Net Earnings of $128.1 Million, or $1.07 Per Diluted Share; Up 16% from Prior QuarterTax Equivalent Net Interest Margin of 4.72%; Up 3 Basis Points from Prior Quarter Loan and Lease Production of $1.4 Billion; $165 Million of Net Loan GrowthCore Deposits Represent 83% of Total Deposits
LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PacWest Bancorp (Nasdaq: PACW) today announced net earnings for the second quarter of 2019 of $128.1 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared to net earnings for the first quarter of 2019 of $112.6 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. The increase in net earnings in the second quarter included a $22.2 million pre-tax gain on the sale of securities which contributed $0.13 per diluted share.
Matt Wagner, President and CEO, commented, “We continue to see favorable results from our credit de-risking strategy with sustained improvement in our credit quality metrics. Year-to-date net charge-offs are 48% lower than the same period in 2018 and year-to-date credit loss provisions are 44% lower than the same period in 2018. Our second quarter of 2019 results produced a return on assets of 1.99% and a return on tangible equity of 23.15%.”
Mr. Wagner continued, “We experienced solid loan production in the second quarter bringing our net loan growth to $515 million for the first half of 2019. However, competition for core deposits and customers desiring higher yields on their funds resulted in total deposits being flat in the first half of 2019. Core deposit generation remains a priority in order to help fund loan growth and maintain our net interest margin.”
INCOME STATEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Net Interest Income
Net interest income increased by $6.0 million to $260.9 million for the second quarter of 2019 compared to $254.9 million for the first quarter of 2019 due to a higher yield on average loans and leases, a higher balance of average loans and leases, and one more day in the second quarter of 2019, offset partially by higher deposit costs. The tax equivalent yield on average loans and leases was 6.26% for the second quarter of 2019 compared to 6.16% for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in the yield on average loans and leases was due principally to loan prepayment fees being $6.3 million higher in the second quarter compared to the first quarter. The prepayment fees added 11 basis points to the second quarter loan yield and were primarily from two loans.
The tax equivalent NIM was 4.72% for the second quarter of 2019 compared to 4.69% for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in the NIM was due mainly to higher loan prepayment fees, partially offset by higher deposit costs.
The cost of average total deposits increased to 0.81% for the second quarter of 2019 from 0.73% for the first quarter of 2019 due to a lower average balance of noninterest-bearing deposits and higher rates paid on deposits.
Provision for Credit Losses
The following table presents details of the provision for credit losses for the periods indicated:
The following table presents details of noninterest income for the periods indicated:
Noninterest income increased by $19.8 million to $50.9 million for the second quarter of 2019 compared to $31.1 million for the first quarter of 2019 due mainly to a $20.0 million increase in the gain on sale of securities attributable to a $22.2 million net gain on sales of $980.4 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to a net gain of $2.2 million on sales of $405.8 million in the first quarter of 2019. We re-positioned a portion of our securities portfolio in the second quarter to shorten the duration of the portfolio and to enhance liquidity.
The following table presents details of noninterest expense for the periods indicated:
Noninterest expense decreased by $0.9 million to $125.4 million for the second quarter of 2019 compared to $126.3 million for the first quarter of 2019 attributable primarily to a $1.9 million decrease in compensation expense, offset partially by a $1.1 million increase in other expense. Compensation expense decreased due mainly to lower payroll taxes and bonus expense. Other expense increased primarily due to a loss on the early termination of a lease.
The overall effective income tax rate was 28.2% for the second quarter of 2019 and 27.7% for the first quarter of 2019. The effective tax rate for the full year 2019 is estimated to be in the range of 27-28%.
BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS
Loans and Leases
The following table presents roll forwards of loans and leases held for investment, net of deferred fees, for the periods indicated:
Loans and leases held for investment, net of deferred fees, increased by $165.2 million, or 4% annualized, in the second quarter of 2019 to $18.5 billion at June 30, 2019. The net loan growth in the second quarter was primarily from the income producing and other residential loan class, which included $177 million of multi-family loan pool purchases, and the asset-based loan class.
