ALPENA, Mich., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFNM) (the "Company") reported consolidated net income of $273,000, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 compared to $235,000, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Consolidated net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $604,000, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, compared to $658,000, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.
- The Company reported pre-tax operating income of $410,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $235,000 for the prior year period, primarily as a result of the following period over period differences:
- $223,000 increase in mortgage banking activities income;
- Reduction in non-interest expenses of $248,000 resulting primarily from decreased costs on foreclosed and repossessed assets;
- Net gain of $47,000 on the sale of investment securities in 2012;
- $65,000 other income from settlement of a lawsuit related to a troubled commercial credit in 2012.
- Provision for loan losses of $234,000 and $1.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, as compared to provisions of ($67,000) and ($19,000) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively.
- Quarter over quarter decline in the Company's net interest margin (from 3.98% for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 to 3.81% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012) due primarily to a 49 basis point reduction in the yield on interest-earning assets, partially offset by a decline of 17 basis points in overall cost of funds period over period.
- Decrease in non-performing assets from $7.9 million at September 30, 2011 to $6.7 million at December 31, 2011 to $5.3 million at September 30, 2012.
- First Federal of Northern Michigan remains "well-capitalized" for regulatory capital purposes.
Michael W. Mahler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We are pleased with the improvement in pretax operating income for the quarter. The strength of the quarter was driven by core banking activity. Our reputation as the premier mortgage lender in our home market has helped us to improve market share during this renewed period of refinance activity. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, mortgage banking fees increased by $223,000 for the quarter. Along with this higher non-interest income, we have also seen a significant reduction in non-interest expenses. Compared to the prior year quarter, non-interest expenses have declined by $248,000 primarily related to collection and foreclosure related expenses. This reduction in expenses is expected given the improvement in the asset quality profile of the Bank. The September 30, 2012 quarter was once again productive in terms of divesting bank owned properties. We expect to see continued improvements in our expenses given the steady improvements to the level of non-performing assets over the last twelve months."
Mahler continued, "In the last year, non-performing assets have declined from $7.9 million to $5.3 million. This represents a 32.9% improvement. Reducing NPA's still remains our primary focus with a target Texas Ratio of 10%. At the end of the third quarter of 2012, our Texas Ratio stood at 22.59%. Our target is well within reach. 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 our core deposits which has helped to slow the decline of our net interest margin. This is vitally important given the pressure asset yields are under in this historic interest rate environment."
Mahler added, "This quarter's provision expense improved over last quarter. We believe our provision needs will continue to decline given the overall improvement to our asset quality factors. This year the main factor influencing the provision expense relates to the mortgage loan losses tied to the declining property values and the increase in foreclosure activity that began in 2011 when unemployment benefit extensions expired. The increase in real estate sales activity within our footprint over the last two quarters has helped to stem the tide of property value declines. Additionally there are far fewer loans entering the foreclosure pipeline than there are falling out of it each month. Collectively these factors bode well for the future in terms of our provision expense needs."
The ratio of total nonperforming assets to total assets was 2.48% at September 30, 2012 compared to 3.11% at December 31, 2011 and 3.55% at September 30, 2011. Non-performing assets decreased by $1.4 million from December 31, 2011 to September 30, 2012, mainly as a result of the sale of other repossessed assets. 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).
September 30, 2012
December 31, 2011
September 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 nine months ended September 30, 2012.
Total assets of the Company at September 30, 2012 were $214.9 million, a decrease of $2.1 million from assets of $217.0 million at December 31, 2011. Net loans receivable decreased $2.5 million to $138.4 million at September 30, 2012, mostly in our mortgage and consumer loan portfolios. Our commercial loan portfolio grew by $786,000 during the nine-month period.
Deposits increased $8.0 million to $158.7 million at September 30, 2012 from $150.6 million at December 31, 2011. We saw substantial growth in many of our core deposit products during the nine-month period and we experienced declines in our certificate of deposit products, as we were not a market leader in rates for those products. FHLB advances decreased $9.5 million to $25.0 million at September 30, 2012 from $34.5 million at December 31, 2011 due mainly to increases in our deposit base.
