SOURCE: First American International Corp.

August 18, 2015 09:11 ET

First American International Corp. Announces Results for Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 18, 2015) - First American International Corp. (OTCQB: FAIT) (www.faib.com) (the "Company"), the holding company for First American International Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 of $112,000. Earnings per share available to common shareholders were $0.05 per share, both basic and diluted.

Net Income and Results of Operations

The Company today reported net income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 of $112,000, or $0.05 per share, basic and diluted, after deduction of $386,000 in Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP") preferred stock dividends and discount accretion. This compares to net income of $854,000, or $0.39 per share, basic and diluted, for the six months ended June 30, 2014, also after deduction of TARP dividends and discount accretion. The Company also reported a return on average assets of 0.04% for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to 0.31% for the same period in 2014 and a return on average equity of 0.44% for six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to 3.46% for the same period in 2014.

The lower net income is due principally to a year-over-year $1.3 million increase in non-interest expense, or 11.39%, and a $190 thousand increase in income taxes. These were partially offset by an increase of $508 thousand in non-interest income, a decrease of $157 thousand in provision for loan loss and an increase of $110 thousand in net interest income.

The $1.3 million increase in non-interest expense, as detailed below, is due principally to an increase of $657 thousand in general and administrative expenses, including a one-time charge for loans serviced for others of $230 thousand, FDIC insurance due to the inadvertent under-accrual in 2014 of $131 thousand and professional services of $110 thousand and an increase of $562 thousand in salaries and benefits expense due to additional staffing and increased health insurance costs.

Net interest margin decreased to 3.78% for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to 3.92% for the same period in 2014. However, net interest income increased $110 thousand due to an increase in average interest earning assets of $24.5 million from $520.4 million in 2014 to $544.9 million in 2015, partially offset by an increase of $6.9 million in average interest bearing liabilities from $399.4 million in 2014 to $406.3 million.

"Although the financial performance has declined year-over-year, the Company has increased its loan origination capabilities resulting in a 17% year-over-year net loan growth, which we believe will benefit shareholders and customers in the long term. We continue to invest in the Company's ability to grow deposits and control expenses. We also continue to maintain a strong capital base, which supports our ability to grow and address the challenges we face in this competitive environment," said Mark Ricca, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2015, before provision for loan losses, was $10.3 million, an increase of $110,000 or 1.08% from the prior year.

Interest income increased by $180 thousand to $12.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2015 from $12.1 million in the same period in 2014. This includes, in 2015, $208 thousand of interest from payoffs of non-performing loans and loans that were returned to accrual status, which the Company recorded as interest income. There were no such loans that affected income in 2014.

The yield earned on loans declined 48 basis points to 5.37% for the first six months of 2015 from 5.85% in 2014. The decrease was principally because of a lower interest rate environment. Residential loans outstanding increased $38.8 million for the year, with an average yield of 4.58% and commercial real estate loans increased $23.9 million, with an average yield of 4.37%.

The average cost of deposits increased 3 basis points to 0.73% for the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014. The average balance of certificates of deposit increased by $6.1 million, from $187.5 million in 2014 to $193.6 million in 2015. The average rate paid on certificates of deposit increased by 3 basis points from 1.02% in 2014 to 1.05% in 2015. The average balance of money market deposit accounts and savings accounts decreased by $133 thousand, from $141.2 million in 2014 to $141.0 million in 2015 with the average rate paid remaining the same at 0.29%.

The average volume of securities decreased from $103.8 million in 2014 to $101.2 million in 2015; with the excess cash being redeployed into loans at increased yields. In addition, the average yield on securities declined by 20 basis points due to a reduction in interest rates and the Bank investing in shorter term investments.

Overall, for the six months ended June 30, 2015, the interest rate spread of 3.54% was down 16 basis points from 3.70% for the same period in 2014; the net interest margin of 3.78% was down 14 basis points from 3.92% from 2014. The reduction in the interest rate spread and net interest margin was mostly due to the decline in the interest rate earned on loans.

