Hanmi Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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2021 First Quarter Highlights:

  • First quarter net income of $16.7 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, up from $14.3 million, or $0.47 per diluted share from the prior quarter and up from $2.4 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the same quarter a year ago.

  • Loans receivable of $4.82 billion, down slightly from the prior quarter; when excluding Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans, essentially unchanged quarter over quarter. Strong production of $348.0 million offset by second draw PPP loan sales, payoffs and forgiveness on first draw PPP loans.

  • Deposits of $5.51 billion, up 4.5% from the prior quarter driven by a 14.5% increase in noninterest-bearing demand deposits; cost of interest-bearing deposits fell 15 basis points from the prior quarter.

  • Credit loss expense was $2.1 million, compared with $5.1 million for the prior quarter and the allowance for credit losses was 1.83% of loans at March 31, 2021, or 1.94% excluding PPP loans.

  • Nonperforming assets declined 33.7% from year-end and were 0.88% of total assets at March 31, 2021 compared with 1.38% at December 31, 2020; loans modified under the CARES Act were down 25.1% to $116.4 million and 7.1% of these were included in nonperforming assets.

  • First quarter net interest income was $46.0 million compared with $46.9 million for the prior quarter; first quarter prepayment penalties were $0.3 million compared with $0.8 million for the prior quarter.

  • First quarter net interest margin was 3.09% (3.13% excluding PPP loans), compared with 3.13% (3.18% excluding PPP loans) for the prior quarter.

  • First quarter noninterest income increased 11.3% from the prior quarter to $9.8 million and included $2.5 million of gains from the sale of $108.6 million of second draw PPP loans.

  • Noninterest expense was $29.5 million, down 4.5% from the previous quarter primarily due to $1.4 million of capitalized expenses related to second draw PPP loans; Efficiency ratio for the first quarter was 52.92% (58.07% excluding securities gains and second draw PPP loan gains and origination costs) compared with 55.53% for the prior quarter.

  • Hanmi remained well capitalized with a Total risk-based capital ratio of 14.96% and a Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 11.36% at March 31, 2021; tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio was 8.87% (9.27 % excluding PPP loans) at the end of the first quarter.

    For more information about Hanmi, please see the Q1 2021 Investor Update (and Supplemental Financial Information), which is available on the Bank’s website at www.hanmi.com and via a current report on Form 8-K on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: HAFC, or “Hanmi”), the parent company of Hanmi Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income for the 2021 first quarter of $16.7 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared with $14.3 million, or $0.47 per diluted share for the 2020 fourth quarter and $2.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share for the 2020 first quarter.

Bonnie Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Hanmi is off to a good start in 2021 with solid first quarter performance highlighted by strong loan production, notable deposit growth, careful noninterest expense management, a significant improvement in nonaccrual loans, and excellent earnings. Loan production reached $348.0 million and included $131.5 million of second draw PPP loans. More notable, first quarter loan production without PPP was 4% higher than the same quarter a year-ago. Deposit gathering activities in the quarter were very successful as total deposits expanded 4.5% from the prior quarter and 20.2% from a year ago. We continue to benefit from our strategy emphasizing low-cost noninterest-bearing demand deposits, which were the primary driver of deposit growth and now comprise nearly 40% of total deposits. I was also pleased with our ability to tightly manage expenses, as noninterest expense, adjusted for the second draw cost capitalization, was nearly flat on both a sequential quarter and year-over-year basis. In addition, protecting the value of our loan portfolio has remained a top priority throughout the pandemic. We will continue to take the steps needed to manage down nonaccrual loans and we expect continued movement in and out of the criticized loan category in these later stages of the pandemic. Altogether, net income of $16.7 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, expanded significantly and was near an all-time single quarter record for Hanmi.”

Ms. Lee concluded, “As we look ahead in 2021, given our strong capital position, improving credit quality, ongoing expense management and solid loan origination pipeline, I believe Hanmi is well-positioned to generate profitable growth as we emerge from the pandemic and macro-economic conditions continue to improve.”

