American Savings Bank Reports 2015 And Fourth Quarter Earnings

2015 Net Income of $54.7 Million - Return on Assets of 0.95%

Fourth Quarter 2015 Net Income of $15.0 Million

Solid Profitability In Line with Expectations

29 Jan, 2016, 19:37 ET from Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

HONOLULU, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Selected 2015 Highlights

  • Achieved 2015 earnings and profitability targets consistent with guidance ranges
    • ROA of 0.95% vs. target of ~0.95%
    • NIM of 3.53% vs. target of ~3.45% to 3.55%
  • Loan growth of 4.1% led by commercial real estate, residential mortgages and home equity lending
  • Strong deposit growth of 8.7% including low-cost core deposit growth of 8.5%
  • Continued favorable trends in asset quality from 2015
    • Net charge-off to average loans ratio of 0.04%
    • Nonperforming assets of 1.02% of total loans and other real estate owned
  • Strong capital levels: 8.8% leverage ratio; 13.3% total capital ratio
  • Named one of Hawaii Business "Best Places to Work" for the 6th consecutive year;  American Banker "Best Banks to Work For" list for the 3rd consecutive year;  Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in America in 2015 and No. 3 on Fortune's list of 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity in America 
  • Contributed over 4,000 volunteer hours and over $1 million of charitable contributions to community organizations
  • Filed SEC Form 10 for spin-off of ASB Hawaii, Inc. the parent company of American Saving Bank, into an independent publicly traded company, mutually contingent upon the closing of the proposed combination of NextEra Energy, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI)

American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) today reported net income for the full year of 2015 of $54.7 million compared to $51.3 million in 2014.  Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $15.0 million, compared to $13.5 million in the third, or linked, quarter of 2015 and $12.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

"We met our key financial and operational objectives in 2015 and continue to position the bank for good performance for our customers and HEI shareholders in 2016.  Our investments in electronic banking platforms, data and risk management capabilities, and process improvement should help us deliver a continuously better experience for our customers, healthy growth, and a more efficient bank," said Richard Wacker, president and chief executive officer of American. 

Full Year Net Income:

Net income for 2015 of $54.7 million was $3.4 million higher than 2014, reflecting solid revenue and asset growth.  The most significant drivers impacting the net income increase for 2015 were as follows on an after-tax basis:

  • $5 million higher net interest income as contributions from loan and investment portfolio growth more than offset the lower yield on earning assets; and
  • $4 million higher noninterest income primarily due to higher mortgage banking income ($2 million) resulting from selling a larger portion of low rate mortgage loan originations and higher deposit-related fee initiatives ($2 million)

These increases were partially offset by $6 million higher noninterest expense primarily due to higher pension and benefits expense.

___________________ Note:  Amounts indicated as "after-tax" in this earnings release are based upon adjusting items for the composite statutory tax rate of 40% for the bank.

Fourth Quarter Net Income:

Fourth quarter 2015 net income of $15.0 million was $1.5 million higher than the third, or linked quarter and $2.8 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Compared to the linked quarter of 2015, the $1.5 million increase in the fourth quarter of 2015 was primarily driven by the following on an after-tax basis:

  • $1 million lower provision for loan losses primarily related to the recovery during the fourth quarter of 2015 of previously charged-off loans; and
  • $1 million higher net interest income due to strong loan and investment portfolio growth.

These increases were partially offset by $1 million (after-tax) of lower noninterest income primarily due to the gain on sale of the American service center building vacated as part of the campus consolidation plan in the linked quarter.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, the $2.8 million higher net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was primarily driven by the following on an after-tax basis:

  • $1 million higher net interest income due to strong loan and investment portfolio growth;
  • $1 million higher provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2014 primarily due to the downgrade of one performing commercial real estate loan; and
  • $1 million higher noninterest income.

Financial Highlights:

Net interest income (pretax) was $188.6 million in 2015, higher than the $180.5 million in 2014 primarily due to loan and investment portfolio growth in 2015.  Net interest margin was 3.53% in 2015 compared to 3.62% in 2014, in line with the bank's net interest margin target of 3.45% to 3.55% for 2015.  The decline in net interest margin was primarily attributable to lower yields on interest-earning assets as loan portfolios continued to re-price down in this continued low interest rate environment.  The fourth quarter 2015 net interest income (pretax) was $48.7 million, compared to $47.8 million in the linked quarter and $46.7 million in the prior year quarter.  Net interest margin was 3.55% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 3.53% in the linked quarter and 3.65% in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

The provision for loan losses (pretax) was $6.3 million in 2015 compared to $6.1 million in 2014.  The fourth quarter of 2015 provision for loan losses was $0.8 million compared to $3.0 million in the linked quarter and $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  The lower fourth quarter of 2015 provision was attributable to the recovery of previously charged-off loans.  The 2015 net charge-off ratio was 0.04% compared to 0.01% in 2014.  The fourth quarter of 2015 net charge-off ratio was a net recovery of 0.08%, lower than the 0.10% in the linked quarter and lower than the prior year quarter ratio of 0.04%.

