OFG Bancorp Reports 1Q20 Results

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--()--OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

1Q20 Highlights

  • Strong increase in core net revenues due to the December 31, 2019 acquisition of the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands operations of The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), and a major reserve build reflecting CECL as well as anticipated changes in Puerto Rico and USVI macroeconomic scenarios due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Core net revenues of $131.3 million, CECL “Day 1” allowance of $89.9 million, provision for credit losses of $48.5 million, $4.7 million gain on sale of investment securities, and $0.00 earnings per share. This compares in the year-ago quarter to net core revenues of $99.3 million, provision of $12.2 million, no gain, and $0.42 earnings per share fully diluted.
  • All March 31, 2020 regulatory capital ratios increased from December 31, 2019 and continue to be significantly above requirements for a well-capitalized institution. CET1 capital ratio of 11.67%. More than $1.6 billion available liquidity from cash and unencumbered securities.
  • Our core operations performed well in what became a challenging and unique operating environment. Net interest margin was 4.94%, loan production totaled $280 million, and there was a large reduction in wholesale funding due to the significant increase in client deposits from the acquisition.
  • Following the implementation of local stay-at-home restrictions mid-March, Oriental has achieved uninterrupted and excellent levels of service through all channels while maintaining employee and customer safety and social distancing.
  • Years of investments in first to market customer-facing technology, some with unique features, is resulting in noticeable increases by retail and business customers who want to get things done fácil, rápido, hecho.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss 1Q20 results, outlook and related matters will be held today at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Phone (888) 562-3356 or (973) 582-2700. Conference ID: 555-0929. The call can also be accessed live on www.ofgbancorp.com. Webcast replay will be available shortly thereafter.

CEO Comment

José Rafael Fernández, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Board, said: “The rapid spread around the world of Covid-19 is affecting everybody, personally and financially. Our heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, are ill, or are suffering monetarily.

“Our priority going into the pandemic was to keep our employees safe while maintaining our nimble and proactive approach to business. OFG entered this crisis in a position of strength, and we remain well capitalized and highly liquid with a CET1 ratio of 11.67% and $1.6 billion in liquidity. Coming out of it, our goal is to maintain our strong capital and liquidity positions so we can continue to help customers now and throughout the inevitable recovery.

“Our first quarter performance confirms the strength of our business, balance sheet and franchise during this critical time. This is the direct result of the proactive and customer focused culture we have developed through the years, our ongoing technology investments, and the effective strategies we have put to work.

“We believe we are in a strong position going forward. In addition to closing the Scotiabank acquisition last year, we significantly reduced higher-cost non-core funding and sold a large portion of non-performing loans. During the first quarter, we increased our allowance for loan losses by $114 million, to a total of $231 million, equal to 3.41% of loans.

“In March, for our employees, we implemented a comprehensive program combining workplace safety, technology and special benefits. More than 90% are working on site or remote. For our retail and business customers, we launched payment relief programs, waived late charges and ATM and overdraft fees, and increased amounts that can be withdrawn or transferred electronically. As a result, we have achieved uninterrupted and superior levels of service through all channels while maintaining employee and customer safety and social distancing.

“The investments we made early on in our digital capabilities are helping customers continue to do banking. Our teams worked quickly to design and deploy a new digital forbearance tool as well as one for the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program. More than 43% of retail customers who requested forbearance have done so digitally, and 100% of small businesses applied for PPP loans digitally. Technology is a core part of our strategy, and we will continue to look for new and innovative ways to help our customers.

“All of this has facilitated close communication with our customers, enabling us to provide the financial advice and resources they need to navigate this challenging time. For example, in the first round of PPP, we helped 900 small businesses with more than 25,000 employees access more than $140 million in loans.

“Our deepest appreciation goes to the front line first responders and healthcare professionals dealing with the coronavirus. We also want to thank our teams at OFG and Oriental on the other front line for doing an outstanding job helping consumers and businesses manage the financial challenges during this crisis.

“For more than half a century, we have been there to help customers manage their finances, own homes, buy cars, build businesses, protect themselves with insurance, and save for retirement. We’re ready to help them now and will be for the decades ahead.”

Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL)

On January 1, 2020, the Company implemented the new accounting rules for the measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (CECL). OFG believes CECL makes the allowance for credit losses more comparable between originated and acquired financial assets. The January 1, 2020 or “Day 1” impact was as follows:

  • For non-purchased credit deteriorated (non-PCD) loans, which represents 70% of the total loan portfolio, a $39.4 million allowance was recorded. This resulted in a charge against retained earnings of $25.5 million net of tax.
  • For purchased credit deteriorated (PCD) loans, which includes Eurobank, BBVA and Scotiabank acquired loans and represents 30% of the total loan portfolio, a $50.5 million adjustment was made through the allowance and loan balances with no impact in capital.

Income Statement

Unless otherwise noted, the following compares data for the first quarter 2020 to the first quarter 2019. Balances are quarterly averages.

  • Net interest income was $105.2 million, up 29%. This reflected increased earning assets as a result of the Scotiabank acquisition, partially offset by Net Interest Margin of 4.94%. NIM declined 45 basis points mainly due to a higher proportion of 30-year, fixed rate residential mortgages from the Scotiabank acquisition. The NIM decline also reflected the full effect of FRB’s second half 2019 rate cuts (75 basis points) and the partial effect of the March 2020 rate cuts (150 basis points) on cash and variable rate commercial loans.
  • Total interest income was $123.8 million, up 31%, due to increased interest earning assets partially offset by lower yield. Interest earning assets totaled $8.6 billion, up 39%. Yield was 5.82%, down 43 basis points.
  • Total interest expense was $18.6 million, up 44%, due to increased balances of lower-cost deposits partially offset by decreased balances of higher-cost borrowings. Cost of deposits was $16.6 million, up 84%, primarily reflecting a 59% increase in balances from the Scotiabank acquisition and a 2 basis point increase in cost, before the deposit intangible amortization from the acquisition. Cost of borrowings was $2.0 million, down 49%, due to a 52% decrease in balances and a 13 basis point increase in cost.
  • Provision for credit losses was $48.5 million, up $36.3 million. This included a $34.1 million provision to incorporate changes in the macro-economic scenario and qualitative adjustments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Total banking and financial service revenues were $26.2 million, up 49%, primarily due to the Scotiabank acquisition. Banking service revenues were higher due to the Company’s larger customer base. Mortgage banking revenues reflected increased servicing fees. Wealth management grew with the addition of Scotiabank’s insurance business.
  • Other income, net was $4.8 million, most of which was due to the previously mentioned gain on sale of $316.0 million in mortgage backed securities.
  • Total non-interest expense was $85.9 million, an increase of $33.8 million, primarily due to the Scotiabank acquisition.
  • The effective tax rate was 14.2% compared to 33.0%. 1Q20 reflected a 26% 2020 estimated tax rate partially reduced by quarter specific items. The 26% rate is based on a higher proportion of exempt income and income taxed at preferential rates.

Balance Sheet

Unless otherwise noted, the following compares data at March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2019. Balances are end-of-period. Because the purchase of Scotiabank closed on December 31, 2019, balances as of and subsequent to that date included those from the acquisition.

  • Loans held for investment were $6.8 billion, up $2.2 billion, primarily due to the Scotiabank acquisition. Compared to December 31, 2019, loans increased $27.3 million.
  • Loan production was $280.1 million, up $3.7 million. Mortgage generation increased while consumer, auto and commercial declined. Production was strong in January and February, benefitting from the increased customer base and added capabilities from the Scotiabank acquisition, but was significantly lower in March. The US Loan Program added $47.1 million, an increase of $15.4 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 billion, up $816.9 million. Compared to December 31, 2019, they increased $473.2 million from the MBS sale, regular MBS payments, and the maturity of Treasuries.
  • Total investments were $668.8 million, down $583.9 million. Compared to December 31, 2019, they declined $419.1 million.
  • Customer deposits, excluding brokered, were $7.6 billion, up $3.1 billion, primarily reflecting the Scotiabank acquisition. Compared to December 31, 2019, customer deposits increased $108.6 million as both retail and commercial clients retained higher balances.
  • Brokered deposits were $255.5 million, down $195.7 million. Compared to December 31, 2019, they increased $12.0 million. Borrowings were $163.8 million, down $385.3 million. Compared to December 31, 2019, they were down $141.8 million. The overall declines in brokered deposits and borrowings are part of the strategy to replace higher cost funding with lower cost core deposits.
  • Total stockholder’s equity was $1.02 billion, up $1.4 million. Compared to December 31, 2019, it was $22.8 million lower due to the decline in retained earnings mainly as a result of the CECL “Day 1” impact partially offset by an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income from improved mark to market on securities.
  • Book value per common share was $18.33, up $0.03 from a year-ago and down $0.42 from December 31, 2019. Tangible book value per share was $15.60, down $0.97 year-over year primarily due to the Scotiabank acquisition, and down $0.37 from December 31, 2019.

