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Hope Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOPE)
Q4 2019 Earnings Call
Jan 23, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Hello, and welcome to the Hope Bancorp Q4 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] And now, I'd like to turn the conference over to Angie Yang, Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Thank you, Keith. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for the Hope Bancorp 2019 fourth quarter investor conference call. As usual, we will begin -- we will be using a slide presentation to accompany our discussion this morning. If you have not done so already, please visit the Presentations page of our Investor Relations website to download a copy of the presentation. Or if you are listening in through the webcast, you should be able to view the slides from your computer screen as we progress through the presentation.

Beginning on Slide 2, I'd like to begin with a brief statement regarding forward-looking remarks. The call today may contain forward-looking projections regarding the future financial performance of the Company and future events. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, projections and management assumptions about the future performance of the Company as well as the businesses and markets in which the Company does and is expected to operate. These statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.

We refer you to the documents the Company files periodically with the SEC, as well as the Safe Harbor statements in our press release issued yesterday. Hope Bancorp assumes no obligation to revise any forward-looking projections that may be made on today's call. The Company cautions that the complete financial results to be included in the quarterly report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 could differ materially from the financial results being reported today.

In addition, some of the information referenced on this call today are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to our 2019 fourth quarter earnings release for the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.

Now, we have allotted one hour for this call. Presenting from the management side today will be Kevin Kim, Hope Bancorp's Chairman, President and CEO; and Alex Ko, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Chief Credit Officer, Peter Koh, is also here with us today and will participate in the Q&A session.

With that, let me turn the call over to Kevin Kim. Kevin?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Angie. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.

Let's begin with Slide 3. Our fourth quarter results capped a successful year of consistent execution on our strategic priorities for enhancing the value of the Bank of Hope franchise. We continued to deliver a high level of profitability, generating $43 million in net income or $0.34 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2019. This reflects a slight improvement over the $42.6 million or $0.34 in the preceding third quarter.

Taking a step back and looking at the full year, you may recall, on our fourth quarter earnings call last January, we discussed a number of key priorities for the year. I'm very pleased to report that we have made excellent progress on these initiatives. First and most notably, over the course of 2019, we dramatically improved our core deposits, particularly at the branch level where we are having a great deal of success in attracting retail depositors to our lower cost deposit accounts.

During 2019, we increased our money market and NOW deposit balances by 31%, our savings deposits by 21% and our non-interest-bearing deposits by 2%. This strong growth in core deposits enabled us to significantly reduce our dependence on higher-costing time deposits. As a result, at the end of 2019, time deposits have declined to 41.2% of our total deposits, down from 48.3% at the end of the prior year. The success we had in executing on our core deposit gathering initiatives proved critical in helping us to better manage our deposit costs, which plateaued during the third quarter of 2019 and then declined significantly during the fourth quarter.

Second, another key priority was tightly managing our non-interest expense levels. Through a consistent focus on enhancing efficiencies throughout our organization, we were able to reduce our non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets to 1.86% for the year, down from 1.88% in 2018. We were able to achieve this improvement despite the ongoing investments and continued spending on projects, including the implementation of CECL.

And third, which is always a priority for Hope Bancorp, was effective capital management. Through our stock repurchase program and attractive dividend, we returned $84.7 million of capital to shareholders in 2019 while maintaining strong capital ratios to support future growth.

Moving on to Slide 4, in addition to the success we have had in gathering lower cost deposits, we were able to be more active in our loan production. As a result, we generated a record level of loan originations in the fourth quarter. We had $848 million in new loan originations funded in the fourth quarter, up from $694 million in the preceding third quarter. We also saw a record level of payoffs, which totaled $486 million in the fourth quarter, up from $461 million in the prior quarter. Aggregate payoffs and paydowns totaled $668 million in the fourth quarter versus $633 million in the preceding quarter.

We continued to see the large mainstream banks targeting smaller lending opportunities than they have in the past and offering very aggressive pricing to win deals. However, with our record level of loan originations, our total loans increased $171 million or 1.4% from the end of the preceding quarter. This equates to 5.7% on an annualized basis.

Looking at the breakdown of our loan production by major category, we continue to have a well-balanced mix of new loan originations. Commercial real estate loans comprised 61% of total production in the quarter. Commercial loans accounted for 31% and consumer loans, comprised primarily of residential mortgage loans, accounted for 8%. We originated $530 million in CRE loans for the quarter, up from $349 million in the preceding third quarter. With the lower interest rate, we saw a modest increase in the demand for CRE loans and we capitalized on some attractive opportunities in a number of areas, including hospitality, mixed use facilities and warehouses.

