Market Overview

First BanCorp. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2012

Share:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

First BanCorp. (the “Corporation”) (NYSE: FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico (“FirstBank” or “the Bank”), today reported net income of $19.1 million for the third quarter of 2012, or $0.09 per diluted share, an improvement compared to net income of $9.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $24.0 million, or $1.46 loss per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. The net income for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, was $15.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $67.4 million, or $4.17 loss per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

2012 Third Quarter Highlights and Comparison with 2012 Second Quarter:

  • Net income of $19.1 million.
  • Growth in net interest income and margin:
    • Net interest income, excluding fair value adjustments of $0.2 million, increased by $17.1 million.
    • Net interest margin, excluding fair value adjustments, increased by 54 basis points to 3.98%.
  • Provision for loan and lease losses of $29.0 million, up $4.1 million.
  • Stable credit quality metrics:
    • Total non-performing assets decreased for the tenth consecutive quarter, declining by $48.8 million.
    • The level of non-performing loans decreased by $57.6 million from the previous quarter to $1.01 billion.
    • Inflows of loans into non-performing status declined by $12.0 million, or 12%, from the previous quarter.
    • Net charge-offs declined by $11.1 million to $40.6 million, or an annualized 1.58% of average loans.
  • Increase of $1.1 million in non-interest income:
    • Full quarter impact of the credit cards portfolio acquisition from FIA Card Services reflects an increase of $2.0 million in interchange and other related fees.
    • Non-cash charge associated with the equity in losses of unconsolidated entities of $2.2 million, compared to losses of $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Increase of $4.9 million in non-interest expenses led by higher losses on real estate owned (REO) operations and expenses related to the recently acquired credit cards portfolio.
  • Strong capital position:
    • Total capital, Tier 1 capital and leverage ratios of the Corporation of 17.52%,16.20% and 12.71%, respectively, as of September 30, 2012, compared to 17.30%, 15.98% and 12.51%, respectively, as of June 30, 2012.
    • Total capital, Tier 1 capital and leverage ratios of the Corporation's wholly owned banking subsidiary, FirstBank of 17.03%, 15.71% and 12.35%, respectively, as of September 30, 2012, compared to 16.80%, 15.48%, and 12.13%, respectively, as of June 30, 2012.
    • Tier 1 common risk-based capital ratio of the Corporation of 13.33% as of September 30, 2012, compared to 13.12% as of June 30, 2012.
    • Tangible common equity ratio of the Corporation of 10.39% as of September 30, 2012, compared to 10.29% as of June 30, 2012.
  • Growth in total deposits of $54.4 million, or 1%, excluding brokered certificates of deposit (CDs), while brokered CDs decreased by $58.1 million, or 2%.

Aurelio Alemán, President and Chief Executive Officer of First BanCorp, commented, “We are very pleased to report our second consecutive quarterly profit. This quarter's financial results reflect an expanded net interest margin, improvement in efficiency and credit quality metrics, and growth in non-brokered deposits demonstrating the strength of our franchise and the continued benefits from effectively executing our strategic plan.

“Over the past twelve months we have achieved significant improvements, including; pre-tax, pre-provision income of $51.4 million, up 77% from the same quarter last year; net interest margin of 3.98%, up significantly from 2.82% last year; non-brokered deposits up 5% from last year; non-performing assets down 9% from last year; and net charge-offs down 40% from last year.

“The full quarter impact of the recently acquired credit card portfolio was an important contributor to our improvement in net interest income, non-interest income and efficiency ratios, and provides additional cross-selling opportunities for our continued organic core deposit growth. Lower rates paid on both brokered and non-brokered deposits also contributed to the expanded net interest margin. The focus on transaction services and deposit strategies continues to deliver positive results, non-brokered deposits grew by $54.4 million during the third quarter. Many of our credit quality performance metrics continued to show signs of improvement as reflected by the decrease in non-performing assets and net charge-offs; nevertheless, non-performing asset levels remain elevated and continue to be a challenge in the current uncertain economic environment. Improving asset quality continues to be our first priority.”

Mr. Alemán stated further, “Our capital levels continue to be strong and benefit from internal capital generation. We will remain disciplined in our pricing of loans and deposits, and will stay focused in evaluating opportunities to introduce additional products and services across our customer base and work to improve our credit quality, risk profile and operating efficiency. We will continue to execute our strategic plan by making selective investments in initiatives to achieve consistent, profitable growth in quarters and years to come.”

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including certain capital ratios, adjusted net interest income and margin, and pre-tax, pre-provision income, and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying tables (Exhibit A), which are an integral part of this press release.

The following table provides details with respect to the calculation of the earnings (loss) per common share for the quarters ended September 30, 2012, June 30, 2012, and September 30, 2011, and for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012, and September 30, 2011:

(In thousands, except per share information)   Quarter Ended   Nine-month Period Ended
September 30,   June 30,   September 30, September 30,   September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net income (loss) $ 19,073 $ 9,356 $ (24,046 ) $ 15,247 $ (67,390 )
Cumulative convertible preferred stock dividend (Series G) - - (5,302 ) - (15,906 )
Preferred stock discount accretion (Series G)   -   -   (1,795 )   -   (5,489 )
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ 19,073 $ 9,356 $ (31,143 ) $ 15,247 $ (88,785 )
 
Average common shares outstanding 205,415 205,415 21,303 205,349 21,303
Average potential common shares   508   537   -     348   -  

Average common shares outstanding - assuming dilution

  205,923   205,952   21,303     205,697   21,303  
 
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.09 $ 0.05 $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07 $ (4.17 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.09 $ 0.05 $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07 $ (4.17 )
 

Adjusted Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Income Trends

One metric that management believes is useful in analyzing performance is the level of earnings adjusted to exclude tax expense, the provision for loan and lease losses, securities gains or losses, fair value adjustments on derivatives and liabilities measured at fair value and equity in earnings or losses of unconsolidated entities, a non-GAAP financial measure. In addition, from time to time, earnings are adjusted also for items judged by management to be outside of ordinary banking activities and/or for items that, while they may be associated with ordinary banking activities, are so unusually large that management believes that a complete analysis of the Corporation's performance requires consideration also of results that exclude such amounts (for additional information about these non-GAAP financial measures, see “Adjusted Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Income” in “Basis of Presentation”).

The following table shows adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision income of $51.4 million in the 2012 third quarter, up from $37.9 million in the prior quarter:

(Dollars in thousands)   Quarter Ended
September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
 
Income (loss) before income taxes $ 19,834 $ 10,901 $ (11,049 ) $ (14,600 ) $ (21,158 )
Add: Provision for loan and lease losses 28,952 24,884 36,197 41,987 46,446
Less: Net loss (gain) on sale and OTTI of investment securities 547 143 1,207 1,014 (12,156 )

Add: Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives instruments and liabilities measured at fair value

(170 ) (506 ) (283 ) 1,746 2,555
Add: Contingency adjustment - tax credits - - 2,489 - -
Add: Loss on early extinguishment of borrowings - - - - 9,012
Add: Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated entities   2,199     2,491     6,236     (1,666 )   4,357  
Adjusted Pre-tax, pre-provision income (1) $ 51,362   $ 37,913   $ 34,797   $ 28,481   $ 29,056  
 
Change from most recent prior quarter - amount $ 13,449 $ 3,116 $ 6,316 $ (575 ) $ (989 )
Change from most recent prior quarter - percent 35.5 % 9.0 % 22.2 % -2.0 % -3.3 %
 
(1) See "Basis of Presentation" for definition.
 

As discussed in the sections that follow, the increase in pre-tax, pre-provision income from the 2012 second quarter primarily reflected: (i) an increase of $17.1 million in net interest income, excluding fair value adjustments of $0.2 million, (ii) the full quarter impact of interchange income and other related fees related to the recently acquired credit card portfolio from FIA Card Services (FIA), an increase of $2.0 million, and (iii) increased revenues from the mortgage banking business reflecting both a higher volume of loan sales and securitizations and improved margins. Partially offsetting these increases was: (i) a $4.9 million increase in non-interest expenses led by higher losses on REO operations and credit card processing expenses, and (ii) lower revenues from our broker-dealer operations due to fewer transactions. The increase in non-interest expenses reflects the full quarter impact of expenses related to the credit cards business, an aggregate increase of $3.1 million compared to the previous quarter. Losses on the sale of certain REO commercial properties, higher write-downs to the value of REO properties and increased REO operational costs also contributed to the increase in non-interest expenses.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income, excluding fair value adjustments on derivatives and financial liabilities measured at fair value (“valuations”), and net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis are non-GAAP measures. (See “Basis of Presentation – Net Interest Income, Excluding Valuations and on a Tax-Equivalent Basis” below for additional information.) The following table reconciles net interest income in accordance with GAAP to net interest income, excluding valuations, and net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis. The table also reconciles net interest spread and net interest margin on a GAAP basis to these items excluding valuations and on a tax-equivalent basis.

(Dollars in Thousands)          
Quarter Ended

September 30,
2012

June 30,
2012

March 31,
2012

December 31,
2011

September 30,
2011

Net Interest Income (in thousands)
Interest Income - GAAP $ 166,964 $ 153,652 $ 152,107 $ 156,752 $ 158,542

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments

  (170 )   33     (332 )   (246 )   954  
Interest income excluding valuations 166,794 153,685 151,775 156,506 159,496
Tax-equivalent adjustment   1,463     1,634     1,741     1,456     1,521  
Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis excluding valuations 168,257 155,319 153,516 157,962 161,017
 
Interest Expense - GAAP 41,461 44,947 50,241 58,209 64,287

Unrealized gain (loss) on derivative instruments and liabilities measured at fair value

  -     539     (49 )   (1,992 )   (1,601 )
Interest expense excluding valuations   41,461     45,486     50,192     56,217     62,686  
 
Net interest income - GAAP $ 125,503   $ 108,705   $ 101,866   $ 98,543   $ 94,255  
 
Net interest income excluding valuations $ 125,333   $ 108,199   $ 101,583   $ 100,289   $ 96,810  
 
Net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis excluding valuations $ 126,796   $ 109,833   $ 103,324   $ 101,745   $ 98,331  
 
Average Balances (in thousands)
Loans and leases $ 10,297,835 $ 10,183,229 $ 10,389,246 $ 10,637,523 $ 10,832,426
Total securities and other short-term investments   2,238,701     2,450,198     2,397,918     2,665,918     2,787,708  
Average Interest-Earning Assets $ 12,536,536   $ 12,633,427   $ 12,787,164   $ 13,303,441   $ 13,620,134  
 
Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities $ 10,518,169   $ 10,577,054   $ 10,725,162   $ 11,255,725   $ 11,944,454  
 
Average Yield/Rate
Average yield on interest-earning assets - GAAP 5.30 % 4.89 % 4.78 % 4.67 % 4.62 %
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities - GAAP   1.57 %   1.71 %   1.88 %   2.05 %   2.14 %
Net interest spread - GAAP   3.73 %   3.18 %   2.90 %   2.62 %   2.48 %
Net interest margin - GAAP   3.98 %   3.46 %   3.20 %   2.94 %   2.75 %
 
