Farmer Mac Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

$15.6 Billion in Outstanding Business Volume; Core Earnings of $13.2 Million

Nov 09, 2015, 08:00 ET from Farmer Mac

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A) today announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, which included $498 million in net new business volume growth that brought total outstanding business volume to $15.6 billion.  Farmer Mac's third quarter 2015 core earnings, a non-GAAP measure, were $13.2 million ($1.17 per diluted common share), compared to $11.6 million ($1.02 per diluted common share) in second quarter 2015 and $9.3 million ($0.82 per diluted common share) in third quarter 2014.

"Farmer Mac's third quarter results demonstrate the company's success at helping to solve customers' needs by deploying the solutions Farmer Mac can offer," said President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Buzby.  "Our results were strong, as outstanding business volume grew nearly $500 million, core earnings increased to $13.2 million, and our credit quality remained very favorable.  Our strong volume growth this quarter came from over $875 million in new business with our rural utilities partner, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.  During the quarter, we also implemented a share repurchase program, which authorized Farmer Mac to repurchase up to $25 million dollars of class C common stock over the next two years.  We believe the share repurchase program provides us with the opportunity to return capital to stockholders and enhance earnings per share for our remaining stockholders, while still maintaining a strong capital position.  Heading into the fourth quarter, the overall business environment for Farmer Mac is positive as we continue to develop innovative solutions that will meet the evolving needs of our expanding customer base."

Earnings

Farmer Mac's net income attributable to common stockholders for third quarter 2015 was $8.4 million ($0.74 per diluted common share), compared to $11.6 million ($1.02 per diluted common share) for third quarter 2014.  The decrease compared to the previous year's quarter was primarily attributable to the effects of unrealized fair value changes on financial derivatives and hedged assets, which was a $4.5 million after-tax loss in third quarter 2015, compared to a $2.7 million after-tax gain in third quarter 2014.  This year-over-year decline was partially offset by a decrease in preferred stock dividend expense of $3.5 million after-tax in third quarter 2015 compared to third quarter 2014, due to the redemption of all outstanding shares of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock on March 30, 2015.

Core earnings in third quarter 2015 were $13.2 million ($1.17 per diluted common share), compared to $11.6 million ($1.02 per diluted common share) in second quarter 2015 and $9.3 million ($0.82 per diluted common share) in third quarter 2014.  The increase in core earnings in third quarter 2015 compared to second quarter 2015 was driven primarily by a $1.0 million after-tax reduction in credit expenses and a $0.4 million dollar after-tax increase in net effective spread.

The year-over-year increase in core earnings was due in part to a $1.8 million after-tax increase in net effective spread excluding the impact of the loss of dividend income resulting from the redemption of $78.5 million of high-yielding preferred stock in Farmer Mac's investment portfolio in fourth quarter 2014, which was partially offset by a $0.7 million after-tax increase in operating expenses and a $0.4 million after-tax increase in credit expenses.  The increase in operating expenses was related to consulting fees associated with corporate strategic initiatives and higher compensation costs related to the consolidation of Farmer Mac's appraisal subsidiary, Contour Valuation Services, LLC.  Also contributing to the year-over-year increase in core earnings is the absence, as compared to third quarter 2014, of $3.5 million after-tax in preferred stock dividend expense resulting from the completion of the capital restructuring initiative and of $1.0 million after-tax in interest expense associated with the completion of the capital management and liquidity initiative.

See "Non-GAAP Earnings Measures" below for more information about core earnings and for a reconciliation of Farmer Mac's net income attributable to common stockholders to core earnings.

Business Volume Highlights 

During third quarter 2015, Farmer Mac added $1.4 billion of new business volume, with Rural Utilities loans under LTSPCs and AgVantage securities driving the volume.  Specifically, Farmer Mac:

  • added $522.3 million Rural Utilities loans under LTSPCs;
  • added a $300.0 million revolving floating rate AgVantage facility;
  • purchased $206.6 million of AgVantage securities;
  • purchased $176.0 million of newly originated Farm & Ranch loans;
  • purchased $91.4 million of USDA Securities;
  • added $79.6 million of Farm & Ranch loans under LTSPCs; and
  • purchased $53.6 million of Rural Utilities loans.

After $931.5 million of maturities and principal paydowns on existing business during the quarter, which included $609.5 million in scheduled maturities of AgVantage securities, Farmer Mac's outstanding business volume increased a net $497.9 million from June 30, 2015 to $15.6 billion as of September 30, 2015.

