SOURCE: Doral Financial Corporation

March 09, 2011 17:31 ET

Doral Financial Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010

Reports Net Loss of $36.1 Million for the Fourth Quarter; Substantial Reduction in Non-Performing Assets; Capital Exceeds Well Capitalized Benchmarks

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - Doral Financial Corporation (NYSE: DRL) ("Doral" or the "Company"), the holding company of Doral Bank, a leading community bank based in Puerto Rico, and Doral Bank FSB, with operations in New York City and northwest Florida, reported a net loss of $36.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, and a net loss of $291.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to net losses of $21.1 million and $318.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

"During the year, Doral took actions that improved asset quality, diversified our business and reduced interest rate risk. As a consequence of these actions, Doral is well positioned for improved earnings in 2011," said Glen Wakeman, CEO and President of Doral Financial Corporation.

Notable events that occurred during the year include:

  • Raised $171MM of new common equity: In April 2010, Doral raised $171.0 million of new capital. The capital raise enhanced Doral's capital ratios, which had, previous to the raise, already exceeded the regulatory well capitalized benchmarks.

  • Sold $559MM of low-quality assets and recognized a loss of $162MM:

    • On April 2010, Doral sold $378.0 million of non-agency collateralized mortgage obligations ("CMO") at a loss of $136.8 million. $129.7 million of the loss had previously been reflected as a reduction of common equity in other comprehensive income (loss), resulting in an incremental charge to common equity from the CMO sale of $7.1 million.

    • On July 29, 2010, the Company sold performing and non-performing residential construction loans and foreclosed residential construction properties with a book value of $114.6 million, and unpaid principal balance of approximately $138.0 million, to a third party for $102.0 million in cash and a note receivable.

    • During the fourth quarter of 2010, Doral sold for $9.3 million and assigned to a third party all of Doral's rights, title, and interest in and to its claims in the Lehman Brothers, Inc. Securities Investor Protection Corporation proceeding, including all of its rights to prosecute its claims. As a result, Doral recognized a loss of $1.5 million on the net receivable in the fourth quarter and $12.4 million for the full year.

  • Decreased Non-Performing Assets by $202MM: Non-performing assets, excluding government guaranteed FHA / VA mortgages, as of December 31, 2010 were $730.5 million, a decrease of $201.8 million when compared to December 31, 2009.

  • Diversified Operations: Expanded Mainland operations by expanding US secured lending and opening four retail branches in northwest Florida and New York.

  • Grew Core Banking Business: Average deposits increased 14.1% or $223.4 million while deposit prices fell 45 bps.

  • Expanded Community Programs: Helped tens of thousands of families during this difficult economic environment keep their homes through d hogares program, while donating 17 homes to families in need. Launched Se Trata program in alliance with Ricky Martin Foundation, which is the first massive effort in Puerto Rico to take action on human trafficking by educating more than one million people. Strengthened 10 communities in low income areas by reforesting their parks through d parques program.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2010 of $274.4 million, resulted in a diluted loss per share of $2.96, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods of $45.6 million and $351.6 million, or a diluted loss per share of $0.81 and $6.53, respectively.

  • Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $160.6 million, compared to $167.6 million and $177.5 million for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods, respectively. The decrease of $7.0 million in net interest income during 2010, compared to 2009, resulted from a reduction in interest income of $56.7 million, partially offset by a reduction in interest expense of $49.7 million. The reduction in interest income resulted from (i) a reduction of $2.8 million in interest income on loans primarily related to a decrease in interest income on mortgage loans of $9.4 million driven by various factors such as the level of non-accrual loans and yield concessions on loan loss mitigation activities, a reduction of $3.3 million in interest income on construction loans resulting from the sale of a construction portfolio to a third party and run-off, a reduction of $3.1 million in interest income on consumer portfolio due primarily to charge-offs, partially offset by an increase of $13.0 million on interest income on commercial loans due to increases in the U.S. syndicated loan portfolio; (ii) a decrease of $45.8 million in interest on MBS impacted by the sale of non-agency CMOs and other MBS during the second and third quarter of 2010; and (iii) a decrease in interest on other investment securities due to a reduction in the average balance of other investment securities related to sales, calls and/or maturities. The decrease in interest expense resulted principally from (i) a reduction of $14.3 million in interest expense on deposits driven by the rollover of maturing brokered CDs at lower current market rates, as well as shifts in the composition of the Company's retail deposits; (ii) a reduction of $18.1 million in interest expense on securities sold under agreements to repurchase driven by a decrease of $248.5 million in the average balance of repurchase agreements and a general decline in interest rates; and (iii) a decrease of $15.8 million in interest on advances from FHLB resulted primarily from the decline in the average balance of FHLB of $421.7 during 2010.

