First Foundation Announces 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results

  • Earnings per share: $0.39 for the quarter, $0.91 for year-to-date
  • 18% increase in third quarter earnings compared to 2018 third quarter
  • Loan production of $486 million for the third quarter, $1.4 billion year to date
  • Tangible book value per share increased to $11.35 at September 30, 2019

IRVINE, Calif.--()--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors (“FFA”) and First Foundation Bank (“FFB”), announced today its financial results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019. As we present certain non-GAAP measures in this release, the reader should refer to the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth below under the section “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We experienced another strong quarter from all segments of our business,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO. “Our banking, wealth management, and trust each saw solid growth. And I am particularly proud of our ability to complete the securitization of $551 million in loans, our fourth such deal to date, which total $1.5 billion. This has been part of our strategic plan for a few years now, and it allows us to continue to expand our lending activities while maintaining strong credit quality.”

Highlights

Financial Results:

  • 2019 third quarter compared to 2018 third quarter:
    • Total revenues were $57.1 million, an increase of 4%
    • Net interest income was $43.1 million
    • Income before taxes was $24.2 million, an increase of 16%
    • Earnings were $17.4 million, an increase of 18%
    • Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.39, compared to $0.33 in 2018
  • 2019 year to date compared to 2018 year-to-date:
    • Total revenues were $157.6 million, an increase of 12%
    • Net interest income was $126.1 million, an increase of 10%
    • Income before taxes was $57.8 million, an increase of 44%
    • Earnings were $41.0 million, an increase of 42%
    • Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.91, compared to $0.69 in 2018
  • 2019 Financial ratios:
    • Return on average tangible equity of 14.0% for the quarter, 11.4% for year-to-date
    • Return on average assets of 1.10% for the quarter, 0.90% for year-to-date
    • Efficiency ratio of 59.5% for the quarter, 63.1% for year-to-date
    • Total tangible shareholders’ equity of $507 million, tangible book value of $11.35 per share, and tangible common equity to tangible assets of 8.09%, in each case, as of September 30, 2019

Other Activity:

  • Loan originations totaled $486 million for the quarter, $1.4 billion for year-to-date
  • Deposits increased by $638 million for the first nine months of 2019
  • Completed sale of $551 million of loans through a securitization, recognizing $4.2 million gain
  • Purchased $576 million of securities from the securitization with a weighted average yield of 2.46%
  • Sold $284 million of lower yielding securities with a weighted average yield of 2.09%
  • Declared and paid cash dividend of $0.05 per share in third quarter, $0.15 per share year-to-date
  • Net interest margin (“NIM”): 2.89% for the third quarter; 2.87% for year-to-date
  • For interest rate risk management purposes, we borrowed $500 million at a one year fixed rate of 1.77%
  • Assets under management (“AUM”) at FFA increased by $309 million year-to-date
  • AUM for our Trust operations increased by $97 million year-to-date, or 13%, with an increase in year-to-date trust fees of 35%

“It was another solid quarter for the Bank,” said David DePillo, President. “Consistent with prior quarters we continue to diversify our originations, as evidenced by 31% of our originations coming from commercial lending, which has resulted in a weighted average interest rate on our originations that is higher than the interest rate of our current overall loan portfolio.”

Details

  • Total loans, including loans held for sale, increased $75 million in the first nine months of 2019 as a result of $1.4 billion of originations which was partially offset by the sale of $551 million of multifamily loans and payoffs or scheduled payments of $749 million.
  • The $638 million growth in deposits during the first nine months of 2019 included increases in branch deposits of $92 million, specialty deposits of $541 million and wholesale deposits of $5 million.
  • The $309 million increase in AUM during the first nine months of 2019 was the net result of $204 million of new accounts, $492 million of portfolio gains and terminations, and net withdrawals of $387 million.

About First Foundation

First Foundation, (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial institution founded in 1990, provides personal banking, business banking and private wealth management. The Company has offices in California, Nevada and Hawaii, with headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.firstfoundationinc.com.

We have two business segments, “Banking” and “Investment Management and Wealth Planning” (“Wealth Management”). Banking includes the operations of FFB and First Foundation Insurance Services, and Wealth Management includes the operations of FFA. The financial position and operating results of the stand-alone holding company, FFI, are included under the caption “Other” in certain of the tables that follow, along with any consolidation elimination entries.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release regarding our expectations and beliefs about our future financial performance and financial condition, dividends, as well as trends in our business and markets are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," "outlook," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." The forward looking statements in this news release are based on current information and on assumptions that we make about future events and circumstances that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond our control. As a result of those risks and uncertainties, our actual financial results in the future could differ, possibly materially, from those expressed in or implied by the forward looking statements contained in this news release and could cause us to make changes to our future plans. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the risk of incurring loan losses, which is an inherent risk of the banking business; the risk that we will not be able to continue our internal growth rate; the risk that we will not be able to access the securitization market on favorable terms or at all; the risk that the economic recovery in the United States will stall or will be adversely affected by domestic or international economic conditions and risks associated with the Federal Reserve Board taking actions with respect to interest rates, any of which could adversely affect our interest income and interest rate margins and, therefore, our future operating results; the risk that the performance of our investment management business or of the equity and bond markets could lead clients to move their funds from or close their investment accounts with us, which would reduce our assets under management and adversely affect our operating results; the risk that we may be unable or that our board of directors may determine that it is inadvisable to pay future dividends; risks associated with changes in income tax laws and regulations; and risks associated with seeking new client relationships and maintaining existing client relationships. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties to which our business and future financial performance are subject is contained in Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors” in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 that we filed with the SEC on March 1, 2019, and other documents we file with the SEC from time to time. We urge readers of this news release to review the Risk Factors section of that Annual Report and the Risk Factors section of other documents we file with the SEC from time to time. Also, our actual financial results in the future may differ from those currently expected due to additional risks and uncertainties of which we are not currently aware or which we do not currently view as, but in the future may become, material to our business or operating results. Due to these and other possible uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of today's date, or to make predictions based solely on historical financial performance. We also disclaim any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in the above-referenced 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - Unaudited