Quarterly Highlights
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

As of or for the Three Months Ended

Amount Change

March 31,

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Net income

$

16,659

$

14,326

$

16,344

$

9,175

$

2,350

$

2,333

$

14,309

Net income per diluted common share

$

0.54

$

0.47

$

0.53

$

0.30

$

0.08

$

0.07

$

0.46

Assets

$

6,438,401

$

6,201,888

$

6,106,782

$

6,218,163

$

5,617,690

$

236,513

$

820,711

Loans receivable

$

4,817,151

$

4,880,168

$

4,834,137

$

4,825,642

$

4,543,636

$

(63,017

)

$

273,515

Deposits

$

5,509,823

$

5,275,008

$

5,194,292

$

5,209,781

$

4,582,068

$

234,815

$

927,755

Return on average assets

1.08

%

0.92

%

1.08

%

0.63

%

0.17

%

0.16

0.91

Return on average stockholders' equity

11.63

%

10.01

%

11.74

%

6.73

%

1.69

%

1.61

9.94

Net interest margin

3.09

%

3.13

%

3.13

%

3.15

%

3.36

%

-0.04

-0.27

Efficiency ratio (1)

52.92

%

55.53

%

56.73

%

41.51

%

61.89

%

-2.61

-8.97

Tangible common equity to tangible assets (2)

8.87

%

9.13

%

9.05

%

8.63

%

9.65

%

-0.26

-0.78

Tangible common equity per common share (2)

$

18.59

$

18.41

$

17.95

$

17.47

$

17.67

$

0.18

$

0.92

(1) Noninterest expense divided by net interest income plus noninterest income.
(2) Refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further details.

Results of Operations
Net interest income was $46.0 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared with $46.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 driven by two days less interest during the quarter. First quarter interest and fees on loans receivable decreased 3.4%, or $1.8 million, from the preceding quarter primarily due to a 10 basis point reduction in average yields. This was offset by a decrease in total interest expense of 19.1%, or $1.4 million, from the preceding quarter driven by a 15 basis point reduction in the average rate paid on interest-bearing deposits. First quarter loan prepayment penalties were $0.3 million compared with $0.8 million for the fourth quarter.

As of or For the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

Net Interest Income

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Interest and fees on loans receivable(1)

$

50,614

$

52,372

$

52,586

$

52,230

$

54,648

-3.4

%

-7.4

%

Interest on securities

1,140

1,684

1,972

3,225

3,655

-32.3

%

-68.8

%

Dividends on FHLB stock

206

206

204

203

289

0.0

%

-28.7

%

Interest on deposits in other banks

96

97

84

78

333

-1.7

%

-71.2

%

Total interest and dividend income

$

52,056

$

54,359

$

54,846

$

55,736

$

58,925

-4.2

%

-11.7

%

Interest on deposits

3,958

5,331

7,032

8,889

12,742

-25.8

%

-68.9

%

Interest on borrowings

478

528

582

760

496

-9.4

%

-3.7

%

Interest on subordinated debentures

1,619

1,623

1,627

1,645

1,712

-0.2

%

-5.4

%

Total interest expense

6,055

7,482

9,240

11,295

14,950

-19.1

%

-59.5

%

Net interest income

$

46,001

$

46,877

$

45,606

$

44,441

$

43,975

-1.9

%

4.6

%

(1) Includes loans held for sale.

Net interest margin was 3.09% for the first quarter of 2021, down 4 basis points from the prior quarter, as a 13 basis point decline in the yield on earning assets was offset by a 14 basis point decline in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

The yield on average earning assets was 3.50% for the first quarter of 2021 compared with 3.63% for the fourth quarter of 2020. The 13 basis point decline was primarily due to a reduction in yields on loans and securities.

The cost of interest-bearing liabilities was 0.69% for the first quarter of 2021 compared with 0.83% for the fourth quarter of 2020. The 15 basis point decline in the cost of interest-bearing deposits drove the lower cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

For the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

Average Earning Assets and Interest-bearing Liabilities

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Loans receivable (1)

$

4,843,825

$

4,803,238

$

4,734,511

$

4,680,048

$

4,518,395

0.8

%

7.2

%

Securities

774,022

743,636

696,285

589,932

623,711

4.1

%

24.1

%

FHLB stock

16,385

16,385

16,385

16,385

16,385

0.0

%

0.0

%

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

395,602

392,949

340,486

386,956

104,513

0.7

%

278.5

%

Average interest-earning assets

$

6,029,834

$

5,956,208

$

5,787,667

$

5,673,321

$

5,263,004

1.2

%

14.6

%

Demand: interest-bearing

$

102,980

$

101,758

$

99,161

$

92,676

$

82,934

1.2

%

24.2

%

Money market and savings

1,967,012

1,895,830

1,771,615

1,677,081

1,687,013

3.8

%

16.6

%

Time deposits

1,238,513

1,315,227

1,357,167

1,458,351

1,522,745

-5.8

%

-18.7

%

Average interest-bearing deposits

3,308,505

3,312,815

3,227,943

3,228,108

3,292,692

-0.1

%

0.5

%

Borrowings

150,000

150,000

163,364

342,437

130,659

0.0

%

14.8

%

Subordinated debentures

119,040

118,888

118,733

118,583

118,444

0.1

%

0.5

%

Average interest-bearing liabilities

$

3,577,545

$

3,581,703

$

3,510,040

$

3,689,128

$

3,541,795

-0.1

%

1.0

%

Average Noninterest Bearing Deposits

Demand deposits - noninterest bearing

$

1,991,204

$

1,935,564

$

1,859,832

$

1,589,668

$

1,333,697

2.9

%

49.3

%

(1) Includes loans held for sale.

