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Cathay General Bancorp Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results

LOS ANGELES, July 25, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cathay General Bancorp (the "Company", "we", "us", or "our") (Nasdaq: CATY), the holding company for Cathay Bank, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022. The Company reported net income of $89.0 million, or $1.18 per share, for the second quarter of 2022.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Three months ended

(unaudited)

June 30, 2022

March 31, 2022

June 30, 2021

Net income

$89.0 million

$75.0 million

$77.2 million

Basic earnings per common share

$1.19

$1.00

$0.98

Diluted earnings per common share

$1.18

$0.99

$0.97

Return on average assets

1.69%

1.46%

1.60%

Return on average total stockholders' equity

14.62%

12.29%

12.53%

Efficiency ratio

39.06%

40.52%

43.41%

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total loans increased to $17.8 billion, or 9.5% annualized, in the second quarter.

  • Earnings per share increased 19.3% compared to first quarter of 2022 and 21.6% when compared to same quarter in 2021.

"Net interest income for the quarter increased by 18.4% compared to the same quarter last year primarily as a result of loan growth and the higher level of interest rates. During the second quarter, we repurchased 0.75 million shares at an average cost of $40.78 per share, for a total of $30.6 million," commented Chang M. Liu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

SECOND QUARTER INCOME STATEMENT REVIEW

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, was $89.0 million, an increase of $11.8 million, or 15.3%, compared to net income of $77.2 million for the same quarter a year ago. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, was $1.18 per share compared to $0.97 per share for the same quarter a year ago.

Return on average stockholders’ equity was 14.62% and return on average assets was 1.69% for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to a return on average stockholders’ equity of 12.53% and a return on average assets of 1.60% for the same quarter a year ago.

Net interest income before provision for credit losses

Net interest income before provision for credit losses increased $27.2 million, or 18.4%, to $175.1 million during the second quarter of 2022, compared to $148.0 million during the same quarter a year ago. The increase was due primarily to an increase in interest income from loans and securities and a decrease in interest expense from deposits.

The net interest margin was 3.52% for the second quarter of 2022 compared to 3.24% for the second quarter of 2021 and 3.26% for the first quarter of 2022.

For the second quarter of 2022, the yield on average interest-earning assets was 3.81%, the cost of funds on average interest-bearing liabilities was 0.41%, and the cost of interest-bearing deposits was 0.37%. In comparison, for the second quarter of 2021, the yield on average interest-earning assets was 3.62%, the cost of funds on average interest-bearing liabilities was 0.53%, and the cost of interest-bearing deposits was 0.48%. The increase in the yield on average interest-earning assets resulted mainly from higher interest rates. The net interest spread, defined as the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of funds on average interest-bearing liabilities, was 3.40% for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to 3.09% for the same quarter a year ago.

(Reversal)/provision for credit losses

The Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared with $8.6 million in the first quarter of 2022 and a reversal for credit losses of $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2021. As of June 30, 2022, the allowance for loan losses increased $12.6 million to $148.8 million, or 0.84% of gross loans, compared to $136.2 million, or 0.83% of gross loans, as of December 31, 2021. The change in the allowance for loan losses during the second quarter of 2022 consisted of a $2.8 million provision for loan losses, and $218 thousand in net recoveries.

Three months ended

Six months ended June 30,

June 30, 2022

March 31, 2022

June 30, 2021

2022

2021

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

Charge-offs:

Commercial loans

$

50

$

221

$

7,712

$

272

$

16,850

Real estate loans (1)

1

1

Total charge-offs

51

221

7,712

273

16,850

Recoveries:

Commercial loans

175

359

155

534

1,425

Construction loans

6

6

Real estate loans (1)

94

146

303

240

413

Total recoveries

269

511

458

780

1,838

Net charge-offs/(recoveries)

$

(218)

$

(290)

$

7,254

$

(507)

$

15,012

(1) Real estate loans include commercial mortgage loans, residential mortgage loans, equity lines and installment & other loans.

Non-interest income

Non-interest income, which includes revenues from depository service fees, letters of credit commissions, securities gains (losses), wire transfer fees, and other sources of fee income, was $14.6 million for the second quarter of 2022, an increase of $2.0 million, or 15.9%, compared to $12.6 million for the second quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.9 million in loan fees, when compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Non-interest expense

Non-interest expense increased $4.4 million, or 6.3%, to $74.1 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $69.7 million in the same quarter a year ago. The increase in non-interest expense in the second quarter of 2022 was primarily due to an increase of $4.5 million in salaries and employee benefits, due in part to the acquisition of certain West Coast HSBC branches, an increase of $1.9 million in professional service expenses, offset, in part, by a decrease of $3.4 million in amortization expense of investments in low-income housing and alternative energy partnerships when compared to the same quarter a year ago. The efficiency ratio was 39.1% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to 43.4% for the same quarter a year ago.

