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Charter Financial Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings of $1.6 Million

  • Total equity to assets of 24.8%
  • Noninterest expense improves over same period last year
  • Nonperforming assets at 0.52% of total assets
  • Basic and diluted EPS of $0.07 for quarter

WEST POINT, Ga., July 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Charter Financial Corporation (the "Company") (Nasdaq:CHFN) today reported net income of $1.6 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared with $1.5 million, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The $139,000 increase in net income for the quarter was the result of lower noninterest expense and net interest income, partially offset by a higher loan loss provision and lower noninterest income. Prior year results also benefited from the release of a $1.0 million tax reserve that was resolved favorably. Basic and diluted EPS were lower by $0.01 as a result of a higher outstanding share count in the 2013 quarter as a result of the reorganization to a full stock holding company and the associated stock offering. Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 was $5.3 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared with $3.2 million or $0.17 per basic and $0.16 per diluted share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2012.

The Company's total assets were $1.1 billion at June 30, 2013, an increase of $93.1 million from September 30, 2012, primarily as a result of an $81.8 million increase in cash and cash equivalents from September 30, 2012 due to second-step conversion proceeds. Net non-covered loans grew $15.9 million, or 3.7%, to $443.6 million at June 30, 2013 from $427.7 million at September 30, 2012. At June 30, 2013, $120.7 million of net loans receivable were covered by FDIC loss sharing, down from $166.2 million at September 30, 2012.

Chairman and CEO Robert L. Johnson said, "On April 8, 2013 the Company completed its conversion to a full stock holding company from the MHC structure. This gives the Company 24.8% equity to total assets at June 30, 2013, up from 12.8% at March 31, 2013. With this additional capital, good asset quality and nonperforming assets to total assets of 0.52%, we are positioned to implement our strategy of seeking organic growth in retail and small business segments. Further, we can strategically employ various capital management tools, including our regular quarterly cash dividend, stock buy backs when permitted and potential acquisitions within those segments by purchasing other banks in attractive community markets. However, with our stock currently trading at a discount to tangible book value, the Company will be very selective regarding acquisitions. The Company had higher total stockholders' equity of $279.1 million at June 30, 2013, compared with $142.5 million at September 30, 2012 and $139.6 million at June 30, 2012."

Total deposits were $769.8 million at June 30, 2013 compared with $800.3 million at September 30, 2012. Core deposits increased from $456.3 million at September 30, 2012 to $481.2 million at June 30, 2013. Total deposits were higher at March 31, 2013 as funds received and held for purchase of Charter Financial common stock in connection with the Company's capital raise were temporarily placed in a deposit account.

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $500,000 on non-covered loans and a provision of $42,000 on covered loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to provisions of $300,000 on non-covered loans and $75,000 on covered loans for the same quarter in 2012. Asset quality remained strong with nonperforming assets not covered by loss sharing agreements at 0.52% of total non-covered assets and the allowance for loan losses at 238% of nonperforming non-covered loans. The Company had net loan charge-offs of $665,000 and $909,000 for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $280,000 and $2.9 million for the same periods in 2012.

The Company reevaluates estimated losses quarterly on covered loans and foreclosed properties and the related FDIC indemnification asset. The Company has four, seven and thirteen quarters, respectively, of loss sharing remaining on its three commercial loss share agreements resulting from its FDIC acquisitions. The Company is aggressively working to complete the resolution of the problem assets during the remaining loss share period. Due to uncertainty about the resolution of certain assets covered under the first agreement to expire, the Company recorded a $300,000 impairment of its indemnification asset this quarter. The discount accretion included in interest income relating to these assets acquired in the FDIC acquisitions was $2.1 million for the quarter. There is $6.6 million of discount remaining to accrete into interest income over the next thirteen quarters with the accretion heavily weighted towards the early quarters.

