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First Foundation Announces 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results

Third Quarter 2020 Summary

  • Net income of $30.9 million and earnings per share of $0.69
  • Total revenues of $75.3 million
  • Return on average assets of 1.79%
  • Return on average tangible equity of 22.2%
  • Tangible book value per share increased to $13.05 and tangible common equity to tangible assets to 9.12%
  • Net interest margin increased to 3.03%
  • Completed securitization of $553 million of loans, recognizing a $15.1 million gain

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors (“FFA”) and First Foundation Bank (“FFB”), announced today its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020. As we present certain non-GAAP measures in this release, the reader should refer to the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth below under the section “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We delivered another quarter of strong results, including double digit growth of revenue and earnings, and tangible book value increased to $13.05 per share,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO. “Our lending, deposit, wealth management, and trust businesses continue to perform very well and are the cornerstones of our robust business model. Loan originations were again solid and our core deposits reached record levels. The credit quality of our loan portfolio positions us well heading into the fourth quarter. Our employees have done a remarkable job delivering on our value proposition to help our clients wherever they are in their financial journey. I am so grateful for their tireless work especially over the past several months.”

Additionally, First Foundation announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per common share, payable on November 17, 2020 to common stockholders of record as of November 9, 2020.

Highlights

Financial Results:

  • 2020 third quarter compared to 2020 second quarter:
    • Total revenues were $75.3 million, an increase of 31%
    • Net interest income was $51.6 million, an increase of 7%
    • Income before taxes was $43.1 million, an increase of 72%
    • Earnings were $30.9 million, an increase of 73%
    • Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.69, compared to $0.40
    • Nonperforming assets (“NPAs”) to total assets remained low at 0.32%

  • 2020 third quarter compared to 2019 third quarter:
    • Total revenues were $75.3 million, an increase of 32%
    • Net interest income was $51.6 million, an increase of 20%
    • Income before taxes was $43.1 million, an increase of 78%
    • Earnings were $30.9 million, an increase of 78%
    • Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.69, compared to $0.39

  • 2020 third quarter financial ratios:
    • Return on average tangible equity of 22.2%
    • Return on average assets of 1.79%
    • Efficiency ratio of 40% for the quarter and 49% year to date
    • Total tangible shareholders’ equity of $582 million, tangible book value of $13.05 per share, and tangible common equity to tangible assets of 9.12%

Other Activity:

  • Completed securitization of $553 million of loans, recognizing a $15.1 million gain, inclusive of associated mortgage servicing rights of $3.9 million.
  • Forbearances and deferrals decreased to 1.07% of loans, to a total of $55 million, from 2.3% and $132 million in the prior quarter.
  • Net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.03% for the third quarter.
  • Loan originations totaled $414 million for the quarter.
  • The allowance for credit losses for loans decreased by $3.9 million in the quarter. This change was a result of the decrease in loans held for investment as well as a slight improvement in the economic scenario we utilize for the CECL calculation.
  • Core funding increased to 90% of total deposits from 76% the prior year. Cost of deposits decreased to 0.57% from 0.84% in the prior quarter.
  • Recognized a $1.3 million valuation allowance on mortgage servicing rights as a result of changes in the interest rate environment and prepayment speeds.
  • Increased the allowance for credit losses related to interest-only strip securities by $5.7 million in the quarter, as a result of changes in the interest rate environment and prepayment speeds.
  • Declared and paid cash dividend of $0.07 per share in the quarter.
  • Assets under management (“AUM”) at FFA increased to $4.5 billion.

“In a quarter characterized by uncertainty in the U.S. economy, we produced positive results across our business,” said David DePillo, President. “Our already strong credit quality remains solid, as evidenced by NPAs of 32 bps. And our investments in both retail and digital banking have translated to 25% growth year over year in our core deposits while our efficiency ratio improved to 40.1%.”

Details

  • Total loans, including loans held for sale, increased $77 million in the first nine months of 2020, including $1.8 billion of originations.
  • The $573 million growth in deposits during the first nine months of 2020 included increases in specialty deposits of $564 million, and branch deposits of $353 million, and digital channel deposits of $329 million, which were partially offset by a $674 million decrease in wholesale deposits. FHLB advances decreased by $473 million in the first nine months of the year.
  • The $232 million increase in AUM during the third quarter of 2020 was the net result of $25 million of new accounts, $258 million of portfolio gains, and terminations and net withdrawals of $51 million.

