Manhattan Bancorp Reports Profitable Year of Operations

LOS ANGELES--()--Manhattan Bancorp (OTCQB:MNHN), holding company for subsidiary Bank of Manhattan, N.A., announced today its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, earnings were $1.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $686 thousand, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2012.

Additional highlights for 2013 include the following:

  • Total assets were $503 million as of December 31, 2013 compared with $465 million at the beginning of the year.
  • Total loans outstanding were $327 million as of December 31, 2013 compared with $371 million at the beginning of the year.
  • Net interest margin for the year was 4.24% compared with 4.80%.
  • The efficiency ratio for the year was 91.1% compared with 95.1%.
  • Non-performing loans of $2.1 million represented 0.71% of the total loans held for investment outstanding as of December 31, 2013 compared with $1.8 million.
  • The Bank’s Tier 1 Leverage Ratio and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio as of December 31, 2013 were 10.1% and 15.0%, respectively, compared with 10.4% and 13.2%.

Terry Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The results of operations for 2013 represent Manhattan Bancorp’s second consecutive profitable year. Our profits were negatively impacted throughout the second half of the year by the dramatic nationwide drop in mortgage volume. Fortunately, Commercial Division profits exceeded our projections on a ‘normalized earnings’ basis as well as for reported earnings. Our management team did an excellent job of growing commercial business and adjusting to the realities of the mortgage market in 2013.”

Richard Pimentel, Chief Financial Officer, went on to explain, “In 2013, the Company continued to build upon synergies from the Merger through strong growth in both commercial loans and customer deposits. Although Manhattan Bancorp and Bank of Manhattan were the surviving entities in the Merger, the transaction was treated as a ‘reverse acquisition’ for accounting purposes, resulting in the Bank of Manhattan’s balance sheet being subjected to ‘fair value’ accounting. As a result, earnings for the year ended December 31, 2013 reflect the results of operations for the combined banks, while the reported earnings for the same period in 2012 include the results of operations of Professional Business Bank for the entire period and only seven months of operating results for Manhattan. Thus, comparisons of the year to date 2013 results with the comparable period in the prior year are difficult to analyze, at best.”

Net Interest Income and Margin

The Company’s net interest income totaled $18.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of $2.7 million, or 17%, compared with 2012. The increase in net interest income was largely due to an increase in earning assets as a result of the Merger partially offset by increased interest bearing liabilities and a decrease in our net interest margin and spread. Average interest earning assets increased to $431.9 million in 2013 from $325.0 million in 2012 – an increase of $106.9 million, or 33%. Similarly, average interest bearing liabilities increased to $271.0 million in 2013 from $203.4 million in 2012 – an increase of $67.6 million, or 33%. At this same time the interest spread decreased 56 basis points to 4.23% and the net interest margin decreased 56 basis points to 4.24%.

The decrease in the spread and net interest margin during 2013 as compared to 2012 was largely due to a decrease in the yield on interest earning assets. The yield on earning assets decreased 50 basis points to 4.57% in 2013 compared to 5.07% in 2012. The cost of interest bearing liabilities increased 10 basis points to 0.54% in 2013 compared to 0.44% in 2012. The principal contributor to the decrease in the yield on earning assets was a decrease in loan yields of 34 basis points to 5.37% in 2013 compared to 5.71% in 2012. Lower loan yields were reflective of a greater amount of yield accretion in 2012 with loans accounted for under FASB ASC 310-30.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 was $25.1 million and $24.4 million, respectively. This $709 thousand increase was due primarily to revenue provided by mortgage division activity and commercial division income, partially offset by decreases in revenue from Manhattan Bancorp’s subsidiary, Manhattan Capital Markets, LLC (“MCM”), which was divested on November 9, 2012.

As a result of the Merger, non-interest income includes revenues generated from the mortgage division, which totaled $21.1 million, compared to $15.9 million in 2012. The mortgage division began originating loans in the fourth quarter of 2010, but due to the accounting treatment in the Merger, these revenues are not reflected in the historic earnings of the Company prior to the Merger on May 31, 2012. The mortgage division revenue is a function of the volume of loan originations during the period, which totaled $857 million for 2013 compared to $653 million in 2012, which only included seven months of operations due to the Merger. The loans originated during 2013 were comprised of approximately 58% in loans made to refinance existing mortgages and 42% to finance the purchase of a home. For the year ended December 31, 2013, non-interest income from the commercial division totaled $4 million, up $785 thousand (25%) from 2012. The increase was partly related to gains on the recovery of acquired loans totaling $1.4 million in 2013, compared to $749 thousand in 2012. The increase was also related to incremental earnings from the Bank’s participation in the MIMS-1 limited partnership fund, service charges on customer accounts and banking service charges and other fees. These increases were partially offset by decreases in gains from the sale of investment securities.

The Company did not have any revenue from broker-dealer activities in 2013 compared to $5.3 million during the comparable period of 2012, which is a result of the broker-dealer subsidiary spin off that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 was $41.3 million and $38.0 million, respectively, an increase of $3.3 million (9%). Most of the $3.3 million increase in non-interest expenses was driven by growth in the Company’s staffing levels due to the Merger, including the increase in infrastructure to support expansions in the mortgage and commercial divisions. The Company also experienced increases in other categories of non-interest expense that were largely the result of the Merger.

