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New York Community Bancorp, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2020 Diluted Earnings Per Common Share Of $0.20 On NIM Expansion, Net Interest Income Growth, And A Solid Increase In Loans

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WESTBURY, N.Y., April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --


First Quarter 2020 Summary

·   Earnings:
-    First quarter 2020 diluted EPS of $0.20, were up 5% on a year-ago basis and unchanged compared to fourth-quarter 2019.
-    Net income available to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2020 was $92.1 million, up 3% compared to $89.4 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $93.0 million, down 1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
-    Results include a provision for credit losses of $20.6 million due to the application of CECL and the economic impact of COVID-19.
-    Pre-provision net revenue for the first quarter of 2020 totaled $135.8 million, up 6% compared to the year-ago quarter and 6% annualized compared to the previous quarter. (1)
-    Non-interest expenses totaled $125.5 million, down 10% compared to the year-ago quarter and 2% annualized compared to the previous quarter. The efficiency ratio improved to 48.03%, reflecting positive operating leverage.
-    Return on average assets was 0.75% for the quarter, while return on average common stockholders' equity was 5.95%. (2)
-    Return on average tangible assets was 0.79% for the quarter, while return on average tangible common stockholders' equity was 9.80%. (2)(3)
·   Net Interest Income/Margin
-    Net interest income, on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the effects of prepayment income, would have been $233.9 million in the first quarter, up
$9.3 million or 17% annualized, compared to the previous quarter.
-    Net interest income for the first quarter increased to $244.5 million, up $2.0 million or 3% annualized compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
-    Prepayment income added nine bps to this quarter's margin, down five bps compared to the previous quarter.  Excluding the impact from
prepayments, the margin, on a non-GAAP basis, would have been 1.92% up two bps on a sequential basis.
·   Balance Sheet:
-    Total assets were $54.3 billion, up 5% on an annualized basis compared to December 31, 2019.
-    Total deposits increased $316 million or 4% annualized to $32.0 billion.
-    Total loans held for investment grew $397.6 million or 4% on an annualized basis to $42.3 billion compared to December 31, 2019.
-    Multi-family loans increased $113.4 million or 2% on an annualized basis to $31.3 billion, due to seasonality.
-    The specialty finance portfolio had strong growth, rising $415.0 million or 16% (not annualized) to $3.0 billion.
·   Asset Quality:
-    The allowance for loan and lease losses increased $14.6 million to $162.2 million at March 31, 2020, due to the implementation of CECL on January 1st.
-    Non-performing assets totaled $58.8 million or 0.11% of total assets, down 20% compared to December 31, 2019; non-performing loans also decreased 20% compared to year-end 2019. Excluding taxi medallion-related loans, NPLs would have been $35.9 million in the first quarter.
-    Weighted average LTV for NYS rent-regulated multi-family portfolio was 53.13%
·   Capital Position at March 31, 2020:
-    Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio was 9.81%.
-    Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio was 11.10%.
-    Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio was 13.16%.
-    Leverage Capital Ratio was 8.47%.

 

(1)

Pre-provision net revenue is a non-GAAP measure, but we believe it is relevant to understanding the Company's financial results in light of the increased provision for credit losses during the first quarter resulting from the implementation of CECL and the economic impact of COVID-19.  See the discussion and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures with the comparable GAAP measures on page 6 of this release.

(2)

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Return on average assets and on average tangible assets are calculated using net income. Return on average common stockholders' equity and on average tangible common stockholders' equity are calculated using net income available to common shareholders.

(3)

"Tangible assets" and "tangible common stockholders' equity" are non-GAAP financial measures. See the discussion and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures with the comparable GAAP measures on page 10 of this release.


New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) (the "Company") today reported net income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 of $100.3 million compared to $101.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and $97.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Net income available to common shareholders totaled $92.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $93.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and $89.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  Results for the current first quarter include a provision for credit losses of $20.6 million compared to $1.7 million in the previous quarter and a recovery of $1.2 million in the year-ago quarter.  The significant increase in this quarter's provision reflects the application of new accounting guidance as of January 1, 2020 (commonly referred to as "CECL") and incorporates revised projections and assumptions due to the impact of COVID-19.

On a per share basis, the Company reported diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of this year of $0.20, unchanged from the prior quarter and up 5% compared to the $0.19 it reported in the year-ago quarter.

