CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Camco Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:CAFI), the bank holding company for Advantage Bank, today announced first quarter financial results for 2011, reporting net earnings of $652,000 or $0.09 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. These results represent an increase of $523,000, or $0.07 per share over results from the comparable quarter a year ago.
"At the end of 2010, we talked about how we were building momentum to take us into 2011, and as our shareholders can plainly see, we have delivered on that promise during the first quarter of the year," said James E. Huston, President and CEO. "We are focused on profitable operations and have continued to decrease our non-performing loans by more than $9.8 million since March of 2010 through a concentrated effort, but we also restructured our balance sheet by making calculated sales of investments and paying off and pre-paying advances, leading to an overall increase in our Tier 1 capital."
The Company's non-performing loans have decreased by $1.5 million since year-end 2010 and $9.8 million since first quarter 2010. Additionally, the Company's net interest margin remains steady at 3.63% – decreasing 12 basis points from the linked quarter December 2010 and increasing 38 basis points over the previous year first quarter 2010.
"We take our responsibility to our shareholders and customers seriously, and have been fortunate that they understand that recovering from the economic crisis we all faced continues to be a long, difficult journey. We have taken important steps to move Camco Financial Corporation forward through thoughtful and sometimes trying efforts. It hasn't been an easy process, but we're getting there, and the financial results of the first quarter demonstrate that our hard work is paying off." Huston said.
Review of Financial Performance
The following items summarize key activities of the Company during the quarter ended March 31, 2011:
- Total assets decreased $23.4 million during the quarter as sale of investments were used to prepay FHLB borrowings.
- Core deposits (defined as checking, savings and money market deposits) increased $13.5 million, or 5.5%, when compared to December 31, 2010.
- Noninterest income increased $1.3 million due to gain on sale of investments when compared to the same quarter in 2010.
- Noninterest expense increased $485,000, related to REO and other loan expenses when compared to the same quarter in 2010.
Net Interest Margin:
Net interest margin decreased to 3.63% in the current quarter from 3.75% at December 31, 2010. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in yield on loans receivable coupled with decreased loan balances. This decrease was partially offset by a 7 basis point decrease in the cost of funds. Management expects the Company's net interest margin to remain stable or decrease slightly as we continue to be in an environment of low interest rates and slow economic growth. While the margin did decrease quarter to quarter the stability of our net interest margin for the quarter is notable, especially in this extended low rate environment. We will continue to look for pricing opportunities, further improvement in credit quality, and other ways to maintain our margin going forward.
Net Interest Income:
Net interest income before the provision for loan losses increased $354,000, or 5.7%, to $6.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $6.3 million for the same quarter of the prior year. The increase was attributable to an increase in yield on interest earning assets combined with reductions in certificates of deposits, borrowings and the cost of funds.
The Company's yield on earning assets decreased to 5.27% in the current quarter from 5.47% in the linked quarter. Decreased yield resulted from declining loan portfolio, securities and FHLB stock balances. Planned continued runoff in certificates of deposits and the prepayment of borrowings combined with growth in core deposits resulted in a slightly reduced cost of funds. The cost of funds for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was 1.71% compared to 1.78% for the quarter ended December 31, 2010. The Company anticipates continued declines in certificates of deposit balances over the next few quarters as maturities of single relationship accounts are not renewed.
Provision for Loan Losses:
A provision for loan losses of $1.0 million was recorded for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $905,000 for the same period of the prior year and $936,000 for the linked quarter. The allowance for loan and lease loss was strengthened even further in the current quarter, as net charge offs were less than $475,000. Non- performing assets decreased $1.2 million since December 31, 2010 to $43.0 million at March 31, 2011. The allowance for loan and lease losses to non-performing loans increased to 53.8% at March 31, 2011 from 49.9% at December 31, 2010 and 37.6% at March 31, 2010.
Noninterest income was $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2011, an increase of $1.3 million when compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and an increase of $428,000 when compared to the linked quarter. In the quarter ended March 31, 2011 there was a gain on sale of investments of $1.3 million.
Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, increased $485,000, or 7.0% , to $7.4 million from the comparable period a year earlier but decreased by $177,000 when compared to the linked quarter. Noninterest expense was higher during the current quarter 2011 compared to the previous 2010 quarter primarily as a result of expenses related to classified assets and real estate owned.
Total assets were $791.6 million which is a decrease of $59.9 million, or 7.0% compared to $851.5 million a year earlier, and $23.4 million or 2.9% from the linked quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents increased $32.7 million from the previous quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to the sale of investments and the prepayment of advances as we begin to restructure our balance sheet to rely less on non core funding. Excess cash will be invested in securities which will continue to protect our liquidity position. We will also continue to focus on profitable lending opportunities.
The allowance for loan and lease losses was $17.4 million at March 31, 2011, compared to $16.9 million at December 31, 2010. Loan quality has improved but the economic recovery within our market areas continues to be slow and has caused declines in the underlying value of collateral both in commercial and residential real estate and deterioration in the financial condition of some of our borrowers. These factors have made it difficult to sustain a steady reduction in classified assets and non-performing loans.
A summary of certain key factors follows:
Deposits and Borrowings:
Deposits increased $3.8 million, or .6% compared to December 31, 2010. The increase was due to increases of $13.5 million in "core deposits" (defined as checking, savings and money market deposits) partially offset by decreases in certificates of deposit of $9.8 million. Contraction in these balances was planned as the Company works to reduce the level of non core deposits, particularly higher single product certificates of deposits relating to rate sensitive shoppers.
FHLB advances and other borrowings decreased $24.8 million, or 23.7%, to $79.7 million at March 31, 2011, compared to $104.5 million at December 31, 2010, and have decreased by $50.6 million, or 38.8% from March 31, 2010. The planned decrease resulted from maturing and prepayment of FHLB advances being repaid with excess liquidity.
Stockholders' equity decreased $214,000, or .5%, to $45.9 million at March 31, 2011, compared to $46.1 million at December 31, 2010. The decrease during the quarter was due primarily to the $1.1 million decrease of accumulated other comprehensive income net of related taxes related to the sale of investments during the first quarter of 2011. This was partially offset by the net earnings of $652,000 for the quarter. Camco's Tier 1 leverage capital ratio increased to 6.18% at March 31, 2011 compared to 5.98% at December 31, 2010.
About Camco Financial Corporation: Camco Financial Corporation, holding company for Advantage Bank, is a multi-state bank holding company headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio. Advantage Bank and its affiliates offer community banking that includes commercial, business and consumer financial services and internet banking from 22 offices. Additional information about Camco Financial may be found on the Company's web sites: or .
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