For the Three Months Ended

Amount Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

Average Yields and Rates

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Loans receivable(1)

4.24

%

4.34

%

4.42

%

4.49

%

4.86

%

-0.10

-0.62

Securities (2)

0.59

%

0.91

%

1.13

%

2.19

%

2.34

%

-0.32

-1.75

FHLB stock

5.10

%

5.00

%

4.95

%

5.00

%

7.10

%

0.10

-2.00

Interest-bearing deposits in other banks

0.10

%

0.10

%

0.10

%

0.08

%

1.28

%

0.00

-1.18

Interest-earning assets

3.50

%

3.63

%

3.77

%

3.95

%

4.50

%

-0.13

-1.00

Interest-bearing deposits

0.49

%

0.64

%

0.87

%

1.11

%

1.56

%

-0.15

-1.07

Borrowings

1.29

%

1.40

%

1.42

%

0.89

%

1.53

%

-0.11

-0.24

Subordinated debentures

5.44

%

5.46

%

5.48

%

5.55

%

5.78

%

-0.02

-0.34

Interest-bearing liabilities

0.69

%

0.83

%

1.05

%

1.23

%

1.70

%

-0.14

-1.01

Net interest margin (taxable equivalent basis)

3.09

%

3.13

%

3.13

%

3.15

%

3.36

%

-0.04

-0.27

Cost of deposits

0.30

%

0.40

%

0.55

%

0.74

%

1.11

%

-0.10

-0.81

(1) Includes loans held for sale.

(2) Amounts calculated on a fully taxable equivalent basis using the federal tax rate in effect for the periods presented.

For the first quarter of 2021, credit loss expense was $2.1 million, comprised of a $1.0 million provision for loan losses, a $2.1 million provision for an SBA guarantee repair loss, and a $1.0 million negative provision for losses on off-balance sheet items and accrued interest receivable for modified loans. Credit loss expense for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $5.1 million, comprised of a provision for loan losses of $5.7 million, a negative provision for off-balance sheet items of $2.9 million and a $2.3 million provision for losses on accrued interest receivable for modified loans. At March 31, 2021, accrued interest receivable on current and former modified loans was $6.4 million compared with $9.2 million at December 31, 2020 and the related allowance for estimated losses was $1.2 million and $1.7 million at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

First quarter of 2021 noninterest income increased to $9.8 million from $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily due to a $2.5 million gain on the sale of $108.6 million second draw PPP loans at a net premium to carrying value of 2.35%. This was partially offset by lower other operating income, which was higher in the prior quarter primarily due to a $1.0 million litigation settlement from a failed acquisition and $1.0 million from the disposition of a previously acquired loan. Gains on sales of non-PPP 7(a) SBA loans were $1.7 million for the first quarter of 2021, down from $1.8 million for the preceding quarter. The volume of non-PPP 7(a) SBA loans sold for the first quarter and previous quarter was $18.1 million and $21.6 million, respectively, while trade premiums were 10.66% and 10.09%, respectively.

For the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

Noninterest Income

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Service charges on deposit accounts

$

2,357

$

2,051

$

2,002

$

2,032

$

2,400

14.9

%

-1.8

%

Trade finance and other service charges and fees

1,034

1,113

972

961

986

-7.1

%

4.8

%

Servicing income

846

361

704

855

561

134.3

%

50.8

%

Bank-owned life insurance income

256

271

289

276

277

-5.5

%

-7.6

%

All other operating income

841

1,879

806

1,095

845

-55.2

%

-0.5

%

Service charges, fees & other

5,334

5,675

4,773

5,219

5,069

-6.0

%

5.2

%

Gain on sale of SBA loans

4,125

1,769

2,324

-

1,154

133.2

%

257.6

%

Net gain on sales of securities

99

-

-

15,712

-

0.0

%

0.0

%

Gain on sale of bank premises

-

365

43

-

-

-100.0

%

0.0

%

Legal settlement

250

1,000

-

-

-

-75.0

%

0.0

%

Total noninterest income

$

9,808

$

8,809

$

7,140

$

20,931

$

6,223

11.3

%

57.6

%

During the first quarter of 2021, noninterest expense decreased 4.5% to $29.5 million from $30.9 million for the fourth quarter primarily due to a $0.5 million decrease in salaries and employee benefits, a $0.5 million reduction in advertising and promotion fees and a $0.4 million reduction in professional fees, offset partially by $0.2 million decrease from prior quarter net expenses for impairments of bank properties, other real estate owned and repossessed personal property. The decrease in salaries and benefits reflects $1.4 million in capitalized costs from second draw PPP originations, offset partially by higher incentive compensation expense. The efficiency ratio improved to 52.92% in the first quarter from 55.53% in the prior quarter. Excluding the gains and capitalized costs for second draw PPP loan originations, the efficiency ratio was 58.07%.