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

268,446

 

 

$

67,312

 

Securities available-for-sale (“AFS”)

 

 

1,042,940

 

 

 

809,569

 

Loans held for sale

 

 

501,860

 

 

 

507,643

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans, net of deferred fees

 

 

4,374,208

 

 

 

4,293,669

 

Allowance for loan and lease losses (“ALLL”)

 

 

(20,500

)

 

 

(19,000

)

Net loans

 

 

4,353,708

 

 

 

4,274,669

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in FHLB stock

 

 

17,250

 

 

 

20,307

 

Deferred taxes

 

 

9,534

 

 

 

13,251

 

Premises and equipment, net

 

 

8,694

 

 

 

9,145

 

Real estate owned (“REO”)

 

 

 

 

 

815

 

Goodwill and intangibles

 

 

97,717

 

 

 

99,482

 

Other assets

 

 

58,197

 

 

 

38,219

 

Total Assets

 

$

6,358,346

 

 

$

5,840,412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

$

5,170,566

 

 

$

4,532,968

 

Borrowings

 

 

520,000

 

 

 

708,000

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

63,420

 

 

 

40,260

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

5,753,986

 

 

 

5,281,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock, par value $.001: 70,000,000 shares authorized; 44,652,847 and 44,496,007 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

 

45

 

 

 

44

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

 

433,426

 

 

 

431,832

 

Retained earnings

 

 

162,792

 

 

 

128,461

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

 

 

8,097

 

 

 

(1,153

)

Total Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

604,360

 

 

 

559,184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

6,358,346

 

 

$

5,840,412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS - Unaudited

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

For the Quarter

Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

56,483

 

 

$

53,345

 

 

$

166,828

 

 

$

135,851

 

Securities

 

 

5,349

 

 

 

3,579

 

 

 

17,700

 

 

 

10,576

 

FHLB Stock, fed funds sold and deposits

 

 

782

 

 

 

1,123

 

 

 

1,938

 

 

 

3,437

 

Total interest income

 

 

62,614

 

 

 

58,047

 

 

 

186,466

 

 

 

149,864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

16,675

 

 

 

11,442

 

 

 

48,419

 

 

 

25,398

 

Borrowings

 

 

2,807

 

 

 

2,879

 

 

 

11,981

 

 

 

10,221

 

Total interest expense

 

 

19,482

 

 

 

14,321

 

 

 

60,400

 

 

 

35,619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

 

43,132

 

 

 

43,726

 

 

 

126,066

 

 

 

114,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

172

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

1,943

 

 

 

4,147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

 

 

42,960

 

 

 

43,717

 

 

 

124,123

 

 

 

110,098

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset management, consulting and other fees

 

 

7,304

 

 

 

7,228

 

 

 

21,234

 

 

 

21,497

 

Gain on sale of loans

 

 

4,218

 

 

 

1,364

 

 

 

4,218

 

 

 

419

 

Other income

 

 

2,460

 

 

 

2,512

 

 

 

6,126

 

 

 

5,154

 

Total noninterest income

 

 

13,982

 

 

 

11,104

 

 

 

31,578

 

 

 

27,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

 

17,167

 

 

 

17,577

 

 

 

53,402

 

 

 

51,391

 

Occupancy and depreciation

 

 

5,450

 

 

 

5,590

 

 

 

15,485

 

 

 

14,524

 

Professional services and marketing costs

 

 

1,745

 

 

 

2,271

 

 

 

5,773

 

 

 

6,580

 

Customer service costs

 

 

5,920

 

 

 

4,854

 

 

 

13,592

 

 

 

11,449

 

Other expenses

 

 

2,412

 

 

 

3,675

 

 

 

9,669

 

 

 

12,993

 

Total noninterest expense

 

 

32,694

 

 

 

33,967

 

 

 

97,921

 

 

 

96,937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes on income

 

 

24,248

 

 

 

20,854

 

 

 

57,780

 

 

 

40,231

 

Taxes on income

 

 

6,892

 

 

 

6,147

 

 

 

16,755

 

 

 

11,402

 

Net income

 

$

17,356

 