Net interest income decreased to $8.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, from $9.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Total interest income decreased to $10.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to $11.8 million for the same quarter last year primarily as a result of a decrease in the average loan balances. Interest expense was lower at $1.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared with $2.3 million for the same quarter of 2012 primarily as a result of lower expenses on certificates of deposit and borrowings.

The net interest margin decreased to 3.63% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared with 4.33% for the same quarter of 2012. As previously referenced, the Company completed its second step conversion early in the quarter resulting in $137 million in net proceeds which was initially invested in Fed funds earning 25 basis points. This increase in low yielding interest-earning assets lowered the net interest margin by approximately 47 basis points. Also included in the net interest margin was approximately 106 basis points of purchase discount accretion.

Noninterest expense decreased to $8.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to $11.5 million for the same quarter of 2012. The majority of the decrease was related to the Company's higher costs in the June 2012 quarter as a result of employee compensation and expenses related to earlier FDIC-assisted acquisitions, including the costs associated with resolving acquired assets.

Noninterest income decreased to $2.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared with $2.9 million for the same quarter in 2012. Noninterest income for the current quarter was lower due to the $300,000 impairment on the FDIC indemnification asset. Also, fees on deposits increased to $1.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, from $1.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, and gain on sale of loans increased to $407,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $261,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Mr. Johnson concluded, "Our network of 16 branches serves an attractive geographic region in West Central Georgia, East Central Alabama, and the Florida Gulf Coast and our solid capital position places CharterBank in a unique position of strength versus many of its peers. With our strong capital and a solid operating base, we are well positioned to build a valuable community bank footprint."

About Charter Financial Corporation

Charter Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company and the parent company of CharterBank, a growing full-service community bank. On April 8, 2013, Charter Financial completed its conversion and reorganization from the mutual holding company form of organization to the stock holding company form of organization. CharterBank is headquartered in West Point, Georgia, and operates branches in West Central Georgia, East Central Alabama, and the Florida Gulf Coast. CharterBank's deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" that may be identified by use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to our financial condition and results of operation and business that are subject to various factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these estimates. These factors include but are not limited to general and local economic conditions; changes in interest rates, deposit flows, demand for mortgages and other loans, real estate values, and competition; changes in accounting principles, policies, or guidelines; changes in legislation or regulation; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products, and services. Any or all forward-looking statements in this release and in any other public statements we make may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to subsequently revise or update 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.