About First Foundation

First Foundation, (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial institution founded in 1990, provides personal banking, business banking and private wealth management. The Company has offices in California, Nevada and Hawaii with headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.firstfoundationinc.com.

We have two business segments, “Banking” and “Investment Management and Wealth Planning” (“Wealth Management”). Banking includes the operations of FFB and First Foundation Insurance Services, and Wealth Management includes the operations of FFA. The financial position and operating results of the stand-alone holding company, FFI, are included under the caption “Other” in certain of the tables that follow, along with any consolidation elimination entries.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release, including statements in the Discussion of Changes in Results of Operations and Financial Position below, regarding our expectations and beliefs about our future financial performance and financial condition, dividends, as well as trends in our business and markets are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," "outlook," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on current information and on assumptions that we make about future events and circumstances that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond our control. As a result of those risks and uncertainties, our actual financial results in the future could differ, possibly materially, from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release and could cause us to make changes to our future plans. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the risk of incurring loan losses, which is an inherent risk of the banking business; the negative impacts and disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on our colleagues, clients, the communities we serve and the domestic and global economy, which may have an adverse effect on our business, financial position and results of operations; the risk that we will not be able to continue our internal growth rate; the risk that we will not be able to access the securitization market on favorable terms or at all; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or locally in the areas in which we conduct or will conduct our business; risks associated with the Federal Reserve Board taking actions with respect to interest rates, which could adversely affect our interest income and interest rate margins and, therefore, our future operating results; the risk that the performance of our investment management business or of the equity and bond markets could lead clients to move their funds from or close their investment accounts with us, which would reduce our assets under management and adversely affect our operating results; the risk that we may be unable or that our board of directors may determine that it is inadvisable to pay future dividends; risks associated with changes in income tax laws and regulations; and risks associated with seeking new client relationships and maintaining existing client relationships. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties to which our business and future financial performance are subject is contained in our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 that we filed with the SEC on March 2, 2020, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 that we filed with the SEC on May 8, 2020, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter ended June 30, 2020 that we filed with the SEC on August 7, 2020, and other documents we file with the SEC from time to time. We urge readers of this news release to review those reports and other documents we file with the SEC from time to time. Also, our actual financial results in the future may differ from those currently expected due to additional risks and uncertainties of which we are not currently aware or which we do not currently view as, but in the future may become, material to our business or operating results. Due to these and other possible uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of today's date, or to make predictions based solely on historical financial performance. We also disclaim any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in the above-referenced reports, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - Unaudited
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

282,983

 

 

$

414,179

 

 

$

268,446

 

Securities available-for-sale

 

 

890,981

 

 

 

863,778

 

 

 

1,042,940

 

Allowance for credit losses - investments

 

 

(8,049

)

 

 

(2,371

)

 

 

 

Net securities

 

 

882,932

 

 

 

861,407

 

 

 

1,042,940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans held for sale

 

 

512,598

 

 

 

527,970

 

 

 

501,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans held for investment

 

 

4,615,323

 

 

 

5,136,812

 

 

 

4,374,208

 

Allowance for credit losses - loans

 

 

(24,183

)

 

 

(28,129

)

 

 

(20,500

)

Net loans

 

 

4,591,140

 

 

 

5,108,683

 

 

 

4,353,708

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in FHLB stock

 

 

17,250

 

 

 

23,598

 

 

 

17,250

 

Deferred taxes

 

 

7,157

 

 

 

9,194

 

 

 

9,534

 

Premises and equipment, net

 

 

8,265

 

 

 

8,188

 

 

 

8,694

 

Goodwill and intangibles

 

 

95,735

 

 

 

96,181

 

 

 

97,717

 

Other assets

 

 

83,878

 

 

 

91,893

 

 

 

58,197

 

Total Assets

 

$

6,481,938

 

 

$

7,141,293

 

 