Income taxes

The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2022 was 21.4% compared to 22.7% for the second quarter of 2021. The effective tax rate includes the impact of alternative energy investments and low-income housing tax credits.

BALANCE SHEET REVIEW

Gross loans were $17.8 billion as of June 30, 2022, an increase of $1.4 billion, or 8.6%, from $16.3 billion as of December 31, 2021. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $212.1 million, or 7.1%, in commercial loans, an increase of $863.4 million, or 20.7%, in residential mortgage loans, which included $592.9 million acquired from the acquisition of certain HSBC West Coast branches, and an increase of $419.7 million, or 5.2%, in commercial mortgage loans, offset, in part, by a decrease of $42.5 million, or 10.1%, in home equity loans. For the second quarter of 2022, total loans, increased by $389.5 million or 9.5% annualized.

The loan balances and composition as of June 30, 2022, compared to December 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, are presented below:

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

Commercial loans

$

3,168,123

$

2,891,914

$

2,628,534

Paycheck protection program loans

26,386

90,485

238,904

Residential mortgage loans

5,045,383

4,182,006

4,103,736

Commercial mortgage loans

8,563,001

8,143,272

7,615,087

Equity lines

377,009

419,487

436,801

Real estate construction loans

602,052

611,031

664,495

Installment and other loans

5,934

4,284

3,132

Gross loans

$

17,787,888

$

16,342,479

$

15,690,689

Allowance for loan losses

(148,772)

(136,157)

(131,256)

Unamortized deferred loan fees

(5,540)

(4,321)

(6,865)

Total loans, net

$

17,633,576

$

16,202,001

$

15,552,568

Total deposits were $18.3 billion as of June 30, 2022, an increase of $228.5 million, or 1.3%, from $18.1 billion as of December 31, 2021. During the second quarter of 2022, our deposits increased by $227.0 million, or 5.0% annualized.

The deposit balances and composition as of June 30, 2022, compared to December 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, are presented below:

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

Non-interest-bearing demand deposits

$

4,433,959

$

4,492,054

$

3,664,931

NOW deposits

2,494,524

2,522,442

2,026,154

Money market deposits

5,322,510

4,611,579

4,003,043

Savings deposits

1,178,572

915,515

900,106

Time deposits

4,857,762

5,517,252

5,943,278

Total deposits

$

18,287,327

$

18,058,842

$

16,537,512

ASSET QUALITY REVIEW

As of June 30, 2022, total non-accrual loans were $60.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million, or 7.9%, from $65.8 million as of December 31, 2021, and a decrease of $7.1 million, or 10.5%, from $67.8 million as of June 30, 2021.

The allowance for loan losses was $148.8 million and the allowance for off-balance sheet unfunded credit commitments was $6.1 million as of June 30, 2022. The allowances represent the amount estimated by management to be appropriate to absorb credit losses inherent in the loan portfolio, including unfunded credit commitments. The allowance for loan losses represented 0.84% of period-end gross loans, and 238.5% of non-performing loans as of June 30, 2022. The comparable ratios were 0.83% of period-end gross loans, and 202.4% of non-performing loans as of December 31, 2021.

The changes in non-performing assets and troubled debt restructurings as of June 30, 2022, compared to December 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, are presented below:

(Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited)

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

%
Change

June 30, 2021

%
Change

Non-performing assets

Accruing loans past due 90 days or more

$

1,737

$

1,439

21

$

1,513

15

Non-accrual loans:

Construction loans

4,116

(100)

Commercial mortgage loans

15,141

38,173

(60)

36,884

(59)

Commercial loans

27,849

16,558

68

16,333

71

Residential mortgage loans

17,583

11,115

58

10,449

68

Installment and other loans

79

Total non-accrual loans:

$

60,652

$

65,846

(8)

$

67,782

(11)

Total non-performing loans

62,389

67,285

(7)

69,295

(10)

Other real estate owned

4,067

4,368

(7)

4,871

(17)

Total non-performing assets

$

66,456

$

71,653

(7)

$

74,166

(10)

Accruing troubled debt restructurings (TDRs)

$

12,675

$

12,837

(1)

$

27,261

(54)