Average yield on interest-earning assets excluding valuations 5.29 % 4.89 % 4.77 % 4.67 % 4.65 %
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities excluding valuations   1.57 %   1.73 %   1.88 %   1.98 %   2.08 %
Net interest spread excluding valuations   3.72 %   3.16 %   2.89 %   2.69 %   2.57 %
Net interest margin excluding valuations   3.98 %   3.44 %   3.20 %   2.99 %   2.82 %
 
Average yield on interest-earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis and excluding valuations 5.34 % 4.94 % 4.83 % 4.71 % 4.69 %
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities excluding valuations   1.57 %   1.73 %   1.88 %   1.98 %   2.08 %
Net interest spread on a tax-equivalent basis and excluding valuations   3.77 %   3.21 %   2.95 %   2.73 %   2.61 %
Net interest margin on a tax-equivalent basis and excluding valuations   4.02 %   3.50 %   3.25 %   3.03 %   2.86 %
 

Net interest income, excluding valuations, increased $17.1 million when compared to the second quarter of 2012. This reflected a 54 basis points increase in the net interest margin driven by the full quarter impact of the credit card portfolio acquired in late May 2012, further reductions in the overall cost of funding and, to a lesser extent, higher yields on the reinvestment of matured U.S. Treasury and agency securities into U.S. agency mortgage-backed-securities (MBS). The credit card portfolio increased the average balance of consumer loans by approximately $241.4 million and contributed to a $12.4 million increase in interest income. As this purchase was the main driver for the 40 basis points increase in the yield on total earning assets, the improvement in net interest margin of 54 basis points to 3.98% was also derived from a reduction in the overall cost of funding, achieved mainly through renewals of maturing brokered CDs at lower current rates and further reductions in the non-brokered deposits pricing.

Low market interest rates and diligence in managing deposit pricing resulted in the third quarter cost of interest-bearing deposits declining 16 basis points in comparison to the previous quarter. The average cost of brokered CDs decreased by 25 basis points while the average balance decreased by $72.5 million. During the third quarter of 2012, the Corporation repaid approximately $651.1 million of maturing brokered CDs with an all-in cost of 2.38% and new issuances amounted to $593.1 million with an all-in cost of 0.95%. Meanwhile, the average rate paid on non-brokered deposits, including interest-bearing checking accounts, savings and retail certificates of deposit (CDs), declined by 10 basis points to 1.03% during the third quarter of 2012. These factors combined with the full impact of transactions that occurred by the mid-point of the previous quarter, including the maturity of a $100 million repurchase agreement that carried a cost of 4.38% and the prepayment of a $15.4 million medium-term note that carried a cost of 6%, resulted in a 16 basis points reduction in the overall cost of funding.

The expanded net interest margin was also derived, to a lesser extent, by the reinvestment of low yielding maturing U.S. Treasury and agency securities into higher yielding MBS. Approximately $365 million of U.S. Treasury Notes with an average yield of 0.16% matured during the third quarter, while the Corporation completed purchases of approximately $443 million of U.S. agency MBS with an average yield of 1.87%.

The benefit derived from the aforementioned factors was partially offset by a decrease of $197.9 million in the average balance of commercial and construction loans mainly due to significant repayments, partially offset by a higher volume of auto and personal loans.

Provision for Loan and Lease Losses

The provision for loan and lease losses for the third quarter of 2012 was $29.0 million, up $4.1 million from the second quarter 2012 provision. The increase in the provision reflected primarily an allowance build related to the credit cards portfolio together with increased charges to the specific reserve of commercial and industrial (“C&I”) and construction loans. These factors were partially offset by: (i) a lower provision for commercial mortgage loans, driven by improvement in loss rates used for the general reserve determination and a decrease in the amount of adversely classified loans, and (ii) a decline in the provision for residential mortgage loans driven by improved trends in charge-offs and delinquency levels. The provision for loan and lease losses in the third quarter of 2012 was $11.6 million lower than net charge-offs, reflecting a continued improvement in credit quality (see “Credit Quality” section below for a full discussion).

Non-Interest Income

  Quarter Ended
September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,

(In thousands)

2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
 
Other service charges $ 1,098 $ 1,226 $ 1,519 $ 2,116 $ 1,485
Service charges on deposit accounts 3,267 3,240 3,247 2,988 3,098
Mortgage banking activities 4,728 4,057 4,475 3,717 3,676
(Loss) gain on sale of investments, net of impairments (547 ) (143 ) (1,207 ) (1,014 ) 12,156
Broker-dealer income 20 1,347 1,263 381 173
Other operating income 8,759 6,786 5,414 4,816 6,745
Loss on early extinguishment of borrowings - - - - (9,012 )
Equity in (losses) earnings of unconsolidated entities   (2,199 )   (2,491 )   (6,236 )   1,666     (4,357 )
 
Non-interest income $ 15,126   $ 14,022   $ 8,475   $ 14,670   $ 13,964  
 

Non-interest income increased $1.1 million from the 2012 second quarter primarily due to:

  • The full quarter impact of the recent credit cards portfolio acquisition that resulted in an increase of $2.0 million in interchange and other related fees included as part of “other operating income” in the table above.
  • A $0.7 million increase in revenues from mortgage banking activities, driven by both a higher volume of loan sales and securitizations and improved margins.
  • Non-cash charges associated with the equity in losses of unconsolidated entities of approximately $2.2 million recorded in the third quarter, a variance of $0.3 million compared to $2.5 million for the second quarter of 2012. This non-cash adjustment mainly relates to the Bank's investment in CPG/GS PR NPL, LLC (“CPG/GS”), the entity that purchased $269.2 million of loans from FirstBank in 2011. The Bank holds a 35% subordinated ownership interest in CPG/GS.

Partially offset by:

  • A $1.3 million decrease in underwriting fees from the Corporation's broker dealer activities due to fewer transactions.
  • An increase of $0.4 million in other-than-temporary impairment charges (OTTI) on private label MBS.

Non-Interest Expenses

  Quarter Ended
September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,

(In thousands)

2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
 
Employees' compensation and benefits $ 31,058 $ 31,101 $ 31,611 $ 29,254 $ 29,375
Occupancy and equipment 15,208 15,181 15,676 15,603 15,468
Deposit insurance premium 11,657 11,982 11,987 12,411 13,602

Other insurance and supervisory fees

1,366

1,320

1,021

890

1,439

Taxes, other than income taxes

3,499

3,435

3,416

3,442

3,420

Professional fees 6,295 5,322 5,179 4,692 5,983
Business promotion 4,004 3,475 2,547 3,482 2,509
Net loss on REO operations 8,686 6,786 3,443 8,602 4,952
Other   10,070   8,340   10,313   7,450   6,183
Total $

91,843

$ 86,942 $ 85,193 $ 85,826 $ 82,931
 

Non-interest expenses increased $4.9 million to $91.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2012, substantially related to:

  • The full quarter impact of expenses related to the credit card portfolio that resulted in an aggregate increase of $3.1 million. Most of the increase, or $2.6 million, is included as part of “Other” in the table above and is mainly related to the servicing of the credit card portfolio, the amortization of the purchased credit card relationship intangible, and fees assessed by VISA and MasterCard. In addition, there was an increase of $0.4 million related to the credit cards portfolio rewards program, included as part of “Business promotion” expenses in the table above, and $0.1 million in professional service fees related to the operations of the credit card portfolio.
  • A $1.9 million increase in losses from REO activities primarily reflecting losses on the sale of certain commercial REO properties, higher write-downs and, to a lesser extent, increased tax expenses related to REO properties.
  • A $1.0 million increase in professional fees mainly related to appraisal services and consulting fees.

Partially offset by:

  • A $1.3 million decrease in the provision for off-balance sheet exposures, included as part of “Other” in the table above, mainly related to a decrease in the amount of unfunded commitments.
  • A $0.3 million decrease in the deposit insurance premium.

Income Taxes

The income tax expense for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to $0.8 million compared to an income tax expense of $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2012, a variance driven by lower taxable income of profitable subsidiaries. As of September 30, 2012, the deferred tax asset, net of a valuation allowance of $360.0 million, amounted to $4.6 million compared to $4.7 million as of June 30, 2012. Under the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code, the Corporation and its subsidiaries are treated as separate taxable entities and are not entitled to file consolidated tax returns; thus, losses of one entity cannot offset income of another entity.

CREDIT QUALITY

Consolidated Non-Performing Assets
         
(Dollars in thousands) September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30,
2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
Non-performing loans held for investment:

Residential mortgage

 

$ 320,913 $ 333,043 $ 341,188 $ 338,208 $ 364,561

Commercial mortgage

 

231,163 239,881 244,391 240,414 188,326

Commercial and Industrial

 

230,459 255,253 263,604 270,171 315,360

Construction

 

189,458 202,133 231,071 250,022 270,411

Consumer and Finance leases

 

  36,051     35,378     39,159     39,547     45,031  

Total non-performing loans held for investment

 

  1,008,044     1,065,688     1,119,413     1,138,362     1,183,689  
 
REO 177,001 167,341 135,905 114,292 109,514
Other repossessed property 9,775 10,601 12,494 15,392 14,397
Other assets (1)   64,543     64,543     64,543     64,543     64,543  

Total non-performing assets, excluding loans held for sale

 

$ 1,259,363 $ 1,308,173 $ 1,332,355 $ 1,332,589 $ 1,372,143
 
Non-performing loans held for sale   -     -     -     4,764     5,107  

Total non-performing assets, including loans held for sale (2)

 

$ 1,259,363   $ 1,308,173   $ 1,332,355   $ 1,337,353   $ 1,377,250  
 
Past due loans 90 days and still accruing $ 141,028 $ 120,585 $ 133,191 $ 130,816 $ 156,775
Non-performing loans held for investment to total loans held for investment 9.89 % 10.35 % 10.87 % 10.78 % 11.13 %

Non-performing assets, excluding non-performing loans held for sale, to total assets, excluding non-performing loans held for sale

9.58 % 10.13 % 10.18 % 10.15 % 10.19 %
Non-performing assets to total assets 9.58 % 10.13 % 10.18 % 10.19 % 10.22 %
 
(1) Collateral pledged with Lehman Brothers Special Financing, Inc.
 

(2) Amount excludes purchased credit impaired loans with a carrying value of approximately $12.7 million acquired as part of the credit card portfolio acquired from FIA.

 

Credit quality continued to improve at a slow but steady pace in the third quarter of 2012. Total non-performing loans decreased by $57.6 million led by foreclosures, charge-offs, modified loans with a sustained performance period, and a decrease in the inflows of non-performing loans. Total non-performing assets, which include repossessed assets, decreased by $48.8 million, or 4%. New non-performing loans inflows of $90.5 million decreased by $12.0 million, or 12%, compared to inflows of $102.5 million in the prior quarter. Total delinquencies, which include all loans 30 days or more past due and non-accrual loans, decreased by $31.8 million and the level of adversely classified commercial and construction loans decreased by $59.7 million, or 5% compared to the prior quarter. The initial fair value of purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loans includes an estimate of credit losses expected to be realized over the remaining lives of the loans, and, therefore, PCI loans with a carrying value of approximately $12.7 million purchased as part of the credit card portfolio acquired from FIA are excluded from delinquency and non-performing loan statistics. The net charge-off activity showed a decrease of $11.1 million.

