American Savings Bank Reports Third Quarter 2014 Earnings

Net Income of $13.3 Million

Bank Continues to Deliver Solid Results

Company Release - 10/30/2014 5:15 PM ET

HONOLULU, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) (NYSE - HE), today reported net income for the third quarter of 2014 of $13.3 million, compared to $11.7 million in the second (or linked) quarter of 2014 and $15.3 million in the third quarter of 2013.   

"American's solid results reflect the work of our teammates across the bank to meet the needs of our customers and deliver profitable growth.  Our loans to customers grew at an annualized rate of 5.9%, credit quality remained strong, and we controlled expenses.  These efforts and the steady local economy helped us offset the continued headwind of the low interest rate environment," said Rich Wacker, president and chief executive officer of American.

Third quarter 2014 net income was $1.6 million higher than the linked quarter primarily driven by higher mortgage banking and fee income of $1 million (after-tax) and higher net interest income of $1 million (after-tax).

Compared to the same quarter of 2013, net income decreased by $2.0 million primarily driven by (after-tax and rounded to the nearest million):

  • $1 million higher provision for loan losses
  • $1 million lower fee income on other financial products and mortgage banking income; and
  • $1 million net gain on the strategic sale of the credit card portfolio in the third quarter of 2013.

The decrease was partially offset by $1 million (after-tax) of higher net interest income in the third quarter of 2014.

Net interest income (pretax) was $45.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, higher than the $44.1 million in the linked quarter and $43.9 million in the third quarter of 2013 primarily due to higher loan balances and the recognition of interest associated with the payoff of a non-performing commercial loan.    Net interest margin was 3.62% compared to 3.55% in the linked quarter and 3.73% in the third quarter of 2013.  The 0.07% point improvement in net interest margin compared to the linked quarter is primarily attributable to the interest recovery on the nonperforming loan and improvement in portfolio mix. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, the net interest margin decline was primarily attributable to lower yields on interest earning assets as the loan portfolio continued to re-price down in the low interest rate environment.   

Provision for loan losses (pretax) was $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $1.0 million in the linked quarter and $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2013.  Compared to the linked quarter, provision expense was $0.5 million higher, primarily attributable to a net increase in classified loans largely driven by two commercial borrowing relationships.  In the third quarter of 2013, provision expense was unusually low due to the release of reserves related to the payoff of a specific commercial loan and recoveries of previously charged-off loans.  The third quarter 2014 net charge-off ratio was 0.04% compared to a recovery of 0.04% in the linked quarter and nil in the prior year quarter.

Noninterest income (pretax) was $15.2 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $13.8 million in the linked quarter and $18.7 million in the third quarter of 2013.  Third quarter 2014 noninterest income was $1.4 million higher than the linked quarter primarily due to higher mortgage banking income and higher fee income.  Third quarter 2014 noninterest income declined by $3.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2013 primarily driven by the 2013 gain from the credit card sale, lower fee income on other financial products and lower mortgage banking income due to lower refinancing volumes.

Noninterest expense (pretax) was $39.7 million in the third quarter of 2014, slightly lower than the $39.9 million in the linked quarter and in line with $39.7 million in the third quarter of 2013. 

Total loans grew by $48 million and $185 million in the third quarter and year-to-date 2014, respectively.  Third quarter loan growth was primarily driven by increases in commercial real estate, home equity lending and residential loans.  Annualized loan growth was 5.9% year-to-date 2014.

Total deposits were $4.5 billion at September 30, 2014, an increase of $9 million and $161 million in the third quarter and year-to-date 2014, respectively.  Third quarter deposit growth was primarily driven by the increase in low-cost core deposits.  Annualized deposit growth was 4.9% year-to-date 2014.  Average cost of funds remained low at 0.23% for the third quarter of 2014, one basis point higher than the linked quarter and the prior year quarter.

As a result of the net income impacts detailed above, American's third quarter 2014 return on average equity was 9.9%, compared to 8.8% in the linked quarter and 12.1% in the third quarter of last year.  Return on average assets was 0.98% for the third quarter of 2014, compared to 0.87% in the linked quarter and 1.20% in the same quarter last year. 

American's year-to-date return on average equity was 9.9%, compared to 12.0% for the same period in the prior year.  Year-to-date return on average assets was 0.98% compared to 1.19% for the same period in the prior year. 

American's continued solid results enabled it to pay dividends of $8.75 million to HEI in the quarter while maintaining healthy capital levels – a leverage ratio of 9.1% and total risk-based capital ratio of 12.6% at September 30, 2014.

Note:  Amounts indicated as "after-tax" in this earnings release are based upon adjusting items for the composite statutory tax rate of 40% for the bank.  

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2014 EPS GUIDANCE
Concurrent with American's regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its third quarter 2014 financial results today. Please note that these reported results relate only to American and are not necessarily indicative of HEI's consolidated financial results for the third quarter of 2014.

HEI plans to announce its third quarter 2014 consolidated financial results on Thursday, November 6, 2014 and will conduct a webcast and conference call to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American's earnings, and 2014 EPS guidance on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Hawaii time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time).  Interested parties may listen to the conference by calling (800) 299-9086 and entering passcode:  92619059, or by accessing the webcast on HEI's website at under the heading "Investor Relations."  HEI and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) intend to continue to use HEI's website, www.hei.com, as a means of disclosing additional information.  Such disclosures will be included on HEI's website in the Investor Relations section.  Accordingly, investors should routinely monitor such portions of HEI's website, in addition to following HEI's, Hawaiian Electric's and American's press releases, HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI's public conference calls and webcasts.  The information on HEI's website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings unless, and except to the extent, specifically incorporated by reference.  Investors may also wish to refer to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii (PUC) website at dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms in order to review documents filed with and issued by the PUC.  No information on the PUC website is incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings.

