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TFS Financial Corporation Continues to Grow Home Equity Loans and Maintain a Strong Dividend

Published : Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 1:13 pm
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CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 months and nine months ended June 30, 2019.



The Company reported net income of $18.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income of $20.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, and net income of $58.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income of $63.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. When compared to the same periods of the prior year, net income decreased largely due to a decrease in net interest income partially offset by a lower effective tax rate. Additionally, non-interest income decreased for the three and nine month periods while non-interest expense decreased for the three month period and increased for the nine month period, compared to those same periods in the prior year.

“Third Federal continues to position itself for sustained long-term success during an unpredictable rate environment,” said Marc A. Stefanski, Chairman and CEO. “This past quarter our home equity loan portfolio grew $120 million. These loans continue to perform very well for us. Additionally, we are grateful for the ongoing support of our depositors whose recent ‘yes’ vote on our dividend waiver proposal will help us to continue offering a highly competitive dividend."

Net interest income was $65.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $70.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and $201.1 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $212.0 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. While the average balances and yields of interest-earnings assets increased during the three and nine month periods, compared to the same periods last year, the increases were more than offset by an increased cost of deposits and borrowings. The opportunity to extend the duration of funding sources and the offering of competitive deposit rates during the current rate environment has contributed to the increased cost of funding. When comparing the nine months ended June 30, 2019 with the same period in the prior year, the average balance and yield of interest-earning assets increased $325.8 million and 23 basis points, while the average balance and cost of interest-bearing liabilities grew by $336.5 million and 42 basis points, respectively. The interest rate spread was 1.70% and 1.76% for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to 1.93% and 1.95%, respectively, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2018. The net interest margin was 1.90% and 1.95% for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to 2.09% and 2.10%, respectively, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2018.

The provision for loan losses was a credit of $2.0 million during both the three months ended June 30, 2019 and the three months ended June 30, 2018. The provision for loan losses was a credit of $8.0 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to a credit of $9.0 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. Recoveries of loan amounts previously charged off, low levels of current loan charge-offs and reduced exposure from home equity lines of credit coming to the end of the draw period resulted in the loan provision credits during the periods. Gross loan charge-offs were $3.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 and $6.3 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018, while loan recoveries were $8.6 million in the current year period and $9.3 million in the prior year period. As a result of loan recoveries exceeding charge-offs, the Company reported net loan recoveries of $4.9 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 and $3.0 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The allowance for loan losses was $39.3 million, or 0.30% of total loans receivable, at June 30, 2019, compared to $42.4 million, or 0.33% of total loans receivable, at September 30, 2018 and $43.0 million, or 0.34% of total loans receivable, at June 30, 2018. Of the total allowance for loan losses, $22.1 million was allocated to residential mortgage loans and $17.2 million was allocated to home equity loans and lines of credit at June 30, 2019 and $21.5 million was allocated to residential mortgage loans and $20.9 million was allocated to equity loans and lines of credit at September 30, 2018.

Credit performance continued to improve across our loan portfolios. Total loan delinquencies decreased $3.7 million to $37.7 million, or 0.29% of total loans receivable, at June 30, 2019 from $41.4 million, or 0.32% of total loans receivable, at September 30, 2018, and included a $2.7 million decrease in delinquencies on core residential mortgages, a $0.3 million decrease on home today residential mortgages and a $0.7 million decrease on home equity loans and lines of credit. Non-accrual loans decreased $4.0 million to $73.8 million, or 0.57% of total loans, at June 30, 2019 from $77.8 million, or 0.60% of total loans, at September 30, 2018. Troubled debt restructurings in non-accrual status were $60.5 million at June 30, 2019 and $62.6 million at September 30, 2018. Total troubled debt restructurings decreased $4.7 million, to $160.7 million at June 30, 2019, from $165.4 million at September 30, 2018.

Non-interest income decreased $2.0 million to $14.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 from $16.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The decrease primarily related to a decrease in the net gain on sale of loans which was $1.1 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $3.1 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The prior year period benefited from a bulk sale of $277.4 million of fixed-rate loans to a private investor.

