Customers Bancorp Announces 131% Increase In Net Income And 42% Increase In EPS For The First Quarter 2013

WYOMISSING, Pa., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers Bancorp, Inc. (CUUU) today reported net income of $7,188,997 or $0.38 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2013.  Highlights for the first quarter 2013 included:

  • Net income increased 131% over the same quarter in 2012.
  • Diluted EPS increased 42% over the same quarter in 2012.
  • For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, ROA was 0.98% and ROE was 10.63%.  Assets at March 31, 2013 were $3.5 billion.
  • Capital ratios remained strong with Tier 1 Leverage of 9.16% and Total Risk Based Capital of 10.59%1 at March 31, 2013.
  • Asset quality remained strong.  NPA's in originated portfolio were $ 25.0 million or 0.84% of average assets at March 31, 2013.
  • Company intends to list on a national securities exchange in the second quarter.
  • Announces non-renewal / termination of agreement to acquire Acacia Federal Savings Bank due to continued regulatory delays.

Jay Sidhu, Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp, Inc., stated, "The bank continues to report solid financial performance, loan and deposit growth, and asset quality.  During the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, net loans, including loans held for sale, grew from $1.472 billion at March 31, 2012 to $2.952 billion at March 31, 2013, a 100.5% increase.  Total deposits at March 31, 2012 were $1.805 billion compared to $2.536 billion at March 31, 2013, a 40.5% increase.  Net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $7.189 million with diluted EPS of $0.38, compared to net income of $3.1 million and EPS of $0.27 for the first quarter 2012. We continued to build out our infrastructure to provide state of the art banking services to both our retail and business customers. Despite a sluggish economy, we look forward to the remainder of 2013 with confidence in our ability to profitably deliver quality banking services to our customers."

James D. Hogan, Executive Vice President and CFO, reported, "Our first quarter earnings included continued strong warehouse lending and other lending activity, which contributed to our revenue growth.  We saw very good growth in multifamily and CRE lending and we expect to continue growing these lines of business. To better serve our shareholders, we intend to list our stock on a national securities exchange in the second quarter of 2013."

In addition, Mr. Sidhu continued, "Despite a difficult environment, we are committed to serve our customers and provide a wide range of customer services. Our organic growth in the first quarter indicates we can attract new customers and provide the services they need. As a result of the current environment and due to continued regulatory delays we have decided not to pursue the acquisition of Acacia and instead continue to focus on organic growth and other opportunities at this time."

"To continue our strong organic growth, in late March 2013 we hired very experienced lending teams in Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York. We have purchased $200 million of commercial loan commitments from Flagstar Bank and have brought on the entire banking team responsible for these relationships.  With $157 million of loans outstanding, this team is capable of booking an additional $200 million of commercial loans before the end of the year.  The New York team is already in place and will generate significant loans and deposits during the remainder of the year.  We welcome these new team members and are confident they will succeed."

In March 2013 a suspected fraud was discovered in the Bank's loans held-for-sale portfolio.  Immediate steps were taken to protect the bank's position and this process is continuing.  Although we are very early in the process, the bank is taking steps to minimize any loss exposure that may result.  Total loans involved in this fraud appear to be approximately $5.2 million.  In estimating the loss exposure we believe a range of possible loss could be as low as $1.5 million or less to a maximum of $3.2 million.  Accordingly we have provided a loss contingency of $2.0 million at March 31, 2013.  "Excluding this one-time charge, earnings for the quarter would have been even stronger," stated Hogan.






EARNINGS SUMMARY










(dollars in thousands, except per-share data)




Percent 


Q1

Q4

Q1

Change


2013

2012

2012

 1Q13 vs 1Q12 






Net income applicable to common shareholders

$              7,189

$              7,566

$              3,112

131.0%

Diluted earnings per share

$                0.38

$                0.40

$                0.27

42.1%






Return on average assets (%)

0.98%

1.06%

0.66%

50.1%

Return on average common equity (%)

10.63%

11.32%

8.36%

27.1%

Net interest margin (%)

3.26%

3.20%

3.00%

8.6%

Efficiency ratio (%)

57.54%

51.44%

62.76%

-8.3%






Book value per common share (period end)

$              14.98

$              14.60

$              13.33

12.4%











Net Income and Revenue Growth

Net income available to common shareholders for Customers Bancorp, Inc. was $7.2 million for the first quarter of 2013, 131.0% higher than the $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2012. Diluted earnings of $0.38 per share for the first quarter of 2013 were 42.1% higher than the $0.27 per share for the first quarter of 2012. Return on average assets and return on average common equity were 0.98% and 10.63%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2013, compared with 0.66% and 8.36%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2012.

Growth in total net revenue during the first quarter 2013 was 67% over the same period in 2012 and was driven by increases in net interest income and non-interest income. Non-interest expenses during the same period were up approximately 55%, including one time charges in 2013.

