United Community Financial Corp. Announces Second Quarter Results

  • Net income for the second quarter of 2014 totaled $42.4 million which includes the recognition of $38.8 million of the tax benefit related to the reversal of the deferred tax asset valuation allowance
  • Strongest pretax quarter, adjusted for security gains, since March 2008
  • The quarter included a $923,000 charge as part of a cost reduction initiative designed to reduce annual costs on a go-forward basis by over $5.0 million
  • Annualized loan growth of 11% through the first two quarters of 2014
  • Tangible book value per share increased to $4.66 at June 30, 2014, from $3.76 at March 31, 2014
  • Declared a dividend of $0.01 per common share - first dividend since 2008
  • Initiated common stock repurchase effort during the second quarter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--()--United Community Financial Corp. (Company) (Nasdaq: UCFC), holding company of The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (Home Savings), today reported consolidated net income of $42.4 million (including the recognition of $38.8 million of income tax benefit from the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation reserve) for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The Company also reported net income of $44.5 million (including the recognition of $38.7 million of income tax benefit from the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation reserve) for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Gary M. Small, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Community and Home Savings, commented that, “The second quarter results reflect solid core earnings progress for Home Savings. The growth in commercial loan commitments combined with meaningful cost reduction efforts across the organization and expected to fuel continued performance improvement in future quarters.”

Net Interest Income and Margin

Net interest income was $12.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $12.6 million in second quarter of 2013. Net interest margin increased from 2.93% during the second quarter of 2013 to 3.09% in the second quarter of 2014. The increase in net interest margin over the last year is reflective of the migration of lower interest earning assets into loans outstanding. The yield on earning assets was 3.83% for the second quarter of 2014 compared to 3.71% for the second quarter of 2013 and average loan balances increased $52.9 million over this same period.

Net interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2014, was $25.3 million compared to $25.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The net interest margin was 3.08% for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to 2.97% for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The yield on interest-earning assets increased from 3.77% to 3.83% during this period while the cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased four basis points during the period to 0.92%.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income decreased in the second quarter of 2014 to $3.4 million, as compared to noninterest income for the second quarter of 2013 of $6.4 million. Security gains of approximately $1.9 million were recognized in the second quarter of 2013. Additionally, mortgage banking income declined $1.1 million. Offsetting these declines was a reduction in losses incurred on the resolution of real estate owned of $1.1 million.

In the first half of 2014, noninterest income was $6.7 million, compared to $12.1 million in the first half of 2013. Security gains of approximately $2.6 million were recognized in the first half of 2013. Additionally, mortgage banking income declined $2.1 million.

Noninterest Expense

During the second quarter of 2014, Home Savings incurred a $923,000 charge related to cost reduction initiatives. The Company anticipates a savings of approximately $5.0 million annualized on a go-forward basis or approximately 9.0% of annualized noninterest expenses as a result of this initiative.

In spite of Home Savings incurring a $923,000 restructure charge in the second quarter of 2014, noninterest expense improved $143,000 to $14.2 million when compared to the second quarter of 2013.

In the second quarter of 2014, salaries and employee benefits were approximately $1.2 million higher, primarily due to the above mentioned cost reduction initiative. These increases were offset by a decline in most other expense categories.

Noninterest expense declined to $27.8 million in the first half of 2014 compared to $28.2 million in the first half of 2013. Similarly to the quarterly comparison, the first six months of 2014 included the accrual of restructuring charges previously mentioned. Franchise/financial institutions tax, FDIC insurance premiums and other expenses were also lower in the first six months of 2014.

Asset Quality

Asset quality continued to improve as delinquent loans declined through the second quarter of 2014. As of June 30, 2014, delinquent loans were $20.2 million, down $3.6 million, or 15.2%, from $23.8 million at December 31, 2013. Nonperforming loans also continued to decline, which as of June 30, 2014 were $20.3 million, down $3.3 million, or 13.9%, from $23.6 million at December 31, 2013. Nonperforming assets were $24.9 million as of June 30, 2014, down $5.1 million, or 16.9%, from $29.9 million at December 31, 2013. The allowance for loan loss as a percentage of total loans was 1.65% at June 30, 2014, as compared with 2.01% at December 31, 2013.