Non-Performing Loans and Non-Performing Assets

Total non-performing loans were $1.01 billion at September 30, 2012, which represented 9.89% of total loans held for investment. This represents a decrease of $57.6 million, or 5%, from $1.07 billion, or 10.35% of total loans held for investment at June 30, 2012.

Non-performing construction loans decreased by $12.7 million, or 6%, from the end of the second quarter of 2012 primarily reflecting net charge-offs of $8.3 million, mainly in the Virgin Islands, and principal repayments in Puerto Rico. The inflows of non-performing construction loans decreased by $7.5 million from $8.8 million for the second quarter of 2012 to $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Non-performing C&I loans decreased by $24.8 million, or 10%, on a sequential quarter basis, reflecting primarily foreclosures of approximately $14.1 million and net charge-offs of $12.3 million. Loans brought current, modified loans that were restored to accrual status after a sustained period of performance and principal repayments also contributed to the decrease in non-performing C&I loans. The decrease was primarily in Puerto Rico. Total inflows of non-performing C&I loans decreased by $5.3 million from $20.6 million for the second quarter of 2012 to $15.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Non-performing residential mortgage loans decreased by $12.1 million, or 4%, from June 30, 2012. The decrease includes approximately $23.8 million of loans with cured delinquencies and also reflects reductions due to foreclosures of $14.0 million and the restoration to accrual status of approximately $9.5 million of modified loans that successfully completed a trial performance period. Borrowers' payments and charge-offs also contributed to the decrease. Non-performing residential mortgage loans decreased by $10.5 million and $5.7 million in Puerto Rico and the United States, respectively, while non-performing residential mortgage loans in the Virgin Islands increased by $4.2 million. The level of inflows of non-performing residential mortgage loans decreased by 6% from $46.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 to $44.1 million in the third quarter. Approximately $157.4 million, or 49% of total non-performing residential mortgage loans, have been written down to their net realizable value.

Non-performing commercial mortgage loans decreased by $8.7 million, or 4%, from the end of the second quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting the restoration to accrual status after a sustained performance period of $7.5 million of modified loans in Puerto Rico, a $5.5 million loan paid-off in the United States, net charge-offs of $5.0 million and foreclosures of $2.1 million. Non-performing commercial mortgage loans decreased by $1.6 million and $7.2 million in Puerto Rico and the United States, respectively, while non-performing commercial mortgage loans in the Virgin Islands remained flat in comparison to the previous quarter. Total inflows of non-performing commercial mortgage loans increased by $1.2 million to $14.4 million for the third quarter of 2012.

The levels of non-performing consumer loans, including finance leases, showed a $0.7 million increase during the third quarter of 2012 mainly related to marine financings. The inflows of non-performing consumer loans increased 19% from $13.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 to $15.4 million for the third quarter of 2012.

As of September 30, 2012, approximately $216.7 million, or 22%, of total non-performing loans held for investment have been charged-off to their net realizable value. (See Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses discussion below for additional information.)

The REO portfolio, which is part of non-performing assets, increased by $9.7 million to $177.0 million, mainly reflecting increases in both residential and commercial properties foreclosures in Puerto Rico. We expect to see continued movement of credits in and out of REO as we progress in our loan resolution strategies.

The following table shows the activity during the third quarter of 2012 of the REO portfolio by geographic region and type of property:

(In thousands)   As of September 30, 2012
Puerto Rico   Virgin Islands   Florida   Consolidated
Residential   Commercial   Construction Residential   Commercial   Construction Residential   Commercial   Construction
Beginning Balance $ 56,195 $ 44,266 $ 22,716 $ 4,708 $ 4,201 $ 17,752 $ 3,998 $ 9,764 $ 3,741 $ 167,341
Additions 13,297 15,490 1,294 - - 724 797 - 31,603
Sales (7,974 ) (1,465 ) (1,025 ) - - (2,212 ) (3,050 ) - (15,726 )
Fair value adjustments   (2,169 )   (2,543 )   (206 )   (8 )       (11 )   (183 )   (1,096 )   -   (6,217 )

Ending balance

 

$ 59,349   $ 55,748   $ 22,778   $ 4,700   $ 4,201 $ 17,741   $ 2,328   $ 6,415   $ 3,741 $ 177,001  
 

The over 90-days delinquent, but still accruing loans, excluding loans guaranteed by the U.S. Government, increased during the third quarter of 2012 by $12.5 million to $49.6 million, or 0.49% of total loans held for investment, at September 30, 2012. Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent increased by $5.4 million, to $283.0 million as of September 30, 2012.

Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

The following table sets forth an analysis of the allowance for loan and lease losses during the periods indicated:

(Dollars in thousands)   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses, beginning of period $ 457,153   $ 483,943   $ 493,917   $ 519,687   $ 540,878  
Provision (recovery) for loan and lease losses:

Residential mortgage

 

9,083 16,368 2,336 8,423 17,744

Commercial mortgage

 

(6,617 ) 142 1,578 21,746 13,324

Commercial and Industrial

 

8,117 2,427 20,158 5,302 10,437

Construction

 

6,379 (666 ) 7,716 (1,096 ) (2,547 )

Consumer and finance leases

 

  11,990     6,613     4,409     7,612     7,488  
Total provision for loan and lease losses   28,952     24,884     36,197     41,987     46,446  
Loans net charge-offs:

Residential mortgage

 

(7,358 ) (14,211 ) (5,731 ) (9,077 ) (15,816 )

Commercial mortgage

 

(5,002 ) (6,271 ) (3,594 ) (13,555 ) (3,309 )

Commercial and Industrial

 

(12,261 ) (8,385 ) (12,669 ) (17,285 ) (22,526 )

Construction

 

(8,326 ) (15,186 ) (15,392 ) (19,492 ) (16,823 )

Consumer and finance leases

 

  (7,627 )   (7,621 )   (8,785 )   (8,348 )   (9,163 )
Net charge-offs   (40,574 )   (51,674 )   (46,171 )   (67,757 )   (67,637 )
Allowance for loan and lease losses, end of period $ 445,531   $ 457,153   $ 483,943   $ 493,917   $ 519,687  
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses to period end total loans held for investment 4.37 % 4.44 % 4.70 % 4.68 % 4.89 %
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans outstanding during the period 1.58 % 2.03 % 1.78 % 2.55 % 2.50 %
Provision for loan and lease losses to net charge-offs during the period

 

0.71

x

 

0.48

x

 

0.78

x

 

0.62

x

 

0.69

x

 

Provision for Loan and Lease Losses

The provision for loan and lease losses of $29.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 was $4.1 million higher than the provision recorded in the second quarter of 2012. The increase in the provision was principally related to an allowance build related to the credit card portfolio together with increased charges to the specific reserve of C&I and construction loans. These variances were partially offset by decreases in the provision for residential and commercial mortgage loans. It is important to note that, despite the total decrease of $11.6 million in the allowance for loan losses, the reserve coverage for non-performing loans increased. The allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans ratio was 44.20% as of September 30, 2012, compared to 42.90% for the prior quarter.

In Puerto Rico, the Corporation recorded a provision for loan and lease losses of $26.3 million, a decrease of $0.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2012. The provision for all major loan categories showed variances including: (i) a reduction of $7.7 million in the provision of residential mortgage loans mainly related to improved trends in charge-offs, (ii) a $2.8 million decrease in the provision for commercial mortgage loans driven by improvement in the cumulative charge-off history used for the general reserve determination and a decrease in the amount of adversely classified loans, and (iii) a reserve release of $1.9 million related to construction loans reflecting lower charges to specific reserves for certain collateral dependent loans, a decrease in net charge-offs and the overall reduction in the size of the portfolio. These reductions were almost entirely offset by an increase of $6.8 million in the provision for consumer loans mainly in connection with the credit card portfolio, partially offset by a reduction in the provision for marine financings. In addition the provision for C&I loans increased by $4.8 million mainly due to higher charges to specific reserves.

The Corporation recorded a reserve release of $6.9 million in the United States for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a release of $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2012. The increase in the reserve release was mainly attributable to improved trends in charge-offs and a reduction in the amount of adversely classified loans.

With respect to the Virgin Islands portfolio, the Corporation recorded a provision for loan and lease losses of $9.5 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a reserve release of $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2012. Most of the increase was associated with two construction commercial projects.

The following table sets forth information concerning the ratio of the allowance to non-performing loans held for investment as of September 30, 2012, and June 30, 2012, by loan category:

(Dollars in thousands)  

Residential
Mortgage Loans

 

Commercial
Mortgage Loans

  C&I Loans  

Construction
Loans

 

Consumer and
Finance Leases

  Total
 
As of September 30, 2012
 
Non-performing loans held for investment charged-off to realizable value $ 157,399 $ 8,722 $ 25,102 $ 24,330 $ 1,175 $ 216,728
Other non-performing loans held for investment   163,514     222,441     205,357     165,128     34,876     791,316  
Total non-performing loans held for investment $ 320,913   $ 231,163   $ 230,459   $ 189,458   $ 36,051   $ 1,008,044  
 
Allowance to non-performing loans held for investment 21.55 % 38.60 % 70.24 % 34.79 % 164.63 % 44.20 %

Allowance to non-performing loans held for investment, excluding non-performing loans charged-off to realizable value

42.30 % 40.11 % 78.83 % 39.92 % 170.18 % 56.30 %
 
As of June 30, 2012
 
Non-performing loans held for investment charged-off to realizable value $ 219,596 $ 14,763 $ 31,465 $ 13,259 $ 2,722 $ 281,805
Other non-performing loans held for investment   113,447     225,118     223,788     188,874     32,656     783,883  
Total non-performing loans held for investment $ 333,043   $ 239,881   $ 255,253   $ 202,133   $ 35,378   $ 1,065,688  
 
Allowance to non-performing loans held for investment 20.25 % 42.04 % 65.04 % 33.57 % 155.43 % 42.90 %

Allowance to non-performing loans held for investment, excluding non-performing loans charged-off to realizable value

59.45 % 44.80 % 74.19 % 35.93 % 168.39 % 58.32 %
 

The following table sets forth information concerning the composition of the Corporation's allowance for loan and lease losses as of September 30, 2012 and June 30, 2012 by loan category and by whether the allowance and related provisions were calculated individually for impairment purposes or through a general valuation allowance.

