SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 13, 2021--

Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD) (the "Company"), parent company of Washington Federal Bank, N.A. ("WaFd Bank"), today announced quarterly earnings of $47,422,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, an increase of 36% from $34,852,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. After the effect of dividends on preferred stock, net income available for common shareholders was $0.61 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $0.46 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, a $0.15 or 33% increase in fully diluted earnings per common share. Return on common shareholders' equity for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was 8.71% compared to 7.01% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Return on assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was 0.97% compared to 0.78% for the same quarter in the prior year.

President and Chief Executive Officer Brent J. Beardall commented, "We are pleased to see profitable growth in our balance sheet, with loans, deposits and total assets all achieving record highs. A particularly positive sign is our net interest margin expansion, especially given the challenging interest rate environment. A year ago as we rallied together as a team to deliver SBA Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans to small businesses in need, I described it as a generational opportunity for our bankers to win over new customers. The results are tangible, our reputation as a commercial bank is spreading and credit goes to the phenomenal WaFd Bank team that is working tirelessly to make a difference for our clients.

"Clearly, there are areas in our economy that give us pause and even appear frothy – housing in particular has seen a sharp increase over the last year. While we are concerned with affordability and believe that the market will be cyclical, over the long-term we are bullish on our eight western state footprint and believe net positive migration into those markets will continue to fuel demand. We have built up an allowance for credit losses of almost $200 million, which combines with our $2.2 billion of equity as a source of strength for challenging times. A key difference we are seeing in this cycle versus prior cycles is the significant amount of equity borrowers are contributing. That is true for both commercial loans and residential mortgages. As shown in our asset quality statistics, our credit underwriting standards are conservative, which allows WaFd Bank to be a reliable lender in both bull and bear markets.

"Operating expenses are elevated as compensation costs continue to climb given the highly competitive labor market and our continued investments to become a digital first bank. Considering all of the moving parts, we continue to take very positive steps forward in executing our strategic plan."

Total assets were $19.6 billion as of June 30, 2021, compared to $18.8 billion at September 30, 2020, primarily due to the $676 million increase in loans receivable and $549 million increase in cash driven by the substantial growth in customer deposits noted below.

Customer deposits totaled $15.2 billion as of June 30, 2021, an increase of $1.5 billion or 10.6% since September 30, 2020. Transaction accounts increased by $1.9 billion or 19.3% during that period, while time deposits decreased $435 million or 11.0%. The shift in deposit mix has been a result of a deliberate deposit pricing and customer growth strategy. The focus on transaction accounts is intended to lessen sensitivity to rising interest rates and manage interest expense. As of June 30, 2021, 76.8% of the Company’s deposits were transaction accounts, up from 71.2% at September 30, 2020. Core deposits, defined as all transaction accounts and time deposits less than $250,000, totaled 96.6% of deposits at June 30, 2021.

Borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") totaled $1.95 billion as of June 30, 2021, a decrease of $750 million since September 30, 2020. Strong growth in deposits has resulted in excess liquidity and consequently the Company has reduced FHLB borrowings. Since September 30, 2020, cash flow hedges totaling $600 million were terminated and the associated FHLB borrowings were paid off and an unhedged $150 million FHLB borrowing was repaid prior to maturity. The total above includes $200 million of cash flow hedges with an average effective rate of 2.95% that were terminated during the third fiscal quarter of 2021. The weighted average interest rate of FHLB borrowings was 1.74% as of June 30, 2021, compared to 1.84% at March 31, 2021 and 1.79% at September 30, 2020.

The Company had strong loan originations of $2.10 billion for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to $2.12 billion of originations in the same quarter one year ago. This quarter, the Company assisted 488 small businesses with $87 million in PPP loan originations. Largely offsetting loan originations in each of these quarters were loan repayments of $1.96 billion and $1.25 billion, respectively. Commercial loans represented 75% of all loan originations during the third fiscal quarter of 2021 and consumer loans accounted for the remaining 25%. The Company views organic loan growth funded by low-cost core deposits as the highest and best use of its capital. Commercial loans are preferable as they generally have floating interest rates and shorter durations. The weighted average interest rate on the loan portfolio was 3.42% as of June 30, 2021, a decrease from 3.71% as of September 30, 2020, due primarily to payoffs of loans at higher than current market interest rates and new loans originated at current market rates.

