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American Savings Bank Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2020 Financial Results

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Full Year 2020 Performance Highlights

- Record residential mortgage production at $1.2 billion

- Grew total deposits $1.1 billion or 17.8% to $7.4 billion and total loans $225 million or 4.4% to $5.3 billion

- Net interest margin of 3.29%, with record low cost of funds

- Net charge-off ratio improved to 0.40%, compared to 0.45% in prior year

- Continued strong capital and liquidity position

HONOLULU, Jan. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE), today reported 2020 net income of $57.6 million,1 compared to $89.0 million2 in 2019.

"I am proud of the tenacity and creativity of our team as we worked to support our customers through this difficult economy, protect our teammates, and care for our community through all the challenges of 2020," said Rich Wacker, president and chief executive officer of American. "Our financial results reflect the negative impact of the elevated credit risk we continue to manage closely, but also the benefits of our record mortgage originations, good cost control to offset increased costs related to COVID while still investing in our core priorities, and conservative liquidity and capital management," said Wacker.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $15.7 million, compared to $12.2 million in the third, or linked, quarter of 2020 and $28.2 million3 in the fourth quarter of 2019.










1

Results for 2020 included impact of after-tax gain of $5.2 million related to the sale of Visa Class B shares in the second quarter of 2020, as well as $5.1 million of certain direct and incremental COVID-19 related costs.



2

Results for 2019 included after-tax gain on sale of properties (included in noninterest income) and after-tax campus transition costs (included in noninterest expense) of $7.9 million and $2.4 million, respectively, and $7.9 million and $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, respectively.



3

See footnote 2.

Financial Highlights

Net interest income was $233.5 million in 2020 compared to $248.1 million in 2019. Fourth quarter 2020 net interest income was $58.5 million compared to $57.3 million in the linked quarter, and $60.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net interest income increased over the linked quarter, primarily due to higher average earning assets and lower funding costs in the fourth quarter. Yield on earning assets continued to be negatively impacted by the lower interest rate environment. Net interest margin was 3.29% in 2020, compared to 3.85% in 2019. Net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 3.12%, flat compared to the linked quarter and down from 3.74% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The provision for credit losses was $50.8 million in 2020 compared to $23.5 million in 2019. The increase in provision for credit losses reflects additional credit risk within the loan portfolio associated with the negative impacts of COVID-19. Provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $11.3 million compared to $14.0 million in the linked quarter and $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The 2020 net charge-off ratio was 0.40% compared to 0.45% in 2019. The net charge-off ratio for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 0.36%, compared to 0.32% in the linked quarter and 0.41% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Nonaccrual loans as a percent of total loans receivable held for investment was 0.89% in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 0.77% in the linked quarter and 0.58% in the prior year quarter.

Noninterest income for 2020 was $78.1 million4 compared to $72.8 million in 2019.5 Noninterest income was $20.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $19.0 million in the linked quarter and $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease in noninterest income from the prior year quarter was primarily due to gains on sales of former properties in the fourth quarter of 2019,6 partially offset by higher mortgage banking income in the fourth quarter of 2020.








4

See footnote 1 above.



5

See footnote 2 above.



6

See footnote 2 above.

Noninterest expense for 2020 was $191.6 million compared to $185.4 million in 2019. The increase in noninterest expense for the year was primarily due to $5.1 million of COVID-19 related expenses combined with higher pension-related costs of $2.3 million and $0.7 million in costs associated with the bank's branch consolidation strategy. These costs were partially offset by reductions in data processing and marketing expenses. Fourth quarter of 2020 noninterest expense was $49.4 million, compared to $47.3 million in the linked quarter and $46.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Total loans were $5.3 billion as of December 31, 2020, up 4.4% from December 31, 2019. The increase in total loans was primarily due to a $300 million increase in Paycheck Protection Program loans and a $210 million increase in commercial real estate loans. The increase in these portfolios was offset by reductions in the home equity line of credit and personal unsecured loan portfolios.

