First Republic Bank Reports Record Earnings

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First Republic Bank Reports Record Earnings

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Republic Bank (NYS: FRC) today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

"We are very pleased with the continued stability and strength of our earnings, including mortgage banking results," said Jim Herbert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Republic Bank. "Credit quality remains excellent, our capital ratios are strong and we have effectively managed our core net interest margin and efficiency ratio."


Financial Highlights

  • Book value per share increased by 4% during the quarter and 15% year over year to $21.48.
  • Tier 1 leverage ratio increased to 9.33%, up from 8.95% a year ago.
  • Asset quality remains very strong; nonperforming assets were only 13 basis points of total assets.
  • Net income was $102.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $87.8 million for last year's third quarter, up 17%. Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") were $0.72 for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $0.66 for last year's third quarter.
  • Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $78.7 million, up 43% from last year's third quarter. On this non-GAAP basis, the third quarter diluted EPS were $0.54, up 29% year over year. (1)
  • Net income was $292.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 12% compared to the same period in 2011, and diluted EPS were $1.99 compared to $1.97 for the same period in 2011.
  • Excluding the impact of purchase accounting and the one-time charge on redemption of preferred stock in the second quarter of 2012, diluted EPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $1.53, up 24% compared to $1.23 for the same period in 2011. (1)
  • Net interest margin was 4.13% for the quarter, compared to 4.27% for the prior quarter and 4.48% for last year's third quarter.
  • Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, the net interest margin was 3.47% for the quarter, compared to 3.48% for the prior quarter and 3.41% for last year's third quarter. (1)
  • The efficiency ratio was 52.1% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 52.4% for the prior quarter and 48.4% for last year's third quarter.
  • Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, the efficiency ratio was 58.6% for this quarter, improving from 60.5% for the prior quarter and 58.8% for last year's third quarter. (1)
  • Loan originations were $4.0 billion for the third quarter of 2012, slightly above the prior quarter; for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, loan originations were $11.2 billion.
  • Loans sold were $774 million for the quarter and pre-tax net gains on sales were $12.5 million, compared to sales of $436 million and net gains of $4.8 million in the prior quarter.
  • Loans outstanding were $26.9 billion at September 30, 2012, up 5% for the quarter.
  • Deposits were $25.7 billion at September 30, 2012, up 6% for the quarter.
  • Wealth management assets were $24.8 billion at September 30, 2012, up 7% for the quarter and 22% since year-end.

"First Republic continues to deliver strong results across the franchise," said President and Chief Operating Officer, Katherine August-deWilde. "We're building on the accelerating economic momentum in our coastal, urban markets. In particular, we're pleased that the continuing high quality of our home loans is allowing us to sell into the secondary market with excellent execution."

Asset Quality Remains Very Strong

The Bank's credit quality remains strong. At September 30, 2012, nonperforming assets were only 13 basis points of total assets.

During the third quarter of 2012, the Bank recorded additional provisions for loan losses of $16.5 million. The Bank's provision for loan losses is related primarily to loans outstanding that have been originated since July 1, 2010. At September 30, 2012, the allowance related to these loans totaled $96.6 million, or 0.56% of such loans.

Net charge-offs were $554,000 (1 basis point, annualized, of average loans) for the third quarter of 2012 and $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Continued Capital Strength

The Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio at September 30, 2012 was 9.33%, compared to 8.95% a year ago. The Bank continues to exceed all current regulatory guidelines for well-capitalized institutions.

Strong Book Value Growth

Book value per share was $21.48 at September 30, 2012, up 15% from a year ago.

Quarterly Cash Dividend Declared

The Bank has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable on November 15, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 1, 2012.

Continued Franchise Development

Assets

Total assets at September 30, 2012 were $32.6 billion. During the first nine months of 2012, loans increased $3.8 billion, of which 60% was in single family loans and related home equity lines of credit; investment securities have increased $428 million in 2012.

Deposit mix continues to improve

At September 30, 2012, checking and savings accounts were 88% of total deposits, compared to 82% at year-end. The contractual rate paid on all deposits averaged 0.29% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 0.38% for the prior quarter, with the reduction in the average rate paid coming both from an improved deposit mix and reduced rates paid on deposits.

At September 30, 2012, 96% of deposits were core deposits. (2)

Wealth management expansion

Total wealth management assets were $24.8 billion at September 30, 2012, up 7% for the quarter and 22% since year-end. Wealth management assets include investment management assets of $10.8 billion, brokerage assets and money market mutual funds of $9.2 billion, and trust and custody assets of $4.9 billion.

