Camco Financial Announces First Quarter 2013 Earnings

Camco Financial Announces First Quarter 2013 Earnings  CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Camco Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:CAFI), the bank holding company for Advantage Bank, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013, reporting net earnings of $499,000 for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $413,000 for the same period last year. There were 14,392,077 diluted shares outstanding at March 31, 2013, versus 7,220,130 a year ago, principally due to successful completion of a $10.0 million rights offering in November 2012. Diluted earnings per share were $0.03 for the first quarter of 2013 versus $0.06 the prior year.  James E. Huston, President and CEO, stated, "We are pleased with the 21% increase in net earnings for the first quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago.Our results particularly benefited from further improvement in credit quality, which continued to strengthen key credit measures and enabled us to record a lower provision for losses on loans for the quarter versus the same period in 2012."   Mr. Huston continued, "Specific initiatives are being implemented in this challenging rate environment to mitigate net interest margin pressures.They are being pursued through programs to increase core deposits; grow the total loan portfolio, especially through commercial loans; plus ongoing efforts to lower our cost of funds.Initial progress is being achieved and we anticipate these efforts will especially benefit our performance later this year."  Review of Financial Performance  Overview:  The following items summarize key dynamics of the Company during the quarter ended March 31, 2013:    *Core deposits (defined as checking, savings and money market deposits)     increased $25.0 million, or 8% to $331.8 million from the first quarter of     2012.   *Net Interest Income declined to $5.4 million from $6.2 million for the     same period a year ago.This decrease was attributable to a reduction in     loan balances, especially related to early loan payoffs in late-2012 and     the anticipated reduction in certificates of deposit in late-2012 coupled     with lower loan yields for the first quarter of 2013 versus the prior     year.Growth in core deposits helped to mitigate the impact of the lower     yield on earning assets.   *Noninterest income increased 6% to $2.1 million versus the same period a     year ago primarily due to an increase in gain on sale of residential     mortgage loans and higher gain on sale of investments.   *Noninterest expense increased 2% to $6.8 million compared with the first     quarter of 2012 as a result of higher staffing costs, principally related     to annual merit increases and growth initiatives, which were partially     offset by lower professional fees, classified assets expense and costs     associated with real estate owned.   *Classified assets (which include substandard, doubtful, loss, and real     estate owned) were $35.3 million at March 31, 2013, representing a     decrease of $16.9 million, or 32%, from the same date in 2012.  Net Interest Margin:  Net interest margin was 3.12% for the first quarter of 2013 compared to 3.50% for the same period last year due to the lower yield on earning assets. We expect net interest margin to continue to be under pressure in 2013 due to low interest rates and slow economic growth.The Company continues to seek favorable risk-adjusted pricing opportunities, further improvement in credit quality, and other balance sheet changes to maintain net interest margin going forward.  Net Interest Income:  Net interest income before the provision for loan losses was $5.4 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $6.2 million for the same period a year ago. The decline was attributable to a reduction in the yield on earning assets.  The Company's yield on earning assets decreased to 3.96% in the first quarter of 2013 from 4.76% for the first quarter of 2012.The decrease was due to lower balances in the total loan portfolio, which resulted from early loan payoffs in late-2012 as well as lower loan yields attributable to the current interest rate environment.The planned runoff in certificates of deposit combined with growth in core deposits contributed to a reduction in the cost of funds and helped to mitigate the impact of the yield on earning assets.Cost of funds for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, was 0.95% compared to 1.36% for the first quarter of 2012.  Provision Expense and Allowance for Loan Losses:  The allowance for loan and lease losses was $11.5 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $15.0 million on the same date a year ago.This was due to further improvement in asset quality and therefore the provision for loan losses was $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2012. The Company maintains a strong allowance for loan and lease losses and remains committed to further improvement in asset quality.  Classified loans (which include substandard, doubtful, and loss) were $27.2 million at March 31, 2013, which was $13.3 million, or 33%, below the same date in 2012.Non-performing loans were $18.6 million at March 31, 2013, which was $5.7 million, or 23%, below the March 31, 2012 amount.Non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans (including loans held for sale) were 3.34% at March 31, 2013, compared to 3.83% on the same date of the prior year.The allowance for loan and lease losses, expressed as a percentage of non-performing loans, was 61.8% at March 31, 2013 compared to 61.4% on the same date last year.  Noninterest Income:  Noninterest income increased to $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2013 from $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2012.This was attributable to an increase in gain on sale of residential mortgage loans and higher gain on sale of investments versus the same period last year.  Noninterest Expense:  Noninterest expense was $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $6.7 million for the same quarter a year ago.The increase was due to higher staffing costs related to annual merit increases and growth initiatives, partially offset by lower professional fees, classified assets expense and real estate owned costs.  Balance Sheet:  Total assets were $763.4 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $786.2 million on the same date last year.This decrease was principally attributable to utilization of higher liquid assets from loan pay downs to reduce single-service certificates of deposit and borrowed funds as we have restructured our balance sheet to rely less on non-core funding.We also continue to focus on profitable lending opportunities and investments as a means of employing our cash efficiently.  Asset Quality:  Loan quality continues to improve resulting in steady progress concerning classified loans and non-performing loans over the past twelve months.  