American Savings Bank Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings

1Q2019 Net Income of $20.8 Million

Return on Assets of 1.18% and Return on Equity of 13.1%

Continued Strong Profitability and Capital Position at Bank

Company Release - 4/30/2019 8:00 PM ET

HONOLULU, April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) today reported net income for the first quarter of 2019 of $20.8 million compared to $21.8 million in the fourth, or linked, quarter of 2018 and $19.0 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Key measures of profitability remained strong, with return on average equity of 13.1%, versus 14.1% in the linked quarter and 12.6% in the prior year quarter.

"In addition to continued healthy financial performance in the first quarter, our most important accomplishment so far this year is the completion of and consolidation of our team into our new ASB Campus," said Rich Wacker, president and chief executive officer.  "We are excited about all the possibilities the new campus offers us to work better together for customers and to realize operational effectiveness and cost efficiencies."

Financial Highlights

Net interest income was $63.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $63.4 million in the linked quarter and $58.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. Net interest margin was 3.99% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 3.95% in the linked quarter and 3.76% in the first quarter of 2018. Consistent improvement in net interest margin throughout 2018 and into 2019 was primarily driven by higher yields on earning assets as a result of the higher interest rate environment, combined with our continued low cost of core deposits.   

The provision for loan losses was $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $2.4 million in the linked quarter and $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. The increase in the provision over the linked quarter was primarily due to favorable credit events that reduced the provision in the fourth quarter of 2018 and additional reserves required for two loans in the commercial and commercial real estate portfolios. The higher provision over the prior year quarter was primarily due to the additional reserves for the two aforementioned loans. Nonaccrual loans as a percent of total loans receivable held for investment was 0.83% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 0.56% in the linked quarter and 0.53% in the prior year quarter, with the increase driven by the same commercial exposures impacting provision expense.  The annualized net charge-off rate was 0.39% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 0.37% in the linked quarter and 0.28% in the prior year quarter.

Noninterest income was $14.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $13.5 million in the linked quarter and $13.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.  The increase in noninterest income in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the linked quarter and first quarter of 2018 was primarily due to bank-owned life insurance proceeds received during the quarter.

Noninterest expense was $45.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $45.7 million in the linked quarter and $43.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Noninterest expense in the first quarter of 2019 included new depreciation and occupancy costs of $1.3 million related to the new campus building while still including the costs of four properties being vacated. Of the four properties, two are owned by American and have been listed for sale and lease obligations for the remaining two properties end in the second quarter of 2019. The quarter also included higher compensation and employee benefits expense of $1.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to annual merit increases and the 2018 increases to the entry-level employee wages.

Total loans were $4.9 billion at March 31, 2019, up $14.6 million or 1.2% annualized from December 31, 2018. The increase in total loans was driven mainly by increases in residential loans of $16.5 million, and increases in home equity loans of $17.4 million, partly offset by declines within the commercial and commercial real estate portfolios of $11.7 million and $4.4 million, respectively.   

Total deposits were $6.2 billion at March 31, 2019, an increase of $46.8 million or 3.04% annualized from December 31, 2018.  Low-cost core deposits increased $94 million or 7.1% annualized from December 31, 2018.  The average cost of funds was 0.31% for the first quarter of 2019, up 3 basis points from the linked quarter and up 8 basis points from the prior year quarter.

Overall, American's return on average equity was 13.1% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 14.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 12.6% in the prior year quarter. Return on average assets was 1.18% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 1.25% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 1.12% in the same quarter last year. American's solid results enabled it to pay dividends to HEI of $18 million in the first quarter of 2019 while maintaining healthy capital levels—leverage ratio of 8.7% and total capital ratio of 13.9% at March 31, 2019.

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2019 EPS GUIDANCE

Concurrent with American's regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its first quarter 2019 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 first quarter of 2019.

HEI plans to announce its first quarter 2019 consolidated financial results on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and will conduct a webcast and conference call to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American's earnings, and 2019 EPS guidance on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. Hawaii time (1:30 p.m. Eastern time). 

Interested parties within the United States may listen to the conference by calling (844) 834-0652 and international parties may listen to the conference by calling (412) 317-5198 or by accessing the webcast on HEI's website at www.hei.com under the "Investor Relations" section, sub-heading "News and Events."  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 the Investor Relations section of HEI's website at www.hei.com 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 on-line replay of the May 7, 2019 webcast will be available on HEI's website beginning about two hours after the event.  Replays of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through May 21, 2019 by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode: 10129956.