The provision for loan losses decreased $2.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the second quarter of 2013. The provision for loan losses also decreased $4.8 million in the first six months of 2014, compared to the first six months of 2013. During the second quarter of 2014, a large commercial real estate loan paid off, releasing approximately $748,000 in reserves. In addition, Home Savings individually analyzed a large portion of impaired mortgage and home equity loans in 2014. Many of these loans were deemed to have adequate collateral to cover any potential future losses allowing for the release of reserves. Finally, as a result of continued improvement in asset quality and a decline in loan loss history, Home Savings has adjusted historical and environmental factors resulting in a decrease in reserves.

Deferred Tax Asset Valuation

At the end of 2010, the Company established a deferred tax asset (“DTA”) valuation allowance. In the course of its periodic assessment of its DTA position, the Company was able to reverse this valuation allowance in the second quarter of 2014. The Company has determined that it is more likely than not it will be able to fully realize its net deferred tax asset, including its tax loss carryforward. This action resulted in the recognition of a $38.8 million income tax benefit during the current year. As a result of this reversal, tangible book value increased $0.77 cents per share to $4.66.

Small continued, “Thanks to a steady stream of positive quarterly earnings, we are in a position to reflect the value of the tax asset on the balance sheet. The Company’s book value better reflects the value of the organization.”

Capital and Book Value per Common Share

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per common share payable August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business August 1, 2014.

In addition, as part of the Company’s capital management strategies of maximizing shareholder value and returns, during the second quarter, the Company reinstated its share repurchase program to take advantage of the favorable market conditions.

Small added, “The dividend reflects a conservative payout ratio of normalized annual earnings. Investors can expect prudent capital management designed to deliver the best return for our shareholders.”

Home Savings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and operates 33 full-service banking offices and nine loan production offices located throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Additional information on the Company and Home Savings may be found on the Company’s web site: www.ucfconline.com.

When used in this press release, the words or phrases “believes,” “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project”, “will have”, “can expect” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including changes in economic conditions in the Company’s market area, changes in policies by regulatory agencies, fluctuations in interest rates, demand for loans in the Company’s market area, and competition that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical earnings and those presently anticipated or projected. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company advises readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company’s financial performance and could cause the Company’s actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements.

The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release publicly the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

           
 
UNITED COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Unaudited)
 

June 30,

December 31,
2014 2013
(Dollars in thousands)
Assets:
Cash and deposits with banks $ 27,363 $ 20,937
Federal funds sold   16,227     56,394  
Total cash and cash equivalents 43,590 77,331
Securities:
Available for sale, at fair value 516,637 511,006
Loans held for sale 9,290 4,838
Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $18,264 and $21,116 1,086,771 1,029,192
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 18,068 26,464
Premises and equipment, net 20,391 20,924
Accrued interest receivable 5,762 5,694
Real estate owned and other repossessed assets 4,548 6,341
Core deposit intangible 117 152
Cash surrender value of life insurance 45,684 44,972
Other assets   39,081     10,936  
Total assets $ 1,789,939   $ 1,737,850  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Liabilities:
Deposits:
Interest bearing $ 1,190,063 $ 1,221,162
Non-interest bearing   185,411     170,590  
Total deposits 1,375,474 1,391,752
Borrowed funds:
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 65,000 50,000
Repurchase agreements and other   90,567     90,578  
Total borrowed funds 155,567 140,578
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 12,708 20,060
Accrued interest payable 573 550
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   10,568     9,836  
Total liabilities   1,554,890     1,562,776  
 
Shareholders' Equity:
Preferred stock-no par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized and no shares outstanding - -

Common stock-no par value; 499,000,000 shares authorized; 54,138,910 shares issued and 50,452,083 and 50,339,089 shares, respectively, outstanding