Four expense categories comprised 88% and 90% of the Company’s operating expenses in 2013 and 2012, respectively: compensation and benefits, occupancy and equipment, technology and communication, and professional fees. These four expense categories, which totaled $36.2 million in 2013, increased by $1.9 million (5%) compared with 2012 and accounted for more than half of the total increase in non-interest expenses in 2013 compared with 2012.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense totaled $26.9 million and $25.0 million in the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. These expenses comprised 65% and 66% of total non-interest expenses in 2013 and 2012, respectively, the largest category of operating expenses.

Occupancy and Equipment

Occupancy and equipment costs totaled $3.6 million and $2.7 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively. These expenses, which comprised 9% and 7% of total operating expenses in 2013 and 2012, respectively, increased by $855 thousand (31%) in 2013 compared with the prior year. This increase primarily reflected the additional offices acquired in the Merger along with the requisite growth in the Company’s infrastructure to support expansions in the mortgage and commercial divisions.

Technology and Communication

Technology and communication expense, which totaled $2.6 million and $2.6 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively, comprised 6% and 7% of the Company’s total operating expenses in 2013 and 2012, respectively. These expenses increased by $24 thousand (1%) in 2013 compared with the prior year.

Professional Fees

Professional fees, which totaled $3.1 million and $4.0 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively, comprised 8% and 11% of the Company’s total operating expenses during these same respective periods. This category of expense decreased by $916 thousand (23%) in 2013 compared with the prior year. These decreases primarily reflect synergies resulting from the Merger and no expenses associated with broker-dealer activities during 2013 compared to 2012.

Balance Sheet

Assets at December 31, 2013 totaled $503.4 million, up $38.0 million, or 8%, from December 31, 2012. The increase in our total assets was driven by the growth in our core deposits that increased our cash and cash equivalents and funded an increase in our loans held for investment, partially offset by decreases in our loan held for sale portfolio.

Net loans totaled $326.8 million at December 31, 2013, down $44.2 million, or 12%, from December 31, 2012. Most of the decrease in loans is attributable to the mortgage division, as loans held for sale decreased by $62.1 million, or 65%, to $33.9 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $96.0 million at December 31, 2012. The loans attributable to the commercial division, as loans held for investment increased $18.1 million, or 6.5%, to $295.6 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $277.4 million at December 31, 2013. The net increase in loans held for investment also reflects the effect of a decrease in residential mortgage warehouse loans that decreased to zero during 2013 from $24.8 million at December 31, 2012; the Company ceased actively lending to this market segment and the associated loan balances have matured and paid off with no losses ever having been incurred.

The principal source of funding for the Company comes from depository accounts that increased by $49.2 million, or 13%, to $432.6 million at December 31, 2013 from $383.3 million at December 31, 2012. Most of the increase in deposits resulted in non-interest bearing demand accounts.

During the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company was able to obtain lower cost certificates of deposit that allowed for a decrease in short-term borrowings with the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”). The Company did not have any short-term borrowing from the FHLB at December 31, 2013, which was down from $15.1 million at December 31, 2012. Total FHLB borrowings at December 31, 2013 were $6 million, a decrease of $13.6 million from $19.6 million at December 31, 2012.

As a result of the increase in funding liabilities in excess of loan growth, cash and investable balances (Federal funds sold, interest bearing deposits and investment securities) increased by $87.6 million, or 177.4%, to $136.9 million at December 31, 2013, compared with $49.4 million at December 31, 2012. The Company maintains most of these balances in interest bearing accounts at other banks, including the Federal Reserve, in order to support the day-to-day fluctuating cash requirements during the month in its deposit accounts and the funding and sale of mortgage loans in its mortgage division.

Credit Quality

At December 31, 2013, the Company’s allowance for loan losses totaled $2.7 million, or 0.90%, of gross loans held for investment, compared with $2.4 million, or 0.87%, of gross loans held for investment at December 31, 2012. There were no commercial loans past due 90 days or more that had not been placed on non-accrual at December 31, 2013. However, the Company had $2.1 million in non-accrual loans at year-end 2013 consisting of six loans held for investment. There were no non-performing loans held for sale. The non-performing loans held for investment were current as of December 31, 2013. As of December 31, 2012, the Bank had $1.8 million in non-accrual loans.

Capital Adequacy

Stockholders’ equity totaled $58.9 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of $1.8 million, or 3.3%, from December 31, 2012.

Capital ratios for the Company and the Bank continue to exceed levels required by banking regulators to be considered “well-capitalized” (the highest level specified by regulators). As of December 31, 2013, the Bank’s total risk-adjusted capital ratio, tier 1 risk-adjusted capital ratio, and tier 1 capital ratio were 15.02%, 14.02%, and 10.07%, respectively, well above the regulatory requirements of 10%, 6%, and 5%, respectively, to be considered “well-capitalized.”