Credit quality is being monitored closely and the economic impacts of the pandemic will become clearer over time. As of June 30, 2021, non-performing assets remained low from a historical perspective and totaled $45.7 million, or 0.23% of total assets, compared to 0.25% at March 31, 2021 and 0.20% at September 30, 2020. The change fiscal year to date is due primarily to non-accrual loans increasing by $5.0 million, or 17%, since September 30, 2020. Delinquent loans decreased to 0.20% of total loans at June 30, 2021, compared to 0.24% at September 30, 2020. The allowance for credit losses (including the reserve for unfunded commitments) totaled $198 million as of June 30, 2021, and was 1.26% of gross loans outstanding (1.30% when excluding PPP loans for which it was determined that no allowance was necessary due to the government guarantee), as compared to $192 million, or 1.33% of gross loans outstanding, at September 30, 2020. Net recoveries were $1.1 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to net charge-offs of $1.7 million for the prior year same quarter. The Company has recorded net recoveries in 30 of the last 32 quarters.

The Company recorded a $2.0 million release of allowance for credit losses in the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to a provision for credit losses of $10.8 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2020. The release of allowance in the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was primarily due to improvements in macroeconomic variables used in the forecast component of the reserve partially offset by provisioning for new loan originations. The provision in the prior year quarter was due to losses expected at that point in time as the global pandemic worsened.

On February 8, 2021, the Company issued $300 million of 4.875% Noncumulative Perpetual Series A Preferred Stock, which qualifies as Tier 1 capital. The first quarterly dividend on the preferred stock was paid on April 15, 2021. On May 21, 2021, the Company paid a regular cash dividend on common stock of $0.23 per share, which represented the 153 rd consecutive quarterly cash dividend. During the third fiscal quarter of 2021, the Company used additional proceeds from the preferred stock issuance to repurchase 3,618,879 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $32.69 per share and has authorization to repurchase 8,150,808 additional shares. The Company has repurchased $207 million of common stock since the issuance of the preferred stock. The Company varies the size and pace of share repurchases depending on several factors, including share price, lending opportunities and capital levels. Since September 30, 2020, tangible equity per share increased by $0.78, or 3.5%, to $23.30 and the ratio of tangible equity to tangible assets was 9.92% as of June 30, 2021.

Net interest income was $129 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, an increase of $11.2 million or 9.6% from the same quarter in the prior year. Average interest-earning assets increased $1.6 billion or 9.43% from the prior year while average interest-bearing liabilities increased $428 million or 3.14%. The average rate earned on interest-earning assets declined by 36 basis points while the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities declined by 41 basis points. Net interest margin of 2.82% in the third fiscal quarter of 2021 was an increase from 2.75% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and compared to 2.82% for the prior year quarter.

Total other income was $13.2 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 compared to $13.3 million in the prior year same quarter.

Total other expense was $83.6 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2021, an increase of $8.3 million, or 11.0%, from the prior year's quarter. Compensation and benefits costs increased by $7.8 million, or 21.6%, over the prior year quarter primarily due to a 0.5% rise in headcount, annual merit increases, higher bonus compensation accruals as well as lower compensation deferrals related to loan origination costs. The Company’s efficiency ratio in the third fiscal quarter of 2021 was 59.0%, compared to 57.7% for the same period one year ago.

Income tax expense totaled $12.6 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, as compared to $9.5 million for the prior year same quarter. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was 21.00% compared to 21.35% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The Company’s effective tax rate may vary from the statutory rate mainly due to state taxes, tax-exempt income and tax-credit investments.

WaFd Bank is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has 224 branches in eight western states. To find out more about WaFd Bank, please visit our website www.wafdbank.com. The Company uses its website to distribute financial and other material information about the Company.