During the third quarter 2015, Farmer Mac added $522.3 million of Rural Utilities loans under LTSPCs, which represents the first time Farmer Mac has provided LTSPCs under the Rural Utilities line of business.  Third quarter business volume also included the addition of a $300 million revolving floating rate AgVantage facility with National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation ("CFC"), which had not been drawn upon as of September 30, 2015.  Farmer Mac believes that these two developments reflect industry dynamics that can increase demand for the solutions that Farmer Mac provides.  For the first nine months of 2015, Farmer Mac's total business volume with CFC expanded to $3.9 billion, an increase of $1.2 billion since December 31, 2014.  During the quarter, Farmer Mac also purchased $206.6 million of AgVantage securities, including $6.6 million of AgVantage securities that were purchased under Farm Equity AgVantage facilities.   New business volume for loans within the Farm & Ranch line of business for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was in line with the same period in 2014 and demand seems stable.  Additionally, prepayment rates remained low during third quarter 2015, which contributed to the continuation of favorable trends in net loan growth during the quarter.

Net Effective Spread

Farmer Mac's net effective spread was $30.4 million (88 basis points) in third quarter 2015, compared to $29.8 million (88 basis points) in second quarter 2015 and $29.8 million (97 basis points) in third quarter 2014.  The increase in net effective spread in third quarter 2015 compared to second quarter 2015 was primarily due to growth in outstanding business volume.  In percentage terms, net effective spread remained unchanged in sequential quarters due to stable new business pricing and the relatively low rate of prepayments on loan assets.

The increase in net effective spread in third quarter 2015 compared to third quarter 2014 was attributable to growth in outstanding business volume. In percentage terms, the year-over-year reduction was driven primarily by the loss of $2.1 million in preferred dividend income (7 basis points) from the October 2014 redemption of high-yielding preferred stock held in Farmer Mac's investment portfolio.

Credit Quality

Farmer Mac continues to maintain favorable credit metrics in its four lines of business.  In the Farm & Ranch portfolio, 90-day delinquencies were $36.7 million (0.67 percent of the Farm & Ranch portfolio) as of September 30, 2015, compared to $31.9 million (0.58 percent) as of June 30, 2015, and $24.7 million (0.46 percent) as of September 30, 2014.  The increase in the 90-day delinquencies in third quarter 2015 as compared to second quarter 2015 was related to the new delinquency of one borrower on two canola facility loans underlying an LTSPC that had been categorized as substandard assets in second quarter 2015 and became delinquent for 90 days or more during third quarter 2015.  As of September 30, 2015, Farmer Mac had $13.5 million of exposure to this borrower.  Farmer Mac expects that over time its 90-day delinquency rate will eventually revert closer to Farmer Mac's historical averages due to macroeconomic and other potential factors, but Farmer Mac has not yet seen an impact on its portfolio or a rise in delinquencies related to these factors.  Farmer Mac's average 90-day delinquency rate for the Farm & Ranch line of business over the last fifteen years is approximately one percent.

During third quarter 2015, Farmer Mac recorded releases to its allowance for loan losses of $1.2 million and provisions to its reserve for losses of $0.9 million, resulting in a net release of $0.3 million from Farmer Mac's total allowance for losses as compared to second quarter 2015.  The releases to the allowance for loan losses were primarily related to a reduction in the specific allowance of a permanent planting loan based on the updated appraisal value of the collateral underlying the loan, while provisions recorded this quarter to the reserve for losses were attributable to an increase in the specific allowance for two impaired canola facility loans underlying an LTSPC.  Farmer Mac recorded no charge-offs or recoveries to its total allowance for losses during third quarter 2015.  During third quarter 2014, Farmer Mac recorded provisions to its allowance for loan losses of $0.5 million and releases to its reserve for losses of $1.3 million, primarily related to a decline in the balance of its ethanol-related agricultural storage and processing portfolio.  Farmer Mac also recorded no charge-offs and recoveries of $45,000 to its total allowance for losses during third quarter 2014.

For Farmer Mac's other lines of business, there are currently no delinquent AgVantage securities or Rural Utilities loans, and USDA Securities are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.  As a result, across all of Farmer Mac's lines of business, 90-day delinquencies represented 0.23 percent of total business volume as of September 30, 2015, compared to 0.21 percent as of June 30, 2015, and 0.18 percent as of September 30, 2014.