For the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Noninterest Expense

Salaries and employee benefits

$

16,820

$

17,344

$

17,194

$

14,701

$

17,749

-3.0

%

-5.2

%

Occupancy and equipment

4,595

4,651

4,650

4,508

4,475

-1.2

%

2.7

%

Data processing

2,926

2,989

2,761

2,804

2,669

-2.1

%

9.6

%

Professional fees

1,447

1,846

1,794

1,545

1,915

-21.6

%

-24.4

%

Supplies and communication

757

759

698

858

781

-0.3

%

-3.1

%

Advertising and promotion

359

888

594

456

734

-59.6

%

-51.1

%

All other operating expenses

2,378

2,006

2,553

2,655

2,722

18.6

%

-12.6

%

subtotal

29,282

30,483

30,244

27,527

31,045

-3.9

%

-5.7

%

Other real estate owned expense (income)

221

310

(116

)

(191

)

2

-28.7

%

10950.0

%

Repossessed personal property expense (income)

32

(71

)

(204

)

(198

)

21

145.1

%

52.4

%

Impairment loss on bank premises

-

201

-

-

-

-100.0

%

0.0

%

Total noninterest expense

$

29,535

$

30,923

$

29,924

$

27,138

$

31,068

-4.5

%

-4.9

%

Financial Position
Total assets were $6.44 billion at March 31, 2021, a 3.8% increase from $6.20 billion at December 31, 2020 driven by higher cash balances associated with the continued influx of additional customer noninterest-bearing deposits.

Loans receivable, before the allowance for credit losses, were $4.82 billion at March 31, 2021, down 1.3% from $4.88 billion at December 31, 2020. Loans held for sale representing the guaranteed portion of SBA 7(a) loans were $10.9 million at the end of the first quarter, compared with $8.6 million at the end of the fourth quarter. Loans held for sale also included $21.7 million in second draw PPP loans.

As of (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Loan Portfolio

Commercial real estate loans

$

3,372,287

$

3,353,818

$

3,264,447

$

3,266,242

$

3,187,189

0.6

%

5.8

%

Residential/consumer loans

328,229

345,831

370,883

366,190

391,206

-5.1

%

-16.1

%

Commercial and industrial loans

707,073

757,255

765,484

730,399

472,714

-6.6

%

49.6

%

Leases

409,562

423,264

433,323

462,811

492,527

-3.2

%

-16.8

%

Loans receivable

4,817,151

4,880,168

4,834,137

4,825,642

4,543,636

-1.3

%

6.0

%

Loans held for sale

32,674

8,568

12,834

17,942

-

281.3

%

NM

Total

$

4,849,825

$

4,888,736

$

4,846,971

$

4,843,584

$

4,543,636

-0.8

%

6.7

%

Commercial and industrial loans, which included $256.5 million of SBA guaranteed first draw PPP loans comprised 14.7% of the portfolio at March 31, 2021, up from 10.4% a year ago.

Hanmi generated solid loan production volume with approximately $131.5 million of second draw PPP loans originated during the quarter. New loan production totaled $348.0 million at an average rate of 2.90% (4.05% excluding second draw PPP loan production), partially offset by $303.3 million of loans paid-off or sold during the quarter at an average rate of 2.66% (4.73% excluding PPP loan sales and pay-offs).

For the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

New Loan Production

Commercial real estate loans

$

103,051

$

187,050

$

99,618

$

129,432

$

109,433

Commercial and industrial loans

42,255

71,412

78,594

61,114

18,237

SBA loans

155,908

27,516

31,335

328,274

23,422

Leases receivable

34,055

39,830

21,271

15,279

56,849

Residential/consumer loans

12,722

2,011

25,766

10

714

subtotal

347,991

327,819

256,584

534,109

208,655

Payoffs

(166,730

)

(160,006

)

(139,797

)

(67,537

)

(122,686

)

Amortization

(94,852

)

(78,632

)

(66,907

)

(90,678

)

(95,414

)

Loan sales

(136,590

)

(21,580

)

(36,068

)

-

(18,352

)

Net line utilization

(9,331

)

(18,815

)

(2,199

)

(92,230

)

(11,242

)

Charge-offs & OREO

(3,505

)

