase
in non-PPP loans outstanding. Comparatively, in the first quarter of 2021, economic forecasts had improved significantly, resulting in
a release of reserves in that quarter.

 

 

Employee benefit
services revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were $29.6 million, up $3.1 million, or 11.5%, in comparison to the first quarter of 2021.
The improvement in revenues was driven by increases in employee benefit trust and custodial fees, as well as incremental revenues from
the acquisition of Fringe Benefits Design of Minnesota, Inc. (“FBD”) during the third quarter of 2021. Wealth management
revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were $8.6 million, up from $8.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The $0.4 million, or 5.3%,
increase in wealth management revenues was primarily driven by increases in investment management and trust services revenues. The Company
recorded insurance services revenues of $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2022
, which represents a $2.3 million, or 27.7%,
increase over the prior year’s first quarter, driven by organic expansion, as well as the second quarter 2021 acquisition of a Florida-based
personal lines insurance agency and third quarter 2021 acquisition of a Boston-based specialty-lines insurance practice. Banking noninterest
revenues increased $1.4 million, or 9.0%, from $15.6 million in the first quarter of 2021 to $17.0 million in the first quarter of 2022.
This was driven by a $1.9 million, or 13.1%, increase in deposit service and other banking fees that benefitted from the continued recovery
of economic activity as the impact of the pandemic recedes, offset, in part, by a $0.5 million decrease in mortgage banking revenue. Comparatively,
the Company recorded $30.4 million of employee benefit services revenues, $8.5 million of wealth management revenues and $8.5 million
of insurance services revenues during the fourth quarter of 2021, which on a combined basis were $1.3 million lower than the financial
services revenues generated in the first quarter of 2022. Fourth quarter 2021 banking noninterest revenues were $16.6 million, $0.4 million,
or 2.8%, lower than first quarter 2022 banking noninterest revenues.

 

The Company recorded $99.8 million in total operating expenses in the
first quarter of 2022, compared to $93.2 million of total operating expenses in the prior year’s first quarter. The $6.6 million,
or 7.0%, increase in operating expenses was attributable to a $4.0 million, or 7.0%, increase in salaries and employee benefits, a $2.0
million, or 23.1%, increase in other expenses, a $0.3 million, or 2.2%, increase in data processing and communications expenses, a $0.4
million, or 11.4%, increase in the amortization of intangible assets and a $0.3 million increase in acquisition-related expenses, offset,
in part, by a $0.4 million, or 3.1%, decrease in occupancy and equipment expenses. The increase in salaries and benefits expense was driven
by increases in merit and incentive-related employee wages, higher payroll taxes, and higher employee benefit-related expenses, offset,
in part, by a decrease in full-time equivalent staff between the periods. Other expenses were up due to the general increase in the level
of business activities, including increases in business development and marketing expenses, insurance, professional fees and travel-related
expenses. The increase in data processing and communications expenses was due to the Company’s implementation of new customer-facing
digital technologies and back office systems between the comparable periods. The decrease in occupancy and equipment expense was largely
driven by branch office consolidations undertaken over the past year. In comparison, the Company recorded $100.9 million of total operating
expenses in the fourth quarter of 2021. The $1.1 million, or 1.1%, decrease in total operating expenses between the fourth quarter of
2021 and the first quarter of 2022 was largely attributable to a $1.5 million, or 2.3%, decrease in salaries and employee benefits, partially
offset by an increase in occupancy and equipment expense due to seasonal factors.

 

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2022 was 21.4%, up
from 18.6% in the first quarter of 2021. The Company had a significantly higher level of benefit related to stock-based compensation activity
in the first quarter of 2021, as compared to the first quarter of 2022, which drove down the effective tax rate. Exclusive of stock-based
compensation tax benefits, the Company’s effective tax rate was 22.3% in the first quarter of 2022, as compared to 21.4% in the
first quarter of 2021, primarily attributable to an increase in certain state income tax rates that were enacted between the periods.

