Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

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Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (the "Company,") (NAS: ACFC) , the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank (the "Bank"), today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013.

For the second quarter of 2013, the Company reported a net loss of $1.6 million or $0.62 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $3.0 million or $1.20 per diluted share in the year-earlier quarter and a net loss of $2.0 million or $0.81 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013. For the first six months of 2013, the net loss totaled $3.6 million or $1.43 per diluted share compared with a net loss in the year-earlier period of $4.7 million or $1.89 per diluted share.


The Company's results for the first half of 2013 included costs associated with the previously announced merger with Bond Street Holdings, Inc., which stockholders rejected at a special meeting held on June 11, 2013. In order to more clearly assess the fundamental operations of the Company, management believes it is appropriate to adjust the reported net losses for the second quarter and first half of 2013 to exclude these merger-related costs. On this basis, the adjusted net loss for the second quarter and first six months of 2013 was $0.4 million or $0.17 per diluted share and $2.3 million or $0.91 per diluted share, respectively. Adjusted net loss is a non-GAAP measurement; see reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP measures later in this release.

Significant developments in the second quarter included:

  • The adjusted net loss decreased 86% to $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2013 from $3.0 million for the same quarter in 2012, and 78% from $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2013. The adjusted net loss decreased 51% to $2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, from $4.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
  • Non-performing assets decreased 38% to $25.2 million or 3.40% of total assets at June 30, 2013, from $40.8 million or 5.24% of total assets at June 30, 2012, and decreased 14% from $29.3 million or 3.92% of total assets at March 31, 2013.
  • Annualized net charge-offs to average loans decreased to 1.79% for the second quarter of 2013 from 3.69% for the year-earlier second quarter and increased from 1.60% in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Total assets were $742.2 million at June 30, 2013, compared with $772.6 million at December 31, 2012, as the Company has continued to manage asset size consistent with its overall capital management strategy.
  • During the second quarter of 2013, the Company became aware that a change in the ownership of the Company, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, occurred during the first quarter of 2013. Accordingly, utilization of the Company's federal and state deferred tax assets, which currently total $29.3 million, is expected to be limited to approximately $0.3 million per year, the actual realization of which being dependent upon the Company generating taxable income.

Regulatory Capital

The Company has experienced steady erosion of its capital due to significant net losses over the past five consecutive years. Effective August 10, 2012, the Bank's Board of Directors agreed to the issuance of a Consent Order (the "Order") by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Among other things, the Order calls for the Bank to achieve and maintain a Tier 1 capital ratio of 9% of adjusted total assets and a Total risk-based capital ratio of 13% of risk-weighted assets by December 31, 2012. The Bank was not in compliance with the capital levels required by the Order at December 31, 2012, and remained non-compliant at June 30, 2013.

      

Key Capital Measures

June 30,

2013

March 31,

2013

Dec. 31,

2012

Sept. 30,

2012

June 30,

2012

Tier 1 (core) capital ratio

(to adjusted total assets)

4.83%5.03%5.13%5.11%5.36%
Total risk-based capital ratio

(to risk-weighted assets)

9.55%9.81%9.78%10.50%10.83%
Tier 1 (core) risk-based capital ratio8.29%8.54%8.52%9.23%9.57%
 

Following the rejection of the proposed merger of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation with Bond Street Holdings, Inc., the Company's Board of Directors has begun to evaluate other strategic alternatives to raise capital as soon as possible, including a possible recapitalization.

  
Asset QualityAt

June 30,
2013

 

March 31,
2013

 

Dec. 31,
2012

 

Sept. 30,
2012

 

June 30,
2012

(Dollars in millions)
Non-performing loans$12.4$19.2$24.9$26.3$33.1
Non-performing loans to total loans3.12%4.58%5.76%5.81%7.07%
Other real estate owned$12.8$10.1$8.1$7.9$7.7
Non-performing assets$25.2$29.3$33.0$34.2$40.8
Non-performing assets to total assets3.40%3.92%4.26%4.35%5.24%

Troubled debt restructurings performing for less than 12 months under terms of modification

$21.4$17.8$20.0$18.5$20.0

Total non-performing assets and troubled debt restructurings performing for less than 12 months under terms of modification

$46.6 $47.1 $53.0 $52.7 $60.8 

Troubled debt restructurings performing for more than 12 months under terms of modification

$14.6 $13.4 $12.5 $12.5 $12.0 
 
  • Non-performing loans declined in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the linked quarter, primarily due to transfers of $4.9 million of non-performing loans to other real estate owned ("OREO"). OREO increased over the linked quarter due to the aforementioned transfers from non-performing loans less approximately $2.4 million of sales of OREO. The increase in OREO has been partially offset by strong asset sales.
  • The Company continues to see a slowing in the pace of loans that are being reclassified as non-performing, particularly categories such as one-to-four family residential loans and home equity loans.
  • The increase in troubled debt restructurings in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the prior-year and linked quarters primarily reflected the renewal of a $5.5 million land loan that was previously reported as impaired but performing.

