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Central Pacific Financial Corp (CPF 0.92%)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Jul 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Welcome to the Central Pacific Financial Corp. Second Quarter 2021 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] This call is being recorded and will be available for replay shortly after its completion on the company's website at www.cpb.bank. [Operator Instructions]

I'd like to turn the call over to Mr. David Morimoto, Chief Financial Officer. Please go ahead.

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David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Andrew, and thank you all for joining us as we review the Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2021 for Central Pacific Financial Corp. With me this morning are Paul Yonamine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Catherine Ngo, President; Arnold Martines, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer; and Anna Hu, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. We have prepared a slide presentation that we will refer to in our remarks today.

The presentation is available in the Investor Relations section of our website at cpb.bank. During the course of today's call, management may make forward-looking statements. While we believe these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they involve risks that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. For a complete discussion of risks related to our forward-looking statements, please refer to Slide two of our presentation.

And now, I'll turn the call over to Paul.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Thank you, David, and good morning, everyone. As always, we appreciate your interest in Central Pacific Financial Corp. Let me start first with some positive updates on the Hawaii economic recovery. Visitor arrivals from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii have returned much quicker than anticipated, a good sign for economic recovery. The daily arrival count have averaged about 30,000 per day since June, which is nearly at pre-pandemic level. In early July, the state of Hawaii began allowing arriving passengers to skip pre-testing and quarantining with proof of full vaccination against COVID in the U.S. Although we are not immune to the spike caused by the Delta variant, Hawaii's COVID infection rates continue to be at very low level, with our infection rates currently at the lowest in the nation.

Nearly 60% of our state population is fully vaccinated as of July 21, 2021. The state of Hawaii's unemployment rate declined to 7.7% in the month of June and is forecasted by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization to decline to 4.8% in 2022. The housing market in Hawaii remains hot with the median single-family home price at $979,000 in the month of June. Our financial results for the second quarter were very strong, with quarterly pre-tax income reaching a new record high. With increased confidence in the Hawaii economic recovery and our continued solid asset quality, liquidity, and capital, we resumed share repurchases during the second quarter and continue to pay our quarterly cash dividend. Against this backdrop, we are very optimistic about our future business profit.

Digital continues to be a key strategic priority for us. Enhancements to our online and mobile banking platforms are being made on a continual basis. Additionally, in the second quarter, we issued new contactless debit cards to all of our customers and increased mobile deposit adoption among our customer base. Further, online chat is now available and online appointment schedule is coming soon to make banking easier and more convenient for our customers. We continue to work diligently on our product and service development in the digital area.

I'd like to turn the call over to Catherine Ngo, our President. Catherine?

Catherine Ngo -- President, CPF; President and Chief Executive Officer, CPB

Thank you, Paul. First, I'd like to provide an update on the credit area. We are pleased that our clients have weathered through the challenges of the pandemic. Nearly all of the loans we granted, COVID-related payment deferrals have returned to pay status. As of June 30, we have just $3.5 million in loans remaining on deferral, the majority of which are residential mortgages. Additionally, our classified assets declined during the quarter to $42 million, and our nonperforming assets remain near historic lows at just nine basis points of assets. I'd also like to share about a recent developments in the environmental, social, and governance or ESG area.

In the second quarter, we were pleased to publish our first annual 2020 ESG report. A link can be found in our slide presentation. We continue to develop our ESG reporting and look forward to providing further updates in the future. CPB's legacy in helping the small business community is one of the pillars of our ESG program and remains a key priority for us. Last week, we were pleased to announce the new program run by our CPB foundation call We, that is W-E By Rising Tide. This program supports women entrepreneurs as we believe they are key to building a strong and resilient economy. As part of this program, we selected our first cohort of 20 women entrepreneurs from seven different business sectors that will participate in a 10-week series of workshop on financial management, marketing, and leadership and receive free advertising and networking benefits. Support of our employees is another color of our ESG program. We believe that investing in our employees is critical to our success.

During the second quarter, we had our annual merit increases and we made a few key strategic new hires. We also continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our employees and therefore, continue to allow flexible work schedule while developing our hybrid return-to-office plan. Finally, we are pleased that the second and final phase of our Central Pacific Plaza revitalization was completed last month. We expect smaller office projects to continue as we create collaborative, refreshed, and sustainable workplaces for our employees. We also continue to refresh our branches and evaluate our branch network to meet the changing needs of our customers.

I'd like to now turn the call over to Arnold Martines, our Chief Banking Officer. Arnold?