Commenting on the Company's first-quarter 2020 performance, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph R. Ficalora stated: "We are extremely pleased with the Company's first quarter performance in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We entered 2020 with strong underlying fundamentals and positive momentum building off of a solid performance in the previous quarter.  Despite what is seasonally a slow quarter, we had solid loan growth, a higher level of net interest income and net interest margin expansion.  Given how we are currently positioned, we expect continued improvement in both of these metrics over the course of the year, albeit, at a faster pace than what we experienced during the current quarter.  Moreover, both our capital position and our liquidity remains strong.

"Our loan portfolio increased in the mid-single digits during the first quarter, driven by growth in our specialty finance portfolio and in the multi-family portfolio.  Origination activity was down compared to a strong fourth quarter of 2019, but increased 35% on a year-over-year basis.  More importantly, loan pricing improved during the latter part of the quarter.

"Both net interest income and the net interest margin continued to build off the inflection point reached during the fourth quarter of last year, as they both increased again during this quarter.  Excluding the impact from prepayments, net interest income increased $9.3 million or 17% annualized on a sequential basis, while the net interest margin, also excluding prepayment income, would have been 1.92%, up two basis points and in-line with expectations.

"The adoption of CECL did not have a material impact on our asset quality metrics, which remained stable during the quarter.  We are closely monitoring our portfolio for any signs of stress.  At the same time, we are working with our commercial borrowers to assist them with various programs, including payment restructuring plans and deferral options, as well as participating in the Paycheck Protection Program.

"Yesterday, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share.  We have now paid a dividend for 104 consecutive quarters.  This consistency is not only indicative of our earnings, asset quality, and capital strength, but it also speaks to the testament of our business model.

"I would also like to express my appreciation to our employees.  I am extremely proud of the hard work they have put in over the past two months to ensure that we continue to service our customers.  Additionally, our immediate thoughts remain with all those individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19.  We are also grateful for the healthcare professionals and all those on the front lines that are battling this crisis non-stop every day.  You are true heroes.  Lastly, our prayers go out to all those members of the NYCB Family, past and present, who are suffering from COVID-19 and particularly those employees, their families, and friends who we have lost to this disease."

DIVIDEND DECLARATION
Reflecting our earnings, asset quality metrics, and strong capital position, the Board of Directors yesterday declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share on the Company's common stock.  Based on a closing price of $10.29 as of April 28, 2020, this represents an annualized dividend yield of 6.6%.  The dividend is payable on May 19, 2020 to common shareholders of record as of May 9, 2020. 

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
During the first quarter of 2020, the Company opportunistically repurchased shares of its common stock under its previously announced $300 million share repurchase program. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 26.5 million shares at an average price of $9.70 or an aggregate purchase of $256.8 million, leaving $43.2 million remaining under the current authorization.

OPERATIONAL UPDATE ON COVID-19
The Company has taken a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers and to help those customers and borrowers who may be experiencing financial difficulties during this time.  By mid-March, close to 100% of our back-office employees were working remotely and our operations are functioning well.  In addition, we temporarily closed all of our in-store branches along with several other locations, converted some branches to drive-up only, and adjusted the hours of operations at our remaining branches.  We also took additional safety measures at all of our branch locations and at our corporate offices.  In addition, we waived certain retail banking fees to support our depositors during this time.

We are also supporting our borrowers through a variety of programs.  We offered 90-day payment forbearances to those residential mortgage customers whose income has been adversely affected by COVID-19.  Also, we are working with our commercial borrowers, on a case-by-case basis, to help them through this temporary situation, including payment restructuring plans and deferral options consistent with regulatory guidelines.  We are also a participant in the Paycheck Protection Program run by the Small Business Administration.

BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY
At March 31, 2020, total assets were $54.3 billion, up $620.3 million compared to total assets at December 31, 2019, or 5% on an annualized basis.  This was driven by a 4% annualized increase in total loans and leases to $42.3 billion and by a near-doubling in our cash and cash equivalents balance to $1.3 billion, offset by a 27% annualized decline in the securities portfolio.  The loan growth was primarily due to increases in the specialty finance portfolio and in the multi-family portfolio.  The loan growth during the quarter was funded mainly through a combination of wholesale borrowings and deposits, which rose 4% annualized to $32.0 billion

Loans
Despite the usual first quarter seasonality, total loans as of March 31, 2020 increased $397.6 million, or 4% on an annualized basis to $42.3 billion compared to the balance at December 31, 2019.  Loan portfolio growth during the current first quarter was driven by growth in the specialty finance portfolio, the multi-family portfolio, and the commercial and industrial ("C&I") portfolio. 