   

Provision / Allowance for Loan Losses

At and for the

Three Months Ended

At and for the

Six Months Ended

June 30,
2013

 

March 31,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

June 30,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

(Dollars in millions)
Provision for loan losses$1.2 $1.2 $3.7 $2.4 $7.2 
Allowance for loan losses$10.0 $10.5 $12.3 $10.0 $12.3 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 2.53% 2.50% 2.64% 2.53% 2.64%

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans

 81.09% 54.62% 37.30% 81.09% 37.30%
Net charge-offs$1.8 $1.7 $4.9 $3.5 $10.4 

Net charge-offs to average outstanding loans

 1.79% 1.60% 3.69% 1.69% 3.80%
 
  • The decline in the provision for loan losses in the second quarter and for the first six months of 2013 compared with the year-earlier quarter and six month period reflected reduced non-performing loans and a decline in early-stage delinquencies of one-to-four family residential and home equity loans. It also reflected provisioning for certain residential loans disposed of in the first and second quarters of 2012 and two commercial loans that were disposed of in July 2012, which did not recur in 2013.
  • The decrease in net charge-offs in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the second quarter of 2012 primarily reflected $3.5 million less in charge-offs in the second quarter of 2013 related to one-to-four family residential loans and home equity loans, and $0.6 million less in charge-offs related to residential land loans in the second quarter of 2013, partially offset by a $0.7 million charge-off in the second quarter of 2013 for a collateral-dependent commercial real estate property.
  • The decrease in net charge-offs in the first six months of 2013 compared with the first six months of 2012 primarily reflected $4.2 million less in charge-offs in 2013 related to one-to-four family residential loans and home equity loans, $1.3 million less in charge-offs in 2013 for collateral-dependent commercial real estate property, $0.6 million less in charge-offs related to residential land loans in 2013, and $0.9 million less in charge-offs in the first six months of 2013 related to collateral-dependent commercial land loans.
   
Net Interest IncomeThree Months EndedSix Months Ended

June 30,
2013

 

March 31,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

June 30,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

(Dollars in millions)
Net interest income$4.2 $4.3 $5.1 $8.5 $10.1 
Net interest margin 2.35% 2.42% 2.76% 2.39% 2.70%
Yield on investment securities 1.46% 1.28% 2.32% 1.37% 2.41%
Yield on loans 5.85% 5.77% 5.80% 5.81% 5.70%
Total cost of funds 1.80% 1.80% 1.96% 1.82% 2.00%
Average cost of deposits 0.69% 0.70% 0.80% 0.69% 0.90%
Rates paid on borrowed funds 4.62% 4.56% 4.43% 4.59% 4.43%
 
  • The decline in net interest income for the second quarter of 2013 compared with the linked quarter and year-earlier quarter, as well as the decline in net interest income for the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012 primarily reflected a reduction in portfolio and other loans outstanding and the impact of lower interest rates on funds reinvested in investment securities, partially offset by decreased interest expense for deposits and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta ("FHLB") debt.
  • Net interest margin for the second quarter and first half of 2013 declined compared with same periods in 2012 due to the impact of lower interest rates on funds reinvested in investment securities, partially offset by reductions in the cost of deposits and lower interest expense for FHLB advances following prepayment of debt in the first quarter of 2013 totaling $25.0 million which had scheduled maturities in the third and fourth quarters of 2013.
  • The decline in yield on investment securities for the second quarter and first half of 2013 compared with the year-earlier periods was due to lower yields on reinvested securities and increased amortization of purchase premiums due to higher prepayments.
  • The cost of deposits for the second quarter and first half of 2013 declined compared with the same periods in 2012 due to planned re-pricing of deposit products consistent with prevailing rates in the Bank's market during the second half of 2012. On a linked-quarter basis, the cost of deposits was relatively unchanged as deposit pricing has stabilized.

   
Non-Interest Income /

Non-Interest Expense

Three Months EndedSix Months Ended

June 30,
2013

 

March 31,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

June 30,
2013

 

June 30,
2012

(Dollars in millions)
Non-interest income$1.7 $1.7 $1.8 $3.4 $4.0 
Non-interest expense$6.2 $6.9 $6.0 $13.1 $11.4 
Adjusted non-interest expense*$5.1 $6.7 $6.0 $11.8 $11.4 
Efficiency ratio 105.67% 113.30% 87.03% 109.53% 81.05%
Adjusted efficiency ratio* 86.43% 110.71% 87.03% 98.71% 81.05%
 

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* See reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP measures later in this release.

 
  • The decrease in non-interest income for the second quarter and first half of 2013 compared with the year-earlier periods reflected a decrease in gains on the sale of loans held-for-sale from mortgage origination activity following a reorganization of this business in the second half of 2012 in order to reduce non-interest expense.
  • The decrease in adjusted non-interest expense in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the linked quarter primarily reflected a $0.5 million penalty in the first quarter of 2013 associated with a $25.0 million prepayment of FHLB advances, which is expected to be recouped in approximately nine months through reduced future interest expense, and decreased collection and credit expense.
  • The decrease in adjusted non-interest expense in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the year-earlier quarter primarily reflected decreased compensation costs.
  • The increase in adjusted non-interest expense in the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012 primarily reflected the FHLB prepayment penalty, increased collection and credit expense, and higher FDIC insurance expense, partially offset by decreased compensation costs.

About the Company

Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation is the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, a federally chartered and insured stock savings bank. It is a community-oriented financial institution serving northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia markets through 12 locations, with a focus on the Jacksonville metropolitan area. Investors may obtain additional information about Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation on the Internet at www.AtlanticCoastBank.net, under Investor Information.

      

ATLANTIC COAST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Unaudited Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

June 30,
2013

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