First Republic Reports 2020 Results
January 14, 2021 at 07:00 AM EST
First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) today announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.
“First Republic had another very successful year,” said Founder, Chairman and CEO Jim Herbert. “Founded in 1985, this was our 35th consecutive year of profitability. First Republic continues to deliver safe, consistent growth, reflecting the strength of our client focused service model.”
Full Year Highlights
– Revenues were $3.9 billion, up 17.2%.
– Net interest income was $3.3 billion, up 18.0%.
– Net income was $1.1 billion, up 14.4%.
– Diluted earnings per share of $5.81, up 11.7%.
– Loan originations totaled $50.7 billion (excluding $2.0 billion of originations under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)).
– Tangible book value per share was $57.30, up 14.1%.
– Efficiency ratio was 61.9%, compared to 64.2% last year.
Continued Capital and Credit Strength
– Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.14%.
– Nonperforming assets remained at a low 13 basis points of total assets.
– Net charge-offs were only $2.4 million, or less than 1 basis point of average loans.
Continued Franchise Development
– Loans totaled $110.7 billion, up 21.9% (excluding PPP and for sale loans).
– Deposits were $114.9 billion, up 27.5%.
– Wealth management assets were $194.5 billion, up 28.7%.
– Wealth management revenues were $526.5 million, up 11.9%.
– Compared to last year’s fourth quarter:
– Revenues were $1.1 billion, up 23.1%.
– Net interest income was $892.7 million, up 24.0%.
– Net income was $295.6 million, up 20.0%.
– Diluted earnings per share of $1.60, up 15.1%.
– Loan originations were $16.7 billion.
– Net recoveries were $600,000.
– Net interest margin was 2.73%, compared to 2.71% for the prior quarter.
– Efficiency ratio was 61.6%, compared to 60.7% for the prior quarter.
– Wealth management assets were $194.5 billion, up 15.6% from the prior quarter.
“We’re very pleased with the double-digit growth of revenue, net interest income and earnings per share, both for the full year and the fourth quarter,” said Mike Roffler, Chief Financial Officer. “We remain focused on maintaining our capital strength and successfully raised, net, over $900 million in new Tier 1 capital in 2020.”
Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.20 per Share
The Bank declared a cash dividend for the fourth quarter of $0.20 per share of common stock, which is payable on February 11, 2021 to shareholders of record as of January 28, 2021. The current quarterly dividend is an increase over last year’s fourth quarter dividend, our 9th consecutive year of dividend increases.
Strong Asset Quality
Credit quality remains strong. Nonperforming assets were only 13 basis points of total assets at December 31, 2020.
The provision for credit losses for the full year was $157.1 million, with net loan charge-offs of only $2.4 million. For the quarter, the provision for credit losses was $35.1 million, which was driven by loan growth.
Continued Capital Strength
The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.14% at December 31, 2020, compared to 8.38% at September 30, 2020.
During the fourth quarter, the Bank redeemed all of the outstanding shares of its 5.70% Noncumulative Perpetual Series F Preferred Stock, which totaled $100.0 million. In addition, the Bank sold 1,725,000 new shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, which added approximately $225.4 million to common equity. Total common stock sold and preferred stock issued in 2020, net of preferred stock redeemed, added $908.0 million of Tier 1 capital in 2020.
The Bank has not and does not engage in common stock buybacks.
Tangible Book Value Growth
Tangible book value per common share at December 31, 2020 was $57.30, up 14.1% from a year ago.
Continued Franchise Development
Loan originations were $16.7 billion for the quarter, up 48.8% from the same quarter a year ago. For 2020, loan originations (excluding PPP loans) totaled $50.7 billion, up 33.6% compared to the prior year. The increases were primarily due to increases in single family and business lending.
Single family loan originations were 47% of the total volume for the quarter and the full year (excluding PPP loans) and had a weighted average loan-to-value ratio of 56% for the full year. In addition, multifamily and commercial real estate loans originated were 9% of total originations for the quarter and 10% for the year (excluding PPP loans), and had a weighted average loan-to-value ratio of 50% for the year.
Loans, excluding PPP loans and loans held for sale, totaled $110.7 billion at December 31, 2020, up 21.9% compared to a year ago primarily due to increases in single family loans (67% of growth), business and multifamily loans.
COVID-19 Loan Modifications
Remaining loan modifications at year-end to those borrowers experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19 (not classified as troubled debt restructurings) totaled $1.3 billion, and were 1.1% of total loans as of December 31, 2020. Such remaining modifications decreased 67% since September 30, 2020.
The Bank has limited exposure to several of the areas most directly impacted by COVID-19, such as the retail, hotel and restaurant industries, which totaled $2.5 billion as of December 31, 2020, only 2.2% of total loans. As of December 31, 2020, the Bank had modifications of these portfolios for $160 million, or 6%.
Total deposits increased to $114.9 billion, up 27.5% compared to a year ago, and had an average rate paid of 11 basis points during the quarter.
