New York Community Bancorp, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter 2012 Diluted Non-GAAP Cash EPS of $0.30(1)and Diluted GAAP EPS of $0.28
Board of Directors Declares 36th Consecutive Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.25 per Share
4Q 2012 Highlights
Strong Earnings, Solid Returns:
The Company generated 2012 GAAP earnings of $501.1 million, including $122.8 million in 4Q 2012.
The Company's 4Q 2012 earnings provided a 1.24% return on average tangible assets and a 16.61% return on average tangible stockholders' equity. (2)
Strong Net Interest Income and Margin:
Net interest income rose $5.1 million linked-quarter, to $290.0 million, while the margin declined two basis points, to 3.15%, in 4Q 2012.
Mortgage Banking Income:
Mortgage banking income more than doubled from the level recorded in 2011, to $178.6 million in the twelve months ended 12/31/2012. In the fourth quarter of 2012, mortgage banking income totaled $32.6 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 31.9%.
Solid Asset Quality:
Net charge-offs declined $19.0 million year-over-year and $5.8 million linked-quarter, to $3.1 million, representing 0.01% of average loans in 4Q 2012.
Non-performing non-covered assets declined $119.8 million, or 29.2%, year-over-year, to $290.6 million, representing 0.66% of total assets at 12/31/2012.
Record Loan Production:
Loans originated for investment rose 20.0% year-over-year, to a near-record $2.8 billion, in 4Q 2012.
Loans originated for sale totaled $3.0 billion in the fourth quarter, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 8.4%.
Strategic Repositioning of Borrowed Funds:
Since late December, the Company has repositioned $6.0 billion of borrowed funds, resulting in a 117-basis point decline in their weighted average cost. In connection with the repositioning, the weighted average call date was extended by approximately four years.
Consistent Capital Strength:
Excluding accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax ("AOCL"), tangible stockholders' equity represented 7.79% of tangible assets. (2)
WESTBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYS: NYCB) (the "Company") today reported GAAP earnings of $122.8 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2012, and $501.1 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended at that date.
The Company also reported cash earnings of $133.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share for the current fourth quarter, and $542.0 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012.
Please Note: Footnotes are located on the last page of text. As further discussed in the footnotes, "cash earnings," "tangible assets," "average tangible assets," "tangible stockholders' equity," "average tangible stockholders' equity," and the related measures are all non-GAAP financial measures.
The Company's fourth quarter cash earnings added $10.2 million, or 8.3%, more to tangible stockholders' equity than its fourth quarter GAAP earnings; its twelve-month cash earnings added $40.9 million, or 8.2%, more to tangible stockholders' equity than its twelve-month GAAP earnings alone. (1)(2)
Commenting on the Company's 2012 results, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph R. Ficalora stated, "Our 2012 performance underscored the merits of complementing our traditional multi-family lending in New York City with the nationwide origination of one-to-four family loans for sale. The diversification of our revenue stream enabled us to generate even stronger earnings in 2012 than we did in 2011, despite the significant degree of margin pressure imposed by the low level of market interest rates. In 2012, our earnings rose to $501.1 million, generating a 1.28% return on average tangible assets and a 16.80% return on average tangible stockholders' equity.(2)
"In the fourth quarter of 2012, our earnings rose year-over-year to $122.8 million and once again provided above-industry average returns. While net interest income declined year-over-year, together with our margin, the declines were significantly limited by a record level of prepayment penalty income--$39.3 million--and largely offset by a year-over-year rise in income produced by our mortgage banking activities. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, prepayment penalty income rose 39.0% to a record $120.4 million and mortgage banking income more than doubled during the same time.
"Another 2012 highlight was the volume of loan production. In the fourth quarter of 2012, originations of held-for-investment loans reached a near-record $2.8 billion, boosting the full year's production to $9.0 billion. In addition, the volume of loans originated for sale was $3.0 billion in the quarter, bringing the full-year volume to $10.9 billion.
"Notwithstanding the prepayment of our largest loan relationship in November, as we'd expected, our portfolio of multi-family loans grew $1.2 billion, or 6.7%, to $18.6 billion and total held-for-investment loans rose $1.8 billion, or 6.9%, to $27.3 billion, at December 31st.