 

The Company also provides supplemental reporting of its results on
an “operating,” “adjusted” and “tangible” basis, from which it excludes the after-tax effect of amortization
of core deposit and other intangible assets (and the related goodwill, core deposit intangible and other intangible asset balances, net
of applicable deferred tax amounts), accretion on non-PCD purchased loans, expenses associated with acquisitions, acquisition-related
provision for credit losses, acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustments, litigation accrual expenses and unrealized gain
(loss) on equity securities. In addition, the Company provides supplemental reporting for “adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenues,”
which subtracts the provision for credit losses, acquisition-related expenses, acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustments,
litigation accrual expenses and unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities from income before income taxes. The amounts for such items
are presented in the tables that accompany this release. Although these items are non-GAAP measures, the Company’s management believes
this information helps investors understand the effect of acquisition and other non-recurring activity in its reported results. Diluted
adjusted net earnings per share were $0.91 in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $1.00 in the first quarter of 2021 and $0.85 in the
fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share was $1.12 in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $1.09
in the first and fourth quarters of 2021.

 

 

Financial Position

 

The Company’s
total assets increased to $15.63 billion at March 31, 2022, representing a $1.01 billion, or 6.9%, increase from one year prior and
a $73.2 million, or 0.5%, increase from December 31, 2021. The substantial increase in the Company’s total assets during the
prior twelve-month period was primarily due to large inflows of government stimulus-related deposit funding.
Average deposit balances
increased $1.52 billion, or 13.1%, between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Likewise, average earning assets increased
substantially from $12.69 billion in the first quarter of 2021 to $14.24 billion in the first quarter of 2022, representing a $1.54 billion,
or 12.2%, increase. This included a $2.25 billion, or 61.4%, increase in average book value of investment securities and a $30.4 million,
or 0.4%, increase in average loans outstanding, partially offset by a $735.8 million, or 44.1%, decrease in average cash equivalents.

 

On a linked quarter basis, average earning assets increased $275.2
million, or 2.0%, due to the continued net inflows of deposits. Average deposit balances increased $237.7 million, or 1.9%, compared to
the fourth quarter of 2021. The average book value of investment securities increased $1.07 billion, or 22.0%, while average cash equivalents
decreased $883.0 million, or 48.7% during the quarter, due to the Company’s investment securities purchase activities. Average loan
balances increased $91.7 million, or 1.3%, despite a $54.2 million decrease in average PPP loan balances due to loan forgiveness activities
during the quarter. Average loan balances for consumer mortgages, home equity loans and business lending increased during the first quarter,
while consumer indirect loans and consumer direct loans decreased largely due to seasonal factors.

 

Ending loans at March 31, 2022 of $7.42 billion were $48.6 million,
or 0.7%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2021 and $53.9 million, or 0.7%, higher than one year prior. The increase in ending loans year-over-year
was driven by increases in consumer mortgage, consumer indirect, consumer direct and home equity loans, offset, in part, by a decrease
in business lending, due primarily to forgiveness of PPP loans. Over the prior twelve month period, consumer mortgage loans increased
$183.2 million, or 7.6%, consumer indirect loans increased $147.0 million, or 14.3%, consumer direct loans increased $10.0 million, or
7.0% and home equity loans increased $2.9 million, or 0.7%, while business lending balances decreased $289.3 million, or 8.5%. The increase
in loans outstanding on a linked quarter basis was driven by a $26.6 million, or 0.9%, increase in business lending, a $36.5 million,
or 1.4%, increase in consumer mortgage loans and a $0.3 million, or 0.1%, increase in home equity loans, partially offset by a $13.4 million,
or 1.1%, decrease in consumer indirect loans and a $1.4 million, or 0.9%, decrease in consumer direct loans.

 

The Company participated in both rounds of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Security Act’s (“CARES Act”) PPP, a specialized low-interest loan program funded by the U.S. Treasury Department
and administered by the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”), now known as first draw loans. In addition, the
Company participated in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act’s (“CAA”) PPP loan program, now known as second draw
loans. As of March 31, 2022, the Company’s business lending portfolio included 23 first draw PPP loans with a total balance
of $1.8 million and 400 second draw PPP loans with a total balance of $42.6 million. This compares to 32 first draw PPP loans with a total
balance of $10.7 million and 690 second draw PPP loans with a total balance of $77.2 million at December 31, 2021. Under the PPP,
the SBA may forgive all or a portion of the loan amount if the borrower meets certain conditions. The Company expects to recognize the
majority of its remaining net deferred PPP fees totaling $1.6 million through interest income during the second quarter of 2022.

