Franklin Financial Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Franklin Financial Corporation (FRNK) ("the Company"), the parent company of Franklin Federal Savings Bank, announced net income for the three months ended June 30, 2013 of $1.7 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss of $354,000, or $0.03 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 was $6.7 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $3.9 million, or $0.30 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2012.

"Our loan portfolio increased $28.6 million, or 6.1%, during the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and $46.1 million, or 10.2%, during the first nine months of fiscal 2013, and we continue to see solid loan demand as we enter the final quarter of this fiscal year," noted Richard T. Wheeler, Jr., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "Our net interest income declined $109,000 in the most recent quarter compared to the prior quarter and $427,000 compared to the same quarter in fiscal 2012. We anticipate that our loan growth coupled with the recent increase in longer-term interest rates and the expected tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond buying program will allow us to reverse the decreases in net interest income."

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Tangible book value increased $0.20 per share in the three months ended June 30, 2013 to $19.12 per share.
  • Net loans increased $28.6 million, or 6.1%, during the three months ended June 30, 2013 and $46.1 million, or 10.2%, during the first nine months of fiscal 2013.
  • Nonperforming assets decreased $2.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013 to $48.2 million. 
  • Net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 8 basis points to 2.58% from the prior quarter and 7 basis points from the comparable prior year quarter, and net interest income declined $109,000 from the prior quarter and $427,000 from the comparable prior year quarter.
  • The Company repurchased 237,300 shares of its common stock for $4.3 million ($18.16 per share on average) under its previously announced stock repurchase program.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased $427,000, or 6.4%, to $6.3 million compared to $6.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. This decrease was primarily the result of the sale, maturity and prepayment of higher yielding securities and loans, which resulted in lower yields on these asset classes. Average interest-earning assets decreased $43.1 million and average interest-bearing liabilities declined $24.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2012.  Interest income on loans increased $50,000 and interest income on securities declined $991,000, while deposit costs declined $360,000 and FHLB borrowing costs declined $124,000.  Our net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 8 basis points from the prior quarter and 7 basis points from the same quarter in the prior year to 2.58%. The yield on loans and securities for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 33 basis points and 55 basis points, respectively, and the cost of deposits and FHLB borrowings declined 20 basis points and 12 basis points, respectively, from the same quarter in fiscal 2012. The decline in deposit costs was the result of the lower interest rate environment. The decline in the cost of FHLB borrowings was the result of the Company's exchange of nine FHLB advances for lower-rate advances during the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Net interest income for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 decreased $1.5 million, or 7.4%, to $19.0 million compared to $20.5 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. This decrease was primarily the result of the sale, maturity and prepayment of higher yielding securities and loans, which resulted in lower yields on these asset classes. Average interest-earning assets decreased $46.7 million and average interest-bearing liabilities declined $20.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended June 30, 2012.  Interest income on loans declined $964,000 and interest income on securities declined $2.6 million, while deposit costs declined $1.1 million and FHLB borrowing costs declined $870,000.  Our net interest margin for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 7 basis points from the same period in the prior year to 2.60%. The yield on loans and securities for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 27 basis points and 48 basis points, respectively, and the cost of deposits and FHLB borrowings declined 21 basis points and 29 basis points, respectively, from the same period in fiscal 2012. The decline in deposit costs was the result of the lower interest rate environment. The decline in the cost of FHLB borrowings was the result of the Company's exchange of nine FHLB advances for lower-rate advances during the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

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, decreased $772,000, or 51.6%, to $722,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.  For the nine months ended June 30, 2013, noninterest income, excluding impairment charges and gains and losses on sales of securities, decreased $17,000, or 0.4%, to $3.7 million compared to $3.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012.  The decrease for the three month period was primarily the result of a $661,000 decrease in net gains on sales of other real estate owned. The decrease for the nine month period was primarily due to a $310,000 decrease in other service charges and fees due to fees received on the prepayment of several large loans in the nine months ended June 30, 2012, partially offset by a $278,000 increase in net gains on sales of other real estate owned.

Impairment Charges and Gains and Losses on Sales of Securities

The Company recorded other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") charges in earnings of $138,000 and $333,000 for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to charges of $2.1 million and $4.4 million for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.  OTTI charges for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2013 related entirely to debt securities compared to $153,000 and $968,000 on debt securities and $1.9 million and $3.4 million on equity securities for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012, respectively. 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 $205,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to net losses of $777,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012. For the nine months ended June 30, 2013, sales of securities resulted in net gains of $1.6 million compared to net losses of $777,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2012.

Other Noninterest Expenses

Other noninterest expenses decreased $467,000, or 9.2%, to $4.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $5.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a $533,000 decrease in impairment of other real estate owned as well as a $167,000 decrease in personnel expense as a result of decreased stock compensation expense related to the stock options and restricted stock granted in March 2012 under the Company's 2012 Equity Incentive Plan. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $224,000 due to increased technology costs as we prepared for the introduction of additional checking products in fiscal 2013.

Other noninterest expenses increased $1.7 million, or 13.7%, to $13.9 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $12.2 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses of $1.3 million and an increase in other operating expenses of $980,000 both due to increased compensation expense related to stock options and restricted stock granted to officers and directors 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 $533,000 decrease in impairment of other real estate owned.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets decreased $2.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013 and $836,000 in the nine months ended June 30, 2013 to $48.2 million. The decrease for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was the result of a $3.4 million decrease in other real estate owned, partially offset by a $1.0 million increase in nonperforming loans. Nonperforming loans totaled $41.2 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $40.2 million at March 31, 2013 and $32.6 million at September 30, 2012.  Other real estate owned totaled $7.0 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $10.4 million at March 31, 2013 and $16.5 million at September 30, 2012. Total nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans at June 30, 2013 were 8.08% compared to 8.33% at March 31, 2013 and 7.02% at September 30, 2012.

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $171,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to a credit provision of $390,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $532,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to a credit provision of $542,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 1.94% at June 30, 2013 compared to 2.21% at March 31, 2013 and 2.22% at September 30, 2012.

Stock Repurchase Program

During the three months ended June 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 237,300 shares of its common stock for $4.3 million, or an average price of $18.16 per share, under its previously announced third repurchase program.

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 June 30,


For the Nine Months

Ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands) 

2013


2012


2013


2012

Operating Data:








Interest and dividend income 

$       9,787


$     10,698


$     29,699


$     33,152

Interest expense

3,505


3,989


10,671


12,602

Net interest income

6,282


6,709


19,028


20,550

Provision for loan losses

171


(390)


532


(542)

Net interest income after provision








   for loan losses

6,111


7,099


18,496


21,092

Noninterest income (expense):








Impairment of securities reflected in earnings

(138)


(2,058)


(333)


(4,384)

Gains (losses) on sales of securities, net

205


(777)


1,618


(777)

Gains on sales of other real estate owned

50


711


1,614


1,336

Other noninterest income

672


783


2,134


2,429

    Total noninterest income (expense)

789


(1,341)


5,033


(1,396)

Other noninterest expenses

4,598


5,065


13,904


12,231









Income before provision for income taxes

2,302


693


9,625


7,465

Income tax expense

640


1,047


2,939


3,536

Net income (loss)

$       1,662


$       (354)


$       6,686


$       3,929

 

Per Share Data


For the Three Months

 Ended June 30,


For the Nine Months

Ended June 30,

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) 

2013


2012


2013


2012

Basic net income (loss) per share

$       0.14


$     (0.03)


$       0.56


$       0.30

Diluted net income (loss) per share

$       0.14


$     (0.03)


$       0.56


$       0.30

Tangible book value per share at end of period

$     19.12


$     18.40


$     19.12


$     18.40

Shares outstanding at end of period

12,507


13,777


12,507


13,777

Weighted-average shares outstanding








Basic

11,499


13,029


11,850


13,152

Diluted

11,709


13,050


12,011


13,159










 

Quarterly Data




(Dollars in thousands)

June 30,

2013


March 31,

2013


September 30,

2012


June 30,

2012


Financial Condition Data:









Total assets

$    1,050,630


$    1,052,094


$      1,070,781


$      1,080,994


Cash and cash equivalents

129,309


143,106


119,879


130,873


Securities available for sale

331,521


345,097


394,179


384,389


Securities held to maturity

16,061


17,387


20,372


21,801


Loans, net

496,532


467,898


450,465


462,861


Loans held for sale

113


643


1,458


665


Cash surrender value of bank-owned life   insurance

33,970


33,650


33,008


32,679


Deposits

629,634


628,810


640,304


647,324


Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings

173,162


172,841


172,204


171,887


Total stockholders' equity

239,160


241,007


249,467


253,485











Capital Ratios(1):









Tier 1 capital to adjusted tangible assets

17.68

%

17.10

%

17.68

%

17.15

%

Tier 1 risk-based capital to risk weighted assets

26.98


26.34


26.62


25.85


Risk-based capital to risk weighted assets

28.23


27.60


27.87


27.11



(1) Ratios are for Franklin Federal Savings Bank.

 


For the Three Months Ended



June 30,

2013


March 31,

2013


September 30,

2012


 June 30,

2012


Performance Ratios:









Return on average assets(2)

0.63

%

1.04

%

0.94

%

(0.13)

%

Return on average equity(2)

2.77


4.57


3.99


(0.54)


Interest rate spread(2)(3)

2.26


2.34


2.28


2.27


Net interest margin(2)(4)

2.58


2.66


2.62


2.65


Efficiency ratio(5)

64.36


67.18


65.27


59.28


Average interest-earning assets to









average interest-bearing liabilities

122.14


121.31


123.43


123.71


Average equity to average assets

22.86


22.83


23.52


23.85



(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) 

June 30,

2013


March 31,

2013


September 30,

2012


June 30,

2012


Asset Quality:









Allowance for Loan Losses









Beginning balance

$         10,638


$           10,649


$           10,806


$           11,206


Provision

171


126


(607)


(390)


Recoveries

56


13


714


12


Charge-offs

(953)


(150)


(629)


(22)


Ending balance

$           9,912


$           10,638


$           10,284


$           10,806


Nonperforming Assets at Period End









Nonaccrual loans

$         41,184


$           40,171


$           32,567


$           27,270


Other real estate owned

7,049


10,440


16,502


10,569


Total nonperforming assets

48,233


50,611


49,069


37,839


Performing troubled debt restructurings (6)

5,510


5,518


5,534


5,542


Total non-performing assets and performing troubled debt restructurings

$         53,743


$           56,129


$           54,603


$           43,381


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

1.94

%

2.21

%

2.22

 

%

2.26

%

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

24.07


26.48


31.58


39.63


Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans at period end

8.08


8.33


7.02


5.72


Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets at period end

4.59


4.81


4.58


3.50


Total non-performing assets and troubled debt









    restructurings to total assets at period end

5.12


5.33


5.10


4.01


Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans









outstanding during the period (annualized)

0.72


0.12


(0.07)


0.01












(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) 

June 30,

2013


March 31,

2013


September 30, 2012


June 30,

2012

Net interest income

$           6,282


$             6,391


$             6,654


$             6,709

Plus: Total noninterest income (expense)

789


2,455


1,328


(1,341)

Less: (Gains) losses on sales of securities, net

(205)


(1,382)


(840)


777

Plus: Net impairment reflected in income

138


76


280


2,058

Less: Gains on sales of OREO

(50)


(525)


(62)


(711)

Total net interest income and adjusted other noninterest income

 

$           6,954


 

$             7,015


 

$             7,360


 

$             7,492









Other noninterest expenses

$           4,598


$             4,713


$             4,833


$             5,065

Less: Impairment charges on OREO

(78)


-


-


(611)

Less: Net losses on sales of fixed assets

(43)


-


(29)


(13)

Adjusted other noninterest expenses

$           4,477


$             4,713


$             4,804


$             4,441









Efficiency ratio

64.36%


67.18%


65.27%


59.28%

 

 

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