(2,755

)

(3,118

)

(1,658

)

(27,473

)

Loans receivable-beginning balance

4,880,168

4,834,137

4,825,642

4,543,636

4,610,148

Loans receivable-ending balance

$

4,817,151

$

4,880,168

$

4,834,137

$

4,825,642

$

4,543,636

Deposits totaled $5.51 billion at the end of the first quarter, compared with $5.28 billion at the end of the preceding quarter. Growth was primarily driven by an increase in noninterest-bearing demand deposits and to a lesser extent increases in money market and savings deposits and interest-bearing demand deposits, partially offset by a reduction in time deposits. At March 31, 2021, the loan-to-deposit ratio was 87.4% compared with 92.5% at the end of the previous quarter. The increase in noninterest-bearing deposits reflects growth from new and existing customer relationships as well as increases from second draw PPP loans and similar economic stimulus activities.

As of (in thousands)

Percentage Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Deposit Portfolio

Demand: noninterest-bearing

$

2,174,624

$

1,898,766

$

1,961,006

$

1,865,213

$

1,366,270

14.5

%

59.2

%

Demand: interest-bearing

111,362

100,617

100,155

96,941

87,313

10.7

%

27.5

%

Money market and savings

2,029,824

1,991,926

1,794,627

1,812,612

1,648,022

1.9

%

23.2

%

Time deposits

1,194,013

1,283,699

1,338,504

1,435,015

1,480,463

-7.0

%

-19.3

%

Total deposits

$

5,509,823

$

5,275,008

$

5,194,292

$

5,209,781

$

4,582,068

4.5

%

20.2

%

At March 31, 2021, stockholders’ equity was $581.8 million, compared with $577.0 million at December 31, 2020. During the first quarter Hanmi purchased 55,000 shares of common stock under the previously authorized stock repurchase program at an average price of $17.20 per share. Tangible common stockholders’ equity was $570.3 million, or 8.87% of tangible assets, at March 31, 2021 compared with $565.4 million, or 9.13% of tangible assets at the end of the fourth quarter. The ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets excluding the $278.2 million of first and second draw PPP loans was 9.27% at March 31, 2021. Tangible book value per share increased to $18.59 at March 31, 2021 from $18.41 at the end of the prior quarter.

Hanmi continues to be well capitalized for regulatory purposes, with a preliminary Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 11.76% and a Total risk-based capital ratio of 14.96% at March 31, 2021, versus 11.93% and 15.21%, respectively, at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.

As of

Amount Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Regulatory Capital ratios (1)

Hanmi Financial

Total risk-based capital

14.96

%

15.21

%

15.16

%

14.85

%

14.77

%

-0.25

0.19

Tier 1 risk-based capital

11.76

%

11.93

%

11.85

%

11.55

%

11.52

%

-0.17

0.24

Common equity tier 1 capital

11.36

%

11.52

%

11.43

%

11.12

%

11.09

%

-0.16

0.27

Tier 1 leverage capital ratio

9.60

%

9.49

%

9.53

%

9.69

%

9.91

%

0.11

-0.31

Hanmi Bank

Total risk-based capital

14.70

%

14.86

%

14.77

%

14.41

%

14.29

%

-0.16

0.41

Tier 1 risk-based capital

13.45

%

13.60

%

13.51

%

13.15

%

13.12

%

-0.15

0.33

Common equity tier 1 capital

13.45

%

13.60

%

13.51

%

13.15

%

13.12

%

-0.15

0.33

Tier 1 leverage capital ratio

10.99

%

10.83

%

10.88

%

11.04

%

11.35

%

0.16

-0.36

(1) Preliminary ratios for March 31, 2021

Asset Quality
Loans and leases 30 to 89 days past due and still accruing were 0.14% of loans and leases at the end of the first quarter of 2021, compared with 0.19% at the end of the fourth quarter.

Special mention loans were $96.1 million at the end of the first quarter compared with $77.0 million at December 31, 2020. The quarter over quarter change reflects additions of $33.8 million and reductions (comprising upgrades, downgrades and payments) of $14.7 million. The March 31, 2021 balance of special mention loans included $72.0 million of loans adversely affected by the pandemic.

Classified loans were $147.4 million at March 31, 2021 compared with $140.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter. The quarter-over-quarter change reflects additions of $28.5 million and reductions (comprising upgrades, payments, sales, and charge-offs) of $21.3 million. At March 31, 2021, classified loans included $69.5 million of loans adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonperforming loans were $55.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, or 1.14% of loans, compared with $83.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter, or 1.70% of the portfolio. The quarter-over-quarter change reflects additions of $2.7 million and reductions (comprising upgrades, payments, sales, and charge-offs) of $30.6 million. At March 31, 2021, nonperforming loans included $21.0 million of loans and leases adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonperforming assets were $56.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, or 0.88% of total assets, compared with $85.4 million, or 1.38% of assets, at the end of the prior quarter.