We had another strong quarter of C&I loan originations. We funded $266 [Phonetic] million in new C&I production in the fourth quarter. In addition to the expansion of our Corporate Banking Group targeting lending opportunities with middle market mainstream entities, we have also been focused on building on our relationships with existing seasoned operators of top tier franchises, which has been contributing to our C&I loan production.

Turning to our SBA business, we originated $62 million in SBA loans, which reflects an increase from $55 million in the preceding third quarter. And since we are retaining this production, which is booked at higher rate than our overall average loans, we continue to see the positive impact this strategy is having on our average loan yields.

With that as an overview of our business development efforts, I will ask Alex to provide additional details on our financial performance for the fourth quarter. Alex?

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Kevin. As I review our financial result, I will limit my discussion to just some of the more significant items in the quarter.

Beginning with the Slide 5, I will start with our net interest income, which totaled $113.5 million compared with $116.3 million in the preceding third quarter. This decrease was mainly due to lower interest income on loans due to the impact of the interest rate cuts in September and October.

Our net interest margin declined by 9 basis points to 3.16%. On a core basis, excluding purchase accounting adjustment, our net interest margin declined by 10 basis points. This was relatively in line with our expectations given the impact of both the September and October rate cuts on our earnings asset yield.

Our core loan yield, which exclude accretion income, declined 24 basis points from the preceding third quarter. This was driven by the repricing on our variable rate loans following the September and October rate cuts, the payoffs of higher yielding loans and lower rate on new originations in the lower interest rate environment. This was partially offset by a substantial decline in our cost of deposits due to the mix -- funding mix that Kevin discussed.

Our cost of deposits declined 13 basis point from the prior quarter to 1.49%. And I would note that, this is the first quarter-over-quarter decrease in deposit costs in three years. The last time deposit costs declined was in the fourth quarter of 2016, when the total cost of deposits decreased by 1 basis point.

As we guided last quarter, our total cost of deposits has continued its downward trend since the peak in July 2019. On a month-by-month basis, our cost of deposits was 1.54% in October, 1.49% in November and 1.44% in December 2019. With a full quarter impact of October rate cut and assuming no further changes in the Fed Funds rate, we expect to see a decline in our net interest margin, excluding accretion income of approximately 2 basis points to 3 basis points in the first quarter of 2020.

Now moving on to Slide 6, our non-interest income was $13 million, essentially unchanged from the preceding third quarter. The primary variance from the preceding quarter was a $1.1 million increase in the net gain on sale of other loans. During the quarter, total sales of mortgage loans amounted to $32.5 million compared with $30.9 million in the preceding quarter.

In addition, we completed note sale of an aggregate $26 million of CRE loans, which had been transferred to loans held for sale at the end of the 2019 third quarter. This increase in gain on sale of other loans was partially offset by a $900,000 decline in swap fee income quarter-over-quarter, which reduced our other income and fees.

Moving on to non-interest expenses on Slide 7. Our non-interest expense was $70.4 million, up modestly from the preceding third quarter. In terms of significant variances, our salaries and employee benefit expenses declined by $1.8 million due to lower levels of retirement benefit expenses as well as lower self-funded group insurance cost, which fluctuates each quarter based on the volume of insurance claims in a given quarter. These declines were offset by an increase in our FDIC assessment fees, for which we reported no expense in the third quarter of 2019. We utilized the remainder of our small bank assessment credit to offset some but not all of our assessment fee expenses this quarter.

And now, we also had an increase in credit-related expenses and a lower amount of OREO-related income driven by fluctuation in OREO fair value adjustments. For the quarter, our non-interest expense to average asset ratio was 1.85%, unchanged from last quarter which reflects our continued success in expense management.

Now moving on to Slide 8, I will discuss some of our key deposit trends. Our total deposits increased by approximately 2.4% from the end of the prior quarter with all of the growth coming in our lower cost categories. Our non-interest-bearing deposits increased 2.5% in the quarter, while money market and NOW deposits, and savings account balances increased by 6.2% and 5.7%, respectively. As a result of the improvement in our deposit mix, non-time deposits increased to 58.8% of our total deposits compared with 57.6% at the end of the prior quarter.

We also continue to see positive trends in the repricing gap on time deposit renewals or the delta between a CD expiring rate and the renewal rate. During the fourth quarter, renewed CDs were issued at a weighted average rate that was 59 basis point lower than the weighted average rate on those CDs that matured. As a result, the average cost of our time deposits declined 4 basis points from the preceding quarter.

