Farmer Mac Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

Core Earnings up 90 Percent

Aug 09, 2011, 18:04 ET from Farmer Mac

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A) today reported second quarter core earnings of $10.0 million ($0.94 per diluted common share), compared to second quarter 2010 core earnings of $5.3 million ($0.50 per diluted common share).  The 90 percent increase in second quarter core earnings was due primarily to increased net interest income earned on a higher level of outstanding business volume compared to a year earlier and releases from the allowance for losses, compared to provisions in the prior year.  Farmer Mac's GAAP net income available to common stockholders for second quarter 2011 was $5.2 million ($0.48 per diluted common share), compared to $1.8 million ($0.17 per diluted common share) for second quarter 2010.  

Farmer Mac President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Gerber stated, "We are again pleased with the improving strength of Farmer Mac as a result of a solid second quarter.  Core earnings again increased and new program business volume was $608.1 million, led by the purchase of a $300.0 million Farmer Mac I AgVantage security.  In addition to these financial results, as of the end of second quarter 2011 Farmer Mac's 90-day delinquencies declined from both the previous quarter and the prior year."

Business Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, Farmer Mac's net effective interest spread was $21.0 million (96 basis points), compared to $15.5 million (108 basis points) in second quarter 2010.  This increase in dollars was a result of interest earned on new on-balance sheet program assets added during the second half of 2010 and the first half of 2011.  The 12 basis point decrease in yield is mainly attributable to the addition of lower yielding assets in Farmer Mac's liquidity investment portfolio, primarily U.S. Treasuries, which have a negative net yield but offer a source of contingent liquidity.

Farmer Mac's guarantee and commitment fees, which compensate Farmer Mac for assuming the credit risk on loans underlying Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities and long term standby purchase commitments (LTSPCs), were $6.3 million for second quarter 2011, compared to $5.7 million in second quarter 2010.

Consistent with the overall improvement in credit quality reported during the quarter, second quarter 2011 results included a $0.8 million net release from the allowance for losses, compared to provisions of $1.2 million in second quarter 2010.

Program Activity

During second quarter 2011, Farmer Mac added $608.1 million of new program volume from a variety of sources:

  • purchases of $116.9 million of Farmer Mac I loans;
  • purchases of $300.0 million of Farmer Mac I AgVantage securities;
  • the placement of $53.2 million of Farmer Mac I loans under LTSPCs;
  • purchases of $99.3 million of USDA-guaranteed portions of loans;
  • purchases of $35.9 million of rural utilities loans; and
  • the guarantee of $2.8 million of AgVantage securities secured by rural utilities loans.

Farmer Mac's outstanding program volume was $12.2 billion as of June 30, 2011, unchanged from December 31, 2010.  During the first six months of 2011, $1.6 billion of new program volume replaced principal paydowns on outstanding loans, USDA Guaranteed Securities, Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities, and loans underlying LTSPCs.

Subsequent to quarter-end, Farmer Mac and MetLife agreed to replace a $1.0 billion off-balance sheet AgVantage security issued by MetLife that matured in July 2011 with new AgVantage securities issued by MetLife totaling $1.0 billion with maturity dates ranging from 2014 through 2021.  $800.0 million of those AgVantage securities have already been purchased by Farmer Mac, with the remaining $200.0 million scheduled to be purchased by mid-August.

Credit Quality

Historically, from quarter to quarter, Farmer Mac's 90-day delinquencies have fluctuated, both in dollars and as a percentage of the outstanding portfolio, with higher levels likely at the end of the first and third quarters of each year corresponding to the annual (January 1st) and semi-annual (January 1st and July 1st) payment characteristics of most Farmer Mac I loans.  As of June 30, 2011, 90-day delinquencies in the Farmer Mac I program were $54.6 million (1.27 percent), down from $70.2 million (1.63 percent) as of December 31, 2010 and $56.0 million (1.30 percent) as of June 30, 2010.  Notably, as of June 30, 2011, there continued to be no 90-day delinquencies in Farmer Mac's ethanol facility loans, a segment of the Farmer Mac I portfolio that had included heightened levels of delinquencies.  

