Franklin Financial Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Financial Corporation (FRNK) ("the Company"), the parent company of Franklin Federal Savings Bank, announced net income for the three months ended September 30, 2013 of $2.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Net income for the year ended September 30, 2013 was $9.3 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the year ended September 30, 2012.

"We ended fiscal 2013 with a strong fourth quarter and encouraging loan demand. Diluted net income per share increased 56% compared to fiscal 2012, and our capital ratios remained virtually unchanged despite repurchasing $21.1 million of our stock during the year," noted Richard T. Wheeler, Jr., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "We experienced an increase in nonperforming assets, and we will continue to place a high priority on bringing their levels down in fiscal 2014."

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Tangible book value increased $0.58 per share in the three months ended September 30, 2013 to $19.70 per share.
  • Net loans increased $14.7 million, or 3.0%, during the three months ended September 30, 2013 and $60.7 million, or 13.5%, during fiscal 2013.
  • Net interest margin for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased 12 basis points to 2.70% from the prior quarter and 8 basis points from the comparable prior year quarter.
  • The efficiency ratio for the three months ended September 30, 2013 improved 3.70 percentage points to 60.66% from the prior quarter and 4.61 percentage points from the comparable prior year quarter.
  • Nonperforming assets increased $7.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013 and $6.7 million in fiscal 2013 to $55.8 million. 
  • The Company prepaid a $10.0 million FHLB borrowing scheduled to mature in May 2032 with an interest rate of 4.485%, resulting in a prepayment penalty of $18,000 that is included in noninterest expense.
  • The Company repurchased 256,215 shares of its common stock for $4.6 million ($18.09 per share on average) under its previously announced third stock repurchase program.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased $346,000, or 5.5%, to $6.6 million compared to $6.3 million for the prior quarter and decreased $26,000, or 0.4%, compared to $6.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Our net interest margin for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased 12 basis points from the prior quarter and 8 basis points from the same quarter in the prior year to 2.70%. Interest income on loans increased $425,000 from the comparable prior year quarter due to a $41.4 million increase in the average balance of loans, partially offset by a 19 basis point decline in yield as a result of a very competitive market for quality loans. Interest income on securities declined $795,000 from the comparable prior year quarter due to a $68.3 million decrease in the average balance of securities as well as a 38 basis point decline in yield as a result of the sale, maturity and prepayment of higher yielding securities. Deposit costs declined $259,000 from the comparable prior year quarter due to a $9.3 million decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits as well as a 15 basis point decline in cost due to the lower interest rate environment. FHLB borrowing costs declined $46,000 from the comparable prior year quarter due to a $3.2 million decrease in the average balance of FHLB borrowings as well as a 4 basis point decline in cost. 

Net interest income for the year ended September 30, 2013 decreased $1.5 million, or 5.7%, to $25.7 million compared to $27.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2012. Our net interest margin for the year ended September 30, 2013 decreased 4 basis points from the prior fiscal year to 2.63%. Interest income on loans decreased $539,000 due to a 25 basis point decline in yield as a result of a very competitive market for quality loans as well as the maturity and prepayment of higher yielding loans, partially offset by a $10.6 million increase in the average balance of loans. Interest income on securities declined $3.4 million due to a $59.2 million decrease in the average balance of securities as well as a 46 basis point decline in yield as a result of the sale, maturity and prepayment of higher yielding securities. Deposit costs declined $1.3 million due to a $7.5 million decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits as well as a 19 basis point decline in cost due to the lower interest rate environment. FHLB borrowing costs declined $916,000 due to an $11.2 million decrease in the average balance of FHLB borrowings as well as a 22 basis point decline in cost as a result of the Company's exchange of nine FHLB advances for lower-rate advances during the third quarter of fiscal 2012 as well as a prepayment made on a $10.0 million borrowing during fiscal 2013.

Noninterest Income, Excluding Impairment Charges and Gains and Losses on Sales of Securities

Noninterest income, excluding impairment charges and gains and losses on sales of securities, increased $146,000, or 18.8%, to $914,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $768,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.  For the year ended September 30, 2013, noninterest income, excluding impairment charges and gains and losses on sales of securities, increased $129,000, or 2.8%, to $4.7 million compared to $4.5 million for the year ended September 30, 2012.  The increase for the three month period was primarily the result of a $136,000 increase in net gains on sales of other real estate owned. The increase for the year was primarily due to a $414,000 increase in net gains on sales of other real estate owned, partially offset by a $342,000 decrease in other service charges and fees due to fees received on the prepayment of several large loans in the year ended September 30, 2012.

Impairment Charges and Gains and Losses on Sales of Securities

The Company recorded other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") charges in earnings of $102,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to charges of $280,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.  OTTI charges for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 related entirely to debt securities. For the year ended September 30, 2013, the Company recorded OTTI charges in earnings of $435,000 compared to charges of $4.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2012.  OTTI charges for the year ended September 30, 2013 related entirely to debt securities compared to charges of $1.3 million on debt securities and $3.4 million on equity securities for the year ended September 30, 2012. OTTI charges in the current year related to the Company's investment in an auction-rate municipal bond backed by student loans that experienced deteriorating collateral quality as well as the Company's portfolio of non-agency CMOs.