$

6,358,346

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

$

5,463,813

 

 

$

5,647,841

 

 

$

5,170,566

 

Borrowings

 

 

269,000

 

 

 

764,600

 

 

 

520,000

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

71,189

 

 

 

90,131

 

 

 

63,420

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

5,804,002

 

 

 

6,502,572

 

 

 

5,753,986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

45

 

 

 

45

 

 

 

45

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

 

433,263

 

 

 

432,791

 

 

 

433,426

 

Retained earnings

 

 

228,396

 

 

 

200,582

 

 

 

162,792

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

16,232

 

 

 

5,303

 

 

 

8,097

 

Total Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

677,936

 

 

 

638,721

 

 

 

604,360

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

6,481,938

 

 

$

7,141,293

 

 

$

6,358,346

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS - Unaudited
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

For the Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

55,231

 

$

55,134

 

$

56,483

 

$

165,249

 

$

166,828

Securities

 

 

6,107

 

 

6,539

 

 

5,349

 

 

19,643

 

 

17,700

FHLB Stock, fed funds sold and deposits

 

 

353

 

 

259

 

 

782

 

 

1,069

 

 

1,938

Total interest income

 

 

61,691

 

 

61,932

 

 

62,614

 

 

185,961

 

 

186,466

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

7,988

 

 

10,914

 

 

16,675

 

 

33,548

 

 

48,419

Borrowings

 

 

2,086

 

 

2,571

 

 

2,807

 

 

7,481

 

 

11,981

Total interest expense

 

 

10,074

 

 

13,485

 

 

19,482

 

 

41,029

 

 

60,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

 

51,617

 

 

48,447

 

 

43,132

 

 

144,932

 

 

126,066

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for credit losses

 

 

1,548

 

 

1,367

 

 

172

 

 

6,979

 

 

1,943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income after provision for credit losses

 

 

50,069

 

 

47,080

 

 

42,960

 

 

137,953

 

 

124,123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset management, consulting and other fees

 

 

7,368

 

 

6,733

 

 

7,304

 

 

21,863

 

 

21,234

Gain on sale of loans

 

 

15,140

 

 

 

 

4,218

 

 

15,140

 

 

4,218

Other income

 

 

1,133

 

 

2,236

 

 

2,460

 

 

6,282

 

 

6,126

Total noninterest income

 

 

23,641

 

 

8,969

 

 

13,982

 

 

43,285

 

 

31,578

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

 

17,914

 

 

18,288

 

 

17,167

 

 

56,059

 

 

53,402

Occupancy and depreciation

 

 

6,052

 

 

5,855

 

 

5,450

 

 

17,419

 

 

15,485

Professional services and marketing costs

 

 

2,077

 

 

2,049

 

 

1,745

 

 

5,880

 

 

5,773

Customer service costs

 

 

1,723

 

 

1,622

 

 

5,920

 

 

5,717

 

 

13,592

Other expenses

 

 

2,829

 

 

3,123

 

 

2,412

 

 

9,329

 

 

9,669

Total noninterest expense

 

 

30,595

 

 

30,937

 

 

32,694

 

 

94,404

 

 

97,921

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes on income

 

 

43,115

 

 

25,112

 

 

24,248

 

 

86,834

 

 

57,780

Taxes on income

 

 

12,177

 

 

7,258

 

 

6,892

 

 

24,831

 

 

16,755

Net income

 

$

30,938

 

$

17,854

 

$

17,356

 

$

62,003

 

$

41,025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.69

 

$

0.40

 

$

0.39

 

$

1.39

 

$

0.92

Diluted

 

$

0.69

 

$

0.40

 

$

0.39

 

$

1.38

 

$

0.91

Shares used in computation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

44,625,668

 

 

44,620,716

 

 

44,639,481

 

 

44,638,634

 

 

44,602,368

Diluted

44,885,776

44,812,369

 

 

44,935,308

 

 

44,883,612

 

 

44,876,614

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Unaudited
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts and percentages)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

For the Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

 

 

2020

2020

2019

2020

2019

Selected Financial Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets

 

 

1.79

%

 

 

1.06

%

 

 

1.10

%

 