 

The Company’s
liquidity position remains strong.
The Company’s banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. (the “Bank”), maintains
a funding base largely comprised of core noninterest-bearing demand deposit accounts and low cost interest-bearing checking, savings and
money market deposit accounts with customers that operate, reside or work within its branch footprint. At March 31, 2022, the Company’s
readily available sources of liquidity totaled $6.41 billion, including cash and cash equivalents balances, net of float, of $940.4 million.
The Company also maintains an available-for-sale investment securities portfolio, comprised primarily of highly-liquid U.S. Treasury securities,
highly-rated municipal securities and U.S. agency mortgage-backed securities, which totaled $4.83 billion at March 31, 2022, $3.45
billion of which was unpledged as collateral. The Bank’s unused borrowing capacity at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York at
March 31, 2022 was $1.78 billion and it had access to $237.0 million of funding availability at the Federal Reserve Bank’s
discount window.

 

 

Although there remains some uncertainty around the duration of the
economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company’s management believes that its financial position remains strong. The Company’s
capital planning and management activities, coupled with its historically strong earnings performance, diversified streams of revenue
and prudent dividend practices, have allowed it to build and maintain strong capital reserves. Shareholders’ equity of $1.85 billion
at March 31, 2022 was $119.3 million, or 6.1%, lower than one year ago despite strong earnings retention because of a $225.0 million
decline in the after-tax market value adjustment on the Company’s available-for-sale investment securities portfolio due to higher
market interest rates. Shareholders’ equity was also down $248.7 million, or 11.8%, from the end of the linked fourth quarter of
2021, driven by a $271.6 million decline in the after-tax market value adjustment of the Company’s available-for-sale investment
securities portfolio.

 

At March 31, 2022, all of the Company’s regulatory capital
ratios significantly exceeded well-capitalized standards. More specifically, the Company’s tier 1 leverage ratio, a common measure
used to evaluate a financial institution’s capital strength, was 9.09% at March 31, 2022, which represents almost two times
the regulatory well-capitalized standard of 5.0%. The Company’s net tangible equity to net tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP) was
6.98% at March 31, 2022, down from 8.48% a year earlier and 8.69% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease in the net
tangible equity to net tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP) from one year prior was primarily driven by a $139.4 million, or 11.9%, decrease
in tangible equity due to the aforementioned decline in the after-tax market value adjustment and a $985.6 million, or 7.1%, increase
in tangible assets due to the aforementioned stimulus and PPP-related funding inflows. The decrease in the net tangible equity to net
tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP) from the fourth quarter of 2021 was driven by a $247.6 million decrease in tangible equity and a $74.3
million increase in tangible assets.

 

As previously announced, in December 2021 the Company’s
Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the repurchase of up to 2.70 million shares
of the Company’s common stock during a twelve-month period starting January 1, 2022. Such repurchases may be made at the discretion
of the Company’s senior management based on market conditions and other relevant factors and will be acquired through open market
or privately negotiated transactions as permitted under Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable regulatory
and legal requirements. There were 50,000 shares repurchased pursuant to the 2022 stock repurchase program in the first quarter of 2022.

 

Allowance for Credit Losses and Asset Quality

 

At March 31, 2022, the Company’s allowance for credit losses
totaled $50.1 million, or 0.68%, of total loans outstanding. This compares to $49.9 million, or 0.68%, at the end of the fourth quarter
of 2021 and $55.1 million, or 0.75%, at March 31, 2021. Reflective of a stable economic outlook, low levels of net charge-offs and
delinquent loans, an increase in loans outstanding and a decrease in nonperforming loans, the Company recorded a $0.9 million provision
for credit losses during the first quarter of 2022.

