American Savings Bank Reports First Quarter 2012 Earnings Net Income of $15.9 Million

Bank Continues Solid Performance

Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Loan Growth

HONOLULU, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) (NYSE - HE) today reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $15.9 million, compared to $15.3 million in the fourth, or linked, quarter of 2011 and $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. 

"We are pleased that American Savings Bank continued its solid performance.  Our loan portfolio grew for the 6th consecutive quarter, while we maintained our reduced cost structure.  Credit costs continued to decline and we are cautiously optimistic about the continued improvement in Hawaii's economy.  While the prolonged low interest rate environment continues to challenge revenues in the near-term, we are remixing our loan portfolio to be well-positioned when interest rates rise," said Richard Wacker, president and chief executive officer of American Savings Bank.

Net income for the first quarter of 2012 improved from the linked quarter due to lower non-interest expense, lower provision for loan losses and the release of reserves related to a tax position taken in a prior year ($1 million after-tax), partially offset by lower net interest income ($1 million after-tax) resulting from the continued low interest rate environment.

Compared to the same quarter of 2011, net income improved by $2.0 million primarily due to (on an after-tax basis):

  • $1 million lower provision for loan losses;
  • $1 million higher noninterest income due to higher gains on sales of loans; and
  • $1 million for the release of tax-related reserves which included taxes and expenses.

Net interest margin was 4.04% in the first quarter of 2012, down from 4.16% in the linked and first quarter of 2011.  Yields on interest-earning assets declined consistent with the low interest rate environment, as the bank continued to reduce its exposure to 30-year fixed-rate residential mortgages by $38 million in the quarter to control unfavorable interest rate risk.  While residential mortgage production was very strong (up 73% over the same period of 2011) the bank continues to sell the majority of its very low fixed-rate mortgage production to the secondary market.  In addition, existing adjustable-rate commercial loans repriced down and new loans were funded at lower than average portfolio rates.

Rates on interest-bearing deposits declined and low-cost core deposits grew by $183 million over the last year to $3.6 billion which offset some of the decline in asset yields and produced a very low average cost of funds of 0.28%. 

Other dynamics can cause volatility in net interest margin between quarters, such as the recognition of income on loan prepayments which were elevated in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Normalizing these variables, net interest margin compression has been in line with management expectations, including estimated full year 2012 net interest margin of about 4%. 

Provision for loan losses (pretax) was $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $4.1 million in the linked quarter and $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The decline in provision was due to lower net charge-offs particularly in the residential portfolio and improved consumer credit quality associated with the gradual recovery in Hawaii's economy. 

Non-interest expense (pretax) was $35.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, down from $36.6 million in the linked quarter and essentially flat with $35.1 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The bank expects 2012 annual non-interest expense to be in line with its target of $145 million. 

First quarter of 2012 annualized loan growth of 3.2% is in line with the bank's target of low to mid-single digit loan growth for the year.  Growth was driven primarily in commercial lending and American's market leading home equity loan product.  This growth more than offset the deliberate decrease in the size of the bank's residential loan portfolio, consistent with the bank's long-term strategy to manage interest rate risk and to be well-positioned when interest rates rise. 

Total deposits were $4.1 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2012, up $55 million compared to the linked quarter.           

Overall, American achieved strong profitability metrics in the quarter with a return on average equity of 12.9% and a return on average assets of 1.29%.  American also paid dividends of $10 million to HEI in the quarter while maintaining healthy capital levels -- Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.1% and total risk-based capital ratio of 12.9% at March 31, 2012.

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, WEBCAST AND TELECONFERENCE
Consistent with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reporting requirements that banks file their financial results with the OCC within 30 days after the end of the quarter, we have concurrently announced American's first quarter 2012 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 first quarter of 2012.

HEI plans to announce its first quarter 2012 consolidated financial results on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and will conduct a webcast and teleconference call to review first quarter 2012 consolidated earnings, including American Savings Bank's earnings, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 7:00 a.m. Hawaii time (1:00 p.m. Eastern time).  The event can be accessed through HEI's website at www.hei.com or by dialing (866) 314-5050, passcode:  22527679 for the teleconference call.  The presentation for the webcast will be on HEI's website under the headings "Investor Relations," "News & Events" and "Presentations & Webcasts."  HEI and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) 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, HECO's and American's press releases, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and public conference calls and webcasts.  The information on HEI's website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in the Company'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 the Company's SEC filings.