Loans modified under the CARES Act declined 25% to $116.4 million at March 31, 2021 from $155.6 million at December 31, 2020. Approximately 10.6%, or $12.3 million, of modified loans are currently under deferred payment arrangements, with the remainder making payments that are less than the contractually required amount. Of the modified loan portfolio, 43.6% were special mention and 15.6% were classified. In addition, 7.1% were on nonaccrual status at March 31, 2021.

Gross charge-offs for the first quarter of 2021 were $3.5 million compared with $2.8 million for the preceding quarter. Recoveries of previously charged-off loans for the first quarter of 2021 were $0.5 million compared with $0.8 million for the preceding quarter. As a result, there were net charge-offs of $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared with net charge-offs of $1.9 million for the preceding quarter. For the first quarter of 2021, net charge-offs represented an annualized 0.25% of average loans compared with 0.16% of average loans for the fourth quarter.

The allowance for credit losses was $88.4 million as of March 31, 2021 generating an allowance for credit losses to loans of 1.83% (1.94% excluding the PPP loans) compared with 1.85% (1.97% excluding the PPP loans) at the end of the prior quarter. Although macroeconomic assumptions continue to improve, the risk factors associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Bank’s loan portfolio continue to be considered in establishing the allowance for credit losses.

As of or for the Three Months Ended (in thousands)

Amount Change

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

Q1-21

Q1-21

2021

2020

2020

2020

2020

vs. Q4-20

vs. Q1-20

Asset Quality Data and Ratios

Delinquent loans:

Loans, 30 to 89 days past due and still accruing

$

6,926

$

9,473

$

9,428

$

9,984

$

10,001

$

(2,547

)

$

(3,075

)

Delinquent loans to total loans

0.14

%

0.19

%

0.20

%

0.21

%

0.22

%

-0.05

-0.08

Criticized loans:

Special mention

$

96,057

$

76,978

$

57,105

$

21,134

$

20,945

$

19,079

$

75,112

Classified

147,426

140,168

106,211

93,922

88,225

7,258

59,201

Total criticized loans

$

$

217,146

$

163,316

$

115,056

$

109,170

$

26,337

$

134,313

Nonperforming assets:

Nonaccrual loans

$

55,058

$

83,032

$

64,333

$

58,264

$

46,383

$

(27,974

)

$

8,675

Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing

-

-

-

-

5,843

-

(5,843

)

Nonperforming loans

55,058

83,032

64,333

58,264

52,226

(27,974

)

2,832

Other real estate owned, net

1,545

2,360

1,052

148

63

(815

)

1,482

Nonperforming assets

$

56,603

$

85,392

$

65,385

$

58,412

$

52,289

$

(28,789

)

$

4,314

Nonperforming loans to total loans

1.14

%

1.70

%

1.33

%

1.21

%

1.15

%

Nonperforming assets to assets

0.88

%

1.38

%

1.07

%

0.94

%

0.93

%

Allowance for credit losses:

Balance at beginning of period

$

90,426

$

86,620

$

86,330

$

66,500

$

61,408

Impact of CECL adoption

-

-

-

-

17,433

Credit loss expense on loans

964

5,731

696

21,131

14,916

Net loan (charge-offs) recoveries

(2,998

)

(1,925

)

(406

)

(1,301

)

(27,257

)

Balance at end of period

$

88,392

$

90,426

$

86,620

$

86,330

$

66,500

Net loan charge-offs to average loans (1)

0.25

%

0.16

%

0.03

%

0.11

%

2.41

%

Allowance for credit losses to loans

1.83

%

1.85

%

1.79

%

1.79

%

1.46

%

Allowance for credit losses related to off-balance sheet items:

Balance at beginning of period

$

2,791

$

5,689

$

6,347

$

2,885

$

2,397

Impact of CECL adoption

-

-

-

-

(335

)

Credit loss expense on off-balance sheet items

(450

)

(2,898

)

(658

)

3,462

823

Balance at end of period

$

2,341

$

2,791

$

5,689

$

6,347

$

2,885

Allowance for Losses on Accrued Interest Receivable:

Balance at beginning of period

$

1,666

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

Interest reversal for loans placed on nonaccrual

-

(584

)

-

-

-

Credit loss expense on interest accrued on CARES Act modifications

(470

)

2,250

-

-

-

Balance at end of period

$

1,196

$

1,666

$

-

$

-

$

-

Commitments to extend credit

$

463,841

$

453,899

$

444,782

$

486,852

$

375,233

(1) Annualized

Corporate Developments
On January 28, 2021 Hanmi’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on its common stock for the 2021 first quarter of $0.10 per share. The dividend was paid on February 24, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2021.