174,176 174,719
Retained earnings 123,893 81,515
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (25,901 ) (41,665 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 3,686,827 and 3,799,821 shares, respectively   (37,119 )   (39,495 )
Total shareholders’ equity   235,049     175,074  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 1,789,939   $ 1,737,850  
 
                 
 
UNITED COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Interest income
Loans $ 12,361 $ 12,122 $ 12,207 $ 24,483 $ 24,834
Loans held for sale 74 49 78 123 167
Securities:
Available for sale 3,125 3,241 3,384 6,366 6,812
Federal Home Loan Bank stock dividends 230 267 277 497 560
Other interest earning assets   21     26     41     47     50  
Total interest income 15,811 15,705 15,987 31,516 32,423
Interest expense
Deposits 1,627 1,677 1,909 3,304 3,996
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 524 518 524 1,042 1,047
Repurchase agreements and other   919     908     918     1,827     1,827  
Total interest expense   3,070     3,103     3,351     6,173     6,870  
Net interest income 12,741 12,602 12,636 25,343 25,553
Provision for loan losses   (1,614 )   33     1,113     (1,581 )   3,177  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   14,355     12,569     11,523     26,924     22,376  
Non-interest income
Non-deposit investment income 407 341 373 748 914
Service fees and other charges
Mortgage servicing fees 686 689 698 1,375 1,402
Deposit related fees 1,331 1,198 1,334 2,529 2,594
Mortgage servicing rights valuation (5 ) (1 ) 211 (6 ) 646
Mortgage servicing rights amortization (432 ) (392 ) (570 ) (824 ) (1,230 )
Other service fees - - 18 - 61
Net gains (losses):
Securities available for sale 31 3 1,857 34 2,578
Mortgage banking income 312 612 1,389 924 3,032
Real estate owned and other repossessed assets charges, net (42 ) (383 ) (1,140 ) (425 ) (1,571 )
Card fees 852 772 1,179 1,624 1,913
Other income   298     385     1,035     683     1,738  
Total non-interest income   3,438     3,224     6,384     6,662     12,077  
Non-interest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 8,282 7,580 7,132 15,862 14,005
Occupancy 815 933 851 1,748 1,673
Equipment and data processing 1,963 1,798 1,782 3,761 3,542
Franchise tax 198 198 400 396 831
Advertising 247 189 281 436 420
Amortization of core deposit intangible 16 19 23 35 46
Deposit insurance premiums 327 253 603 580 1,157
Other insurance premiums 135 137 175 272 351
Professional fees
Legal and consulting fees 177 161 (43 ) 338 149
Other professional fees 617 392 917 1,009 1,133
Real estate owned and other repossessed asset expenses 137 213 293 350 786
Other expenses   1,312     1,670     1,954     2,982     4,139  
Total non-interest expenses   14,226     13,543     14,368     27,769     28,232  
Income before income taxes 3,567 2,250 3,539 5,817 6,221
Income tax expense (benefit)   (38,837 )   156     150     (38,681 )   150  
Net income 42,404 2,094 3,389 44,498 6,071
Amortization of discount on preferred stock   -     -     5,930     -     6,751  
Earnings available to common shareholders $ 42,404   $ 2,094   $ (2,541 ) $ 44,498   $ (680 )
 
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 0.84 $ 0.04 $ (0.06 ) $ 0.88 $ (0.02 )
Diluted 0.84 0.04 (0.06 ) 0.88 (0.02 )
 
               
 
UNITED COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORP.
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
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At or for the quarters ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Financial Data
Total assets $ 1,789,939 $ 1,749,144 $ 1,737,850 $ 1,756,202 $ 1,787,071
Total loans, net 1,086,771 1,060,901 1,029,192 1,009,029 1,008,843
Total securities 516,637 517,388 511,006 542,811 555,188
Total deposits 1,375,474 1,398,067 1,391,752 1,410,610 1,433,815
Total shareholders' equity 235,049 189,829 175,074 183,322 183,759
Net interest income 12,741 12,602 13,074 12,704 12,636
Provision for loan losses (1,614 ) 33 282 657 1,113
Noninterest income 3,438 3,224 4,124 3,548 6,384
Noninterest expense 14,226 13,543 14,977 13,528 14,368
Income tax expense (benefit) (38,837 ) 156 (300 ) 350 150
Net income 42,404 2,094 2,239 1,717 3,389
 
