Hudson City Bancorp, Inc.
) reported the third consecutive quarter of positive earnings
surprise with the second-quarter earnings of 8 cents per share
outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. However, this
compared unfavorably with the prior-year quarter figure of 10
Results were primarily supported by increased non-interest
income, lower expenses and no provision for loan losses. Strong
capital position and credit quality were also the tailwinds for the
quarter. However, a decline in the top line due to lower net
interest income was on the flipside.
Hudson City's net income for the quarter came in at $39.2
million, down 19.5% from the prior-year quarter.
Hudson City Bancorp, Inc - Earnings Surprise |
Quarter in Detail
The company reported total revenue (net of interest expense) of
$138.9 million in the quarter, surpassing the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $134.0 million. However, the reported figure was down
18.0% year over year.
Hudson City's net interest income decreased 26.4% year over year
to $117.7 million in the quarter. The fall was mainly due to the
overall decline in the average balance of interest-earning assets
and interest-bearing liabilities and the persistent low interest
rate environment. Net interest margin came in at 1.29%, down from
1.64% in the year-ago quarter.
Non-interest income came in at $21.2 million, including a $19.5
million gain on the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
Non-interest income in the prior-year quarter stood at $9.6 million
which included a $7.2 million gain on the sale of securities.
Total non-interest expense waned 4.6% from the prior-year
quarter to $73.1 million. The decline was primarily due to lower
federal deposit insurance expense, partially offset by a rise in
other non-interest expense.
The efficiency ratio increased to 52.65% in the quarter from
45.22% in the year-ago quarter. An increase in the efficiency ratio
indicates decline in profitability.
As of Jun, 30, 2014, net loans stood at $23.00 billion compared
with $23.94 billion as of Dec 31, 2014. Total deposits were $21.51
billion against $21.47 billion as of Dec 31, 2014.
Credit metrics continued to improve with allowance for loan
losses declining 14.2% year over year to $255.0 million.
Nonperforming loans stood at $1.01 billion as of Jun 30, 2014, down
9.3% year over year.
Further, the reported quarter witnessed no provision for loan
losses similar to the prior quarter, but compared with provision of
$12.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year change
was primarily due to a fall in total delinquent loans and total
loans and an improving housing market.
Nonperforming assets decreased 7.5% year over year to $1.01
billion. Further, net charge-offs stood at $10.7 million, down
34.2% year over year.
Hudson City's capital ratios remained strong during the quarter.
As of Jun 30, 2014 the bank's Tier 1 leverage capital ratio
advanced to 11.26% from 10.41% as Jun 30, 2013. Equity to total
assets was 12.77%, up from 11.74% as Jun 30, 2013. Total risk-based
capital ratio of the bank was 26.91%, up from 23.78% in the
Hudson City's results reflect a decent performance. Though the
company has been struggling with its net interest income due to a
low interest rate environment, we remain optimistic owing to its
scope to capitalize on non-interest revenue sources.
Further, we expect continuation of balance sheet restructuring
and the gradual implementation of some initiatives of its Strategic
Plan (announced in 2012) - particularly the recent launch of
commercial real estate lending and secondary mortgage market
operations should favorably support its results in the upcoming
quarters to a great extent.
However, mounting levels of repayments on mortgage assets,
sluggish economic recovery and uncertainty surrounding the new and
anticipated regulations are likely to be headwinds for Hudson City.
Also, we remain cautious over ambiguity surrounding the
materialization of the proposed merger with
M&T Bank Corp.
Hudson City currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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) came out with yet another impressive quarter with its fiscal
third-quarter 2014 earnings (ended Jun 30) of 37 cents per share
beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. This marked the
company's tenth consecutive quarter of earnings beat. It also
compared favorably with the prior-year quarter figure of 36
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) second-quarter 2014 operating earnings per share of 20 cents came
in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as the prior-year
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