Press Release

For Immediate Release

                                                          Contact:  D. Linn Wiley

                                                                          President and CEO

                                                                          (909) 980-4030

 

 

 

CVB Financial Corp. Reports First Quarter Earnings

 

Ontario, CA, April 20, 2005-CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF) and its subsidiary, Citizens Business Bank (“the Company”), announced record results for the first quarter of 2005.  This included record deposits, record loans, record assets and record earnings.  It was the strongest first quarter in the history of the Company.

 

Net Income

CVB Financial Corp. reported net income of $17.7 million for the first quarter ending March 31, 2005.  This represents an increase of $7.6 million, or 75.74%, when compared with the $10.1 million in net earnings reported for the first quarter 2004. Diluted earnings per share were $0.29 for the first quarter of 2005.  This was up $0.13, or 81.25%, when compared with earnings per share of $0.16 for the first quarter of 2004.

 

Net income for the first quarter of 2005 produced a return on beginning equity of 22.61%, a return on average equity of 21.86% and a return on average assets of 1.58%.  The efficiency ratio for the first quarter was 43.10%, and operating expenses as a percentage of average assets were 1.84%.

 

In early 2004, the Company experienced a burglary at one of its business financial centers.  The burglary resulted in a loss to our customers of items located in their safe deposit boxes.  The Company had been compensating its customers for their losses with the acknowledgement of the insurance company that they were not confirming or denying coverage to us under our insurance policies. The Company paid $400,000 on these claims. In early fall, the insurance company ceased approving these claims.

 

At the end of 2004, it became apparent that the insurance company may deny coverage of our claims.  Therefore, the Company reserved an additional $2.2 million as an estimate of claims yet to be paid as of December 2004.  During the first quarter of 2005, the insurance company expressed its interest to settle these claims.  The Company settled with the insurance company in April 2005.  This allowed the Company to reverse the $2.6 million estimated robbery loss in first quarter of 2005.

 

During the first quarter of 2004, the Company wrote down the carrying value of two issues of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association preferred stock. These securities pay dividends based on a variable rate related to LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate).  Consequently, the value of these securities declined as the result of historically low interest rates.  Since this loss of value was deemed other-than-temporary, the Company charged $6.3 million against earnings in the first quarter of 2004 to adjust for the impairment of these preferred securities.

 

Net income before the reversal of the $2.6 million estimated robbery loss would have been $16.0 million for the first quarter of 2005. This represents an increase of $1.7 million, or 11.63%, when compared to net earnings, before the other-than-temporary impairment write-down, of $14.3 million for the same period in 2004.   These results would have produced a return on beginning equity of 20.46%, a return on average equity of 19.78%, and a return on average assets of 1.43%.  The related efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2005 would be 48.52%, and operating costs as a percentage of average assets would be 2.08%.

 

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income totaled $40.9 million for the first quarter of 2005. This represented an increase of $5.4 million, or 15.11%, over the net interest income of $35.5 million for the first quarter of 2004. This increase resulted from a $10.0 million increase in interest income, partially offset by a $4.7 million increase in interest expense. The increases in interest income were primarily due to the growth in average earning assets and increase in interest rates.  The increases in interest expense were due to the increases in deposit rates and borrowed funds.

 

Net interest margin (tax equivalent) declined slightly from 4.02% for the first quarter of 2004 to 3.99% for the first quarter of 2005.  Total average earning asset yields have increased from 5.15% for the first quarter of 2004 to 5.40% for first quarter of 2005.  The cost of funds has increased from 1.66% for the first quarter of 2004 to 2.11% for the first quarter of 2005. This decline in net interest margin has been mitigated by the strong growth in the balance sheet.  The Company has approximately $1.39 billion, or 46.03%, of its deposits in interest free demand deposits.   The Company believes its deposit base should position it well for a rising interest rate environment.

 

Net interest income totaled $40.9 million for the first quarter of 2005. This represented an increase of $1.2 million, or 3.01%, over the net interest income of $39.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. This increase resulted from a $2.7 million increase in interest income, partially offset by a $1.5 million increase in interest expense. The increases in interest income were primarily due to the growth in average earning assets and an increase in interest rates.  The increases in interest expense were due to the increases in deposit rates and borrowed funds.

 

Net interest margin (tax equivalent) increased from 3.95% for the fourth quarter of 2004 to 3.99% for the first quarter of 2005.  Total average earning asset yields have increased from 5.24% for the fourth quarter of 2004 to 5.40% for first quarter of 2005.  The cost of funds has increased from 1.93% for the fourth quarter of 2004 to 2.11% for the first quarter of 2005. The increase in net interest margin is the result of a recent increase in interest rates. 

