Bank of Hawaii Corporation ( BOH Quick Quote BOH - Free Report) shares rallied 0.9% following better-than-expected first-quarter earnings results. The company reported first-quarter 2022 earnings per share of $1.32, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.22. Yet, the bottom line declined from $1.50 in the year-ago quarter.
Revenue growth on higher interest income was a tailwind. In addition, higher loan balances supported the company to some extent. However, a rise in expenses and the contraction of the net interest margin (“NIM”) were significant drags.
The company’s net income was $54.8 million, down from the prior-year quarter’s $59.9 million.
Revenues & Expenses Rise, Loans Increase & Deposits Decrease
The company’s total revenues improved 3.2% year over year to $168.8 million in the first quarter. However, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $169.4 million.
The bank’s net interest income was $125.3 million, up 3.9% year over year. The NIM shrunk 9 basis points (bps) to 2.34%.
Non-interest income was $43.6 million, down 1.4% year over year. This decline primarily resulted from a fall in mortgage banking, and fees, exchange and other service charges.
The bank’s non-interest expenses increased 5.1% year over year to $103.9 million. The upswing mainly reflects a rise in salaries and benefits, net occupancy, and net equipment costs.
Efficiency ratio was 61.53 % compared with 60.45% recorded in the year-ago period. Notably, a rise in the efficiency ratio reflects lower profitability.
As of Mar 31, 2022, total loans and leases balance rose 2.3 % from the end of the prior quarter to $12.5 billion, while total deposits increased 1.8% to $20.7 billion.
Credit Quality: A Mixed Bag
As of Mar 31, 2022, non-performing assets increased 11.7% year over year to around $20 million. Moreover, net loans and lease charge-offs were $1.5 million, decreasing $1.4 million from the prior-year quarter.
Nonetheless, the company recorded a provision for credit losses of $5.5 million, lower than the prior year’s $14.3 million. In addition, the allowance for credit losses decreased 24% year over year to $152 million.
Capital Ratios Mixed, Profitability Falls
As of Mar 31, 2022, Tier 1 capital ratio was 13.22%, improving from 12.35% as of Mar 31, 2021. Total capital ratio was 14.41%, up from 13.61%. Yet, the ratio of tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets was 9.77%, down from 11.78% in the year-ago quarter.
Return on average assets declined year over year to 0.97% from 1.15%. Return on average shareholders' equity was 14.18% compared with 17.65% as of Mar 31, 2021.
Rising loans amid an improving economy are likely to continue supporting Bank of Hawaii’s top line. In addition, increasing net interest income is anticipated to keep aiding the bank’s top-line growth. Nevertheless, rising expenses limit bottom-line growth. Also, NIM declines pose a concern.
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