"The growth of our loan portfolio was fueled, in part, by an increase in deposits--the result of our assumption of funds from another institution toward the end of the second quarter, as well as a meaningful level of organic deposit growth. At the end of the year, deposits totaled $24.9 billion, including core deposits of $15.8 billion.
"While growing our loan portfolio is an important objective, even more so is maintaining a high level of asset quality. At the end of the year, the balance of non-performing non-covered assets was 29.2% lower than the year-earlier balance, and represented 0.66% of total assets, an improvement from 0.98%. Furthermore, net charge-offs represented a mere 0.01% of average loans in the current fourth quarter, and improved from 0.35% to 0.13% for the full year. These measures are a tribute to both our conservative underwriting standards and to the unique features of our lending niche.
"Also worthy of mention are the actions we have been taking since the latter part of December to reduce our wholesale funding costs in an extremely low rate environment. To date, we've repositioned borrowed funds of $6.0 billion, and have extended the weighted average maturity and call date on those funds by approximately four years. The result was a 117-basis point decline in the weighted average cost of the funds we repositioned, which will be reflected in our first quarter 2013 results and beyond."
Board of Directors Declares $0.25 per Share Dividend Payable on February 22, 2013
"Yet another achievement in 2012 was the maintenance of our strong capital position, which has been critical to our ability to engage in strategies that enhance the value of our investors' shares. Reflecting the strength of our earnings and capital, the Board of Directors last night declared--for the 36th consecutive quarter--a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable on February 22nd to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 11, 2013," Mr. Ficalora said.
Balance Sheet Summary
Total assets rose $2.1 billion, or 5.0%, year-over-year, to $44.1 billion at December 31, 2012. The year-end balance was consistent with the balance at September 30, 2012.
Notwithstanding the prepayment of a $545.5 million loan relationship in the current fourth quarter, total loans, net, rose $1.4 billion, or 4.7%, year-over-year and $339.0 million linked-quarter, to $31.6 billion, representing 71.5% of total assets at December 31, 2012.
Loans Held for Sale: The average balance of loans held for sale was $1.1 billion in the current fourth quarter, comparable to the average balances in the year-earlier and trailing three months. While home owners were encouraged to refinance or purchase new homes by the historically low level of mortgage interest rates and the Fed's third round of quantitative easing, production levels dropped off somewhat in the last month of 2012. The decline was partly attributable to the seasonality of one-to-four family lending and to the increase in mortgage interest rates.
Covered Loans: The balance of covered loans (i.e., loans acquired in the Company's FDIC-assisted transactions) declined $469.0 million year-over-year and $116.6 million linked-quarter, to $3.3 billion at December 31, 2012.
Loans Held for Investment: Loans held for investment rose $1.8 billion, or 6.9%, year-over-year and $461.6 million linked-quarter, to $27.3 billion at December 31, 2012. In the three months ended at that date, originations of loans held for investment rose to a near-record $2.8 billion, bringing the full-year volume to $9.0 billion. Multi-family and commercial real estate ("CRE") loans accounted for $1.8 billion and $664.2 million, respectively, of the current fourth quarter's production and for $5.8 billion and $2.4 billion, respectively, of the full-year amount. The volume of multi-family and CRE loans produced in the current fourth quarter was largely attributable to an increase in property transactions, as property owners anticipated changes to the U.S. tax code being made.
The following table provides additional information about the Company's multi-family and CRE loan portfolios:
(dollars in thousands)
Multi-Family Loan Portfolio:
Percent of held-for-investment loans
Average loan size
Expected weighted average life
Commercial Real Estate Loan Portfolio:
Percent of held-for-investment loans
Average loan size
Expected weighted average life
At December 31, 2012, acquisition, development, and construction ("ADC") loans represented $397.3 million, or 1.5%, of total loans held for investment, while other loans represented $641.6 million, or 2.4%. Included in the latter amount were commercial and industrial ("C&I") loans of $591.7 million, representing 92.2% of other loans.
The current loan pipeline is approximately $4.0 billion, with loans held for investment and loans held for sale each accounting for $2.0 billion of that amount.
The following discussion pertains only to the Company's portfolio of non-covered loans held for investment and non-covered other real estate owned ("OREO").