About Manhattan Bancorp/Bank of Manhattan

Manhattan Bancorp is a bank holding company with $503 million in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Bank of Manhattan, N.A., is a full service bank headquartered in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2007, Bank of Manhattan specializes in delivering relationship banking services and residential mortgages to entrepreneurs, family-owned and closely-held middle market businesses, real estate investors and professional service firms. The Bank has five full-service offices in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Glendale and Montebello as well as eight mortgage loan production offices in Southern California. For more information about Manhattan Bancorp, please visit www.thebankofmanhattan.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements.

All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements about anticipated future operating and financial performance, financial position and liquidity, business prospects, strategic alternatives, business strategies, regulatory and competitive outlook, investment and expenditure plans, capital and financing needs and availability, acquisition and divestiture opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations and other similar forecasts and statements of expectation and statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as “will likely result,” “aims,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “hopes,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the regulatory environment, the economy and other future conditions. The Company’s actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. The Company cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are detailed in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

                         
Manhattan Bancorp and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)
 
December 31,

2013

December 31,

2012

 
Assets
Cash and due from banks $ 6,983 $ 6,949
Federal funds sold 115,559 30,029
Interest bearing demand funds   2,901     3,192  
Total cash and cash equivalents 125,443 40,170
Time deposits - other financial institutions 5,750 829
Investment securities - available for sale, at fair value 5,751 8,364
Loans held for sale, at fair value 33,944 96,014
Loans held for investment 295,566 277,443
Allowance for loan losses   (2,661 )   (2,414 )
Net loans held for investment   292,905     275,029  
Total loans, net 326,849 371,043
Premises and equipment, net 8,377 9,039
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve stock 4,487 4,526
Goodwill 6,718 7,396
Core deposit intangible 2,224 2,574
Other real estate owned - 3,581
Investment in limited partnership fund 7,110 6,655
Mortgage servicing rights 6,584 5,123
Accrued interest receivable 299 754
Other assets   3,825     5,333  
Total assets   503,417     465,387  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing demand 176,507 125,254
Interest bearing:
Demand 21,797 15,156
Savings and money market 143,212 146,042
Certificates of deposit equal to or greater than $100,000 54,419 75,800
Certificates of deposit less than $100,000   36,616     21,079  
Total deposits 432,551 383,331
FHLB advances and other borrowings 6,000 19,590
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities   5,867     5,338  
Total liabilities 444,418 408,259
 
Stockholders' equity

Serial preferred stock - no par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; issued and outstanding: none in 2012 and 2011

- -

Common stock - no par value; 30,000,000 authorized; issued and outstanding: 12,598,268 in 2013 and 12,355,857 in 2012

- -
Additional paid in capital 61,644 61,617
Accumulated other comprehensive income 65 112
Accumulated deficit   (2,710 )   (4,601 )
Total stockholders' equity   58,999     57,128  
Total equity 58,999 57,128
   
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 503,417   $ 465,387  
 
Book value per share $ 4.68 $ 4.62
Tangible book value per share $ 3.97 $ 3.82
 
 
                         
Manhattan Bancorp and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
For the Year Ended
Ended December 31,
2013 2012
 
Interest income
Interest and fees on loans $ 19,213 $ 16,113
Interest on investment securities 371 279
Interest on federal funds sold 158 84
Interest on time deposits-other financial institutions   6     18  
Total interest income 19,748 16,494
 
Interest expense
NOW, money market and savings 707 420
Time deposits 698 492
FHLB advances and other borrowed funds   53     (15 )
Total interest expense 1,458 897
   
Net interest income 18,290 15,597
 
Provision for loan losses (20 ) 1,203
   
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   18,310     14,394  
 
Non-interest income
Whole loan sales and warehouse lending fees - 695
Advisory income - 950
Trading income - 3,622
Mortgage banking, including gain on sale on loans held for sale 21,114 15,923
Earnings on MIMS-1 limited partnership fund 455 399
Other bank fees and income 1,728 1,173
Rental income 341 324
Gain on recovery of acquired loans 1,435 749
Gain on sale of securities   -     529  
Total non-interest income 25,073 24,364
 
Non-interest expenses
Compensation and benefits 26,915 25,005
Occupancy and equipment 3,579 2,724
Technology and communication 2,616 2,592
Professional fees 3,109 4,025
FDIC insurance and regulatory assessments 472 509
Amortization of intangibles 631 445
Other non-interest expenses   4,023     2,699  
Total non-interest expenses 41,345 37,999
   
Income before income taxes 2,038 759
 
Provision for income taxes 148 20
   
Net income   1,890     739  
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest   -     53  

Net income attributable to common stockholders of Manhattan Bancorp

$ 1,890   $ 686  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 12,540,598 9,035,070
Diluted 12,617,718 9,057,563
 
Earnings per Share
Basic

$

0.15

$

0.08

Diluted

$

0.15

$

0.08

 

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Manhattan Bancorp
Terry Robinson, Chief Executive Officer
(310) 606-8080

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Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Manhattan Bancorp
Terry Robinson, Chief Executive Officer
(310) 606-8080