Multi-family loans rose $113.4 million or 1.5% on an annualized basis to $31.3 billion compared to the level at December 31, 2019.  The specialty finance portfolio increased $415.0 million or 16% (63% annualized) to $3.0 billion compared to the balance at December 31, 2019.  On an average basis, specialty finance loans increased $239.5 million to $2.8 billion, up 37% annualized compared to the prior quarter.

Commercial real estate ("CRE") loans declined slightly on a period-end basis, but increased on an average basis.  CRE loans at March 31, 2020 totaled $7.0 billion compared to $7.1 billion at December 31, 2019, down $47.1 million or 3% annualized.  On an average basis, the CRE portfolio rose $41.9 million or 2% annualized to $7.1 billion compared to the previous quarter.

The average loan size for multi-family loans during the first quarter of 2020 was $6.4 million, unchanged from the previous quarter and for CRE loans it was $6.6 million, also unchanged from the previous quarter.  The weighted average life of the multi-family portfolio was 1.9 years, down from 2.0 years at year-end 2019 and for the CRE portfolio, it was 2.3 years, unchanged compared to year end.

Originations

Origination activity was strong during the first quarter of 2020.  For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company originated $2.7 billion in total loans, up 35% on a year-over-year basis and $1.2 billion or 80% greater than our fourth quarter pipeline.

During the current first quarter, multi-family loan originations were $1.4 billion, up 40% compared to the year-ago first quarter, while CRE loan originations totaled $191.7 million, down 8% compared to the year-ago first quarter.  Specialty finance loan originations totaled $957.4 million, up 40% compared to the first quarter of 2019. 

Pipeline

We are heading into the second quarter of 2020 with a very strong loan pipeline.  Currently, our pipeline stands at $2.1 billion, of which 64% is new money.  The pipeline includes $1.6 billion of multi-family loans, $101 million of CRE loans, and $379 million of specialty finance loans and leases.

Funding

Deposits

In continuation of our growth trends over the last two years, total deposits continued to grow during the first quarter of 2020.  Total deposits at March 31, 2020 rose $315.6 million or 4% annualized to $32.0 billion, compared to the balance at December 31, 2019.  While the majority of the past growth has been in certificates of deposits ("CDs"), during the current quarter, the increase was driven by growth in savings accounts and non-interest bearing accounts, while CDs declined modestly.

Savings accounts increased $175.7 million or 15% on an annualized basis to $5.0 billion compared to the balance at December 31, 2019, while non-interest bearing accounts rose $261.5 million or 11% (43% annualized) to $2.7 billion.  CDs and interest-bearing checking and money market accounts both declined modestly compared to year-end 2019.  CDs dropped $72.6 million or 2% annualized to $14.1 billion and interest-bearing checking and money market accounts also declined 2% annualized to $10.2 billion, a decrease of $48.9 million.

During the remainder of 2020, the Company has $13.9 billion of CDs that are scheduled to mature at an average cost of 2.13%.  The majority of the scheduled maturities are set to occur during the second and third quarters of 2020.  During the first quarter, the cost of deposits declined 14 basis points to 1.62%.  During March, the Company lowered the rates it pays on its deposit products in response to the Federal Reserve's actions during the month.

Borrowed Funds

At March 31, 2020, borrowed funds totaled $14.9 billion, up $375.2 million or 10% annualized compared to the balance at December 31, 2019.  The increase is entirely due to an increase in wholesale borrowings, consisting of advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLB-NY"), as the Company took advantage of the low interest rate environment to lock-in long-term funding at very attractive rates.  Wholesale borrowings increased $375.0 million to $14.3 billion, up 11% on an annualized basis relative to year-end 2019.

The cost of borrowings declined 12 basis points on a linked-quarter basis to 2.21%.  During the remainder of the year, we have approximately $1.9 billion of wholesale borrowings set to contractually mature at an average cost of 2.04%.  The new advances that we added during the first quarter had a blended rate of less than 90 basis points.

Liquidity
Our liquidity position remains strong.  In addition to the liquidity provided from deposits, other forms of liquidity available to us stems from our cash and cash equivalent balances and the unencumbered portion of our available-for-sale securities portfolio.  Additional sources of liquidity available to the Company include approved lines of credit with various counterparties, including borrowing facilities at the FHLB-NY and at the Federal Reserve of New York ("FRB-NY").

At March 31, 2020, our available funding at the FHLB-NY was $7.7 billion and at the FRB-NY, it was $1.1 billion. Additionally, the unencumbered portion of the securities portfolio was $4.0 billion.