The Company's asset quality reflected significant year-over-year improvement as non-performing non-covered assets fell $119.8 million, or 29.2%, to $290.6 million, representing 0.66% of total assets at December 31, 2012. The following table provides a summary of the Company's non-performing non-covered assets at that date and the prior year-end:
(dollars in thousands)
Non-Performing Non-Covered Assets:
Non-accrual non-covered mortgage loans:
Commercial real estate
Acquisition, development, and construction
Total non-accrual non-covered mortgage loans
Other non-accrual non-covered loans
Total non-performing non-covered loans
Other real estate owned
Total non-performing non-covered assets
The balance of loans 30 to 89 days past due declined $84.1 million year-over-year and $21.3 million linked-quarter, to $27.6 million at December 31, 2012. As a result, total delinquencies fell $203.8 million, or 39.0%, year-over-year to $318.2 million; on a linked-quarter basis, the decrease was $21.2 million, or 6.2%.
In addition, net charge-offs declined $59.3 million, or 58.9%, from the level recorded in 2011, to $41.3 million in 2012. Net charge-offs thus represented 0.13% of average loans in the current twelve-month period, an improvement from 0.35% in the year-earlier twelve months. Included in the 2012 amount were fourth quarter net charge-offs of $3.1 million, representing 0.01% of average loans.
The following table presents the Company's asset quality measures at or for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:
Non-performing non-covered loans to total loans
Non-performing non-covered assets to total assets
Net charge-offs during the period to average loans during the period
Allowance for losses on non-covered loans to non-performing non-covered loans
Allowance for losses on non-covered loans to total non-covered loans
Securities rose $373.0 million year-over-year and declined $230.7 million linked-quarter, to $4.9 billion at December 31, 2012. The latter balance was equivalent to 11.1% of total assets, as compared to 10.8% at December 31, 2011 and 11.7% at September 30, 2012. Government-sponsored enterprise ("GSE") securities represented 91.3% of total securities at the end of December, comparable to the percentages at the earlier dates.
Deposits rose $2.6 billion, or 11.4%, year-over-year and $256.3 million linked-quarter to $24.9 billion at December 31, 2012. The year-over-year increase reflects the assumption of deposits from Aurora Bank FSB toward the end of the second quarter, as well as organic retail deposit growth over the course of the year. Certificates of deposit ("CDs") represented $9.1 billion, or 36.7%, of the current year-end total, while core deposits (i.e., NOW and money market accounts, savings accounts, and non-interest-bearing deposits) represented the remaining $15.8 billion, or 63.3%.
Wholesale borrowings totaled $13.1 billion at December 31, 2012, reflecting a year-over-year reduction of $371.2 million and a linked-quarter reduction of $102.0 million. The December 31, 2012 balance represented 29.6% of total assets, as compared to 32.0% and 29.9%, respectively, at the earlier dates. In addition, the Company has repositioned $6.0 billion of borrowed funds since late December, resulting in a 117-basis point reduction in their weighted average cost, and the extension of their weighted average maturity and call date by approximately four years.
Stockholders' equity rose $90.6 million year-over-year and $13.8 million linked-quarter, to $5.7 billion at December 31, 2012. At the same date, tangible stockholders' equity totaled $3.2 billion, reflecting a year-over-year increase of $110.2 million and a linked-quarter increase of $18.5 million. The year-over-year and linked-quarter increases were attributable to the strength of the Company's earnings in the twelve and three months ended December 31, 2012. (2)
In addition, the regulatory capital ratios for both New York Community Bank and New York Commercial Bank continued to exceed the minimum regulatory requirements for "well capitalized" classification at December 31, 2012, as indicated in the table on the last page of this release.
Earnings Summary for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012
Net Interest Income
In the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded net interest income of $290.0 million, reflecting a $10.3 million, or 3.4%, reduction from the year-earlier level and a $5.1 million, or 1.8%, increase from the trailing-quarter amount. In addition, the Company's net interest margin fell 30 basis points year-over-year, and two basis points linked-quarter, to 3.15% in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The following factors contributed to the changes in net interest income and margin:
In 2012, the ten-year Constant Maturity Treasury rate averaged 1.71%, 34 basis points lower than the average in the prior year. The result was an increase in refinancing activity and property transactions, particularly in the Company's multi-family lending niche. Although prepayment penalty income rose dramatically as refinancing activity increased, the loan portfolio was replenished with loans that featured lower yields. The average yield on loans and interest-earning assets declined to 5.08% and 4.84%, respectively, in the current fourth quarter, notwithstanding the contribution of prepayment penalties.