 

1.24

%

 

 

0.90

%

Return on average equity

 

 

18.9

%

 

 

11.3

%

 

 

11.7

%

 

 

13.0

%

 

 

9.5

%

Return on average tangible equity (1)

 

 

22.2

%

 

 

13.3

%

 

 

14.0

%

 

 

15.3

%

 

 

11.4

%

Efficiency ratio (2)

 

 

40.1

%

 

 

53.0

%

 

 

59.5

%

 

 

49.4

%

 

 

63.1

%

Net interest margin

 

 

3.03

%

 

 

2.96

%

 

 

2.89

%

 

 

2.97

%

 

 

2.87

%

Cost of deposits

 

 

0.57

%

 

 

0.84

%

 

 

1.31

%

 

 

0.85

%

 

 

1.35

%

Loan to deposit ratio

 

 

93.9

%

 

 

100.3

%

 

 

94.3

%

 

 

93.9

%

 

 

94.3

%

Noninterest income as a % of total revenues

 

 

31.4

%

 

 

15.6

%

 

 

24.5

%

 

 

23.0

%

 

 

20.0

%

Loan originations

 

$

413,962

 

 

$

701,090

 

 

$

485,817

 

 

$

1,778,220

 

 

$

1,379,250

 

Assets under management

 

 

4,524,061

 

 

 

4,292,252

 

 

 

4,244,079

 

 

 

4,524,061

 

 

 

4,244,079

 

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

 

 

9.12

%

 

 

7.70

%

 

 

8.09

%

 

 

9.12

%

 

 

8.09

%

Book value per share

 

$

15.19

 

 

$

14.31

 

 

$

13.53

 

 

$

15.19

 

 

$

13.53

 

Tangible book value per share

 

 

13.05

 

 

 

12.16

 

 

 

11.35

 

 

 

13.05

 

 

 

11.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Quality:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonperforming assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonaccrual loans

 

$

20,592

 

 

$

15,512

 

 

$

21,202

 

 

$

20,592

 

 

$

21,202

 

Other real estate owned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total nonperforming loans

 

$

20,592

 

 

$

15,512

 

 

$

21,202

 

 

$

20,592

 

 

$

21,202

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans 30 - 89 days past due

 

$

2,852

 

 

$

14,526

 

 

$

8,389

 

 

$

2,852

 

 

$

8,389

 

Accruing loans 90 days or more past due

 

 

2,403

 

 

 

 

 

 

106

 

 

 

2,403

 

 

 

106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonperforming assets to total assets

 

 

0.32

%

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

0.33

%

 

 

0.32

%

 

 

0.33

%

Loans 30 - 89 days past due to total loans

 

 

0.06

%

 

 

0.28

%

 

 

0.19

%

 

 

0.06

%

 

 

0.19

%

Allowance for credit losses to loans held for investment

 

 

0.52

%

 

 

0.55

%

 

 

0.46

%

 

 

0.52

%

 

 

0.46

%

Allowance for credit losses to nonaccrual loans

 

 

117.4

%

 

 

181.3

%

 

 

96.7

%

 

 

117.4

%

 

 

96.7

%

Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans - annualized

 

 

0.01

%

 

 

0.03

%

 

 

(0.01

)%

 

 

0.01

%

 

 

0.01

%

(1)

Tangible equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. See disclosures regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included as a separate section in this press release.

(2)

Efficiency Ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure: See disclosures regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included as a separate section in this press release.

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
SEGMENT REPORTING - Unaudited
(in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Banking:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

61,691

 

 

$

61,932

 

 

$

62,614

 

 

$

185,961

 

 

$

123,852

 

Interest expense

 

 

10,024

 

 

 

13,435

 

 

 

19,328

 

 

 

40,899

 

 

 

40,804

 

Net interest income

 

 

51,667

 

 

 

48,497

 

 

 

43,286

 

 

 

145,062

 

 

 

83,048

 

Provision for credit losses

 

 

1,548

 

 

 

1,367

 

 

 

172

 

 

 

6,979

 

 

 

1,771

 

Noninterest income

 

 

17,976

 

 

 

3,635

 

 

 