HEI supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited; provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American, one of Hawaii's largest financial institutions; and helps advance Hawaii's clean energy and sustainability goals through investments by its non-regulated subsidiary, Pacific Current, LLC.

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 "will," "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, political 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 "Cautionary Note Regarding 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, 2018 and HEI's other 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

(in thousands)

March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


March 31, 2018

Interest and dividend income






Interest and fees on loans

$

57,860



$

57,145



$

52,800


Interest and dividends on investment securities

10,628



10,632



9,202


Total interest and dividend income

68,488



67,777



62,002


Interest expense






Interest on deposit liabilities

4,252



4,115



2,957


Interest on other borrowings

528



255



496


Total interest expense

4,780



4,370



3,453


Net interest income

63,708



63,407



58,549


Provision for loan losses

6,870



2,408



3,541


Net interest income after provision for loan losses

56,838



60,999



55,008


Noninterest income






Fees from other financial services

4,562



4,996



4,654


Fee income on deposit liabilities

5,078



5,530



5,189


Fee income on other financial products

1,593



1,977



1,654


Bank-owned life insurance

2,259



390



871


Mortgage banking income

614



94



613


Other income, net

458



492



436


Total noninterest income

14,564



13,479



13,417


Noninterest expense






Compensation and employee benefits

25,512



26,340



24,440


Occupancy

4,670



4,236



4,280


Data processing

3,738



3,681



3,464


Services

2,426



2,287



3,047


Equipment

2,064



1,801



1,728


Office supplies, printing and postage

1,360



1,580



1,507


Marketing

990



844



645


FDIC insurance

626



635



713


Other expense

3,854



4,341



4,101


Total noninterest expense

45,240



45,745



43,925


Income before income taxes

26,162



28,733



24,500


Income taxes

5,323



6,966



5,540


Net income

$

20,839



$

21,767



$

18,960


Comprehensive income

$

27,091



$

35,446



$

6,885


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








Return on average assets

1.18



1.25



1.12


Return on average equity

13.09



14.08



12.58


Return on average tangible common equity

15.03



16.23



14.57


Net interest margin

3.99



3.95



3.76


Efficiency ratio

57.80



59.50



61.04


Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding

0.39



0.37



0.28


As of period end






Nonaccrual loans to loans receivable held for investment

0.83



0.56



0.53


Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding

1.12



1.08



1.14


Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.05



7.95



7.66


Tier-1 leverage ratio

8.7



8.7



8.6


Total capital ratio

13.9



13.9



14.0


Dividend paid to HEI (via ASB Hawaii, Inc.) ($ in millions)

$

18.0



$

14.0



$

10.9



This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC. 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)


March 31, 2019



December 31, 2018


Assets





Cash and due from banks


$

136,585



$

122,059


Interest-bearing deposits


31,703



4,225


Investment securities





Available-for-sale, at fair value


1,348,263



1,388,533


Held-to-maturity, at amortized cost


140,203



141,875


Stock in Federal Home Loan Bank, at cost


9,434



9,958


Loans held for investment


4,858,180



4,843,021


Allowance for loan losses


(54,297)



(52,119)


Net loans


4,803,883



4,790,902


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


8,136



1,805


Other


501,970



486,347


Goodwill


82,190



82,190


Total assets


$

7,062,367



$

7,027,894


Liabilities and shareholder's equity





Deposit liabilities–noninterest-bearing


$

1,879,244



$

1,800,727


Deposit liabilities–interest-bearing


4,326,415



4,358,125


Other borrowings


89,870



110,040


Other


122,651



124,613


Total liabilities


6,418,180



6,393,505


Commitments and contingencies





Common stock


1



1


Additional paid in capital


347,877



347,170


Retained earnings


328,125



325,286


Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax benefits





     Net unrealized losses on securities

$

(14,984)



$

(24,423)



     Retirement benefit plans

(16,832)


(31,816)


(13,645)


(38,068)


Total shareholder's equity


644,187



634,389


Total liabilities and shareholder's equity


$

7,062,367



$

7,027,894


This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC.

Contact:

Julie R. Smolinski

Telephone: (808) 543-7300


Director, Investor Relations & Strategic Planning

E-mail:  ir@hei.com







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