Now moving on to Slide 9, I'll review our asset quality. Overall, our asset quality remains healthy and we continue to see positive trends. Our total criticized loans declined by another $7.7 million and now at a lowest levels since our MOE in 2016. However, our non-performing loans increased by $20.7 million from the end of the prior quarter. Approximately half of the increase was attributable to a $10 million construction loan that matured before the completion of the projects. We chose not to extend the maturity date of the loan and stopped funding new advances, which dictated that we placed a loan on [Phonetic] non-accrual status. The project is about 85% complete and the current appraisal data shows that we are very well secured and no impairment exists. This is another example of our effort to proactively identify and manage potentially problematic credits.

We are currently in a workout with a borrower with our expectation that the loan will be refinanced by another lender. The remainder of the increase in non-performing loans this quarter primarily relate to temporary delays in the renewal process, which also impacted the balances of our 90-day-plus delinquent loans on an accrual status. We have worked through these delays for the most part already and we expect to see this loans migrate back to performing status by the end of the month.

Our loss experience continues to be very low. We had just $738,000 of net charge-offs in the quarter or 2 basis points of average loans on an annualized basis. For the full year, our net charge-offs amounted to just 4 basis points of average loans. Given the low level of net charge-offs and the lack of impairment in the new inflow into non-performing loans this quarter, we had a modest loan loss provision requirement of $1 million.

With that, let me turn the call back to Kevin.

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Alex. Let's move on to Slide 10. I will conclude with a few comments about our priorities and expectations for 2020. Similar to last year, we will be highly focused on deposit gathering and controlling expenses. And we expect to see a continuation of the positive trends we have had in both areas. We anticipate that the environment for loan growth will continue to be challenging.

As we expect, the transaction activity in CRE market will remain sluggish. However, we expect to be more active in new loan production in 2020. We are also focusing on better defending our existing portfolio from the high level of payoffs we have seen in recent quarters. But importantly, our focus will continue to be on generating profitable growth. We will continue to be very disciplined in the loans we originate to ensure that we meet our targeted levels of profitability. Over the last year, we have made considerable investments in expanding our lending capacity beyond our traditional core markets.

Our Corporate Banking Group is focused on originating C&I loans and gathering corporate deposits from the middle-market customer base. The experience of our expanded team of bankers has been diversified beyond financial services and now includes broader industry expertise in other areas. We believe we have established a highly scalable business model and can continue to originate loans and gather deposits without the need to hire substantially more personnel. We are also optimistic about the growth opportunities in our residential mortgage and warehouse line business. We believe that we can add a number of new clients for our warehouse line business over the course of the year, which should result in higher funding volumes that will generate interest income.

And in terms of our retail mortgage business, we are working to better leverage our entire branch network to generate more referrals from our existing customer base. To date, we have had most of our residential mortgage originations coming from our mortgage loan production offices, which target the mainstream customer base.

More recently, we have been focusing on growing our referrals that come through our Southern California branches. And we are pleased to see growing origination volumes from these business units. We believe that with some additional focus and training in our other geographic markets, we can increase the referrals generated from our branches in other parts of the country, which will have the positive impact of generating higher levels of non-interest income from the gain on sale of other loans.

Collectively, with the contributions from our Corporate Banking Group and our warehouse line of credit business units, supplementing our traditional business lines, we believe we can generate a higher level of loan growth this year than we did in 2019. For 2020, we are budgeting for organic loan growth to range in the low- to mid-single digits. And as always, we remain committed to strong capital management that includes strong shareholder returns while maintaining strong capital ratios that support our continued growth. We have an attractive dividend that currently yields approximately 4% and we plan to remain active with our $50 million share repurchase program currently in place.

To wrap up, we ended 2019 on a strong note and we have a lot of momentum on our key initiatives as we start 2020. We believe we are well positioned to deliver another good year for our shareholders and further enhance the value of our franchise.

With that, let's open up the call to answer any questions you may have. Operator, please open up the call.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Yes, thank you. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And the first question comes from Chris McGratty with KBW.

Chris McGratty -- KBW -- Analyst

Great, thanks. Good afternoon. Kevin, maybe we could start -- or Alex, on the margin. Obviously, the environment has got a little bit tougher for the banks. But you have this -- the ability to bring down deposit costs, which you talked about in your prepared remarks. Appreciating the guidance for the first quarter. But if the rate outlook remains steady, how do we think about ultimate stability in the floor in the margin, where and kind of when?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Sure.