(Dollars in thousands)  

Residential
Mortgage Loans

 

Commercial
Mortgage Loans

  C&I Loans  

Construction
Loans

 

Consumer and
Finance Leases

  Total
 
As of September 30, 2012
 
Impaired loans without specific reserves:
Principal balance of loans, net of charge-offs $ 106,554 $

50,043

$

31,047

$ 38,863 $ 1,647 $ 228,154
 
Impaired loans with specific reserves:
Principal balance of loans, net of charge-offs 488,234 313,490 207,465 139,599 23,196 1,171,984
Allowance for loan and lease losses 49,640 51,351 57,001 33,349 2,813 194,154
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 10.17 % 16.38 % 27.47 % 23.89 % 12.13 % 16.57 %
 
PCI loans:
Carrying value of PCI loans - - - - 12,741 12,741
Allowance for PCI loans - - - - - -
Allowance for PCI loans to carrying value - - - - - -
 
Loans with general allowance:
Principal balance of loans 2,167,630

1,095,585

3,389,134

174,429 1,948,507 8,775,285
Allowance for loan and lease losses 19,525 37,876 104,876 32,562 56,538 251,377
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 0.90 %

3.46

%

3.09

% 18.67 % 2.90 % 2.86 %
 
Total loans held for investment:
Principal balance of loans $ 2,762,418 $ 1,459,118 $ 3,627,646 $ 352,891 $ 1,986,091 $ 10,188,164
Allowance for loan and lease losses 69,165 89,227 161,877 65,911 59,351 445,531
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 2.50 % 6.12 % 4.46 % 18.68 % 2.99 % 4.37 %
 
As of June 30, 2012
 
Impaired loans without specific reserves:
Principal balance of loans, net of charge-offs $ 184,198 $ 37,042 $ 14,279 $ 37,735 $ 2,804 $ 276,058
 
Impaired loans with specific reserves:
Principal balance of loans, net of charge-offs 415,179 324,259 244,086 152,338 20,574 1,156,436
Allowance for loan and lease losses 49,111 52,591 70,936 34,938 2,284 209,860
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 11.83 % 16.22 % 29.06 % 22.93 % 11.10 % 18.15 %
 
PCI loans:
Carrying value of PCI loans - - - - 15,001 15,001
Allowance for PCI loans - - - - - -
Allowance for PCI loans to carrying value - - - - - -
 
Loans with general allowance:
Principal balance of loans 2,164,689 1,117,767 3,479,554 174,861 1,911,749 8,848,620
Allowance for loan and lease losses 18,329 48,255 95,085 32,920 52,704 247,293
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 0.85 % 4.32 % 2.73 % 18.83 % 2.76 % 2.79 %
 
Total loans held for investment:
Principal balance of loans $ 2,764,066 $ 1,479,068 $ 3,737,919 $ 364,934 $ 1,950,128 $ 10,296,115
Allowance for loan and lease losses 67,440 100,846 166,021 67,858 54,988 457,153
Allowance for loan and lease losses to principal balance 2.44 % 6.82 % 4.44 % 18.59 % 2.82 % 4.44 %
 

Net Charge-Offs

Total net charge-offs for the third quarter of 2012 were $40.6 million, or 1.58% of average loans on an annualized basis, down from $51.7 million, or an annualized 2.03%, for the second quarter of 2012. Decreases in net charge-offs were reflected primarily in residential mortgage and construction loans.

Residential mortgage loans net charge-offs in the third quarter of 2012 were $7.4 million, or an annualized 1.05% of related average loans, down from $14.2 million, or an annualized 2.04%, in the second quarter, mainly reflecting a lower inventory of residential real estate properties subject to updated appraisals.

Commercial mortgage loans net charge-offs in the third quarter of 2012 were $5.0 million, or an annualized 1.36% of related average loans, down from $6.3 million, or an annualized 1.68% of related loans, in the second quarter of 2012. Substantially all of the charge-offs recorded in the third quarter were in Puerto Rico and include a $2.9 million charge-off on one relationship in Puerto Rico.

C&I loans net charge-offs in the third quarter of 2012 totaled $12.3 million, or an annualized 1.33% of related average loans, up from $8.4 million, or an annualized 0.88% of related loans, in the second quarter of 2012. Substantially all of the charge-offs recorded in the third quarter were in Puerto Rico and spread through several industries, including $10.0 million on three relationships with individual charge-offs in excess of $1 million.

Construction loans net charge-offs in the third quarter of 2012 were $8.3 million, or an annualized 9.11% of related average loans, down from $15.2 million, or an annualized 15.21% of related loans, in the second quarter of 2012. Construction loans net charge-offs include a $7.7 million charge-off on one commercial project in the Virgin Islands.

Net charge-offs on consumer loans and finance leases in the third quarter of 2012 were $7.6 million, or an annualized 1.55% of related average loans, compared to $7.6 million, or an annualized 1.81% of average loans in the second quarter of 2012. The improved ratio was impacted by a larger portfolio led by the full quarter impact of the credit card portfolio in the average balance.

The following table presents annualized net charge-offs to average loans held-in-portfolio:

  Quarter Ended
September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
 
Residential mortgage 1.05 % 2.04 % 0.82 % 1.29 % 2.24 %
 
Commercial mortgage 1.36 % 1.68 % 0.92 % 3.44 % 0.84 %
 
Commercial and Industrial 1.33 % 0.88 % 1.25 % 1.64 % 2.09 %
 
Construction 9.11 % 15.21 % 14.23 % 16.43 % 12.78 %
 
Consumer and finance leases 1.55 % 1.81 % 2.26 % 2.13 % 2.30 %
 
Total loans 1.58 % 2.03 % 1.78 % 2.55 % 2.50 %
 

The ratios above are based on annualized net charge-offs and are not necessarily indicative of the results expected in subsequent periods.

The following table presents annualized net charge-offs to average loans by geographic segment:

  Quarter Ended
September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2011 2011

PUERTO RICO:

 
Residential mortgage 1.33 % 2.42 % 0.95 % 1.15 % 2.50 %
 
Commercial mortgage 2.08 % 1.18 % 0.98 % 4.25 % 0.99 %
 
Commercial and Industrial 1.43 % 0.98 % 1.33 % 1.72 % 2.20 %
 
Construction 2.28 % 3.63 % 15.78 % 19.45 % 15.02 %
 
Consumer and finance leases 1.56 % 1.73 % 2.28 % 2.22 % 2.33 %
 
Total loans 1.53 % 1.58 % 1.80 % 2.57 % 2.62 %
 

VIRGIN ISLANDS:

 
Residential mortgage -0.02 % (1 ) 0.08 % 0.08 % 0.27 % 0.19 %
 
Commercial mortgage 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 %
 
Commercial and Industrial 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.03 % 0.00 % 0.00 %
 
Construction 26.04 % 42.57 % 19.29 % 12.92 % 9.78 %
 
Consumer and finance leases 1.16 % 1.07 % 0.90 % 0.14 % 2.34 %
 
Total loans 3.48 % 6.23 % 3.22 % 2.24 % 1.84 %
 

FLORIDA:

 
Residential mortgage 0.30 % 1.91 % 0.90 % 3.76 % 3.27 %
 
Commercial mortgage -0.40 % (2 ) 3.32 % 0.93 % 1.98 % 0.62 %
 
Commercial and Industrial -0.01 % (3 ) -3.38 % (3 ) 0.72 % 3.34 % 2.32 %
 
Construction -0.50 % (4 ) -0.76 % (4 ) -33.52 % (4 ) 0.92 % 6.38 %
 
Consumer and finance leases 1.64 % 6.92 % 3.59 % 1.20 % 1.02 %
 
Total loans -0.04 % (5 ) 2.45 % 0.00 % 2.61 % 1.93 %
 
 

(1) For the third quarter of 2012, recoveries in residential mortgage loans in the Virgin Island exceeded charge-offs.

 

(2) For the third quarter of 2012, recoveries in commercial mortgage loans in Florida exceeded charge-offs.

 

(3) For the third and second quarter of 2012, recoveries in commercial and industrial loans in Florida exceeded charge-offs.

 

(4) For the third, second and first quarter of 2012, recoveries in construction loans in Florida exceeded charge-offs.

 

(5) For the third quarter of 2012, recoveries in total loans in Florida exceeded charge-offs.

 

Balance Sheet

Total assets were approximately $13.1 billion as of September 30, 2012, up $226.1 million from June 30, 2012. The increase in assets is attributable to purchases of MBS and higher liquidity obtained through Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances and non-brokered deposits. Cash and cash equivalents increased by $244.8 million and total investment securities increased by $63.8 million. Total loans, net of the allowance for loan and lease losses, decreased by $88.4 million, led by significant repayments of commercial loans, charge-offs and foreclosures, partially offset by increases in auto and consumer personal loans.

The Corporation is experiencing continued loan demand and has continued with its targeted origination strategy. During the third quarter of 2012, total loan originations, including refinancings and draws from existing revolving and non-revolving commitments, amounted to approximately $660.2 million, down from $803.5 million in loan originations in the previous quarter, mainly reflecting decreases in C&I and government loan originations partially offset by an increase in the volume of consumer loan originations. C&I loan originations (excluding government loans) amounted to $227.5 million, a decrease of $69.5 million compared to the prior quarter. Government loan originations amounted to $15.6 million, a decrease of $68.3 million compared to the previous quarter. Originations of auto loans (including finance leases) amounted to $151.2 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $146.0 million for the second quarter of 2012 and other personal loan originations amounted to $57.7 million, an increase of $0.9 million compared to the prior quarter. The aforementioned figures exclude the utilization activity on outstanding credit cards of approximately $95.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 (full quarter impact) compared to $34 million in the second quarter.

As of September 30, 2012, liabilities totaled $11.7 billion, an increase of approximately $190.9 million from June 30, 2012. The increase in total liabilities is mainly attributable to an increase of $185.0 million in FHLB advances and $54.4 million in deposits, net of brokered CDs, partially offset by a decrease of $58.1 million in brokered CDs. The increase in non-brokered deposits is mainly attributable to commercial deposits, including deposits of public funds.

The Corporation's total stockholders' equity amounted to $1.48 billion as of September 30, 2012, an increase of $35.2 million from June 30, 2012, driven by internal capital generation including net income of $19.1 million and an increase of $15.9 million in other comprehensive income due to higher unrealized gains on available for sale securities.

The Corporation's total capital, Tier 1 capital, and leverage ratios as of September 30, 2012, of 17.52%, 16.20% and 12.71%, respectively, were up from total capital, Tier 1 capital and leverage ratios of 17.30%, 15.98% and 12.51%, respectively, at the end of the prior quarter. Meanwhile, the total capital, Tier 1 capital, and leverage ratios as of September 30, 2012, of its banking subsidiary, FirstBank Puerto Rico, of 17.03%, 15.71% and 12.35%, respectively, were up from total capital, Tier 1 capital and leverage ratios of 16.80% and 15.48%, and 12.13%, respectively, at the end of the prior quarter. The increase in the total and Tier 1 capital ratios was driven by internal generation of capital and a decrease in risk-weighted assets mainly related to repayments of C&I loans. The increase in the leverage ratio is also attributable to the internal generation of capital. All of the regulatory capital ratios for the Bank are well above the minimum required under the Consent Order entered into with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Given the Consent Order, however, the Bank cannot be considered to be a well-capitalized institution.