Prepayment penalty income contributed $39.3 million to the interest income on loans in the current fourth quarter, up $10.4 million and $7.8 million, respectively, from the year-earlier and trailing-quarter amounts.
In addition, prepayment penalty income contributed 43 basis points to the Company's net interest margin in the current fourth quarter, as compared to 33 and 35 basis points, respectively, in the earlier periods.
The year-over-year declines in the Company's net interest income and margin were also tempered by a $2.0 billion increase in average interest-earning assets to $36.9 billion, including a $1.5 billion increase in average loans to $31.3 billion and a $486.5 million increase in average securities to $5.6 billion. On a linked-quarter basis, the average balance of interest-earning assets rose $835.2 million, reflecting a $411.4 million increase in the average loan balance and a $423.8 million increase in the average balance of securities.
The year-over-year declines in net interest income and margin were also tempered by a 15-basis point reduction in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities to 1.81%, even as the average balance rose by $1.2 billion to $34.5 billion. On a linked-quarter basis the average cost of funds rose one basis point while the average balance modestly declined.
Provisions for Loan Losses
The provision for losses on non-covered loans was $5.0 million in the current fourth quarter, reflecting a year-over-year reduction of $15.0 million and a linked-quarter reduction of $5.0 million.
In addition, the Company recovered $3.3 million from the allowance for losses on covered loans in the current fourth quarter, reflecting an increase in expected cash flows on certain pools of acquired loans. Because the covered loan portfolio is covered by FDIC loss sharing agreements, the recovery in the fourth quarter of 2012 was partially offset by FDIC indemnification expense of $2.6 million, recorded in non-interest income. In contrast, the Company recorded a $12.7 million provision for losses on covered loans in the year-earlier quarter, which was partially offset by FDIC indemnification income of $10.0 million. Similarly, the provision for losses on covered loans was $2.8 million in the trailing quarter, and was partially offset by FDIC indemnification income of $2.3 million.
Non-interest income totaled $55.5 million in the current fourth quarter, reflecting a year-over-year decrease of $4.3 million and a linked-quarter decrease of $26.2 million. The year-over-year decline was largely due to the FDIC indemnification expense recorded in the current fourth quarter. The linked-quarter decline was largely due to a drop in mortgage banking income as a rise in mortgage interest rates toward the end of the fourth quarter combined with the seasonality of such lending to reduce the volume of loans produced. Additional details about the Company's fourth quarter 2012 non-interest income follow:
Mortgage banking income, which consists of income from originations and servicing income, accounted for $32.6 million of non-interest income in the current fourth quarter, reflecting a $7.9 million, or 31.9%, increase from the year-earlier level and a $20.0 million, or 38.0%, decrease from the trailing-quarter amount. Income from originations totaled $33.7 million in the current fourth quarter, far exceeding the impact of a $1.1 million servicing loss (net of hedges). In the year-earlier quarter, origination income totaled $24.2 million and servicing income amounted to $515,000. In contrast, origination income totaled $66.5 million in the trailing quarter, exceeding the impact of a $13.9 million servicing loss.
Fee income, income from bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI"), and other income together totaled $27.2 million in the current fourth quarter, reflecting a year-over-year increase of $3.3 million and a linked-quarter increase of $877,000. The increases stemmed from all three sources which, together with mortgage banking income, constitute the Company's recurring sources of non-interest income.
Including mortgage banking income, non-interest income from recurring sources totaled $59.8 million in the current fourth quarter, up $11.2 million from the year-earlier level and down $19.1 million from the trailing-quarter amount.
Non-interest expense rose $8.2 million year-over-year and $1.2 million linked-quarter, to $154.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating expenses accounted for $149.8 million of the current fourth quarter total, up $8.9 million and $1.4 million, respectively, from the earlier amounts.
The increases were attributable to the following factors:
Compensation and benefits expense rose $4.1 million year-over-year and $834,000 linked-quarter, to $75.3 million, largely reflecting normal salary increases and the granting of incentive stock awards.
Occupancy and equipment expense rose $1.2 million year-over-year and fell modestly linked-quarter to $22.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
General and administrative ("G&A") expense totaled $51.9 million in the current fourth quarter, up $3.6 million from the year-earlier level and $847,000 from the trailing-quarter amount. In addition to a rise in variable mortgage banking expenses, the respective increases reflect the costs of managing and disposing of foreclosed properties.