A summary of certain key factors follows:   (in thousands)                     3/31/2013   12/31/2012   3/31/2012 Classified Loans*                  $27,160     $29,184      $40,444 Non-Performing Loans               $18,647     $19,594      $24,354 Loan Loss Reserve                  $11,532     $12,147      $14,954 Loan Loss Reserve / Total Loans    2.06%       2.12%        2.37% *Includes substandard, doubtful and loss (including homogeneous loans).  Deposits and Borrowings:  Core deposits (defined as checking, savings, and money market deposits) were $331.8 million at March 31, 2013, which was $25.0 million, or 8%, higher than on the same date last year.Total deposits at the end of first quarter of 2013 were $24.1 million, or 4%, below March 31, 2012.The decrease is due to a planned reduction in certificates of deposit of $49.1 million, or 14%, since March 31, 2012.The Company is focused on continuing to reduce the level of non-core deposits, particularly higher single product certificates of deposit related to rate sensitive shoppers.  FHLB advances and other borrowings were $64.0 million at March 31, 2013, a decrease of $13.9 million, or 18%, compared to the same date last year.This planned decrease principally resulted from repayment of FHLB advances utilizing excess liquidity.  Equity:  Stockholders' equity was $60.7 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $46.1 million at March 31, 2012.Successful completion of the $10 million rights offering in November 2012, plus higher net earnings during the past twelve months and proceeds from the exercise of warrants from the rights offering were key factors contributing to the 32% year-over-year increase.  About Camco Financial Corporation: Camco Financial Corporation, holding company for Advantage Bank, is a multi-state bank holding company headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio. Advantage Bank and its affiliates offer community banking that includes commercial, business and consumer financial services and internet banking from 22 offices. Additional information about Camco Financial may be found on the Company's web sites: www.camcofinancial.com or www.advantagebank.com.  The words or phrases "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "project" or similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties including changes in economic conditions in the Company's market area, changes in policies by regulatory agencies, fluctuations in interest rates, demands for loans in the Company's market area and competition, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical earnings and those presently anticipated or projected.The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.  Camco Financial Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (In thousands, except for per share data and shares outstanding)                                                                                  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)                   3/31/13     12/31/12    9/30/12     6/30/12     3/31/12 Assets                                                          Cash and Cash      $118,212   $58,379    $26,920    $28,160    $40,431 Equivalents Investments        39,432     86,201     80,648     75,347     62,834                                                                Loans Held for     3,824      6,544      6,341      2,532      5,583 Sale                                                                Loans Receivable   555,180    566,722    594,030    613,790    630,124 Allowance for Loan (11,532)    (12,147)    (14,508)    (14,185)    (14,954) Loss Loans Receivable,  $543,648   $554,575   $579,522   $599,605   $615,170 Net                                                                Other Assets       58,246      58,560      60,811      61,272      62,149                                                                Total Assets       $763,362  $764,259  $754,242  $766,916  $786,167                                                                Liabilities                                                     Deposits           $626,741   $627,224   $630,304   $638,516   $650,853 Borrowed Funds     63,981     64,219     64,466     69,200     77,929 Other Liabilities  11,929      13,089      12,050      12,424      11,276                                                                Total Liabilities  $702,651   $704,532   $706,820   $720,140   $740,058                                                                Stockholders'      60,711      59,727      47,422      46,776      46,109 Equity                                                                Total Liabilities and Stockholders'  $763,362  $764,259  $754,242  $766,916  $786,167 Equity                                                                                                                               Stockholders' Equity to Total    7.95%       7.82%       6.29%       6.10%       5.87% Assets                                                                Total Shares       13,529,287 13,233,036 7,465,563  7,468,087  7,468,087 Outstanding                                                                Book Value Per     $4.49       $4.51       $6.35       $6.26       $6.17 Share                                                                                                                                                                                              Camco Financial Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Quarterly Information (In thousands, except for per share data and shares outstanding)                                                                                                                                                  3 Months    3 Months    3 Months    3 Months    3 Months                   Ended       Ended       Ended       Ended       Ended                    3/31/13     12/31/12    9/30/12     6/30/12     3/31/12                   (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Interest Income:                                                Loans              $6,590     $7,240     $7,522     $7,699     $8,213 Mortgage-backed    13         15         15         17         16 securities Investment         106        119        116        115        71 securities Interest-bearing   149        135        112        105        113 deposits and other Total Interest     $6,858     $7,509     $7,765     $7,936     $8,413 Income                                                                Interest Expense:                                               Deposits           $1,033     $1,128     $1,235     $1,405     $1,551 Borrowings         426        577        545        618        673 Total Interest     $1,459     $1,705     $1,780     $ 2,023     $ 2,224 Expense Net Interest       $5,399     $5,804     $5,985     $ 5,913    $ 6,189 Income                                                                Provision for      100        (1,455)    457        137        1,005 Losses on Loans Net Interest Income After       $5,299     $7,259     $5,528     $ 5,776     $ 5,184 Provision for Loan Losses                                                                Noninterest                                                     