When analyzing delinquencies in its program business, Farmer Mac takes into account more than the Farmer Mac I agricultural loan delinquency percentages provided above.  The total program business includes AgVantage securities and rural utilities loans, neither of which have any delinquencies, and USDA-guaranteed portions (Farmer Mac II), which are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.  When these are included in the calculation, the overall level of 90day delinquent loans in Farmer Mac's programs is 0.45 percent.

Capital and Liquidity

Farmer Mac is required to hold capital at the higher of the statutory minimum capital requirement and the amount required by the risk-based capital stress test.  As of June 30, 2011, Farmer Mac's core capital of $484.2 million exceeded its statutory minimum capital requirement of $321.9 million by $162.3 million.  

On April 27, 2011, FCA published a final rule implementing changes to the method for calculating Farmer Mac's risk-based capital requirement, which was effective in second quarter 2011.  As of June 30, 2011, Farmer Mac's new risk-based capital stress test generated a risk-based capital requirement of $122.9 million.  Farmer Mac's regulatory capital of $502.7 million exceeded that amount by approximately $379.8 million.  Farmer Mac's risk-based capital stress test in effect prior to second quarter 2011 would have generated a risk-based capital requirement of $32.7 million as of June 30, 2011.  

Standard & Poor's recently downgraded the credit ratings of the United States, related agencies and certain GSEs. The effects of this action could have a material adverse impact on financial markets and economic conditions in the United States. The ultimate effects on global markets and Farmer Mac's business, financial condition and liquidity are unpredictable and may not be immediately apparent.  To date, Farmer Mac's access to the capital markets has not been negatively affected by the ratings downgrades.

As prescribed by FCA regulations, Farmer Mac is required to maintain a minimum of 60 days of liquidity.  As of June 30, 2011, Farmer Mac had 166 days of liquidity, as calculated in accordance with FCA regulations.

Reconciliation of Core and GAAP Earnings

Farmer Mac uses core earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, to measure corporate economic performance and develop financial plans because, in management's view, core earnings more accurately reflects Farmer Mac's economic performance, transaction economics and business trends.  Core earnings differs from GAAP net income by excluding the effects of fair value accounting guidance, which are not expected to have a permanent effect on capital.  Core earnings also differs from GAAP net income 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 the Corporation's core business.  Farmer Mac's disclosure of this non-GAAP measure is not intended to replace GAAP information but, rather, to supplement it.

A reconciliation of Farmer Mac's GAAP net income available to common stockholders to core earnings is presented in the following table.  

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income Available to Common Stockholders to Core Earnings

For the Three Months Ended

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2010

Per Diluted

Per Diluted

Share

Share

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

GAAP net income available to common stockholders

$   5,170

$      0.48

$   1,824

$      0.17

Less the net of tax effects of:

Unrealized losses on financial derivatives

(4,439)

(0.42)

(4,016)

(0.39)

Unrealized gains on trading assets

1,280

0.12

3,288

0.31

Amortization of premiums on assets consolidated at fair value

(1,583)

(0.15)

(2,701)

(0.25)

Recognition of deferred gains related to certain Farmer Mac II

Guaranteed Securities and USDA Guaranteed Securities

620

0.06

-

-

Net effects of settlements on agency forward contracts

(647)

(0.06)

(94)

(0.01)

Lower of cost or fair value adjustment on loans held for sale

(102)

(0.01)

58

0.01

Sub-total

(4,871)

(0.46)

(3,465)

(0.33)

Core earnings 

$ 10,041

$      0.94

$   5,289

$      0.50

For the Six Months Ended

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2010

Per Diluted

Per Diluted

Share

Share

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

GAAP net income available to common stockholders

$ 23,493

$      2.20

$   3,591

$      0.34

Less the net of tax effects of:

Unrealized gains/(losses) on financial derivatives

4,541

0.42

(2,129)

(0.20)

Unrealized gains on trading assets

2,132

0.20

5,476

0.52

Amortization of premiums on assets consolidated at fair value

(3,286)