About New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
With assets of $44.1 billion at December 31, 2012, New York Community Bancorp, Inc. is currently the 20th largest bank holding company in the nation and a leading producer of multi-family mortgage loans in New York City, with an emphasis on apartment buildings that feature below-market rents. The Company has two bank subsidiaries: New York Community Bank, a thrift with 240 branches serving customers throughout Metro New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, and Arizona; and New York Commercial Bank, with 34 branches serving customers in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester County in New York.
Reflecting its growth through a series of acquisitions, the Community Bank operates through seven local divisions, each with a history of service and strength: Queens County Savings Bank in Queens; Roslyn Savings Bank on Long Island; Richmond County Savings Bank on Staten Island; Roosevelt Savings Bank in Brooklyn; Garden State Community Bank in New Jersey; Ohio Savings Bank in Ohio; and AmTrust Bank in Florida and Arizona. Similarly, the Commercial Bank operates 17 of its branches under the divisional name Atlantic Bank. Additional information about the Company and its bank subsidiaries is available at www.myNYCB.com and www.NewYorkCommercialBank.com.
Post-Earnings Release Conference Call
As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its fourth quarter 2012 performance and strategies. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (800) 862-9098 (for domestic calls) or (785) 424-1051 (for international calls) and providing the following access code: 4Q12NYCB. A replay will be available approximately two hours following completion of the call through midnight on February 3rd, and may be accessed by calling (800) 688-9459 (domestic) or (402) 220-1373 (international) and providing the same access code. The conference call also will be webcast at ir.myNYCB.com, and archived through 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2013.
This earnings release and the associated conference call may include forward-looking statements by the Company and our authorized officers pertaining to such matters as our goals, intentions, and expectations regarding revenues, earnings, loan production, asset quality, and acquisitions, among other matters; our estimates of future costs and benefits of the actions we may take; our assessments of probable losses on loans; our assessments of interest rate and other market risks; and our ability to achieve our financial and other strategic goals.
Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "outlook," "estimate," "forecast," "project," and other similar words and expressions, and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, which change over time. Additionally, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made; the Company does not assume any duty, and does not undertake, to update our forward-looking statements. Furthermore, because forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions and uncertainties, actual results or future events could differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in our statements, and our future performance could differ materially from our historical results.
Our forward-looking statements are subject to the following principal risks and uncertainties: general economic conditions and trends, either nationally or locally; conditions in the securities markets; changes in interest rates; changes in deposit flows, and in the demand for deposit, loan, and investment products and other financial services; changes in real estate values; changes in the quality or composition of our loan or investment portfolios; changes in competitive pressures among financial institutions or from non-financial institutions; our ability to retain key members of management; our ability to successfully integrate any assets, liabilities, customers, systems, and management personnel we may acquire into our operations, and our ability to realize related revenue synergies and cost savings within expected time frames; changes in legislation, regulations, and policies; and a variety of other matters which, by their nature, are subject to significant uncertainties and/or are beyond our control.
Greater detail regarding some of these factors is provided in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our Forms 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2012, including in the Risk Factors section of those and other SEC reports. Our forward-looking statements may also be subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those we may discuss elsewhere in our news releases, our conference calls, during our investor presentations, or in our SEC filings, which are accessible on our web site and at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov.
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Footnotes to the Text
Cash earnings and the related profitability measures are non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the reconciliations of our GAAP earnings and cash earnings on page 10 of this release.
Tangible assets and tangible stockholders' equity are non-GAAP capital measures. Please see the reconciliations of our GAAP and non-GAAP capital measures on page 11 of this release.
NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION
(in thousands, except share data)
Cash and cash equivalents
Loans held for sale
Non-covered mortgage loans held for investment:
Commercial real estate
Acquisition, development, and construction
Total non-covered mortgage loans held for investment
Non-covered other loans held for investment
Total non-covered loans held for investment
Less: Allowance for losses on non-covered loans
Non-covered loans held for investment, net
Less: Allowance for losses on covered loans
Covered loans, net
Total loans, net
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost
Premises and equipment, net
FDIC loss share receivable
Core deposit intangibles, net
Other assets (includes $45,115 and $71,400, respectively, of other real estate owned covered by loss sharing agreements)
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
NOW and money market accounts
Certificates of deposit