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East West Bancorp Reports Net Income For Second Quarter 2012 Of $70.6 Million, Up 17% From Prior Year, And Earnings Per Share Of $0.47, Up 21% From Prior Year

East West Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, the financial bridge between the United States and Greater China, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2012. For the second quarter of 2012, net income was $70.6 million or $0.47 per dilutive share. East West increased second quarter net income by $10.0 million or 17% and increased earnings per dilutive share $0.08 or 21% from the prior year period.

“Net income for East West for the second quarter of 2012 totaled $70.6 million or $0.47 per share, an increase in earnings per share of 21% compared to the prior year period,” stated Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West. “East West’s strong financial results for the second quarter are the result of our ability to drive growth and generate strong operating performance quarter after quarter. During the second quarter of 2012, we continued to focus on growing both noncovered loans and low-cost core deposits, and reducing credit costs. Since March 31, 2012, we grew our noncovered commercial and trade finance loans by $180.0 million or 6%, and increased core deposits by $476.9 million or 5% to $11.0 billion.”

Ng continued, “The increase in East West’s profitability is due to our success in growing key loan and deposit portfolios, combined with reduced credit costs and strong expense management. During the second quarter of 2012, the provision for loan losses decreased to $15.5 million and net charge-offs totaled $11.7 million, a decrease of 42% and 63%, respectively, from prior year. Nonperforming assets continued to decline, decreasing to $155.7 million or 0.72% of total assets as of June 30, 2012. Further, the efficiency ratio also improved during the second quarter, decreasing from 44% in the first quarter of 2012 to 42%.”

“East West continues to outperform peers and the industry, despite the challenging operating environment. We believe that our strong results quarter after quarter demonstrate that our differentiating focus as the premier financial bridge between East and West, provides us with exceptional opportunities to win new customers and strengthen relationships with existing customers. We are pleased with our operating results for the second quarter of 2012 and are excited about future opportunities to grow our business, increase earnings and return strong value to our shareholders,” concluded Ng.

Quarterly Results Summary
For the three months ended,
Dollars in millions, except per share June 30, 2012     March 31, 2012   June 30, 2011
Net income $ 70.56 $ 68.08 $ 60.53
Net income available to common shareholders $ 68.84 $ 66.37 $ 58.81
Earnings per share (diluted) 0.47 0.45 0.39
Return on average assets 1.32 % 1.26 % 1.12 %

Return on average common equity
12.46 % 12.01 % 11.06 %

Net interest margin, adjusted (1)
4.01 % 4.21 % 4.03 %
Cost of deposits 0.45 % 0.47 % 0.70 %
Efficiency ratio 41.54 % 44.07 % 43.95 %

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights
  • Strong Second Quarter Earnings – For the second quarter of 2012, net income was $70.6 million or $0.47 per dilutive share. Net income grew 4% or $2.5 million from the first quarter of 2012 and 17% or $10.0 million from the second quarter of 2011. Earnings per dilutive share grew 4% or $0.02 from the first quarter of 2012 and 21% or $0.08 from the second quarter of 2011.
  • Repurchase of 2.2 Million Shares of Common Stock – During the second quarter of 2012, we repurchased 2.2 million shares of our common stock at a weighted average price of $21.95 per share.
  • Strong Loan Growth – Quarter to date, noncovered loans, excluding loans held for sale, grew $296.8 million or 3%. This growth was largely due to increases in commercial and trade finance loans, and single family loans, which grew $180.0 million or 6% and $64.8 million or 3%, respectively from March 31, 2012.
  • Strong Core Deposit Growth – Core deposits increased $476.9 million or 5% to a record $11.0 billion or 64% of total deposits. Total deposits remained unchanged at $17.3 billion, as we continued our strategy to reduce reliance on higher cost time deposits.
  • Cost of Funds Down 4 bps from Q1 2012 and Down 29 bps from Q2 2011 – The cost of funds improved 4 basis points from the first quarter of 2012 and 29 basis points from the second quarter of 2011 to 0.71% for the second quarter of 2012. Our cost of deposits improved 2 basis points from the first quarter of 2012 and 25 basis points from the second quarter of 2011 to 0.45% for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Efficiency Ratio Improves to 41.54% – For the second quarter of 2012, the efficiency ratio improved to 41.54% from 44.07% in the first quarter of 2012 and 43.95% in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Nonperforming Assets Down to 0.72% of Total Assets – Nonperforming assets decreased to $155.7 million, or 0.72% of total assets at June 30, 2012, an $11.5 million or 7% decrease from March 31, 2012 and a $25.5 million or 14% decrease from June 30, 2011.

Management Guidance

The Company is providing guidance for the third quarter and full year of 2012. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the full year of 2012 will range from $1.84 to $1.86, an increase of 15% to 16% from the full year of 2011. Also, this updated guidance for the full year of 2012 is an increase of approximately $0.05 per dilutive share from our previously released guidance.

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