Sales of securities resulted in net gains of $98,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $840,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. For the year ended September 30, 2013, sales of securities resulted in net gains of $1.7 million compared to $63,000 for the year ended September 30, 2012.

Other Noninterest Expenses

Other noninterest expenses decreased $212,000, or 4.4%, to $4.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $4.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a $274,000 decrease in personnel expense and an $81,000 decrease in other operating expenses as a result of decreased stock compensation expense related to the stock options and restricted stock granted to officers and directors in March 2012 under the Company's 2012 Equity Incentive Plan. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in impairment of other real estate owned of $160,000.

Other noninterest expenses increased $1.4 million, or 8.6%, to $18.5 million for the year ended September 30, 2013 compared to $17.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2012. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses of $1.0 million and an increase in other operating expenses of $899,000, both due to increased compensation expense related to stock options and restricted stock granted to officers and directors in March 2012 under the Company's 2012 Equity Incentive Plan. The increase in other operating expenses was also due to increased technology costs as we prepared for the introduction of additional checking products in fiscal 2013. These increases were partially offset by a $373,000 decrease in impairment of other real estate owned.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets increased $7.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013 and $6.7 in the year ended September 30, 2013 to $55.8 million. The increase for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was the result of a $7.9 million increase in nonperforming loans, partially offset by a $334,000 decrease in other real estate owned. Nonperforming loans totaled $49.1 million at September 30, 2013 compared to $41.2 million at June 30, 2013 and $32.6 million at September 30, 2012.  Other real estate owned totaled $6.7 million at September 30, 2013 compared to $7.0 million at June 30, 2013 and $16.5 million at September 30, 2012. Total nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans at September 30, 2013 were 9.37% compared to 8.08% at June 30, 2013 and 7.02% at September 30, 2012.

The Company recorded a credit provision for loan losses of $7,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $607,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $525,000 for the year ended September 30, 2013 compared to a credit provision of $1.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2012. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 1.86% at September 30, 2013 compared to 1.94% at June 30, 2013 and 2.22% at September 30, 2012.

Stock Repurchase Program

During the three months ended September 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 256,215 shares of its common stock for $4.6 million, or an average price of $18.09 per share, under its previously announced third stock repurchase program, completing this program.

On August 29, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a fourth stock repurchase program. The new repurchase program provides for the repurchase of up to 612,530, or approximately 5%, of the Company's common stock outstanding upon completion of the third stock repurchase program. The new repurchases commenced on October 1, 2013. Repurchases will be made from time to time, in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, as and when deemed appropriate by management and under any plan that may be deployed in accordance with SEC Rule 10b5-1.

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of stockholders of Franklin Financial Corporation will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Details of the annual meeting will be communicated to stockholders in a proxy statement, which will be mailed in mid-January 2014.

About Franklin Financial Corporation

Franklin Financial Corporation is the parent of Franklin Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered capital stock savings bank engaged in the business of attracting retail deposits from the general public and originating non-owner-occupied one- to four-family loans as well as multi-family loans, nonresidential real estate loans, construction loans, and land and land development loans.  The Bank is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia and operates eight branch offices.  Franklin Financial Corporation trades under the symbol FRNK (NASDAQ).

Forward-Looking Statements

This report may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are not historical facts; rather they are statements based on our current expectations regarding our business strategies and their intended results and our future performance. Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends" and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to our actual results, performance and achievements being materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to, among others, the following factors:

  • general economic conditions, either internationally, nationally, or in our primary market area, that are worse than expected;
  • a decline in real estate values;
  • changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our interest margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments;
  • increased competitive pressures among financial services companies;
  • changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits;
  • legislative, regulatory or supervisory changes that adversely affect our business;
  • adverse changes in the securities markets; and
  • changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the  Financial Accounting Standards Board or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Additional factors that may affect our results are discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2012 under the Item 1A titled "Risk Factors." These factors should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we assume no obligation and disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Website: www.franklinfederal.com

 

Selected Financial Data



For the Three Months Ended September 30,


For the Year Ended September 30,

(Dollars in thousands) 

2013


2012


2013


2012

Operating Data:








Interest and dividend income 

$     10,091


$    10,422


$     39,790


$    43,573

Interest expense

3,463


3,768


14,134


16,370

Net interest income

6,628


6,654


25,656


27,203

Provision for loan losses

(7)


(607)


525


(1,149)

Net interest income after provision








   for loan losses

6,635


7,261


25,131


28,352

Noninterest income (expense):








Impairment of securities reflected in earnings

(102)


(280)


(435)


(4,665)

Gains on sales of securities, net

98


840


1,716


63

Gains on sales of other real estate owned

198


62


1,812


1,398

Other noninterest income

716


706


2,850


3,135

Total noninterest income (expense)

910


1,328


5,943


(69)

