TFS Financial Corporation Announces Fiscal Quarter Ended March 31, 2012 Financial Results

CLEVELAND, May 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:TFSL) (the "Company"), the holding company for Third Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cleveland (the "Association"), today announced results for the three and six month periods ended March 31, 2012.

The Company reported net income of $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to net income of $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This change is mainly attributable to an increase in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase in net interest income. Net income of $9.5 million was reported for the six months ended March 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million for the six months ended March 31, 2011. The increase in net income for the six months is largely the result of an increase in net interest income and a decrease in the provision for loan losses.

Supported by consistent loan growth, net interest income increased $4.9 million, or 8%, to $65.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $60.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Net interest income increased $9.4 million, or 8%, to $130.0 million in the current six-month period from $120.6 million for the six months ended March 31, 2011.  Low interest rates have decreased the yield on interest-earning assets, and to an even greater extent, the rate paid on deposits and borrowed funds, and as a result, the interest rate spread has improved. The interest rate spread increased 19 basis points in the current quarter to 2.15% compared to 1.96% in the same quarter last year. The interest rate spread for the six months ended March 31, 2012 was 2.11% compared to 1.88% in the six month period last year. The net interest margin increased 13 basis points in the current quarter to 2.42% compared to 2.29% in the same quarter last year. The net interest margin for the six months ended March 31, 2012 was 2.41% compared to 2.25% in the six month period last year.

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to $22.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The Company reported $22.6 million of net loan charge-offs for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to $20.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Of the $22.6 million of net charge-offs for the three months ended March 31, 2012, $9.3 million occurred in the equity loans and lines of credit portfolio, $7.4 million occurred in the residential, non-Home Today portfolio and $5.8 million occurred in the Home Today portfolio. The Home Today portfolio is an affordable housing program targeted toward low and moderate income home buyers, which totaled $230.6 million at March 31, 2012 and $264.0 million at September 30, 2011. While the overall credit quality in our loan portfolio appears to be stabilizing, an increased level of charge-offs in the current quarter, which was due to lower property valuations in the foreclosure and short sale process, led to the increase in the provision.  The Company reported $97.7 million of net loan charge-offs for the six months ended March 31, 2012. This included the impact of charging off during the December, 2011 quarter, the Specific Valuation Allowance (SVA), which was $55.5 million at September 30, 2011. This charge-off was required by regulatory directive.  The SVA charge-off was a major reason for the decrease in the reported balances of delinquent and nonperforming loans as of March 31, 2012. Net charge-offs were $39.5 million for the six months ended March 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses was $101.3 million, or 1.01% of total loans receivable, at March 31, 2012, compared to $157.0 million, or 1.58% of total loans receivable, at September 30, 2011.

"While our delinquencies continue to decrease, the ongoing instability in the housing market still affects our loan loss provision," said Chairman and CEO Marc A. Stefanski. "We are pleased by our increased margin and our efforts to attract new deposit and refinance customers during the last quarter and continue to focus on our growth." 

Non-accrual loans decreased $54.8 million to $180.5 million, or 1.81% of total loans, at March 31, 2012 from $235.3 million, or 2.37% of total loans, at September 30, 2011. The decrease would have been $69.4 million, but based on regulatory guidance issued in the current quarter, $14.5 million of performing equity lines of credit that are subordinate to senior liens that are delinquent greater than 180 days, are now being reported as non-accrual loans. The $54.8 million decrease in non-accrual loans for the six months ended March 31, 2012, consisted of a $26.0 million decrease in the residential, non-Home Today portfolio; a $23.2 million decrease in the residential, Home Today portfolio; a $2.6 million decrease in the equity loans and lines of credit portfolio; and a $3.0 million decrease in construction loans.   

Total loan delinquencies decreased $94.8 million to $190.3 million, or 1.90% of total loans receivable, at March 31, 2012 from $285.1 million, or 2.86% of total loans receivable, at September 30, 2011.

Total troubled debt restructurings decreased $9.7 million for the six months ended March 31, 2012 from $166.2 million at September 30, 2011. Of the $156.5 million of troubled debt restructurings recorded at March 31, 2012, $83.0 million was in the Home Today portfolio and $70.0 million was in the residential, non-Home Today portfolio. The portion of total troubled debt restructurings included as part of non-accrual loans was $35.6 million at March 31, 2012 and $45.1 million, at September 30, 2011.

Total assets increased by $393.8 million, or 4%, to $11.29 billion at March 31, 2012 from $10.89 billion at September 30, 2011. This change was the result of increases in our cash and cash equivalents, mortgage loans held for sale and in our loan portfolio.

