Washington Federal Announces Quarterly Earnings Per Share Of $0.49

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#WAFDbank–Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD) (the “Company”), parent company of Washington Federal Bank, N.A. (“WaFd Bank”), today announced quarterly earnings of $37,950,000 or $0.49 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $51,098,000 or $0.63 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, a $0.14 or 22% decrease in fully diluted earnings per share. Return on equity for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was 7.43% compared to 10.20% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Return on assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was 0.93% compared to 1.24% for the same quarter in the prior year.


President and Chief Executive Officer Brent J. Beardall commented, “We have speculated when the eleven-year bull run in our economy would come to an end; unfortunately, we now know. Compared to the real human toll that this pandemic is wreaking across the world, speaking of its impact on our Company’s financial results seems trite. During our 103-year history, we learned the value of strong capital and advantages of client selectivity when it comes to weathering storms. We are now in unchartered territory as economic activity has plummeted as we adhere to shelter in place orders. Time will reveal the depth and duration of the resulting recession, but we believe WaFd Bank is very well positioned. This quarter, we took advantage of record low long-term interest rates to borrow $1 billion for a 10-year term at a fixed rate below 1%. We are positioned to deploy this cash to provide our clients with the liquidity they want and need during these turbulent times. Even after those borrowings, our capital ratio remains in the top 25% of publicly traded banks in the United States. We recognize that we are all going to experience challenges over the next few quarters but remain confident that with our strong balance sheet and phenomenal employees, WaFd Bank is well positioned to help rebuild our economy going forward.

“In light of the turbulence in the world, our financial performance this past quarter was solid. We were pleased to have produced $1.2 billion in new loan originations, which is the second-best quarter in our history. Total deposits increased to a record $12.1 billion and importantly, transaction accounts now represent 63.4% of total deposits. Credit quality of our loan portfolio is being closely monitored and we remain cautious given the economic impacts of the pandemic. Net income was down $13 million, as would be expected with our continued investments in technology, compliance and an outsized credit provision. During these periods of disruption in the market, with many competitors focused internally, we believe there will be opportunities to grow our market share and are investing accordingly.”

Total assets were $17.4 billion as of March 31, 2020, compared to $16.5 billion as of September 30, 2019, the Company’s fiscal year-end. The increase was primarily driven by a $1.1 billion increase in cash resulting primarily from the aforementioned borrowing.

Customer deposits increased by $98 million or 0.8% since September 30, 2019, and totaled $12.1 billion as of March 31, 2020. Transaction accounts increased by $580 million or 8.2% during that period, while time deposits decreased $483 million or 9.8%. The Company continues to focus on growing transaction accounts to lessen sensitivity to rising interest rates and manage interest expense. As of March 31, 2020, 63% of the Company’s deposits were in transaction accounts. Core deposits, defined as all transaction accounts and time deposits less than $250,000, totaled 94.1% of deposits at March 31, 2020.

Borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) totaled $3.1 billion as of March 31, 2020, an increase of $800 million since September 30, 2019. The increase was driven primarily by $1 billion in new FHLB borrowings entered into on March 30, 2020 to fund lending in our communities to help businesses and consumers weather the global COVID-19 pandemic. The weighted average rate of FHLB borrowings was 1.37% as of March 31, 2020, versus 2.49% at September 30, 2019, the decrease being due to lower rates on new FHLB advances and repayment of advances with higher rates.

The Company had strong loan originations of $1.24 billion for the second fiscal quarter 2020, an increase of 23.7% from the $1.00 billion of originations in the same quarter one year ago. Mostly offsetting loan originations in each of these quarters were loan repayments of $1.20 billion and $0.77 billion, respectively. Commercial loans represented 76% of all loan originations during the second fiscal quarter 2020 and consumer loans accounted for the remaining 24%. The Company views organic loan growth funded by low-cost core deposits as the highest and best use of its capital. Commercial loans are preferable as they generally have floating interest rates and shorter durations. The weighted average interest rate on the loan portfolio was 4.28% as of March 31, 2020, a decrease from 4.52% as of September 30, 2019, due primarily to variable rate loans decreasing in yield with declining short-term rates.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company participated in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). This program came about through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) passed by Congress to help small businesses keep their employees employed through the COVID-19 shelter in place orders. Over the course of thirteen days, the Company was pleased to assist nearly 2,000 small businesses with $475 million in PPP loans. Regrettably, the funds allocated by the CARES Act were exhausted before the applications for an additional 2,500 small businesses that WaFd Bank was processing received approval from the SBA.