Other noninterest expenses

4,621


4,833


18,525


17,063









Income before provision for income taxes

2,924


3,756


12,549


11,220

Income tax expense

264


1,204


3,203


4,739

Net income

$      2,660


$      2,552


$       9,346


$      6,481

 

Per Share Data



For the Three Months Ended September 30,


For the Year Ended September 30,

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) 

2013


2012


2013


2012

Basic net income per share

$       0.23


$       0.20


$       0.80


$       0.50

Diluted net income per share

$       0.23


$       0.20


$       0.78


$       0.50

Tangible book value per share at end of period

$     19.70


$     18.70


$     19.70


$     18.70

Shares outstanding at end of period

12,251


13,342


12,251


13,342

Weighted-average shares outstanding








Basic

11,439


12,644


11,746


13,025

Diluted

11,674


12,702


11,926


13,044

 

Quarterly Data




(Dollars in thousands)

September 30,

2013


June 30,

2013


September 30,

2012


Financial Condition Data:







Total assets

$      1,059,321


$    1,050,630


$      1,070,781


Cash and cash equivalents

98,914


129,309


119,879


Securities available for sale

304,998


331,521


394,179


Securities held to maturity

70,249


16,061


20,372


Loans, net

511,183


496,532


450,465


Loans held for sale

-


113


1,458


Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance

34,296


33,970


33,008


Deposits

646,838


629,634


640,304


Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings

163,485


173,162


172,204


Total stockholders' equity

241,394


239,160


249,467
















Capital Ratios(1):







Tier 1 capital to adjusted tangible assets

17.83

%

17.68

%

17.68

%

Tier 1 risk-based capital to risk weighted assets

26.32


26.98


26.62


Risk-based capital to risk weighted assets

27.57


28.23


27.87









(1) Ratios are for Franklin Federal Savings Bank.


 


For the Three Months Ended



September 30, 2013


June 30,   2013


September 30, 2012


Performance Ratios:







Return on average assets(2)

1.00

%

0.63

%

0.94

%

Return on average equity(2)

4.39


2.77


3.99


Interest rate spread(2)(3)

2.40


2.26


2.28


Net interest margin(2)(4)

2.70


2.58


2.62


Efficiency ratio(5)

60.66


64.36


65.27


Average interest-earning assets to







average interest-bearing liabilities

121.33


122.14


123.43


Average equity to average assets

22.69


22.86


23.52









(2) Annualized

(3) Represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

(4) Represents net interest income as a percent of average interest-earning assets.

(5) A non-GAAP measure calculated by dividing other noninterest expenses, net of impairment charges on OREO and net losses on the sale of fixed assets and foreclosed assets, by the sum of net interest income and other noninterest income, net of impairments of securities, gains and losses on sales of securities, gains and losses on sales of OREO and net gains on sales of fixed assets.


 


For the Three Months Ended


(Dollars in thousands) 

September 30,

2013


June 30,

2013


September 30,

2012


Asset Quality:







Allowance for Loan Losses







Beginning balance

$             9,912


$         10,638


$           10,806


Provision

(7)


171


(607)


Recoveries

93


56


714


Charge-offs

(258)


(953)


(629)


Ending balance

$             9,740


$           9,912


$           10,284


Nonperforming Assets at Period End







Nonaccrual loans

$           49,131


$         41,184


$           32,567


Other real estate owned

6,715


7,049


16,502


Total nonperforming assets

55,846


48,233


49,069


Performing troubled debt restructurings (6)

5,501


5,510


5,534


Total non-performing assets and performing troubled debt restructurings

$           61,347


$         53,743


$           54,603


Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans at period end

1.86

%

1.94

%

2.22

 

%

Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming loans at period end

19.82


24.07


31.58


Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans at period end

9.37


8.08


7.02


Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets at period end

5.27


4.59


4.58


Total non-performing assets and troubled debt







    restructurings to total assets at period end

5.79


5.12


5.10


Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans







outstanding during the period (annualized)

0.13


0.72


(0.07)









(6) Performing troubled debt restructurings do not include troubled debt restructurings that remain on nonaccrual status and are included in nonaccrual loans above.


 

Non-GAAP Reconciliation



For the Three Months Ended

(Dollars in thousands) 

September 30,

2013


June 30,

2013


September 30,

2012

Net interest income

$             6,628


$           6,282


$             6,654

Plus: Total noninterest income

910


789


1,328

Less: Gains on sales of securities, net

(98)


(205)


(840)

Plus: Net impairment reflected in income

102


138


280

Less: Gains on sales of OREO

(198)


(50)


(62)

Total net interest income and adjusted other noninterest income

$             7,344


$           6,954


$             7,360







Other noninterest expenses

$             4,621


$           4,598


$             4,833

Less: Impairment charges on OREO

(160)


(78)


-

Less: Net losses on sales of fixed assets

(7)


(43)


(29)

Adjusted other noninterest expenses

$             4,454


$           4,477


$             4,804







Efficiency ratio

60.66%


64.36%


65.27%

 

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