8,173

 

 

 

26,270

 

 

 

6,465

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

24,949

 

 

 

25,042

 

 

 

26,397

 

 

 

76,235

 

 

 

52,388

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

43,146

 

 

$

25,723

 

 

$

24,890

 

 

$

88,118

 

 

$

35,354

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth Management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income

 

$

6,020

 

 

$

5,631

 

 

$

6,161

 

 

$

18,139

 

 

$

11,713

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

5,166

 

 

 

5,404

 

 

 

5,423

 

 

 

16,735

 

 

 

11,085

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

854

 

 

$

227

 

 

$

738

 

 

$

1,404

 

 

$

628

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and Eliminations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Interest expense

 

 

50

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

154

 

 

 

130

 

 

 

114

 

Net interest income

 

 

(50

)

 

 

(50

)

 

 

(154

)

 

 

(130

)

 

 

(114

)

Noninterest income

 

 

(355

)

 

 

(297

)

 

 

(352

)

 

 

(1,124

)

 

 

(582

)

Noninterest expense

 

 

480

 

 

 

491

 

 

 

874

 

 

 

1,434

 

 

 

1,754

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

(885

)

 

$

(838

)

 

$

(1,380

)

 

$

(2,688

)

 

$

(2,450

)

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
SELECTED INFORMATION: LOAN AND DEPOSIT BALANCES - Unaudited
(in thousands)

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

Loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding principal balance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans secured by real estate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential properties:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multifamily

 

$

2,084,175

 

$

2,556,332

 

$

2,369,081

 

$

2,143,919

 

$

1,941,624

Single Family

 

 

818,436

 

 

839,537

 

 

851,443

 

 

871,181

 

 

896,607

Subtotal

 

 

2,902,611

 

 

3,395,869

 

 

3,220,524

 

 

3,015,100

 

 

2,838,231

Commercial properties

 

 

770,964

 

 

774,939

 

 

793,182

 

 

834,042

 

 

871,225

Land

 

 

57,722

 

 

65,094

 

 

68,101

 

 

70,257

 

 

71,110

Total real estate loans

 

 

3,731,297

 

 

4,235,902

 

 

4,081,807

 

 

3,919,399

 

 

3,780,566

Commercial and industrial loans

 

 

858,744

 

 

875,464

 

 

696,596

 

 

600,213

 

 

566,390

Consumer loans

 

 

18,399

 

 

18,640

 

 

17,476

 

 

16,273

 

 

16,505

Total loans

 

 

4,608,440

 

 

5,130,006

 

 

4,795,879

 

 

4,535,885

 

 

4,363,461

Deferred fees and expenses

 

 

6,883

 

 

6,806

 

 

9,634

 

 

11,748

 

 

10,747

Total

 

$

4,615,323

 

$

5,136,812

 

$

4,805,513

 

$

4,547,633

 

$

4,374,208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans held for sale

 

$

512,598

 

$

527,970

 

$

520,721

 

$

503,036

 

$

501,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demand deposits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest-bearing

 

$

1,890,028

 

$

1,770,382

 

$

1,315,114

 

$

1,192,481

 

$

1,532,105

Interest-bearing

 

 

396,938

 

 

411,053

 

 

384,215

 

 

386,276

 

 

350,344

Money market and savings

 

 

1,922,264

 

 

1,643,871

 

 

1,380,903

 

 

1,334,736

 

 

1,316,899

Certificates of deposits

 

 

1,254,583

 

 

1,822,535

 

 

1,950,595

 

 

1,977,651

 

 

1,971,218

Total

 

$

5,463,813

 

$

5,647,841

 

$

5,030,827

 

$

4,891,144

 

$

5,170,566

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.
SELECTED INFORMATION: INTEREST MARGIN - Unaudited
(in thousands, except percentages)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

For the Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Average Balances:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

5,644,646

 

$

5,475,796

 

$

5,282,338

 

$

5,401,754

 

$

5,062,689

 

Securities

 

 

840,593

 

 

919,788

 

 

616,424

 

 

919,712

 

 

732,262

 

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

6,814,550

 

 

6,550,312

 

 

5,985,601

 