(0.31)

(3,383)

(0.32)

Recognition of deferred gains related to certain Farmer Mac II

Guaranteed Securities and USDA Guaranteed Securities

2,623

0.25

-

-

Net effects of settlements on agency forward contracts

(993)

(0.09)

112

0.01

Lower of cost or fair value adjustment on loans held for sale

(627)

(0.06)

(1,420)

(0.13)

Issuance costs on the retirement of preferred stock

-

-

(5,784)

(0.56)

Sub-total

4,390

0.41

(7,128)

(0.68)

Core earnings 

$ 19,103

$      1.79

$ 10,719

$      1.02

Mr. Gerber concluded, "Our momentum continues. Both first and second quarter results were solid, and with the movement of the $1.0 billion MetLife transaction from off-balance sheet to on-balance sheet subsequent to quarter end, we are well positioned to continue to serve lenders throughout Rural America in the fulfillment of our Congressional mission."  More complete information on Farmer Mac's performance for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 is set forth in the Quarterly Report on Form 10Q filed earlier today with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release includes forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations for Farmer Mac's future financial results, business prospects and business developments.  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 could cause Farmer Mac's actual results to differ materially from the expectations as expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including uncertainties regarding:   (1) the availability to Farmer Mac and Farmer Mac II LLC of debt financing and, if available, the reasonableness of rates and terms; (2) legislative or regulatory developments that could affect Farmer Mac; (3) fluctuations in the fair value of assets held by Farmer Mac and Farmer Mac II LLC; (4) 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 Farmer Mac secondary market; (5) the general rate of growth in agricultural mortgage and rural utilities indebtedness; (6) the impact of economic conditions and real estate values on agricultural mortgage lending; (7) developments in the financial markets, including possible investor, analyst and rating agency reactions to events involving GSEs, including Farmer Mac, and reactions to Standard & Poor's recent downgrade of the credit ratings of the United States, certain GSEs, and other federal agencies linked to long-term U.S. debt; and (8) the future level of interest rates, commodity prices, and export demand for U.S. agricultural products.  Other risk factors are discussed in Farmer Mac's Annual Report on Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2010, as filed with the SEC on March 16, 2011 and in Farmer Mac's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, as filed with the SEC earlier today.  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.

Farmer Mac is a stockholder-owned instrumentality of the United States chartered by Congress to establish a secondary market for agricultural real estate and rural housing mortgage loans, rural utilities loans, and USDA-guaranteed farm program and rural development loans.  Farmer Mac's Class C non-voting and Class A voting common stocks are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols AGM and AGM.A, respectively.  Additional information about Farmer Mac (as well as 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 Delaware limited liability company, in which Farmer Mac owns all of the common equity, that operates the Farmer Mac II program business of purchasing and holding USDA-guaranteed loans.  Additional information about Farmer Mac II LLC is available on its website at www.farmermac2.com.

The conference call to discuss Farmer Mac's second quarter 2011 financial results and the Corporation's Form 10-Q for second quarter 2011 will be webcast on Farmer Mac's website beginning at 11:00 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.  An audio recording of that call will be available on Farmer Mac's website for two weeks after the call is concluded.

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FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

June 30,

December 31,

2011

2010

(in thousands)

Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$              768,335

$            729,920

Investment securities:

Available-for-sale, at fair value

2,005,714

1,677,233

Trading, at fair value

88,151

86,096

Total investment securities

2,093,865

1,763,329

Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities:

Available-for-sale, at fair value

3,243,965

2,907,264

USDA Guaranteed Securities:

Available-for-sale, at fair value

1,120,397

1,005,679

Trading, at fair value

249,074

311,765

Total USDA Guaranteed Securities

1,369,471

1,317,444

Loans:

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

447,087

1,212,065

Loans held for investment, at amortized cost

1,168,995

90,674

Loans held for investment in consolidated trusts, at amortized cost

1,182,408

1,265,663

Allowance for loan losses

(11,053)

(9,803)

