National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) reported net income of $25.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013. Net income increased 7%, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income 1 of $23.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share exclusive of the first quarter 2013 debt extinguishment and retail trust preferred redemption. Year-to-date, adjusted earnings 1 per diluted share increased 10% to $0.33 from $0.30 in the prior year period.
“The second quarter continued the trend of consistent, strong performance with a return on assets of 1.21%,” said Scott V. Fainor, president and CEO of National Penn. “We managed to increase the net interest margin by the actions we took in the first quarter to reduce our non-deposit funding costs, and we remain disciplined in re-risking the balance sheet in this low growth environment.”
Net interest margin increased during the quarter to 3.53% from 3.49%, primarily due to the benefit of the previously reported repayment of $400 million of longer-term borrowings and redemption of National Penn’s 7.85% trust preferred securities. Total funding costs declined to 0.50% from 0.63%, and the cost of deposits further decreased to 0.38% during the quarter. Net interest margin for the first six months of 2013 was 3.51%, as compared to 3.52% in the prior year period. Stronger loan originations in the second quarter offset the impact of prepayments and refinance activity as commercial loans grew modestly by 2% on an annualized basis.
Other non-interest income increased to $24.9 million during the quarter from $23.4 million in the first quarter. Contributing to the improvement were increases in income from interest rate swaps, mortgage banking, and wealth management services. National Penn’s focus on expense management continues to result in a stable level of operating expenses 1. Operating expenses 1 for the second quarter of 2013 were comparable to the first quarter after adjusting for the difference in payroll days in each period. The efficiency ratio 1 was 58% for the first six months of 2013 with operating expenses 1 increasing 1% compared to the prior year period.Credit quality remains strong as annualized net loan charge-offs declined to 0.32% of average loans, and classified loans have declined 10% during 2013 and 22% since June 30, 2012. Indicative of the low-risk profile of National Penn’s balance sheet, non-performing loans were 1.05% of total loans, and the allowance for loan loss coverage of non-performing loans was 189% at June 30, 2013. During the second quarter, the Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $1.5 million, equal to the provision in the first quarter of 2013.
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