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MB Financial, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Net Income of $23.1 Million and an Increase of the Quarterly Dividend to $0.10 Per Share

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MB Financial, Inc. (NAS: MBFI) , the holding company for MB Financial Bank, N.A ("the Bank" or "MB Financial Bank"), announced today third quarter results for 2012. The words "MB Financial," "the Company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to MB Financial, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless indicated otherwise. We had net income and net income available to common stockholders of $23.1 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $19.7 million (+17.4%) and net income available to common stockholders of $17.1 million (+35.3%) for the third quarter of 2011, and net income and net income available to common stockholders of $22.1 million (+17.8% annualized) for the second quarter of 2012.

"Third quarter earnings were driven by strong fee income growth which exceeded the impact of net interest margin compression. While we had some large unusual items in the quarter, including a negative provision and prepayment fees, they were largely offsetting and had minimal impact on our results. I'm very pleased with the progress we have made over the past year in several areas including credit quality, improving our balance sheet mix and executing on our fee income initiatives. Return on assets is approaching normal levels, and from a shareholder perspective, we are ready to return more capital to shareholders in the form of higher quarterly dividends," stated Mitchell Feiger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.


Key items for the quarter were as follows:

Improved Return on Assets and Return on Equity:

  • Annualized return on average assets increased to 0.97% for the third quarter of 2012 compared to 0.94% for the second quarter of 2012 and 0.80% for the third quarter of 2011.
  • Annualized return on average common equity improved to 7.38% for the third quarter of 2012 compared to 7.28% for the second quarter of 2012 and 5.86% for the third quarter of 2011.
  • Annualized cash return on average tangible common equity in the third quarter of 2012 was 11.29% compared to 11.28% for the second quarter of 2012 and 9.52% for the third quarter of 2011.

Strong Fee Income Growth Exceeded the Impact of Margin Compression:

  • Key fee initiatives propelled the growth in fee income in the quarter:
    • Leasing revenues increased 31.9% to $9.7 million,
    • Capital markets and international banking service fees increased 72.3% to $1.3 million, and
    • Commercial deposit and treasury management fees increased 1.3% to $5.9 million.
  • On a year-to-date basis, significant growth also occurred:
    • Leasing revenues increased 25.2% to $24.0 million,
    • Capital markets and international banking service fees increased 137.7% to $2.6 million, and
    • Card revenues increased 15.8% to $6.9 million.
  • Our core other income to revenues ratio rose to 29.5% in the third quarter compared to 27.5% in the prior quarter and 26.7% a year ago.
  • Net interest margin compression for the quarter, which negatively impacted net interest income, was driven by elevated cash balances at the Federal Reserve and asset repricing outpacing deposit repricing.
    • Seven basis points of compression were due to elevated cash balances.
    • Nine basis points of compression were due to asset repricing outpacing deposit repricing.
    • Liability repositioning, discussed below, which occurred at the end of the quarter, will address the elevated cash balances and is expected to have a seven to eight basis point positive impact on the fourth quarter margin.

Improved Credit Metrics:

  • Gross recoveries of $14.7 million were recorded in the third quarter of 2012, prompting a negative provision for credit losses of $13.0 million. The allowance for loan and lease losses was relatively unchanged from the prior quarter. We had no provision for credit losses in the second quarter of 2012 and $11.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Annualized net charge-offs to average loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 improved to 0.03% compared to 3.52% for the same period in 2011.
  • Losses recognized on other real estate owned ("OREO"), which we view as part of our credit costs, were $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Our non-performing loans improved to $105.3 million or 1.87% of total loans as of September 30, 2012 from $113.5 million or 1.98% of total loans at June 30, 2012, a decrease of $8.2 million (-7.3%), and from $141.0 million or 2.42% of total loans at September 30, 2011, a decrease of $35.7 million (-25.3%).
  • Our non-performing assets improved to $147.8 million or 1.56% of total assets as of September 30, 2012 from $163.3 million or 1.72% of total assets as of June 30, 2012, a decrease of $15.5 million (-9.5%), and from $228.7 million or 2.30% of total assets as of September 30, 2011, a decrease of $80.9 million (-35.4%).
  • Our potential problem loans decreased to $134.3 million as of September 30, 2012 from $141.0 million as of June 30, 2012, a decrease of $6.8 million (-4.8%), and from $179.7 million at September 30, 2011, a decrease of $45.4 million (-25.3%).
  • Our allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans was 115.10% as of September 30, 2012 compared to 107.25% as of June 30, 2012 and 91.23% as of September 30, 2011.

Prepayments to Lower Future Funding Costs:

  • To lower future funding costs, we prepaid the following interest bearing liabilities near the end of the third quarter of 2012:
    • A $100 million FHLB advance with a 3.85% interest rate,
    • Brokered certificates of deposit of $101 million with a 3.16% average interest rate, and
    • The $6.2 million FOBB Statutory Trust I with a 10.6% interest rate.
  • We incurred prepayment expenses of $12.7 million as a result of the early retirement of these instruments.
  • The estimated full quarter interest expense related to these instruments is approximately $1.9 million, based on the above rates.
  • We expect these prepayments to favorably impact our net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 by seven to eight basis points and to reduce cost of funds by approximately nine basis points.

Balance Sheet Improvements Continue:

  • Excluding covered loans, our loan balances have been stable over the last year, with improvement in our loan mix. Commercial and lease loans, generally lower risk loans, have increased by 8.7% over the past twelve months while generally higher risk construction and commercial real estate loans have decreased by 6.6%.
  • Over the past year, we improved the mix of our investment portfolio to include a higher portion of municipal securities which has helped mitigate the impact of mortgage-backed security prepayments in the current interest rate environment. Municipal securities were 38.3% of total investment securities at September 30, 2012 compared to 25.7% of total investment securities a year ago.
  • Our funding mix also improved over the past twelve months, with low cost deposits increasing $215.5 million (+4.1%) primarily driven by increases in noninterest bearing deposits and customer certificates of deposit decreasing by $368.8 million (-18.4%). In addition, our wholesale funding balances decreased $219.1 million (-19.3%) from a year ago largely due to the liability prepayments discussed above.
  • During 2012, we repurchased all $196 million of preferred stock and the related warrant issued as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP") Capital Purchase Program.