Total loans, net of allowance

2,787,437

2,558,599

Real estate owned, at lower of cost or fair value

4,067

1,992

Financial derivatives, at fair value

43,976

41,492

Interest receivable

88,852

90,295

Guarantee and commitment fees receivable

31,824

34,752

Deferred tax asset, net

3,591

14,530

Prepaid expenses and other assets

9,445

20,297

Total Assets

$         10,444,828

$         9,479,914

Liabilities and Equity:

Liabilities:

Notes payable:

Due within one year

$           5,201,832

$         4,509,419

Due after one year

3,744,877

3,430,656

Total notes payable

8,946,709

7,940,075

Debt securities of consolidated trusts held by third parties

755,357

827,411

Financial derivatives, at fair value

109,151

113,687

Accrued interest payable

56,152

57,131

Guarantee and commitment obligation

27,628

30,308

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

21,781

22,113

Reserve for losses

7,443

10,312

Total Liabilities

9,924,221

9,001,037

Commitments and Contingencies

Equity:

Preferred stock:

Series C, par value $1,000 per share, 100,000 shares authorized, 57,578 shares issued

and outstanding

57,578

57,578

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, 8,812,500 shares outstanding

as of June 30, 2011 and 8,752,711 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2010

8,813

8,753

Additional paid-in capital

101,097

100,050

Accumulated other comprehensive income

36,436

18,275

Retained earnings

73,299

50,837

Total Stockholders' Equity

278,754

237,024

Non-controlling interest - preferred stock

241,853

241,853

Total Equity

520,607

478,877

Total Liabilities and Equity

$         10,444,828

$         9,479,914

FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2010

June 30, 2011

June 30, 2010

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Interest income:

Investments and cash equivalents

$          7,033

$          6,390

$        14,220

$        12,873

Farmer Mac Guaranteed Securities and USDA Guaranteed Securities

29,358

18,795

57,133

39,626

Loans

30,461

32,142

59,571

65,560

Total interest income

66,852

57,327

130,924

118,059

Total interest expense

37,640

35,719

74,693

72,834

Net interest income

29,212

21,608

56,231

45,225

(Provision for)/release of loan losses

(160)

1,870

(1,441)

(980)

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

29,052

23,478

54,790

44,245

Non-interest (loss)/income:

Guarantee and commitment fees

6,320

5,710

12,707

11,629

Losses on financial derivatives

(17,806)

(15,840)

(13,801)

(21,644)

Gains on trading assets

1,968

5,058

3,279

8,425

Gains on sale of available-for-sale investment securities

38

-

195

240

Gains on sale of real estate owned

627

-

724

-

Lower of cost or fair value adjustment on loans held for sale

(156)

90

(964)

(2,184)

Other income

1,124

211

5,022

1,040

Non-interest (loss)/income

(7,885)

(4,771)

7,162

(2,494)

Non-interest expense:

Compensation and employee benefits

4,666

3,907

9,163

7,418

General and administrative

2,656

2,051

4,912

4,554

Regulatory fees

573

562

1,164

1,125

Real estate owned operating costs, net

231

298

599

308

(Release of)/provision for losses

(935)

3,043

(2,869)

1,575

Other expense

-

-

900

-

Non-interest expense

7,191

9,861

13,869

14,980

Income before income taxes

13,976

8,846

48,083

26,771

Income tax expense

2,539

756

12,056

5,092

Net income

11,437

8,090

36,027

21,679

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest -

preferred stock dividends

(5,547)

(5,546)

(11,094)

(9,614)

Net income attributable to Farmer Mac

5,890

2,544

24,933

12,065

Preferred stock dividends

(720)

(720)

(1,440)

(2,690)

Loss on retirement of preferred stock

-

-

-

(5,784)

Net income available to common stockholders

$          5,170

$          1,824

$        23,493

$          3,591

Earnings per common share and dividends:

Basic earnings per common share

$            0.50

$            0.18

$            2.28

$            0.35

Diluted earnings per common share

$            0.48

$            0.17

$            2.20

$            0.34

Common stock dividends per common share

$            0.05

$            0.05

$            0.10

$            0.10

SOURCE Farmer Mac



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