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CVBF Reports Strong Third Quarter Earnings for 2015

  • Net earnings were $27.9 million for the third quarter of 2015, or $0.26 per diluted share, the second highest quarter on record.
  • Total loans and leases, net of deferred fees and discounts, increased by $38.0 million for the quarter, or 1.00%.
  • Noninterest-bearing deposits increased by $54.4 million, or 1.67%, for the quarter and totaled $3.30 billion, or 55.46% of total deposits.
  • CVB Financial Corp. and County Commerce Bank announced a merger agreement.

 
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Ontario, CA, October 21, 2015 – CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF) and its subsidiary, Citizens Business Bank (“the Company”), announced earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

CVB Financial Corp. reported net income of $27.9 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared with $24.3 million for the third quarter of 2014. This represents a year-over-year increase of $3.6 million, or 14.78%. Diluted earnings per share were $0.26 for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $0.23 for the same period last year.

On October 14, 2015, we announced that we have entered into a merger agreement with County Commerce Bank, pursuant to which County Commerce Bank will merge into Citizens Business Bank. County Commerce Bank is headquartered in Ventura County with four branch locations and total assets of approximately $250 million. This acquisition extends our geographic footprint northward into the central coast of California. We expect to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory and County Commerce Bank shareholders’ approvals.

Chris Myers, President and CEO of Citizens Business Bank, commented, “We are pleased with our financial results for the third quarter of 2015. We experienced strong new business productivity for both loans and deposits but overall loan growth was slowed by higher prepayment volume. The low interest rate environment continued to put pressure on both profit margins and loan retention. However, strong loan recoveries and prepayment fees offset the margin pressure, resulting in solid earnings performance.” Myers continued, “This is a good economic environment for our bank to expand geographically and our announced acquisition of County Commerce Bank is an exciting strategic move into a new marketplace. County Commerce operates in a similar manner to our Bank and should be easily integrated after the transaction closes.”

Net income of $27.9 million for the third quarter of 2015 produced a return on beginning equity of 12.38%, a return on average equity of 12.11%, and a return on average assets of 1.45%. The efficiency ratio for the third quarter of 2015 was 44.05%, compared to 46.91% for the third quarter of 2014. Net income totaled $70.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. This represented a decrease of $7.9 million, or 10.08%, when compared with net income of $78.4 million for the same period of 2014. The first quarter of 2015 included pre-tax debt termination expense of $13.9 million, related to the redemption of $200.0 million of fixed rate debt from the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”). Diluted earnings per share were $0.66 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to $0.74 for the same period of 2014. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 produced a return on beginning equity of 10.74%, a return on average equity of 10.42% and a return on average assets of 1.25%. The efficiency ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 50.71%, compared to 47.04% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Excluding the impact of the debt termination expense, the efficiency ratio was 44.24%.

Total interest income and fees on loans for the third quarter of 2015 of $48.8 million increased $1.9 million, or 4.05%, from the third quarter of 2014. Total investment income of $18.2 million for the third quarter increased $483,000, or 2.73%, from 2014.

Noninterest income was $8.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, an increase of $68,000 from the second quarter of 2015 and a $404,000 increase from the third quarter of 2014. The year-over-year increase was due to a $479,000 net decrease in the FDIC loss sharing asset reflected in the third quarter of 2014.

Noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2015 was $32.7 million, compared with $31.5 million for the second quarter of 2015 and $32.5 million for the third quarter of 2014. The quarter-over-quarter increase of $1.2 million was primarily due to an increase in salaries and employee benefits due to growth and expansion efforts in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. As a percentage of average assets, noninterest expense, excluding the impact of debt termination expense, was 1.71%, compared to 1.69% for the second quarter of 2015 and 1.75% for the third quarter of 2014.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

Net interest income, before provision for loan losses, was $65.9 million for the third quarter of 2015. This represented an increase of $3.2 million from $62.8 million for the second quarter of 2015 and an increase of $4.7 million from $61.2 million for the third quarter of 2014. Our net interest margin (tax equivalent) was 3.72% for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 3.65% for the second quarter of 2015 and 3.61% for the third quarter of 2014. Total average earning asset yields (TE) were 3.82% for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 3.74% for the second quarter of 2015 and 3.84% for the third quarter of 2014. Total cost of funds was 0.11% for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 0.11% for the second quarter of 2015 and 0.25% for the third quarter of 2014. During the third quarter of 2015, we had one non-performing commercial real estate loan that was paid in full resulting in a $2.8 million increase to interest income.