Total non-interest expense increased $1.7 million to $148.6 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $146.9 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The increase included a $1.2 million increase in salaries and employee benefits, mainly health insurance costs, and a $1.3 million increase in marketing expenses, partially offset by a $0.7 million decrease in federal deposit insurance premium.

Total income tax expense decreased by $10.4 million, to $16.5 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, from $26.9 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The decrease in the expense was caused mainly by the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which lowered our statutory federal tax rate to 21% in the current fiscal year from approximately 24.5% in the prior fiscal year. Total income tax expense for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 also included approximately $4.6 million of additional income tax expense for the re-measurement of our net deferred tax assets as a result of the tax rate reduction.

Total assets increased by $234.4 million, or 1.66%, to $14.37 billion at June 30, 2019 from $14.14 billion at September 30, 2018. This change was mainly the result of growth in our home equity line of credit portfolio, increases in prepaid expenses and other assets, and a net increase of $32.9 million in investment securities available for sale during the current fiscal year.

The combination of loans held for investment, net and mortgage loans held for sale increased $159.2 million to $13.03 billion at June 30, 2019 from $12.87 billion at September 30, 2018. Growth in our home equity line of credit portfolio was partially offset by a decrease in our first mortgage loan portfolio. The home equity lines of credit provide a more effective loan product for managing the balance sheet and net interest margin, considering the relatively flat yield curve market that we are currently experiencing. The home equity loans and lines of credit portfolio increased $266.9 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2019. The residential core mortgage loan portfolio, including loans held for sale, decreased $104.0 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2019. Commitments originated for home equity loans and lines of credit were $1.2 billion for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 and $1.0 billion for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. Total first mortgage loan originations were $1.2 billion for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, of which 45% were adjustable-rate mortgages and 5% were fixed-rate mortgages with terms of 10 years or less. Total first mortgage loan originations were $1.7 billion for the nine months ended June 30, 2018, of which 49% were adjustable-rate mortgages and 11% were fixed-rate mortgages with terms of 10 years or less. During the nine months ended June 30, 2019, $85.1 million of fixed-rate loans were sold resulting in a pre-tax gain of $1.1 million. During the nine months ended June 30, 2018, $374.0 million of fixed-rate loans were sold resulting in a pre-tax gain of $3.1 million.

Other assets increased $31.1 million to $75.4 million at June 30, 2019 from $44.3 million at September 30, 2018. The increase related primarily to an $11.8 million increase in initial margin requirements on interest rate swap contracts and a $17.9 million increase in the net deferred tax asset.

Deposits increased $222.9 million, or 2.6%, to $8.71 billion at June 30, 2019 from $8.49 billion at September 30, 2018. The increase in deposits was the result of a $76.1 million increase in our certificates of deposit ("CDs") and a $170.6 million increase in our savings accounts, partially offset by a $24.8 million decrease in our checking accounts for the nine months ended June 30, 2019. Total deposits include $518.8 million and $670.1 million of brokered CDs at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively.

Borrowed funds, all from the FHLB, increased $111.9 million, to $3.83 billion at June 30, 2019 from $3.72 billion at September 30, 2018. This increase reflects a $675.0 million increase in 90 day advances that were utilized for longer term interest rate swap contracts, partially offset by a $266.0 million reduction in overnight and other short-term advances and a $299.8 million reduction in long-term advances. At June 30, 2019, FHLB advances include $2.4 billion of 90 day advances which have an effective duration at inception of five to eight years, as a result of interest rate swap contracts, and $934.0 million of overnight and other short-term advances.

Borrowers' advances for insurance and taxes decreased $45.5 million, to $57.5 million at June 30, 2019 from $103.0 million at September 30, 2018. This change primarily reflects the cyclical nature of real estate tax payments that are collected monthly from borrowers and remitted semi-annually to various taxing agencies.

Total shareholders' equity decreased $47.9 million to $1.71 billion at June 30, 2019 from $1.76 billion at September 30, 2018. During the nine months ended June 30, 2019, accumulated other comprehensive income decreased $69.2 million, mainly the result of changes in market interest rates on our swap contracts and available for sale investment securities. Other activity included $58.7 million of net income, three quarterly dividends totaling $37.1 million, $7.9 million in repurchases of common stock and $6.6 million of adjustments related to our stock compensation and employee stock ownership plans. During the three months ended June 30, 2019, a total of 102,900 shares of our common stock were repurchased at an average cost of $16.59 per share. During the nine months ended June 30, 2019, a total of 491,400 shares were repurchased at an average cost of $16.11 per share.