An online replay of the webcast will be available at the same website beginning about two hours after the event.  Replays of the teleconference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through May 23, 2012, by dialing (888) 286-8010, passcode: 92305336.

HEI supplies power to over 400,000 customers or 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, HECO, 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 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.  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, HECO, 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




March 31, 


December 31, 


March 31, 


(in thousands)


2012


2011


2011


Interest income








Interest and fees on loans


$  44,888


$  46,500


$  46,097


Interest on investment and mortgage-related securities


3,805


3,352


3,769


     Total interest income


48,693


49,852


49,866


Interest expense








Interest on deposit liabilities


1,779


1,837


2,593


Interest on other borrowings


1,261


1,362


1,367


     Total interest expense


3,040


3,199


3,960


Net interest income


45,653


46,653


45,906


Provision for loan losses


3,546


4,082


4,550


Net interest income after provision for loan losses


42,107


42,571


41,356


Noninterest income








Fees from other financial services


7,337


7,476


6,946


Fee income on deposit liabilities


4,278


4,486


4,449


Fee income on other financial products


1,549


1,364


1,673


Other income


3,395


3,498


2,379


     Total noninterest income


16,559


16,824


15,447


Noninterest expense








Compensation and employee benefits


18,646


17,820


17,505


Occupancy


4,225


4,313


4,240


Data processing


2,111


1,676


1,970


Services


1,783


1,990


1,771


Equipment


1,730


1,762


1,657


Other expense


6,707


8,997


7,933


     Total noninterest expense


35,202


36,558


35,076


Income before income taxes


23,464


22,837


21,727


Income taxes 


7,587


7,497


7,876


Net income


$  15,877


$  15,340


$  13,851


Comprehensive net income


$  15,899


$    7,400


$  11,586










OTHER BANK INFORMATION (%)








Return on average assets 


1.29


1.26


1.15


Return on average equity  


12.87


12.24


11.20


Return on average tangible common equity


15.44


14.65


13.44


Net interest margin


4.04


4.16


4.16


Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding (annualized) 


0.28


0.48


0.49


Efficiency ratio


56


57


57


As of period end








Nonperforming assets to loans outstanding and real estate owned **


2.02


2.01


1.82


Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding 


1.05


1.03


1.14


Tier-1 leverage ratio **


9.1


9.0


9.1


Total risk-based capital ratio **


12.9


12.9


13.5


Tangible common equity to total assets


8.46


8.42


8.57










**  Regulatory basis

















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, 2011 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 (when

filed), as updated by SEC Forms 8-K. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future

interim periods or the full year.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B. 



BALANCE SHEETS DATA



(Unaudited)




March 31,

December 31,

(in thousands)

2012

2011




Assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$   229,635

$      219,678

Available-for-sale investment and mortgage-related securities

631,063

624,331

Investment in stock of Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle

97,764

97,764

Loans receivable held for investment, net

3,672,401

3,642,818

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

14,657

9,601

Other

235,407

233,592

Goodwill

82,190

82,190

     Total assets

$4,963,117

$    4,909,974




Liabilities and shareholder's equity



Deposit liabilities–noninterest-bearing

$1,054,512

$      993,828

Deposit liabilities–interest-bearing

3,070,692

3,076,204

Other borrowings

232,843

233,229

Other

110,117

118,078

     Total liabilities

4,468,164

4,421,339




Common stock

332,299

331,880

Retained earnings

172,003

166,126

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits

(9,349)

(9,371)

     Total shareholder's equity

494,953

488,635

     Total liabilities and shareholder's equity

$4,963,117

$    4,909,974





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, 2011 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q

for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 (when filed), as updated by SEC Forms 8-K. Results of operations for interim

periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future interim periods or the full year.

 

Contact:

Shelee M.T. Kimura



Manager, Investor Relations &

Telephone: (808) 543-7384


Strategic Planning

E-mail: skimura@hei.com

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SOURCE Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.



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