Share Data
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.84 $ 0.04 $ 0.04 $ 0.03 $ (0.06 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share 0.84 0.04 0.04 0.03 (0.06 )
Book value per common share 4.66 3.76 3.48 3.65 3.66
Tangible book value per common share 4.66 3.76 3.47 3.65 3.66
Market value per common share 4.13 3.92 3.57 3.89 4.65
 
Common shares outstanding at end of period 50,452 50,422 50,339 50,225 50,189
Weighted average shares outstanding--basic 50,274 50,196 50,114 50,110 43,160
Weighted average shares outstanding--diluted 50,495 50,451 50,360 50,382 43,160
 
Key Ratios
Return on average assets (1) 9.67 % 0.48 % 0.51 % 0.39 % 0.74 %
Return on average equity (2) 84.84 % 4.52 % 4.82 % 3.75 % 6.46 %
Net interest margin 3.09 % 3.07 % 3.17 % 3.04 % 2.93 %
Efficiency ratio 87.77 % 83.45 % 85.89 % 81.14 % 78.38 %
Nonperforming loans to total loans, end of period 1.87 % 2.17 % 2.29 % 2.72 % 2.88 %
Nonperforming assets to total assets, end of period 1.39 % 1.58 % 1.72 % 2.10 % 2.26 %
Allowance for loan loss as a percent of loans, end of period 1.65 % 1.90 % 2.01 % 2.04 % 1.85 %
Delinquent loans to total loans, end of period 1.86 % 2.07 % 2.32 % 2.77 % 3.38 %
 
(1) Net income divided by average total assets
(2) Net income divided by average total equity
 
               
 
UNITED COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORP.
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
 
At or for the quarters ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

(Dollars in thousands)
Loan Portfolio Composition
Real Estate Loans
One-to four-family residential $ 645,211 $ 610,879 $ 585,025 $ 575,791 $ 572,575
Multi-family residential* 52,938 54,233 54,485 55,696 62,559
Nonresidential* 122,066 125,796 131,251 127,699 120,586
Land* 9,635 9,829 9,683 9,546 9,821
Construction Loans
One-to four-family residential and land development 51,974 55,082 53,349 38,932 32,512
Multi-family and nonresidential*   1,010     207     -     -     4,584  
Total real estate loans 882,834 856,026 833,793 807,664 802,637
Consumer Loans 182,027 184,409 189,231 194,383 199,634
Commercial Loans   39,127     40,013     26,141     26,888     24,526  
Total Loans 1,103,988 1,080,448 1,049,165 1,028,935 1,026,797
Less:
Allowance for loan losses 18,264 20,554 21,116 21,032 19,037
Deferred loan costs, net   (1,047 )   (1,007 )   (1,143 )   (1,126 )   (1,083 )
Total   17,217     19,547     19,973     19,906     17,954  
Loans, net $ 1,086,771   $ 1,060,901   $ 1,029,192   $ 1,009,029   $ 1,008,843  
* Categories are considered commercial real estate
 
 
At or for the quarters ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

(Dollars in thousands)
Deposit Portfolio Composition
Checking accounts
Interest bearing checking accounts $ 133,999 $ 136,031 $ 132,751 $ 134,766 $ 135,228
Non-interest bearing checking accounts   185,411     185,620     170,590     167,167     165,224  
Total checking accounts 319,410 321,651 303,341 301,933 300,452
Savings accounts 277,404 278,906 267,515 267,062 272,991
Money market accounts   326,738     329,163     328,625     331,449     334,242  
Total non-time deposits 923,552 929,720 899,481 900,444 907,685
Retail certificates of deposit   451,922     468,347     492,271     510,166     526,130  
Total certificates of deposit   451,922     468,347     492,271     510,166     526,130  
Total deposits $ 1,375,474   $ 1,398,067   $ 1,391,752   $ 1,410,610   $ 1,433,815  
 