Noninterest income (pretax) for 2015 was $67.8 million, up from $61.2 million in 2014.  The increase was primarily driven by $3.4 million higher mortgage banking income, higher deposit-related fee initiatives and the gain on sale of real estate which were partially offset by the gain on sale of securities in 2014.  In the fourth quarter of 2015, noninterest income (pretax) was $16.8 million, compared to $18.5 million in the linked quarter and $15.3 million in the prior year quarter.  The linked quarter was positively impacted by the $2 million gain on sale of real estate.

Noninterest expense (pretax) for 2015 was $166.3 million, compared to $156.3 million in 2014.  The increase was primarily due to higher pension and benefits expense.  In the fourth quarter of 2015, noninterest expense (pretax) was $42.0 million compared to $42.4 million in the linked quarter and $41.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

American achieved loan growth of 4.1% in 2015, consistent with the bank's target and growth strategies, operating in the competitive Hawaii market environment.  Loan growth was primarily driven by commercial real estate, residential and home equity loans that helped to offset the impact of the decline in net interest margin.

Total deposits were $5.0 billion at December 31, 2015, an increase of $199 million or 4.1% from September 30, 2015, and $402 million or 8.7% from December 31, 2014.  Low-cost core deposits increased $185 million or 4.2% from September 30, 2015, and $357 million or 8.5% from December 31, 2014.  The average cost of funds was 0.22% for the full year 2015, down 1 basis point from the prior year.  For the fourth quarter of 2015, the average cost of funds was 0.22%, unchanged from the linked quarter and prior year quarter.                   

Overall, American's return on average equity for the full year remained solid at 9.9% in 2015 compared to 9.6% in 2014 and the return on average assets for the full year was 0.95% in 2015 consistent with 2014.  For the fourth quarter of 2015, the return on average equity was 10.7%, up from 9.7% in the linked quarter and 8.9% in the fourth quarter last year.  Return on average assets was 1.01% for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 0.92% from the linked quarter and 0.88% in the same quarter last year.

In 2015, American paid dividends of $30 million to HEI while maintaining healthy capital levels -- leverage ratio of 8.8% and total capital ratio of 13.3% at December 31, 2015.

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2016 EPS GUIDANCE

Concurrent with American's regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its fourth quarter 2015 financial results today.  Please note that these reported results relate only to American and are not necessarily indicative of HEI's consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.

HEI plans to announce its fourth quarter and 2015 consolidated financial results on Thursday, February 11, 2016 and will conduct a webcast and conference call to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American's earnings, and 2016 EPS guidance on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 12:00 noon Hawaii time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time). 

Interested parties within the United States may listen to the conference by calling (888) 311-8190 and entering passcode: 15902422.  International parties may listen to the conference by calling (330) 863-3378 and entering passcode: 15902422 or by accessing the webcast on HEI's website at www.hei.com under the heading "Investor Relations."  HEI and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) intend to continue to use HEI's website, www.hei.com, as a means of disclosing additional information.  Such disclosures will be included on HEI's website in the Investor Relations section.  Accordingly, investors should routinely monitor such portions of HEI's website, in addition to following HEI's, Hawaiian Electric's and American's press releases, HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI's public conference calls and webcasts.  The information on HEI's website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings unless, and except to the extent, specifically incorporated by reference.  Investors may also wish to refer to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii (PUC) website at dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms in order to review documents filed with and issued by the PUC.  No information on the PUC website is incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings.

An on-line replay of the February 11, 2016 webcast will be available on HEI's website beginning about two hours after the event.  Audio replays of the teleconference will also be available approximately two hours after the event through February 25, 2016, by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and entering passcode: 15902422.

HEI supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited and provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American, one of Hawaii's largest financial institutions.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release may contain "forward-looking statements," which include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and usually include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "predicts," "estimates" or similar expressions.  In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance, ongoing business strategies or prospects or possible future actions are also forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and the accuracy of assumptions concerning HEI and its subsidiaries, the performance of the industries in which they do business and economic and market factors, among other things.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.

Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and HEI's future periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made.  Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.

STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Years ended December 31,

(in thousands)