The western part of the United States, including California, continues to experience drought conditions, with the water level in many California reservoirs at historically low levels.  The persistence of extreme drought conditions in the western states could have an adverse effect on Farmer Mac's delinquency rates or loss experience in the future, but Farmer Mac has not observed any material effect on its portfolio from the drought to date.  Farmer Mac continues to remain informed about the drought and its effects on the agricultural industries located in the western states and on Farmer Mac's Farm & Ranch portfolio through regular discussions with its loan servicers that service loans in drought-stricken areas, as well as customers and other lenders in the industry.

Lines of Business

Farmer Mac's operations consist of four reportable lines of business – Farm & Ranch, USDA Guarantees, Rural Utilities, and Institutional Credit.  The Institutional Credit business segment is comprised of all of Farmer Mac's wholesale funding products for agricultural and rural utilities counterparties, and currently includes all of its AgVantage securities.  Net effective spread by business segment for third quarter 2015 was $9.6 million (180 basis points) for Farm & Ranch, $4.6 million (99 basis points) for USDA Guarantees, $2.9 million (118 basis points) for Rural Utilities, and $11.3 million (81 basis points) for Institutional Credit.

Liquidity and Capital

Farmer Mac's core capital totaled $558.2 million as of September 30, 2015, exceeding the statutory minimum capital requirement by $115.4 million, or 26 percent, compared to $766.3 million as of December 31, 2014, which was $345.0 million, or 82 percent, above the statutory minimum capital requirement.  The decrease in core capital was a direct result of the redemption of $250.0 million of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock on March 30, 2015.  Farmer Mac issued an aggregate of $150.0 million of non-cumulative preferred stock during the first half of 2014 and used the proceeds of these preferred stock offerings and cash on hand to cause Farmer Mac II LLC to redeem all of the outstanding shares of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock.  The preferred stock issued in 2014 qualifies as Tier 1 capital for Farmer Mac whereas the Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock that was redeemed did not qualify as Tier 1 capital.

As of September 30, 2015, Farmer Mac's total stockholders' equity was $540.4 million, compared to $545.8 million as of December 31, 2014.  The decrease in total stockholders' equity was primarily attributable to a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income due to decreases in fair value of available-for-sale securities, offset in part by an increase in retained earnings.  These decreases in the fair value of available-for-sale securities were driven primarily by less favorable funding spreads to LIBOR.

On September 8, 2015, Farmer Mac's board of directors approved a share repurchase program, which authorized Farmer Mac to repurchase up to $25 million of its outstanding Class C Non-Voting Common Stock over the next two years.  As of September 30, 2015, Farmer Mac had repurchased approximately 104,000 shares at a cost of approximately $2.8 million.

As prescribed by FCA regulations, Farmer Mac is required to maintain a minimum of 90 days of liquidity.  In accordance with the methodology prescribed by those regulations, Farmer Mac maintained an average of 159 days of liquidity during third quarter 2015 and had 124 days of liquidity as of September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP Earnings Measure

Farmer Mac uses core earnings to measure corporate economic performance and develop financial plans because, in management's view, core earnings is a useful alternative measure in understanding Farmer Mac's economic performance, transaction economics, and business trends.  Core earnings principally differs from net income attributable to common stockholders by excluding the effects of fair value fluctuations, which are not expected to have a cumulative net impact on financial condition or results of operations reported in accordance with GAAP if the related financial instruments are held to maturity, as is generally expected.  Core earnings also differs from net income attributable to common stockholders by excluding specified infrequent or unusual transactions that Farmer Mac believes are not indicative of future operating results and that may not reflect the trends and economic financial performance of Farmer Mac's core business.

