Carver Bancorp Reports 1Q 2017 Results
OREANDA-NEWS. Carver Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended June 30, 2016 of fiscal year 2017.
The Company reported net income of $408 thousand, or basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.04, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared to net income of $445 thousand, or basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.05, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.
“We are pleased with the first quarter of fiscal year 2017,” said Michael T. Pugh, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our favorable net income results were driven by our sustained efforts to grow interest income through loans, while continuing to be mindful of asset quality. The optimization of our loan portfolio remains a strategic priority. During the quarter, we took steps to reduce the concentration of commercial real estate loans as a percentage of our overall assets.
“As a community development financial institution, which first opened its doors in Harlem in 1948, we are committed to providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with the loan capital needed to successfully grow their businesses across the low-to-moderate and middle income neighborhoods that Carver serves throughout Greater New York City.
“During the quarter we executed several initiatives that exemplify our commitment to the community:
- We rolled out Cash Access Loans, a cost-competitive loan program for small businesses and retail consumers, which secures the needed capital for modest upgrades and day-to-day cash flow needs.
- We partnered with the New York State Small Business Development Center for our second annual Profit Mastery Seminar, a special program designed to enhance the financial knowledge and skills of small business owners in the local community.
- We continue to host community partner events highlighting financial education and small business ownership in the neighborhoods that we serve.
“As we move forward, we continue to look for opportunities to reduce operating expenses and grow revenue while ensuring sound operations in line with regulatory guidelines. Notably, as the largest African- and Caribbean- American operated bank in the U.S., we have experienced an increase in new account activity since the beginning of July 2016. We believe this renewed interest in banking with Carver is the result of the deep relationships we have nurtured with our customers and community partners alike-all at a time when messages of social justice, community and diversity have taken on renewed importance. Indeed, for the month of July 2016, Carver opened approximately 1,200 new accounts and took in approximately $4.0 million in new deposits. As a mission-focused bank, we are leveraging this growth in new business to provide individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to make sound banking decisions.”
Statement of Operations Highlights
First Quarter Results
The Company reported net income of $408 thousand for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to net income of $445 thousand for the prior year quarter. The change in our results was primarily driven by higher non-interest expense during the current quarter, partially offset by higher net interest income and a recovery of loan loss in the current period compared to a provision for loan loss in the prior year period.
Net Interest Income
Net interest income increased $515 thousand, or 10.0%, to $5.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $5.2 million for the prior year quarter.
Interest income increased $698 thousand, or 11.2%, to $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $6.2 million for the prior year quarter. Despite a 22 basis point decline in average yield, interest income on loans increased $797 thousand, or 14.1%, compared to the prior year quarter due to a $97.1 million, or 19.9%, increase in the Bank's average loan balances. This was partially offset by a $113 thousand, or 33.1%, decrease in interest on investment securities. Although the average yield on investment securities increased 31 basis points to 2.15% compared to the prior year quarter, the average balances decreased $29.0 million, or 52.3%, to $26.5 million as a result of calls and maturities of securities in the Bank's available-for-sale portfolio.
Interest expense increased $183 thousand, or 17.3%, to $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $1.1 million for the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to a $42.3 million, or 19.5%, increase in the average balances of certificates of deposits. The average rate on money market accounts also increased 13 basis points to 0.62% compared to the prior year quarter, contributing to the $57 thousand increase in interest for that product.
Provision for Loan Losses
The Company recorded a $204 thousand recovery of loan loss for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to a $34 thousand provision for loan loss for the prior year quarter. Net recoveries of $155 thousand were recognized during the first quarter, compared to net chargeoffs of $487 thousand for the prior year quarter.
Non-interest income remained relatively unchanged at $1.2 million, decreasing $30 thousand, or 2.5%, for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to the prior year quarter. Higher depository fees in the current period were offset by higher gains on sales of loans in the prior year quarter.