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

Thank you, Catherine. In the second quarter, our core loan portfolio decreased by $103 million or 2.3% sequential quarter, which was offset by PPP paydown of $163 million. Year-over-year, our core loan portfolio increased by 3.7%. The core loan growth was broad-based across all loan categories, except C&I, which as everyone knows, was because Customer segment most impacted by the pandemic and now in recovery. Our residential mortgage production continues to be very strong, with total production in the second quarter of nearly $280 million and total net portfolio growth in residential mortgage and home equity of $48 million from the previous quarter.

We ramped up 2021 new PPP originations during the second quarter with over 4,600 loans totaling more than $321 million. I am proud of our team for maintaining a leadership role in supporting our small business customers and the broader business community. PPP forgiveness is also progressing well with 70% of the loans originated in 2020 already forgiven and paid down through June 30. Assisting our customers with the forgiveness process has been a key priority for the bank as the local economy begins to recover and our business customers begin to pivot from surviving to thriving in. During the second quarter, with confidence that the national economic recovery was gaining strength and the local economy was on its way to recovery, we resumed our consumer lending programs on the Mainland and in Hawaii.

During the quarter, we purchased an auto loan portfolio from one of our established partners and also restarted other consumer programs on an ongoing full basis for consumer direct and indirect loans on the Mainland and in Hawaii. While it was a prudent process to span our consumer programs last year despite what we experienced in the economic downturn, both our Mainland and Hawaii consumer portfolios performed well, augmented by the support from federal stimulus programs. With Hawaii's economic recovery expected to take traction, combined with our healthy loan pipeline, we anticipate strong loan growth for the second half of the year. On the deposit front, we saw a strong inflow of deposits with total core deposits increasing by $279 million or about 5% sequential quarter growth. On a year-over-year basis, total core deposits increased by $705 million or 13.8%. Additionally, our average cost of total deposits outweigh the second quarter by just six basis points.

Finally, I want to mention that the Hawaii economy is recovering and consumer confidence is increasing. We are seeing positive trends in transactional fee income recovery, including investment services fees.

I'll now turn the call over to David Morimoto, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. David?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Arnold. Net income for the second quarter was $18.7 million or $0.66 per diluted share. Return on average assets was 1.06% and return on average equity was 13.56%. Net interest income for the second quarter was $52.1 million, which increased from the prior quarter, primarily due to greater recognition of PPP fee income due to higher forgiveness. Net interest income included $7.9 million in PPP net interest income and net loan fees compared to $5.2 million in the prior quarter. At June 30, unearned net PPP fees was $15.9 million. Net interest margin decreased to 3.16% compared to 3.19% in the prior quarter. The net interest margin normalized for PPP was 2.93% compared to 3.12% in the previous quarter.

The normalized NIM decrease was due to an acceleration of MBS premium amortization, excess balance sheet liquidity, and lower investment and loan yields. Investment MBS premium amortization increased by $900,000 sequential quarter due to an acceleration of prepayments in the second quarter. To mitigate the prepayment risk going forward, we executed a sovereign coupon MBS bond swap totaling $175 million. We continue to deploy excess liquidity to the loan and investment portfolios to further support our net interest margin. Second quarter other operating income remained relatively flat at $10.5 million. During the quarter, there was a decrease in mortgage banking income, which was offset by higher service charges and fees and bank-owned life insurance income. Other operating expense for the second quarter was $41.4 million compared to $37.8 million in the prior quarter, with much of the increase in the salaries and benefits line.

The current quarter increase in salaries and benefits was primarily due to $1.2 million in nonrecurring reductions in the prior quarter and $2.8 million in higher incentive compensation and commission accruals, strategic hires to drive forward performance, and annual merit increase. The efficiency ratio increased to 66.2% in the second quarter due to higher other operating expenses. We expect the efficiency ratio to moderate and improve over time as we drive positive operating leverage based on our strategic investments. Net charge-offs in the second quarter totaled $0.8 million, with the majority of charge-offs coming from the consumer loan portfolio. At June 30, our allowance for credit losses was $77.8 million or 1.68% of outstanding loans, excluding the PPP loans.

In the second quarter, we recorded a $3.4 million credit to the provision for credit losses due to improvements in the economic forecast and our known portfolio. The effective tax rate was 23.9% in the second quarter and going forward, we expect the effective tax rate to be in the 24% to 26% range. Our capital position remains strong and as Paul noted earlier, we resumed share repurchases this quarter with repurchases of 156,600 shares at a total cost of $4.3 million. We've also repurchased an additional 78,000 shares of common stock month-to-date through July 20 at an average cost of $24.93. Finally, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share, which was consistent with the prior quarter.