 

$

14,707

 

 

$

41,025

 

 

$

28,829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.70

 

Diluted

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.91

 

 

$

0.69

 

Shares used in computation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

44,639,481

 

 

 

44,405,094

 

 

 

44,602,368

 

 

 

41,288,804

 

Diluted

 

 

44,935,308

 

 

 

44,852,107

 

 

 

44,876,614

 

 

 

41,790,656

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Unaudited

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts and percentages)

 

 

 

For the Quarter

Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Selected Income Statement Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

$

43,132

 

 

$

43,726

 

 

$

126,066

 

 

$

114,245

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

172

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

1,943

 

 

 

4,147

 

Noninterest Income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset management, consulting and other fees

 

 

7,304

 

 

 

7,228

 

 

 

21,234

 

 

 

21,497

 

Gain (loss) on sale of loans

 

 

4,218

 

 

 

1,364

 

 

 

4,218

 

 

 

419

 

Other

 

 

2,460

 

 

 

2,512

 

 

 

6,126

 

 

 

5,154

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

32,694

 

 

 

33,967

 

 

 

97,921

 

 

 

96,937

 

Income before taxes

 

 

24,248

 

 

 

20,854

 

 

 

57,780

 

 

 

40,231

 

Net income

 

 

17,356

 

 

 

14,707

 

 

 

41,025

 

 

 

28,829

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.70

 

Diluted

 

 

0.39

 

 

 

0.33

 

 

 

0.91

 

 

 

0.69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Performance Ratios:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets - annualized

 

 

1.10

%

 

 

1.02

%

 

 

0.90

%

 

 

0.74

%

Return on average equity - annualized

 

 

11.7

%

 

 

11.2

%

 

 

9.5

%

 

 

8.5

%

Return on average tangible equity – annualized(1)

 

 

14.0

%

 

 

13.9

%

 

 

11.4

%

 

 

9.8

%

Net yield on interest-earning assets

 

 

2.89

%

 

 

3.12

%

 

 

2.87

%

 

 

2.97

%

Efficiency ratio (2)

 

 

59.5

%

 

 

61.9

%

 

 

63.1

%

 

 

65.9

%

Noninterest income as a % of total revenues

 

 

24.5

%

 

 

20.3

%

 

 

20.0

%

 

 

19.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loan originations

 

$

485,817

 

 

$

368,089

 

 

$

1,379,250

 

 

$

1,339,125

 

Charge-offs (recoveries) / average loans - annualized

 

 

-0.01

%

 

 

%

 

 

0.01

%

 

 

0.11

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Tangible equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. See disclosures regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included as a separate section in this press release.

(2)

Efficiency Ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure: See disclosures regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included as a separate section in this press release.

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Unaudited

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts and percentages)

 

 

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

268,446

 

 

$

67,312

 

Loans held for sale

 

 

501,860

 

 

 

507,643

 

Loans, net of deferred fees

 

 

4,374,208

 

 

 

4,293,669

 

ALLL

 

 

20,500

 

 

 

19,000

 

Total assets

 

 

6,358,346

 

 

 

5,840,412

 

Noninterest-bearing deposits

 

 

1,532,105

 

 

 

1,074,661

 

Interest-bearing deposits

 

 

3,638,461

 

 

 

3,458,307

 

Borrowings

 

 

520,000

 

 

 

708,000

 

Shareholders’ equity

 

 

604,360

 

 

 

559,184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Capital Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tangible common equity to tangible assets(3)

 

 

8.09

%

 

 

8.01

%

Tangible book value per share(3)

 

$

11.35

 

 

$

10.33

 

Shares outstanding at end of period

 

 

44,652,847

 

 

 

44,496,007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets under management (end of period)

 

$

4,244,079

 

 

$

3,934,700

 

Number of employees

 

 

490

 

 

 

482

 

Loan to deposit ratio

 

 

94.3

%

 

 

105.9

%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

 

 

0.33

%

 

 

0.21

%

Ratio of ALLL to loans(4)

 

 

0.52

%

 

 

0.51

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)

Tangible common equity and tangible book value are non-GAAP financial measures. See disclosures regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included as a separate section in this press release.

(4)

This ratio excludes certain acquired loans for which GAAP requires estimated credit losses to be recorded as discounts to those loans.

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

SEGMENT REPORTING - Unaudited

(in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Quarter

Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Banking:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

62,614

 

 

$

58,047

 

 

$

186,466

 

 

$

149,864

 

Interest expense

 

 

19,328

 

 

 

13,786

 

 

 

60,132

 

 

 

34,049

 

Net interest income

 

 

43,286

 

 

 

44,261

 

 

 

126,334

 

 

 

115,815

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

172

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

1,943

 

 

 

4,147

 

Noninterest income

 

 

8,173

 

 

 

5,079

 

 

 

14,638

 

 

 

8,586

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

26,397

 

 

 

27,530

 

 

 

78,785

 

 

 

76,896

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

24,890

 

 

$

21,801

 

 

$

60,244

 

 

$

43,358

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth Management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income

 

$

6,161

 

 

$

6,260

 

