CUSTOMERS BANCORP REPORTS RECORD Q2 2014 NET INCOME
· Q2 2014 Net Income increased 26% from Q1 2014 and increased 24% over Q2 2013 · Q2 2014 Return on Equity was 10.0%, up from Q1 2014 ROE of 8.4% · First-half 2014 Net Income was up 19.2% over same period last year · Loans grew 16% from March 31, 2014 and 44% from June 30, 2013
Customers Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUBI), the parent company of Customers Bank (collectively “Customers”), reported earnings of $10.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 (“Q2 2014”) compared to earnings of $8.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, an increase of 25.8%, and earnings of $8.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (“Q2 2013”), an increase of 24.4%. Q2 2014 fully diluted earnings per share was $0.37, compared to $0.29 in Q1 2014 and $0.34 in Q2 2013. Average fully diluted shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 were 28 million compared to average fully diluted shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of 24 million. Customers also reported earnings of $18.4 million year-to-date through June 30, 2014 compared to earnings of $15.4 million in the first six months of 2013, an increase of 19.2%.
Commenting on this strong earnings growth, Jay Sidhu, Chairman and CEO of Customers stated, “We are very pleased with progress to date and are very confident about meeting or exceeding the earnings guidance we have provided for 2014 and 2015. We are also very clear about our goals of achieving about a 1.0% return on assets and a 12.0% return on equity within two to three years, and believe we are on track to achieve these objectives.”
Customers’ increase in earnings has resulted principally from its increase in loans and fees, offset in part by higher operating expenses to support the growth. During Q2 2014 Customers loan balances (including mortgage warehouse loans held for sale) grew $651 million to $4.7 billion, an increase of 16.1% in the quarter and up 44.3% over June 30, 2013. Commercial and Industrial loans (including owner occupied CRE) were $1.4 billion at June 30, 2014, up $157 million from March 31, 2014 (13.0%), and up $500 million from June 30, 2013 (57%). Mortgage warehouse loans were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2014 compared to $1.4 billion at June 30, 2013. Multi-family loans showed the largest growth, up by $246 million from March 31, 2014 and up $1.1 billion from June 30, 2013. Consumer and Mortgage loans decreased by $127 million during Q2 2014.
Other financial highlights for Q2 2014 included:
· Net interest income was $36.9 million Q2 2014 compared to net interest income of $29.8 million reported for Q1 2014, an increase of $7.1 million (24.0%), and $26.1 million for Q2 2013, an increase of $10.8 million (41.4%).
· Net interest margin improved by 3 basis points quarter over quarter.
· Total revenues (net interest income plus non-interest income) before provisions for loan losses (“provision”) totaled $43.8 million in Q2 2014 compared to total revenues of $37.1 million in Q1 2014 (up 18.2%) and $31.7 million in Q2 2013 (up 38.4%).
· Provision expense for Q2 2014 was $2.9 million, principally the result of Q2 2014 loans held for investment growth of $288 million as asset quality continued to improve. This compares with a provision for loan loss expense of $4.4 million in Q1 2014 and $2.1 million in Q2 2013.
· Q2 2014 non-interest expense of $25.2 million increased $4.0 million from Q1 2014 non-interest expense of $21.2 million, and increased $8.3 million compared to Q2 2013 non-interest expense of $16.9 million.
· Q2 2014 pre-tax pre-provision income of $18.6 million was up $2.7 million from Q1 2014 (up 17.0%), and up $3.9 million from Q2 2013 (up 26.2%). The pre-tax pre-provision ROA remained relatively stable at approximately 1.4% of average assets.
· Non-performing loans not covered by FDIC loss share agreements were $12.7 million at June 30, 2014, a decrease of $0.8 million (6.1%) from the December 31, 2013 non-performing non-covered amount of $13.5 million. Non-performing non-covered loans were 0.27% of total non-covered loans as of June 30, 2014.
· Total reserves for loan losses were 184% of non-performing loans, up from 165% at March 31, 2014.
· Total assets at June 30, 2014 were $5.6 billion, up $1.8 billion (48.6%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $3.8 billion.
· Loans receivable not covered by FDIC loss share (excludes loans held for sale) were $3.6 billion at June 30, 2014, an increase of $1.8 billion (104.7%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $1.8 billion.
· Loans held for sale (principally mortgage warehouse loans) were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2014, down $354 million (-25.0%) from the June 30, 2013 balance of $1.4 billion.
· Total deposits as of June 30, 2014 were $3.7 billion, an increase of $915 million (33.0%) from June 30, 2013.
· Customers issued $110 million in subordinated debt during Q2 2014 which increased the Tier 2 capital and total capital levels and ratios for the bank and the consolidated holding company. Capital ratios (http://#_ftn1) continued to comfortably exceed the “well capitalized” levels established in banking regulation, but the Tier 1 ratios declined during the quarter due to the increase in loans outstanding as Customers’ loan growth used a portion of its excess capital. June 30, 2014 estimated Tier 1 Leverage for Customers Bancorp was 7.8%, and Total Risk-Based Capital was 12.8%.
· On May 15, 2014 Customers declared a 10% stock dividend. The stock dividend was issued June 30, 2014. Common stock, additional paid in capital and retained earnings amounts have been adjusted as of June 30, 2014 to reflect the stock dividend. All share amounts have been adjusted to give effect to the stock dividend, including all share amounts in all prior periods.
“In Q2 2014 we continued our efforts to increase earning assets and grow deposits to more fully utilize the capital raised during 2013 and increase our profitability. The subordinated debt offering completed in the second quarter further unlocked the excess capital of the franchise,” stated Robert Wahlman, Chief Financial Officer of Customers Bancorp, Inc. “The 25.8% increase in sequential quarter earnings reveals the growing earnings power of Customers and the success of the strategies we have adopted. We are looking forward to the remainder of this year as the Bank continues to execute on its strategies for strong earnings growth.”