Thanks, and now, I'll return the call to Paul.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Thank you, David. In summary, Central Pacific has a solid financial credit, liquidity, and capital position, and we continue to make positive forward progress on our core business strategy. Further, we remain committed to providing support to our employees, customers, and the community as we continue to progress through the economic recovery. On behalf of our management team and employees, thank you for your continued support and confidence in our organization.

At this time, we'll be happy to address any questions you may have. Thank you. Back to you, Andrew.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] The first question comes from Andrew Liesch with Piper Sandler.

Andrew Liesch -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Hi. Good morning, everyone. Just want to touch on loan growth here. It's nice to see the strength in the quarter. How large was the consumer auto purchase?

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

Yes, hi, Andrew, this is Arnold. So in the quarter, we did have -- we did make an auto loan portfolio purchase of $36 million. And in addition to that, as I mentioned in my earlier comments, we resumed both our in-flow for Hawaii and our Mainland on consumer.

Andrew Liesch -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Got it. So good organic growth even beyond that purchase. Okay. That's good to know. And then, on the residential front, it looks like you guys retained more on the balance sheet and so then had a resulting decrease on the mortgage banking income. What's the outlook or how is the pipeline for that business right now and what's your plans right now as far as retaining more on the balance sheet versus selling? How should we be looking at portfolio growth versus gain on sale revenue?

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Yes. So, Andrew, on resi production for Q3, we're looking at a $250 million to $260 million range. We feel pretty confident on resi production for the second half of the year. We have several projects -- big projects that are completing in the early fourth quarter, where that's been a super-sized resi production. And then, to your question with regard to the mix between portfoling and selling, we're at the near term, we're portfoling more of the loans just because we are -- as you know, we are doing really well with our PPP forgiveness process, and we're getting a lot of resolving acceleration of fee income there. So we think that near-term is opportunistic for us to just go ahead and put more in the portfolio.

Andrew Liesch -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. That's really helpful. And of the remaining $435 million of PPP, any sense on timing on how long that's going to stick around?

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Yes. So as of June 30, the PPP net on loan fees were about $15.9 million. As far as forgiveness in the Q3, we're thinking we're going to be in the $160 million-ish range for forgiveness. So probably a few more quarters thereafter, Andrew for us to get the PPP loans off our balance sheet.

Andrew Liesch -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for taking my questions on the portfolio. Thank you.

Operator

The next question comes from Jackie Bohlen with KBW.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Hi, everyone, good morning. David, thank you for the color on the premium amortization and then the bond swap. That's helpful. I'm just wondering what impact do you expect the swap itself to have on the forward yield within the margin?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Yes, Jackie, the bonds that we purchased, the yields were in the 1.60% to 1.70% area. So really the intent of the purchase was to try to manage -- better manage forward prepayment risk with the sovereign coupon trade. So what we're hoping for is the first quarter portfolio yield was closer to 1.90%. It dropped down to 1.55% due to the accelerated premium amortization. We're hoping to get the yield back to the 1.65%, 1.70% area in the third quarter and going forward. So there is an opportunity to pick up about five basis points on the PPP normalized NIM if we're successful in managing the investment portfolio.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. So the swap is effective immediately?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. It was done in July.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. I just know some of them can be delayed. So that's great. Thank you. And then, I understand the comments related to mortgage and kind of taking advantage of some of the PPP liquidity and adding additional production into the portfolio. Just wondering how you're thinking about other cash deployment? If deposits -- number one, if you're seeing deposits continue to flow in, I mean growth has just been incredible over the past 1.5 years, and number two, what you plan to do with all those funds?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. I'll start, Jackie. So obviously, the first choice always is funding that loan growth. And as Arnold mentioned, we do have a nice pipeline and we are expecting stronger growth in the second half of the year than we experienced in the first half. And like we said, second quarter was -- we felt good about the growth there, but we do accelerate thing -- expect things to accelerate in the back half of the year. So that would be the first option. But again, it's an extent we find ourselves with excess liquidity, we are hoping to continuing to increase the investment portfolio. I think we're about at 20% of assets, so there still is room to add assets there.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. Would you ever look to -- I know that the percent of the Hawaii portfolio versus the Mainland portfolio can fluctuate in any given quarter, given the excess liquidity, would you ever look to bring the Mainland portfolio up a bit? And I'm referring to loan purchases or are you pretty happy with where that's at and you'll look more to securities?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. I think what we've guided to, Jackie, is roughly 10% to 15% of the total portfolio to be comprised of Mainland. So we're still in that range and that's still the current thought process. But obviously, to the extent that we find ourselves with excess liquidity, and there's better risk/reward opportunities on the mainland, I think it would be prudent for us to take a look at those.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. So I would guess then, is it fair to say that that balance and everything will largely depend on organic lending opportunities in Hawaii?

