First Banks, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

First Banks, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Banks, Inc. (the "Company") (NYS: FBSPRA) , the holding company of First Bank, today announced earnings of $8.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to earnings of $7.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and a net loss of $2.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company recorded earnings of $22.9 million as compared to a net loss of $25.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. First Bank recorded earnings of $11.6 million and $34.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, as compared to earnings of $1.1 million and a net loss of $16.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively.

Terrance M. McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, "The third quarter of 2012 represents our third consecutive quarter of profitability, reflecting continued success in overall asset quality improvement, increased origination volumes in our mortgage division and continued implementation of measures intended to improve our core earnings performance."


Key Points for the Quarter:

  • The Company did not record a provision for loan losses for the third quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of the decrease in nonaccrual and potential problem loans. The Company reduced its overall level of nonperforming assets by $17.5 million, or 6.7%, as compared to June 30, 2012, and $108.2 million, or 30.9%, as compared to December 31, 2011. Certain asset quality metrics as of or for the quarterly periods are summarized in the following table:

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

2012

2012

2011

(dollars expressed in thousands)

Provision for loan losses

$

19,000

Nonaccrual loans

131,595

150,372

270,485

Performing troubled debt restructurings

118,909

114,268

94,900

Other real estate and repossessed assets

110,353

109,026

131,349

Potential problem loans

183,703

184,566

297,791

Net loan charge-offs

6,025

10,121

22,462

Allowance for loan losses as a percent of loans, net of deferred loan fees

3.71

%

3.97

4.50

  • Purchased $141.0 million of seasoned, performing one-to-four-family residential real estate loans from another financial institution in September 2012 in an effort to further deploy our substantial on-balance sheet liquidity into higher earning alternatives. These loans are expected to immediately contribute to core earnings performance in the fourth quarter of 2012.

  • Maintained First Bank's regulatory capital ratios at "well capitalized" levels, reflecting continued and consistent improvement in each of the regulatory capital ratios, including an increase in First Bank's Total Capital Ratio to 16.40% at September 30, 2012, from 16.20% at June 30, 2012 and 14.98% at December 31, 2011. Regulatory capital ratios for First Bank and First Banks, Inc. are summarized in the following table:

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

2012

2012

2011

First Bank:

Total Capital Ratio

16.40

%

16.20

%

14.65

%

Tier 1 Ratio

15.13

14.92

13.37

Leverage Ratio

8.96

8.71

8.22

First Banks, Inc.:

Total Capital Ratio

2.57

2.33

3.07

Tier 1 Ratio

1.29

1.16

1.54

Leverage Ratio

0.76

0.68

0.94

Net Interest Income:

Net interest income was $43.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, in comparison to $43.6 million for the second quarter of 2012 and $45.7 million for the third quarter of 2011.

The net interest margin was 2.79% for the third quarter of 2012, in comparison to 2.84% for the second quarter of 2012 and 2.82% for the third quarter of 2011. The net interest margin continues to be negatively impacted by the change in the mix of our interest-earning assets, which have shifted from loans to cash and cash equivalents and investment securities, and a decrease in the average yield on loans and investment securities due to the historically low interest rate environment, partially offset by a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing deposits resulting from the continued change in the mix of our deposits from time deposits and money market deposits to demand and savings deposits and the continued re-pricing of money market relationships and certificates of deposit to current market interest rates upon maturity. Yields on interest-earning assets and costs of interest-bearing liabilities are summarized in the following table:

Three Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

2012

2012

2011

Average yield on loans

4.62

%

4.75

%

4.72

%

Average yield on investment securities

2.10

2.15

2.29

Average yield on interest-earning assets

3.28

3.35

3.49

Average cost of interest-bearing deposits

0.34

0.39

0.61

Average cost of interest-bearing liabilities

0.63

0.66

0.82

Provision for Loan Losses:

The provision for loan losses was zero for the third quarter of 2012, in comparison to $19.0 million for the third quarter of 2011. The decrease in the provision for loan losses for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to the third quarter of 2011, was primarily attributable to the decrease in nonaccrual and potential problem loans, in addition to lower net charge-offs, which were $6.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, $10.1 million for the second quarter of 2012 and $22.5 million for the third quarter of 2011.

Nonaccrual loans decreased $18.8 million during the third quarter of 2012 to $131.6 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $150.4 million at June 30, 2012, $220.3 million at December 31, 2011 and $270.5 million at September 30, 2011, representing a 51.3% decrease in nonaccrual loans year-over-year.

Noninterest Income:

Noninterest income was $16.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, in comparison to $16.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 and $17.1 million for the third quarter of 2011.

The gain on sale of loans was $4.3 million, $3.6 million and $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011, respectively, primarily reflecting an increase in loan origination volume in our mortgage division during 2012. We originated residential mortgage loans for sale totaling $134.3 million, $106.1 million and $72.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011, respectively.

The gain on sale of investment securities was $789,000 and $4.2 million for the third quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively, primarily reflecting the sale of certain investment securities to fund the one-to-four-family residential real estate loan purchase in September 2012 and the continued repositioning of a portion of the investment portfolio into higher-yielding assets.

Net losses associated with changes in the fair value of mortgage and SBA servicing rights were $2.4 million, $2.0 million and $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011, respectively, reflecting changes in mortgage interest rates and the related changes in estimated prepayment speeds during these time periods, as well as changes in cash flow assumptions underlying SBA loans serviced for others.