Income: Rent and other     $301       $484       $321       $223       $328 Loan servicing     276        284        283        285        281 fees Service charges and other fees on  462        528        515        508        490 deposits Gain on sale of    689        770        633        517        564 loans Mortgage servicing 105        60         (117)      (63)       102 rights Gain (loss) on sale of            61         126        --        1          (3) investment, mbs & fixed assets Income on CSVL     208        237        216        208        218 (BOLI) Total noninterest  $2,102     $2,489     $1,851     $ 1,679     $ 1,980 income                                                                Noninterest                                                     expense: Employee compensation and   $3,509     $3,208     $2,996     $3,249     $3,147 benefits Occupancy and      745        772        725        756        711 equipment Data processing    283        326        250        285        286 Advertising        144        77         101        108        87 Franchise taxes    230        182        199        201        183 Other operating    1,936      2,379      2,677      2,436      2,300 Total noninterest  $6,847     $6,944     $6,948     $ 7,035     $ 6,714 expense                                                                Earnings (loss) before provision   $554       $2,804     $431       $ 420       $ 450 for income taxes                                                                Provision for      55         20         (53)       (62)       37 income taxes Net Earnings       $499       $2,784     $484       $ 482       $ 413 (loss)                                                                Earnings (Loss)                                                 Per Share: Basic              $0.04       $0.26       $0.07       $0.06       $0.06 Diluted            $0.03       $0.26       $0.07       $0.06       $0.06                                                                Basic Weighted Number of Shares   13,386,828 10,806,051 7,467,255  7,468,090  7,220,018 Outstanding Diluted Weighted Number of Shares   14,392,077 10,806,269 7,473,123  7,481,854  7,220,130 Outstanding    Camco Financial Corporation Selected Ratios and Statistics (In thousands, except for per share data and shares outstanding)                                                                                                        3 Months          3 Months                                           Ended             Ended                                            3/31/13           3/31/12                                           (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)                                                             Return on average equity                   3.32%             3.61%                                                             Return on average assets                   0.26%             0.21%                                                             Interest rate spread                       3.01%             3.40%                                                             Net interest margin                        3.12%             3.50%                                                             Yield on earning assets                    3.96%             4.76%                                                             Cost of deposits                           0.75%             1.08%                                                             Cost of borrowings                         2.67%             3.42%                                                             Total cost of interest bearing liabilities 0.95%             1.36%                                                             Noninterest expense to average assets      3.59%             3.47%                                                             Efficiency ratio                           91.28%            82.19%                                                             Nonperforming assets to total assets       3.64%             4.70%                                                             Non performing loans to total net loans    3.34%             3.83% including loans held for sale                                                             Allowance for loan losses to total loans   2.06%             2.37% including loans held for sale                                                             Ratios are based upon the mathematical average of the balances at the end of each month for the quarter and were annualized where appropriate    Camco Financial Corporation Averages for Quarters Ended (In thousands, except for per share data and shares outstanding)                                                                                                                         March 31, 2013            March 31, 2012                           Average   Interest Yield/ Average   Interest Yield/                            Balance            Rate   Balance            Rate Interest - Earning Assets:                                          Loans receivable - net (1) $543,218 $6,590  4.85%  $622,459 $8,213  5.28% Securities (2)             68,341   119     0.70%  41,303   87      0.84% FHLB Stock                 9,888    106     4.29%  9,888    112     4.53% Other interest bearing     70,539   43      0.24%  32,969   1       0.01% accounts Total interest earning     $691,986 $6,858  3.96%  $706,619 $8,413  4.76% assets                                                                    Noninterest-earning assets $70,853                $68,022           Total Average Assets       $762,839               $774,641                                                                                                                                                Interest-Bearing                                                    Liabilities: Deposits                   $552,626 $1,033  0.75%  $573,826 $1,551  1.08% Advances & Borrowings      63,759   426     2.67%  78,691   673     3.42% Total interest-bearing     $616,385 $1,459  0.95%  $652,517 $2,224  1.36% liabilities                                                                    Noninterest-bearing                                                 sources: Noninterest-bearing        $86,287                $76,351           liabilities Shareholders' equity       60,167                 45,773            Total Liabilities and      $762,839               $774,641          Shareholders' Equity                                                                    Net Interest margin                         3.12%                   3.50%                                                                    Net Interest Income &               $5,399  3.01%           $6,189  3.40% Spread                                                                    (1) Includes LHFS but does not include ALLL and Non-Accrual Loans (2) Includes securities designated as available for sale and held to maturity  CONTACT: James E. Huston, CEO          John E. Kirksey, CFO          Phone: 740-435-2020  company logo