OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), the financial holding company for Oriental Bank, reported results for the third quarter that ended September 30, 2021.
José Rafael Fernández, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We had another strong overall quarterly performance as we continue to execute our strategic plan.
“Results reflect consistently growing recurring net income, our larger scale, our focus on increasing digital utilization and customer service differentiation, and Puerto Rico’s nascent economic and post-pandemic recovery.
“3Q21 new loan origination remained strong at $556 million. Compared to 2Q21, loans ex-PPP increased, cost of funds declined 17%, customer deposits increased $154 million, and net interest income continued to steadily grow.
“Provision for credit losses was a $5 million net benefit as asset quality continued to trend to levels closer to US peer banks. Total banking and financial service revenues rose 3%, and non-interest expenses fell 5%, reflecting in part reduced credit related expenses.
“During 3Q21, we also successfully executed on our buyback program, acquiring $40.2 million of shares as part of our previously announced $50.0 million authorization.
“Return on Average Assets and Average Equity was 1.59% and 17.72%, respectively.
“OFG is strategically well-positioned to continue to benefit from and play a major role supporting the economic development of the communities we serve. Thanks to all our team members who have been more than ready to help our customers achieve their goals.”
Summary: Earnings per share diluted of $0.81 compared to $0.78 in 2Q21 and $0.50 in 3Q20. Total core revenues of $134.7 million compared to $133.3 million in 2Q21 and $127.0 million in 3Q20. Net interest margin of 4.12% compared to 4.22% in 2Q21 and 4.30% in 3Q20.
Total Interest Income: It is of $112.1 million compared to $113.5 million in 2Q21. 3Q21 reflected mortgage paydowns and PPP loan forgiveness mostly offset by increased income from auto and commercial loans, and investment securities. Average loan balances were $6.47 billion compared to $6.60 billion in 2Q21 and $6.79 billion in 3Q20.
New Loan Origination: It totaled $556.2 million compared to $673.6 million in 2Q21 and $457.8 million in 3Q20. 3Q21 reflected continued high levels of auto, commercial, consumer, and mortgage lending.
Total Interest Expense: It was $9.4 million compared to $11.2 million in 2Q21 and $15.4 million in 3Q20. 3Q21 reflected lower cost of core deposits (30 bps compared to 38 bps in 2Q21 and 56 bps in 3Q20) primarily due to generally lower rates and CD maturities. Average customer deposit balances were $9.10 billion compared to $8.96 billion in 2Q21 and $8.38 billion in 3Q20.
Provision for Credit Losses: It was a net benefit of $5.0 million, reflecting $4.3 million in net reserve releases. This compares to a net benefit of $8.3 million in 2Q21 and a net expense of $13.7 million in 3Q20. 3Q21 reflected continued improvement in asset quality trends. 3Q21 net charge-offs of $6 million included $6.5 million for a previously reserved amount on a commercial loan.
Banking and Financial Service Revenues: It were $32.0 million compared to $31.0 million in 2Q21 and $27.5 million in 3Q20. 3Q21 reflected continued higher levels of banking service, wealth management, and mortgage banking activity as pandemic-related restrictions have subsided.
Non-Interest Expenses: It were $78.9 million compared to $82.7 million in 2Q21 and $83.4 million in 3Q20. 3Q21 reflected a $2.2 million benefit in credit related expenses from gains on sales of real estate owned, previously announced cost savings, and increased compensation. 2Q21 included a $2.2 million technology project write down.
Pre-Provision Net Revenues: It was $56.3 million compared to $51.8 million in 2Q21 and $47.4 million in 3Q20.
Loans Held for Investment: It totaled $6.41 billion at 9/30/21 compared to $6.50 billion at 6/30/21 and $6.76 billion at 9/30/20. Excluding PPP loans, loans held for investment of $6.27 billion increased $5.0 million compared to 2Q21.
Capital: Tangible book value per share was $18.59 compared to $18.13 in 2Q21 and $16.51 in 3Q20. CET1 ratio was 13.52% compared to 13.95% 2Q21 and 12.55% in 3Q20.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, management uses certain “non-GAAP financial measures” within the meaning of SEC Regulation G, to clarify and enhance understanding of past performance and prospects for the future. Please refer to Tables 8-1 and 8-2 in OFG’s above-mentioned Financial Supplement for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures and calculations.
Forward Looking Statements
The information included in this document contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and involves certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.
Factors that might cause such a difference include but are not limited to (i) general business and economic conditions, including changes in interest rates; (ii) cybersecurity breaches; (iii) hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters in Puerto Rico; (iv) competition in the financial services industry; and (v) the severity, magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on our operations, personnel, and customers.
For a discussion of such factors and certain risks and uncertainties to which OFG is subject, please refer to OFG’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year that ended on December 31, 2020, as well as its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Other than to the extent required by applicable law, including the requirements of applicable securities laws, OFG assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.