The average balance of the loan portfolio of $418.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $45.6 million, or 12.3%, higher than for the same period in 2014. The average balance of the investment portfolio and interest bearing deposits decreased by $21.2 million, or 14.3%, from $147.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 to $126.7 million for the first half of 2015. This decrease in non-loan interest-earning assets was due primarily to redeploying low yielding assets to new loans.

The average balance of deposits increased by $5.9 million from $331.1 million at June 30, 2014 to $337.0 million at June 30, 2015, and were utilized to fund loan portfolio growth. Borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank increased $6.0 million to $67 million. The Bank secured the new borrowings for liquidity purposes. The remainder of the borrowings consists of five year and seven year term borrowings obtained prior to 2015 at a higher rate than deposits to help manage the Bank's interest rate risk.

Provision for Loan Losses

The Company made no provision for loan losses in the first six months of 2015 and made a provision of $157,000 in the first six months of 2014. Management believes the existing $8.3 million allowance, aggregating 1.91% of total loans, is appropriate.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income was $4.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, an increase of $508 thousand, or 14.7%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2014. The increase is mainly due to an increase of $542,000 in the gain on sale of mortgage loans of $1.2 million; an increase of $305,000 in alternative investment income, offset by a $219,000 decrease in service and transaction fees and a $120,000 decrease in gain on sale of securities. The gain on sale of mortgage loans includes a fair value upward adjustment of mortgage servicing rights of $266,000 in 2015 and compared to a reduction of $132,000 in 2014.

Non-interest Expenses
Non-interest expenses were $12.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to $11.6 million in 2014, an increase of $1.3 million, or 11.3%. The increase is mainly due to an increase in general and administrative expenses of $657,000, and an increase in salaries and benefits of $563,000.

The increase in general and administrative expenses is mainly due to a one-time charge for loans serviced for others of $230,000, an increase in FDIC insurance of $131,000 due to booking two quarter's expenses in one quarter, an increase in professional fees of $114,000, an increase of $78,000 in office supplies and printing and $57,000 in capital taxes to New York State and City. The Bank also experienced increases in a number of other expense categories due principally to accounting accrual entries. Salaries and benefits increased due to higher staffing levels, mainly in the loan department, salary increases for existing employees and rising health insurance costs.

Pre-tax Income

Pre-tax income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $1,349,000 compared to pretax income for the same period in 2014 of $1,890,000. On a quarterly basis, pretax income for the first and second quarters of 2015 was $513,000 and $836,000, respectively, compared to pretax income for the first and second quarters of 2014 of $1,102,000 and $788,000 respectively.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense of $851,000 included a one-time charge of $560,000, $369,000 after federal tax benefit, as a reserve against New York City deferred taxes. New York City passed a law in second quarter of 2015 which effectively eliminated future New York City income taxes due to the tax benefits derived from the Company's real estate loans. New York State passed a similar law last year and the Company took a charge against its New York State deferred taxes in the fourth quarter of 2014.

New York City and New York State capital taxes of approximately $150,000 annually are charged to non-interest expense. Capital taxes for New York State began in January 2015 and New York City only began in April 2015. Through June 30, 2015, $57,000 of capital taxes have been expensed.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Total assets at June 30, 2015 were $591.9 million, an increase of $36.2 million, or 6.5%, versus June 30, 2014. Total loans receivable were $436.2 million, an increase of $64.8 million compared to same period last year. The increase is due principally to a $38.7 million increase in adjustable rate 1-4 family mortgage loans and a $25.3 million increase in commercial real estate and multifamily loans. Investment securities decreased by $11.9 million while overnight investments decreased by $8.6 million. Total cash at June 30, 2015 was $28.9 million, a decrease of $9.1 million from June 30, 2014, which is principally the result of redeploying cash into higher yielding loan assets.

Fixed assets held for sale at June 30, 2015 increased to $13.1 million, compared to $0 at June 30, 2014 and Bank premises and equipment decreased during the same period by $12.3 million. This change is due to the Bank's decision to sell the recently constructed premises at 135 Bowery, New York, NY.