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. As I indicated, we would expect to have continued compression next quarter given the rate cuts that we have experienced, especially October rate cut, it will continue next quarter. But as we indicated, our proactive deposit initiative as well as very disciplined pricing on the deposit, even though we have a very competitive -- competition on the loan rate is very still severe, we would expect to stabilize in the second quarter of 2020 in terms of net interest margin. And then second half of the year, we would expect to start to increase.

Chris McGratty -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay, great. And as rates have come down, maybe kind of a strategic question. Kevin, with the SBA business, any thoughts on potentially going back to the originating sell [Phonetic] model? Maybe comment on where you thought, I think, premiums might be today?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Yes. Because the average rate on SBA loans are considerably higher than the other loans, we have stopped selling the loans more than a year ago. And obviously, keeping this higher rate loans in our portfolio is an important element of our overall profitable growth strategy. So it is our intention to continue the retention policy for the time being. But as always, we have been very diligently monitoring the market situation and the current premiums in the secondary market is becoming better. So, we will continue to reevaluate, but at this time and for the time being, our intention is to continue to retain them on our books.

Chris McGratty -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. And the next question comes from Gary Tenner with D.A. Davidson.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Hi, good morning. This is actually Jake Stern on for Gary. How is it going today?

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Good.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Good. So, first question is the 10b5-1 trading program you announced in early December only runs through the end of January. Is it reasonable to expect you would utilize the full authorization by then or are 1Q buybacks likely closer to 4Q levels?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, as we noted in our earnings release, we were fairly active in the fourth quarter in buying back our own shares. And we will continue to remain active in the first quarter. Whether we will be able to complete that $50 million program by the end of the first quarter will depend upon the overall market activity.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Okay. And how are you thinking about buyback once the current authorization is fully used?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

We do not have any additional plan in place at this time. But as in the past, we will continue to monitor our capital situation, and I would not be surprised. Depending upon the market situation and our capital situation, the Board will consider another program later this year.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for answering that.

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Just to clarify, Jake, February is not a blackout period. So the 10b5-1 ends in January and our blackout -- which is when our blackout period ends.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Okay. I appreciate you answering the question. Just another one to follow it up. What is the quarterly CD maturity schedule and expected repricing gap looking like for 2020?

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. CD, we have, let's say, starting with the first quarter of 2020, total about $1.9 billion at an average rate of 2.17% is expected to mature. And the second quarter of 2020, about $1 billion at a rate of 2.33%. And Q3, it's about $1.2 billion at a rate of 2.3%. And last quarter, or Q4 of 2020, $960 million at a rate of 1.9%. So if I just aggregate all the 2020 maturity, that is about a 2.18%, total of $5.2 billion.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

I appreciate the color on that. Just one more to -- and then I'll step out here. So it looks like your expense to average assets has been at the 1.85% level for the -- for three of the last four quarters. Are there opportunities to lower that level further or is that the level you are comfortable operating at?

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

I feel comfortable operating it, but I would expect to have some improvement. And the reason for such improvement is we will continue to grow but with a profitable growth. So, as the average assets continues to grow and our very disciplined expense monitoring, especially, there is some professional fees that we are monitoring very closely and also no more need such as a CECL, we did have a sizable amount of investment in 2019. But we do not expect that happen or substantially decline in 2020. But those are some offsetting the increases such as the FDIC assessment fee and some others. So even assuming a similar level of total non-interest expenses, let's say $70 million or $71 million, I would expect to see the non-interest expense over average asset ratio slightly below that 1.85%.

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Wonderful. I appreciate you guys for answering my questions.

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And the next question comes Steve Marascia with Cap Security [Phonetic] Management.

Steve Marascia -- Capitol Securities Management -- Analyst

Good afternoon, everyone. Just couple of questions. What percentage of your loans for the past quarter were fixed versus variable? And how do you see that trending during the next 12 months? And also, what yields are you anticipating from the loan portfolio going forward, lower or higher from the current level of 5.04%?

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Let me start with the mix of the fixed and the variable rate loan. But as you know, we have mortgage loans, so let me break into fixed, hybrid and variable. So hybrid, what I mean is it is hybrid, but if it is at a fixed rate, let's say, first five years fixed and then variable, it's called hybrid. But if it is within the fixed, we call it as a fixed. So total fixed percent -- fixed rate is 24% at a rate of about 4.6%, and hybrid is 37% and the variable is 39%.

And that 39% of [Phonetic] $4.8 billion of variable rate loans consisted of mainly prime based and also LIBOR based. So out of that entire variable rate loan, about 55% of loans are based on the prime, and the remaining is based on the LIBOR and some other indexes. But the other index is very minor. So that's the kind of composition of the fixed and the variable.