Cash and cash equivalents increased $47.6 million, or 16%, to $342.4 million at March 31, 2012 from $294.8 million at September 30, 2011, and investment securities decreased $19.4 million, or 5%, to $389.0 million at March 31, 2012 from $408.4 million at September 30, 2011. The net increase can be attributed to maintaining liquidity on the balance sheet.

The combination of Loans held for investment, net and Mortgage loans held for sale increased $366.6 million, or 4%, to $10.12 billion at March 31, 2012 from $9.75 billion at September 30, 2011. Residential mortgage loans increased $499.0 million during the six months ended March 31, 2012, while the equity loans and lines of credit portfolio decreased by $175.0 million. A total of $773.1 million of adjustable rate mortgages (mainly five year loans) were originated during the six months ended March 31, 2012, representing approximately 58% of all residential mortgage originations, compared to $802.7 million for the six month period last year. Under a marketing effort to offset future interest rate risk exposure, adjustable rate mortgages originated under the Smart Rate ARM program since July, 2010 have an outstanding principal balance of $2.09 billion as of March 31, 2012. The total principal balance of adjustable rate first mortgage loans was $2.45 billion, or 31% of all first mortgage residential loans, at March 31, 2012, compared to $1.83 billion, or 25%, at September 30, 2011. To further manage our future interest rate risk, at March 31, 2012, we reclassified a pool of $245.9 million of high credit quality, fixed-rate, first mortgage loans from "loans held for investment" to "loans held for sale", and engaged an investment banking representative to offer those loans for sale as non-agency, whole loans in the secondary market. 

Deposits increased $107.3 million, or 1%, to $8.82 billion at March 31, 2012 from $8.72 billion at September 30, 2011. The increase in deposits was the result of a $91.2 million increase in our high-yield savings accounts combined with a $40.7 million increase in our high-yield checking accounts, partially offset by a $24.6 million decrease in our certificates of deposit for the six month period ended March 31, 2012.

Borrowed funds increased $279.2 million, or 200%, to $419.1 million at March 31, 2012 from $139.9 million at September 30, 2011. This increase reflects additional, lower cost, short term FHLB borrowings.

Accrued expenses and other liabilities decreased $15.1 million, or 28%, to $38.1 million at March 31, 2012 from $53.2 million at September 30, 2011. This change primarily reflects the $17.8 million decrease in the pension plan accrual mainly as a result of a plan amendment to freeze future pension benefit accruals as of December 31, 2011.

Total shareholder's equity increased $25.9 million, or 1%, to $1.80 billion at March 31, 2012 from $1.77 billion at September 30, 2011. Activity reflects $9.5 million of net income in the current fiscal year to date combined with adjustments related to our stock compensation plan and ESOP and a $10.7 million reduction in accumulated other comprehensive loss that resulted primarily from the pension accrual adjustment.

At March 31, 2012, the Association was "well capitalized" for regulatory capital purposes, as its tier 1 risk based capital ratio was 21.33% and its total risk-based capital was 22.58%, both of which substantially exceed the amounts required for the Association to be considered well capitalized.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on May 3, 2012. The toll-free dial-in number is 800-895-0231, Conference ID TFSLQ212. A telephone replay will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on May 3, 2012 by dialing 800-723-6062. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on the Company's website www.thirdfederal.com under the Investor Relations link under the "About Us" tab, and will be archived for 30 days after the event, beginning May 4, 2012. The slides for the conference call will be filed with the SEC under a separate Form 8-K and will also be available on the Company's website.

The TFS Financial Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3622 

Forward Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of such words as estimate, project, believe, intend, anticipate, plan, seek, expect and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include:

  • statements of our goals, intentions and expectations;
  • statements regarding our business plans and prospects and growth and operating strategies;
  • statements concerning trends in our provision for loan losses and charge-offs;
  • statements regarding the asset quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and
  • estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits.

These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, among other things, the following important factors that could affect the actual outcome of future events:

  • significantly increased competition among depository and other financial institutions;
  • inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our interest margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments;
  • general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas, including employment prospects and conditions that are worse than expected;
  • decreased demand for our products and services and lower revenue and earnings because of a recession or other events;
  • adverse changes and volatility in the securities markets;
  • adverse changes and volatility in credit markets;
  • legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business, including changes in regulatory costs and capital requirements and changes related to our ability to pay dividends and the ability of Third Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cleveland, MHC to waive dividends;
  • our ability to enter new markets successfully and take advantage of growth opportunities, and the possible short-term dilutive effect of potential acquisitions or de novo branches, if any;
  • changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits;
  • changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board;
  • future adverse developments concerning Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac;
  • changes in monetary and fiscal policy of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board;
  • changes in policy and/or assessment rates of taxing authorities that adversely affect us;
  • the timing and the amount of revenue that we may recognize;
  • changes in expense trends (including, but not limited to, trends affecting non-performing assets, charge-offs and provisions for loan losses);
  • the impact of the continuing governmental effort to restructure the U.S. financial and regulatory system;
  • inability of third-party providers to perform their obligations to us;
  • adverse changes and volatility in real estate markets;
  • a slowing or failure of the moderate economic recovery;
  • the extensive reforms enacted in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act"), which will impact us;
  • the adoption of implementing regulations by a number of different regulatory bodies under the Dodd-Frank Act, and uncertainty in the exact nature, extent and timing of such regulations and the impact they will have on us;
  • the impact of coming under the jurisdiction of new federal regulators;
  • changes in our organization, or compensation and benefit plans;
  • the strength or weakness of the real estate markets and of the consumer and commercial credit sectors and its impact on the credit quality of our loans and other assets; and
  • the ability of the U.S. Federal government to manage federal debt limits.

Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. 

TFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION (unaudited)
(In thousands, except share data)
March 31,September 30,
20122011
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks  $ 43,739  $ 35,532
Other interest-earning cash equivalents 298,676 259,314
 Cash and cash equivalents  342,415  294,846
Investment securities:
Available for sale (amortized cost $14,380 and $15,760, respectively)  14,487  15,899
Held to maturity (fair value $377,500 and $398,725, respectively)  374,517  392,527
 389,004  408,426
Mortgage loans held for sale, at lower of cost or market  245,921 0
Loans held for investment, net:
Mortgage loans   9,985,914  9,920,907
Other loans  5,141  6,868
Deferred loan fees, net  (18,122)  (19,854)
Allowance for loan losses  (101,296)  (156,978)
 Loans, net  9,871,637  9,750,943
Mortgage loan servicing assets, net  23,879  28,919
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost  35,620  35,620
Real estate owned  18,452  19,155
Premises, equipment, and software, net  60,197  59,487
Accrued interest receivable  34,918  35,854
Bank owned life insurance contracts  174,013  170,845
Other assets  90,712  88,853
TOTAL ASSETS  $ 11,286,768  $ 10,892,948
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Deposits  $ 8,823,176  $ 8,715,910
Borrowed funds  419,094  139,856
Borrowers' advances for insurance and taxes  55,722  58,235
Principal, interest, and related escrow owed on loans serviced  150,870  151,859
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  38,103  53,164
 Total liabilities  9,486,965  9,119,024
Commitments and contingent liabilities
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, none
issued and outstanding 0 0
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 700,000,000 shares authorized; 332,318,750 shares
shares issued; 308,915,893 outstanding at March 31, 2012
and September 30, 2011  3,323  3,323
Paid-in capital  1,689,810  1,686,216
Treasury stock, at cost; 23,402,857 shares at March 31, 2012 and 
September 30, 2011  (282,090)  (282,090)
Unallocated ESOP shares  (76,917)  (79,084)
Retained earnings—substantially restricted  471,317  461,836
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (5,640)  (16,277)
 Total shareholders' equity  1,799,803  1,773,924
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  $ 11,286,768  $ 10,892,948
TFS Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) (unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
For the Three MonthsFor the Six Months
Ended March 31,Ended March 31,
2012201120122011
INTEREST INCOME:
Loans, including fees  $ 102,696  $ 102,394  $ 205,903  $ 205,594
Investment securities available for sale  33  44  70  155
Investment securities held to maturity  1,538  2,793  3,272  6,130
Other interest and dividend earning assets  551  502  1,108  1,295
Total interest and dividend income  104,818  105,733  210,353  213,174
INTEREST EXPENSE:
Deposits  38,390  44,386  79,096  91,664
Borrowed funds  643  446  1,217  923
Total interest expense  39,033  44,832  80,313  92,587
NET INTEREST INCOME  65,785  60,901  130,040  120,587
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES  27,000  22,500  42,000  57,000
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION 
FOR LOAN LOSSES  38,785  38,401  88,040  63,587
NON-INTEREST INCOME
Fees and service charges, net of amortization  3,284  4,418  6,097  7,322
Increase in and death benefits from bank owned 
 life insurance contracts  1,610  1,579  3,222  3,219
Other  1,517  2,270  2,801  4,545
Total non-interest income   6,411  8,267  12,120  15,086
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE
Salaries and employee benefits  21,049  19,815  41,434  37,300
Marketing services  2,377  2,103  4,754  4,204
Office property, equipment and software  5,073  4,887  10,071  9,997
Federal insurance premium and assesments  3,512  5,847  7,389  11,832
State franchise tax  1,716  1,428  2,705  2,367
Real estate owned expense, net  1,672  1,987  4,007  3,912
Appraisal and other loan review expense  1,163  1,576  2,153  3,902
Other operating expenses  6,758  6,332  13,286  13,405
Total non-interest expense  43,320  43,975  85,799  86,919
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES  1,876  2,693  14,361  (8,246)
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)  854  469  4,880  (3,122)
NET INCOME (LOSS)  $ 1,022  $ 2,224  $ 9,481  $ (5,124)
Earnings (loss) per share - basic and diluted 0.00  $ 0.01  $ 0.03  $ (0.02)
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 301,153,080 300,215,753 301,098,610 300,177,749
Diluted 301,706,570 300,957,564 301,547,664 300,177,749
TFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS (unaudited)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011
Interest Interest
Average Income/ Yield/ Average Income/ Yield/
Balance Expense Cost(a) Balance Expense Cost(a)
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Other interest-bearing cash equivalents  269,830  146 0.22%  146,428  99 0.27%
Investment securities  10,361  9 0.35%  10,610  10 0.38%
Mortgage-backed securities  359,179  1,563 1.74%  520,396  2,827 2.17%
Loans  10,200,004  102,696 4.03%  9,923,863  102,394 4.13%
Federal Home Loan Bank stock  35,620  404 4.54%  35,620  403 4.53%
 Total interest-earning assets  10,874,994  104,818 3.86%  10,636,917  105,733 3.98%
Noninterest-earning assets  295,604  265,512
 Total assets  $ 11,170,598  $ 10,902,429
Interest-bearing liabilities:
NOW accounts  $ 980,248  700 0.29%  $ 973,296  908 0.37%
Savings accounts  1,762,811  1,933 0.44%  1,614,246  2,522 0.62%
Certificates of deposit  5,932,175  35,757 2.41%  6,158,854  40,956 2.66%
Borrowed funds  441,034  643 0.58%  109,616  446 1.63%
 Total interest-bearing liabilities  9,116,268  39,033 1.71%  8,856,012  44,832 2.02%
Noninterest-bearing liabilities  253,231  296,773
 Total liabilities  9,369,499  9,152,785
Shareholders' equity  1,801,099  1,749,644
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 11,170,598  $ 10,902,429
Net interest income  $ 65,785  $ 60,901
Interest rate spread (b) 2.15% 1.96%
Net interest-earning assets (c)  $ 1,758,726  $ 1,780,905
Net interest margin (d) 2.42% (a) 2.29% (a)
Average interest-earning assets
to average interest-bearing liabilities 119.29% 120.11%