Asset Quality

Asset quality continued to improve as non-performing assets declined by 39.9% at June 30, 2015 to $4.5 million, compared to $7.3 million one year earlier. Total delinquent loans declined by 32.7% to $6.1 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $9.0 million at June 30, 2014. The Company monitors delinquent loans closely and continues to work on improving asset quality on an overall basis. The allowance for loan losses was $8.3 million, or 1.91% of total loans at June 30, 2015, compared to $7.8 million, or 2.11%, at June 30, 2014. The increase in the allowance was due to net recoveries and no new provision needed.

Deposits

Deposits increased to $444.8 million at June 30, 2015, an increase of $30.9 million, or 7.5%, versus June 30, 2014. Demand deposits increased $33.0 million to $119.6 million, or 38.2%, compared to June 30, 2014. NOW accounts increased $1.4 million, or 79.2%. Savings and money market accounts decreased $11.3 million, or 8.0%. Certificates of deposit were $191.1 million, an increase of $7.8 million, or 4.3%.

Borrowings

Federal Home Loan Bank Borrowings increased by $6.0 million to $67.0 million compared to last year, which increase the Company incurred to fund loan growth and manage liquidity. The remaining borrowings of $7.2 million consist of the Company's trust preferred securities transaction originated in 2004.

Stockholders' Equity

Stockholders' equity was $67.5 million, or 11.41% of total assets, at June 30, 2015, a $919 thousand, or 1.4% increase from June 30, 2014. The increase was mainly due to net income and proceeds from stock options that directors and officers exercised.

Subsequent Event
In August 2015, a subsidiary of the Bank, entered into a contract to sell the property located at 135 Bowery, New York, NY after the Bank determined that it did not require any part of the building for its own use. The Bank expects the closing to occur during the third or fourth quarter of 2015. The Company expect to recognize a gain if the sale is consummated, but the amount of the gain will depend upon future events.

About First American International Corp.
First American International Corp. is the holding company for First American International Bank, a community development financial institution ("CDFI") and a minority depository institution ("MDI") with nine branches and two mortgage offices serving principally the Chinese-American communities in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City.

See accompanying unaudited financial data tables for additional information. Some items, specifically related to adjustments for Financial Accounting Standard ("FAS") 91 Accounting for Nonrefundable Fees and Costs Associated with Originating or Acquiring Loans and Initial Direct Costs of Leases, in the prior year financial statements were reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

The information contained herein is intended to provide the reader with historical information about the financial results of First American International Corp. It is not intended to provide forward looking statements or projections of future results. A variety of factors could cause actual results and experiences to differ materially from historical results and anticipated results based on historical results.

   
First American International Corp.  
Financial Highlights (unaudited)  
                 
($ thousands)              
Balance Sheet Items          
  06/30/15   03/31/15   06/30/14      
Cash and due from banks - noninterest bearing 5,819   5,623   6,450      
Due from banks - interest bearing 23,122   19,815   31,689      
Federal funds sold 795   623   789      
Time deposits with banks 3,209   3,456   3,817      
Securities available for sale 72,665   80,289   103,416      
Securities held to maturity 18,816   19,110   -      
Total securities 91,481   99,399   103,416      
                 
Real estate - commercial 144,491   129,326   119,160      
Real estate - residential 288,915   285,178   250,154      
Commercial and industrial 1,810   2,401   1,580      
Consumer and installment 977   654   498      
Loans receivable, gross 436,193   417,559   371,392      
                 
Unearned loan fees (912 ) (844 ) (793 )    
Allowance for possible loan losses (8,294 ) (8,290 ) (7,818 )    
Loans held for sale 1,683   1,176   2,810      
Bank premises and equipment 7,678   7,743   19,942      
Fixed assets held for sale 13,149   12,928   -      
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 3,649   3,367   3,514      
Accrued interest receivable 2,104   2,231   1,892      
Mortgage servicing rights 7,487   7,256   7,461      
Other assets 4,768   5,151   11,165      
Total Assets 591,931   577,193   555,726      
                 