Although we have not seen significant deterioration in asset quality metrics, credit quality is being closely monitored and the economic impacts of the pandemic will become more clear over time. However, as of March 31, 2020, the ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 0.24% (the lowest level since the Great Recession) compared to 0.27% at September 30, 2019. Since September 30, 2019, real estate owned decreased by $1.3 million, or 19%, and non-accrual loans decreased by $1.1 million, or 3%. Delinquent loans were 0.33% of total loans at March 31, 2020, compared to 0.29% at September 30, 2019. The allowance for loan losses and reserve for unfunded commitments totaled $148 million as of March 31, 2020, and was 1.10% of gross loans outstanding, as compared to $138 million, or 1.04%, of gross loans outstanding at September 30, 2019. Net recoveries were $1.8 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2020, compared to $1.2 million for the prior year same quarter. The Company has recorded net recoveries for 19 consecutive quarters, and in 26 of the last 27 quarters.

Due to the economic distress caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $6.2 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2020. The relatively significant provision this quarter primarily relates to estimated impacts to the energy, hospitality, restaurant and senior living industries. In the same quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company recorded a provision for credit losses of $750 thousand.

The Company is required to adopt FASB’s current expected credit losses standard (“CECL”) on October 1, 2020. However, in order to improve the comparability of the Company’s financial statements with other banks, management is in the process of evaluating the potential of adopting CECL prior to that date. As of March 31, 2020, management estimates that the allowance for credit losses (loans and unfunded commitments) under CECL would be approximately $176 million, or 1.31% of gross loans outstanding. If the Company elects an early adoption of CECL, a one-time entry to opening retained earnings (October 1, 2019) will be recorded to increase the allowance for credit losses and decrease retained earnings based on the CECL calculation as of that date.

On February 21, 2020, the Company paid a regular cash dividend of $0.22 per share, which represented the 148th consecutive quarterly cash dividend. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 2,423,613 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $32.43 per share and has authorization to repurchase 4,628,987 additional shares. The Company varies the size and pace of share repurchases depending on several factors, including share price, lending opportunities and capital levels and may pause repurchase activity until the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic become more clear. Since September 30, 2019, tangible common shareholders’ equity per share increased by $0.26, or 1.2%, to $22.12 and the ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets was 9.82% as of March 31, 2020.

Net interest income was $118 million for the quarter, a decrease of $2.5 million or 2.0% from the same quarter in the prior year. The decrease in net interest income from the prior year was primarily due to the average rate earned on interest-earning assets declining by 23 basis points while the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities only declined by 16 basis points. Net interest margin of 3.10% in the second fiscal quarter of 2020 was down from 3.15% in the prior quarter, primarily caused by the rapid drop in short-term rates by the Federal Reserve Bank in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and down from 3.15% for the same quarter in the prior year. The compression in the net interest margin since the prior year same quarter is due to the changes in average rates noted above.

Total other income was $16.2 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2020, an increase from $12.8 million in the prior year same quarter. The increase of $3.4 million is primarily due to a $2.4 million increase in loan fee income driven by higher loan prepayments and a $15.0 million gain on the sale of $189 million of available-for-sale securities that was partially offset by a $13.8 million loss on early repayment of a $200 million FHLB advance that carried an effective rate of 3.86% and was scheduled to mature in August, 2022.

Total other expense was $79.4 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2020, an increase of $11.5 million, or 16.9%, from the prior year’s quarter. Compensation and benefits costs increased by $5.8 million, or 17.8%, over the prior year quarter primarily due to a 7.2% rise in headcount, including growth in our compliance program, and higher paying positions to advance our digital and technology initiatives. Information technology costs increased by $2.7 million, primarily due to continued investments in new systems hardware and software. The Company’s efficiency ratio in the second fiscal quarter of 2020 was 59.3%, compared to 51.2% for the same period one year ago. The increase in the efficiency ratio is primarily due to elevated expenses resulting from planned investments in people, process, and technology.

Income tax expense totaled $10.3 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2020, as compared to $13.9 million for the prior year same quarter. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was 21.35%, compared to 21.35% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 is different from the statutory rate mainly due to state taxes and tax-exempt income.