The following table presents the composition of loans and leases held for investment, net of deferred fees, as of the dates indicated:
Allowance for Credit Losses
The following tables present roll forwards of the allowance for credit losses for the periods indicated:
The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of loans and leases held for investment decreased to 0.92% at June 30, 2019 from 0.95% at March 31, 2019.
Gross charge-offs for the second quarter of 2019 were $17.6 million and included $11.8 million for a single asset-based loan, $3.7 million for other commercial loans, and $1.5 million for venture capital loans compared to gross charge-offs for the first quarter of 2019 of $3.5 million which were primarily for other commercial loans. Recoveries for the second quarter of 2019 were $6.4 million and included $4.8 million for venture capital loans and $1.0 million for other commercial loans compared to recoveries for the first quarter of 2019 of $3.3 million which included $2.3 million for venture capital loans and $0.8 million for other commercial loans.
The following table presents the composition of our deposit portfolio as of the dates indicated:
At June 30, 2019, core deposits totaled $15.6 billion, or 83% of total deposits, including $7.3 billion of noninterest-bearing demand deposits, or 39% of total deposits. The decrease in core deposits is primarily due to decreases in noninterest-bearing demand deposits across each of our business groups as customers seek out interest-earning accounts in the competitive market environment.
In addition to deposit products, we also offer alternative non-depository cash investment options for select clients; these alternatives include investments managed by Pacific Western Asset Management Inc. (“PWAM”), our registered investment advisor subsidiary, and third-party sweep products. Total off-balance sheet client investment funds at June 30, 2019 were $2.0 billion, of which $1.6 billion was managed by PWAM.
The following table presents loan and lease credit quality metrics as of the dates indicated:
Nonaccrual, classified, and special mention loans and leases fluctuate from period to period as a result of loan repayments and our ongoing active portfolio monitoring.
During the second quarter of 2019, nonaccrual loans and leases decreased $7.3 million, while classified loans and leases increased by $0.7 million and special mention loans and leases decreased by $53.5 million.
The following table presents nonaccrual loans and leases and accruing loans and leases past due between 30 and 89 days by portfolio segment and class as of the dates indicated:
STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM
During the second quarter of 2019, we repurchased 917,269 shares at an average price of $38.08 and a total cost of $34.9 million. At June 30, 2019, the remaining amount that could be used to repurchase shares under the $225 million Stock Repurchase Program was $124.7 million.
PacWest Bancorp (“PacWest”) is a bank holding company with over $26 billion in assets with one wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Western Bank (the “Bank”). The Bank has 74 full-service branches located throughout the state of California and one branch in Durham, North Carolina. Our Community Banking group provides lending and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services to small and medium-sized businesses conducted primarily through our California-based branch offices. We offer additional products and services through our National Lending and Venture Banking groups. National Lending provides asset-based, equipment, real estate and security cash flow loans and treasury management services to established middle-market businesses on a national basis. Venture Banking offers a comprehensive suite of financial services focused on entrepreneurial businesses and their venture capital and private equity investors, with offices located in key innovative hubs across the United States. For more information about PacWest Bancorp, visit www.pacwestbancorp.com, or to learn more about Pacific Western Bank, visit www.pacificwesternbank.com.
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GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial disclosures for: (1) return on average tangible equity, (2) tangible common equity ratio, and (3) tangible book value per share. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s operational performance and to enhance investors’ overall understanding of such financial performance. In particular, the use of return on average tangible equity, tangible common equity ratio, and tangible book value per share is prevalent among banking regulators, investors and analysts. Accordingly, we disclose the non-GAAP measures in addition to the related GAAP measures of: (1) return on average equity, (2) equity to assets ratio, and (3) book value per share.
The tables below present the reconciliations of these GAAP financial measures to the related non-GAAP financial measures: