American Savings Bank Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings Net Income of $14.5 Million

Return on Assets of 1.10%

Bank Continues to Deliver Solid Results

HONOLULU, April 30, 2014 /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 2014 of $14.5 million, compared to $12.2 million in the fourth (or linked) quarter of 2013 and $14.2  million in the first quarter of 2013.   

"American delivered another quarter of solid results, meeting the credit needs of an expanding customer base while maintaining strong asset quality and financial returns.  Low interest rates and the effects of the more intense regulatory environment continued to curb opportunities to improve profitability, but the healthy Hawaiian economy helped us grow.  The sale of our municipal bond holdings accelerated some income into the first quarter as we repositioned our investment portfolio due to recent interagency guidance on liquidity standards and the likelihood of higher interest rates over time," said Rich Wacker, president and chief executive officer of American. 

First quarter 2014 net income was $2.4 million higher than the linked quarter primarily driven by (on an after-tax basis):

  • $2 million gain on the sale of the municipal bond securities portfolio due to the strategic shift towards higher quality liquid assets; and
  • $2 million lower noninterest expense ($1 million of which is due to lower compensation and benefits expense).

These were partially offset by $1 million (after-tax) decrease in fee income, including lower mortgage banking income associated with lower refinancing volumes.

Compared to the same quarter of 2013, net income increased by $0.4 million primarily driven by (on an after-tax basis):

  • $2 million gain on the sale of the municipal bond securities portfolio; and
  • $1 million lower provision for loan losses. 

These were largely offset by (on an after-tax basis):

  • $2 million lower mortgage banking income from significantly lower refinancing activity as a result of higher interest rates; and
  • $1 million lower interchange fees under regulatory caps (Durbin Amendment) that became effective for American on July 1, 2013.

Net interest margin was 3.64% compared to 3.67% in the linked quarter and 3.78% in the first quarter of 2013.  Compared to the prior year quarter, the decline in net interest margin was largely attributable to lower yields on interest earning assets as loans continued to re-price down in this low interest rate environment, although at a slower pace. 

Provision for loan losses (pretax) was $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2014, slightly higher than the $0.6 million in the linked quarter of 2013, but lower than the provision of $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.  The $0.9 million decline in the provision from the prior year quarter was largely due to lower net charge-offs and improving credit trends in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year.  The first quarter 2014 net charge-off ratio improved to 0.02% from 0.15% in the linked quarter and 0.12% in the prior year quarter due to improved credit quality of the loan portfolio.

Noninterest income (pretax) was $16.9 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $15.5 million in the linked quarter and $18.7 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Excluding the $2.8 million gain on the sale of the municipal bond portfolio, non-interest income was $14.1 million and in line with management expectations for lower mortgage banking income due to moderating refinancing volumes, and lower year-over-year fee income due to the regulatory limits on interchange fees (Durbin Amendment).

Noninterest expense (pretax) was $38.4 million in the first quarter of 2014, lower than the $41.3 million in the linked quarter and the $38.7 million in the first quarter of 2013.  Noninterest expense in the linked quarter was elevated largely due to the timing of performance-related compensation costs and higher marketing expenses.

Loan growth was 3.6% annualized in the first quarter of 2014 primarily driven by increases in home equity lending and commercial real estate, and is in line with the bank's target of mid-single digit loan growth for the year.

Total deposits were $4.5 billion at March 31, 2014, up $106 million from December 31, 2013, primarily due to the increase in low-cost core deposits.  Average cost of funds remained low at 0.23% for the first quarter of 2014, consistent with the linked and prior year quarter.

American's return on average equity was 11.0% up from 9.6% in the linked quarter and slightly lower than 11.3% in the first quarter of last year.  Return on average assets was ­­­1.10% for the first quarter of 2014, compared to 0.94% from the linked quarter and 1.12% in the same quarter last year.  American's solid results enabled it to pay dividends of $8.75 million to HEI in the quarter while maintaining healthy capital levels – leverage ratio of 9.0% and total risk-based capital ratio of 12.7% at March 31, 2014.

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.

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2014 EPS GUIDANCE

Concurrent with American's regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its first quarter 2014 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 2014.