Income Taxes

Our effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 36.0% compared with 36.25% for 2014. Our estimated annual effective tax rate varies depending upon tax-advantaged income as well as available tax credits.

Assets

The Company reported total assets of $7.63 billion at September 30, 2015. This represents an increase of $248.5 million, or 3.37%, from total assets of $7.38 billion at December 31, 2014. Earning assets of $7.26 billion at September 30, 2015 increased $244.3 million, or 3.48%, when compared with $7.02 billion at December 31, 2014. The increase in earning assets was primarily due to a $197.2 million increase in interest-earning balances due from the Federal Reserve and a $43.7 million increase in total investment securities.

Total assets of $7.63 billion at September 30, 2015 increased $203.6 million, or 2.74%, from total assets of $7.42 billion at September 30, 2014. Earning assets totaled $7.26 billion at September 30, 2015, an increase of $217.6 million, or 3.09%, when compared with earning assets of $7.05 billion at September 30, 2014. The increase in earning assets was primarily due to a $115.9 million increase in total loans, a $73.8 million increase in interest-earning balances due from the Federal Reserve and a $20.7 million increase in total investment securities.

Investment Securities

Total investment securities were $3.18 billion at September 30, 2015, an increase of $43.7 million from $3.14 billion at December 31, 2014 and an increase of $20.7 million from $3.16 billion at September 30, 2014.

During the third quarter of 2015, we transferred $886 million of investment securities from our available-for- sale security portfolio to held-to-maturity. These securities were transferred at fair value at the date of transfer. The unrealized holding gain or loss at the date of transfer will continue to be reported in accumulated other comprehensive income, but shall be amortized over the remaining life of the security as a yield adjustment. At September 30, 2015, investment securities held-to-maturity totaled $869.7 million. After-tax unrealized gain on our investment securities held-to-maturity (“HTM”) was $3.7 million at September 30, 2015.

At September 30, 2015, investment securities available-for-sale (“AFS”) totaled $2.31 billion, inclusive of a pre-tax unrealized gain of $53.2 million.

Combined, the AFS and HTM investments in mortgage backed securities (“MBS”) and collateralized mortgage obligations (“CMOs”) totaled $2.34 billion at September 30, 2015, compared to $2.22 billion at December 31, 2014 and $2.24 billion at September 30, 2014. Virtually all of our MBS and CMOs are issued by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, which have the implied guarantee of the U.S. Government. We have one private-label mortgage-backed security that has impairment. This Alt-A bond, with a carrying value of $1.3 million as of September 30, 2015, has had $1.9 million in net other-than-temporary impairment (“OTTI”) loss to date since it was purchased in early 2008. No additional OTTI impairment was recorded for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Our combined AFS and HTM municipal securities totaled $519.0 million as of September 30, 2015. These securities are located in 28 states with $20.7 million, or 3.98%, within the state of California. Our largest concentrations of holdings are located in Michigan at 12.86%, Minnesota at 12.18%, New Jersey at 9.13%, Texas at 8.70%, and Illinois at 8.05%. All municipal bond securities are performing.

In the third quarter of 2015, we purchased $170.0 million of MBS available-for-sale with an average yield of approximately 2.17%. Our new purchases of MBS have an average duration of approximately four years. We also purchased $2.7 million in municipal securities with an average tax-equivalent yield of approximately 3.64%.

Loans

Total loans and leases, net of deferred fees and discounts, increased $38.0 million, or 1.00%, from June 30, 2015. The quarter-over-quarter increase was principally due to increases of approximately $28.9 million in dairy & livestock and agribusiness loans, $10.7 million in construction loans, and $7.2 million in SFR mortgage loans. The overall increase in loans and leases was partially offset by decreases of $6.5 million in commercial real estate loans, $4.5 million in SBA loans, and $4.2 million in consumer loans.

Total loans and leases, net of deferred fees and discounts, of $3.82 billion at September 30, 2015 increased $5.1 million, or 0.13%, from December 31, 2014. The increase in loans was principally due to approximately $59.5 million in commercial real estate loans, $17.2 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $16.6 million in SFR mortgage loans. The overall increase in loans and leases was offset by decreases of $70.9 million in dairy & livestock and agribusiness loans, which were seasonally high at year-end, as customary, and $18.8 million in SBA loans.

Total loans and leases, net of deferred fees and discounts, of $3.82 billion at September 30, 2015, increased by $115.9 million, or 3.13%, from $3.71 billion at September 30, 2014.