Although uncertainty exists regarding final capital rules, based on our current interpretation of the proposed Basel III capital rules we anticipate to exceed the fully phased-in minimum capital ratios as established in the current proposal. The proposed Basel III capital rules and our interpretations used in estimating our Basel III calculations are subject to change depending on the final Basel III capital rules.

Tangible Common Equity

The Corporation's tangible common equity ratio increased to 10.39% as of September 30, 2012, from 10.29% as of June 30, 2012, and the Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets ratio increased to 13.33% as of September 30, 2012, from 13.12% as of June 30, 2012.

The following table is a reconciliation of the Corporation's tangible common equity and tangible assets over the last five quarters to the comparable GAAP items:

(In thousands, except ratios and per share information)

   

 

September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2012 2011 2011

Tangible Equity:

Total equity - GAAP $ 1,484,117 $ 1,448,959 $ 1,433,023 $ 1,444,144 $ 986,847
Preferred equity (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (430,498 )
Goodwill (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 )
Purchased credit card relationship (23,920 ) (24,342 ) - - -
Core deposit intangible   (9,923 )   (10,512 )   (11,100 )   (11,689 )   (12,277 )
 
Tangible common equity $ 1,359,129   $ 1,322,960   $ 1,330,778   $ 1,341,310   $ 515,974  
 

Tangible Assets:

Total assets - GAAP $ 13,139,747 $ 12,913,650 $ 13,085,623 $ 13,127,275 $ 13,475,572
Goodwill (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 )
Purchased credit card relationship (23,920 ) (24,342 ) - - -
Core deposit intangible   (9,923 )   (10,512 )   (11,100 )   (11,689 )   (12,277 )
 
Tangible assets $ 13,077,806   $ 12,850,698   $ 13,046,425   $ 13,087,488   $ 13,435,197  
 
Common shares outstanding   206,179     206,134     206,134     205,134     21,304  
 
Tangible common equity ratio 10.39 % 10.29 % 10.20 % 10.25 % 3.84 %
Tangible book value per common share $ 6.59 $ 6.42 $ 6.46 $ 6.54 $ 24.22
 

The following table reconciles stockholders' equity (GAAP) to Tier 1 common equity:

(Dollars in thousands)

  As of
September 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2011 2011
 

Tier 1 Common Equity:

Total equity - GAAP $ 1,484,117 $ 1,448,959 $ 1,433,023 $ 1,444,144 $ 986,847
Qualifying preferred stock (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (63,047 ) (430,498 )
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities (1) (42,528 ) (26,623 ) (20,233 ) (19,234 ) (13,957 )
Disallowed deferred tax asset (2) (40 ) (41 ) (25 ) - (267 )
Goodwill (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 ) (28,098 )
Core deposit intangible (9,923 ) (10,512 ) (11,100 ) (11,689 ) (12,277 )
Cumulative change gain in fair value of liabilities
accounted for under a fair value option - - (2,434 ) (2,009 ) (952 )
Other disallowed assets   (4,155 )   (2,917 )   (807 )   (922 )   (907 )
Tier 1 common equity $ 1,336,326   $ 1,317,721   $ 1,307,279   $ 1,319,145   $ 499,890  
 
Total risk-weighted assets $ 10,026,572   $ 10,046,284   $ 9,947,559   $ 10,180,226   $ 10,432,804  
 
Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets ratio 13.33 % 13.12 % 13.14 % 12.96 % 4.79 %
 

1- Tier 1 capital excludes net unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale debt securities and net unrealized gains on available-for-sale equity securities with readily determinable fair values, in accordance with regulatory risk-based capital guidelines. In arriving at Tier 1 capital, institutions are required to deduct net unrealized losses on available-for-sale equity securities with readily determinable fair values, net of tax.

 

2- Approximately $12 million of the Corporation's deferred tax assets at September 30, 2012 (June 30, 2012 - $12 million; March 31, 2012 - $12 million; December 31, 2011 - $13 million; September 30, 2011 - $12 million) was included without limitation in regulatory capital pursuant to the risk-based capital guidelines, while approximately $40k of such assets at September 30, 2012 (June 30, 2012 - $41k; March 31, 2012 - $25k; December 31, 2011 - $0; September 30, 2011 - $0.3 million) exceeded the limitation imposed by these guidelines and, as "disallowed deferred tax assets," was deducted in arriving at Tier 1 capital. According to regulatory capital guidelines, the deferred tax assets that are dependent upon future taxable income are limited for inclusion in Tier 1 capital to the lesser of: (i) the amount of such deferred tax asset that the entity expects to realize within one year of the calendar quarter end-date, based on its projected future taxable income for that year, or (ii) 10% of the amount of the entity's Tier 1 capital. Approximately $7 million of the Corporation's other net deferred tax liability at September 30, 2012 (June 30, 2012 - $7 million; March 31, 2012 - $7 million; December 31, 2011 - $8 million; September 30, 2011 - $7 million) represented primarily the deferred tax effects of unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale debt securities, which are permitted to be excluded prior to deriving the amount of net deferred tax assets subject to limitation under the guidelines.

 

Conference Call / Webcast Information

First BanCorp's senior management will host an earnings conference call and live webcast on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 10:00a.m. (Eastern Time). The call may be accessed via a live Internet webcast through the investor relations section of the Corporation's website: www.firstbankpr.com or through a dial-in telephone number at (877) 317-6789 or (412) 317–6789. Listeners are recommended to go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary software. A replay of the webcast will be archived in the investor relations section of First BanCorp's website, www.firstbankpr.com, until November 1, 2013. A telephone replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call through 9:00 a.m. Eastern time December 3, 2012, at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088. The conference number is 10018992.

Safe Harbor

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” concerning the Corporation's future economic performance. The words or phrases “expect,” “anticipate,” “look forward,” “should,” “believes” and similar expressions are meant to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to the safe harbor created by such section. The Corporation wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such “forward-looking statements,” which speak only as of the date made, and to advise readers that various factors, including, but not limited to, the following could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by such forward-looking statements: uncertainty about whether the Corporation and FirstBank will be able to fully comply with the written agreement dated June 3, 2010, that the Corporation entered into with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the “Federal Reserve”) and the order dated June 2, 2010, that FirstBank entered into with the FDIC and the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (the “FDIC Order”) that, among other things, require FirstBank to maintain certain capital levels and reduce its special mention, classified, delinquent and non-performing assets; the risk of being subject to possible additional regulatory actions; uncertainty as to the availability of certain funding sources, such as brokered CDs; the Corporation's reliance on brokered CDs and its ability to obtain, on a periodic basis, approval from the FDIC to issue brokered CDs to fund operations and provide liquidity in accordance with the terms of the FDIC Order; the risk of not being able to fulfill the Corporation's cash obligations or resume paying dividends to the Corporation's stockholders in the future due to the Corporation's inability to receive approval from the Federal Reserve to receive dividends from FirstBank or FirstBank's failure to generate sufficient cash flow to make a dividend payment to the Corporation; the strength or weakness of the real estate markets and of the consumer and commercial credit sectors and their potential impact on the credit quality of the Corporation's loans and other assets, including the Corporation's construction and commercial real estate loan portfolios, which have contributed and may continue to contribute to, among other things, the high levels of non-performing assets, charge-offs and the provision expense and may subject the Corporation to further risk from loan defaults and foreclosures; adverse changes in general economic conditions in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, including the interest rate environment, market liquidity, housing absorption rates, real estate prices and disruptions in the U.S. capital markets, which may reduce interest margins, impact funding sources and affect demand for all of the Corporation's products and services and reduce the Corporation's revenues, earnings and the value of the Corporation's assets; an adverse change in the Corporation's ability to attract new clients and retain existing ones; a decrease in demand for the Corporation's products and services and lower revenues and earnings because of the continued recession in Puerto Rico, the current fiscal problems and budget deficit of the Puerto Rico government and credit downgrades of the Puerto Rico government; uncertainty about regulatory and legislative changes for financial services companies in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, which could affect the Corporation's financial condition or performance and could cause the Corporation's actual results for future periods to differ materially from prior results and anticipated or projected results; uncertainty regarding the timing and final substance of any capital or liquidity standards, including the Final Basel III requirements and their implementation through rulemaking by the Federal Reserve, including anticipated requirements to hold higher levels of regulatory capital and liquidity and meet higher regulatory capital ratios as a result of Final Basel III or other capital or liquidity standards; uncertainty about the effectiveness of the various actions undertaken to stimulate the U.S. economy and stabilize the U.S. financial markets, and the impact such actions may have on the Corporation's business, financial condition and results of operations; changes in the fiscal and monetary policies and regulations of the federal government, including those determined by the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, government-sponsored housing agencies and regulators in Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands; the risk of possible failure or circumvention of controls and procedures and the risk that the Corporation's risk management policies may not be adequate; the risk that the FDIC may further increase the deposit insurance premium and/or require special assessments to replenish its insurance fund, causing an additional increase in the Corporation's non-interest expenses; the risks of not being able to recover the assets pledged to Lehman Brothers Special Financing, Inc.; the impact on the Corporation's results of operations and financial condition of acquisitions and dispositions; a need to recognize additional impairments on financial instruments, goodwill or other intangible assets relating to acquisitions; the risks that downgrades in the credit ratings of the Corporation's long-term senior debt will adversely affect the Corporation's ability to access necessary external funds; the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on the Corporation's businesses, business practices and cost of operations; and general competitive factors and industry consolidation. The Corporation does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update any “forward-looking statements” to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements except as required by the federal securities laws.

Basis of Presentation

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are set forth when management believes they will be helpful to an understanding of the Corporation's results of operations or financial position. Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as the reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in the text or in the attached tables to this earnings release.

Tangible Common Equity Ratio and Tangible Book Value per Common Share

The tangible common equity ratio and tangible book value per common share are non-GAAP measures generally used by the financial community to evaluate capital adequacy. Tangible common equity is total equity less preferred equity, goodwill, core deposit intangibles and other intangibles, such as the purchased credit card relationship intangible. Tangible assets are total assets less goodwill, core deposit intangibles and other intangibles, such as the purchased credit card relationship intangible. Management and many stock analysts use the tangible common equity ratio and tangible book value per common share in conjunction with more traditional bank capital ratios to compare the capital adequacy of banking organizations with significant amounts of goodwill or other intangible assets, typically stemming from the use of the purchase method of accounting for mergers and acquisitions. Neither tangible common equity nor tangible assets, or the related measures should be considered in isolation or as a substitute for stockholders' equity, total assets or any other measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which the Corporation calculates its tangible common equity, tangible assets and any other related measures may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names.

Tier 1 Common Equity to Risk-Weighted Assets Ratio

The Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets ratio is calculated by dividing (a) Tier 1 capital less non-common elements including qualifying perpetual preferred stock and qualifying trust preferred securities by (b) risk-weighted assets, which assets are calculated in accordance with applicable bank regulatory requirements. The Tier 1 common equity ratio is not required by GAAP or on a recurring basis by applicable bank regulatory requirements. Management is currently monitoring this ratio, along with the other ratios discussed above, in evaluating the Corporation's capital levels and believes that, at this time, the ratio may be of interest to investors.