 

$

17,874

 

 

$

18,920

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

5,423

 

 

 

5,189

 

 

 

16,508

 

 

 

16,333

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

738

 

 

$

1,071

 

 

$

1,366

 

 

$

2,587

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and Eliminations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Interest expense

 

 

154

 

 

 

535

 

 

 

268

 

 

 

1,570

 

Net interest income

 

 

(154

)

 

 

(535

)

 

 

(268

)

 

 

(1,570

)

Noninterest income

 

 

(352

)

 

 

(235

)

 

 

(934

)

 

 

(436

)

Noninterest expense

 

 

874

 

 

 

1,248

 

 

 

2,628

 

 

 

3,708

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

(1,380

)

 

$

(2,018

)

 

$

(3,830

)

 

$

(5,714

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

ROLLING INCOME STATEMENTS - Unaudited

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

 

September 30,

2018

 

December 31,

2018

 

March 31,

2019

 

June 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

53,345

 

 

$

50,360

 

 

$

53,835

 

 

$

56,510

 

 

$

56,483

 

Securities

 

 

3,579

 

 

 

6,279

 

 

 

6,165

 

 

 

6,186

 

 

 

5,349

 

FHLB Stock, fed funds sold and deposits

 

 

1,123

 

 

 

803

 

 

 

544

 

 

 

612

 

 

 

782

 

Total interest income

 

 

58,047

 

 

 

57,442

 

 

 

60,544

 

 

 

63,308

 

 

 

62,614

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

11,442

 

 

 

13,378

 

 

 

15,448

 

 

 

16,296

 

 

 

16,675

 

Borrowings

 

 

2,879

 

 

 

2,699

 

 

 

4,049

 

 

 

5,125

 

 

 

2,807

 

Total interest expense

 

 

14,321

 

 

 

16,077

 

 

 

19,497

 

 

 

21,421

 

 

 

19,482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

 

43,726

 

 

 

41,365

 

 

 

41,047

 

 

 

41,887

 

 

 

43,132

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

9

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

540

 

 

 

1,231

 

 

 

172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

 

 

43,717

 

 

 

41,292

 

 

 

40,507

 

 

 

40,656

 

 

 

42,960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset management, consulting and other fees

 

 

7,228

 

 

 

7,251

 

 

 

6,794

 

 

 

7,136

 

 

 

7,304

 

Gain (loss) on sale of loans

 

 

1,364

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,218

 

Other income

 

 

2,512

 

 

 

1,450

 

 

 

1,671

 

 

 

1,995

 

 

 

2,460

 

Total noninterest income

 

 

11,104

 

 

 

8,701

 

 

 

8,465

 

 

 

9,131

 

 

 

13,982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

 

17,577

 

 

 

16,117

 

 

 

18,902

 

 

 

17,333

 

 

 

17,167

 

Occupancy and depreciation

 

 

5,590

 

 

 

5,255

 

 

 

4,868

 

 

 

5,167

 

 

 

5,450

 

Professional services and marketing costs

 

 

2,271

 

 

 

2,003

 

 

 

2,004

 

 

 

2,024

 

 

 

1,745

 

Customer service costs

 

 

4,854

 

 

 

3,628

 

 

 

3,389

 

 

 

4,283

 

 

 

5,920

 

Other expenses

 

 

3,675

 

 

 

3,135

 

 

 

3,782

 

 

 

3,475

 

 

 

2,412

 

Total noninterest expense

 

 

33,967

 

 

 

30,138

 

 

 

32,945

 

 

 

32,282

 

 

 

32,694

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes on income

 

 

20,854

 

 

 

19,855

 

 

 

16,027

 

 

 

17,505

 

 

 

24,248

 

Taxes on income

 

 

6,147

 

 

 

5,726

 

 

 

4,768

 

 

 

5,095

 

 

 

6,892

 

Net income

 

$

14,707

 

 

$

14,129

 

 

$

11,259

 

 

$

12,410

 

 

$

17,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.32

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.39

 

Diluted

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.39

 

Shares used in computation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

44,405,094

 

 

 

44,476,829

 

 

 

44,540,865

 

 

 

44,625,673

 

 

 

44,639,481

 

Diluted

 

 

44,852,107

 

 

 

44,871,146

 

 

 

44,798,306

 

 

 

44,894,720

 

 

 

44,935,308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

ROLLING SEGMENT REPORTING - Unaudited

(in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

 

September 30,

2018

 

December 31,

2018

 

March 31,

2019

 

June 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

Banking:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

58,047

 

 

$

57,442

 

 

$

60,544

 

 

$

63,308

 

 

$

62,614

 

Interest expense

 

 

13,786

 

 

 

15,886

 

 

 

19,482

 

 

 

21,322

 

 

 

19,328

 

Net interest income

 

 

44,261

 

 

 

41,556

 

 

 

41,062

 

 

 

41,986

 

 

 

43,286

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

9

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

540

 

 

 

1,231

 

 

 

172

 

Noninterest income

 

 

5,079

 

 

 

2,736

 

 

 

2,994

 

 

 

3,471

 

 

 