Non-interest expense increased $736 thousand, or 12.6%, to $6.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $5.9 million for the prior year quarter due to higher other non-interest expense and employee compensation and benefits. These increases were primarily due to additional legal, audit and staffing costs associated with strengthening the Bank’s regulatory and compliance infrastructure.
Income tax expense was $37 thousand for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to $13 thousand for the prior year quarter.
Financial Condition Highlights
At June 30, 2016, total assets were $697.6 million, reflecting a decrease of $44.1 million, or 5.9%, from total assets of $741.7 million at March 31, 2016. This change was the result of decreases of $27.3 million in the loan portfolio net of the allowance for loan losses and $17.7 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Bank is making efforts to reduce the concentration of commercial real estate loans. The decrease in the loan portfolio was largely attributable to loan payoffs and paydowns.
Total cash and cash equivalents decreased $17.7 million, or 27.8%, to $46.0 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $63.7 million at March 31, 2016 as the Bank repaid short-term borrowings during the period and reduced the level of brokered deposits.
Total investment securities decreased $2.5 million, or 3.5%, to $69.0 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $71.5 million at March 31, 2016, as cash generated from calls and sales of securities was redeployed into higher yielding loans.
Loans decreased $27.3 million, or 4.6%, to $561.7 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $589.0 million at March 31, 2016, as the Bank began a targeted reduction of its concentration in commercial real estate mortgage loans by reducing its efforts to slow attrition in and payoffs of Non Owner Occupied CRE loans.
Loans held-for-sale ("HFS") increased $3.3 million, or 133.6%, to $5.8 million at June 30, 2016, following the transfer of one commercial real estate loan into the held-for-sale portfolio. The transferred loan, with a carrying value of $3.4 million, was subsequently sold at par on July 7, 2016.
Total liabilities decreased $44.9 million, or 6.5%, to $642.6 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $687.5 million at March 31, 2016, following decreases in the Bank's deposits and borrowed funds.
Deposits decreased $26.8 million, or 4.4%, to $579.9 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $606.7 million at March 31, 2016, due primarily to decreases in brokered deposits in money market accounts and certificates of deposits. The Company did not actively pursue the retention of these deposits as it has been seeking to reduce its overall level of brokered deposits.
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and other borrowed money decreased $19.0 million, or 27.8%, to $49.4 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $68.4 million at March 31, 2016 due to the repayment of short-term borrowings during the quarter.
Total equity increased $767 thousand, or 1.4%, to $55.0 million at June 30, 2016, compared to $54.2 million at March 31, 2016. The increase was primarily driven by a $359 thousand increase in unrealized gains on investments and net income for the quarter of $408 thousand.
At June 30, 2016, non-performing assets totaled $16.4 million, or 2.4% of total assets, compared to $17.5 million, or 2.4% of total assets, at March 31, 2016, and $13.5 million, or 1.8% of total assets, at December 31, 2015. Non-performing assets at June 30, 2016, consisted of $5.0 million of loans classified as impaired, $2.4 million of loans 90 days or more past due and nonaccruing, $2.1 million of loans classified as troubled debt restructurings, $1.1 million of other real estate owned, and $5.8 million of loans classified as HFS. In July 2016, the Bank was successful in selling at par $3.4 million of HFS loans.
At June 30, 2016, the allowance for loan losses was $5.2 million, representing a ratio of the allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans of 54.5% compared to a ratio of 37.5% at March 31, 2016. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans was 0.92% at June 30, 2016 compared to a ratio of 0.89% at March 31, 2016. Non-performing loans have decreased 31.9% to $9.5 million during the three month period, primarily due to the transfer of one commercial real estate loan to the Bank's held-for-sale portfolio.
About Carver Bancorp, Inc.
Carver Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank. Carver was founded in 1948 to serve African-American communities whose residents, businesses, and institutions had limited access to mainstream financial services. In light of its mission to promote economic development and revitalize underserved communities, Carver has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a community development financial institution. Carver is the largest African- and Caribbean-American managed bank in the United States, with nine full-service branches in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.