Capitol Bancorp Reports Year-End 2011 Results

LANSING, Mich., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A net loss of $6.5 million, or ($0.16) per share, was reported for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of nearly $84.2 million, or ($3.95) per share, for the corresponding period in 2010 and a net loss of $22.8 million, or ($0.55) per share in the third quarter of 2011.  The following key factors contributed to these significantly improved operating results.

  • After removing the impact of bank divestitures:
    • The provision for loan losses decreased nearly 78 percent from the same quarter of 2010.
    • Employee compensation and benefits expense decreased 10 percent from the same period in 2010.
    • Total operating expenses declined 68 percent year-over-year.
    • On a linked-quarter basis, comparable positive trends were reflected in the provision for loan losses (down 76 percent), employee compensation and benefits expense (down 7 percent) and total operating expenses (down 4.5 percent).

Consolidated assets declined about 38 percent to $2.2 billion at December 31, 2011 from the $3.5 billion reported at December 31, 2010, and nearly 11 percent on a linked-quarter basis from the approximate $2.5 billion reported for the third quarter of 2011, as a result of bank divestitures and ongoing balance sheet deleveraging strategies.  Eliminating the effect of bank divestitures, total portfolio loans decreased 20 percent to nearly $1.7 billion at December 31, 2011, from $2.1 billion reported for year-end 2010.  Despite this decline, a continued focus on higher levels of corporate-wide liquidity and early signs of economic improvement in certain markets has enabled the Corporation to prudently manage its earning-asset profile and stabilize its net interest margin at approximately 2.9 percent over recent quarters.  Deposits reflected a 15 percent decline to $2.0 billion from $2.4 billion reported at December 31, 2010; however, the Corporation's consistent focus on core funding sources resulted in an ongoing favorable improvement in deposit mix as noninterest-bearing deposits were in excess of 17 percent of total deposits at December 31, 2011, compared to less than 16 percent at year-end 2010.

Capitol's Chairman and CEO Joseph D. Reid said, "We continue to focus on managing risk and improving liquidity, while enhancing balance sheet strength.  We are actively pursuing all strategic alternatives and prospective sources of support as we continue to address challenges throughout the markets in which we operate.  Over the last few years, more than twenty affiliates have been divested and several have been consolidated regionally as part of our efforts to reallocate equity capital across our affiliate bank network.  Current levels of nonperforming assets continue to require significant capital and managerial resources; however, we are encouraged by positive trends in asset quality and operating performance within the various regions in which Capitol operates."

"Another quarter of active management and resolution-oriented focus resulted in net loan charge-offs of approximately $13.9 million, a decrease from $25.3 million for the corresponding period of 2010 and $26.2 million linked-quarter," added Mr. Reid.  "In addition, from the first quarter of 2011 through year-end, (excluding the effect of affiliate divestitures), total nonperforming loans have declined 19 percent and total nonperforming assets have fallen 15 percent.  This continued decline is encouraging and we perceive these trendlines as an indication of continued improving fundamentals."

Quarterly Performance

In the fourth quarter of 2011, consolidated net operating revenues from continuing operations increased to nearly $25.8 million from $23.8 million for the corresponding period of 2010.  The net interest margin decreased slightly to 2.90 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2011 from 2.94 percent for the comparable period of 2010 and 2.97 percent on a linked-quarter basis.  Cash and cash equivalents were $387 million, or nearly 18 percent of consolidated total assets at December 31, 2011 (and up materially on a percentage basis from the approximate 12 percent level recorded at year-end 2010, when eliminating the impact of bank divestitures).  The Corporation continues to focus on liquidity to manage its balance sheet in the face of continued economic and other constraints, despite the negative short-term effect on net interest income and other traditional noninterest fee revenue.  Other noninterest income totaled nearly $10.4 million, compared to $6.6 million in the comparable 2010 period, fueled in large part by litigation recoveries on distressed assets.  Core noninterest revenue components, which consist primarily of trust and mortgage fees and SBA premiums, declined modestly, partly attributable to Capitol's divestiture activities, while service charges on deposit accounts remained relatively static in the quarter.

