CalFirst Bancorp Third Quarter Earnings Flat on 13% Growth in Average Earning Assets Business Wire IRVINE, Calif. -- April 24, 2013 California First National Bancorp (NASDAQ: CFNB)(“CalFirst Bancorp”) today announced net earnings for the third quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $2.1 million that were unchanged from net earnings of $2.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, net earnings of $5.4 million were 18.3% below the $6.7 million reported for the first nine months of fiscal 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarters of fiscal 2013 and 2012 were $0.20 per share, while diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 of $0.52 were 18.5% below the $0.64 per share reported for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Third quarter results benefited from 22% growth in the average investment in the lease and loan portfolio and 25% increase in non-interest income, but were impeded by the continued drop in average yields earned. Total direct finance, loan and interest income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 5.5% to $5.4 million from $5.8 million during the third quarter of the prior year. The decrease was primarily due to a 6% decrease in direct finance income and 24% decrease in investment income, offset by 10% growth in commercial loan income. The $239,000 decrease in direct finance income reflected a 24% increase in the average investment in leases to $302.0 million, but the average yield declined by 160 basis points to 4.97%. Commercial loan income increased by $99,000 as the average yield declined by only 23 basis points to 4.56% and average balances increased by 15% to $98.0 million. Investment income declined by $180,000 as average investment balances were down 12% to $106.1 million and average yields were reduced by 34 basis points. During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, interest expense on deposits increased by $71,000, reflecting a 26% increase in average deposit balances to $318.2 million offset by a 12 basis point decrease in average interest rates paid to 0.89%. The Company did not record an allowance for credit losses for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 or fiscal 2012. The lack of provision in 2013 is due to an improvement in the credit metrics of the portfolios, as the growth is largely related to better rated credits and certain problem credits are getting resolved. All of these factors combined for a 7.6% decrease in net direct finance, loan and interest income after provision for credit losses to $4.7 million. Non-interest income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 increased to $1.8 million from $1.4 million the year before. This increase was principally due to a gain of $302,000 recognized on the early call of an investment security in the current period, and also included higher gains from the sale of leases and leased property. Total direct finance, loan and interest income for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 10% to $16.1 million due to a $1.4 million decrease in direct finance income and $468,800 decrease in investment income, offset slightly by a $103,700 increase in commercial loan income. During the first nine months of fiscal 2013, the average investment in leases increased 19% to $276.9 million while the average yield earned decreased by 176 basis points to 5.24%. Average commercial loan balances of $91.7 million increased 6% while the average yield of 4.8% was only down by 12 basis points. The 20% decline in investment income to $1.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 reflects the utilization of cash to invest in leases which brought average cash and investment balances down 23% to $114 million and increased the average yield by 11 basis points to 2.26%. Interest expense paid for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 decreased by $444,300 to $1.9 million, reflecting a 5% increase in average deposit balances, elimination of borrowings and a 24 basis point decrease in average rates paid to 0.90%. During the first nine months of fiscal 2013, the Company made a provision for credit losses of $275,000, compared to no provision during the same period in fiscal 2012. The provision during the first nine months of fiscal 2013 was due to deterioration in the credit of one large lease position during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. At March 31, 2013, the allowance for credit losses of $5.5 million is considered consistent with the credit profile of the consolidated portfolio. All of these factors combined for a 10% decrease in the net interest margin. Non-interest income of $4.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 declined 13% from $4.