Increase in Quarterly Dividend and Authorization for Stock Buyback:

  • On October 24, 2012, our Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, an increase from $0.01 per share paid in recent prior quarters.
  • Our Board of Directors also authorized the Company to repurchase up to one million shares of common stock over the next two years.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Third Quarter Results

Net Interest Income

Net interest income on a fully tax equivalent basis decreased $1.8 million from the second quarter of 2012. The decrease from the second quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2012 was due primarily to a 16 basis point decline in our net interest margin to 3.67% on a fully tax equivalent basis, as a result of much higher cash balances maintained at the Federal Reserve (approximately seven basis points of the change) and earning asset repricing outpacing deposit repricing (approximately nine basis points of the change).

Net interest income on a fully tax equivalent basis decreased $15.4 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2011 primarily due to a decrease in average interest earning assets of approximately $300 million and an 11 basis point decline in our net interest margin to 3.79% on a fully tax equivalent basis.

See the supplemental net interest margin tables for further detail.

Other Income (in thousands):

   Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,September 30, September 30,
 2012   2012   2012   2011   2011   2012   2011 
Core other income:
Key fee initiatives:
Capital markets and international banking
service fees$1,344$780$507$754$605$2,631$1,107
Commercial deposit and treasury management fees5,8605,7845,9016,1136,15717,54517,643
Lease financing, net9,6717,3346,9587,8016,49423,96319,138
Trust and asset management fees4,4284,5354,4044,1664,27213,36713,158
Card fees 2,385   2,429   2,044   1,096   2,071   6,858   5,921 
Total key fee initiatives23,68820,86219,81419,93019,59964,36456,967
 
Loan service fees1,1251,2681,0661,0691,7063,4595,286
Retail and other deposit service fees3,7923,5413,4573,9264,12310,79012,373
Brokerage fees1,1851,2641,2551,5771,2733,7044,307
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance8908709179441,0142,6773,433
Accretion of FDIC indemnification asset2042224756839859014,155
Net gain on sale of loans5755543743661901,503451
Other operating income 408   958   1,604   1,090   1,000   2,970   3,489 
Total core other income 31,867   29,539   28,962   29,585   29,890   90,368   90,461 
 
Non-core other income: (1)
Net gain (loss) on investment securities281(34)(3)411-244229
Net (loss) gain on sale of other assets(12)(8)(17)(87)-(37)370
Net gain on sale of loans held for sale (A)------1,790
Net loss recognized on other real estate owned (B)(4,151)(4,156)(4,348)(3,620)(2,354)(12,655)(6,351)
Net gain (loss) recognized on other real estate
owned related to FDIC transactions (B)213(1,285)(2,241)(1,858)(764)(3,313)(1,784)
Increase (decrease) in market value of assets held
in trust for deferred compensation (C) 355   (149)  501   20   (405)  707   (60)
Total non-core other income (3,314)  (5,632)  (6,108)  (5,134)  (3,523)  (15,054)  (5,806)
 
Total other income$28,553  $23,907  $22,854  $24,451  $26,367  $75,314  $84,655 

(1) Letter denotes the corresponding line items where these non-core other income items reside in the consolidated statements of income as follows: A - Net gain on sale of loans, B - Net loss recognized on other real estate owned, C - Other operating income.

Revenue from our key fee initiatives increased by $2.8 million (+13.5%) from the second quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2012 primarily due to the growth in our capital markets and international banking services and leasing revenues. Capital markets and international banking service fees increased due primarily to an increase in interest rate swap fees. Net lease financing income increased as a result of higher promotional and remarketing income, as well as increased sales of equipment maintenance contracts. Retail and other service fees increased as a result of the increase in NSF and overdraft fees. Other operating income decreased due to lower income from low income housing partnerships. Non-core other income was primarily impacted by lower losses recognized on OREO.

Revenue from our key fee initiatives increased by $7.4 million (+13.0%) for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Capital markets and international banking service fees increased due to an increase in interest rate swap fees and an increase in our international banking activities. Net lease financing income increased as a result of higher promotional and remarketing income, as well as increased sales of equipment maintenance contracts. Card fee income increased due primarily to fees earned on prepaid cards and credit cards. These increases were offset by the decreases in loan service fees, retail and deposit service fees and accretion of FDIC indemnification asset. Loan service fees decreased due to a decrease in prepayment and exit fees. Retail and deposit service fees decreased due to a decrease in NSF fees. Accretion of FDIC indemnification asset decreased $3.3 million as expected. Accretion is recorded based on the FDIC indemnification asset balance which has declined as we have received loss-share payments. Non-core other income was primarily impacted by higher losses recognized on OREO.

Other Expense (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,September 30, September 30,
 2012  2012   2012  2011  2011   2012  2011 
Core other expense:
Salaries and employee benefits$41,728$40,295$39,928$39,826$38,827$121,951$114,072
Occupancy and equipment expense8,2749,1889,5708,4989,09227,03226,969
Computer services and telecommunication expense3,7773,9093,6534,3823,48811,33910,503
Advertising and marketing expense2,0251,9302,0661,8311,7406,0215,207
Professional and legal expense1,5541,5031,4131,4221,6474,4704,725
Other intangible amortization expense1,2511,2511,2571,410 Read Full Story

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