ALPENA, Mich., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFNM) (the "Company") reported a consolidated net loss of $270,000, or $0.09 basic and diluted loss per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 compared to consolidated net earnings of $263,000, or $0.09 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.
Consolidated net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $331,000, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share, compared to $423,000, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
Listed below are a few key points relative to the Company's results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012:
- The Company experienced an operating loss of $270,000, after income tax benefit, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, primarily as a result of the $578,000 provision for loan losses for the quarter which was largely attributable to an increase in the general reserve factor required on the residential mortgage loan portfolio as well as an increase to the general reserve pool for special mention and substandard commercial credits.
- Quarter over quarter decline in the Company's net interest margin (from 4.19% for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 to 3.82% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012) due primarily to a 67 basis point reduction in the yield on our interest-earning assets, partially offset by a decline of 32 basis points in our overall cost of funds period over period.
- Provision for loan losses of $578,000 and $955,000, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, as compared to provisions of ($19,000) and $48,000 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively.
- Decrease in non-performing assets from $8.9 million at June 30, 2011 to $6.7 million at December 31, 2011 to $5.2 million at June 30, 2012.
- First Federal of Northern Michigan remains "well-capitalized" for regulatory purposes.
Michael W. Mahler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We are very pleased with the significant improvement in our asset quality position. Our reduction in nonperforming assets of $1.5 million, or 22%, since December 31, 2011 is in line with our objective of getting our Texas ratio down to 10%. Delinquency trends are once again showing improvement across all loan categories confirming our belief that the asset quality metrics will continue to improve into the foreseeable future. Of course this is all contingent upon the national, state and regional economic recovery continuing."
Mahler further commented "We are again very pleased with the continued growth in core deposits which has helped to slow the decline in our net interest margin. This is vitally important given the pressure asset yields are under in this historic interest rate environment. Additionally we are pleased with $1.6 million in loan growth so far this year along with a pipeline of approved deals which should lead to further growth over the remainder of the year. This growth is important to help us offset the impact of diminishing margins looking ahead."
Mahler added, "We are disappointed by the provision expense needs given the fundamental improvement to the asset quality metrics cited above. Even in an improving economic environment we saw three small commercial loans slip in the first six months requiring us to record specific loan loss provisions for each of them. In addition, during the quarter we increased our general reserve pool for special mention and substandard commercial credits by approximately $250,000. These expenses are not the result of the credits showing further deterioration or weakness but merely assigning higher loss factors to this stratum of the portfolio for the inherent additional risk embedded therein.
The more significant provision expense issues centered around the mortgage area and a change in methodology applied to certain commercial credits. In 2011 there was an increase in mortgage foreclosure actions that are now resulting in greater losses to the Bank. When we get these properties back, we get our first opportunity to asses the value of our collateral. Often times it is worse than expected. The longer foreclosure processes designed to help distressed homeowners has made the situation worse given the fact that property values have continued to decline. The encouraging news is that there are far fewer loans entering the foreclosure pipeline than there are falling out of it each month which bodes well for the future."
Total nonperforming assets to total assets has decreased markedly from 4.06% at June 30, 2011 to 3.11% at December 31, 2011 and 2.40% at June 30, 2012. Non-performing assets decreased by $1.5 million from December 31, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and by $3.7 million from June 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The Company continues to closely monitor non-performing assets and has taken a variety of steps to reduce the level thereof, such as:
- Timely pursuit of foreclosure and/or repossession options coupled with quick and aggressive marketing efforts of repossessed assets;
- Restructuring loans, where feasible, to assist borrowers in working through this financially challenging time;
- Allowing borrowers to structure short-sales of properties, where appropriate and feasible; and
- Working with borrowers to find a means of reducing outstanding debt (such as through sales of collateral).
June 30, 2012
December 31, 2011
June 30, 2011
Asset Quality Ratios:
Non-performing assets to total assets
Non-performing loans to total loans
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans
Allowance for loan losses to total loans
"Texas Ratio" (Bank)
Total non-performing loans ($000 omitted)
Total non-performing assets ($000 omitted)
Non-performing assets were positively impacted by the sales of several pieces of both commercial and residential REO during the six months ended June 30, 2012.
Total assets of the Company at June 30, 2012 were $217.7 million, an increase of $619,000, or 0.3%, from assets of $217.0 million at December 31, 2011. Net loans receivable increased $1.6 million to $142.4 million at June 30, 2012, mostly in the commercial loan portfolio. We have staved off shrinkage of our residential mortgage portfolio by selective placing in our portfolio certain high-quality 10- and 15-year fixed rate residential mortgage loans.
Deposits increased $3.8 million to $154.4 million at June 30, 2012, mostly in our lower-costing checking and savings products. FHLB advances decreased $2.1 million as proceeds from loan payments and payoffs, as well as cash on hand, were used to pay off maturing advances.
Stockholders' equity was $25.1 million at June 30, 2012 compared to $24.6 million at December 31, 2011. The increase was due primarily to net earnings for the six-month period of $331,000 and an increase of $167,000 in the unrealized gain on available-for-sale investment securities, net of tax. First Federal of Northern Michigan's regulatory capital remains at levels in excess of regulatory requirements, as shown in the table below.