 

6,504,024

 

 

5,856,354

 

Deposits: interest-bearing

 

 

3,769,335

 

 

3,791,997

 

 

3,553,660

 

 

3,755,796

 

 

3,520,069

 

Deposits: noninterest-bearing

 

 

1,832,709

 

 

1,442,333

 

 

1,508,290

 

 

1,514,954

 

 

1,270,845

 

Borrowings

 

 

698,860

 

 

810,844

 

 

486,807

 

 

730,763

 

 

640,267

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Yield / Rate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

 

3.91

%

 

4.03

%

 

4.27

%

 

4.08

%

 

4.40

%

Securities

 

 

2.91

%

 

2.84

%

 

3.47

%

 

2.85

%

 

3.22

%

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

3.62

%

 

3.78

%

 

4.18

%

 

3.81

%

 

4.25

%

Deposits (interest-bearing only)

 

 

0.84

%

 

1.16

%

 

1.86

%

 

1.19

%

 

1.84

%

Deposits (noninterest and interest-bearing)

 

 

0.57

%

 

0.84

%

 

1.31

%

 

0.85

%

 

1.35

%

Borrowings

 

 

1.19

%

 

1.28

%

 

2.29

%

 

1.37

%

 

2.50

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

 

 

0.90

%

 

1.18

%

 

1.91

%

 

1.22

%

 

1.94

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Interest Rate Spread

 

 

2.72

%

 

2.61

%

 

2.27

%

 

2.59

%

 

2.31

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Interest Margin

 

 

3.03

%

 

2.96

%

 

2.89

%

 

2.97

%

 

2.87

%

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP measures (including, but not limited to, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP financial ratios) of financial performance. These supplemental performance measures may vary from, and may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures by other companies in our industry. Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. A non-GAAP financial measure may also be a financial metric that is not required by GAAP or other applicable requirement.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures (as applicable), provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by providing additional information used by management that is not otherwise required by GAAP or other applicable requirements. Our management uses, and believes that investors benefit from referring to, these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our operating results and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate a comparison of our performance to prior periods. We believe these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. However, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In the information below, we have provided a reconciliation of, where applicable, the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release, or a reconciliation of the non-GAAP calculation of the financial measure.

In this press release, we use certain non-GAAP financial ratios and measures that are not required by GAAP or exclude certain financial items from calculations that are otherwise required under GAAP, including:

  • The efficiency ratio is the ratio of noninterest expense to the sum of net interest income and noninterest income and may exclude one-time and non-operating items of income or expense. Core deposit intangible amortization for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, and the three months ended June 30, 2020, of $0.5 million, $1.5 million, and $0.5 million, respectively, was excluded from noninterest expenses. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, a $0.1 million of gain on sale of REO was excluded from noninterest income.
  • Tangible common equity (also referred to as tangible book value or tangible equity) and tangible assets, are equal to common equity and assets, respectively, less $95.7 million, $96.2 million, and $97.7 million of goodwill and intangible assets as of September 30, 2020, June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively. We believe that this information is consistent with the treatment by bank regulatory agencies, which exclude intangible assets from the calculation of capital ratios.
  • Average tangible equity is equal to average common equity less $96.0 million, $96.4 million, and $98.0 million of average goodwill and intangible assets for the quarters ended September 30, 2020, June 30, 2020, and September 30, 2019, respectively, and less $96.4 million and $98.9 million of average goodwill and intangible assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. We believe that this information is consistent with the treatment by bank regulatory agencies, which exclude intangible assets from the calculation of capital ratios.

Discussion of Changes in Results of Operations and Financial Position

Quarter Ended September 30, 2020 as Compared to Quarter Ended June 30, 2020

Our net income and income before taxes for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $30.9 million and $43.1 million, respectively, as compared to $17.9 million and $25.1 million, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2020. The $18 million increase in income before taxes was the result of a $17.4 million increase in income before taxes for Banking and a $0.6 million increase in income before taxes for Wealth Management. The increase in Banking was due to higher net interest income and noninterest income.

Our effective tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2020 was 28.2% as compared to 28.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and as compared to our statutory tax rate of 29.0%.