Net Income, Earnings Per Share and Tangible Book Value
Q2 2014 net income of $10.2 million was up $2.0 million, or 24.4%, from Q2 2013. Q2 2014 diluted earnings per share is $0.37 with 28.0 million diluted shares, compared to Q2 2013 earnings of $8.2 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.34 with 24.0 million diluted shares. Customers’ tangible book value per share increased to $15.34 as of June 30, 2014 compared to $13.86 as of June 30, 2013, an increase of 10.7%. The increase in net income in Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013 is primarily due to increased net interest income, fueled by strong loan growth, while maintaining strong asset quality and growing deposits. The increased tangible book value reflects Customers’ strategic commitment to consistently maintain and grow tangible book value per share through growth in earnings with the expectation that it will eventually result in superior shareholder value creation.
Net Interest Margin
The net interest margin increased 3 basis points to 2.96% in Q2 2014 compared to Q1 2014, and decreased 29 basis points from Q2 2013. The Q2 2014 net interest margin has decreased relative to Q2 2013 due to the run-off of maturing higher yielding loans, and the addition of lower yielding loans as we grew the loan portfolio by $1.8 billion since Q2 2013 in a low interest rate environment. In addition, the Bank has decided to lengthen maturities of its deposits and borrowings to help protect earnings in the event of higher interest rates in the future.
Q2 2014 non-interest income of $6.9 million was down $0.4 million compared to $7.3 million in Q1 2014, and up $1.4 million compared to $5.6 million in Q2 2013. The $1.4 million increase in Q2 2014 non-interest income compared to Q2 2013 non-interest income resulted primarily from the increase in mortgage loan and banking income and the growth of other fees offsetting the decline in mortgage warehouse transaction fees. The Q2 2014 non-interest income decrease compared to Q1 2014 resulted from lower gains on sales of investment securities (down $2.5 million) offset in part by increased mortgage loan and banking income (up $1.1 million), gains on sale of Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loans (up $0.6 million), and increased mortgage warehouse transactional fees (up $0.5 million).
Operating expenses in Q2 2014 of $25.2 million increased $4.0 million compared to Q1 2014 operating expenses of $21.2 million, and were up $8.3 million from Q2 2013. Q2 2014 operating expenses supported greater business activities as Customers grew its loan portfolio significantly during Q2 2014 and Q1 2014 and the Company continued to invest in its commercial and industrial lending teams while rightsizing its mortgage banking business. These investments have resulted in a larger organization and increased personnel, occupancy, technology, and other operating costs. In addition, Customers has experienced a significant increase in regulatory related expenses over the past year that are not expected to continue in 2015.
Provision for Loan Losses and Asset Quality
The Q2 2014 provision for loan losses was $2.9 million, compared to Q2 2013 provision of $2.1 million (http://#_ftn2). The Q2 2014 provision is primarily the result of the nearly $288 million growth in loans held for investment during the quarter.
Customers separates its loan portfolio into “covered” and “non-covered” loans for purposes of analyzing and managing asset quality. Covered loans are those loans that are covered by FDIC purchase and assumption, or loss sharing, agreements, and for which Customers is reimbursed 80% of allowable incurred losses. Covered loans totaled $54.5 million at June 30, 2014, $66.7 million at December 31, 2013, and $91.6 million as of June 30, 2013. Non-accrual covered loans totaled $4.4 million at June 30, 2014, $5.6 million at December 31, 2013 and $8.0 million at June 30, 2013. Covered real estate owned totaled $6.2 million at June 30, 2014, $7.0 million at December 31, 2013 and $4.4 million as of June 30, 2013.
Non-covered loans are all loans not covered by the FDIC agreements. Non-covered loans includes loans accounted for as held for sale as well as loans accounted for as held for investment. Non-covered loans totaled $4.7 billion as of June 30, 2014, $3.1 billion as of December 31, 2013, and $3.2 billion as of June 30, 2013. Non-accrual non-covered loans totaled $12.7 million as of June 30, 2014 (0.27% of total non-covered loans), $13.5 million (0.43% of total non-covered loans) as of December 31, 2013 and $19.6 million (0.62% of total non-covered loans) as of June 30, 2013. Non-covered loans 30 to 89 days delinquent at June 30, 2014 totaled $8.1 million, or 0.17% of non-covered loans.
Date: July 23, 2014
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Customers Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania engaged in banking and related businesses through its bank subsidiary, Customers Bank. Customers Bank is a community-based, full-service bank with assets of approximately $5.6 billion. A member of the Federal Reserve System and deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), Customers Bank provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families through offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Committed to fostering customer loyalty, Customers Bank uses a High Tech/High Touch strategy that includes use of industry-leading technology to provide customers better access to their money, as well as a continually expanding portfolio of loans to small businesses, multi-family projects, mortgage companies and consumers.
Customers Bancorp, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol CUBI. Additional information about Customers Bancorp, Inc. can be found on the company’s website, www.customersbank.com.
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 (http://#_ftnref) Tier 1 Leverage and Total Risk-Based Capital ratios as of June 30, 2014 are estimated.
 (http://#_ftnref) Beginning in Q4 2013, the provision for loan losses is reported net of the amount of estimated credit losses on covered loans to be recovered from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) pursuant to specific purchase and assumption, or loss sharing, agreements. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to be consistent with the Q4 2013 presentation. Previously, changes in the amount recoverable from the FDIC had been reported as a separate amount in non-interest income.