Asset Quality
Non-Performing Assets
Non-performing assets ("NPAs") at March 31, 2020 declined $14.7 million or 20% compared to the level at December 31, 2019.  This represents 11 basis points of total assets compared to 14 basis points at year-end 2019.  Total non-accrual mortgage loans was $22.1 million, virtually unchanged from the level at year-end 2019, however, other non-accrual loans declined $12.1 million or 31% compared to year-end balances, mainly due to a $7.5 million or 25% decrease in non-accrual taxi medallion-related loans. Excluding the non-performing taxi medallion-related loans, NPAs this quarter would have been $35.9 million or 0.07% of total assets, relatively stable compared to both the year-ago quarter and previous quarter.

Total repossessed assets also declined during the first quarter.  Repossessed assets decreased $2.7 million or 22% compared to the level at December 31, 2019, largely due to taxi medallion-related charge-offs.

Current Expected Credit Losses ("CECL")
At December 31, 2019, the allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL") totaled $147.6 million.  On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted the Current Expected Credit Losses methodology under Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") Topic 326.  Upon adoption of CECL, we recognized an increase in the ALLL of approximately $1.9 million, as a Day 1 transition adjustment from a change in methodology, with a corresponding decrease in retained earnings.  At March 31, 2020, the ALLL totaled $162.2 million, up $14.6 million from December 31, 2019, driven by a $12.7 million reserve build during the first quarter of 2020.  This increase reflects deteriorating forecasted economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Separately, the Company recorded a Day 1 transition adjustment for unfunded commitments at January 1, 2020 of $12.5 million, due to the implementation of CECL. At March 31, 2020, the reserve on unfunded commitments was $10.7 million due to loan satisfactions.







Unfunded 

(in thousands)



Loans and Leases


Commitments

Allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2019


$147,638


$461

  CECL Day 1 transition adjustment


1,911


12,529

  Q1 2020 Provision for (recovery of) credit losses


22,891


(2,290)

  Q1 2020 net charge-offs


(10,196)


0

Allowance for credit losses at March 31, 2020


$162,244


$10,700

 

Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

At March 31, 2020, the ALLL represented 329.22% of non-performing loans compared to 241.07% at year-end 2019 and 0.38% of total loans compared to 0.35% at year-end 2019.

At March 31, 2020, the New York State rent-regulated portion of our multi-family portfolio totaled $18.7 billion or 59.7% of the overall multi-family portfolio.  The weighted average loan-to-value ratio for this portion of the portfolio was 53.13% compared to 56.78% for the overall multi-family portfolio, 365 basis points better.

CAPITAL POSITION

Our capital ratios remained strong during the current first quarter at both the Bank level and the holding company level, and compares favorably to our peers and the industry overall.  All of the regulatory capital ratios for both the Company and the Bank continue to exceed the regulatory requirements for "Well Capitalized" classification.

At the holding company level, our common equity tier 1 capital ratio at March 31, 2020 was 9.81% compared to 9.91% at December 31, 2019 and 10.27% at March 31, 2019.  Our tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 11.10% compared to 11.22% and 11.65%.  At the same periods, total risk-based capital was 13.16%, 13.27%, and 13.83%, while the leverage ratio was 8.47% at March 31, 2020 compared to 8.66% at year-end and 8.68% for the first quarter of last year.  The modest year-over-year and linked-quarter declines primarily reflect balance sheet growth.

Upon adoption of CECL, we recorded a one-time cumulative pre-tax adjustment of $14.4 million ($10.5 million after tax).  Additionally, on March 27, 2020, the bank regulatory agencies issued a joint statement with proposed guidance for banks, such as the Company, which adopted CECL during the first quarter of 2020.  The Company has adopted the provisions of this final interim rule, which allows banks to defer the impact of CECL adoption on regulatory capital ratios for two years.  The adoption of these provisions did not have a material impact on our regulatory capital ratios.

EARNINGS SUMMARY FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020

Net Interest Income
Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 rose $2.0 million to $244.5 million or 3% annualized compared to the previous quarter and $3.1 million or 1% compared to the first quarter of 2019.  Prepayment income in the current first quarter totaled $10.5 million compared to $17.9 million in the previous quarter and $9.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Excluding the impact from prepayment income, net interest income on a non-GAAP basis would have been $233.9 million, up $9.3 million or 17% annualized on a sequential basis and up $2.2 million or 1% compared to the first quarter of last year.









March 31, 2020



For the Three Months Ended


compared to



March 31,


Dec. 31,


March 31,


Dec. 31,


March 31,



2020


2019


2019


2019


2019

(in thousands, except per share data)






















Total interest income


$441,042


$450,683


$446,174


-2%


-1%

Total interest expense

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