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012. The decline was due to a 19% fall in income realized from leases reaching their end of term during the period, offset by an increase of $321,000 in gains realized on the early call of investment securities and sale of leases. Non-interest expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 of $3.1 million were $12,000 below the third quarter of the prior year, while non-interest expenses for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased $291,000 or 3% to $9.0 million from $9.3 million reported for the first nine months of the prior year. The decrease in expenses during the first nine months of fiscal 2013 is due primarily to lower compensation expenses and related support costs. Commenting on the results, Patrick E. Paddon, President and Chief Executive Officer, indicated, “During the first nine months of fiscal 2013, we saw continued improvement in the level of new lease and loan originations which contributed in part to a 166% increase in bookings during the third quarter and 73% increase for nine months. Despite the growth in earning assets, earnings continued to be restricted by lower net interest margins. Lease and loan bookings of $102.3 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 included $72.9 million of direct leases and $20.0 million of direct loans. Lease purchases of $9.4 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $10.6 million of lease purchases during the third quarter of fiscal 2012. For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, total bookings of $232.4 million included a 45% increase in lease bookings to $186.0 million, consisting of $27.4 million of lease purchases, a 51% increase in direct leases to $158.6 million, and the addition of $46.4 million in commercial loans. As a result, the net investment in leases and loans of $426.9 million at March 31, 2013 is up 27% from June 30, 2012 and is 15% higher than the level at December 31, 2012. “Third quarter lease originations were 31% below the third quarter of fiscal 2012, but total lease and loan originations during the quarter were up 12%. For the first nine months of fiscal 2013, lease originations were 31% ahead of the prior year while total lease and loan originations were up 61%. With the high level of bookings during the third quarter, however, the estimated backlog of approved lease and loan commitments of $100 million at March 31, 2013 is 10% below the level at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012 and down from $137 million at December 31, 2012.” California First National Bancorp is a bank holding company with leasing and bank operations based in Orange County, California. California First National Bank is an FDIC-insured national bank that gathers deposits using telephone, the Internet, and direct mail from a centralized location, and provides lease financing and commercial loans to businesses and organizations nationwide. This press release contains forward-looking statements which involve management assumptions, risks and uncertainties. The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements.” If management assumptions prove to be incorrect or risks or uncertainties materialize, the Company’s actual results could differ materially from the results forecast in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof. For further discussion regarding management assumptions, risks and uncertainties, readers should refer to the Company’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the 2013 quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. CALIFORNIA FIRST NATIONAL BANCORP Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited) (000's except per share data) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended March 31, March 31, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Direct finance and loan $ 4,872 $ 5,011 $ 14,160 $ 15,415 income Investment and interest 570 750 1,926 2,394 income Total direct finance, loan 5,442 5,761 16,086 17,809 and interest income Interest expense on 707 636 1,881 2,326 deposits and borrowings Net direct finance, loan 4,735 5,125 14,205 15,483 and interest income Provision for - - 275 - credit losses Net direct finance, loan and interest 4,735 5,125 13,930 15,483 income after provision for credit losses Non-interest income Operating and sales-type 357 602 1,351 2,378 lease income Gain on sale of leases, loans and 999 545 1,974 1,660 leased property Gains recorded on investment 302 - 316 56 securities Other fee 96 252 339 470 income – net Total non-interest 1,754 1,399 3,980 4,564 income Non-interest expenses Compensation and employee 2,259 2,236 6,590 6,736 benefits Occupancy 224 224 695 702 Professional 163 148 484 420 services Other general and 449 499 1,233 1,435 administrative Total non-interest 3,095 3,107 9,002 9,293 expenses Earnings before income 3,394 3,417 8,908 10,754 taxes Income taxes 1,293 1,299 3,460 4,087 Net earnings $ 2,101 $ 2,118 $ 5,448 $ 6,667 Basic earnings $ 0.20 $ 0.20 $ 0.52 $ 0.64 per share Diluted earnings per $ 0.20 $ 0.20 $ 0.52 $ 0.64 share Weighted average common 10,447 10,420 10,446 10,419 shares outstanding Diluted number of common 10,454 10,430 10,453 10,429 shares outstanding CALIFORNIA FIRST NATIONAL BANCORP Consolidated Balance Sheets (000’s) ASSETS March 31, 2013 June 30, 2012 Cash and short term $ 58,471 $ 56,921 investments Investment securities 53,866 66,751 Net receivables 1,405 1,597 Property for 11,661 18,548 transactions in process Net investment in 322,583 253,553 leases Commercial loans 104,363 82,910 Income tax receivable 685 880 Other assets 1,522 1,736 Discounted lease rentals assigned to 1,042 3,275 lenders $ 555,598 $ 486,171 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Accounts payable $ 9,530 $ 4,386 Income taxes payable, including deferred 18,241 24,060 taxes Deposits 343,327 253,297 Other liabilities 4,239 4,714 Non-recourse debt 1,042 3,275 Total liabilities 376,379 289,732 Stockholders' Equity 179,219 196,439 $ 555,598 $ 486,171 Contact: CalFirst Bancorp S. Leslie Jewett, (949) 255-0500 email@example.com
CalFirst Bancorp Third Quarter Earnings Flat on 13% Growth in Average Earning Assets
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