 

At March 31, 2022, nonperforming (90 or more days past due and
non-accruing) loans were $36.0 million, or 0.49%, of total loans outstanding. This compares to $45.5 million, or 0.62%, of total loans
outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 and $75.5 million, or 1.02%, of total loans outstanding one year earlier. The decrease
in nonperforming loans as compared to the prior year’s first quarter and fourth quarter was driven by the upgrade of several large
business loans from nonaccrual status to accruing status during the first quarter of 2022. During the fourth quarter of 2020, several
commercial borrowers, which primarily operate in the hospitality, travel and entertainment industries, requested extended loan repayment
forbearance due to the continued pandemic-related financial hardship they were experiencing. Although the Company’s management granted
these forbearance requests, it also reclassified the majority of these loan relationships from accruing to nonaccrual status, unless the
borrower clearly demonstrated current repayment capacity or sufficient cash reserves to service their pre-forbearance payment obligations.
Several borrowers in this group successfully restored all past due payments to current status, resumed their pre-forbearance payment obligations
for a period of at least six months and demonstrated sufficient repayment capacity and cash reserves to be reclassified to accruing status
during the fourth quarter of 2021 and first quarter of 2022.

 

 

Total delinquent loans, which includes nonperforming loans and loans
30 or more days delinquent, to total loans outstanding was 0.84% at the end of the first quarter of 2022. This compares to 1.29% at the
end of the first quarter of 2021 and 1.00% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, with the decrease largely driven by the previously
mentioned reclassification of certain business loans’ status from nonaccrual to accruing during the fourth quarter of 2021 and first
quarter of 2022. Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent (categorized by the Company as delinquent but performing), which tend to exhibit seasonal
characteristics, were 0.35% of total loans outstanding at March 31, 2022, down slightly from 0.38% at the end of the fourth quarter
of 2021, but up from 0.27% one year earlier. The Company recorded net charge-offs of $0.5 million, or an annualized 0.03% of average loans,
in the first quarter of 2022. This compares to net charge-offs of $0.4 million, or an annualized 0.02% of average loans, in the first
quarter of 2021. The Company believes that its credit-related losses have recently been below longer-term historical levels in part due
to the extraordinary Federal and State Government financial assistance provided to consumers throughout the pandemic, as well as the funding
support to business customers who participated in PPP lending.

 

Dividend Increase

 

During the
first quarter of 2022, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per share on its common stock, up 2.4% from the $0.42 dividend
declared in the first quarter of 2021, representing an annualized yield of
2.5% based upon the $67.84 closing price of the Company’s
stock on April 22, 2022. The one cent per share increase declared in the third quarter of 2021 marked the 29th consecutive
year of dividend increases for the Company.

 

Elmira Savings Bank

 

On October 4,
2021, the Company announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Elmira Savings Bank, a twelve branch banking franchise headquartered
in Elmira, New York, for $82.8 million in cash. The acquisition will enhance the Company’s presence in five counties of New York’s
Southern Tier and
Finger Lakes regions. Elmira Savings Bank had total assets of $632.2 million, total deposits of $541.0 million
and loans of $464.2 million at December 31, 2021. On December 14, 2021, at a Special Shareholders Meeting the shareholders of
Elmira Savings Bank approved the merger with more than 98% of the votes cast in favor of the merger. On April 22, 2022, the Company
announced that it had received regulatory approvals to complete its merger with Elmira Savings Bank. The Company expects to complete the
acquisition effective close of business on May 13, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions and approval from the New York State
Department of Financial Services.

 

Conference Call Scheduled

 

Company management
will conduct an investor call at 11:00 a.m. (ET) today, April 25, 2022, to discuss the first quarter 2022 results. The conference
call can be accessed at 1-877-317-6789 (1-412-317-6789 if outside the United States and Canada). Investors may also listen live via the
Internet at:
https://app.webinar.net/DByJL1vob5R.

 

This earnings
release, including supporting financial tables, is available within the press releases section of the Company’s investor relations website
at:
https://ir.communitybanksystem.com. An archived webcast of the earnings call will be available on this site for one
full year.

 

About Community Bank System, Inc.