Deposits & Customer Repurchase Agreements

Deposits of $5.96 billion and customer repurchase agreements of $610.2 million totaled $6.57 billion at September 30, 2015. This represents an increase of $401.4 million, or 6.51%, when compared with total deposits and customer repurchase agreements of $6.17 billion at December 31, 2014. Deposits and customer repurchase agreements increased by $281.5 million, or 4.48%, when compared with $6.29 billion in total deposits and customer repurchase agreements reported at September 30, 2014.

Noninterest-bearing deposits were $3.30 billion at September 30, 2015, an increase of $438.6 million, or 15.30%, compared to $2.87 billion at December 31, 2014 and an increase of $267.9 million, or 8.82%, when compared to September 30, 2014. At September 30, 2015, noninterest-bearing deposits were 55.46% of total deposits, compared to 51.14% at December 31, 2014 and 52.73% at September 30, 2014.

Our average cost of total deposits was 0.09% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to 0.09% for the same period last year. Our cost of total deposits including customer repurchase agreements was 0.10% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to 0.10% for the same period last year.

FHLB Advance, Other Borrowings and Debentures

On February 23, 2015 we repaid our last remaining FHLB advance which carried a fixed rate of 4.52%.

At September 30, 2015, we had no short-term borrowings, compared to $46.0 million at December 31, 2014 and zero at September 30, 2014.

At September 30, 2015, we had $25.8 million of junior subordinated debentures, unchanged from December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014.

Asset Quality

The allowance for loan losses totaled $59.1 million at September 30, 2015, compared to $59.6 million at June 30, 2015 and $59.8 million at December 31, 2014. The allowance for loan losses was reduced by $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2015, offset by net recoveries of $2.1 million. The allowance for loan losses was 1.55%, 1.57%, 1.63%, 1.57% and 1.67% of total loans and leases outstanding, at September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015, March 31, 2015, December 31, 2014, and September 30, 2014, respectively.

Nonperforming loans, defined as nonaccrual loans and nonperforming troubled debt restructured loans (“TDR”) were $23.6 million at September 30, 2015, or 0.62% of total loans. This compares to nonperforming loans of $22.2 million, or 0.59% of total loans, at June 30, 2015 and $32.2 million, or 0.84% of total loans, at December 31, 2014. The $23.6 million in nonperforming loans at September 30, 2015 are summarized as follows: $16.7 million in commercial real estate loans, $2.8 million in SFR mortgage loans, $2.6 million in SBA loans, $1.1 million in commercial and industrial loans, and $489,000 in consumer and other loans. The $1.4 million increase in nonperforming loans quarter-over-quarter was primarily due to a $1.7 million increase in nonperforming commercial real estate loans, partially offset by a $622,000 million decrease in nonperforming SFR mortgage loans.

We had $7.0 million in Other Real Estate Owned (“OREO”) at September 30, 2015, compared to $5.6 million at December 31, 2014 and $6.2 million at September 30, 2014. As of September 30, 2015, we had five OREO properties compared with four OREO properties at December 31, 2014 and five OREO properties at September 30, 2014. During the first nine months of 2015, we added five OREO properties with a carrying value of $3.6 million and sold four OREO properties with a carrying value of $2.2 million, realizing a net gain on sale of approximately $303,000.

At September 30, 2015, we had loans delinquent 30 to 89 days of $318,000. This compares to $1.7 million at December 31, 2014 and $688,000 at September 30, 2014. As a percentage of total loans, delinquencies, excluding nonaccruals, were 0.01% at September 30, 2015, 0.04% at December 31, 2014 and 0.02% at September 30, 2014.

At September 30, 2015, we had $45.2 million in performing TDR loans, compared to $45.2 million in performing TDR loans at June 30, 2015 and $53.9 million in performing TDR loans at December 31, 2014. In terms of the number of loans, we had 32 performing TDR loans at September 30, 2015 compared to 33 performing TDR loans at June 30, 2015 and 36 performing TDR loans at December 31, 2014.

Nonperforming assets, defined as nonaccrual loans plus other real estate owned, totaled $30.6 million at September 30, 2015, $37.8 million at December 31, 2014, and $43.3 million at September 30, 2014.

Classified loans are loans that are graded “substandard” or worse. At September 30, 2015, classified loans totaled $85.6 million, compared to $118.3 million at June 30, 2015. Classified loans totaled $160.7 million at December 31, 2014 and $147.2 million at September 30, 2014. During the third quarter of 2015, approximately $22.6 million of our classified commercial real estate loans were upgraded.