Adjusted Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Income

A non-GAAP performance metric that management believes is useful in analyzing underlying performance trends, particularly in times of economic stress, is adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision income. Adjusted pre-tax, pre-provision income, as defined by management, represents net (loss) income excluding income tax expense (benefit), the provision for loan and lease losses, gains on sale and OTTI of investment securities, fair value adjustments on derivatives and liabilities measured at fair value, equity in earnings or losses of unconsolidated entities as well as certain items identified as unusual, non-recurring or non-operating.

From time to time, revenue and expenses are impacted by items judged by management to be outside of ordinary banking activities and/or by items that, while they may be associated with ordinary banking activities, are so unusually large that management believes that a complete analysis of its Corporation's performance requires consideration also of results that exclude such amounts. These items result from factors originating outside the Corporation such as regulatory actions/assessments, and may result from unusual management decisions, such as the early extinguishment of debt.

Net Interest Income, Excluding Valuations and on a Tax-Equivalent Basis

Net interest income, interest rate spread and net interest margin are reported excluding the changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and financial liabilities elected to be measured at fair value on a tax-equivalent basis. The presentation of net interest income excluding valuations provides additional information about the Corporation's net interest income and facilitates comparability and analysis. The changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and unrealized gains and losses on liabilities measured at fair value have no effect on interest due or interest earned on interest-bearing liabilities or interest-earning assets, respectively. The tax-equivalent adjustment to net interest income recognizes the income tax savings when comparing taxable and tax-exempt assets and assumes a marginal income tax rate. Income from tax-exempt earning assets is increased by an amount equivalent to the taxes that would have been paid if this income had been taxable at statutory rates. Management believes that it is a standard practice in the banking industry to present net interest income, interest rate spread and net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis. This adjustment puts all earning assets, most notably tax-exempt securities and certain loans, on a common basis that facilitates comparison of results to results of peers.

     
FIRST BANCORP
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
 
 
As of
September 30, June 30, December 31,
(In thousands, except for share information) 2012 2012 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash and due from banks $ 786,788   $ 518,725   $ 206,897  
 
Money market investments:
Federal funds sold - - 2,603
Time deposits with other financial institutions 605 1,055 955
Other short-term investments   216,327     239,123     236,111  
Total money market investments   216,932     240,178     239,669  
 
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 1,597,847 1,541,525 1,923,268
 
 
Other equity securities   39,656     32,141     37,951  
 
Total investment securities   1,637,503     1,573,666     1,961,219  
 
Investment in unconsolidated entities   32,300     34,499     43,401  
 

Loans, net of allowance for loan and lease losses of $445,531 (June 30, 2012 - $457,153 ; December 31, 2011 - $493,917)

9,742,633 9,838,962 10,065,475
Loans held for sale, at lower of cost or market   68,349     60,393     15,822  
Total loans, net   9,810,982     9,899,355     10,081,297  
 
Premises and equipment, net 182,733 185,721 194,942
Other real estate owned 177,001 167,341 114,292
Accrued interest receivable on loans and investments 53,216 51,958 49,957
Other assets   242,292     242,207     235,601  
Total assets $ 13,139,747   $ 12,913,650   $ 13,127,275  
 
LIABILITIES
 
Deposits:
Non-interest-bearing deposits $ 780,717 $ 776,947 $ 705,789
Interest-bearing deposits   9,115,685     9,123,226     9,201,965  
Total deposits   9,896,402     9,900,173     9,907,754  
 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 900,000 900,000 1,000,000
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) 518,440 333,440 367,440
Notes payable - - 23,342
Other borrowings 231,959 231,959 231,959
Accounts payable and other liabilities   108,829     99,119     152,636  
Total liabilities   11,655,630     11,464,691     11,683,131  
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
 

Preferred Stock, authorized 50,000,000 shares: issued 22,828,174 shares; outstanding 2,521,872; aggregate liquidation value $63,047

  63,047     63,047     63,047  
 

Common stock, $0.10 par value, authorized 2,000,000,000 shares; issued 206,674,221 (June 30, 2012 - 206,629,311 shares issued ; December 31, 2011 - 205,794,024 shares issued)

20,667 20,663 20,579
Less: Treasury stock (at par value)   (49 )   (49 )   (66 )
 

Common stock outstanding, 206,179,368 shares outstanding (June 30, 2012 - 206,134,458 shares outstanding ; December 31, 2011 - 205,134,171 shares outstanding)

  20,618     20,614     20,513  
Additional paid-in capital 885,327 885,130 884,002
Retained earnings 472,633 453,558 457,384
Accumulated other comprehensive income   42,492     26,610     19,198  
Total stockholders' equity   1,484,117     1,448,959     1,444,144  
Total liabilities and stockholders'equity $ 13,139,747   $ 12,913,650   $ 13,127,275  
 
 
         
FIRST BANCORP
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
 
 
Quarter Ended Nine-Month Period Ended
(In thousands, except per share information) September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net interest income:
Interest income $ 166,964 $ 153,652 $ 158,542 $ 472,723 $ 502,863
Interest expense   41,461     44,947     64,287     136,649     207,894  
Net interest income 125,503 108,705 94,255 336,074 294,969
Provision for loan and lease losses   28,952     24,884     46,446     90,033     194,362  
Net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses   96,551     83,821     47,809     246,041     100,607  
 
Non-interest income:
Other service charges 1,098 1,226 1,485 3,843 4,659
Service charges on deposit accounts 3,267 3,240 3,098 9,754 9,484
Mortgage banking activities 4,728 4,057 3,676 13,260 19,603
Net gain (loss) on investments and impairments (547 ) (143 ) 12,156 (1,897 ) 52,839
Loss on early extinguishment of borrowings - - (9,012 ) - (10,835 )
Equiy in losses of unconsolidated entities (2,199 ) (2,491 ) (4,357 ) (10,926 ) (5,893 )
Other non-interest income   8,779     8,133     6,918     23,589     23,454  
Total non-interest income   15,126     14,022     13,964     37,623     93,311  
 
Non-interest expenses:
Employees' compensation and benefits 31,058 31,101 29,375 93,770 89,221
Occupancy and equipment 15,208 15,181 15,468 46,065 46,321
Business promotion 4,004 3,475 2,509 10,026 8,801
Professional fees 6,295 5,322 5,983 16,796 17,192
Taxes, other than income taxes 3,499 3,435 3,420 10,350 9,953
Insurance and supervisory fees 13,023 13,302 15,041 39,333 44,622
Net loss on real estate owned (REO) operations 8,686 6,786 4,952 18,915 16,423
Other non-interest expenses   10,070     8,340     6,183     28,723     19,695  
Total non-interest expenses   91,843     86,942     82,931     263,978     252,228  
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 19,834 10,901 (21,158 ) 19,686 (58,310 )
Income tax expense   (761 )   (1,545 )   (2,888 )   (4,439 )   (9,080 )
 
Net income (loss) $ 19,073   $ 9,356   $ (24,046 ) $ 15,247   $ (67,390 )
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ 19,073   $ 9,356   $ (31,143 ) $ 15,247   $ (88,785 )
 
 
Earnings (loss) per common share:
 
Basic $ 0.09   $ 0.05   $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07   $ (4.17 )
Diluted $ 0.09   $ 0.05   $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07   $ (4.17 )
 
 

About First BanCorp.

First BanCorp. is the parent corporation of FirstBank Puerto Rico, a state-chartered commercial bank with operations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Florida, and of FirstBank Insurance Agency. First BanCorp. and FirstBank Puerto Rico operate within U.S. banking laws and regulations. The Corporation operates a total of 153 branches, stand-alone offices and in-branch service centers throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Florida. Among the subsidiaries of FirstBank Puerto Rico are First Federal Finance Corp., a small loan company; FirstBank Puerto Rico Securities, a broker-dealer subsidiary; First Management of Puerto Rico; and FirstMortgage, Inc., a mortgage origination company. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, FirstBank operates First Express, a small loan company. First BanCorp's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FBP. Additional information about First BanCorp. may be found at www.firstbankpr.com.

EXHIBIT A

Table 1 – Selected Financial Data

(In thousands, except for per share and financial ratios)

  Quarter Ended   Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30,   June 30,   September 30, September 30,   September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011

Condensed Income Statements:

Total interest income $ 166,964 $ 153,652 $ 158,542 $ 472,723 $ 502,863
Total interest expense 41,461 44,947 64,287 136,649 207,894
Net interest income 125,503 108,705 94,255 336,074 294,969
Provision for loan and lease losses 28,952 24,884 46,446 90,033 194,362
Non-interest income 15,126 14,022 13,964 37,623 93,311
Non-interest expenses 91,843 86,942 82,931 263,978 252,228
Income (loss) before income taxes 19,834 10,901 (21,158 ) 19,686 (58,310 )
Income tax expense (761 ) (1,545 ) (2,888 ) (4,439 ) (9,080 )
Net income (loss) 19,073 9,356 (24,046 ) 15,247 (67,390 )

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

19,073 9,356 (31,143 ) 15,247 (88,785 )
 

Per Common Share Results:

Net earnings (loss) per share basic $ 0.09 $ 0.05 $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07 $ (4.17 )
Net earnings (loss) per share diluted $ 0.09 $ 0.05 $ (1.46 ) $ 0.07 $ (4.17 )
Cash dividends declared $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -
Average shares outstanding 205,415 205,415 21,303 205,349 21,303
Average shares outstanding diluted 205,923 205,952 21,303 205,697 21,303
Book value per common share $ 6.89 $ 6.72 $ 26.12 $ 6.89 $ 26.12
Tangible book value per common share (1) $ 6.59 $ 6.42 $ 24.22 $ 6.59 $ 24.22
 

Selected Financial Ratios (In Percent):

 

Profitability:

Return on Average Assets 0.59 (0.29 ) (0.69 ) 0.16 (0.62 )
Interest Rate Spread (2) 3.77 3.21 2.61 3.31 2.55
Net Interest Margin (2) 4.02 3.50 2.86 3.59 2.81
Return on Average Total Equity 5.19 2.62 (9.46 ) 1.41 (8.78 )
Return on Average Common Equity 5.43 2.74 (21.33 ) 1.47 (19.83 )
Average Total Equity to Average Total Assets 11.37 11.14 7.31 11.20 7.02
Total capital 17.52 17.30 12.39 17.52 12.39
Tier 1 capital 16.20 15.98 11.07 16.20 11.07
Leverage 12.71 12.51 8.41 12.71 8.41
Tangible common equity ratio (1) 10.39 10.29 3.84 10.39 3.84
Tier 1 common equity to risk-weight assets (1) 13.33 13.12 4.79 13.33 4.79
Dividend payout ratio - - - - -
Efficiency ratio (3) 65.31 70.84 76.63 70.64 64.96
 

Asset Quality:

Allowance for loan and lease losses to loans held for investment 4.37 4.44 4.89 4.37 4.89
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans 1.58 2.03 2.50 1.79 2.72
Provision for loan and lease losses to net charge-offs 71.36 48.16 68.67 65.04 85.36
Non-performing assets to total assets 9.58 10.13 10.22 9.58 10.22
Non-performing loans held for investment to total loans held for investment 9.89 10.35 11.13 9.89 11.13
Allowance to total non-performing loans held for investment 44.20 42.90 43.90 44.20 43.90

Allowance to total non-performing loans held for investment excluding residential real estate loans

64.84 62.40 63.44 64.84 63.44
 

Other Information:

Common Stock Price: End of period $ 4.42 $ 3.96 $ 2.80 $ 4.42 $ 2.80
 
 

1- Non-GAAP measure. See pages 17-18 for GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliations.