  • Doral Financial's provision for loan and lease losses for the year ended December 31, 2010 amounted to $99.0 million, compared to $53.7 million and $48.9 million for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods, respectively. The higher provision for loan and lease losses in 2010 was driven by increases in the provision for residential, commercial real estate and construction and land portfolios. The $45.3 million increase in the provision for loan and lease losses during 2010 compared to 2009 was due to higher commercial real estate non-performing loans, the effect of charge-offs related to foreclosed loans, and the transfer and subsequent sale of certain construction loans to held for sale, higher loss mitigation volume and an increase in severities (in the determination of the provision) due to strategic decision to accelerate OREO dispositions.

  • Non-interest loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $14.1 million, compared to non-interest income of $87.2 million and $79.5 million for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods. The non-interest loss of $14.1 during 2010 resulted from (i) an OTTI loss of $14.0 million recognized on eight of the Company's non-agency CMOs; (ii) a net loss on investment securities of $101.5 million, net of cost to terminate related borrowings, due to the sale of approximately $2.2 billion of mortgage-backed securities at a loss of $138.0 million partially offset by other securities sold at a gain of $36.5 million; (iii) a net gain on trading activities of $25.4 million driven principally by gains on sale of securities held for trading, on the IO valuation and on the MSR economic hedge; and (iv) an increase in other income of $2.2 million due to a gain of $3.0 million on redemption of shares of VISA, Inc.

  • Non-interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $324.6 million, compared to $243.8 million and $240.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Non-interest expenses for the year ended December 31, 2010 were impacted by (i) an increase of $26.2 million in total OREO and other related expense due to the recognition of an additional provision of $17.0 million to account for the effect of management's strategic decision to reduce pricing in order to accelerate OREO sales, adjustments driven by lower values of certain of Doral's OREO properties, higher levels of repossessed units and higher expenses to maintain the properties in saleable conditions; (ii) an increase of $22.3 million in professional services expenses driven by amounts advanced to cover legal expenses of the Company's former officers, for the management of legacy portfolios and expenses associated with non-recurring transactions that occurred during 2010; (iii) an increase of $6.4 million in compensation and employee benefits mainly related to bonuses and other compensation paid to certain officers of the Company, (vi) an additional $12.3 million loss on Lehman Brothers, Inc. and a subsequent loss on the sale of the claim; and (v) other increases in occupancy and advertising expenses.

  • An income tax expense of $14.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to an income tax benefit of $21.5 million and an income tax expense of $286.0 million for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods. The recognition of an income tax expense for 2010 was related to taxes on U.S. source income and to recognize additional deferred tax assets, primarily NOLs, net of amortization of existing DTAs and a net increase in the deferred tax asset valuation allowance. The income tax benefit for 2009 was related to the effect on DTAs of certain tax agreements.

  • The Company reported other comprehensive income of $115.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to other comprehensive income of $11.7 million and other comprehensive loss of $90.1 million for the corresponding 2009 and 2008 periods. The increase in other comprehensive income for the year ended December 31, 2010 resulted principally from sale of the Company's non-agency CMOs during the second quarter of 2010, that drove the realization of a loss of approximately $129.7 million at the time of the sale.

  • Doral Financial's loan production for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $1.4 billion, compared to $1.1 billion and $1.3 billion for the comparable 2009 and 2008 periods. The increase in Doral Financial's loan production during 2010 resulted from an increase in commercial production of $286.8 million generated by the Company's U.S. based middle market syndicated lending unit which is engaged in acquiring participating interests in credit facilities in the syndicated loan market and to an increase in construction loans largely due to the issuance of a note receivable of $96.9 million related to the sale of a construction loan portfolio to a third party.

  • Total assets as of December 31, 2010 totalled to $8.6 billion compared to $10.2 billion as of December 31, 2009. The decrease in total assets was due to a reduction of $1.3 billion in the Company's investment securities portfolio that resulted from a combination of a sale of $2.3 billion of MBS, primarily CMOs, and other securities, partially offset by purchases totalling $1.6 billion, primarily of shorter duration MBS, as part of interest rate risk management strategies. There was also a decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $307.9 million used to finance the purchase of investments.