8,173

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

27,530

 

 

 

23,882

 

 

 

26,587

 

 

 

25,801

 

 

 

26,397

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

21,801

 

 

$

20,337

 

 

$

16,929

 

 

$

18,425

 

 

$

24,890

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wealth Management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income

 

$

6,260

 

 

$

6,327

 

 

$

5,731

 

 

$

5,982

 

 

$

6,161

 

Noninterest expense

 

 

5,189

 

 

 

5,337

 

 

 

5,518

 

 

 

5,567

 

 

 

5,423

 

Income before taxes on income

 

$

1,071

 

 

$

990

 

 

$

213

 

 

$

415

 

 

$

738

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and Eliminations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

Interest expense

 

 

535

 

 

 

191

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

99

 

 

 

154

 

Net interest income

 

 

(535

)

 

 

(191

)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(99

)

 

 

(154

)

Noninterest income

 

 

(235

)

 

 

(362

)

 

 

(260

)

 

 

(322

)

 

 

(352

)

Noninterest expense

 

 

1,248

 

 

 

919

 

 

 

840

 

 

 

914

 

 

 

874

 

Loss before taxes on income

 

$

(2,018

)

 

$

(1,472

)

 

$

(1,115

)

 

$

(1,335

)

 

$

(1,380

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FOUNDATION INC.

SELECTED INFORMATION: INTEREST MARGIN - Unaudited

(in thousands, except percentages)

 

 

 

For the Quarter

Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Balances:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

5,282,338

 

 

$

4,929,164

 

 

$

5,062,689

 

 

$

4,418,421

 

Securities

 

 

616,424

 

 

 

516,057

 

 

 

732,262

 

 

 

519,181

 

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

5,985,601

 

 

 

5,609,150

 

 

 

5,856,354

 

 

 

5,123,591

 

Deposits: interest-bearing

 

 

3,553,660

 

 

 

3,224,812

 

 

 

3,520,069

 

 

 

2,731,577

 

Deposits: noninterest-bearing

 

 

1,508,290

 

 

 

1,520,153

 

 

 

1,270,845

 

 

 

1,354,188

 

Borrowings

 

 

486,807

 

 

 

482,753

 

 

 

640,267

 

 

 

675,435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Yield / Rate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

 

4.27

%

 

 

4.32

%

 

 

4.40

%

 

 

4.10

%

Securities

 

 

3.47

%

 

 

2.77

%

 

 

3.22

%

 

 

2.72

%

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

4.18

%

 

 

4.13

%

 

 

4.25

%

 

 

3.90

%

Deposits (interest-bearing only)

 

 

1.86

%

 

 

1.41

%

 

 

1.84

%

 

 

1.24

%

Deposits (noninterest and interest-bearing)

 

 

1.31

%

 

 

0.96

%

 

 

1.35

%

 

 

0.83

%

Borrowings

 

 

2.29

%

 

 

2.37

%

 

 

2.50

%

 

 

2.02

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

 

 

1.91

%

 

 

1.53

%

 

 

1.94

%

 

 

1.40

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Interest Rate Spread

 

 

2.27

%

 

 

2.60

%

 

 

2.31

%

 

 

2.50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Yield on Interest-earning Assets

 

 

2.89

%

 

 

3.12

%

 

 

2.87

%

 

 

2.97

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Quarter Ended

 

 

September 30,

2018

 

December 31,

2018

 

March 31,

2019

 

June 30,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Balances:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

4,929,164

 

 

$

4,558,869

 

 

$

4,835,920

 

 

$

5,064,903

 

 

$

5,282,338

 

Securities

 

 

516,057

 

 

 

818,056

 

 

 

802,503

 

 

 

779,903

 

 

 

616,424

 

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

5,609,150

 

 

 

5,427,610

 

 

 

5,687,224

 

 

 

5,892,960

 

 

 

5,985,601

 

Deposits: interest-bearing

 

 

3,224,812

 

 

 

3,332,969

 

 

 

3,505,191

 

 

 

3,500,824

 

 

 

3,553,660

 

Deposits: noninterest-bearing

 

 

1,520,153

 

 

 

1,257,721

 

 

 

1,124,318

 

 

 

1,175,707

 

 

 

1,508,290

 

Borrowings

 

 

482,753

 

 

 

427,006

 

 

 

637,036

 

 

 

798,609

 

 

 

486,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Yield / Rate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

 

4.32

%

 

 

4.41

%

 

 

4.46

%

 

 

4.46

%

 

 

4.27

%

Securities

 

 

2.77

%

 

 

3.07

%

 

 

3.07

%

 

 

3.17

%

 

 

3.47

%

Total interest-earnings assets

 

 

4.13

%

 

 

4.23

%

 

 

4.27

%

 

 

4.30

%

 

 

4.18

%

Deposits (interest-bearing only)

 

 

1.41

%

 

 

1.59

%

 

 

1.79

%

 

 

1.87

%

 

 

1.86

%

Deposits (noninterest and interest-bearing)

 

 

0.96

%

 

 

1.16

%

 

 

1.35

%

 

 

1.40

%

 

 