Wealth management fees earned, including investment advisory, trust and brokerage fees, were up 18% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to last year's third quarter and were up 20% for the first nine months of 2012 compared to the prior year.

Mortgage banking activity strong

The Bank sold $774 million of primarily longer-term, fixed-rate home loans during the third quarter of 2012 and recorded net gains of $12.5 million. By comparison, during the prior quarter, the Bank sold $436 million of loans and recorded net gains of $4.8 million. The higher level of gain on sales resulted from a higher volume of loans sold and improved pricing on loans sold. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Bank sold $1.8 billion of loans and recorded net gains of $21.1 million, compared to loan sales of $677 million and net gains of $6.1 million for the same period last year.

At September 30, 2012, the carrying value of mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs") was $16.4 million, or 38 basis points of such loans serviced. Low interest rates and rapid loan repayments have resulted in continuing impairment charges on MSRs.

Loans serviced for investors totaled $4.3 billion at September 30, 2012, up 14% compared to $3.8 billion at September 30, 2011.

Income Statement and Key Ratio Summary

Strong revenues

Total revenues were $342.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $327.2 million for the prior quarter and $299.2 million for last year's third quarter, a 15% increase from a year ago.

Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, revenues were $295.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $275.1 million for the prior quarter and $236.7 million for the third quarter of 2011, an 8% increase over the prior quarter and a 25% increase from a year ago. (1)

Net interest income growth

Net interest income was $298.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $290.6 million for the prior quarter and $268.9 million for the third quarter a year ago.

The strong increase in contractual net interest income was primarily due to increases in the average balances of loans and investment securities as well as lower deposit costs. Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, net interest income (contractual net interest income) was $252.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $238.4 million for the prior quarter and $206.6 million for the third quarter of 2011, up 6% over the prior quarter and up 22% from a year ago. (1)

Net interest margin

The Bank's net interest margin was 4.13% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 4.27% for the second quarter of 2012 and 4.48% for the third quarter a year ago.

Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, net interest margin (contractual net interest margin) was 3.47% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 3.48% for the prior quarter and up from 3.41% for the third quarter a year ago. (1)

The contractual net interest margin remained stable compared to the prior quarter as lower deposit costs and the investment of more cash largely offset declines in contractual loan yields.

Noninterest income

Noninterest income for the third quarter of 2012 was $43.8 million, up 20% compared to $36.6 million for the prior quarter and up 45% compared to $30.3 million for the third quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, noninterest income was $113.1 million, up 28% compared to $88.5 million for the same period in 2011. These increases were primarily due to increases ininvestment advisory, trust and foreign exchange fees and gain on sale of loans, partially offset by a decline in net loan servicing fees.

Noninterest expense

Noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2012 was $178.4 million, compared to $171.6 million for the prior quarter and $144.8 million for the third quarter a year ago, a 4% increase over the prior quarter and a 23% increase year over year. Noninterest expense has grown primarily due to an increase in personnel to support loan, deposit and wealth management growth, increased occupancy costs as the Bank added both corporate office space and deposit offices, increased costs related to investments in technology and increased expenses related to tax credit investments.

Efficiency ratio

The Bank's efficiency ratio was 52.1% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 52.4% for the second quarter of 2012 and 48.4% for the third quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the efficiency ratio was 52.3% and 48.2%, respectively.

Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, the Bank's efficiency ratio was 58.6% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 60.5% for the second quarter of 2012 and 58.8% for the third quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the efficiency ratio was 59.5% and 58.9%, respectively. (1)

Income tax rate

The Bank provides for income taxes based on an estimate of earnings and tax preference items for each calendar year. The Bank's effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was 30.5% and represents the current estimated tax rate for the full year 2012.

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(1) See non-GAAP reconciliation under section "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

(2) Core deposits exclude CDs greater than $250,000.

Conference Call Details

First Republic Bank's third quarter 2012 earnings conference call is scheduled for October 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT. To listen to the live call by telephone, please dial (877) 882-8809 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration) and use conference ID #37414610. International callers should dial (734) 823-3244. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of First Republic's website at www.firstrepublic.com. To listen to the live webcast, please visit the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will also be available for 90 days on the website. For those unable to participate in the live presentation, a replay will be available beginning October 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. PDT / 5:00 p.m. EDT, through October 24, 2012, at 8:59 p.m. PDT / 11:59 p.m. EDT. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) and use conference ID #37414610. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same conference ID number. The Bank's press releases are available after release on the Bank's website at www.firstrepublic.com.