Charter Financial Corporation
Selected Financial Data (unaudited)
in thousands except share and per share data
June 30, March 31, September 30, June 30,
2013 2013 2012 (1) 2012
Total Assets $1,125,362 $1,135,425 $1,032,220 $1,049,436
Cash and Cash Equivalents 190,657 241,997 108,828 76,488
Loans Receivable, Net 564,293 552,534 593,904 616,837
Non-covered Loans Receivable, Net 443,581 421,175 427,676 430,292
Covered Loans Receivable, Net 120,712 131,359 166,228 186,545
Other Real Estate Owned 14,546 18,253 24,010 24,365
Non-covered Other Real Estate Owned 1,386 1,241 2,107 3,437
Covered Other Real Estate Owned 13,160 17,012 21,903 20,928
Securities Available for Sale 226,551 197,370 189,379 199,140
Core Deposits (2) 481,230 474,556 456,292 467,868
Retail Deposits (3) 761,602 767,206 779,397 800,575
Total Deposits 769,781 918,989 800,262 821,532
Borrowings 70,000 70,000 81,000 80,000
Total Stockholders' Equity 279,131 144,682 142,521 139,568
Book Value per Share (4) $12.72 $7.46 $7.35 $7.18
Tangible Book Value per Share (4) $12.48 $7.18 $7.06 $6.89
Minority Shares Outstanding 7,937,728 7,923,379 7,978,760
Total Shares Outstanding – at Period End (4) 21,949,588 19,395,652 19,381,303 19,436,684
Weighted Average Total Shares Outstanding – Basic (4) 20,165,850 19,374,829 19,501,312 19,532,028
Weighted Average Total Shares Outstanding – Fully Diluted (4) 20,296,461 19,415,896 19,537,348 19,574,665
(1) Financial information as of September 30, 2012 has been derived from audited financial statements.
(2) Core deposits include transaction accounts, money market accounts and savings accounts.
(3) Retail deposits include Core Deposits and certificates of deposit excluding brokered and wholesale certificates of deposit.
(4) Share and per share amounts have been restated to reflect the completion of the second-step conversion using a conversion ratio of 1.2471 on shares held by the public prior to April 8, 2013.
Charter Financial Corporation
Selected Operating Data (unaudited)
in thousands except share and per share data
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, March 31, December 31, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012
Total Interest Income $10,654 $11,805 $11,006 $11,052 $32,711 $36,946
Total Interest Expense 1,743 2,271 1,902 2,055 5,700 8,455
Net Interest Income 8,911 9,534 9,104 8,997 27,011 28,491
Provision for Loan Losses on Non-covered Loans 500 300 300 300 1,100 2,100
Provision (Credit) for Loan Losses on Covered Loans 42 75 (42) 95 94 965
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses 8,369 9,159 8,846 8,602 25,817 25,426
Noninterest Income 2,662 2,917 2,977 3,211 8,851 9,294
Noninterest Expense 8,763 11,494 9,757 8,325 26,845 31,711
Income before Income Taxes 2,268 582 2,066 3,488 7,823 3,009
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 650 (897) 682 1,154 2,486 (219)
Net Income $1,618 $1,479 $1,384 $2,334 $5,337 $3,228
Earnings per Share – Basic (1) $0.07 $0.08 $0.07 $0.12 $0.26 $0.17
Earnings per Share – Fully Diluted (1) 0.07 0.08 0.07 0.12 0.26 0.16
Cash Dividends per Share 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.10
Net Charge-offs – Legacy Loans $665 $280 $136 $108 $909 $2,924
Deposit Fees 1,915 1,715 1,878 1,950 5,744 5,061
Gain on Sale of Loans 407 261 385 350 1,142 608
(1) Shares held by the public prior to April 8, 2013, have been restated to reflect the completion of the second-step conversion using a conversion ratio of 1.2471.
Charter Financial Corporation
Financial Ratios (unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
June 30, March 31, December 31, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012
Return on Equity 2.38% 4.27% 3.83% 6.51% 3.81% 3.11%
Return on Assets 0.56% 0.57% 0.54% 0.92% 0.67% 0.39%
Net Interest Margin 3.63% 4.33% 4.14% 4.13% 3.95% 4.20%
Bank Core Capital Ratio 17.94% 12.33% 11.33% 12.30% 17.94% 12.33%
Bank Total Risk Based Capital 34.62% 20.86% 23.01% 20.06% 34.62% 20.86%
Effective Tax Rate 28.64% (154.17)% 33.02% 33.09% 31.78% (7.27)%
Ratios of Non-covered Assets:
Allowance for Loan Losses as a % of Total Loans 1.85% 1.94% 1.98% 1.92% 1.85% 1.94%
Allowance for Loan Losses as a % of Nonperforming Loans 237.93% 143.14% 276.92% 262.64% 237.93% 143.14%
Nonperforming Assets as a % of Total Loans and REO 1.08% 2.13% 1.00% 1.06% 1.08% 2.13%
Nonperforming Assets as a % of Total Assets 0.52% 1.19% 0.46% 0.53% 0.52% 1.19%
Net Charge-offs as a % of Average Loans (annualized) 0.61% 0.25% 0.13% 0.10% 0.28% 0.71%

CONTACT: Robert L. Johnson, Chairman & CEO Curt Kollar, CFO 706-645-1391 bjohnson@charterbank.net or ckollar@charterbank.net At Dresner Corporate Services Steve Carr 312-780-7211 scarr@dresnerco.comSource:Charter Financial Corporation