Allowance for loan losses

$

148,772

$

136,157

9

$

131,256

13

Total gross loans outstanding, at period-end

$

17,787,888

$

16,342,479

9

$

15,690,689

13

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans, at period-end

238.46%

202.36%

189.42%

Allowance for loan losses to gross loans, at period-end

0.84%

0.83%

0.84%

The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 0.3% as of June 30, 2022, compared to 0.3% as of December 31, 2021. Total non-performing assets decreased $5.2 million, or 7.3%, to $66.5 million as of June 30, 2022, compared to $71.7 million as of December 31, 2021, primarily due to a decrease of $5.2 million, or 7.9%, in nonaccrual loans and $301 thousand in other real estate owned, offset in part, by an increase of $298 thousand, or 20.7%, in accruing loans past due 90 days or more.

CAPITAL ADEQUACY REVIEW

As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 12.18%, total risk-based capital ratio of 13.74%, and Tier 1 leverage capital ratio of 10.15%, calculated under the Basel III capital rules, continue to place the Company in the "well capitalized" category for regulatory purposes, which is defined as institutions with a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio equal to or greater than 8%, a total risk-based capital ratio equal to or greater than 10%, and a Tier 1 leverage capital ratio equal to or greater than 5%. As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 12.80%, total risk-based capital ratio was 14.41%, and Tier 1 leverage capital ratio was 10.40%.

CONFERENCE CALL

Cathay General Bancorp will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2022 financial results this afternoon, Monday, July 25, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., Pacific Time. Analysts and investors may dial in and participate in the question-and-answer session. To access dial-in information, please register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI66b30b75e6404795bddccf676282eccc. The presentation accompanying this call and access to the live webcast is available on our site at www.cathaygeneralbancorp.com. You can also access the live webcast from https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/xufoitrk or a replay of the webcast on our website, which will be archived for one year, within 24 hours after the event.

ABOUT CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP

Cathay General Bancorp is the holding company for Cathay Bank, a California state-chartered bank. Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of financial services. Cathay Bank currently operates 47 branches in California, 10 branches in New York State, four in Washington State, two in Illinois, two in Texas, one in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, and New Jersey, one in Hong Kong, and a representative office in Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai. Cathay Bank’s website is at www.cathaybank.com. Cathay General Bancorp’s website is at www.cathaygeneralbancorp.com. Information set forth on such websites is not incorporated into this press release.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements made in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the applicable provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding management’s beliefs, projections, and assumptions concerning future results and events. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, such words as "aims," "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "hopes," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "predicts," "potential," "possible," "optimistic," "seeks," "shall," "should," "will," and variations of these words and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, beliefs, projections, and assumptions of management and are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Such risks and uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, adverse developments or conditions related to or arising from local, regional, national and international business, market and economic conditions and events (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and the impact they may have on us, our customers and our operations, assets and liabilities; possible additional provisions for loan losses and charge-offs; credit risks of lending activities and deterioration in asset or credit quality; extensive laws and regulations and supervision that we are subject to including potential future supervisory action by bank supervisory authorities; increased costs of compliance and other risks associated with changes in regulation including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; higher capital requirements from the implementation of the Basel III capital standards; compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and other money laundering statutes and regulations; potential goodwill impairment; liquidity risk; fluctuations in interest rates; risks associated with acquisitions and the expansion of our business into new markets; inflation and deflation; real estate market conditions and the value of real estate collateral; our ability to generate anticipated returns on our investments and financings, including in tax-advantaged projects; environmental liabilities; our ability to compete with larger competitors; our ability to retain key personnel; successful management of reputational risk; natural disasters, public health crises (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and geopolitical events; general economic or business conditions in Asia, and other regions where Cathay Bank has operations; failures, interruptions, or security breaches of our information systems; our ability to adapt our systems to technological changes; risk management processes and strategies; adverse results in legal proceedings; certain provisions in our charter and bylaws that may affect acquisition of the Company; changes in accounting standards or tax laws and regulations; market disruption and volatility; restrictions on dividends and other distributions by laws and regulations and by our regulators and our capital structure; issuance of preferred stock; successfully raising additional capital, if needed, and the resulting dilution of interests of holders of our common stock; the soundness of other financial institutions; and general competitive, economic political, and market conditions and fluctuations.