1.31

%

Borrowings

 

 

2.37

%

 

 

2.51

%

 

 

2.58

%

 

 

2.57

%

 

 

2.29

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

 

 

1.53

%

 

 

1.70

%

 

 

1.91

%

 

 

2.00

%

 

 

1.91

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Interest Rate Spread

 

 

2.60

%

 

 

2.53

%

 

 

2.36

%

 

 

2.30

%

 

 

2.27

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Yield on Interest-earning Assets

 

 

3.12

%

 

 

3.05

%

 

 

2.88

%

 

 

2.84

%

 

 

2.89

%

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP measures (including, but not limited to, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP financial ratios) of financial performance. These supplemental performance measures may vary from, and may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures by other companies in our industry. Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. A non-GAAP financial measure may also be a financial metric that is not required by GAAP or other applicable requirement.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures (as applicable), provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by providing additional information used by management that is not otherwise required by GAAP or other applicable requirements. Our management uses, and believes that investors benefit from referring to, these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our operating results and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate a comparison of our performance to prior periods. We believe these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. However, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In the information below, we have provided a reconciliation of, where applicable, the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release, or a reconciliation of the non-GAAP calculation of the financial measure.

In this press release, we use certain non-GAAP financial ratios and measures that are not required by GAAP or exclude certain financial items from calculations that are otherwise required under GAAP, including:

  • The efficiency ratio is the ratio of noninterest expense to the sum of net interest income and noninterest income and may exclude one-time items of income or expense.
  • Tangible common equity (also referred to as tangible book value or tangible equity) and tangible assets, are equal to common equity and assets, respectively, less $97.7 million and $99.5 million of goodwill and intangible assets as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. We believe that this information is consistent with the treatment by bank regulatory agencies, which exclude intangible assets from the calculation of capital ratios.
  • Average tangible equity is equal to average common equity less $98.0 million and $100.0 million of average goodwill and intangible assets for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and less $98.6 million and $60.1 million of average goodwill and intangible assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. We believe that this information is consistent with the treatment by bank regulatory agencies, which exclude intangible assets from the calculation of capital ratios.

Discussion of Changes in Results of Operations and Financial Position

Quarter Ended September 30, 2019 as Compared to Quarter Ended September 30, 2018

Our net income and income before taxes in the third quarter of 2019 were $17.4 million and $24.2 million, respectively, as compared to $14.7 million and $20.9 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2018. The $3.4 million increase in income before taxes was the result of a $3.1 million increase in income before taxes for Banking, a $0.3 million decrease in income before taxes for Wealth Management and a $0.7 million decrease in corporate expenses. The increase in Banking was due to higher noninterest income and lower noninterest expenses. The decrease in Wealth Management was due to lower noninterest income and higher noninterest expenses. The decrease in corporate expenses was due to decreases in interest and noninterest expenses.

Our effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 was 28.4% as compared to 29.5% for the third quarter of 2018 and as compared to our statutory tax rate of 29.0%.

Net interest income for Banking decreased $1.0 million from $44.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, to $43.3 million in the third quarter of 2019 as a decrease in the net yield on interest earning assets was partially offset by a 7% increase in interest-earning assets. On a consolidated basis, the net yield on interest-earning assets decreased from 3.12% to 2.89% as the decrease in the net interest rate spread was partially offset by a larger benefit derived from noninterest bearing funding sources, including noninterest-bearing deposits and equity, as interest rates rise. The net interest rate spread decreased from 2.60% in the third quarter of 2018 to 2.27% in the third quarter of 2019 due to an increase in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities from 1.53% in the third quarter of 2018 to 1.91% in the third quarter of 2019 which was partially offset by an increase in yield on interest-earning assets from 4.13% in the third quarter of 2018 to 4.18% in the third quarter of 2019. The yield on interest-earning assets increased due primarily to higher yields on securities. The increase in the yield on securities was due to the acquisition of higher yielding securities at the end of the third quarter in 2018 and the sale of lower yielding securities in the first half of the third quarter of 2019. The increase in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities was due to increased costs of interest-bearing deposits, resulting from increases in deposit market rates. The average balance outstanding under the holding company line of credit decreased from $36.8 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, resulting in a $0.4 million decrease in corporate interest expense.

The provision for loan losses was negligible for both the third quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2018.

Noninterest income in Banking in the third quarter of 2019 was $3.1 million higher than the third quarter of 2018 due to a higher gain on sale of loans and higher trust fees. The $2.9 million higher gain on sale was due to the benefits of a decreasing interest rate environment in 2019 which was offset by a $19.9 million payout on a swap used to hedge the sale of loans. Noninterest income for Wealth Management decreased by $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the corresponding period in 2018 due to lower investment management fees.