 

Community
Bank System, Inc. operates more than 215 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western
Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. With assets of over $15.6 billion, the DeWitt, N.Y. headquartered
company is among the country’s 125 largest banking institutions. In addition to a full range of retail, business, and municipal
banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its Community
Bank Wealth Management Group and OneGroup NY, Inc. operating units. The Company’s Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc.
subsidiary is a leading provider of employee benefits administration, trust services, collective investment fund administration and actuarial
consulting services to customers on a national scale. Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the
Company’s stock trades under the symbol CBU. For more information about Community Bank visit
www.cbna.com or https://ir.communitybanksystem.com.

 

 

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of
CBU’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking
statements. The following factors, among others, could cause the actual results of CBU’s operations to differ materially from its
expectations: the macroeconomic and other challenges and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the negative impacts
and disruptions on public health, corporate and consumer customers, the communities CBU serves, and the domestic and global economy, including
various actions taken in response by governments, central banks and others, which may have an adverse effect on CBU’s business;
current and future economic and market conditions, including the effects on housing prices, unemployment rates, inflation, U.S. fiscal
debt, budget and tax matters, geopolitical matters, and global economic growth; fiscal and monetary policies of the Federal Reserve Board;
the effect of changes in the level of checking or savings account deposits and net interest margin; future provisions for credit losses
on loans and debt securities; changes in nonperforming assets; the effect on stock market prices on CBU’s fee income businesses,
including its employee benefit services, wealth management, and insurance businesses; the successful integration of operations of its
acquisitions; competition; changes in legislation or regulatory requirements; and the timing for receiving regulatory approvals and completing
pending transactions. For more information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from CBU’s expectations,
refer to its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the discussion under “Risk
Factors” as filed with the SEC and available on CBU’s website at https://ir.communitybanksystem.com and on the SEC’s
website at www.sec.gov. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and CBU undertakes no obligation
to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect
the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Earnings          
Loan income $72,514 $76,909 $75,825 $75,907 $79,714
Investment income 25,182 21,820 19,841 19,453 17,951
Total interest income 97,696 98,729 95,666 95,360 97,665
Interest expense 2,824 2,987 3,055 3,255 3,711
Net interest income 94,872 95,742 92,611 92,105 93,954
Provision for credit losses  906 2,162 (944) (4,338) (5,719)
Net interest income after provision for credit losses 93,966 93,580 93,555 96,443 99,673
Deposit service and other banking fees 16,894 16,298 16,438 15,216 14,934
Mortgage banking 155 293 460 331 688
Wealth management and insurance services 19,042 16,946 17,498 16,436 16,352
Employee benefit services 29,580 30,395 29,923 27,477 26,533
Unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities 2 3 (10) 0 24
Total noninterest revenues 65,673 63,935 64,309 59,460 58,531
Salaries and employee benefits 61,648 63,094 62,883 57,892 57,632
Data processing and communications 12,659 12,880 12,966 12,766 12,391
Occupancy and equipment 10,952 9,803 9,867 10,270 11,300
Amortization of intangible assets 3,732 3,751 3,703 3,246 3,351
Litigation accrual 0 0 (100) 0 0
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0 200 0 0 0
Acquisition expenses 299 568 102 4 27
Other 10,517 10,617 11,015 9,365 8,545
Total operating expenses 99,807 100,913 100,436 93,543 93,246
Income before income taxes 59,832 56,602 57,428 62,360 64,958
Income taxes 12,777 13,038 12,092 14,416 12,108
Net income $47,055 $43,564 $45,336 $47,944 $52,850
Basic earnings per share $0.87 $0.80 $0.84 $0.89 $0.98
Diluted earnings per share $0.86 $0.80 $0.83 $0.88 $0.97
Profitability          
Return on assets 1.22% 1.12% 1.20% 1.31% 1.51%
Return on equity 9.35% 8.30% 8.55% 9.61% 10.37%
Return on tangible equity(2) 15.63% 13.71% 14.00% 15.96% 16.93%
Noninterest revenues/operating revenues (FTE)(1) 40.9% 40.0% 41.0% 39.3% 38.4%
Efficiency ratio 59.6% 60.4% 61.7% 59.7% 59.0%
Components of Net Interest Margin (FTE)          
Loan yield 3.99% 4.19% 4.15% 4.16% 4.40%
Cash equivalents yield 0.19% 0.15% 0.15% 0.11% 0.10%
Investment yield 1.74% 1.78% 1.87% 1.99% 2.02%
Earning asset yield 2.81% 2.83% 2.83% 2.89% 3.15%
Interest-bearing deposit rate 0.11% 0.12% 0.13% 0.14% 0.16%
Borrowing rate 0.33% 0.32% 0.39% 0.45% 0.71%
Cost of all interest-bearing funds 0.12% 0.13% 0.14% 0.15% 0.18%
Cost of funds (includes DDA) 0.09% 0.09% 0.10% 0.10% 0.13%
Net interest margin (FTE) 2.73% 2.74% 2.74% 2.79% 3.03%
Fully tax-equivalent adjustment $830 $821 $805 $864 $903