About First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank ("First Republic" or the "Bank") and its subsidiaries provide private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. Founded in 1985, First Republic specializes in exceptional, relationship-based service offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Portland, Boston, Greenwich and New York City. First Republic offers a complete line of banking products for individuals and businesses, including deposit services, as well as residential, commercial and personal loans. First Republic is a component of the S&P Total Market Index, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, the Russell 1000 ®, Russell 3000 ® and Russell Global indices and six Dow Jones indices. More information is available on the Bank's website at www.firstrepublic.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements" for the purpose of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, predictions, forecasts, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not historical facts and may be forward-looking. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipates," "believes," "can," "could," "may," "predicts," "potential," "should," "will," "estimates," "plans," "projects," "continuing," "ongoing," "expects," "intends" and similar words or phrases and include statements about economic performance in our markets, growth in our loan originations and wealth management assets, and our projected tax rate. Accordingly, these statements are only predictions and involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in them. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: our ability to compete for banking and wealth management customers; earthquakes and other natural disasters in our markets; changes in interest rates; our ability to maintain high underwriting standards; economic conditions in our markets; and conditions in financial markets and economic conditions generally; regulatory restrictions on our operationsand current orfuture legislative or regulatory changes affecting the banking and investment management industries. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see First Republic's FDIC filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in First Republic's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These filings are available in the Investor Relations section of our website. All forward-looking statements are necessarily only estimates of future results, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations, and, therefore, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

   
Three MonthsThree MonthsNine Months
EndedEndedEnded
September 30,June 30,September 30,
(in thousands, except per share amounts)2012 201120122012 2011
Interest income:
Interest on loans$295,045$278,770$291,040$865,759$816,278
Interest on investments31,63819,96230,26590,76247,840
Interest on cash equivalents653 1,609 822 2,098 4,078
Total interest income327,336 300,341 322,127 958,619 868,196
 
Interest expense:
Interest on customer deposits13,58421,57316,67845,24965,640
Interest on FHLB advances and other borrowings14,4929,29514,30241,13920,636
Interest on subordinated notes439 567 550 1,545 1,718
Total interest expense28,515 31,435 31,530 87,933 87,994
 
Net interest income298,821268,906290,597870,686780,202
Provision for loan losses16,505 15,531 14,875 46,232 36,170
Net interest income after provision for loan losses282,316 253,375 275,722 824,454 744,032
 
Noninterest income:
Investment advisory fees15,37612,66314,67442,74935,133
Brokerage and investment fees2,3462,7762,6677,7787,277
Trust fees2,3761,5882,1856,3345,008
Foreign exchange fee income3,2972,6902,6398,3576,937
Deposit customer fees3,5223,7863,44510,24811,199
Loan servicing fees, net(2,916)(400)(704)(5,524)173
Loan and related fees1,5141,5011,4654,4623,150
Gain on sale of loans12,5471,3014,75421,1106,082
Income from investments in life insurance4,9853,5365,61815,97411,358
Other income (loss)792 824 (104)1,635 2,211
Total noninterest income43,839 30,265 36,639 113,123 88,528
 
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and related benefits87,20467,78081,533251,244200,734
Occupancy21,22917,08820,69061,81449,014
Information systems18,84314,90517,74652,76341,630
Advertising and marketing5,9536,8837,14419,05920,245
FDIC and other deposit assessments6,4005,1615,90217,70218,358
Professional fees5,2634,2055,45314,99411,648
Amortization of intangibles5,0875,6025,17015,54517,279
Tax credit investments5,3483,1624,52115,1196,240
Other expenses23,063 20,003 23,396 66,460 53,459
Total noninterest expense178,390 144,789 171,555 514,700 418,607
 
Income before provision for income taxes147,765138,851140,806422,877413,953
Provision for income taxes45,069 49,986 42,274 128,978 149,023
Net income before noncontrolling interests102,69688,86598,532293,899264,930
Less: Net income from noncontrolling interests 1,072 625 1,538 3,533
First Republic Bank net income102,69687,79397,907292,361261,397
Dividends on preferred stock5,6674,09112,209
Redemption of preferred stock  13,200 13,200 
Net income available to common stockholders$97,029 $87,793 $80,616 $266,952 $261,397
 
Basic earnings per common share$0.75 $0.68 $0.62 $2.06 $2.03
Diluted earnings per common share$0.72 $0.66 $0.60 $1.99 $1.97
Dividends per common share$0.10 $ $  Read Full Story

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