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call today, April 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) to discuss these results. This call will also be broadcast live via the internet. Investment professionals and all current and prospective stockholders are invited to access the live call by dialing 1-877- 407-9039 before 2:00 p.m. PT, using access code HANMI. To listen to the call online, either live or archived, visit the Investor Relations page of Hanmi’s website at www.hanmi.com.

About Hanmi Financial Corporation
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Hanmi Financial Corporation owns Hanmi Bank, which serves multi-ethnic communities through its network of 35 full-service branches and 9 loan production offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Washington and Georgia. Hanmi Bank specializes in real estate, commercial, SBA and trade finance lending to small and middle market businesses. Additional information is available at www.hanmi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward–looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements about anticipated future operating and financial performance, financial position and liquidity, business strategies, regulatory and competitive outlook, investment and expenditure plans, capital and financing needs and availability, plans and objectives of management for future operations, developments regarding our capital and strategic plans, and other similar forecasts and statements of expectation and statements of assumption underlying any of the foregoing. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” or “continue,” or the negative of such terms and other comparable terminology. Although we believe that our forward-looking statements to be reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include the following:

  • a failure to maintain adequate levels of capital and liquidity to support our operations;

  • the effect of potential future supervisory action against us or Hanmi Bank;

  • our ability to remediate any material weakness in our internal controls over financial reporting;

  • general economic and business conditions internationally, nationally and in those areas in which we operate;

  • volatility and deterioration in the credit and equity markets;

  • changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits;

  • availability of capital from private and government sources;

  • demographic changes;

  • competition for loans and deposits and failure to attract or retain loans and deposits;

  • fluctuations in interest rates and a decline in the level of our interest rate spread;

  • risks of natural disasters;

  • a failure in or breach of our operational or security systems or infrastructure, including cyberattacks;

  • the failure to maintain current technologies;

  • our inability to successfully implement future information technology enhancements;

  • difficult business and economic conditions that can adversely affect our industry and business, including competition and lack of soundness of other financial institutions, fraudulent activity and negative publicity;

  • risks associated with Small Business Administration loans;

  • failure to attract or retain key employees;

  • our ability to access cost-effective funding;

  • fluctuations in real estate values;

  • changes in accounting policies and practices;

  • the imposition of tariffs or other domestic or international governmental policies impacting the value of the products of our borrowers;

  • changes in governmental regulation, including, but not limited to, any increase in FDIC insurance premiums;

  • the ability of Hanmi Bank to make distributions to Hanmi Financial Corporation, which is restricted by certain factors, including Hanmi Bank’s retained earnings, net income, prior distributions made, and certain other financial tests;

  • the adequacy of our allowance for credit losses;

  • our credit quality and the effect of credit quality on our provision for loan losses and allowance for credit losses;

  • changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers and the ability of our borrowers to perform under the terms of their loans and other terms of credit agreements;

  • our ability to control expenses;

  • changes in securities markets; and

  • risks as it relates to cyber security against our information technology and those of our third-party providers and vendors.

Further, given its ongoing and dynamic nature, it is difficult to predict the full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business. The extent of such impact will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain, including when the coronavirus can be controlled and abated and whether the continued reopening of businesses will result in a meaningful increase in economic activity. As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related adverse local and national economic consequences, we could be subject to any of the following risks, any of which could have a material, adverse effect on our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations:

  • demand for our products and services may decline;

  • if the economy is unable to substantially reopen, and high levels of unemployment continue for an extended period of time, loan delinquencies, problem assets, and foreclosures may increase;

  • collateral for loans, especially real estate, may decline in value, which could cause loan losses to increase;

  • our allowance for credit losses may have to be increased if borrowers experience financial difficulties;

  • a worsening of business and economic conditions or in the financial markets could result in an impairment of certain intangible assets, such as goodwill or our servicing assets;

  • the net worth and liquidity of loan guarantors may decline, impairing their ability to honor commitments to us;

  • a material decrease in net income or a net loss over several quarters could result in a decrease in the rate of our quarterly cash dividend;

  • litigation, regulatory enforcement risk and reputation risk regarding our participation in the Paycheck Protection Program and the risk that the Small Business Administration may not fund some or all PPP loan guaranties;

  • our cyber security risks are increased as the result of an increase in the number of employees working remotely;

  • FDIC premiums may increase if the agency experiences additional resolution costs; and

  • the unanticipated loss or unavailability of key employees due to the outbreak, which could harm our ability to operate our business or execute our business strategy, especially as we may not be successful in finding and integrating suitable replacements.