WaFd Bank is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has 234 branches in eight western states. To find out more about WaFd Bank, please visit our website www.wafdbank.com. The Company uses its website to distribute financial and other material information about the Company.

Non-GAAP and Pro Forma Financial Measures

Total allowance for credit losses under CECL is estimated to be approximately $175.5 million, or 1.31% of gross loans outstanding. This total is comprised of a $157.0 million allowance for loan losses (as compared to $139.5 million under the existing incurred loss model) and $18.5 million reserve for unfunded commitments (as compared to $8.5 million under the existing incurred loss model).

Adjusted other income of $31.0 million for the six months ended March 31, 2020 is calculated by subtracting the $31.6 million gain on the sale of the Bellevue, Washington branch property from GAAP other income of $62.6 million.

Adjusted other expense of $156.1 million for the six months ended March 31, 2020 is calculated by subtracting the $5.9 million impairment on systems hardware and software from GAAP other expense of $162.1 million.

Adjusted efficiency ratio of 58.19% for the six months ended March 31, 2020 is calculated by dividing adjusted other expense of $156.1 million by adjusted total income of $268.3 million (net interest income of $237.3 million plus adjusted other income of $31.0 million). The unadjusted efficiency ratio for the six months ended March 31, 2020 was 54.04%.

Important Cautionary Statements

The foregoing information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements, notes and other information contained in the Company’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

This press release contains statements about the Company’s future that are not statements of historical fact. These statements are “forward looking statements” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and are based on current information and/or management’s good faith belief as to future events. The words “estimate,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” and similar expressions signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risk and uncertainties, which change over time; and actual performance could differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking statements. In particular, any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental and societal responses. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

September 30, 2019

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,495,574

 

 

 

$

419,158

 

 

Available-for-sale securities, at fair value

1,693,047

 

 

 

1,485,742

 

 

Held-to-maturity securities, at amortized cost

920,255

 

 

 

1,443,480

 

 

Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses of $139,501 and $131,534

11,974,241

 

 

 

11,930,575

 

 

Interest receivable

46,076

 

 

 

48,857

 

 

Premises and equipment, net

245,613

 

 

 

274,015

 

 

Real estate owned

5,463

 

 

 

6,781

 

 

FHLB and FRB stock

155,990

 

 

 

123,990

 

 

Bank owned life insurance

224,926

 

 

 

222,076

 

 

Intangible assets, including goodwill of $302,691 and $301,368

310,977

 

 

 

309,247

 

 

Other assets

303,467

 

 

 

210,989

 

 

 

$

17,375,629

 

 

 

$

16,474,910

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Transaction deposits

$

7,664,038

 

 

 

$

7,083,801

 

 

Time deposits

4,424,382

 

 

 

4,906,963

 

 

Total customer deposits

12,088,420

 

 

 

11,990,764

 

 

FHLB advances

3,050,000

 

 

 

2,250,000

 

 

Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance

41,488

 

 

 

57,830

 

 

Federal and state income tax liabilities, net

2,431

 

 

 

5,104

 

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

207,323

 

 

 

138,217

 

 

 

15,389,662

 

 

 

14,441,915

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Common stock, $1.00 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized; 135,742,217 and 135,539,806 shares issued; 75,706,100 and 78,841,463 shares outstanding

135,742

 

 

 

135,540

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

1,675,828

 

 

 

1,672,417

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes

6,461

 

 

 

15,292

 

 

Treasury stock, at cost; 60,036,117 and 56,698,343 shares

(1,238,252

)

 

 

(1,126,163

)

 

Retained earnings

1,406,188

 

 

 

1,335,909

 

 

 

1,985,967

 

 

 

2,032,995

 

 

 

$

17,375,629

 

 

 

$

16,474,910

 

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

Common stockholders’ equity per share

$

26.23

 

 

 

$

25.79

 

 

Tangible common stockholders’ equity per share

22.12

 

 

 

21.86

 

 

Stockholders’ equity to total assets

11.43

 

%

 

12.34

 

%

Tangible common stockholders’ equity (TCE) to tangible assets (TA)

9.82

 

%

 

10.66

 

%

TCE + allowance for loan losses to TA

10.63

 

%

 

11.48

 