Stockholders' equity increased to $25.3 million at September 30, 2012 from $24.6 million at December 31, 2011. The increase in stockholders' equity was mainly attributable to two factors: our net income for the nine-month period of $604,000 and an increase of $119,000 in the unrealized gain on available for sale 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
risk weighted assets)
Tangible Capital ( to
Results of Operations
Interest income decreased to $2.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $2.6 million for the comparable period in 2011. Interest income was $7.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $7.9 million for the comparable period in 2011. This decrease was due in large part to decreases of $8.9 million in average balances of mortgage loans period over period. In addition, the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 51 basis points to 4.70% for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 as compared to 5.21% for the same period in 2011.
Interest expense was $394,000 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to $564,000 for the prior year period. Interest expense was $1.3 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in interest expense was due primarily to decreases in the average balance of and interest rates on our certificates of deposits period over period. We experienced a $6.8 million decrease in the average balance of certificates of deposits for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011, and the average rate on those deposits decreased 50 basis points to 1.26% for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the year-earlier period and to 1.18% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 from 1.66% for the three-month period in 2011. In addition, our cost of funds relating to our FHLB advances decreased 25 basis points to 1.97% nine-month period over nine-month period and from 2.13% to 1.93% three-month period over three-month period.
The Company's net interest margin decreased to 3.81% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 from 3.98% for the same period in 2011 and decreased to 3.84% for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 from 4.05% 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 September 30, 2012 was $234,000 as compared to income of $67,000 for the prior year period. The provision for loan losses was $1.2 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 as compared to income of $19,000 for the comparable period in 2011. Our provision for loan losses is based on an eleven-quarter rolling average of actual net charge-offs adjusted for various environmental factors for each pool of loans in our portfolio. During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, we added specific reserves of approximately $170,000 on two commercial credit relationships, one of which was reclassified as a Troubled Debt Restructuring, had net charge-off of approximately $250,000 on commercial credits, increased the general reserve factor applied to the entire portfolio of residential mortgages as a result of increased charge-off history in 2012, and increased our general reserve pool for special mention and substandard commercial credits based on the inherent increased risk in those credits.
Non-interest income increased to $803,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $469,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we sold municipal bonds for credit reasons resulting in a gain on sale of investments of $47,000 period and also received settlement proceeds of $65,000 from a lawsuit involving a troubled credit. Non-interest income was $1.6 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $329,000 or 25.1%, from the same period in 2011. The three- and nine-month periods in 2012 reflected increases in mortgage banking activities income of $223,000 and $239,000, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2011, due to sustained low mortgage rates which have increased refinance activity and also as a result of a small uptick in home sales in our markets.
Non-interest expenses decreased to $2.1 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2011. Non-interest expense decreased to $6.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 from $6.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. For both the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 we experienced a reduction in other expenses of $271,000 and $312,000, respectively, mainly related to lower costs associated with problem loans and Bank-owned properties. During the three- and nine-month periods we experienced increases in compensation and employee benefit expenses of $115,000 and $235,000, respectively, due in part to the addition of a commercial lender in late 2011 and a Treasury Management professional in early 2012 and due to increased lender commissions as a result of increased mortgage originations in 2012 as compared to 2011.
For the Three Months Ended September 30
For the Nine Months Ended September 30
Net interest margin
Average interest rate spread
Return on average assets*
Return on average equity*
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. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheet
September 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 $1,683,731 and
$1,517,695 as of September 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
Federal Home Loan Bank Advances
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 Nine Months
Ended September 30,
Ended September 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 loss on sale of premises and equipment
Net loss on real estate owned and other repossessed assets
Net gain on sale of investment securities
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 expense or (benefit)
Income tax expense (benefit)
Other comprehensive income:
Change in unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities, net of tax
Per share data:
Net income per share
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Dividends per common share
SOURCE First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc.
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