 

Balance Sheet

The Company reported total assets of $4.83 billion at March 31, 2005. This represented an increase of $822.1 million, or 20.50%, over total assets of $4.01 billion on March 31, 2004. Earning assets totaling $4.50 billion were up $769.4 million, or 20.60%, when compared with earning assets of $3.74 billion as of March 31, 2004. Deposits of $3.02 billion grew $317.9 million, or 11.78%, from $2.70 billion for the same period of the prior year. Demand deposits of $1.39 billion jumped $234.9 million, or 20.36%, from $1.15 billion. Gross loans and leases of $2.18 billion on March 31, 2005 rose $371.5 million, or 20.50%, from $1.81 billion on March 31, 2004.

 

Total assets of $4.83 billion as of March 31, 2005 reflect an increase of $321.0 million, or 7.12%, over total assets of $4.51 billion on December 31, 2004.  Earning assets of $4.50 billion were up $248.2 million, or 5.83%, over the total earning assets of $4.26 billion on December 31, 2004. Deposits of $3.02 billion on March 31, 2005 grew $142.2 million, or 4.94%, from $2.88 billion as of December 31, 2004.  Demand deposits of $1.39 billion were up $66.7 million, or 5.04%, from $1.32 billion. Gross loans and leases of $2.18 billion increased $43.9 million, or 2.05%, from $2.14 billion on December 31, 2004. Total equity of $324.2 million on March 31, 2005 was up $6.75 million, or 2.13%, from $317.5 million as of December 31, 2004.

 

Investment Securities

Investment securities totaled $2.29 billion as of March 31, 2005. This represents an increase of $201.2 million, or 9.65%, when compared with $2.09 billion in investment securities as of December 31, 2004. It represents an increase of $383.7 million, or 20.17%, when compared with the $1.90 billion for the first quarter of 2004.

 

Wealth Management Group

The Wealth Management Group has over $2.1 billion in assets under administration. They provide trust, investment and brokerage related services. 

 

Loan and Lease Quality

CVB Financial Corp reported non-performing assets of $9,000 as of March 31, 2005.  The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets and non-performing assets to gross loans and leases is negligible.  The allowance for loan and lease losses was $23.9 million as of March 31, 2005.  This represents 1.10% of gross loans and leases. It compares with an allowance for loan and lease losses of $22.5 million, or 1.05% of gross loans and leases on December 31, 2004.  The increase was primarily due to the allowance for loan and lease losses acquired from Granite State Bank of $756,000 and the net recoveries of $682,000 during the first quarter of 2005. Non-performing loans and leases represented 0.04% of the allowance for loan and lease losses as of March 31, 2005. Non-performing assets increased to $9,000 from the $2,000 reported as of December 31, 2004.

 

The Company has not made a provision for loan and lease losses since 2001 due to the high quality of its loan portfolio. This has been the case even though loans increased from $2.14 billion as of December 31, 2004 to $2.18 billion as of March 31, 2005. Recoveries of $771,000 more than offset charge offs of $89,000 million during first quarter of 2005.

 

Other Items in 2005

On February 25, 2005, the Company acquired 100% of the stock of Granite State Bank. The merger agreement provides for Granite State Bank to merge with and into Citizens Business Bank.  Citizens Business Bank represents the continuing operation. The purchase price was $19.00 per share, or approximately $26.7 million.  The transaction was handled under purchase accounting.  The Company issued 696,049 common shares or $13.4 million of its common stock to shareholders of Granite State Bank, and paid the remaining $13.3 million of the acquisition price in cash.

 

Granite State Bank was headquartered in Monrovia, California with one office in South Pasadena.  The bank had total assets of $111.4 million, total loans of $62.8 million and total deposits of $103.1 million as of the acquisition date, February 25, 2005.

 

Corporate Overview

CVB Financial Corp. is the holding company for Citizens Business Bank. The Bank is the largest financial institution headquartered in the Inland Empire region of Southern California.  It serves 32 cities with 39 business financial centers in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Central Valley areas of California. Its subsidiary, Golden West Financial Services, provides vehicle leasing, equipment leasing and real estate loan services. 

 

For the second year, CVB Financial Corp. received the KBW Honor Roll award at the Annual Community Bank Investor Conference hosted by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. in New York on July 27, 28 and 29, 2004. This award was presented to the 31 banks in the United States that have reported increased earnings per share every year for the past ten years.

 

Shares of CVB Financial Corp. common stock are listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol of CVBF. For investor information on CVB Financial Corp., visit our Citizens Business Bank website at www.cbbank.com and click on the CVB Investor tab.

 

Safe Harbor

This document contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projected.  In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the Company’s current expectations regarding future operating results.  Such issues and uncertainties include impact of changes in interest rates, a decline in economic conditions and increased competition among financial services providers.  For a discussion of other factors that could cause actual results to differ, please see the publicly available Securities and Exchange Commission filings of CVB Financial Corp., including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and particularly the discussion on risk factors within that document.  The Company does not undertake any, and specifically, disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

 

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