In addition, we set forth certain risks in our reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K that we will file hereafter, which could cause actual results to differ from those projected. We undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Investor Contacts:
Romolo (Ron) Santarosa
Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
213-427-5636

Lasse Glassen
Investor Relations / Addo Investor Relations
310-829-5400

Hanmi Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

March 31,

December 31,

Percentage

March 31,

Percentage

2021

2020

Change

2020

Change

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

646,445

$

391,849

65.0

%

$

290,546

122.5

%

Securities available for sale, at fair value

780,114

753,781

3.5

%

622,206

25.4

%

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

32,674

8,568

281.3

%

-

-

Loans receivable, net of allowance for credit losses

4,728,759

4,789,742

-1.3

%

4,477,137

5.6

%

Accrued interest receivable

14,806

16,363

-9.5

%

11,536

28.4

%

Premises and equipment, net

26,398

26,431

-0.1

%

26,374

0.1

%

Customers' liability on acceptances

735

1,319

-44.3

%

102

620.2

%

Servicing assets

6,150

6,212

-1.0

%

6,727

-8.6

%

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

11,558

11,612

-0.5

%

11,808

-2.1

%

Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") stock, at cost

16,385

16,385

0.0

%

16,385

0.0

%

Bank-owned life insurance

54,150

53,894

0.5

%

53,058

2.1

%

Prepaid expenses and other assets

120,227

125,732

-4.4

%

101,813

18.1

%

Total assets

$

6,438,401

$

6,201,888

3.8

%

$

5,617,690

14.6

%

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Liabilities:

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing

$

2,174,624

$

1,898,766

14.5

%

$

1,366,270

59.2

%

Interest-bearing

3,335,199

3,376,242

-1.2

%

3,215,797

3.7

%

Total deposits

5,509,823

5,275,008

4.5

%

4,582,068

20.2

%

Accrued interest payable

2,352

4,564

-48.5

%

9,693

-75.7

%

Bank's liability on acceptances

735

1,319

-44.3

%

102

621.0

%

Borrowings

150,000

150,000

0.0

%

300,000

-50.0

%

Subordinated debentures

119,124

118,972

0.1

%

118,523

0.5

%

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

74,545

74,981

-0.6

%

54,347

37.2

%

Total liabilities

5,856,579

5,624,844

4.1

%

5,064,732

15.6

%

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock

33

33

0.0

%

33

0.0

%

Additional paid-in capital

578,958

578,360

0.1

%

576,585

0.4

%

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(5,293

)

3,076

-272.1

%

11,867

-144.6

%

Retained earnings

128,211

114,621

11.9

%

83,355

53.8

%

Less treasury stock

(120,087

)

(119,046

)

-0.9

%

(118,882

)

-1.0

%

Total stockholders' equity

581,822

577,044

0.8

%

552,958

5.2

%

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

6,438,401

$

6,201,888

3.8

%

$

5,617,690

14.6

%

Hanmi Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

Percentage

March 31,

Percentage

2021

2020

Change

2020

Change

Interest and dividend income:

Interest and fees on loans receivable

$

50,614

$

52,372

-3.4

%

$

54,648

-7.4

%

Interest on securities

1,140

1,684

-32.3

%

3,655

-68.8

%

Dividends on FHLB stock

206

206

0.0

%

289

-28.7

%

Interest on deposits in other banks

96

97

-1.7

%

333

-71.2

%

Total interest and dividend income

52,056

54,359

-4.2

%

58,925

-11.7

%

Interest expense:

Interest on deposits

3,958

5,331

-25.8

%

12,742

-68.9

%

Interest on borrowings

478

528

-9.4

%

496

-3.7

%

Interest on subordinated debentures

1,619

1,623

-0.2

%

1,712

-5.4

%

Total interest expense

6,055

7,482

-19.1

%

14,950

-59.5

%

Net interest income before credit loss expense

46,001

46,877

-1.9

%

43,975

4.6

%

Credit loss expense

2,109

5,083

-58.5

%

15,739

-86.6

%

Net interest income after credit loss expense

43,892

41,794

5.0

%

28,235

55.4

%

Noninterest income:

Service charges on deposit accounts

2,357

2,051

14.9

%

2,400

-1.8

%

Trade finance and other service charges and fees

1,034

1,113

-7.1

%

986

4.8

%

Gain on sale of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans

4,125

1,769

133.2

%

1,154

257.6

%

Net gain on sales of securities

99

-

-

-

-

Other operating income

2,193

3,876

-43.4

%

1,684

30.2

%

Total noninterest income

9,808

8,809

11.3

%

6,224