Noninterest expense in Banking decreased from $27.5 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $26.4 million in the third quarter of 2019 due to lower compensation costs and a $1.2 million refund received from the FDIC for deposit insurance fees which was partially offset by an increase in customer service costs. The lower compensation costs are due to higher levels of deferred fees related to the higher loan production levels. The Bank qualified for the FDIC small bank credit and received a $1.2 million credit in the third quarter which was offset against FDIC fees owed. The Bank does not expect to receive any additional credits from the FDIC. Customer service costs for Banking increased from $4.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 to $5.9 million in the third quarter of 2019 due to increases in the earnings credit rates paid on the related deposit balances. Noninterest expenses for Wealth Management increased by $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, when compared to the third quarter of 2018, due to increased compensation costs. The $0.3 million decrease in corporate expenses was due to one-time compliance consulting costs incurred in 2018.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 as Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

Our net income and income before taxes in the first nine months of 2019 were $41.0 million and $57.8 million, respectively, as compared to $28.8 million and $40.2 million, respectively, in the first nine months of 2018. The $17.6 million increase in income before taxes was the result of a $16.9 million increase in income before taxes for Banking, a $1.2 million decrease in income before taxes for Wealth Management and a $2.2 million decrease in corporate expenses. The increase in Banking was due to higher net interest income, a lower provision for loan losses and higher noninterest income which were partially offset by higher noninterest expenses. The decrease in Wealth Management was due to lower noninterest income and higher noninterest expenses. The decrease in corporate expenses was due to decreases in interest and noninterest expenses.

Our effective tax rate for the nine months of 2019 was 29.0% as compared to 28.3% for the first nine months of 2018 and as compared to our statutory tax rate of 29.0%. During the first nine months of 2018, the effective tax rate benefited from excess tax benefits resulting from the exercise or vesting of stock awards.

Net interest income for Banking increased 9% from $115.8 million in the first nine months of 2018, to $126.3 million in the first nine months of 2019 due primarily to a 14% increase in interest-earning assets which was partially offset by a decrease in our net yield on interest earning assets. On a consolidated basis our net yield on interest earning assets was 2.87% for the first nine months of 2019 as compared to 2.97% in the first nine months of 2018. This decrease was due to a decrease in the net interest rate spread from 2.50% in the first nine months of 2018 to 2.31% in the first nine months of 2019, the effects of which were partially offset by a larger benefit derived from noninterest bearing funding sources, including noninterest-bearing deposits and equity, as interest rates rise. The decrease in the net interest rate spread was due to an increase in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities from 1.40% in the first nine months of 2018 to 1.94% in the first nine months of 2019 which was partially offset by an increase in yield on total interest-earning assets from 3.90% in the first nine months of 2018 to 4.25% in the first nine months of 2019. The yield on interest-earning assets increased as new loans added to the portfolio bear interest rates higher than the current portfolio rates as a result of increases in market rates. The increase in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities was due to increased costs of interest-bearing deposits, resulting from increases in deposit market rates, and increased costs of borrowings as the average rate on FHLB advances and other overnight borrowings increased from 1.81% in the first nine months of 2018 to 2.47% in the first nine months of 2019. The average balance outstanding under the holding company line of credit decreased from $37.7 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $6.0 million in the first nine months of 2019, resulting in a $1.3 million decrease in corporate interest expense.

The $1.9 million provision for loan losses in the first nine months of 2019 was due to the growth in loan balances and $0.4 million of net chargeoffs. The $4.1 million provision for loan losses in the first nine months of 2018 was due to $3.5 million of net chargeoffs and growth in loan balances.

Noninterest income in Banking in the first nine months of 2019 was $6.0 million higher than the corresponding period in 2018 due to a higher gain on sale of loans, higher trust fees and higher loan fees, including prepayment and servicing fees. The $3.8 million higher gain on sale was due to the benefits of a decreasing interest rate environment in 2019. The $1.0 million increase in trust fees relates primarily to new clients, some of which were transferred from or referred by Wealth Management. The $1.0 million increase in loan fees was due primarily to higher prepayment fees and higher servicing fees. Noninterest income for Wealth Management decreased by $1.0 million in the first nine months of 2019 when compared to the first nine months of 2018 due primarily to lower levels of AUM.

Noninterest expense in Banking increased from $76.9 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $78.8 million in the first nine months of 2019, due to increases in staffing and other costs associated with the Bank’s expansion, including the acquisition of PBB in June 2018, and increases in customer service costs which were partially offset by a $4.1 million decrease in merger related costs and a $1.2 million refund received from the FDIC for deposit insurance fees. Compensation and benefits for Banking increased $1.7 million during the first nine months of 2019 as compared to the first nine months of 2018 due to salary increases and an increase in the FTE in Banking, which increased to 422.7 in the first nine months of 2019 from 373.4 in the first nine months of 2018 as a result of the increased staffing related to the PBB acquisition and additional personnel added to support the growth in loans and deposits. The $0.9 million increase in occupancy and depreciation for Banking in the first nine months of 2019 as compared to the first nine months of 2018 was due to costs related to the PBB acquisition and increases in our data processing costs due to increased volumes. Customer service costs for Banking increased from $11.4 million in the first nine months of 2018 to $13.6 million in the first nine months of 2019 due to increases in the earnings credit rates paid on the related deposit balances which was partially offset by lower average balances. Other expenses decreased by $3.1 million in the first nine months of 2019 when compared to the corresponding period in 2018 due to a $4.1 million decrease in merger related costs which was partially offset by increases in the amortization of core deposit intangibles and FDIC insurance. Increases in FDIC insurance were offset by a $1.2 million refund received from the FDIC for deposit insurance fees in the third quarter of 2019. Noninterest expenses for Wealth Management increased by $0.2 million for the first nine months of 2019, when compared to the comparable period in 2018, due to increased compensation costs. The $0.9 million decrease in corporate expenses for the first nine months of 2019, when compared to the first nine months of 2018, was due to lower marketing costs and $0.5 million one-time compliance consulting costs incurred in 2018.