 

2- On a tax-equivalent basis. See page 4 for GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliations and refer to discussions in Tables 2 and 3 below.

 

3- Non-interest expenses to the sum of net interest income and non-interest income. The denominator includes non-recurring income and changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and financial liabilities measured at fair value.

 
 

Table 2 – Quarterly Statement of Average Interest-Earning Assets and Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities (On a Tax-Equivalent Basis and Excluding Valuations)

(Dollars in thousands)                  
Average volume Interest income (1) / expense Average rate (1)
September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, June 30, September 30,
Quarter ended 2012 2012 2011 2012 2012 2011 2012 2012 2011
 
Interest-earning assets:
Money market & other short-term investments $ 553,283 $ 656,642 $ 482,057 $ 395 $ 456 $ 325 0.28 % 0.28 % 0.27 %
Government obligations (2) 336,598 675,729 1,273,109 1,069 3,091 4,646 1.26 % 1.84 % 1.45 %
Mortgage-backed securities 1,313,353 1,082,175 988,900 10,705 8,366 8,771 3.24 % 3.11 % 3.52 %
Corporate bonds 959 1,876 2,000 16 31 29 6.64 % 6.65 % 5.75 %
FHLB stock 33,131 32,399 40,265 318 353 396 3.82 % 4.38 % 3.90 %
Equity securities   1,377   1,377   1,377   -   -   - 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 %
Total investments (3)   2,238,701   2,450,198   2,787,708   12,503   12,297   14,167 2.22 % 2.02 % 2.02 %
Residential mortgage loans 2,815,261 2,784,364 2,825,394 37,897 36,822 38,822 5.36 % 5.32 % 5.45 %
Construction loans 365,656 399,394 526,383 2,480 2,556 3,418 2.70 % 2.57 % 2.58 %
C&I and commercial mortgage loans 5,151,641 5,315,831 5,887,610 52,514 54,321 60,332 4.06 % 4.11 % 4.07 %
Finance leases 237,986 239,943 258,139 5,222 5,226 5,385 8.73 % 8.76 % 8.28 %
Consumer loans   1,727,291   1,443,697   1,334,900   57,641   44,097   38,893 13.28 % 12.28 % 11.56 %
Total loans (4) (5)   10,297,835   10,183,229   10,832,426   155,754   143,022   146,850 6.02 % 5.65 % 5.38 %
Total interest-earning assets $ 12,536,536 $ 12,633,427 $ 13,620,134 $ 168,257 $ 155,319 $ 161,017 5.34 % 4.94 % 4.69 %
 
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Brokered CDs $ 3,400,984 $ 3,473,457 $ 4,887,851 $ 15,435 $ 17,803 $ 26,286 1.81 % 2.06 % 2.13 %
Other interest-bearing deposits 5,589,449 5,587,225 5,308,927 14,516 15,686 19,855 1.03 % 1.13 % 1.48 %
Other borrowed funds 1,131,959 1,171,833 1,336,508 8,557 8,969 12,750 3.01 % 3.08 % 3.78 %
FHLB advances   395,777   344,539   411,168   2,953   3,028   3,795 2.97 % 3.53 % 3.66 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities (6) $ 10,518,169 $ 10,577,054 $ 11,944,454 $ 41,461 $ 45,486 $ 62,686 1.57 % 1.73 % 2.08 %
Net interest income $ 126,796 $ 109,833 $ 98,331
Interest rate spread 3.77 % 3.21 % 2.61 %
Net interest margin 4.02 % 3.50 % 2.86 %
 

1- On a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent yield was estimated by dividing the interest rate spread on exempt assets by 1 less the Puerto Rico statutory tax rate (30% for 2012; 30% for the Corporation's subsidiaries other than International Banking Entities (IBEs) and 25% for the Corporation's IBEs in 2011) and adding to it the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. When adjusted to a tax-equivalent basis, yields on taxable and exempt assets are comparable. Changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and unrealized gains or losses on liabilities measured at fair value are excluded from interest income and interest expense because the changes in valuation do not affect interest paid or received.

 
2- Government obligations include debt issued by government sponsored agencies.
 
3- Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from the average volumes.
 
4- Average loan balances include the average of total non-performing loans.
 

5- Interest income on loans includes $3.7 million, $2.9 million and $2.5 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively, of income from prepayment penalties and late fees related to the Corporation's loan portfolio.

 
6- Unrealized gains and losses on liabilities measured at fair value are excluded from the average volumes.
 
 

Table 3 – Year to Date Statement of Average Interest-Earning Assets and Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities (On a Tax-Equivalent Basis and Excluding Valuations)

(Dollars in thousands)            
Nine-Month Period Ended Average volume Interest income (1) / expense Average rate (1)
September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Interest-earning assets:
Money market & other short-term investments $ 570,639 $ 509,488 $ 1,220 $ 1,034 0.29 % 0.27 %
Government obligations (2) 655,056 1,482,025 8,238 17,049 1.68 % 1.54 %
Mortgage-backed securities 1,099,082 1,265,491 26,506 36,336 3.22 % 3.84 %
Corporate bonds 1,609 2,000 76 87 6.31 % 5.82 %
FHLB stock 34,057 45,512 1,072 1,561 4.20 % 4.59 %
Equity securities   1,377   1,377   -   1 0.00 % 0.10 %
Total investments (3)   2,361,820   3,305,893   37,112   56,068 2.10 % 2.27 %
Residential mortgage loans 2,796,850 2,991,200 113,459 126,837 5.42 % 5.67 %
Construction loans 399,078 664,889 7,695 14,063 2.58 % 2.83 %
C&I and commercial mortgage loans 5,358,916 5,869,011 163,478 177,444 4.07 % 4.04 %
Finance leases 240,415 268,124 15,760 16,649 8.76 % 8.30 %
Consumer loans   1,494,873   1,371,146   139,588   118,935 12.47 % 11.60 %
Total loans (4) (5)   10,290,132   11,164,370   439,980   453,928 5.71 % 5.44 %
Total interest-earning assets $ 12,651,952 $ 14,470,263 $ 477,092 $ 509,996 5.04 % 4.71 %
 
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Brokered CDs $ 3,503,304 $ 5,481,742 $ 52,971 $ 88,751 2.02 % 2.16 %
Other interest-bearing deposits 5,550,100 5,240,236 47,203 60,973 1.14 % 1.56 %
Other borrowed funds 1,184,930 1,528,747 27,743 43,234 3.13 % 3.78 %
FHLB advances   368,137   493,107   9,222   12,760 3.35 % 3.46 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities (6) $ 10,606,471 $ 12,743,832 $ 137,139 $ 205,718 1.73 % 2.16 %
Net interest income $ 339,953 $ 304,278
Interest rate spread 3.31 % 2.55 %
Net interest margin 3.59 % 2.81 %
 

1- On a tax-equivalent basis. The tax-equivalent yield was estimated by dividing the interest rate spread on exempt assets by 1 less the Puerto Rico statutory tax rate (30% for 2012; 30% for the Corporation's subsidiaries other than IBEs and 25% for the Corporation's IBEs in 2011) and adding to it the cost of interest-bearing liabilities. When adjusted to a tax-equivalent basis, yields on taxable and exempt assets are comparable. Changes in the fair value of derivative instruments and unrealized gains or losses on liabilities measured at fair value are excluded from interest income and interest expense because the changes in valuation do not affect interest paid or received.

 
2- Government obligations include debt issued by government sponsored agencies.
 
3- Unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are excluded from the average volumes.
 
4- Average loan balances include the average of total non-performing loans.
 

5- Interest income on loans includes $9.0 million and $7.2 million for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, of income from prepayment penalties and late fees related to the Corporation's loan portfolio.

 
6- Unrealized gains and losses on liabilities measured at fair value are excluded from the average volumes.
 
 

Table 4 – Non-Interest Income

  Quarter Ended   Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30,   June 30,   September 30, September 30,   September 30,

(In thousands)

2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Other service charges $ 1,098 $ 1,226 $ 1,485 $ 3,843 $ 4,659
Service charges on deposit accounts 3,267 3,240 3,098 9,754 9,484
Mortgage banking activities 4,728 4,057 3,676 13,260 19,603
Insurance income 1,429 1,312 1,058 4,221 3,454
Broker-dealer income 20 1,347 173 2,630 1,004
Other operating income   7,330     5,474     5,687     16,738     18,996  
 

Non-interest income before net gain on investments, loss on early extinguishment of borrowings and equity in losses of unconsolidated entities

  17,872     16,656     15,177     50,446     57,200  
 
Proceeds from securities litigation settlement and other proceeds 10 - - 36 679
Net gain on sale of investments - - 12,506 - 53,117
OTTI on debt securities   (557 )   (143 )   (350 )   (1,933 )   (957 )
Net (loss) gain on investments   (547 )   (143 )   12,156     (1,897 )   52,839  
 
Loss on early extinguishment of borrowings   -     -     (9,012 )   -     (10,835 )
 
Equity in losses of unconsolidated entities   (2,199 )   (2,491 )   (4,357 )   (10,926 )   (5,893 )
$ 15,126   $ 14,022   $ 13,964   $ 37,623   $ 93,311  
 
 

Table 5 – Non-Interest Expenses

  Quarter Ended   Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30,   June 30,   September 30, September 30,   September 30,

(In thousands)

2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Employees' compensation and benefits $ 31,058 $ 31,101 $ 29,375 $ 93,770 $ 89,221
Occupancy and equipment 15,208 15,181 15,468 46,065 46,321
Deposit insurance premium 11,657 11,982 13,602 35,626 41,192

Other insurance and supervisory fees

1,366

1,320

1,439

3,707

3,430

Taxes, other than income taxes

3,499

3,435

3,420

10,350

9,953

Professional fees 6,295 5,322 5,983 16,796 17,192
Servicing and processing fees 5,305 3,017 2,329 10,482 6,691
Business promotion 4,004 3,475 2,509 10,026 8,801
Communications 1,797 1,758 1,651 5,276 5,393
Net loss on REO operations 8,686 6,786 4,952 18,915 16,423
Other   2,968   3,565   2,203   12,965   7,611
Total $ 91,843 $ 86,942 $ 82,931 $ 263,978 $ 252,228
 
 

Table 6 – Selected Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)

  As of
September 30,   June 30,   December 31,
2012 2012 2011

Balance Sheet Data:

Loans, including loans held for sale $ 10,256,513 $ 10,356,508 $ 10,575,214
Allowance for loan and lease losses 445,531 457,153 493,917
Money market and investment securities 1,854,435 1,813,844 2,200,888
Intangible assets 61,941 62,952 39,787
Deferred tax asset, net 4,577 4,664 5,442
Total assets 13,139,747 12,913,650 13,127,275
Deposits 9,896,402 9,900,173 9,907,754
Borrowings 1,650,399 1,465,399 1,622,741
Total preferred equity 63,047 63,047 63,047
Total common equity 1,378,578 1,359,302 1,361,899
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax 42,492 26,610 19,198
Total equity 1,484,117 1,448,959 1,444,144
 
 

Table 7 – Loan Portfolio

Composition of the loan portfolio including loans held for sale at period end.