This non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly labeled non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by other companies.  Farmer Mac's disclosure of this non-GAAP measure is intended to be supplemental in nature, and is not meant to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as more important than, the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

A reconciliation of Farmer Mac's net income attributable to common stockholders to core earnings is presented in the following table along with a breakdown of the composition of core earnings:

 

Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders to Core Earnings

For the Three Months Ended

September 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

8,359

$

22,162

$

11,586

Less the after-tax effects of:

Unrealized (losses)/gains on financial derivatives and hedging activities

(4,489)

10,388

2,685

Unrealized (losses)/gains on trading assets(1)

(5)

110

(21)

Amortization of premiums/discounts and deferred gains on assets consolidated at fair value

(76)

(81)

(440)

Net effects of settlements on agency forward contracts

(253)

128

73

Sub-total

(4,823)

10,545

2,297

Core earnings

$

13,182

$

11,617

$

9,289

Composition of Core Earnings:

Revenues:

Net effective spread

$

30,387

$

29,787

$

29,766

Guarantee and commitment fees

4,328

4,085

4,152

Other(2)

(93)

(24)

(2,001)

Total revenues

34,622

33,848

31,917

Credit related (income)/expense:

(Release of)/provision for losses

(303)

1,256

(804)

REO operating expenses

48

-

1

Losses/(gains) on sale of REO

-

-

-

Total credit related (income)/expense

(255)

1,256

(803)

Operating expenses:

Compensation & employee benefits

5,236

5,733

4,693

General & Administrative

3,676

3,374

3,123

Regulatory fees

600

600

593

Total operating expenses

9,512

9,707

8,409

Net earnings

25,365

22,885

24,311

Income tax expense

8,924

8,091

6,327

Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interest

(36)

(119)

5,412

Preferred stock dividends

3,295

3,296

3,283

Core earnings

$

13,182

$

11,617

$

9,289

Core earnings per share:

Basic

$

1.20

$

1.06

$

0.85

Diluted

1.17

1.02

0.82

(1)

Excludes unrealized gains related to securities sold, not yet purchased of $16.4 million during the three months ended September 30, 2014.

(2)

Includes $17.9 million of interest expense related to securities purchased under agreements to resell and securities sold, not yet purchased and $16.4 million of unrealized gains on securities sold, not yet purchased during the three months ended September 30, 2014.

 

 

Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders to Core Earnings

For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

32,339

$

32,604

Less the after-tax effects of:

Unrealized gains/(losses) on financial derivatives and hedging activities

5,317

(2,763)

Unrealized gains on trading assets(1)

341

359

Amortization of premiums/discounts and deferred gains on assets consolidated at fair value(2)

(686)

(8,646)

Net effects of settlements on agency forward contracts

(289)

133

Loss on retirement of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock(3)

(6,246)

-

Sub-total

(1,563)

(10,917)

Core earnings

$

33,902

$

43,521

Composition of Core Earnings:

Revenues:

Net effective spread

$

89,431

$

85,251

Guarantee and commitment fees

12,425

12,683

Other(4)

(522)

(2,931)

Total revenues

101,334

95,003

Credit related expense/(income):

Provision for/(release of) losses

257

(2,687)

REO operating expenses

(47)

62

Losses/(gains) on sale of REO

1

(165)

Total credit related expense/(income)

305

(2,790)

Operating expenses:

Compensation & employee benefits

16,662

14,038

General & Administrative

9,873

9,205

Regulatory fees

1,800

1,781

Total operating expenses

28,335

25,024

Net earnings

72,694

72,769

Income tax expense(5)

23,707

5,927

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

5,199

16,778

Preferred stock dividends

9,886

6,543

Core earnings

$

33,902

$

43,521

Core earnings per share:

Basic

$

3.08

$

3.99

Diluted

2.99

3.83

(1)

Excludes unrealized gains related to securities sold, not yet purchased of $24.2 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

(2)

Includes $7.5 million related to the acceleration of premium amortization in first quarter 2014 due to significant refinancing in the Rural Utilities line of business.

(3)

Relates to the write-off of deferred issuance costs as a result of the retirement of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock.

(4)

Includes $25.7 million of interest expense related to securities purchased under agreements to resell and securities sold, not yet purchased and $24.2 million of unrealized gains on securities sold, not yet purchased during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

(5)

Includes the reduction of $11.6 million of tax valuation allowance against capital loss carryforwards related to capital gains on securities sold, not yet purchased and a reduction in tax valuation allowance of $0.9 million associated with certain gains on investment portfolio assets during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

 

More complete information about Farmer Mac's performance for third quarter 2015 is set forth in Farmer Mac's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2015 filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

Forward-Looking Statements

Management's expectations for Farmer Mac's future necessarily involve a number of assumptions and estimates and the evaluation of risks and uncertainties.  Various factors or events, both known and unknown, could cause Farmer Mac's actual results to differ materially from the expectations as expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements herein, including uncertainties regarding:

  • the availability to Farmer Mac of debt and equity financing and, if available, the reasonableness of rates and terms;
  • legislative or regulatory developments that could affect Farmer Mac or its sources of business;
  • fluctuations in the fair value of assets held by Farmer Mac and its subsidiaries;
  • the rate and direction of development of the secondary market for agricultural mortgage and rural utilities loans, including lender interest in Farmer Mac credit products and the secondary market provided by Farmer Mac;
  • the general rate of growth in agricultural mortgage and rural utilities indebtedness;
  • the impact of economic conditions, including the effects of drought and other weather-related conditions and fluctuations in agricultural real estate values, on agricultural mortgage lending and borrower repayment capacity;
  • developments in the financial markets, including possible investor, analyst, and rating agency reactions to events involving government-sponsored enterprises, including Farmer Mac;
  • changes in the level and direction of interest rates, which could, among other things, affect the value of collateral securing Farmer Mac's agricultural mortgage loan assets; and
  • volatility in commodity prices relative to costs of production and/or export demand for U.S. agricultural products.

Other risk factors are discussed in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of in Farmer Mac's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed with the SEC on March 16, 2015.  In light of these potential risks and uncertainties, no undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements expressed in this release.  The forward-looking statements contained in this release represent management's expectations as of the date of this release.  Farmer Mac undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of revisions to any forward-looking statements included in this release to reflect new information or any future events or circumstances, except as otherwise mandated by the SEC.  The information contained in this release is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Earnings Conference Call Information

The conference call to discuss Farmer Mac's third quarter 2015 financial results and Form 10-Q will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. eastern time on Monday, November 9, 2015 and can be accessed by telephone or live webcast as follows:

Telephone (Domestic): (888) 346-2616

Telephone (International): (412) 902-4254

Webcast: https://www.farmermac.com/investors/events-presentations/

If you are dialing in to the call, please ask for the conference chairman Tim Buzby.  You will receive additional instructions when you join the call.  The call can be heard live and will also be available for replay on Farmer Mac's website at the link provided above for two weeks following the conclusion of the call.

About Farmer Mac

Farmer Mac is the stockholder-owned company created to deliver capital and increase lender competition for the benefit of American agriculture and rural communities.  Additional information about Farmer Mac (including the Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q referenced above) is available on Farmer Mac's website at www.farmermac.com.  Farmer Mac II LLC is a subsidiary of Farmer Mac that operates the USDA Guarantees line of business of purchasing and holding USDA-guaranteed loans.  Information about Farmer Mac II LLC is available on its website at www.farmermac2.com.

 

 

FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

As of

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

(in thousands)

Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,516,536

$

1,363,387

Investment securities

Available-for-sale, at fair value

2,031,629

1,938,499

Trading, at fair value

550

689

Total investment securities

2,032,179

1,939,188

Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities

Available-for-sale, at fair value

4,156,670

3,659,281

Held-to-maturity, at amortized cost

1,276,153

1,794,620

Total Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities

5,432,823

5,453,901

USDA Securities

Available-for-sale, at fair value

1,854,422

1,731,222

Trading, at fair value

31,936

40,310

Total USDA Securities

1,886,358

1,771,532

Loans:

Loans held for investment, at amortized cost

3,148,742

2,833,461

Loans held for investment in consolidated trusts, at amortized cost

612,567

692,478

Allowance for loan losses

(4,775)

(5,864)

Total loans, net of allowance

3,756,534

3,520,075

Real estate owned, at lower of cost or fair value

1,402

421

Financial derivatives, at fair value

7,027

4,177

Interest receivable (includes $4,626 and $9,509, respectively, related to consolidated trusts)

73,963

106,874

Guarantee and commitment fees receivable

40,160

39,462

Deferred tax asset, net

48,409

33,391

Prepaid expenses and other assets

58,454

55,413

Total Assets

$

14,853,845

$

14,287,821

Liabilities and Equity:

Liabilities:

Notes Payable:

Due within one year

$

8,280,087

$

7,353,953

Due after one year

5,217,307

5,471,186

Total notes payable

13,497,394

12,825,139

Debt securities of consolidated trusts held by third parties

612,994

424,214

Financial derivatives, at fair value

94,880

84,844

Accrued interest payable (includes $3,750 and $5,145, respectively, related to consolidated trusts)

37,830

48,355

Guarantee and commitment obligation

38,253

37,925

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

26,450

81,252

Reserve for losses

5,498

4,263

Total Liabilities

14,313,299

13,505,992

Equity:

Preferred stock:

Series A, par value $25 per share, 2,400,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding

58,333

58,333

Series B, par value $25 per share, 3,000,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding

73,044

73,044

Series C, par value $25 per share, 3,000,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding

73,382

73,382

Common stock:

Class A Voting, $1 par value, no maximum authorization, 1,030,780 shares outstanding

1,031

1,031

Class B Voting, $1 par value, no maximum authorization, 500,301 shares outstanding

500

500

Class C Non-Voting, $1 par value, no maximum authorization, 9,412,379 shares and 9,406,267 shares outstanding, respectively

9,412

9,406

Additional paid-in capital

117,077

113,559

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/ income, net of tax

(17,814)

15,533

Retained earnings

225,386

201,013

Total Stockholders' Equity

540,351

545,801

Non-controlling interest

195

236,028

Total Equity

540,546

781,829

      Total Liabilities and Equity

$

14,853,845

$

14,287,821

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2014

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Interest income:

Investments and cash equivalents

$

3,185

$

4,507

$

9,144

$

14,845

Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities and USDA Securities

34,002

32,532

101,608

98,335

Loans

29,731

26,371

86,509

67,157

Total interest income

66,918

63,410

197,261

180,337

Total interest expense

34,735

48,886

102,425

126,114

Net interest income

31,864

14,524

94,836

54,223

Release of/(provision for) allowance for loan losses

1,164

(511)

978

499

Net interest income after release of/(provision for) allowance for loan losses

33,347

14,013

95,814

54,722

Non-interest income:

Guarantee and commitment fees

3,532

3,644

10,297

11,131

(Losses)/gains on financial derivatives and hedging activities

(9,568)

808

939

(12,468)

(Losses)/gains on trading securities

(8)

16,369

524

24,772

Gains/(losses) on sale of available-for-sale investment securities

3

(396)

9

(238)

(Losses)/gains on sale of real estate owned

-

-

(1)

165

Other income

1,060

502

1,933

794

Non-interest (loss)/income

(4,981)

20,927

13,701

24,156

Non-interest expense:

Compensation and employee benefits

5,236

4,693

16,662

14,038

General and administrative

3,676

3,123

9,873

9,205

Regulatory fees

600

593

1,800

1,781

Real estate owned operating costs, net

48

1

47

62

Provision for/(release of) reserve for losses

861

(1,315)

1,235

(2,188)

Non-interest expense

10,421

7,095

29,617

22,898

Income before income taxes

17,945

27,845

79,898

55,980

Income tax expense

6,327

7,564

24,327

55

Net income

11,618

20,281

55,571

55,925

Less: Net loss/(income) attributable to non-controlling interest

36

(5,412)

(5,199)

(16,778)

Net income attributable to Farmer Mac

11,654

14,869

50,372

39,147

Preferred stock dividends

(3,295)

(3,283)

(9,886)

(6,543)

Loss on retirement of preferred stock

-

-

(8,147)

-

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

8,359

$

11,586

$

32,339

$

32,604

Earnings per common share and dividends:

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.76

$

1.06

$

2.94

$

2.99

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.74

$

1.02

$

2.85

$

2.87

Common stock dividends per common share

$

0.16

$

0.14

$

0.48

$

0.42

 

 

The following table sets forth information regarding outstanding volume in each of Farmer Mac's four lines of business as of the dates indicated:

Lines of Business - Outstanding Business Volume

As of September 30, 2015

As of December 31, 2014

(in thousands)

On-balance sheet:

Farm & Ranch:

Loans

$

2,166,125

$

2,118,867

Loans held in trusts:

Beneficial interests owned by third party investors

612,567

421,355

USDA Guarantees:

USDA Securities

1,856,695

1,756,224

Farmer Mac Guaranteed USDA Securities

31,218

27,832

Rural Utilities:

Loans(1)

982,078

718,213

Loans held in trusts:

Beneficial interests owned by Farmer Mac(1)

-

267,396

Institutional Credit:

AgVantage Securities

5,438,488

5,410,413

Total on-balance sheet

$

11,087,171

$

10,720,300

Off-balance sheet:

Farm & Ranch:

LTSPCs

$

2,171,869

$

2,240,866

Guaranteed Securities

553,469

636,086

USDA Guarantees:

Farmer Mac Guaranteed USDA Securities

10,712

13,978

Rural Utilities:

LTSPCs

518,229

-

Institutional Credit:

AgVantage Securities

986,529

986,528

Revolving floating rate AgVantage facility(2)

300,000

-

Total off-balance sheet

$

4,540,808

$

3,877,458

Total

$

15,627,979

$

14,597,758

(1)

Reflects the unwinding of certain consolidated trusts with the effect that loans previously consolidated on the balance sheet as "Loans held in trusts" currently are included within "Loans." 