Quarter Ended September 30, 2019 as Compared to Quarter Ended June 30, 2019

Our net income and income before taxes in the third quarter of 2019 were $17.4 million and $24.2 million, respectively, as compared to $12.4 million and $17.5 million, respectively, in the second quarter of 2019. The $6.7 million increase in income before taxes was the result of a $6.5 million increase in income before taxes for Banking and a $0.3 million increase in income before taxes for Wealth Management. The increase in Banking was due to higher net interest income, a lower provision for loan losses and higher noninterest income which was partially offset by higher noninterest expenses. The increase in Wealth Management was due to higher noninterest income and lower noninterest expenses.

Our effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 was 28.4% as compared to 29.1% for the second quarter of 2019 and as compared to our statutory tax rate of 29.0%.

Net interest income for Banking increased from $42.0 million in the second quarter of 2019 to $43.3 million in the third quarter of 2019 due to a 2% increase in interest earning assets and an increase in our net yield on interest earning assets. On a consolidated basis, the net yield on interest earning assets increased from 2.84% in the second quarter of 2019 to 2.89% in the third quarter of 2019 due to a higher proportion of noninterest bearing deposits during the third quarter as compared to the second quarter. The net interest rate spread decreased from 2.30% in the second quarter of 2019 to 2.27% in the third quarter of 2019 as a decrease in the yield on interest-earning assets was partially offset by a decrease in the cost of our interest-bearing liabilities. The decrease in yield on interest earning assets was primarily due to the effects of the sale of $551 million of loans in the third quarter. The decrease in the cost of interest-bearing liabilities was due to decreased costs of interest-bearing deposits, resulting from decreases in deposit market rates and decreases in our borrowing costs due to declines in short term interest rates.

The provision for loan losses in the third quarter of 2019 was $0.2 million as compared to $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 which reflected the transfer of loans to loans held for sale in the third quarter of 2019.

Noninterest income in Banking increased from $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2019 to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 due to due to the $4.2 million gain on sale of loans realized in the third quarter and higher loan fees, including prepayment and servicing fees. Noninterest income for Wealth Management increased by $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the second quarter of 2019 due primarily to higher levels of AUM.

Noninterest expense in Banking increased from $25.8 million in the second quarter of 2019 to $26.4 million in the third quarter of 2019 due to higher customer service costs which were partially offset by a $1.2 million refund received from the FDIC for deposit insurance fees in the third quarter of 2019. Customer service costs increased by $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the second quarter of 2019 due primarily to higher balances of related deposits which were partially offset by lower earnings credit rates paid on the related deposit balances. Noninterest expenses for Wealth Management decreased by $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the second quarter of 2019 due to lower legal costs.

Changes in Financial Position

During the first nine months of 2019, total assets increased by $518 million primarily due to increases in cash, securities and loans, including loans held for sale. The increase in cash is temporary and our cash holdings are expected to be reduced by approximately $200 million during the fourth quarter. During the third quarter of 2019, we sold through a securitization $551 million of multifamily loans, sold $284 million of lower yielding securities at a $0.3 million loss and purchased $576 million of securities from the securitization. As a result, securities increased $269 million during the third quarter and $233 million year to date. The weighted average yield on the securities purchased is 2.46% as compared to 2.09% for the securities sold. Loans and loans held for sale increased $75 million in the first nine months of 2019 as a result of $1.4 billion of originations which were partially offset by the sale of $551 million of loans and payoffs or scheduled payments of $749 million. The $638 million growth in deposits during the first nine months of 2019 included increases in branch deposits of $92 million, specialty deposits of $541 million and wholesale deposits of $5 million. Borrowings decreased by $188 million during the first nine months of 2019 as cash provided by the increase in deposits, which exceeded the growth in our assets, was used to pay down our borrowings at the Bank. At September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the outstanding balance on the holding company line of credit was $20 million and $5 million, respectively.

Our credit quality remains strong as our ratio of non-performing assets to total assets is at 0.33% at September 30, 2019. We recorded $0.4 million of net loan chargeoffs in the first nine months of 2019 as compared to $3.5 million of net chargeoffs in first nine months of 2018. The ratio of the allowance for loan and lease losses to loans, excluding loans acquired in acquisitions, was 0.52% and 0.51% at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Contacts

John Michel
Chief Financial Officer
First Foundation Inc.
949-202-4160
jmichel@ff-inc.com

Contacts

John Michel
Chief Financial Officer
First Foundation Inc.
949-202-4160
jmichel@ff-inc.com