  • Non-performing loans ("NPLs") as of December 31, 2010 were $626.5 million, a decrease of $211.5 million from December 31, 2009. During the third quarter of 2010, the Company sold certain construction loans and OREO to a third party resulting in a reduction of $63.2 million in construction and land loans that were non-performing. The remainder of the decrease resulted from expanded collection activities and loss mitigation efforts across all portfolios. Non-performing assets ("NPAs") as of December 31, 2010 were $851.8 million, a decrease of $90.8 million compared to December 31, 2009. Non-performing FHA/VA guaranteed loans, which are guaranteed by an agency of the United States government and present little credit risk to Doral, were $121.3 million, an increase of $111.0 million from December 31, 2009.

CAPITAL RATIOS

Set forth below are Doral Financial Corporation, Doral Bank and Doral Bank, FSB capital ratios at December 31, 2010, based on existing Federal Reserve, FDIC and OTS guidelines.

    Banking Subsidiaries  
    Doral Financial     Doral Bank PR     Doral Bank, FSB     Well Capitalized Minimum  
Total capital ratio (total capital to risk weighted assets)   14.5 %   15.6 %   11.0 %   10.0 %
Tier 1 capital ratio (Tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets)   13.3 %   14.4 %   10.7 %   6.0 %
Leverage ratio (1)   8.6 %   8.0 %   6.5 %   5.0 %

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  1. Tier 1 capital to average assets in the case of Doral Financial and Doral Bank PR and Tier 1 Capital to adjusted total assets in the case of Doral Bank US.

As of December 31, 2010, Doral Bank PR and Doral Bank, FSB were in compliance with all the regulatory capital requirements that were applicable to them as a state non-member bank and federal savings bank, respectively.

As of December 31, 2010, both of the Company's banking subsidiaries were considered well capitalized banks for purposes of prompt corrective action regulations adopted by the FDIC pursuant to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Additional financial information, including the 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and the Investor Deck is available at www.doralfinancial.com, under SEC Filings & Documents.

INVESTOR CALL

Doral will be hosting an earnings call for interested parties at 10 a.m. EST, March 10, 2011.

Call-in information is:

United States Participant Number: (800) 230-1092
International Participant Number: (612) 288-0337
Conference Identification Number: 195370

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, Doral Financial may make forward-looking statements in other press releases, other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") or in other public or shareholder communications and its senior management may make forward-looking statements orally to analysts, investors, the media and others.

These forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business, including, but not limited to, statements with respect to the adequacy of the allowance for loan and lease losses, market risk and the impact of interest rate changes, capital markets conditions, capital adequacy and liquidity, and the effect of legal proceedings, regulatory matters and new accounting standards on the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, but instead represent Doral Financial's current expectations regarding future events. Such statements may be generally identified by the use of words or phrases such as "would be," "will allow," "intends to," "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "project," "believe," "expect," "predict," "forecast," "anticipate," "target," "goal," "may" or words of similar meaning or similar expressions.

Doral Financial cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements since they speak only as of the date made and represent Doral Financial's current expectations of future conditions or results and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligations to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of those statements.

Forward-looking statements are, by their nature, subject to risks and uncertainties. Risk factors and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which is available in the Company's website at www.doralfinancial.com.

Institutional Background

Doral Financial Corporation ("Doral," "Doral Financial" or the "Company") is a bank holding company engaged in banking (including thrift operations), mortgage banking and insurance agency activities through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Doral Bank ("Doral Bank PR"), Doral Bank, FSB, Doral Insurance Agency, Inc. ("Doral Insurance Agency"), and Doral Properties, Inc. ("Doral Properties"). Doral Bank PR operates three wholly-owned subsidiaries, Doral Mortgage, LLC ("Doral Mortgage"), Doral Money, Inc. ("Doral Money"), engaged in commercial and middle market syndicated lending primarily in the New York metropolitan area and since September 2010, in the northwest region of Florida, and CB, LLC, an entity formed to dispose of a real estate project of which Doral Bank PR took possession during 2005. Doral Money consolidates two variable interest entities created for the purpose of entering into a collateralized loan arrangement with a third party. 

Doral Financial Corporation's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DRL. Additional information about Doral Financial Corporation may be found on the Company's website at www.doralfinancial.com.

Contact Information

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