The Corporation continues to reduce operating expenses.  Total noninterest expenses decreased dramatically in the recent quarter to $29.1 million from $91.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, after eliminating the impact of bank divestitures.  The fourth quarter of 2010 reflected a $59.7 million goodwill impairment charge (excluding discontinued operations), contributing to the significant decline on a comparable basis.  Costs associated with foreclosed properties and other real estate owned decreased to $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, as the Corporation continues to work through problem asset resolution, compared to nearly $7.0 million in the previous quarter, although these costs increased from the $4.6 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2010.  FDIC insurance premiums and other regulatory fees decreased from $3.4 million in 2010's fourth quarter to $1.9 million in the most recent three-month period.  Combined, these two expense areas totaled nearly $7.6 million in the most recent quarter, a decrease from the combined approximate $8.1 million level during the corresponding period of 2010.  Further, on a core, controllable-expense basis, year-over-year compensation costs declined more than 10 percent, from nearly $12.9 million in the 2010 period to approximately $11.6 million in 2011's fourth quarter.  

The fourth quarter 2011 provision for loan losses decreased dramatically to approximately $4.3 million from $19.2 million for the corresponding period of 2010, and the approximate $17.5 million on a linked-quarter basis, after the impact of bank divestitures.  During the fourth quarter of 2011, net loan charge-offs totaled $13.9 million, a significant decrease from 2010's corresponding level of approximately $25.3 million and the linked-quarter level of $26.2 million, as the Corporation continues to aggressively manage its exposure to nonperforming loans.

Continued legacy costs associated with problem asset resolution system-wide were major reasons for the core operating net loss in the three-month period.  However, Capitol is encouraged that aggregate levels of nonperforming loans reflected notable declines from the third quarter when compared to year-end as follows: Arizona (down 13.2 percent), Michigan (down 4.8 percent) and Nevada (down 12.6 percent).  

Results for 2011

Net operating revenues increased for 2011 to nearly $109.0 million, compared to $94.2 million for the corresponding period of 2010, an increase fueled almost exclusively by the nearly $17 million gain on an exchange of trust preferred securities recorded in the first quarter of 2011.  Excluding this significant component, and other more modest gain-on-sale activities in the periods, core operating revenue consisting of net interest income and traditional fee revenues was generally consistent with the year-ago period, but reflective of a shrinking balance sheet, after removing the impact of the divestiture activities.  While continued divestiture activity and significant deleveraging of Capitol's operations, coupled with measures designed to enhance liquidity levels, has contributed to the reduction in core operating revenues, ongoing system-wide management of asset mix and funding sources has helped mitigate the adverse impact of these declines.  The provision for loan losses of approximately $41.4 million for the twelve months of 2011 was a significant decrease from the nearly $148.3 million reported for the comparable 2010 period.  Including the modest first quarter profit which was driven by the gain on the exchange of trust preferred securities, the Corporation reported a net loss of $45.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, a notable improvement from the $225.2 million loss reported for 2010.  On a per share basis, the net loss for the year was $1.17, a dramatic improvement over the $11.16 reported for the corresponding period in 2010, tempered by a significantly expanded share count attributable to the trust preferred exchange.  

Balance Sheet

Divestiture efforts and ongoing balance sheet deleveraging are focused on strengthening consolidated capital ratios, although the Corporation continues to be classified as "undercapitalized."  The challenges, and multiple efforts to address this capital-restoration priority, remain ongoing.  As of December 31, 2011, Capitol has a $205.9 million valuation allowance related to deferred tax assets, which may be released upon a sustained return to profitability.  In July, Capitol announced that it had adopted a Tax Benefits Preservation Plan designed to preserve substantial tax assets.  This plan is similar to tax benefit preservation plans adopted by other public companies with significant tax attributes.  The purpose of such a plan is to protect Capitol's ability to carry forward its net operating losses and certain other tax attributes for utilization in certain circumstances to offset future taxable income and reduce its federal income tax liability.