HEI plans to announce its first quarter 2014 consolidated financial results on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and will conduct a webcast and conference call to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American's earnings, and 2014 EPS guidance on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 7:00 am Hawaii time (1:00 p.m. Eastern time).  Interested parties may listen to the conference by calling (866) 270-6057 and entering passcode:  47349847, 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 online replay of the webcast will be available at the same website beginning about two hours after the event.  Audio replays of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through May 21, 2014, by dialing (888) 286-8010, passcode: 24249299.

HEI supplies power to approximately 450,000 customers or 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., 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, 2013 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 

(in thousands)


March 31, 2014


December 31,
2013


March 31, 2013

Interest and dividend income







Interest and fees on loans


$

43,682



$

43,405



$

42,603


Interest and dividends on investment and mortgage-related securities


3,035



3,372



3,464


Total interest and dividend income


46,717



46,777



46,067


Interest expense







Interest on deposit liabilities


1,225



1,222



1,312


Interest on other borrowings


1,405



1,437



1,164


Total interest expense


2,630



2,659



2,476


Net interest income


44,087



44,118



43,591


Provision for loan losses


995



554



1,858


Net interest income after provision for loan losses


43,092



43,564



41,733


Noninterest income







Fees from other financial services


5,128



5,732



7,643


Fee income on deposit liabilities


4,421



4,797



4,314


Fee income on other financial products


2,290



2,117



1,794


Mortgage banking income


628



1,413



3,346


Gains on sale of securities


2,847






Other income, net


1,588



1,470



1,592


Total noninterest income


16,902



15,529



18,689


Noninterest expense







Compensation and employee benefits


20,286



22,195



20,088


Occupancy


3,953



4,197



4,123


Data processing


3,060



2,970



2,987


Services


2,273



2,160



2,103


Equipment


1,645



1,826



1,774


Other expense


7,153



7,951



7,595


Total noninterest expense


38,370



41,299



38,670


Income before income taxes


21,624



17,794



21,752


Income taxes


7,085



5,610



7,597


Net income


$

14,539



$

12,184



$

14,155


Comprehensive income


$

15,563



$

23,802



$

15,484


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





Return on average assets


1.10



0.94



1.12


Return on average equity


11.03



9.56



11.28


Return on average tangible common equity


13.06



11.39



13.49


Net interest margin


3.64



3.67



3.78


Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding


0.02



0.15



0.12


As of period end







Nonperforming assets to loans outstanding and real estate owned *


1.12



1.20



1.89


Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding


0.98



0.97



1.11


Tier-1 leverage ratio *


9.0



9.1



9.1


Total risk-based capital ratio *


12.7



12.1



12.8


Tangible common equity to total assets


8.44



8.50



8.38


Dividend paid to HEI (through ASHI) (for the periods presented, in millions)


$

9



$

10



$

10


* 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, 2013 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (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)






(in thousands)


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Assets









Cash and cash equivalents




$

211,083





$

156,603


Securities purchased under resale agreements




40,000






Available-for-sale investment and mortgage-related securities




517,534





529,007


Investment in stock of Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle




86,697





92,546


Loans receivable held for investment




4,188,460





4,150,229


Allowance for loan losses




(40,923)





(40,116)


Loans receivable held for investment, net




4,147,537





4,110,113


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




4,363





5,302


Other




282,079





268,063


Goodwill




82,190





82,190


Total assets




$

5,371,483





$

5,243,824











Liabilities and shareholder's equity









Deposit liabilities—noninterest-bearing




$

1,284,957





$

1,214,418


Deposit liabilities—interest-bearing




3,193,030





3,158,059


Other borrowings




244,642





244,514


Other




120,324





105,679


Total liabilities




4,842,953





4,722,670


Common stock




336,617





336,054


Retained earnings




203,086





197,297


Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits









Net unrealized losses on securities


$

(2,858)





$

(3,663)




Retirement benefit plans


(8,315)



(11,173)



(8,534)



(12,197)


Total shareholder's equity




528,530





521,154


Total liabilities and shareholder's equity




$

5,371,483





$

5,243,824




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, 2013 and HEI's Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (when filed), as updated by SEC Forms 8-K.




Contact:

Shelee M.T. Kimura



Manager, Investor Relations &

Telephone: (808) 543-7384


Strategic Planning

E-mail: skimura@hei.com

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