December 31, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

2015

2014

Interest and dividend income

Interest and fees on loans

$

47,136

$

46,413

$

46,276

$

184,782

$

179,341

Interest and dividends on investment securities

4,550

4,213

3,187

15,120

11,945

 Total interest and dividend income

51,686

50,626

49,463

199,902

191,286

Interest expense

Interest on deposit liabilities

1,467

1,355

1,303

5,348

5,077

Interest on other borrowings

1,510

1,515

1,468

5,978

5,731

 Total interest expense

2,977

2,870

2,771

11,326

10,808

Net interest income

48,709

47,756

46,692

188,576

180,478

Provision for loan losses

839

2,997

2,560

6,275

6,126

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

47,870

44,759

44,132

182,301

174,352

Noninterest income

Fees from other financial services

5,667

5,639

5,760

22,211

21,747

Fee income on deposit liabilities

5,746

5,883

5,074

22,368

19,249

Fee income on other financial products

2,006

2,096

1,806

8,094

8,131

Bank-owned life insurance

1,016

1,021

1,004

4,078

3,949

Mortgage banking income

1,003

1,437

1,164

6,330

2,913

Gains on sale of investment securities

2,847

Other income, net

1,387

2,389

455

4,750

2,375

 Total noninterest income

16,825

18,465

15,263

67,831

61,211

Noninterest expense

Compensation and employee benefits

23,705

22,728

19,835

90,518

79,885

Occupancy

4,115

4,128

4,238

16,365

17,197

Data processing

3,002

3,032

2,975

12,103

11,690

Services

2,474

2,556

2,561

10,204

10,269

Equipment

1,578

1,608

1,638

6,577

6,564

Office supplies, printing and postage

1,452

1,511

1,602

5,749

6,089

Marketing

844

934

1,309

3,463

3,999

FDIC insurance

881

809

820

3,274

3,261

Other expense

3,991

5,116

6,116

18,067

17,314

 Total noninterest expense

42,042

42,422

41,094

166,320

156,268

Income before income taxes

22,653

20,802

18,301

83,812

79,295

Income taxes

7,700

7,351

6,188

29,082

27,994

Net income

$

14,953

$

13,451

$

12,113

$

54,730

$

51,301

Comprehensive income

$

9,477

$

17,678

$

5,419

$

54,017

$

46,940

OTHER BANK INFORMATION (annualized %, except as of period end)

Return on average assets

1.01

0.92

0.88

0.95

0.95

Return on average equity

10.66

9.73

8.93

9.93

9.60

Return on average tangible common equity

12.48

11.43

10.52

11.68

11.35

Net interest margin

3.55

3.53

3.65

3.53

3.62

Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding

(0.08)

0.10

0.04

0.04

0.01

As of period end

Nonperforming assets to loans outstanding and real estate owned *

1.02

1.00

0.85

Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding

1.08

1.06

1.03

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.05

8.23

8.23

Tier-1 leverage ratio *

8.8

8.8

8.9

Total capital ratio *

13.3

13.4

12.3

Dividend paid to HEI (via ASB Hawaii, Inc.) ($ in millions)

$

7.5

$

7.5

$

8.8

$

30.0

$

36.0

* Regulatory basis. Capital ratios as of December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015 calculated under Basel III rules, which became effective January 1, 2015.

Prior period financial statements reflect the retrospective application of ASU No. 2014-01, "Investments-Equity Method and Joint Ventures (Topic 323): Accounting for Investments in Qualified Affordable Housing Projects," which was adopted as of January 1, 2015 and did not have a material impact on ASB's financial condition or results of operations.

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI's Annual Report on SEC Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 (when filed), ASB Hawaii, Inc.'s Form 10 for the year ended December 31, 2015 (when filed) and HEI's Quarterly Reports on SEC Form 10-Q /A for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, as updated by SEC Forms 8-K.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.

BALANCE SHEETS DATA

(Unaudited)

December 31

2015

2014

(in thousands)

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

127,201

$

107,233

Interest-bearing deposits

93,680

54,230

Available-for-sale investment securities, at fair value

820,648

550,394

Stock in Federal Home Loan Bank, at cost

10,678

69,302

Loans receivable held for investment

4,615,819

4,434,651

 Allowance for loan losses

(50,038)

(45,618)

 Net loans

4,565,781

4,389,033

Loans held for sale, at lower of cost or fair value

4,631

8,424

Other

309,946

305,416

Goodwill

82,190

82,190

 Total assets

$

6,014,755

$

5,566,222

Liabilities and shareholder's equity

Deposit liabilities–noninterest-bearing

$

1,520,374

$

1,342,794

Deposit liabilities–interest-bearing

3,504,880

3,280,621

Other borrowings

328,582

290,656

Other

101,029

118,363

 Total liabilities

5,454,865

5,032,434

Common stock

1

1

Additional paid in capital

340,496

338,411

Retained earnings

236,664

211,934

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits

      Net unrealized gains (losses) on securities

$

(1,872)

$

462

      Retirement benefit plans

(15,399)

(17,271)

(17,020)

(16,558)

    Total shareholder's equity

559,890

533,788

    Total liabilities and shareholder's equity

$

6,014,755

$

5,566,222

Prior period financial statements reflect the retrospective application of ASU No. 2014-01, "Investments-Equity Method and Joint Ventures (Topic 323): Accounting for Investments in Qualified Affordable Housing Projects," which was adopted as of January 1, 2015 and did not have a material impact on ASB's financial condition or results of operations.

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI's Annual Report on SEC Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 (when filed), ASB Hawaii, Inc.'s Form 10 for the year ended December 31, 2015 (when filed) and HEI's Quarterly Reports on SEC Form 10-Q /A for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, as updated by SEC Forms 8-K.

 

Contact: 

Clifford H. Chen

Manager, Investor Relations & 

Telephone: (808) 543-7300

Strategic Planning 

E-mail:  ir@hei.com

 

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SOURCE Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.



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