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Average Balances          
Loans $7,389,290 $7,297,576 $7,268,659 $7,341,226 $7,358,848
Cash equivalents 930,882 1,813,910 2,077,996 2,074,757 1,666,715
Taxable investment securities 5,502,965 4,445,504 3,800,978 3,547,646 3,239,019
Nontaxable investment securities 413,268 404,251 384,053 409,244 427,687
Total interest-earning assets 14,236,405 13,961,241 13,531,686 13,372,873 12,692,269
Total assets 15,596,209 15,418,880 15,027,478 14,720,084 14,157,685
Interest-bearing deposits 9,101,664 8,896,562 8,662,387 8,581,629 8,061,489
Borrowings 318,193 314,610 237,114 256,985 344,810
Total interest-bearing liabilities 9,419,857 9,211,172 8,899,501 8,838,614 8,406,299
Noninterest-bearing deposits 3,968,197 3,935,586 3,841,646 3,719,592 3,491,581
Shareholders’ equity 2,040,843 2,083,115 2,104,164 2,001,731 2,066,792
Balance Sheet Data          
Cash and cash equivalents $1,020,926 $1,875,064 $2,322,661 $2,205,926 $2,151,347
Investment securities 5,831,616 4,979,089 4,403,398 4,057,662 3,836,497
Loans:          
Business lending 3,102,533 3,075,904 3,092,177 3,186,487 3,391,786
Consumer mortgage 2,592,586 2,556,114 2,470,974 2,408,499 2,409,373
Consumer indirect 1,176,373 1,189,749 1,168,378 1,109,504 1,029,335
Home equity 398,316 398,061 395,451 391,117 395,408
Consumer direct 152,445 153,811 155,602 148,540 142,425
Total loans 7,422,253 7,373,639 7,282,582 7,244,147 7,368,327
Allowance for credit losses 50,147 49,869 49,499 51,750 55,069
Intangible assets, net 863,038 864,335 868,104 842,672 843,045
Other assets 538,197 510,399 503,852 502,630 476,034
Total assets 15,625,883 15,552,657 15,331,098 14,801,287 14,620,181
Deposits:          
Noninterest-bearing 4,036,563 3,921,663 3,864,951 3,729,355 3,710,292
Non-maturity interest-bearing 8,388,800 8,061,174 7,898,876 7,632,274 7,532,578
Time 892,304 928,331 959,994 977,396 961,367
Total deposits 13,317,667 12,911,168 12,723,821 12,339,025 12,204,237
Borrowings 302,395 326,608 319,675 197,823 263,726
Subordinated notes payable 3,270 3,277 3,283 3,290 3,297
Accrued interest and other liabilities 150,448 210,797 214,385 200,049 177,524
Total liabilities 13,773,780 13,451,850 13,261,164 12,740,187 12,648,784
Shareholders’ equity 1,852,103 2,100,807 2,069,934 2,061,100 1,971,397
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity 15,625,883 15,552,657 15,331,098 14,801,287 14,620,181
Capital          
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.09% 9.09% 9.22% 9.36% 9.63%
Tangible equity/net tangible assets(2) 6.98% 8.69% 8.59% 9.02% 8.48%
Diluted weighted average common shares O/S 54,515 54,559 54,541 54,613 54,417
Period end common shares outstanding 53,913 53,878 53,926 53,919 53,875
Cash dividends declared per common share $0.43 $0.43 $0.43 $0.42 $0.42
Book value $34.35 $38.99 $38.38 $38.23 $36.59
Tangible book value(2) $19.16 $23.77 $23.10 $23.41 $21.76
Common stock price (end of period) $70.15 $74.48 $68.42 $75.65 $76.72