Total deposits were $7.4 billion as of December 31, 2020, an increase of 17.8% from December 31, 2019. The average cost of funds was 0.16% for the full year 2020, thirteen basis points lower than the prior year. For the fourth quarter of 2020, the average cost of funds was 0.09%, down four basis points versus the linked quarter and down seventeen basis points versus the prior year quarter.

Overall, American's return on average equity for the full year 2020 was 8.1% compared to 13.5% in 2019. Return on average assets for the full year was 0.74% in 2020 compared to 1.25% in 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2020 return on average equity was 8.6%, compared to 6.8% in the linked quarter and 16.5% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Return on average assets was 0.77% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 0.61% in the linked quarter and 1.58% in the same quarter last year.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, American paid dividends of $3.0 million to HEI. American had a leverage ratio of 8.4% at December 31, 2020.

HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2021 GUIDANCE

Concurrent with American's regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results today. Please note that these reported results relate only to American and are not necessarily indicative of HEI's consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020.

HEI plans to announce its fourth quarter and full year 2020 consolidated financial results on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and will also conduct a webcast and conference call at 11:15 a.m. Hawaii time (4:15 p.m. Eastern time) that same day to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American's earnings, and 2021 guidance.

Parties in the U.S. may listen to the conference call by dialing (844) 834-0652. International parties may listen to the conference call by dialing (412) 317-5198. Parties may also access presentation materials and/or listen to the conference call by visiting the conference call/webcast link on HEI's website at www.hei.com under the "Investor Relations" section, sub-heading "News and Events — Events and Presentations."

HEI and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) intend to continue to use HEI's website, www.hei.com, as a means of disclosing additional information. Such disclosures will be included on HEI's website in the Investor Relations section. Accordingly, investors should routinely monitor the Investor Relations section of HEI's website at www.hei.com in addition to following HEI's, Hawaiian Electric's and American's press releases, HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI's public conference calls and webcasts. The information on HEI's website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings unless, and except to the extent, specifically incorporated by reference. Investors may also wish to refer to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii (PUC) website at dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms to review documents filed with and issued by the PUC. No information on the PUC website is incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's SEC filings.

A replay will be available online and via phone. The online replay will be available on HEI's website about two hours after the event. An audio replay will also be available about two hours after the event through March 2, 2021. To access the audio replay, dial (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or (412) 317-0088 (international) and enter passcode 10151332.

HEI supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utility, Hawaiian Electric; provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American, one of Hawaii's largest financial institutions; and helps advance Hawaii's clean energy and sustainability goals through investments by its non-regulated subsidiary, Pacific Current.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release may contain "forward-looking statements," which include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and usually include words such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "predicts," "estimates" or similar expressions. In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance, ongoing business strategies or prospects or possible future actions are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and the accuracy of assumptions concerning HEI and its subsidiaries, the performance of the industries in which they do business and economic, political and market factors, among other things. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.

Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and HEI's other periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA
(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Years ended December 31

(in thousands)


December 31, 2020


September 30, 2020


December 31, 2019


2020


2019

Interest and dividend income











Interest and fees on loans


$

52,629



$

52,419



$

57,892



$

214,134



$

233,632


Interest and dividends on investment securities


7,590



7,221



7,160



30,529



32,922


Total interest and dividend income


60,219



59,640



65,052



244,663



266,554


Interest expense











Interest on deposit liabilities


1,709



2,287



3,907



10,654



16,830


Interest on other borrowings


11



61



249



460



1,610


Total interest expense


1,720



2,348



4,156



11,114



18,440


Net interest income


58,499



57,292



60,896



233,549



248,114


Provision for credit losses


11,307



13,970



5,607



50,811



23,480


Net interest income after provision for credit losses


47,192



43,322



55,289



182,738



224,634


Noninterest income











Fees from other financial services


4,541



4,233



4,830



16,447



19,275


Fee income on deposit liabilities


4,217



3,832



5,475



16,059



20,877


Fee income on other financial products


1,773



1,524



1,378



6,381



6,507


Bank-owned life insurance


2,051



1,965



1,378



6,483



7,687


Mortgage banking income


7,801



7,681



1,863



23,734



4,943


Gain on sale of real estate






10,762





10,762


Gain on sale of securities, net








9,275



653


Other income, net


(187)