Minimum to be
Dollars in Thousands
Tier 1 (Core) capital ( to
Total risk-based capital ( to risk-
Tier 1 risk-based capital ( to
Tangible Capital ( to
Results of Operations
Interest income decreased to $2.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 from $2.7 million for the year earlier period, due mainly to a decrease of 66 basis points in the average yield on interest-earning assets period over period. Interest income decreased by $523,000 to $4.8 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 from $5.3 million for the same period in 2011. This decrease was primarily attributed to a decline in the average balance of interest earning assets of $573,000 to $201.3 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 from $201.9 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011. In addition, we experienced a decrease in the yield on our average interest earning assets of 52 basis points period over period due mainly to lower market interest rates period over period.
Interest expense decreased to $427,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 from $581,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2012 decreased to $891,000 from $1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The decrease in interest expense for both the three- and six-month periods was due primarily to a decrease in our cost of funds related to certificates of deposit and FHLB advances. The average cost of our certificates of deposit decreased from 1.76% for the three months ended June 30, 2011 to 1.27% for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and from 1.82% for the six months ended June 30, 2011 to 1.30% for the six months ended June 30, 2012, as higher costing deposits matured and either left the Bank, as we made the strategic decision to not be a market leader in rates in the current interest rate environment, or were re-priced at lower rates. In addition, the cost of our FHLB advances decreased 35 basis points from 2.25% for the three months ended June 30, 2011 to 1.90% for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 29 basis points from 2.27% for the six months ended June 30, 2011 to 1.98% for the six months ended June 30, 2012 due primarily to lower market interest rates.
The Company's net interest margin decreased to 3.82% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 from 4.19% for the same period in 2011 and decreased to 3.86% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 from 4.08% for the same period in 2011 as a result of the factors mentioned above.
The provision for loan losses for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $578,000 as compared to income of $19,000 for the prior year period. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, the provision for loan losses was $955,000 as compared to $48,000 for the same period ended June 30, 2011. Prior to 2012, our provision for loan losses was based on an eight-quarter rolling average of actual net charge-offs adjusted for environmental factors for each segment of loans in our portfolio. Management has decided that eight quarters is no longer reflective of the inherent loss in the loan portfolios. In 2012, we began moving towards a twelve-quarter rolling average of actual net charge-offs by adding an additional quarter of net charge-offs each quarter in 2012. By the end of 2012 we will be using a twelve-quarter rolling average. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, we charged off $386,000 in mortgage loans as compared to only $243,000 of charge-offs during the quarter ended June 30, 2011 in large part due to the effect of continued declining real estate prices in our markets. The direct effect of the increase in charge-offs quarter over quarter combined with the impact the increased charge-offs had on the general reserve factor applied to the entire pool of mortgage loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, were the main causes of the increase in provision quarter over quarter. In addition, we added a specific reserve of approximately $95,000 on two commercial credits during the quarter ended June 30, 2012. During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we added specific reserves of approximately $295,000 on four commercial credit relationships, two of which were reclassified as Troubled Debt Restructurings and we also increased our general reserve pool for special mention and substandard commercial credits by approximately $250,000.
Non interest income decreased slightly to $391,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 from $393,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. In 2012 we experienced an increase in mortgage banking activities, resulting in a $32,000 increase in income period over period. The increase in mortgage banking activities income was offset by an increase in losses on sale of real estate owned and other repossessed assets of $30,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 as compared to the prior-year period. Non interest income decreased from $842,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2011 to $837,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2012, mainly due to an increase on loss on sale of real estate owned and other repossessed assets, partially offset by increases in mortgage banking activities income and service charge income period over period.
Non interest expense decreased from $2.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 to $2.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Non interest expense decreased from $4.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 to $4.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 Most notably for both the three- and six-month periods, other expenses, consisting primarily of expenses related to problem credits, decreased period over period as asset quality has improved. In addition, our amortization of intangible assets decreased from 2011 to 2012 as core deposits intangible for certain branches were fully amortized during the three month period ended June 30, 2012. Partially Offsetting these positive factors period over period, compensation and benefits expense was higher in 2012 than in 2011 due primarily to us adding a commercial lender and Treasury Management professional in 2012.
Safe Harbor Statement
This news release and other releases and reports issued by the Company, including reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, may contain "forward-looking statements." 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 is including this statement for purposes of taking advantage of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc
Consolidated Balance Sheet
June 30, 2012
December 31, 2011
Cash and cash equivalents:
Cash on hand and due from banks
Overnight deposits with FHLB
Total cash and cash equivalents
Loans held for sale
Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses of $1,773,038 and
$1,517,695 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively
Foreclosed real estate and other repossessed assets
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost
Premises and equipment
Accrued interest receivable
Prepaid FDIC premiums
Deferred tax asset
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Advances from borrowers for taxes and insurance
Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank
REPO sweep accounts
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
Common stock ($0.01 par value 20,000,000 shares authorized
3,191,799 shares issued)
Additional paid-in capital
Treasury stock at cost (307,750 shares)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Income
For the Three Months
For the Six Months
Ended June 30,
Ended June 30,
Interest and fees on loans
Interest and dividends on investments
Interest on mortgage-backed securities
Total interest income
Interest on deposits
Interest on borrowings
Total interest expense
Net interest income
Provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Service charges and other fees
Mortgage banking activities
Net gain (loss) on sale of premises and equipment,
real estate owned and other repossessed assets
Total non-interest income
Compensation and employee benefits
FDIC Insurance Premiums
Amortization of intangible assets
Service bureau charges
Total non-interest expense
Income (loss) before income tax benefit
Income tax benefit
Net (loss) income
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Net (loss) income
Change in unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities, net of tax
Comprehensive income (loss)
Per share data:
Net income (loss) per share
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Including dilutive stock options
Dividends per common share
SOURCE First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc.
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