Important Cautionary Statements

The foregoing information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements, notes and other information contained in the Company’s 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

This press release contains statements about the Company’s future that are not statements of historical fact. These statements are “forward looking statements” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and are based on current information and/or management's good faith belief as to future events. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” and similar expressions signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risk and uncertainties, which change over time; and actual performance could differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking statements. In particular, any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental and societal responses. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

(UNAUDITED)

 

June 30, 2021

 

September 30, 2020

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,251,958

 

 

 

$

1,702,977

 

 

Available-for-sale securities, at fair value

2,292,656

 

 

 

2,249,492

 

 

Held-to-maturity securities, at amortized cost

415,748

 

 

 

705,838

 

 

Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses of $170,784 and $166,955

13,467,997

 

 

 

12,792,317

 

 

Interest receivable

51,544

 

 

 

53,799

 

 

Premises and equipment, net

255,765

 

 

 

252,805

 

 

Real estate owned

7,932

 

 

 

4,966

 

 

FHLB and FRB stock

112,025

 

 

 

141,990

 

 

Bank owned life insurance

231,882

 

 

 

227,749

 

 

Intangible assets, including goodwill of $302,707 and $302,707

308,798

 

 

 

309,906

 

 

Federal and state income tax assets, net

 

 

 

5,708

 

 

Other assets

253,204

 

 

 

346,508

 

 

 

$

19,649,509

 

 

 

$

18,794,055

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Transaction deposits

$

11,700,467

 

 

 

$

9,806,432

 

 

Time deposits

3,537,891

 

 

 

3,973,192

 

 

Total customer deposits

15,238,358

 

 

 

13,779,624

 

 

FHLB advances

1,950,000

 

 

 

2,700,000

 

 

Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance

27,530

 

 

 

49,462

 

 

Federal and state income tax liabilities, net

917

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

205,464

 

 

 

250,836

 

 

 

17,422,269

 

 

 

16,779,922

 

 

Shareholders’ equity

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 300,000 and 0 shares issued; 300,000 and 0 shares outstanding

300,000

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $1.00 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized; 135,986,719 and 135,727,237 shares issued; 69,472,423 and 75,689,364 shares outstanding

135,987

 

 

 

135,727

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

1,677,163

 

 

 

1,678,843

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes

65,120

 

 

 

16,953

 

 

Treasury stock, at cost; 66,514,296 and 60,037,873 shares

(1,446,371

)

 

 

(1,238,296

)

 

Retained earnings

1,495,341

 

 

 

1,420,906

 

 

 

2,227,240

 

 

 

2,014,133

 

 

 

$

19,649,509

 

 

 

$

18,794,055

 

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

Common shareholders' equity per share

$

27.74

 

 

 

$

26.61

 

 

Tangible common shareholders' equity per share

23.30

 

 

 

22.52

 

 

Shareholders' equity to total assets

11.33

 

%

 

10.72

 

%

Tangible shareholders' equity to tangible assets

9.92

 

%

 

9.22

 

%

Tangible shareholders' equity + allowance for credit losses to tangible assets

10.94

 

%

 

10.26

 

%

Weighted average rates at period end

 

 

 

Loans and mortgage-backed securities

3.30

 

%

 

3.55

 

%

Combined loans, mortgage-backed securities and investments

2.72

 

 

 

3.03

 

 

Customer accounts

0.24

 

 

 

0.48

 

 

Borrowings

1.74

 

 

 

1.79

 

 

Combined cost of customer accounts and borrowings

0.41

 

 

 

0.69

 

 

Net interest spread

2.31

 

 

 

2.34

 

 

WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Nine Months Ended June 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

 

(In thousands, except share and ratio data)

INTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans receivable

$

134,193

 

 

 

$

132,847

 

 

 

$

400,621

 

 

 

$

413,543

 

 

Mortgage-backed securities

5,488

 

 

 

10,843

 

 

 

19,414

 

 

 

40,796

 

 

Investment securities and cash equivalents

7,767

 

 

 

6,019

 

 

 

21,989

 

 

 

19,812

 

 

 

147,448

 

 

 

149,709

 

 

 

442,024

 

 

 

474,151

 

 

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer accounts

8,906

 