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Asset Quality          
Nonaccrual loans $32,213 $41,665 $65,967 $68,476 $73,310
Accruing loans 90+ days delinquent 3,816 3,808 1,874 1,722 2,152
Total nonperforming loans 36,029 45,473 67,841 70,198 75,462
Other real estate owned (OREO) 416 718 891 879 824
Total nonperforming assets 36,445 46,191 68,732 71,077 76,286
Net charge-offs 539 1,708 1,350 (592) 381
Allowance for credit losses/loans outstanding 0.68% 0.68% 0.68% 0.71% 0.75%
Nonperforming loans/loans outstanding 0.49% 0.62% 0.93% 0.97% 1.02%
Allowance for credit losses/nonperforming loans 139% 110% 73% 74% 73%
Net charge-offs/average loans 0.03% 0.09% 0.07% (0.03)% 0.02%
Delinquent loans/ending loans 0.84% 1.00% 1.28% 1.22% 1.29%
Provision for credit losses/net charge-offs 168% 127% (70)% 733% (1,503)%
Nonperforming assets/total assets 0.23% 0.30% 0.45% 0.48% 0.52%
Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations          
Income statement data          
Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue          
Net
income (GAAP)
$47,055 $43,564 $45,336 $47,944 $52,850
Income
taxes
12,777 13,038 12,092 14,416 12,108
Income
before income taxes
59,832 56,602 57,428 62,360 64,958
Provision
for credit losses
 906 2,162 (944) (4,338) (5,719)
Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue (non-GAAP) 60,738 58,764 56,484 58,022 59,239
Acquisition expenses 299 568 102 4 27
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0 200 0 0 0
Unrealized
(gain) loss on equity securities
 (2) (3) 10 0 (24)
Litigation
accrual
0 0 (100) 0 0
Adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue (non-GAAP) $61,035 $59,529 $56,496 $58,026 $59,242
           
Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share          
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP) $0.86 $0.80 $0.83 $0.88 $0.97
Income
taxes
0.24 0.24 0.22 0.26 0.22
Income
before income taxes
1.10 1.04 1.05 1.14 1.19
Provision
for credit losses
0.01 0.04 (0.01) (0.08) (0.10)
Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share (non-GAAP) 1.11 1.08 1.04 1.06 1.09
Acquisition
expenses
0.01 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Unrealized
(gain) loss on equity securities
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Litigation
accrual
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue per share (non-GAAP) $1.12 $1.09 $1.04 $1.06 $1.09
           

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations          
Income statement data          
Net income          
Net income (GAAP) $47,055 $43,564 $45,336 $47,944 $52,850
Acquisition expenses 299 568 102 4 27
Tax effect of acquisition expenses (64) (131) (21) (1) (5)
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 47,290 44,001 45,417 47,947 52,872
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0 200 0 0 0
Tax effect of acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0 (46) 0 0 0
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 47,290 44,155 45,417 47,947 52,872
Unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities (2) (3) 10 0 (24)
Tax effect of unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities 0 1 (2) 0 4
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 47,288 44,153 45,425 47,947 52,852
Litigation accrual 0 0 (100) 0 0
Tax effect of litigation accrual 0 0 21 0 0
Operating net income (non-GAAP) 47,288 44,153 45,346 47,947 52,852
Amortization of intangibles 3,732 3,751 3,703 3,246 3,351
Tax effect of amortization of intangibles (797) (864) (780) (750) (625)
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 50,223 47,040 48,269 50,443 55,578
Acquired non-PCD loan accretion (734) (812) (906) (1,169) (1,102)
Tax effect of acquired non-PCD loan accretion 157 187 191 270 205
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $49,646 $46,415 $47,554 $49,544 $54,681
           
Return on average assets          
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $49,646 $46,415 $47,554 $49,544 $54,681
Average total assets 15,596,209 15,418,880 15,027,478 14,720,084 14,157,685
Adjusted return on average assets (non-GAAP) 1.29% 1.19% 1.26% 1.35% 1.57%
           