                 
Demand deposits 119,559   105,146   86,540      
NOW accounts 3,273   3,115   1,826      
Money market and savings 130,949   136,303   142,310      
Certificate of deposit 191,053   187,441   183,224      
Total deposits 444,834   432,005   413,900      
                 
Borrowings 67,000   62,000   61,000      
Junior subordinated debentures 7,217   7,217   7,217      
Accrued interest payable 1,103   1,038   1,012      
Accounts payable and other liabilities 4,231   7,255   5,970      
Total Liabilities 524,385   509,515   489,099      
Stockholders' equity 67,546   67,678   66,627      
Total Liabilities and stockholders' equity 591,931   577,193   555,726      
                 
                 
Summary Income Statement For the six months ended   For the quarter ended  
  06/30/15   06/30/14   06/30/15   06/30/14  
Interest income 12,285   12,105   6,139   6,119  
Interest expense 1,976   1,906   985   958  
  Net interest income 10,309   10,199   5,154   5,161  
Provision for loan losses -   157   -   -  
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses 10,309   10,042   5,154   5,161  
Non-interest income 3,961   3,453   2,203   1,756  
Bank Enterprise Award grant -   -   -   -  
Non-interest expenses 12,921   11,605   6,521   6,130  
  Income before income taxes 1,349   1,890   836   787  
Income taxes 851   661   647   263  
  Net income 498   1,229   189   524  
Less Preferred Stock Dividends and Discount Accretion 386   375   194   188  
  Net Income Available to Shareholders 112   854   (5 ) 336  
                 
                 
First American International Corp.  
Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)  
                 
($ in thousands) Year-to-date   Quarter ended  
  06/30/15   06/30/14   06/30/15   06/30/14  
Average Balances              
Securities 101,152   103,838   99,803   108,224  
Loans receivable, net 418,181   372,537   422,534   373,268  
Assets 578,889   556,394   579,537   558,205  
Deposits 337,057   331,141   325,419   332,475  
                 
Performance Ratios          
Return on average assets 0.04 % 0.31 % 0.00 % 0.24 %
Return on average net worth 0.44 % 3.46 % -0.04 % 2.72 %
Average interest earning assets/bearing liabilities 133.94 % 130.31 % 136.73 % 130.24 %
Net interest rate spread 3.54 % 3.70 % 3.51 % 3.73 %
Net interest margin 3.78 % 3.92 % 3.78 % 3.96 %
Yield on loans 5.37 % 5.85 % 5.31 % 5.88 %
Average cost of deposits 0.73 % 0.70 % 0.74 % 0.70 %
Net interest income after provision/total expense 79.79 % 86.53 % 79.04 % 81.64 %
Non-interest income to total revenue 24.38 % 22.20 % 26.41 % 22.30 %
Non-interest expense to total revenue 79.54 % 74.59 % 78.18 % 77.83 %
Non-interest expense to average assets 4.46 % 4.17 % 4.50 % 4.39 %
                 
Asset Quality Ratios          
Non-performing assets to total assets 0.76 % 1.35 % 0.76 % 1.35 %
Non-performing loans to total loans 1.04 % 2.02 % 1.04 % 2.02 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.91 % 2.11 % 1.91 % 2.11 %
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 184.10 % 104.34 % 184.10 % 104.34 %
                 
Capital Ratios              
Average equity to average assets (Company) 8.74 % 8.53 % 8.73 % 8.52 %
Equity to total assets end of period (Company) 8.54 % 8.93 % 8.54 % 8.93 %
Tier 1 leverage capital (Bank)(well capitalized 5%) 12.60 % 12.91 % 12.60 % 12.91 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital (Bank)(well capitalized 8%) 18.84 % 21.18 % 18.84 % 21.18 %
Total risk-basedcapital (Bank)(well capitalized 10%) 20.10 % 22.44 % 20.10 % 22.44 %
                 
Book value per share basic $22.99   $22.88   $22.99   $22.88  
Diluted EPS available to Common Shareholders $0.05   $0.39   $0.00   $0.15  
                 

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact
    Neil Hecht
    Chief Financial Officer
    (718) 567-8788 Ext 1388