 

 

21,393

 

 

 

33,745

 

 

 

81,512

 

 

FHLB advances and other borrowings

9,937

 

 

 

10,938

 

 

 

35,126

 

 

 

37,963

 

 

 

18,843

 

 

 

32,331

 

 

 

68,871

 

 

 

119,475

 

 

Net interest income

128,605

 

 

 

117,378

 

 

 

373,153

 

 

 

354,676

 

 

Provision (release) for credit losses

(2,000

)

 

 

10,800

 

 

 

1,000

 

 

 

15,250

 

 

Net interest income after provision (release)

130,605

 

 

 

106,578

 

 

 

372,153

 

 

 

339,426

 

 

OTHER INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain (loss) on sale of investment securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,028

 

 

Gain (loss) on termination of hedging derivatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,110

 

 

 

 

 

Prepayment penalty on long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

(13,788

)

 

 

(13,809

)

 

Loan fee income

1,748

 

 

 

1,380

 

 

 

5,012

 

 

 

6,231

 

 

Deposit fee income

6,201

 

 

 

5,479

 

 

 

18,187

 

 

 

17,837

 

 

Other Income

5,262

 

 

 

6,415

 

 

 

18,037

 

 

 

50,602

 

 

 

13,211

 

 

 

13,274

 

 

 

41,558

 

 

 

75,889

 

 

OTHER EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

43,841

 

 

 

36,058

 

 

 

130,196

 

 

 

111,306

 

 

Occupancy

9,725

 

 

 

9,357

 

 

 

29,790

 

 

 

30,406

 

 

FDIC insurance premiums

3,900

 

 

 

2,365

 

 

 

10,918

 

 

 

7,305

 

 

Product delivery

4,075

 

 

 

4,397

 

 

 

13,413

 

 

 

12,560

 

 

Information technology

10,396

 

 

 

12,154

 

 

 

32,923

 

 

 

40,761

 

 

Other

11,703

 

 

 

10,992

 

 

 

29,556

 

 

 

35,053

 

 

 

83,640

 

 

 

75,323

 

 

 

246,796

 

 

 

237,391

 

 

Gain (loss) on real estate owned, net

(151

)

 

 

(219

)

 

 

(566

)

 

 

(1,074

)

 

Income before income taxes

60,025

 

 

 

44,310

 

 

 

166,349

 

 

 

176,850

 

 

Income tax provision

12,603

 

 

 

9,458

 

 

 

35,105

 

 

 

37,755

 

 

Net income

47,422

 

 

 

34,852

 

 

 

131,244

 

 

 

139,095

 

 

Dividends on preferred stock

3,656

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,378

 

 

 

 

 

Net income available to common shareholders

$

43,766

 

 

 

$

34,852

 

 

 

$

124,866

 

 

 

$

139,095

 

 

PER SHARE DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.61

 

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

 

$

1.68

 

 

 

$

1.80

 

 

Diluted earnings per common share

0.61

 

 

 

0.46

 

 

 

1.68

 

 

 

1.80

 

 

Cash dividends per common share

0.23

 

 

 

0.22

 

 

 

0.68

 

 

 

0.65

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

71,795,157

 

 

75,705,993

 

 

74,315,911

 

 

77,063,121

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

71,901,068

 

 

75,712,898

 

 

74,326,693

 

 

77,078,067

 

PERFORMANCE RATIOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on average assets

0.97

 

%

 

0.78

 

%

 

0.91

 

%

 

1.10

 

%

Return on average common equity

8.71

 

 

 

7.01

 

 

 

8.17

 

 

 

9.23

 

 

Net interest margin

2.82

 

 

 

2.82

 

 

 

2.77

 

 

 

3.02

 

 

Efficiency ratio

58.98

 

 

 

57.65

 

 

 

59.51

 

 

 

58.02

 

 

 

CONTACT: Washington Federal, Inc.

425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Brad Goode, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

206-626-8178

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA IDAHO OREGON WASHINGTON UTAH NEW MEXICO TEXAS ARIZONA NEVADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE

SOURCE: Washington Federal, Inc.

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