Return on average equity          
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $49,646 $46,415 $47,554 $49,544 $54,681
Average total equity 2,040,843 2,083,115 2,104,164 2,001,731 2,066,792
Adjusted return on average equity (non-GAAP) 9.87% 8.84% 8.97% 9.93% 10.73%
           

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations          
Income statement data (continued)          
 Earnings per common share          
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP) $0.86 $0.80 $0.83 $0.88 $0.97
Acquisition expenses 0.01 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tax effect of acquisition expenses 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 0.87 0.81 0.83 0.88 0.97
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tax effect of acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 0.87 0.81 0.83 0.88 0.97
Unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tax effect of unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 0.87 0.81 0.83 0.88 0.97
Litigation accrual 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tax effect of litigation accrual 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Operating diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) 0.87 0.81 0.83 0.88 0.97
Amortization of intangibles 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.06 0.06
Tax effect of amortization of intangibles (0.02) (0.02) (0.01) (0.01) (0.01)
Subtotal (non-GAAP) 0.92 0.86 0.89 0.93 1.02
Acquired non-PCD loan accretion (0.01) (0.01) (0.02) (0.02) (0.02)
Tax effect of acquired non-PCD loan accretion 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Diluted adjusted net earnings per share (non-GAAP) $0.91 $0.85 $0.87 $0.91 $1.00
           
 Noninterest operating expenses          
Noninterest
expenses (GAAP)
$99,807 $100,913 $100,436 $93,543 $93,246
Amortization of intangibles (3,732) (3,751) (3,703) (3,246) (3,351)
Acquisition expenses (299) (568) (102) (4) (27)
Acquisition-related contingent consideration adjustment 0 (200) 0 0 0
Litigation accrual 0 0 100 0 0
Total adjusted noninterest expenses (non-GAAP) $95,776 $96,394 $96,731 $90,293 $89,868
           
 Efficiency ratio          
Adjusted
noninterest expenses (non-GAAP) – numerator
$95,776 $96,394 $96,731 $90,293 $89,868
Tax-equivalent net interest income 95,702 96,563 93,416 92,969 94,857
Noninterest revenues 65,673 63,935 64,309 59,460 58,531
Acquired non-PCD loan accretion (734) (812) (906) (1,169) (1,102)
Unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities (2) (3) 10 0 (24)
Operating revenues (non-GAAP) – denominator 160,639 159,683 156,829 151,260 152,262
Efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) 59.6% 60.4% 61.7% 59.7% 59.0%

 

 

Summary of Financial Data (unaudited)          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)          
  2022 2021
  1st Qtr 4th Qtr 3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
Quarterly GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations          
Balance sheet data          
 Total assets          
Total assets (GAAP) $15,625,883 $15,552,657 $15,331,098 $14,801,287 $14,620,181
Intangible assets (863,038) (864,335) (868,104) (842,672) (843,045)
Deferred taxes on intangible assets 43,968 44,160 43,768 44,072 44,105
Total tangible assets (non-GAAP) $14,806,813 $14,732,482 $14,506,762 $14,002,687 $13,821,241
           
 Total common equity          
Shareholders’ equity (GAAP) $1,852,103 $2,100,807 $2,069,934 $2,061,100 $1,971,397
Intangible assets (863,038) (864,335) (868,104) (842,672) (843,045)
Deferred taxes on intangible assets 43,968 44,160 43,768 44,072 44,105
Total tangible common equity (non-GAAP) $1,033,033 $1,280,632 $1,245,598 $1,262,500 $1,172,457
           
 Net tangible equity-to-assets ratio at quarter end          
Total tangible common equity (non-GAAP) – numerator $1,033,033 $1,280,632 $1,245,598 $1,262,500 $1,172,457
Total tangible assets (non-GAAP) – denominator 14,806,813 14,732,482 14,506,762 14,002,687 13,821,241
Net tangible equity-to-assets ratio at quarter end (non-GAAP) 6.98% 8.69% 8.59% 9.02% 8.48%
           

 

(1)
Excludes unrealized gain (loss) on equity securities.

(2)
Includes deferred tax liabilities related to certain intangible assets.

 

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