At December 31, 2020, checking deposit balances were 66.9% of total deposits.
Total investment securities at December 31, 2020 were $18.5 billion, a slight decrease compared to the prior quarter and a slight increase compared to a year ago.
High-quality liquid assets, including eligible cash, totaled $18.1 billion at December 31, 2020, and represented 12.8% of quarterly average total assets.
Total wealth management assets were $194.5 billion at December 31, 2020, up 15.6% for the quarter and up 28.7% compared to a year ago. The increases in wealth management assets were due to both net client inflow and market appreciation.
Wealth management revenues totaled $151.4 million for the quarter, up 17.9% compared to last year’s fourth quarter. For 2020, wealth management revenues were $526.5 million, an increase of 11.9% compared to the prior year. Such revenues represented 14.0% of the Bank’s total revenues for the quarter and 13.4% of the Bank’s total revenues for the year.
Wealth management assets at December 31, 2020 included investment management assets of $83.6 billion, brokerage assets and money market mutual funds of $97.1 billion, and trust and custody assets of $13.8 billion.
Income Statement and Key Ratios
Total revenues were $1.1 billion for the quarter, up 23.1% compared to the fourth quarter a year ago, and were $3.9 billion for 2020, up 17.2% compared to the prior year.
Net Interest Income Growth
Net interest income was $892.7 million for the quarter, up 24.0% compared to the fourth quarter a year ago, and was $3.3 billion for 2020, up 18.0% compared to the prior year. The increases in net interest income resulted primarily from growth in average interest-earning assets. The increase for the year was partially offset by a decrease in net interest margin.
Net Interest Margin
The net interest margin increased to 2.73% in the fourth quarter, from 2.71% in the prior quarter. For 2020, the net interest margin was 2.72%, compared to 2.83% for the prior year. The decrease for the year was primarily due to average yields on earning assets declining more than the offsetting decrease in average funding costs.
Noninterest income was $187.6 million for the quarter, up 19.3% compared to the fourth quarter a year ago, and was $654.2 million for 2020, up 13.3% compared to the prior year. The increase for the quarter was primarily driven by higher wealth management fees. The increase for the year was primarily driven by higher wealth management fees and an elevated gain on sale of loans, partially offset by lower loan servicing fees.
Noninterest Expense and Efficiency Ratio
Noninterest expense was $666.0 million for the quarter, up 19.2% compared to the fourth quarter a year ago, and was $2.4 billion for 2020, up 13.0% compared to the prior year. The increases were primarily due to increased salaries and benefits and information systems costs from the continued investments in the expansion of the franchise. The increase for the year was partially offset by lower travel and entertainment, as well as advertising and marketing expenses.
The efficiency ratio was 61.6% for the quarter, compared to 63.7% for the fourth quarter a year ago. For 2020, the efficiency ratio was 61.9%, compared to 64.2% for 2019.
The Bank’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 22.1%, compared to 19.6% for the prior quarter, and 20.3% for the fourth quarter a year ago. The increase from the prior quarter was primarily due to an increase from state taxes, and a tax refund from an amended tax return in the third quarter of 2020. The increase from the fourth quarter a year ago was primarily the result of lower excess tax benefits from a decrease in stock option exercises by employees, as well as an increase from state taxes.
The effective tax rate for 2020 was 20.2%, compared to 17.9% for 2019. The increase for the year was primarily the result of lower excess tax benefits from a decrease in stock option exercises by employees, partially offset by a tax refund from an amended tax return.
Conference Call Details
First Republic Bank’s fourth quarter 2020 earnings conference call is scheduled for January 14, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET. To access the event by telephone, please dial (800) 263-0877 and use confirmation code 3942335 approximately 15 minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration). International callers should dial +1 (856) 344-9283 and enter the same confirmation code.
The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of First Republic’s website at https://ir.firstrepublic.com/events-calendar. To listen to the live webcast, please visit the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start time to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
For those unable to join the live presentation, a replay of the call will be available beginning January 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET, through January 21, 2021, at 8:59 p.m. PT / 11:59 p.m. ET. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and use confirmation code 3942335#. International callers should dial +1 (719) 457-0820 and enter the same confirmation code. A replay of the webcast also will be available for 90 days following, accessible in the Investor Relations section of First Republic Bank’s website at https://ir.firstrepublic.com/events-calendar.
The Bank’s press releases are available after release in the Newsroom and Investor Relations section of First Republic Bank’s website at firstrepublic.com.
About First Republic Bank
Founded in 1985, First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service and offers a complete line of products, including residential, commercial and personal loans, deposit services, and wealth management. Services are offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; Boston, Massachusetts; Palm Beach, Florida; Greenwich, Connecticut; New York, New York; and Jackson, Wyoming. First Republic is a constituent of the S&P 500 Index and KBW Nasdaq Bank Index. For more information, visit firstrepublic.com.
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