(2)

As of September 30, 2015, this facility had not been utilized.  Farmer Mac receives a fixed fee based on the full dollar amount of the facility.  If CFC draws on the facility, the amounts drawn will be presented as on-balance sheet AgVantage securities, and Farmer Mac will earn a spread on the drawn balance.

 

 

The following table presents the quarterly net effective spread by segment:

Net Effective Spread by Line of Business

Farm & Ranch

USDA Guarantees

Rural Utilities

Institutional Credit(1)

Corporate

Net Effective Spread

Dollars

Yield

Dollars

Yield

Dollars

Yield

Dollars

Yield

Dollars

Yield

Dollars

Yield

(dollars in thousands)

For the quarter ended:

September 30, 2015

$

9,628

1.80

%

$

4,630

0.99

%

$

2,907

1.18

%

$

11,271

0.81

%

$

1,951

0.25

%

$

30,387

0.88

%

June 30, 2015

9,681

1.82

%

4,466

0.98

%

2,838

1.18

%

10,860

0.78

%

1,942

0.25

%

29,787

0.88

%

March 31, 2015(2)

10,114

1.97

%

4,225

0.95

%

2,804

1.15

%

10,425

0.77

%

1,689

0.20

%

29,257

0.86

%

December 31, 2014(3)

8,682

1.71

%

5,250

1.19

%

2,908

1.18

%

9,871

0.78

%

1,732

0.26

%

28,443

0.91

%

September 30, 2014

8,207

1.68

%

5,073

1.18

%

2,890

1.16

%

9,823

0.78

%

3,773

0.59

%

29,766

0.97

%

June 30, 2014

7,820

1.64

%

4,159

0.99

%

2,953

1.16

%

9,957

0.78

%

4,160

0.57

%

29,049

0.92

%

March 31, 2014(4)

7,114

1.53

%

3,784

0.91

%

1,990

0.73

%

9,406

0.74

%

4,142

0.56

%

26,436

0.84

%

December 31, 2013(4)

10,113

2.20

%

4,022

0.97

%

2,379

0.89

%

9,088

0.72

%

4,420

0.58

%

30,022

0.94

%

September 30, 2013

7,980

1.86

%

4,505

1.09

%

2,974

1.12

%

9,117

0.72

%

4,117

0.57

%

28,693

0.93

%

(1)

See Note 1(d) to the consolidated financial statements in Farmer Mac's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 9, 2015 for more information about the reclassification of certain amounts in prior periods from guarantee and commitment fees to interest income related to on-balance sheet Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities.

(2)

Beginning in first quarter 2015, Farmer Mac revised its methodology for interest expense allocation among the Farm & Ranch, USDA Guarantees, and Rural Utilities lines of business.  As a result of this revision, a greater percentage of interest expense has been allocated to the longer-term assets included within the USDA Guarantees and Rural Utilities lines of business.  Net effective spread for periods prior to the quarter ended March 31, 2015 does not reflect this revision.

(3)

On October 1, 2014, $78.5 million of preferred stock issued by CoBank was called, resulting in a loss of net effective spread of $2.1 million or 30 basis points in the corporate segment.  The impact on consolidated net effective spread was 7 basis points.  

(4)

First quarter 2014 includes the impact of spread compression in the Rural Utilities line of business from the early refinancing of loans (41 basis points).  Fourth quarter 2013 includes the impact in net effective spread in the Farm & Ranch line of business of one-time adjustments for recovered buyout interest and yield maintenance (40 basis points in aggregate) and the impact of spread compression in the Rural Utilities line of business from the early refinancing of loans (26 basis points). 