These and other factors are further described in Cathay General Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (Item 1A in particular), other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and other filings Cathay General Bancorp makes with the SEC from time to time. Actual results in any future period may also vary from the past results discussed in this press release. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or review any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances, developments or events occurring after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Six months ended June 30,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

June 30, 2022

March 31, 2022

June 30, 2021

2022

2021

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Net interest income before (reversal)/provision for credit losses

$

175,163

$

159,191

$

148,001

$

334,354

$

289,819

(Reversal)/provision for credit losses

2,500

8,643

(9,000)

11,143

(22,558)

Net interest income after (reversal)/provision for credit losses

172,663

150,548

157,001

323,211

312,377

Non-interest income

14,618

20,232

12,583

34,850

22,583

Non-interest expense

74,123

72,697

69,707

146,820

141,110

Income before income tax expense

113,158

98,083

99,877

211,241

193,850

Income tax expense

24,180

23,055

22,678

47,235

43,267

Net income

$

88,978

$

75,028

$

77,199

$

164,006

$

150,583

Net income per common share

Basic

$

1.19

$

1.00

$

0.98

$

2.18

$

1.90

Diluted

$

1.18

$

0.99

$

0.97

$

2.17

$

1.89

Cash dividends paid per common share

$

0.34

$

0.34

$

0.31

$

0.68

$

0.62

SELECTED RATIOS

Return on average assets

1.69%

1.46%

1.60%

1.58%

1.58%

Return on average total stockholders’ equity

14.62%

12.29%

12.53%

13.54%

12.36%

Efficiency ratio

39.06%

40.52%

43.41%

39.77%

45.17%

Dividend payout ratio

28.70%

34.01%

31.80%

31.13%

32.67%

YIELD ANALYSIS (Fully taxable equivalent)

Total interest-earning assets

3.81%

3.53%

3.62%

3.67%

3.65%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.41%

0.38%

0.53%

0.39%

0.60%

Net interest spread

3.40%

3.15%

3.09%

3.28%

3.05%

Net interest margin

3.52%

3.26%

3.24%

3.39%

3.22%

CAPITAL RATIOS

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio

12.18%

12.80%

13.77%

Total risk-based capital ratio

13.74%

14.41%

15.47%

Tier 1 leverage capital ratio

10.15%

10.40%

10.85%

.

CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

141,734

$

134,141

$

133,507

Short-term investments and interest bearing deposits

1,012,228

2,315,563

1,589,086

Securities available-for-sale (amortized cost of $1,336,292 at June 30, 2022, $1,126,867 at December 31, 2021 and $991,715 at June 30, 2021)

1,234,571

1,127,309

1,002,515

Loans

17,787,888

16,342,479

15,690,689

Less: Allowance for loan losses

(148,772)

(136,157)

(131,256)

Unamortized deferred loan fees, net

(5,540)

(4,321)

(6,865)

Loans, net

17,633,576

16,202,001

15,552,568

Equity securities

26,785

22,319

20,113

Federal Home Loan Bank stock

17,250

17,250

17,250

Other real estate owned, net

4,067

4,368

4,871

Affordable housing investments and alternative energy partnerships, net

321,717

299,211

286,833

Premises and equipment, net

97,565

99,402

100,917

Customers’ liability on acceptances

12,650

8,112

7,560

Accrued interest receivable

61,939

56,994

56,092

Goodwill

375,696

372,189

372,189

Other intangible assets, net

7,231

4,627

5,041

Right-of-use assets- operating leases

31,883

27,834

31,310

Other assets

256,661

195,403

168,510

Total assets

$

21,235,553

$

20,886,723

$

19,348,362

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Deposits

Non-interest-bearing demand deposits

$

4,433,959

$

4,492,054

$

3,664,931

Interest-bearing deposits:

NOW deposits

2,494,524

2,522,442

2,026,154

Money market deposits

5,322,510

4,611,579

4,003,043

Savings deposits

1,178,572

915,515

900,106

Time deposits

4,857,762

5,517,252

5,943,278

Total deposits

18,287,327

18,058,842

16,537,512

Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank

95,000

20,000

20,000

Other borrowings for affordable housing investments

22,319

23,145

23,249

Long-term debt

119,136

119,136

119,136

Acceptances outstanding

12,650

8,112

7,560

Lease liabilities - operating leases

35,171

30,694

34,194

Other liabilities

232,418

180,544

154,354

Total liabilities

18,804,021

18,440,473

16,896,005

Stockholders' equity

2,431,532

2,446,250

2,452,357

Total liabilities and equity

$

21,235,553

$

20,886,723

$

19,348,362

Book value per common share

$

32.67

$

32.29

$

31.38

Number of common shares outstanding

74,421,884

75,750,862

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