CitizensTrust

As of September 30, 2015, CitizensTrust had approximately $2.35 billion in assets under management and administration, including $1.82 billion in assets under management. Revenues were $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $6.6 million for the first nine months of 2015, compared to $2.0 million and $6.1 million, respectively, for the same periods of 2014. CitizensTrust provides trust, investment and brokerage related services, as well as financial, estate and business succession planning.

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 with assets of approximately $7.63 billion. Citizens Business Bank serves 43 cities with 40 Business Financial Centers, seven Commercial Banking Centers, and three trust office locations serving the Inland Empire, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, Ventura County, and the Central Valley areas of California.

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

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call at 7:30 a.m. Pacific time/10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, October 22, 2015 to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2015 financial results.

To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 506-3368(877) 506-3368. A taped replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will remain available through November 6, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific time/9:00 a.m. Eastern time. To access the replay, please dial (877) 344-7529(877) 344-7529, passcode 10073100.

The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; please visit our Citizens Business Bank website at www.cbbank.com and click on the “Investors” tab to access the call from the site. Please access the website 15 minutes prior to the call to download any necessary audio software.

This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Company’s website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call, and will be available on the website for approximately 12 months.

Disclosure

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial disclosures for tangible common equity, earnings before income taxes, which we refer to as “pre-tax earnings”, and net interest income and net interest margin adjusted for discount accretion on Purchase Credit Impaired (“PCI”) loans. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s operational performance and to enhance investors’ overall understanding of such financial performance. Please refer to the tables at the end of this release for a presentation of performance ratios in accordance with GAAP and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the GAAP financial measures.

Safe Harbor

Certain matters set forth herein (including the exhibits hereto) constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including forward-looking statements relating to the Company’s current business plans and expectations and our future financial position and operating results. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance and/or achievements to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, local, regional, national and international economic and market conditions and events and the impact they may have on us, our customers and our assets and liabilities; our ability to attract deposits and other sources of funding or liquidity; supply and demand for real estate and periodic deterioration in real estate prices and/or values in California or other states where we lend, including both residential and commercial real estate; a prolonged slowdown or decline in real estate construction or sales activity; changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers or key vendors or counterparties; changes in the levels of nonperforming assets, allowance for loan losses and charge-offs; the costs or effects of acquisitions or dispositions we may make, whether we are able to obtain any required governmental approvals in connection with any such acquisitions or dispositions, and/or our ability to realize the contemplated financial or business benefits associated with any such acquisitions or dispositions; the effect of changes in laws, regulations and applicable judicial decisions (including laws, regulations and judicial decisions concerning financial reforms, taxes, banking capital levels, securities and securities trading and hedging, employment, executive compensation, insurance, vendor management and information security) with which we and our subsidiaries must comply or believe we should comply; changes in estimates of future reserve requirements and minimum capital requirements based upon the periodic review thereof under relevant regulatory and accounting requirements, including changes in the Basel Committee framework establishing capital standards for credit, operations and market risk; inflation, interest rate, securities market and monetary fluctuations; changes in government interest rates or monetary policies; changes in the amount and availability of deposit insurance; cyber-security threats, including loss of system functionality or theft or loss of Company or customer data or money; political instability; acts of war or terrorism, or natural disasters, such as earthquakes, drought, or the effects of pandemic diseases; the timely development and acceptance of new banking products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by customers and potential customers; the Company’s relationships with and reliance upon vendors with respect to the operation of certain of the Company key internal and external systems and applications; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings preferences or habits; technological changes and the expanding use of technology in banking (including the adoption of mobile banking applications); the ability to retain and increase market share, retain and grow customers and control expenses; changes in the competitive environment among financial and bank holding companies, banks and other financial service providers; continued volatility in the credit and equity markets and its effect on the general economy or local or regional business conditions; fluctuations in the price of the Company’s common stock or other securities; the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted from time-to-time by the regulatory agencies, as well as by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other accounting standard-setters; changes in our organization, management, compensation and benefit plans, and our ability to retain or expand our management team and/or our board of directors; the costs and effects of legal, compliance and regulatory actions, changes and developments, including the initiation and resolution of legal proceedings (such as consumer or employee class action litigation), regulatory or other governmental inquiries or investigations, and/or the results of regulatory examinations or reviews; our ongoing relations with our various federal and state regulators, including the SEC, FDIC and California DBO; our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing items and all other factors set forth in the Company’s public reports including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and particularly the discussion of risk factors within that document. The Company does not undertake, 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 except as required by law. Any statements about future operating results, such as those concerning accretion and dilution to the Company’s earnings or shareholders, are for illustrative purposes only, are not forecasts, and actual results may differ.

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