And I think you did asked the second question about the loan pricing or the loan volume?

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

The yield expectation for loan...

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

So, going forward, who knows how the interest rate will be in the next 12 month or so, but the competition on the lending side is still very competitive. So I don't think in the rules [Phonetic] did increase on our loan yield. More realistically, we will see a small compression on our loan yields.

Steve Marascia -- Capitol Securities Management -- Analyst

And final question from me. You have -- what is your dividend policy going forward, because you haven't raised the dividend in six quarters. What would be your criteria for potential dividend increases going forward?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

We factor into a lot of considerations when we determine the dividend rate. And as I mentioned in the script, our current dividend yield is around 4% and which is pretty good compared to other -- compared with other players in the market. And we also look at our overall capital position. And dividend is one way of returning returns to our shareholders, but there will be other methods. And currently, the $0.14 per quarter is the good level of dividend payout we believe. So unless there is a dramatic change in the market situation or our capital position, I think that will continue for the time being.

Steve Marascia -- Capitol Securities Management -- Analyst

Okay.

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

So the dividend payout ratio is at 41%, which we believe that's very healthy. And also just to add, we have active in the share repurchase programs. And as Mr. Kim indicated, as needed, we will continue maximize our level of capital through either dividend or share repurchase and so forth.

Steve Marascia -- Capitol Securities Management -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

Operator

Thank you. And the next question comes from Tim Coffey with Janney.

Tim Coffey -- Janney -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, everybody.

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Tim. Good morning.

Tim Coffey -- Janney -- Analyst

Looking at the decline in the gas station and car wash loans, down about $135 million, $136 million last year. What are some of the dynamics that are bringing those balances down?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

We are looking at different marketplaces. And depending on the industry and things, we are trying to tighten up in certain areas we do see some risk. We have not made any proactive efforts strategically to bring down some of those balances. But we are also just -- looking at the industry, we are also looking at the competition in terms of how aggressive they're getting. And I think you're seeing some of the competitiveness show up in terms of our balances there.

But we don't see in terms of the overall market. We have concerns, as we stated before, in terms of where we are in the overall cycle. But in terms of the general markets and the industries, we don't see any big concerns in those balances. I think it's more of a reflection of the competition.

Tim Coffey -- Janney -- Analyst

And if I may, the competition that is, I guess, driving that market right now, are those local banks or more national banks?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

We're in a position where we see the competition from various places. So we are seeing some of the large banks competing for our space, but we also have the smaller banks. So we do see a variety of all size banks.

Tim Coffey -- Janney -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you. The rest of my questions have been answered.

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Thank you.

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And the next question comes from Matthew Clark with Piper Sandler.

Bob Shone -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Good morning. This is actually Bob Shone on for Matthew. How are you guys doing?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Bob Shone -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

I just was wondering if you guys had a CECL update for us and any implementation guidance you can give?

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. We did kind of disclosed in the past and we are in a good shape in terms of the progress there because we are doing the second parallel run testing and there is not much changes from the previous. Our expectation is says [Phonetic] about the allowance for loan losses might increase on day one through the CECL implementation, about 30% to 40% increase. But it is subject to change. And the capital impact from the CECL is kind of relatively minor. So I don't think there is any major changes from previous conversation. And I do not expect a major changes going forward as well.

Bob Shone -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. And if I could sneak one more in. Regarding the strength of your customers, have you seen positive trends in the cash flow ratios and loan to values of your customers, or how has that trended over the past couple of quarters?

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

We see in certain areas a much stronger cash flow continuing [Phonetic] I think in hospitality space, particularly. It's been a very good industry so far. And so, I think -- generally speaking, I think they've been pretty stable. I think we are seeing some industries that are showing improvements as hospitality, as I mentioned before. But we have -- we are not seeing any like major changes, I guess, if that's the question you're asking. I think basically, we are seeing positive or stable trends across industries.

Bob Shone -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

All right, thanks. I'll step back.

Operator

Thank you. And that does conclude our question-and-answer session. So I would like to turn the floor back over to management for any closing comments.

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Okay, thank you. Once again, everyone, thank you for joining us today and we look forward to speaking with you again in three months. So long, everyone.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 42 minutes

Call participants:

Angie Yang -- Senior Vice President, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Kevin S. Kim -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Alex Ko -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chris McGratty -- KBW -- Analyst

Jake Stern -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Steve Marascia -- Capitol Securities Management -- Analyst

Tim Coffey -- Janney -- Analyst

Bob Shone -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

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