Net interest income increased 7% from $48.4 million in the second quarter of 2020, to $51.6 million in the third quarter of 2020 due to a 25% decrease in interest expense. The net interest margin increased from 2.96% in the second quarter of 2020 to 3.03% in the third quarter of 2020 due to an increase in the net interest rate spread. The net interest rate spread increased from 2.61% in the second quarter of 2020 to 2.72% in the third quarter of 2020 due to a decrease in the cost of our interest-bearing liabilities. The decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities was due to decreased costs of interest-bearing deposits, resulting from decreases in deposit market rates and decreases in our borrowing costs due to declines in the Fed Funds rates, which strongly influence our borrowing rates. The average balance outstanding under the holding company line of credit increased from $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2020 to $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2020.

The provision for credit losses in the third quarter of 2020 was $1.5 million, as compared to $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2020. The $1.5 million provision for credit losses in the third quarter of 2020 was due to $0.1 million of net chargeoffs and a $5.7 million increase in the allowance for credit losses for investments. With the current interest rate environment and the increase we have experienced in prepayment speeds in our interest-only strip securities, this allowance represents the change in expected cash flows on these securities. These increases were partially offset by a $3.9 million decrease in the allowance for credit losses for loans, which was a result of a decrease in loans held for investment, as $513 million of loan balances were transferred to the held for sale category in preparation for a securitization next year, as well as a slight improvement in the economic scenario we utilize for the CECL calculation.

The $1.4 million provision for credit losses in the second quarter of 2020 was due to the growth in loan balances and $0.4 million of net chargeoffs.

Noninterest income in Banking increased from $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2020 to $18 million in the third quarter of 2020 due to gains on the sale of loans of $15.1 million, which was partially offset by a $1.3 million valuation allowance on mortgage servicing rights, which was due to an increase in prepayment speeds. Noninterest income for Wealth Management increased by $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the second quarter of 2020 due primarily to higher levels of fees earned on AUM.

Noninterest expense in Banking decreased from $25.0 million in the second quarter of 2020 to $24.9 million in the third quarter of 2020. Compensation and benefits were $0.2 million lower in the third quarter of 2020, due to a decrease in the number of full time equivalent employees (“FTE”), from 437.4 in the second quarter of 2020, to 424.8 in the third quarter of 2020. Occupancy and depreciation expenses increased by $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the second quarter of 2020 due primarily to higher core processing costs related to higher volumes and services. Noninterest expenses for Wealth Management decreased by $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2020 due to lower compensation and benefits costs.

Quarter Ended September 30, 2020 as Compared to Quarter Ended September 30, 2019

Our net income and income before taxes in the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $30.9 million and $43.1 million, respectively, as compared to $17.4 million and $24.2 million, respectively, in the three months ended September 30, 2019. The $18.9 million increase in income before taxes was the result of a $18.3 million increase in income before taxes for Banking, a $0.1 million increase in income before taxes for Wealth Management and a $ 0.4 million decrease in corporate noninterest expenses. The increase in Banking was due to higher net interest income, higher noninterest income and lower noninterest expenses. The increase in Wealth Management was due to lower noninterest expenses, offset partially by lower noninterest income.

Our effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2020 was 28.2% as compared to 28.4% for the third quarter of 2019 and as compared to our statutory tax rate of 29.0%.

Net interest income increased 20% from $43.1 million in the third quarter of 2019, to $51.6 million in the third quarter of 2020 due to a 14% increase in interest-earning assets and an increase in the net interest rate spread. The net interest rate spread increased from 2.27% in the third quarter of 2019 to 2.72% in the third quarter of 2020 due to a decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities, from 1.91% in the third quarter of 2019, to 0.90% in the third quarter of 2020, which was partially offset by a decrease in yield on interest-earning assets, from 4.18% in the third quarter of 2019, to 3.62% in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities was due to decreased costs of interest-bearing deposits, resulting from decreases in deposit market rates, and decreased costs of borrowings, as the average rate on FHLB advances and other overnight borrowings decreased from 2.29% in the third quarter of 2019 to 1.19% in the third quarter of 2020. The yield on interest-earning assets decreased due to decreases in yields on loans and securities and an increase in the proportion of lower yielding securities and deposits to total interest-earning assets. The yield on loans decreased due to accelerated payoffs of higher yielding loans during the last year and the decrease in market rates, which resulted in lower rates on loans added to the portfolio. The yield on securities decreased due to the purchase of $576 million of securities in the third quarter of 2019 at current market rates, which were lower than the overall yield realized in 2019. The average balance outstanding under the holding company line of credit decreased from $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2019 to $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2020, resulting in a $0.1 million decrease in corporate interest expense.