The Company declared and paid a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share during each of the first three fiscal quarters of 2019. As a result of a mutual member vote, Third Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cleveland, MHC (the "MHC"), the mutual holding company that owns approximately 81% of the outstanding stock of the Company, was able to waive its receipt of its share of each dividend paid. Under current Federal Reserve regulations, the MHC is required to obtain the approval of its members every 12 months for the MHC to waive its right to receive dividends. At a July 16, 2019 special meeting of the members of the MHC, the members of the MHC (depositors and certain loan customers of the Association) voted to approve the MHC's proposed waiver of dividends, aggregating up to $1.10 per share, to be declared on the Company's common stock during the twelve months subsequent to the members' approval (i.e., through July 16, 2020). The members approved the waiver by casting 62% of the eligible votes in favor of the waiver. Of the votes cast, 97% were in favor of the proposal. The MHC has filed a notice with, and a request for non-objection from, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for the proposed dividend waivers. Receipt of the non-objection from the Federal Reserve Bank, and the timing of the non-objection, cannot be guaranteed at this point. The MHC has conducted the member vote to approve the dividend waiver each of the past six years under Federal Reserve regulations and for each of those six years, approximately 97% of the votes cast were in favor of the waiver.

The Association operates under the capital requirements for the standardized approach of the Basel III capital framework for U.S. banking organizations (“Basel III Rules”). The Basel III Rules include a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio, with a fully phased-in required minimum Common Equity Tier 1 and Capital Conservation Buffer of 7.00%. At June 30, 2019 all of the Association's capital ratios substantially exceed the amounts required for the Association to be considered "well capitalized" for regulatory capital purposes. The Association’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 10.54%, its Common Equity Tier 1 and Tier 1 ratios, as calculated under the fully phased-in Basel III Rules, were each 19.05% and its total capital ratio was 19.55%. Additionally, the Company's Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.18%, its Common Equity Tier 1 and Tier 1 ratios were each 21.97% and its total capital ratio was 22.47%. The current capital ratios of the Association reflect the dilutive impact of $85 million of dividends that the Association paid to the Company, its sole shareholder, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Because of its intercompany nature, these dividends had no impact on the Company's capital ratios or its consolidated statement of condition.

Presentation slides as of June 30, 2019 will be available on the Company's website, www.thirdfederal.com, under the Investor Relations link within the "Recent Presentations" menu, beginning July 31, 2019. The Company will not be hosting a conference call to discuss its operating results.

Third Federal Savings and Loan Association is a leading provider of savings and mortgage products, and operates under the values of love, trust, respect, a commitment to excellence and fun. Founded in Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and Gerome Stefanski, Third Federal’s mission is to help people achieve the dream of home ownership and financial security. It became part of a public company in 2007 and celebrated its 80th anniversary in May, 2018. Third Federal, which lends in 25 states and the District of Columbia, is dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and outstanding service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 21 full service branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and Southern Ohio, and 16 full service branches throughout Florida. As of June 30, 2019, the Company’s assets totaled $14.37 billion.

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, among other things:

  • 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 trends in factors affecting our financial condition and results of operations, including 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 globally, nationally or in our market areas, including employment prospects, real estate values and conditions that are worse than expected;
  • 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
  • decreased demand for our products and services and lower revenue and earnings because of a recession or other events;
  • changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits;
  • adverse changes and volatility in the securities markets, credit markets or real estate 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, MHC to waive dividends;
  • changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board;
  • the adoption of implementing regulations by a number of different regulatory bodies under the DFA, and uncertainty in the exact nature, extent and timing of such regulations and the impact they will have on us;
  • 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;
  • 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 FRS and changes in the level of government support of housing finance;
  • the continuing governmental efforts to restructure the U.S. financial and regulatory system;
  • the ability of the U.S. Government to remain open, function properly and manage federal debt limits;
  • changes in policy and/or assessment rates of taxing authorities that adversely affect us or our customer;
  • changes in accounting and tax estimates;
  • changes in our organization, or compensation and benefit plans and changes in expense trends (including, but not limited to trends affecting non-performing assets, charge-offs and provisions for loan losses);
  • the inability of third-party providers to perform their obligations to us;
  • a slowing or failure of the prevailing economic recovery; and
  • cyber attacks, computer viruses and other technological risks that may breach the security of our websites or other systems to obtain unauthorized access to confidential information, destroy data or disable our systems.

Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this report speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

TFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION (unaudited)

(In thousands, except share data)

 

June 30,
2019

 

September 30,
2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and due from banks

$

28,749

 

 

$

29,056

 

Interest-earning cash equivalents

242,599

 

 

240,719

 

Cash and cash equivalents

271,348

 

 

269,775

 

Investment securities available for sale (amortized cost $566,228 and $549,211, respectively)

564,945

 

 

531,965

 

Mortgage loans held for sale, at lower of cost or market (none measured at fair value)

2,635

 

 

659

 

Loans held for investment, net:

 

 

 

Mortgage loans

13,023,209

 

 

12,872,125

 

Other consumer loans

2,878

 

 

3,021

 

Deferred loan expenses, net

41,724

 

 

38,566

 

Allowance for loan losses

(39,313

)

 

(42,418

)

Loans, net

13,028,498

 

 

12,871,294

 

Mortgage loan servicing rights, net

8,289

 

 

8,840

 

Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost

99,647

 

 

93,544

 

Real estate owned

2,120

 

 

2,794

 

Premises, equipment, and software, net

61,916

 

 

63,399

 

Accrued interest receivable

40,998

 

 

38,696

 

Bank owned life insurance contracts

215,909

 

 

212,021

 

Other assets

75,434

 

 

44,344

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

14,371,739

 

 

$

14,137,331

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Deposits

$

8,714,469

 

 

$

8,491,583

 

Borrowed funds

3,833,600

 

 

3,721,699

 

Borrowers’ advances for insurance and taxes

57,531

 

 

103,005

 

Principal, interest, and related escrow owed on loans serviced

19,180

 

 

31,490

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

36,477

 

 

31,150

 

Total liabilities

12,661,257

 

 

12,378,927

 

Commitments and contingent liabilities

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 700,000,000 shares authorized; 332,318,750 shares issued; 279,989,323 and 280,311,070 outstanding at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively

3,323

 

 

3,323

 

Paid-in capital

1,731,329

 

 

1,726,992

 

Treasury stock, at cost; 52,329,427 and 52,007,680 shares at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively

(762,200

)

 

(754,272

)

Unallocated ESOP shares

(45,501

)

 

(48,751

)

Retained earnings—substantially restricted

829,508

 

 

807,890

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(45,977

)

 

23,222

 

Total shareholders’ equity

1,710,482

 

 

1,758,404

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

14,371,739

 

 

$

14,137,331

 

TFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended

 

June 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans, including fees

$

115,129

 

$

105,956

 

$

$341,926

 

$

313,821

 

Investment securities available for sale

3,389

 

 

2,891

 

 

10,007

 

 

8,239

 

Other interest and dividend earning assets

2,525

 

 

2,271

 

 

7,841

 

 

6,467

 

Total interest and dividend income

121,043

 

 

111,118

 

 

359,774

 

 

328,527

 

INTEREST EXPENSE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

37,159

 

 

26,310

 

 

104,998

 

 

72,934

 

Borrowed funds

18,366

 

 

14,535

 

 

53,685

 

 

43,634

 

Total interest expense

55,525

 

 

40,845

 

 

158,683

 

 

116,568

 

NET INTEREST INCOME

65,518

 

 

70,273

 

 

201,091

 

 

211,959

 

PROVISION (CREDIT) FOR LOAN LOSSES

(2,000

)

 

(2,000

)

 

(8,000

)

 

(9,000

)

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION (CREDIT) FOR LOAN LOSSES

67,518

 

 

72,273

 

 

209,091

 

 


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