(a) Annualized

(b) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.

(c) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.

(d) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by total interest-earning assets.


TFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS(unaudited)
Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011
Interest Interest
Average Income/ Yield/ Average Income/ Yield/
Balance Expense Cost(a) Balance Expense Cost(a)
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Other interest-bearing cash equivalents  280,495  345 0.25%  345,030  532 0.31%
Investment securities  10,455  19 0.36%  13,032  82 1.26%
Mortgage-backed securities  366,222  3,323 1.81%  565,870  6,203 2.19%
Loans  10,102,086  205,903 4.08%  9,771,994  205,594 4.21%
Federal Home Loan Bank stock  35,620  763 4.28%  35,620  763 4.28%
 Total interest-earning assets  10,794,878  210,353 3.90%  10,731,546  213,174 3.97%
Noninterest-earning assets  272,617  272,385
 Total assets  $ 11,067,495  $ 11,003,931
Interest-bearing liabilities:
NOW accounts  $ 975,559  1,407 0.29%  $ 973,359  1,836 0.38%
Savings accounts  1,738,801  4,088 0.47%  1,601,630  5,059 0.63%
Certificates of deposit  5,961,051  73,601 2.47%  6,206,117  84,769 2.73%
Borrowed funds  300,454  1,217 0.81%  89,101  923 2.07%
 Total interest-bearing liabilities  8,975,865  80,313 1.79%  8,870,207  92,587 2.09%
Noninterest-bearing liabilities  298,480  382,896
 Total liabilities  9,274,345  9,253,103
Shareholders' equity  1,793,150  1,750,828
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 11,067,495  $ 11,003,931
Net interest income  $130,040  $ 120,587
Interest rate spread (b) 2.11% 1.88%
Net interest-earning assets (c)  $ 1,819,013  $ 1,861,339
Net interest margin (d) 2.41% (a) 2.25% (a)
Average interest-earning assets
to average interest-bearing liabilities 120.27% 120.98%

(a) Annualized

(b) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.

(c) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.

(d) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by total interest-earning assets.

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