(In thousands)   As of
September 30,   June 30,   December 31,
2012 2012 2011
 
Residential mortgage loans $ 2,762,418 $ 2,764,066 $ 2,873,785
 
Commercial loans:

Construction loans

 

352,891 364,934 427,863

Commercial mortgage loans

 

1,459,118 1,479,068 1,565,411

Commercial and Industrial loans

 

3,369,305 3,475,356 3,856,695

Loans to local financial institutions collateralized by real estate mortgages

 

  258,341   262,563   273,821
Commercial loans   5,439,655   5,581,921   6,123,790
 
Finance leases   239,556   240,589   247,003
 
Consumer loans   1,746,535   1,709,539   1,314,814

Loans held for investment

 

10,188,164 10,296,115 10,559,392
Loans held for sale   68,349   60,393   15,822

Total loans

 

$ 10,256,513 $ 10,356,508 $ 10,575,214
 
 

Table 8 – Loan Portfolio by Geography

(In thousands)   As of September 30, 2012
Puerto Rico   Virgin Islands   Florida   Consolidated
 
Residential mortgage loans $ 2,100,210 $ 386,016 $ 276,192 $ 2,762,418
 
Commercial loans:

Construction loans

 

229,636 100,612 22,643 352,891

Commercial mortgage loans

 

1,024,694 63,419 371,005 1,459,118

Commercial and Industrial loans

 

3,127,447 204,116 37,742 3,369,305

Loans to a local financial institution collateralized by real estate mortgages

 

  258,341   -   -   258,341
Commercial loans

 

  4,640,118   368,147   431,390   5,439,655
 
Finance leases   239,556   -   -   239,556
 
Consumer loans   1,661,497   52,940   32,098   1,746,535
Loans held for investment 8,641,381 807,103 739,680 10,188,164
 
Loans held for sale   64,037   4,312   -   68,349

Total loans

 

$ 8,705,418 $ 811,415 $ 739,680 $ 10,256,513
 
 

Table 9 – Non-Performing Assets

(Dollars in thousands)   September 30,   June 30,   December 31,
2012 2012 2011
Non-performing loans held for investment:

Residential mortgage

 

$ 320,913 $ 333,043 $ 338,208

Commercial mortgage

 

231,163 239,881 240,414

Commercial and Industrial

 

230,459 255,253 270,171

Construction

 

189,458 202,133 250,022

Consumer and Finance leases

 

  36,051     35,378     39,547  

Total non-performing loans held for investment

 

  1,008,044     1,065,688     1,138,362  
 
REO 177,001 167,341 114,292
Other repossessed property 9,775 10,601 15,392
Other Assets (1)   64,543     64,543     64,543  

Total non-performing assets, excluding loans held for sale

 

$ 1,259,363 $ 1,308,173 $ 1,332,589
 
Non-performing loans held for sale   -     -     4,764  

Total non-performing assets, including loans held for sale (2)

 

$ 1,259,363   $ 1,308,173   $ 1,337,353  
 
Past due loans 90 days and still accruing $ 141,028 $ 120,585 $ 130,816
Allowance for loan and lease losses 445,531 $ 457,153 $ 493,917
Allowance to total non-performing loans held for investment 44.20 % 42.90 % 43.39 %
Allowance to total non-performing loans held for investment, excluding residential real estate loans 64.84 % 62.40 % 61.73 %
 
(1) Collateral pledged to Lehman Brothers Special Financing, Inc.
 

(2) Amount excludes purchased credit impaired loans with a carrying value of approximately $12.7 million acquired as part of the credit card portfolio acquired from FIA.

 
 

Table 10– Non-Performing Assets by Geography

(In thousands)

  September 30,   June 30,   December 31,
2012 2012 2011

Puerto Rico:

Non-performing loans held for investment:

Residential mortgage $ 285,994 $ 296,496 $ 297,595
Commercial mortgage 175,007 176,572 170,949
Commercial and Industrial 216,602 242,144 261,189
Construction 110,378 115,958 137,478
Finance leases 3,061 2,829 3,485
Consumer   30,005   29,879   34,888
Total non-performing loans held for investment   821,047   863,878   905,584
 

REO

137,877 123,178 85,788

Other repossessed property

9,700 10,530 15,283

Investment securities

  64,543   64,543   64,543
Total non-performing assets, excluding loans held for sale $ 1,033,167 $ 1,062,129 $ 1,071,198

Non-performing loans held for sale

  -   -   4,764
Total non-performing assets, including loans held for sale (1) $ 1,033,167 $ 1,062,129 $ 1,075,962

Past due loans 90 days and still accruing

$ 138,431 $ 117,936 $ 118,888
 

Virgin Islands:

Non-performing loans held for investment:

Residential mortgage $ 18,559 $ 14,454 $ 11,470
Commercial mortgage 11,751 11,716 12,851
Commercial and Industrial 12,657 11,909 7,276
Construction 72,786 79,794 110,594
Consumer   921   830   518
Total non-performing loans held for investment   116,674   118,703   142,709
 

REO

26,642 26,661 7,200

Other repossessed property

  57   58   67
Total non-performing assets, excluding loans held for sale $ 143,373 $ 145,422 $ 149,976

Non-performing loans held for sale

  -   -   -
Total non-performing assets, including loans held for sale $ 143,373 $ 145,422 $ 149,976

Past due loans 90 days and still accruing

$ 2,597 $ 2,649 $ 11,204
 

Florida:

Non-performing loans held for investment:

Residential mortgage $ 16,360 $ 22,093 $ 29,143
Commercial mortgage 44,405 51,593 56,614
Commercial and Industrial 1,200 1,200 1,706
Construction 6,294 6,381 1,950
Consumer   2,064   1,840   656
Total non-performing loans held for investment   70,323   83,107   90,069
 

REO

12,482 17,502 21,304

Other repossessed property

  18   13   42
Total non-performing assets, excluding loans held for sale $ 82,823 $ 100,622 $ 111,415

Non-performing loans held for sale

  -   -   -
Total non-performing assets, including loans held for sale $ 82,823 $ 100,622 $ 111,415

Past due loans 90 days and still accruing

$ - $ - $ 724
 

(1) Amount excludes purchased credit impaired loans with a carrying value of approximately $12.7 million acquired as part of the credit card portfolio acquired from FIA.

 
 

Table 11 – Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

  Quarter Ended   Nine-Month Period Ended
(Dollars in thousands) September 30,   June 30,   September 30, September 30,   September 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses, beginning of period $ 457,153   $ 483,943   $ 540,878   $ 493,917   $ 553,025  
Provision (recovery) for loan and lease losses:

Residential mortgage

 

9,083 16,368 17,744 27,787 36,916

Commercial mortgage

 

(6,617 ) 142 13,324 (4,897 ) 32,767

Commercial and Industrial

 

8,117 2,427 10,437 30,702 73,409

Construction

 

6,379 (666 ) (2,547 ) 13,429 41,270

Consumer and finance leases

 

  11,990     6,613     7,488     23,012     10,000  
Total provision for loan and lease losses   28,952     24,884     46,446     90,033     194,362  
Loans net charge-offs:

Residential mortgage

 

(7,358 ) (14,211 ) (15,816 ) (27,300 ) (29,914 )

Commercial mortgage

 

(5,002 ) (6,271 ) (3,309 ) (14,867 ) (37,563 )

Commercial and Industrial

 

(12,261 ) (8,385 ) (22,526 ) (33,315 ) (49,577 )

Construction

 

(8,326 ) (15,186 ) (16,823 ) (38,904 ) (81,268 )

Consumer and finance leases

 

  (7,627 )   (7,621 )   (9,163 )   (24,033 )   (29,378 )
Net charge-offs   (40,574 )   (51,674 )   (67,637 )   (138,419 )   (227,700 )
Allowance for loan and lease losses, end of period $ 445,531   $ 457,153   $ 519,687   $ 445,531   $ 519,687  
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses to period end total loans held for investment 4.37 % 4.44 % 4.89 % 4.37 % 4.89 %
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans outstanding during the period 1.58 % 2.03 % 2.50 % 1.79 % 2.72 %
Provision for loan and lease losses to net charge-offs during the period

 

0.71

x

 

0.48

x

 

0.69

x

 

0.65

x

 

0.85

x

 
 

Table 12 – Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans

  Nine-month period ended   Year ended
September 30, December 31,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
 

Residential mortgage

 

1.30 % 1.32 % 1.80 % (1 ) 0.82 % 0.19 %
 

Commercial mortgage

 

1.32 % 3.21 % 5.02 % (2 ) 1.64 % 0.27 %
 

Commercial and Industrial

 

1.15 % 1.57 % 2.16 % (3 ) 0.72 % 0.59 %
 

Construction

 

13.00 % 16.33 % 23.80 % (4 ) 11.54 % 0.52 %
 

Consumer and finance leases

 

1.85 % 2.33 % 2.98 % 3.05 % 3.19 %
 

Total loans

 

1.79 % 2.68 % 4.76 % (5 ) 2.48 % 0.87 %
 
(1) Includes net charge-offs totaling $7.8 million associated with non-performing residential mortgage loans sold in a bulk sale.
 
(2) Includes net charge-offs totaling $29.5 million associated with loans transferred to held for sale. Commercial mortgage net charge-offs to average loans, excluding charge-offs associated with loans transferred to held for sale, was 3.38%.
 
(3) Includes net charge-offs totaling $8.6 million associated with loans transferred to held for sale. Commercial and Industrial net charge-offs to average loans, excluding charge-offs associated with loans transferred to held for sale, was 1.98%.
 
(4) Includes net charge-offs totaling $127.0 million associated with loans transferred to held for sale.Construction net charge-offs to average loans, excluding charge-offs associated with loans transferred to held for sale, was 18.93%.
 
(5) Includes net charge-offs totaling $165.1 million associated with loans transferred to held for sale. Total net charge-offs to average loans, excluding charge-offs associated with loans transferred to held for sale, was 3.60%.

First BanCorp.
John B. Pelling, III, 305-577-6000, ext. 162
Investor Relations Officer
john.pelling@firstbankpr.com

View Comments and Join the Discussion!
 

Partner Center