The provision for credit losses in the third quarter of 2020 was $1.5 million, as compared to $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. The $1.5 million provision for credit losses in the third quarter of 2020 was due to $0.1 million of net chargeoffs and a $5.7 million increase in the allowance for credit losses for investments. With the current interest rate environment and the increase we have experienced in prepayment speeds in our interest-only strip securities, this allowance represents the change in expected cash flows on these securities. These increases were partially offset by a $3.9 million decrease in the allowance for credit losses for loans, which was a result of a decrease in loans held for investment, as $513 million of loan balances were transferred to the held for sale category in preparation for a securitization next year, as well as a slight improvement in the economic scenario we utilize for the CECL calculation.

The $0.2 million provision for credit losses in the third quarter of 2019 was due to the growth in loan balances and $0.1 million of net recoveries.

Noninterest income in Banking in the third quarter of 2020 was $9.8 million higher than the third quarter of 2019 due to an increase in gains on sales of loans, offset partially by a decrease in other loan fees. Gains on sales of loans increased by $10.9 million, with $15.1 million in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Other loan fees decreased by $1.4 million due to a $1.3 million valuation allowance on mortgage servicing rights, which was due to an increase in prepayment speeds. Noninterest income for Wealth Management decreased by $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the corresponding period in 2019 due primarily to lower levels of fees earned on AUM.

Noninterest expense in Banking decreased from $26.4 million in the third quarter of 2019 to $25.0 million in the third quarter of 2020 primarily due to lower customer service costs, which were partially offset by higher compensation and benefits, and occupancy and depreciation expenses. The $4.2 million decrease in customer service costs was due to decreases in the earnings credit rates paid on deposit balances, as interest rates have declined. Compensation and benefits were $1.1 million higher due to higher compensation costs and commission costs related to higher production volume during 2020. Occupancy and depreciation costs were $0.6 million higher due primarily to higher core processing costs related to higher volumes and services added during 2020. Noninterest expenses for Wealth Management decreased by $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2020, when compared to the third quarter of 2019, due to lower compensation and benefits expenses. The $0.4 million decrease in corporate expenses was due primarily to lower professional services and marketing and other expenses.

Changes in Financial Position

During the first nine months ended September 30, 2020, total assets increased by $168 million primarily due to an increase in cash and cash equivalents and loans, which was partially offset by a decrease in securities. During the first nine months ended September 30, 2020, securities decreased by $124 million primarily due to payoffs of mortgage backed securities. Loans and loans held for sale increased $77 million in the first nine months ended September 30, 2020 as a result of $1.8 billion of originations, which were partially offset by payoffs or scheduled payments of $1.1 billion and loan sales of $553 million. The $573 million growth in deposits during the first nine months of 2020 included increases in specialty deposits of $564 million, branch deposits of $353 million, and digital channel deposits of $329 million, which were partially offset by a $674 million decrease in wholesale deposits. Borrowings decreased by $474 million during the first nine months ended September 30, 2020 as cash provided by the increase in deposits, which exceeded the growth in our assets, was used to pay down our borrowings at the Bank. At September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the outstanding balance on the holding company line of credit was $9 million and $10 million, respectively.

Our credit quality remains strong, as our ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets is at 0.32% at September 30, 2020. We recorded $0.1 million and $0.6 million of net loan chargeoffs in the first nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. At September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the ratio of the allowance for credit losses to loans, was 0.52% and 0.46%, respectively.

Kevin Thompson
Chief Financial Officer
First Foundation Inc.
949-202-4164
[email protected]

Source: First Foundation Inc.

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