Certificates of deposit as a percent of total deposits 32.86 % 33.50 % 35.37 % 36.17 % 36.69 %
 
               
 
UNITED COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORP.
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
 
At or for the quarters ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

(Dollars in thousands)
 
Allowance For Loan Losses
Beginning balance $ 20,554 $ 21,116 $ 21,032 $ 19,037 $ 21,827
Provision (1,614 ) 33 282 657 1,113
Net (chargeoffs) recoveries   (676 )   (595 )   (198 )   1,338     (3,903 )
Ending balance $ 18,264   $ 20,554   $ 21,116   $ 21,032   $ 19,037  
 
Net (Charge-offs) Recoveries
Real Estate Loans
One-to four-family $ (181 ) $ (163 ) $ 42 $ (201 ) $ (487 )
Multi-family (135 ) (5 ) - 13 (113 )
Nonresidential 56 (252 ) (29 ) (381 ) (1,288 )
Land - - 12 10 (1,639 )
Construction Loans
One-to four-family residential and land development (330 ) (79 ) 451 1,876 (108 )
Multi-family and nonresidential   -     -     (620 )   -     4  
Total real estate loans (590 ) (499 ) (144 ) 1,317 (3,631 )
Consumer Loans (304 ) (233 ) (193 ) (143 ) (387 )
Commercial Loans   218     137     139     164     115  
Total $ (676 ) $ (595 ) $ (198 ) $ 1,338   $ (3,903 )
 
 
At or for the quarters ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

(Dollars in thousands)
Nonperforming Loans
Real Estate Loans
One-to four-family residential $ 5,380 $ 6,133 $ 6,356 $ 6,127 $ 4,993
Multi-family residential 133 1,158 641 705 727
Nonresidential 4,902 5,033 5,560 8,963 10,429
Land 532 532 496 628 656
Construction Loans
One-to four-family residential and land development   2,553     2,884     3,084     3,320     4,385  
Total real estate loans 13,500 15,740 16,137 19,743 21,190
Consumer Loans 2,663 3,089 3,293 3,564 3,459
Commercial Loans   4,151     4,155     4,158     4,177     4,453  
Total Loans $ 20,314   $ 22,984   $ 23,588   $ 27,484   $ 29,102  
 
Total Nonperforming Loans and Nonperforming Assets
Past due 90 days and on nonaccrual status $ 16,636 $ 18,708 $ 20,188 $ 20,946 $ 22,487
Past due 90 days and still accruing   -     -     45     3,413     3,501  
Past due 90 days 16,636 18,708 20,233 24,359 25,988
Past due less than 90 days and on nonaccrual   3,678     4,276     3,355     3,125     3,114  
Total Nonperforming Loans 20,314 22,984 23,588 27,484 29,102
Other real estate owned 4,546 4,700 6,318 9,276 11,203
Repossessed assets   2     -     23     39     156  
Total Nonperforming Assets $ 24,862   $ 27,684   $ 29,929   $ 36,799   $ 40,461  
 
Total Troubled Debt Restructured Loans
Accruing $ 25,905 $ 26,614 $ 26,577 $ 26,629 $ 25,165
Nonaccruing   4,328     4,724     4,941     5,474     5,455  
Total $ 30,233   $ 31,338   $ 31,518   $ 32,103   $ 30,620  
 

Contacts

Media Contact:
Home Savings
Colleen Scott, 330-742-0638
Vice President of Marketing
cscott@homesavings.com
or
Investor Contact:
United Community Financial Corp.
Gary M. Small, 330-742-0472
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Contacts

Media Contact:
Home Savings
Colleen Scott, 330-742-0638
Vice President of Marketing
cscott@homesavings.com
or
Investor Contact:
United Community Financial Corp.
Gary M. Small, 330-742-0472
President and Chief Executive Officer