%

Weighted average rates at period end

 

 

 

Loans and mortgage-backed securities

4.06

 

%

 

4.25

 

%

Combined loans, mortgage-backed securities and investments

3.59

 

 

 

4.10

 

 

Customer accounts

0.77

 

 

 

1.08

 

 

Borrowings

1.37

 

 

 

2.49

 

 

Combined cost of customer accounts and borrowings

0.89

 

 

 

1.30

 

 

Net interest spread

2.70

 

 

 

2.80

 

 

WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Six Months Ended March 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

INTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans receivable

$

138,549

 

 

$

141,061

 

 

$

280,695

 

 

$

278,126

 

Mortgage-backed securities

14,341

 

 

19,343

 

 

29,953

 

 

38,535

 

Investment securities and cash equivalents

6,728

 

 

7,178

 

 

13,794

 

 

13,543

 

 

159,618

 

 

167,582

 

 

324,442

 

 

330,204

 

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer accounts

28,638

 

 

29,666

 

 

60,119

 

 

56,245

 

FHLB advances and other borrowings

13,368

 

 

17,846

 

 

27,026

 

 

34,737

 

 

42,006

 

 

47,512

 

 

87,145

 

 

90,982

 

Net interest income

117,612

 

 

120,070

 

 

237,297

 

 

239,222

 

Provision (release) for credit losses

6,200

 

 

750

 

 

5,200

 

 

250

 

Net interest income after provision (release)

111,412

 

 

119,320

 

 

232,097

 

 

238,972

 

OTHER INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain (loss) on sale of investment securities

15,028

 

 

 

 

15,028

 

 

(9)

 

Prepayment penalty on long-term debt

(13,809)

 

 

 

 

(13,809)

 

 

 

Loan fee income

3,048

 

 

667

 

 

4,852

 

 

1,637

 

Deposit fee income

6,099

 

 

5,886

 

 

12,359

 

 

12,129

 

Other Income

5,875

 

 

6,257

 

 

44,187

 

 

18,062

 

 

16,241

 

 

12,810

 

 

62,617

 

 

31,819

 

OTHER EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

38,617

 

 

32,774

 

 

75,248

 

 

66,657

 

Occupancy

10,913

 

 

9,830

 

 

21,048

 

 

19,098

 

FDIC insurance premiums

2,470

 

 

1,978

 

 

4,940

 

 

4,840

 

Product delivery

3,897

 

 

3,545

 

 

8,164

 

 

7,566

 

Information technology

11,501

 

 

8,755

 

 

28,608

 

 

17,795

 

Other

12,035

 

 

11,085

 

 

24,061

 

 

23,683

 

 

79,433

 

 

67,967

 

 

162,069

 

 

139,639

 

Gain (loss) on real estate owned, net

31

 

 

808

 

 

(855)

 

 

1,128

 

Income before income taxes

48,251

 

 

64,971

 

 

131,790

 

 

132,280

 

Income tax provision

10,301

 

 

13,873

 

 

28,137

 

 

28,240

 

NET INCOME

$

37,950

 

 

$

51,098

 

 

$

103,653

 

 

$

104,040

 

PER SHARE DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.63

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

$

1.28

 

Diluted earnings per share

0.49

 

 

0.63

 

 

1.33

 

 

1.28

 

Cash dividends per share

0.22

 

 

0.20

 

 

0.43

 

 

0.38

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

76,987,532

 

 

80,968,050

 

 

77,737,977

 

 

81,384,456

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

77,007,118

 

 

80,990,126

 

 

77,776,304

 

 

81,415,697

 

PERFORMANCE RATIOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets

0.93

%

 

1.24

%

 

1.27

%

 

1.28

%

Return on average common equity

7.43

 

 

10.20

 

 

10.16

 

 

10.42

 

Net interest margin

3.10

 

 

3.15

 

 

3.12

 

 

3.18

 

Efficiency ratio (a)

59.34

 

 

51.15

 

 

54.04

 

 

51.52

 

(a) Efficiency ratio for the six months ended March 31, 2020 excludes the impact of $31.6 million gain on sales of fixed assets and $5.9 million impairment charge on computer hardware and software.

 

Contacts

Washington Federal, Inc.

425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Brad Goode, SVP, Director of Communications

206-626-8178

brad.goode@wafd.com

 

 

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