(231)



654



(256)



2,074


Total noninterest income


20,196



19,004



26,340



78,123



72,778


Noninterest expense











Compensation and employee benefits


27,156



26,431



26,383



104,443



103,009


Occupancy


5,171



5,693



5,429



21,573



21,272


Data processing


3,717



3,366



3,953



14,769



15,306


Services


3,214



2,624



2,378



11,121



10,239


Equipment


2,371



2,001



2,344



9,001



8,760


Office supplies, printing and postage


1,046



1,187



1,192



4,623



5,512


Marketing


1,527



727



1,035



3,435



4,490


FDIC insurance


775



714



(45)



2,342



1,204


Other expense1


4,470



4,556



3,537



20,283



15,586


Total noninterest expense


49,447



47,299



46,206



191,590



185,378


Income before income taxes


17,941



15,027



35,423



69,271



112,034


Income taxes


2,283



2,877



7,193



11,688



23,061


Net income


$

15,658



$

12,150



$

28,230



$

57,583



$

88,973


Comprehensive income


$

18,306



$

13,543



$

33,300



$

81,191



$

118,379


OTHER BANK INFORMATION (annualized %, except as of period end)









Return on average assets


0.77



0.61



1.58



0.74



1.25


Return on average equity


8.58



6.75



16.45



8.11



13.48


Return on average tangible common equity


9.67



7.62



18.69



9.17



15.39


Net interest margin


3.12



3.12



3.74



3.29



3.85


Efficiency ratio


62.83



61.99



52.97



61.47



57.77


Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding


0.36



0.32



0.41



0.40



0.45


As of period end











Nonaccrual loans to loans receivable held for investment


0.89



0.77



0.58






Allowance for credit losses to loans outstanding


1.90



1.67



1.04






Tangible common equity to tangible assets


7.9



8.0



8.6






Tier-1 leverage ratio


8.4



8.3



9.1






Dividend paid to HEI (via ASB Hawaii, Inc.) ($ in millions)


$

3.0



$



$

9.0



$

31.0



$

56.0




1

The fourth quarter of 2020, third quarter of 2020 and year ended December 31, 2020 include approximately $0.6 million, $0.7 million and $5.1 million, respectively, of certain direct and incremental COVID-19 related costs. For 2020, these costs, which have been recorded in Other expense, include $2.5 million of compensation expense and $2.0 million of enhanced cleaning and sanitation costs.



This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC.

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
BALANCE SHEETS DATA
(Unaudited)


(in thousands)

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019


Assets






Cash and due from banks


$

178,422



$

129,770



Interest-bearing deposits


114,304



48,628



Cash and cash equivalents


292,726



178,398



Investment securities






Available-for-sale, at fair value


1,970,417



1,232,826



Held-to-maturity, at amortized cost


226,947



139,451



Stock in Federal Home Loan Bank, at cost


8,680



8,434



Loans held for investment


5,333,843



5,121,176



Allowance for credit losses


(101,201)



(53,355)



Net loans


5,232,642



5,067,821



Loans held for sale, at lower of cost or fair value


28,275



12,286



Other


554,656



511,611



Goodwill


82,190



82,190



Total assets


$

8,396,533



$

7,233,017



Liabilities and shareholder's equity






Deposit liabilities–noninterest-bearing


$

2,598,500



$

1,909,682



Deposit liabilities–interest-bearing


4,788,457



4,362,220



Other borrowings


89,670



115,110



Other


183,731



146,954



Total liabilities


7,660,358



6,533,966



Common stock


1



1



Additional paid-in capital


351,758



349,453



Retained earnings


369,470



358,259



Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes






Net unrealized gains on securities

$

19,986



$

2,481




Retirement benefit plans

(5,040)


14,946


(11,143)


(8,662)



Total shareholder's equity


736,175



699,051



Total liabilities and shareholder's equity


$

8,396,533



$

7,233,017




This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC.

Contact:

Julie R. Smolinski

Telephone: (808) 543-7300


Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability

E-mail: ir@hei.com

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