HONOLULU, Jan. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (American), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE), today reported 2021 net income of $101.2 million, compared to $57.6 million1 in 2020.
“We’re pleased with our 2021 results, which reflect strong performance by our teammates, solid credit quality, an improving Hawaii economy and robust earning asset growth. We made major strides in our digital transformation and remain focused on making banking easy anytime and anywhere for our customers,” said Ann Teranishi, president and chief executive officer of American Savings Bank. “Our strong performance was matched with our continued commitment to support our community’s recovery. We’re particularly proud of our ASB teammates’ efforts to build on the momentum from 2020 and once again lead the Hawaii Restaurant Card – Business Holiday Card program in the fourth quarter. The statewide campaign resulted in the sale of 14,000 prepaid cards, totaling over $750,000, in direct support for our restaurant and food supply industries,” said Teranishi.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $22.1 million, compared to $19.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 and $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Net interest income was $237.2 million in 2021 compared to $233.5 million in 2020. The increase in net interest income for the year was primarily due to higher average earning assets driven by increased liquidity from continued strong deposit growth, lower cost of funds and higher fee income associated with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portfolio. Fourth quarter 2021 net interest income was $59.1 million compared to $60.3 million in the linked quarter and $58.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The lower net interest income compared to the linked quarter was primarily due to lower earning asset yields and lower fee income associated with the PPP loan portfolio. Net interest margin was 2.91% in 2021, compared to 3.29% in 2020. Net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 2.79% compared to 2.90% in the linked quarter and 3.12% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The results for 2021 included a negative provision for credit losses of $25.8 million compared to a provision for credit losses of $50.8 million in 2020. The negative provision for credit losses reflects favorable credit trends with continued improvement in the economic environment, and a slight shift in loan portfolio composition with growth in the real estate secured portfolio. The results for the fourth quarter of 2021 included a negative provision for credit losses of $3.5 million compared to a negative provision for credit losses of $1.7 million in the linked quarter and a provision for credit losses of $11.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. As of December 31, 2021, American’s allowance for credit losses to outstanding loans was 1.36% compared to 1.48% as of September 30, 2021 and 1.90% as of December 31, 2020.
The 2021 net charge-off ratio was 0.07% compared to 0.40% in 2020. The net charge-off ratio for each of the fourth and third quarters of 2021 was 0.03%, compared to 0.36% in the fourth quarter of 2020. Nonaccrual loans as a percent of total loans receivable held for investment were 0.86% in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 0.97% in the linked quarter and 0.89% in the prior year quarter.
Noninterest income for 2021 was $64.7 million compared to $78.1 million in 2020.2 The decrease in noninterest income was primarily due to lower mortgage banking income in 2021 and higher gains on sales of securities in 2020. Noninterest income was $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $14.8 million in the linked quarter and $20.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The decrease in noninterest income from the prior year quarter was primarily due to lower mortgage banking income and lower bank-owned life insurance income.
Noninterest expense for 2021 was $197.2 million compared to $191.6 million in 2020. The increase in noninterest expense was primarily due to higher incentive compensation costs reflecting the bank’s strong 2021 performance and higher data processing expense as the bank upgrades its technology and data capabilities to expand customer relationships, partially offset by lower COVID-19 related expenses. Fourth quarter of 2021 noninterest expense was $50.0 million, compared to $51.5 million in the linked quarter and $49.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Total earning assets as of December 31, 2021 were $8.5 billion, up 11.4% from December 31, 2020.
Total loans were $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2021, down 2.3% from December 31, 2020. The reduction in the loan portfolio during the year included a $231 million net reduction in PPP loans, as well as declines in the home equity line of credit and consumer portfolios. The decrease in these portfolios was partially offset by growth in the residential, commercial and commercial real estate loan portfolios. Excluding PPP loan forgiveness, the loan portfolio grew by $107 million or 2.1% compared to December 31, 2020.
The investment securities portfolio was $3.1 billion as of December 31, 2021, up 40.9% from December 31, 2020 as growth in deposits continued to outpace loan growth. The portfolio is primarily composed of securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. government agencies or U.S. government sponsored agencies.
Total deposits were $8.2 billion as of December 31, 2021, an increase of 10.6% from December 31, 2020. The average cost of funds was 0.06% for the full year 2021, ten basis points lower than the prior year. For the fourth quarter of 2021, the average cost of funds was 0.05%, down one basis point versus the linked quarter and down four basis points versus the prior year quarter.
American’s return on average equity for the full year 2021 was 13.8% compared to 8.1% in 2020. Return on average assets for the full year was 1.15% in 2021 compared to 0.74% in 2020. For the fourth quarter of 2021, return on average equity was 12.1%, compared to 10.3% in the linked quarter and 8.6% in the fourth quarter of 2020. Return on average assets was 0.97% for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 0.86% in the linked quarter and 0.77% in the same quarter last year.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, American paid dividends of $19.0 million to HEI. American had a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 7.9% as of December 31, 2021.
HEI EARNINGS RELEASE, HEI WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2022 GUIDANCE
Concurrent with American’s regulatory filing 30 days after the end of the quarter, American announced its fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results today. Please note that these reported results relate only to American and are not necessarily indicative of HEI’s consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.
HEI plans to announce its fourth quarter and full year 2021 consolidated financial results on Monday, February 14, 2022 and will also conduct a webcast and conference call at 11:15 a.m. Hawaii time (4:15 p.m. Eastern time) that same day to discuss its consolidated earnings, including American’s earnings, and 2022 guidance.
To listen to the conference call, dial 1-844-200-6205 (U.S.) or 1-929-526-1599 (international) and enter passcode 718780. Parties may also access presentation materials and/or listen to the conference call by visiting the conference call link on HEI’s website at www.hei.com under “Investor Relations,” sub-heading “News and Events — Events and Presentations.”
A replay will be available online and via phone. The online replay will be available on HEI’s website about two hours after the event. An audio replay will also be available about two hours after the event through February 28, 2022. To access the audio replay, dial 1-866-813-9403 (U.S.) or 44-204-525-0658 (international) and enter passcode 312244.
HEI and Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) intend to continue to use HEI’s website, www.hei.com, as a means of disclosing additional information; such disclosures will be included in the Investor Relations section of the website. Accordingly, investors should routinely monitor the Investor Relations section of HEI’s website, in addition to following HEI’s, Hawaiian Electric’s and American’s press releases, HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI’s public conference calls and webcasts. Investors may sign up to receive e-mail alerts via the “Investor Relations” section of the website. The information on HEI’s website is not incorporated by reference into this document or into HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric’s SEC filings unless, and except to the extent, specifically incorporated by reference.
Investors may also wish to refer to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii (PUC) website at dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms to review documents filed with, and issued by, the PUC. No information on the PUC website is incorporated by reference into this document or into HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric’s SEC filings.
The HEI family of companies provides the energy and financial services that empower much of the economic and community activity of Hawaii. HEI’s electric utility, Hawaiian Electric, supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii’s population and is undertaking an ambitious effort to decarbonize its operations and the broader state economy. Its banking subsidiary, American Savings Bank, is one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions, providing a wide array of banking and other financial services and working to advance economic growth, affordability and financial fitness. HEI also helps advance Hawaii’s sustainability goals through investments by its non-regulated subsidiary, Pacific Current. For more information, visit www.hei.com.
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Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and HEI’s other periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI’s results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Results for 2020 included impact of after-tax gain of $5.2 million related to the sale of Visa Class B shares in the second quarter of 2020, as well as $5.1 million of certain direct and incremental COVID-19 related costs.
See footnote 1 above.
American Savings Bank, F.S.B.
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