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 amHawaii 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.
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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
Three months ended
March 31, 2014
December 31, 2013
March 31, 2013
Interest and dividend income
Interest and fees on loans
Interest and dividends on investment and mortgage-related securities
Total interest and dividend income
Interest on deposit liabilities
Interest on other borrowings
Total interest expense
Net interest income
Provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Fees from other financial services
Fee income on deposit liabilities
Fee income on other financial products
Mortgage banking income
Gains on sale of securities
Other income, net
Total noninterest income
Compensation and employee benefits
Total noninterest expense
Income before income taxes
OTHER BANK INFORMATION (annualized %, except as of period end)
Return on average assets
Return on average equity
Return on average tangible common equity
Net interest margin
Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding
As of period end
Nonperforming assets to loans outstanding and real estate owned *
Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding
Tier-1 leverage ratio *
Total risk-based capital ratio *
Tangible common equity to total assets
Dividend paid to HEI (through ASHI) (for the periods presented, in millions)
* 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
March 31, 2014
December 31, 2013
Cash and cash equivalents
Securities purchased under resale agreements
Available-for-sale investment and mortgage-related securities
Investment in stock of Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Loans receivable held for investment
Allowance for loan losses
Loans receivable held for investment, net
Loans held for sale, at lower of cost or fair value
Liabilities and shareholder's equity
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits
Net unrealized losses on securities
Retirement benefit plans
Total shareholder's equity
Total liabilities and shareholder's equity
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.