Net loan charge-offs of 3.24 percent of average loans (annualized) for the fourth quarter of 2011 represented a notable decrease from the 4.68 percent in the corresponding period of 2010 (excluding discontinued operations) and 5.61 percent on a linked-quarter basis.  Recent activity reflected some encouragement in the trend of a declining level of nonperforming loans in the Arizona Region (a $19.1 million decline from year-end 2010), the Great Lakes Region (a $22.6 million decline from year-end 2010) and the Nevada Region (a $24.8 million decline from year-end 2010).  The consolidated coverage ratio of the allowance for loan losses in relation to nonperforming loans was 41.33 percent at December 31, 2011, fairly consistent with levels reported in recent quarters.  The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of portfolio loans remained relatively constant with recent periods at 5.56 percent, compared to 5.72 percent linked-quarter, and 5.52 percent at year-end 2010.    

Comprehensive Capital Strategy

In December 2010, Capitol announced a comprehensive capital strategy focused on the enhancement of the Corporation's capital levels.  Those initiatives are designed to augment existing strategic efforts focused on affiliate divestitures, operational cost savings, balance-sheet deleveraging and liquidity.  The Corporation successfully completed the first of these capital initiatives, an offer to exchange outstanding trust preferred securities for previously-unissued shares of its common stock.  On January 31, 2011, those exchanges resulted in an additional $19.5 million of equity for Capitol, the issuance of approximately 19.5 million previously-unissued shares of its common stock and the elimination of approximately $2.4 million of annual interest expense in future periods.  Additional prospective debt-for-equity exchanges are being assessed, as well as potential external capital sources the Corporation continues to pursue.  

Affiliate Bank Divestitures

Capitol previously announced plans to sell its controlling interests in several affiliate banks.  During the fourth quarter, the divestitures of California-based Bank of Feather River, Indiana-based Evansville Commerce Bank and Texas-based Bank of Las Colinas were completed.  These three recent transactions involved more than $150 million of assets and the reallocation of nearly $10 million of capital for reinvestment in Capitol's remaining bank affiliates.  After the close of the fourth quarter, Capitol completed the sale of Colorado-based Mountain View Bank of Commerce, in late January, marking the Corporation's exit from the state of Colorado.

Capitol has also entered into agreements to sell its interests in four additional affiliates in various regions of the country.  Those transactions, pending regulatory approvals (and other contingencies), represent nearly $235 million of assets.  The four pending divestitures are anticipated to be completed in 2012.

About Capitol Bancorp Limited

Capitol Bancorp Limited, which was founded in 1988, is a community banking company that has a network of separately chartered banks in ten states and executive offices in Lansing, Michigan.



(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31

December 31





Condensed consolidated results of operations:

Interest income

$      23,618

$      29,432

$    103,793

$    128,828

Interest expense





Net interest income





Provision for loan losses





Noninterest income





Noninterest expense





Loss from continuing operations before income    






Income (loss) from discontinued operations





Net loss attributable to Capitol Bancorp Limited

$      (6,516)

$     (84,164)

$    (45,427)

$  (225,215)

Net loss attributable to Capitol Bancorp Limited per          

common share  

$        (0.16)

$         (3.95)

$        (1.17)

$      (11.16)

Book value (deficit) per common share at end of period





Common stock closing price at end of period

$          0.09

$          0.52

$          0.09

$          0.52

Common shares outstanding at end of period





Number of common shares used to compute net loss      

per share:











4th Quarter

3rd Quarter

2nd Quarter

1st Quarter

4th Quarter






Condensed summary of consolidated financial position:

Total assets

$ 2,205,265

$ 2,468,957

$  2,945,859

$ 3,196,962

$ 3,540,214

Portfolio loans(1)












Capitol Bancorp Limited stockholders' equity (deficit)  






Total capital

$      40,509

$      55,622

$       90,157

$    110,090

$    128,905

Key performance ratios:

Net interest margin






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Capital ratios:

Capitol Bancorp Limited stockholders' equity (deficit) / total assets






Total equity / total assets






(1)  Amounts as previously reported have been adjusted to exclude amounts related to discontinued operations.  

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include expressions such as "expect," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "may," "will," "anticipate" and "should" and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements which are not necessarily statements of belief as to the expected outcomes  of future events.  Actual results could materially differ from those presented due to a variety of internal and external factors.  Actual results could materially differ from those contained in, or implied by, such statements.  Capitol Bancorp Limited undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

 Supplemental analyses follow providing additional detail regarding Capitol's consolidated results of operations, financial position, asset quality and other supplemental data.  


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)