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

That's correct. Yes.

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you.

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Jackie.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] The next question comes from Laurie Hunsicker with Compass Point.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Yes. Hi. Thanks. Good morning. I just wanted to go back to Andrew's question around auto. Can you help us think about the $36 million that you purchased, what is the split between Hawaii and the U.S., what's the FICO? And then I think that's bringing your auto book to about $300 million, but if you have an exact number there and then what the split there is between Hawaii and Mainland and then also what the FICO is running? And just how big potentially you would grow that both? Thanks.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Laurie, this is Paul. We might have to get back to you on some of those details. Arnold, do you have any color on that?

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

I think I can -- what I can say to you, Laurie, is that the Mainland economy recovered quicker than Hawaii and so, as we started to resume our consumer programs, like the consumer lending program, we obviously started in Mainland, and now we're moving very quickly to restart the Hawaii programs. So I'd say that the -- my expectation is the split between Hawaii and Mainland consumer growth's going to normalize as we move to resume Hawaii consumer lending in the coming quarters.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Laurie, just to add, you're right. The total auto portfolio is just under $300 million, it's 290 and $210 million of that is in Hawaii and roughly $80 million is on the Mainland. All of those numbers were as of 6/30.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Great. And then do you have a FICO score?

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

I'll circle back with you on that.

Anna Hu -- Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Actually, Laurie, this is Anna. For the Mainland portfolio, our weighted average FICO was 757.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Okay. Great. And the new purchases you're doing, are they right around the same FICO?

Anna Hu -- Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Yes. About 750.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Okay. Okay. Great. And then, I guess just generally thinking about how big you would potentially grow that book, any thoughts there so that's around number 6% of loans but how big would you like to take that?

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

So, Laurie, this is Arnold. So right now, the Mainland consumer loan portfolio is about $213 million or about 4% of our total loan portfolio. And it's a good split mix between consumer, unsecured, and auto. And as far as the growth, I think we look at overall percentage Mainland versus Hawaii in the 10% to 15% range, as David mentioned. My expectation is that we'll -- we're going to grow more in Hawaii, as David mentioned, not as much in -- on the Midland. So I hope that helps you a little bit.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

It does, and I guess, just to put you guys on the spot a little bit, I just want to make sure you're not doing -- here, the plan is not to purchase anything subprime. Is that correct?

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

That's correct. Absolutely.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Okay. Okay. That's helpful. Okay. And then I just wondered -- and I love that you were an outsized PPP lender, I think that's right. But as we look forward to 2022 and that's not in there that, as you mentioned, there are $15.9 million of unamortized fees. As we're kind of putting all of that together, your net interest income run rate is going to be, I don't know, $45 million, $46 million per quarter. Am I thinking about that the right way? That's taking your margin down to somewhere in the 2.70%, 2.75% range, even assuming a pickup, or am I missing something, or maybe the better question is, can you help us think a little bit about 2022 on the margin side? Thanks.

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

So, yes. So if I understand the question correctly, Laurie, I think what you're seeing is once we get past PPP fee income, what do we expect on net interest income and net interest margin, correct?

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Correct.

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Yes. I think the fact is -- what we're doing is we realized that we were an outsized PPP lender, obviously a good thing, and we realize we're benefiting from this nonrecurring fee income in 2021. And what we're trying to do is we're trying to use that fee income to strategically invest to provide positive operating leverage in future periods, starting in 2022. And we're trying to replace that info. So the expectation in 2022 is that over time, maybe not the first quarter of 2022, but over time, we get net interest income back into the $50 million range. So it's -- so it doesn't drop down, back down to $45 million.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Yes, and, Laurie, this is Paul. So as Arnold mentioned earlier as well, we're seeing a lot of success in the purchase mortgage area. We've been guiding to mid- to high single digits growth for the balance of the year -- for 2021. And with some of the portfolioing and trying to leverage the PPP fee income this year, we feel that next year, in addition to some of the growth that we'll have for the balance of the year plus our record of driving more growth, that will be driving net interest income in 2022.

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

Great. Thank you very much.

Operator

This concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to Paul Yonamine, CEO, for any closing remarks.

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Thank you very much for participating in our earnings call for the second quarter of 2021. We look forward to future opportunities to update you on our progress. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 30 minutes

Call participants:

David S. Morimoto -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Paul K. Yonamine -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB

Catherine Ngo -- President, CPF; President and Chief Executive Officer, CPB

Arnold D. Martines -- Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

Anna Hu -- Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Andrew Liesch -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Jackie Bohlen -- KBW -- Analyst

Laurie Hunsicker -- Compass Point -- Analyst

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