An online replay of the webcast will be available at the same website beginning about two hours after the event.  Audio replays of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through November 20, 2014, by dialing (888) 286-8010, passcode: 41279979.

HEI supplies power to approximately 450,000 customers or 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited and provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American, one of Hawaii's largest financial institutions.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release may contain "forward-looking statements," which include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and usually include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "predicts," "estimates" or similar expressions.  In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance, ongoing business strategies or prospects or possible future actions are also forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and the accuracy of assumptions concerning HEI and its subsidiaries, the performance of the industries in which they do business and economic and market factors, among other things.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.

Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, HEI's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 and HEI's future periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made.  Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA
(Unaudited)



Three months ended


Nine months ended September30

(in thousands)


September 30,
2014


June 30, 2014


September 30,
2013


2014



2013


Interest and dividend income
















Interest and fees on loans


$

45,532



$

43,851



$

43,337



$

133,065



$

129,564


Interest and dividends on investment and mortgage-related securities


2,773



2,950



3,025



8,758



9,723


Total interest and dividend income


48,305



46,801



46,362



141,823



139,287


Interest expense
















Interest on deposit liabilities


1,312



1,237



1,262



3,774



3,870


Interest on other borrowings


1,438



1,420



1,206



4,263



3,548


Total interest expense


2,750



2,657



2,468



8,037



7,418


Net interest income


45,555



44,144



43,894



133,786



131,869


Provision for loan losses


1,550



1,021



54



3,566



953


Net interest income after provision for loan losses


44,005



43,123



43,840



130,220



130,916


Noninterest income
















Fees from other financial services


5,642



5,217



5,728



15,987



21,367


Fee income on deposit liabilities


5,109



4,645



4,819



14,175



13,566


Fee income on other financial products


1,971



2,064



2,714



6,325



6,288


Mortgage banking income


875



246



1,547



1,749



6,896


Gain on sale of securities








2,847



1,226


Other income, net


1,634



1,643



3,888



4,865



7,211


Total noninterest income


15,231



13,815



18,696



45,948



56,554


Noninterest expense
















Compensation and employee benefits


19,892



19,872



20,564



60,050



60,715


Occupancy


4,517



4,489



4,208



12,959



12,550


Data processing


2,684



2,971



2,168



8,715



7,982


Services


2,580



2,855



2,424



7,708



6,855


Equipment


1,672



1,609



1,825



4,926



5,469


Office supplies, printing and postage


1,415



1,456



907



4,487



2,806


Marketing


948



1,031



692



2,690



2,054


Communication


412



448



479



1,363



1,374


Other expense


5,544



5,159



6,461



15,026



18,400


Total noninterest expense


39,664



39,890



39,728



117,924



118,205


Income before income taxes


19,572



17,048



22,808



58,244



69,265


Income taxes


6,312



5,372



7,532



18,769



23,915


Net income


$

13,260



$

11,676



$

15,276



$

39,475



$

45,350


Comprehensive income


$

11,811



$

14,434



$

14,107



$

41,808



$

36,931


OTHER BANK INFORMATION (annualized %, except as of period end)













Return on average assets


0.98



0.87



1.20



0.98



1.19


Return on average equity


9.87



8.78



12.13



9.89



11.99


Return on average tangible common equity


11.65



10.39



14.50



11.70



14.33


Net interest margin


3.62



3.55



3.73



3.60



3.77


Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans outstanding


0.04



(0.04)





0.01



0.06


As of period end
















Nonperforming assets to loans outstanding and real estate owned *


0.88



1.05



1.33








Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding


1.00



0.99



1.01








Tier-1 leverage ratio *


9.1



9.0



9.3








Total risk-based capital ratio *


12.6



12.6



12.5








Tangible common equity to total assets


8.49



8.46



8.36








Dividend paid to HEI (via ASHI) ($ in millions)


9



10



10









* Regulatory basis

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI's Annual Report on SEC Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and HEI's Quarterly Reports on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2014, June 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014 (when filed), as updated by SEC Forms 8-K. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future interim periods or the full year.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
BALANCE SHEETS DATA
(Unaudited)

 

(in thousands)


September 30, 2014


December 31, 2013

Assets













Cash and due from banks





$

98,879






$

108,998


Interest-bearing deposits





74,654






47,605


Available-for-sale investment and mortgage-related securities





531,603






529,007


Investment in stock of Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle





75,063






92,546


Loans receivable held for investment





4,335,421






4,150,229


Allowance for loan losses





(43,461)






(40,116)


Loans receivable held for investment, net





4,291,960






4,110,113


Loans held for sale, at lower of cost or fair value





2,328






5,302


Other





285,659






268,063


Goodwill





82,190






82,190


Total assets





$

5,442,336






$

5,243,824















Liabilities and shareholder's equity













Deposit liabilities—noninterest-bearing





$

1,298,726






$

1,214,418


Deposit liabilities—interest-bearing





3,235,071






3,158,059


Other borrowings





263,204






244,514


Other





107,814






105,679


Total liabilities





4,904,815






4,722,670


Common stock





1






1


Additional paid in capital





337,862






336,053


Retained earnings





209,522






197,297


Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits













Net unrealized losses on securities


$

(1,972)






$

(3,663)





Retirement benefit plans


(7,892)



(9,864)



(8,534)



(12,197)


Total shareholder's equity





537,521






521,154


Total liabilities and shareholder's equity





$

5,442,336






$

5,243,824




















This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI's Annual Report on SEC Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and HEI's Quarterly Reports on SEC Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2014, June 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014 (when filed), as updated by SEC Forms 8-K.


Contact:

Clifford H. Chen



Manager, Investor Relations &

Telephone: (808) 543-7384


Strategic Planning

E-mail: cchen@hei.com

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