Loan Growth

Total loans increased by $213.7 million during the first quarter of 2013 to $2.952 billion at March 31, 2013, compared to $2.738 billion at December 31, 2012, and $1.472 billion at March 31, 2012. Loan growth was primarily attributable to growth in commercial loans of $28.8 million, multi-family loans of $116.1 million and the purchase of a commercial loan portfolio of $157.2 million offset by a decline in mortgage warehouse loans of $82.4 million.

Deposit Growth

Total deposits were $2.5 billion at March 31, 2013, which was 3.9%, or $95.0 million, higher than deposits at December 31, 2012, and 40.5%, or $731.2 million, higher than deposits of $1.8 billion at March 31, 2012. The average cost of deposits fell 40 basis points from the first quarter of 2012. Non-interest demand deposits were up 81% over same period in 2012.  Interest bearing demand deposits were up another 33% over the first quarter of 2012.

Asset Quality

Total non-performing assets in the originated loan portfolio increased by $2.7 million from December 31, 2012 to $25.0 million at March 31, 2013.  Other real estate owned in the originated portfolio increased approximately $0.8 during the first quarter to $3.1 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $2.2 million at December 31, 2012. Total non-performing assets in the covered portfolio increased by $0.4 million to $15.0 million at March 31, 2013 from $14.6 million at December 31, 2012. 

The provision for loan losses for the first quarter was $1.1 million, a decrease of $0.5 million from the fourth quarter of 2012 and $0.7 million for the same period in 2012.  New originations continue to perform very well with almost no delinquencies. 

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $22.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, 68% higher than the $13.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.  The increase of $9.1 million was primarily the result of growth in the loan portfolio.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased $2.4 million, or 63.9%, to $6.1 million, from $3.7 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was primarily from increased mortgage warehouse lending fees and indemnification fees. 

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased $5.9 million, or 55.1%, to $16.5 million, from $10.6 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was primarily driven by higher costs for staffing and technology infrastructure needed to support the strong loan growth and one time charges related to the potential fraud discussed above.







BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS









(dollars in thousands)


Percent 

Percent 


Q1

Q4

Q1

Change

Change


2013

2012

2012

 1Q13 vs 4Q12 

 1Q13 vs 1Q12 







Cash and cash equivalents

$             181,140

$             186,016

$               90,824

-2.6%

99.4%

Investment securities

162,030

129,093

309,368

25.5%

-47.6%

Loans held for sale

1,359,817

1,439,889

175,868

-5.6%

673.2%

Total loans receivable, net

1,592,416

1,298,630

1,296,463

22.6%

22.8%

Other assets

163,221

147,606

103,069

10.6%

58.4%

Total assets

$         3,458,624

$         3,201,234

$         1,975,592

8.0%

75.1%







Demand, non-interest bearing

$            242,509

$            219,687

$            133,916

10.4%

81.1%

Demand, interest bearing

1,051,831

1,020,946

791,923

3.0%

32.8%

Savings

23,081

20,299

20,024

13.7%

15.3%

Certificates of deposit

1,218,405

1,179,886

858,737

3.3%

41.9%

Total deposits

2,535,826

2,440,818

1,804,600

3.9%

40.5%

Borrowings

629,000

478,000

13,000

31.6%

4738.5%

Other liabilities

16,888

12,941

6,684

30.5%

152.7%

Total liabilities

3,181,714

2,931,759

1,824,284

8.5%

74.4%

Total shareholders' equity

276,910

269,475

151,308

2.8%

83.0%

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$         3,458,624

$         3,201,234

$         1,975,592

8.0%

75.1%













 






INCOME STATEMENT HIGHLIGHTS










(dollars in thousands)




Percent 


Q1

Q4

Q1

Change


2013

2012

2012

 1Q13 vs 1Q12 






Net interest income

$               22,525

$               21,665

$               13,410

68.0%

Non-interest income

6,115

4,483

3,732

63.9%

Total net revenue

28,640

26,148

17,142

67.1%

Non-interest expense

16,480

13,444

10,627

55.1%

Income before provision and taxes

12,160

12,704

6,515

86.6%

Provision for loan losses

1,100

1,617

1,800

-38.9%

Income before tax expense

11,060

11,087

4,715

134.6%

Income tax expense

3,871

3,521

1,603

141.5%

Net income

$                 7,189

$                 7,566

$                 3,112

131.0%

Preferred stock dividends

-

-

-

0.0%

Net income applicable to common shareholders

$                 7,189

$                 7,566

$                 3,112

131.0%











 







Average Balance Sheet / Margin














Three Months Ended March 31, 



2013



2012


(Dollar amounts in thousands)


Average yield

 or cost (%)



Average yield

or cost (%)