 

 

The following table presents quarterly core earnings reconciled to net income attributable to common stockholders:

Core Earnings by Quarter Ended

September 2015

June 2015

March 2015

December 2014

September 2014

June 2014

March 2014

December 2013

September 2013

 (in thousands)

Revenues:

Net effective spread(1)

$

30,387

$

29,787

$

29,257

$

28,443

$

29,766

$

29,049

$

26,436

$

30,022

$

28,693

Guarantee and commitment fees

4,328

4,085

4,012

4,096

4,152

4,216

4,315

4,252

4,134

Other(2)

(93)

(24)

(405)

(1,285)

(2,001)

(520)

(410)

427

(466)

Total revenues

34,622

33,848

32,864

31,254

31,917

32,745

30,341

34,701

32,361

Credit related (income)/expense:

Provision for/(release of) for losses

(303)

1256

(696)

(479)

(804)

(2,557)

674

12

(36)

REO operating expenses

48

-

(1)

48

1

59

2

3

35

Losses/(gains) on sale of REO

-

-

1

28

-

(168)

3

(26)

(39)

Total credit related (income)/expense

(255)

1,256

(696)

(403)

(803)

(2,666)

679

(11)

(40)

Operating expenses:

Compensation and employee benefits

5,236

5,733

5,693

4,971

4,693

4,889

4,456

4,025

4,523

General and administrative

3,676

3,374

2,823

2,992

3,123

3,288

2,794

3,104

2,827

Regulatory fees

600

600

600

600

593

594

594

594

593

Total operating expenses

9,512

9,707

9,116

8,563

8,409

8,771

7,844

7,723

7,943

Net earnings

25,365

22,885

24,444

23,094

24,311

26,640

21,818

26,989

24,458

Income tax expense/(benefit)(3)

8,924

8,091

6,692

4,858

6,327

(4,734)

4,334

5,279

6,263

Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interest

(36)

(119)

5,354

5,414

5,412

5,819

5,547

5,546

5,547

Preferred stock dividends

3,295

3,296

3,295

3,296

3,283

2,308

952

882

881

Core earnings

$

13,182

$

11,617

$

9,103

$

9,526

$

9,289

$

23,247

$

10,985

$

15,282

$

11,767

Reconciling items (after-tax effects):

Unrealized (losses)/gains on financial derivatives and hedging activities

(4,489)

10,388

(582)

(3,717)

2,685

(3,053)

(2,395)

8,003

4,632

Unrealized (losses)/gains on trading assets

(5)

110

236

679

(21)

(46)

426

(50)

(407)

Amortization of premiums/discounts and deferred gains on assets consolidated at fair value

(76)

(81)

(529)

(811)

(440)

(179)

(8,027)

(10,864)

(421)

Net effects of settlements on agency for wards

(253)

128

(164)

(30)

73

236

(176)

114

(158)

Loss on retirement of Farmer Mac II LLC Preferred Stock

-

-

(6,246)

-

-

-

-

-

-

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

8,359

$

22,162

$

1,818

$

5,647

$

11,586

$

20,205

$

813

$

12,485

$

15,413

(1)

The difference between first quarter 2014 and fourth quarter 2013 net effective spread was due to the impact of one-time adjustments for recovered buyout interest and yield maintenance of $1.8 million in fourth quarter 2013, $0.6 million associated with the early refinancing of AgVantage securities and the recasting of certain Rural Utilities loans, and a lower day count in first quarter 2014.

(2)

Fourth quarter 2014 and third quarter 2014 include $13.6 million and $17.9 million, respectively, of interest expense related to securities purchased under agreements to resell and securities sold, not yet purchased and $12.8 million and $16.4 million, respectively of gains on securities sold, not yet purchased.  First quarter 2014 includes additional hedging costs of $0.6 million.  Fourth quarter 2013 includes gains on the repurchase of debt of $1.5 million, partially offset by realized losses on the sale of available-for-sale securities of $0.9 million and additional hedging costs of $0.2 million.  Second quarter 2013 includes $3.1 million of realized gains from the sale of an available-for-sale investment security.

(3)

Fourth quarter 2014 and second quarter 2014 reflect a reduction of $1.4 million and $11.6 million, respectively, in the tax valuation allowance against capital loss carryforwards related to capital gains on securities sold, not yet purchased.  First quarter 2014 and fourth quarter 2013 reflect a reduction in tax valuation allowance of $0.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively, associated with certain gains on investment portfolio assets.  Second quarter 2013 includes the reduction of $1.1 million of tax valuation allowance against capital loss carryforwards related to realized gains from the sale of an available-for-sale investment security.

 

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