Credit Quality

Unless otherwise noted, the following compares data at March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2019.

  • The allowance for loan and lease losses totaled $230.8 million and 3.41% of loans held for investment, for increases of $136.7 million and 90 basis points, respectively. Compared to December 31, 2019, the allowance increased $147.3 million and as a percentage of loans 126 basis points. The increases primarily reflected the impact of CECL “Day 1” and changes to macroeconomic scenarios due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Net charge offs were $24.0 million, an 87% increase. The NCO rate was 1.44%, up 8 basis points. NCOs reflected a 77% increase in average loans held for investment as a result of the Scotiabank acquisition.
  • The early delinquency loan rate was 3.16%, down 44 basis points, and the total delinquency rate was 6.38%, up 4 basis points.
  • Total non-performing loans excluding PCD loans were $98.6 million, down $29.1 million, primarily due to NPLs sold in 2019. The corresponding non-performing loan rate was 2.07%, down 131 basis points.

Capital Position

  • March 31, 2020 regulatory capital ratios increased from December 31, 2019 and continue to be significantly above requirements for a well-capitalized institution.
  • Leverage ratio was 10.14%, up 90 bps; common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 11.67%, up 76 bps; Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 13.34%, up 70 bps; and total risk-based capital ratio was 14.60%, up 69 bps.

Financial Supplement & Conference Call Presentation

OFG’s Financial Supplement, with full financial tables for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, and the 1Q20 Conference Call Presentation, can be found on the Webcasts, Presentations & Other Files page, on OFG’s Investor Relations website at www.ofgbancorp.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, management uses certain “non-GAAP financial measures” within the meaning of the SEC Regulation G, to clarify and enhance understanding of past performance and prospects for the future. See Tables 8-1 and 8-2 in OFG’s above-mentioned Financial Supplement for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures and Calculations.

Forward Looking Statements

The information included in this document contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to (i) the rate of growth in the economy and employment levels, as well as general business and economic conditions; (ii) changes in interest rates, as well as the magnitude of such changes; (iii) changes to the financial condition of the government of Puerto Rico; (iv) amendments to the fiscal plan approved by the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico; (v) determinations in the court-supervised debt-restructuring process under Title III of PROMESA for the Puerto Rico government and all of its agencies, including some of its public corporations; (vi) the amount of government, private and philanthropic financial assistance for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s critical infrastructure, which suffered catastrophic damages caused by hurricane Maria; (vii) the pace and magnitude of Puerto Rico’s economic recovery; (viii) the potential impact of damages from future hurricanes and natural disasters in Puerto Rico; (ix) the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal government and its agencies; (x) changes in federal bank regulatory and supervisory policies, including required levels of capital; (xi) the relative strength or weakness of the commercial and consumer credit sectors and the real estate market in Puerto Rico; (xii) the performance of the stock and bond markets; (xiii) competition in the financial services industry; (xiv) possible legislative, tax or regulatory changes; and (xv) the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

For a discussion of such factors and certain risks and uncertainties to which OFG is subject, see OFG’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as well as its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Other than to the extent required by applicable law, including the requirements of applicable securities laws, OFG assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

About OFG Bancorp

Now in its 56th year in business, OFG Bancorp is a diversified financial holding company that operates under U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands banking laws and regulations. Its three principal subsidiaries, Oriental Bank, Oriental Financial Services and Oriental Insurance, provide a wide range of retail and commercial banking, lending and wealth management products, services, and technology, primarily in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit us at www.ofgbancorp.com.

Contacts

Puerto Rico & USVI: Idalis Montalvo (idalis.montalvo@orientalbank.com) at (787) 777-2847
US: Gary Fishman (gfishman@ofgbancorp.com) and Steven Anreder (sanreder@ofgbancorp.com) at (212) 532-3232

Release Summary

OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Contacts

Puerto Rico & USVI: Idalis Montalvo (idalis.montalvo@orientalbank.com) at (787) 777-2847
US: Gary Fishman (gfishman@ofgbancorp.com) and Steven Anreder (sanreder@ofgbancorp.com) at (212) 532-3232