Assets






Interest Earning Deposits  

$            174,637

0.25%


$            100,578

0.26%

Investment securities, taxable  

143,028

2.32%


344,804

3.38%

Investment securities, non taxable  

-

0.00%


2,070

4.15%

Loans, Taxable  

2,502,648

4.36%


1,362,835

4.61%

Loans, non-taxable  

11,491

2.53%


2,463

2.24%

Allowance for loan and lease losses

(26,299)



(15,513)


Total interest-earning assets  

2,805,505

4.03%


1,797,237

4.17%

Non-interest-earning assets

156,969



111,604


Total Assets  

$         2,962,474



$         1,908,841








Liabilities






Total Interest bearing deposits  

2,249,385

0.93%


1,527,604

1.34%

Other borrowings  

171,333

0.61%


91,264

0.67%

Total interest-bearing liabilities  

2,420,718

0.90%


1,618,868

1.30%

Non-interest-bearing deposits  

254,859



132,303


Total deposits & borrowings  

2,675,577

0.82%


1,751,171

1.20%

Other non-interest-bearing liabilities

12,550



7,939


Total Liabilities  

2,688,127



1,759,110


Shareholders' equity

274,347



149,731


Total liabilities & shareholders' equity

$         2,962,474



$         1,908,841








Net interest margin


3.25%



3.00%

Net interest margin tax equivalent


3.26%



3.00%













 

 







LOAN LOSS EXPERIENCE












(dollars in thousands)







Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1


2013

2012

2012

2012

2012







Allowance for loan losses:






Beginning balance

$ (25,837)

$ (24,974)

$ (16,118)

$ (15,400)

$ (15,032)

Charge-offs

562

1,171

1,417

2,106

1,472

Recoveries

(64)

(417)

(157)

(86)

(40)

Net charge-offs

498

754

1,260

2,020

1,432

Provision for loan losses

(1,100)

(1,617)

(10,116)

(2,738)

(1,800)

Ending balance

$ (26,439)

$ (25,837)

$ (24,974)

$ (16,118)

$ (15,400)







Cash reserves

$      3,138

$      3,486

$      4,092

$      5,045

$      6,095

Allowance to loans

1.63%

1.95%

2.30%

0.98%

1.17%

Net charge-offs to average loans

0.04%

0.07%

0.07%

0.14%

0.11%







Originated non-performing assets:






Non-accrual originated loans

$   21,922

$   20,028

$   20,906

$   21,155

$   22,302

Other real estate owned

3,085

2,245

1,624

944

1,924

Total

$   25,007

$   22,273

$   22,530

$   22,099

$   24,226







Originated non-performing assets/average assets

0.84%

0.79%

0.91%

1.06%

1.27%

Restructured loans in compliance with modified terms

$      2,703

$      2,189

$      1,701

$      1,892

$      1,604













About Customers Bancorp, Inc. and Customers Bank

Customers Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for Customers Bank based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Customers Bank is a state-chartered, full-service bank headquartered in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Customers Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System and is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). With assets of approximately $3.5 billion at March 31, 2013, Customers Bank provides a full range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families through branch locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Customers Bancorp, Inc. has one pending acquisition, CMS Bancorp, Inc. in White Plains, NY. Customers Bank is focused on serving its targeted markets with a growth strategy that includes strategically placed branches throughout its market area and continually expanding its portfolio of loans to small businesses, multi-family projects, mortgage companies and consumers.

 "Safe Harbor" Statement

In addition to historical information, this press release may contain "forward-looking statements" which are made in good faith by Customers Bancorp, Inc., pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to Customers Bancorp, Inc.'s strategies, goals, beliefs, expectations, estimates, intentions, capital raising efforts, financial condition and results of operations, future performance and business. Statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "may," "could," "should," "pro forma," "looking forward," "would," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," or similar expressions generally indicate a forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various important factors (some of which, in whole or in part, are beyond Customers Bancorp, Inc.'s control). Numerous competitive, economic, regulatory, legal and technological factors, among others, could cause Customers Bancorp, Inc.'s financial performance to differ materially from the goals, plans, objectives, intentions and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. Customers Bancorp, Inc. cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive, and neither such factors nor any such forward-looking statement takes into account the impact of any future events. All forward-looking statements and information set forth herein are based on management's current beliefs and assumptions as of the date hereof and speak only as of the date they are made. For a more complete discussion of the assumptions, risks and uncertainties related to our business, you are encouraged to review Customers Bancorp, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as well as any changes in risk factors that may be identified in its quarterly or other reports filed with the SEC. Customers Bancorp, Inc. does not undertake to update any forward looking statement whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by Customers Bancorp, Inc. or by or on behalf of Customers Bank.

1 Total Risk Based Capital at March 31, 2013 is estimated.

SOURCE Customers Bancorp, Inc.



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