Noninterest Expense:

Noninterest expense was $51.2 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $52.4 million for the second quarter of 2012 and $58.1 million for the third quarter of 2011. The decrease in noninterest expense as compared to the third quarter of 2011 is primarily reflective of a lower level of expenses related to nonperforming assets and potential problem loans and the implementation of certain measures intended to improve efficiency in conjunction with the restructuring of the Company to a smaller footprint.

Write-downs and expenses on other real estate properties and repossessed assets were $2.9 million, $4.7 million and $2.6 million for the third quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2011, respectively. We continue to experience write-downs on certain other real estate properties primarily resulting from a decline in fair value upon periodic re-appraising of the properties.

Expenses related to corporate restructuring were $3.5 million during the third quarter of 2011, consisting primarily of facility write-downs as a result of space consolidation initiatives of $2.3 million.

Provision for Income Taxes:

The Company recorded a benefit for income taxes of $138,000 for the third quarter of 2012 compared to a provision for income taxes of $121,000 for the second quarter of 2012 and a benefit for income taxes of $11.6 million for the third quarter of 2011. The Company presently maintains a full valuation allowance against its net deferred tax assets. The benefit for income taxes of $11.6 million for the third quarter of 2011 was attributable to an intra-period tax allocation between other comprehensive income and loss from continuing operations and was primarily driven by market appreciation in the Company's investment securities portfolio.

Investment Securities:

Investment securities were $2.76 billion at September 30, 2012 compared to $2.84 billion at June 30, 2012, $2.47 billion at December 31, 2011 and $2.41 billion at September 30, 2011. The decrease in investment securities of $77.3 million during the third quarter of 2012 primarily reflects the sale of certain investment securities to fund the purchase of $141.0 million of one-to-four-family residential real estate loans.

Loans:

Loans, net of deferred loan fees, were $3.08 billion at September 30, 2012 compared to $3.03 billion at June 30, 2012, $3.28 billion at December 31, 2011 and $3.50 billion at September 30, 2011. The increase in loans of $49.0 million during the third quarter of 2012 reflects the purchase of $141.0 million of seasoned, performing one-to-four-family residential real estate loans in September 2012, partially offset by loan runoff, primarily in nonperforming, potential problem and other loans. The majority of the runoff loans had been identified by the Company as "exit" credits due to the risk profile of the underlying borrower. The Company is continuing to focus on loan growth initiatives to offset the impact of the decrease in nonaccrual, potential problem and other loan relationships in future periods.

The Company's loan-to-deposit ratio was 54.44% at September 30, 2012, as compared to 52.90% at June 30, 2012, 56.65% at December 31, 2011 and 58.93% at September 30, 2011.

Deposits:

Deposits were $5.66 billion at September 30, 2012, in comparison to $5.73 billion at June 30, 2012, $5.80 billion at December 31, 2011 and $5.94 billion at September 30, 2011. The decrease in deposits of $72.5 million during the third quarter of 2012 is reflective of the Company's efforts to exit certain certificate of deposit and money market relationships and reduce deposit costs. Certificates of deposit and money market and savings deposits declined $57.2 million and $25.5 million, respectively, and demand deposits increased $10.2 million, during the third quarter of 2012.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(dollars expressed in thousands, except per share data)

(UNAUDITED)

SELECTED OPERATING DATA

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2012

2012

2011

2012

2011

Interest income

$

50,536

51,608

56,701

154,485

178,762

Interest expense

7,536

8,001

10,969

24,106

37,427

Net interest income

43,000

43,607

45,732

130,379

141,335

Provision for loan losses

19,000

2,000

52,000

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

43,000

43,607

26,732

128,379

89,335

Noninterest income

16,800

16,036

17,082

50,055

47,296

Noninterest expense

51,249

52,399

58,137

155,706

174,889

Income (loss) before (benefit) provision for income taxes

8,551

7,244

(14,323

)

22,728

(38,258

)

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(138

)

121

(11,581

)

78

(11,457

)

Net income (loss)

8,689

7,123

(2,742

)

22,650

(26,801

)

Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary

216

(385

)

(668

)

(229

)

(1,530

)

Net income (loss) attributable to First Banks, Inc.

$

8,473

7,508

(2,074

)

22,879

(25,271

)

Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$

119.48

81.78

(315.01

)

259.89

(1,741.42

)

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

September 30,

December 31,

September 30,

2012

2011

2011

Total assets

$

6,513,127

6,608,913

6,783,965

Cash and cash equivalents

291,022

474,158

498,630

Investment securities

2,764,283

2,470,704

2,413,460

Loans, net of deferred loan fees

3,080,431

3,284,279

3,502,791

Allowance for loan losses

114,202

137,710

157,724

Goodwill and other intangible assets

125,967

125,967

126,727

Deposits

5,658,302

5,797,704

5,943,813

Other borrowings

28,558

51,182

53,112

Subordinated debentures

354,114

354,057

354,038

Stockholders' equity

299,035

263,671

295,032

Nonperforming assets

241,948

350,147

401,834

SELECTED FINANCIAL RATIOS

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2012

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net interest margin

2.79

%

2.84

%

2.82

%

2.83

%

2.85

%

Yield on loans

4.62

4.75

4.72

4.72

4.86

Cost of interest-bearing deposits

0.34

0.39

0.61