CFNB Third Quarter Earnings Up 41%

California First National Bancorp (NASDAQ: CFNB) (“CalFirst Bancorp”) today announced that net earnings for the third quarter ended March 31, 2011 increased 41% to $3.7 million from net earnings of $2.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. For the nine months ended March 31, 2011, net earnings of $8.4 million were 8% below the $9.1 million reported for the first nine months of fiscal 2010. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were up 40% to $0.35 per share, compared to $0.25 per share for the third quarter of the prior year. Diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 of $0.81 were 8% below the $0.89 per share reported for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Gross profit of $9.0 million for the third quarter ended March 31, 2011 was up 27% from $7.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, gross profit of $22.7 million was 3% lower than $23.5 million earned in the nine months ended March 31, 2010. Included in third quarter 2011 results is a $940,000 gain realized on the sale of investment securities, while the first nine months of fiscal 2011 includes gains from the sale of investment securities of $2.3 million, compared to investment gains of $3.4 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2010. Excluding investment gains from all periods, gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 would be up 14%, while gross profit for the first nine months would be up 2% from the prior year.

Total direct finance, loan and interest income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 5% to $6.9 million compared to $6.6 million during the third quarter of the prior year. The increase was primarily due to a 30% increase in commercial loan income and 3% increase in direct finance income, offset by a 14% decrease in investment income. Commercial loan income reflected a 58% growth in average loan balances that offset a 121 basis point drop in average yields. The decline in investment income was due to a 21% drop in average investment balances to $121.6 million that offset a 24 basis point improvement in yields. The average yield on leases and loans held in the Company’s own portfolios decreased by 87 basis points to 7.4%. During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, interest expense on deposits and borrowings decreased by $213,000 to $881,000, reflecting a 11% increase in average deposit and borrowing balances to $244.6 million, offset by a 55 basis point decrease in average interest rates paid to 1.4%. For the third quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company made a $250,000 provision for credit losses compared to no provision made in the third quarter of the prior year. The provision related to the deterioration in the credit outlook for certain customers. All of these factors combined for a 5% increase in net direct finance, loan and interest income after provision for credit losses to $5.8 million.

Non-interest income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 more than doubled to $3.2 million from $1.6 million the year before. In addition to the $940,000 investment gain noted above, the gain on sale of leased property increased by $835,000, largely due to one large lease reaching the end of term.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, total direct finance, loan and interest income of $19.4 million was down 7% from $20.7 million for the first nine months of the prior year. The decrease was due to a $1.5 million decline in direct finance income and $1.2 million decline in investment income, which were offset only partly by a $1.4 million increase in income earned on the commercial loan portfolio. For the nine months ended March 31, 2011, average commercial loan balances of $93 million were up 33% and the average yield increased 52 basis points to 6.4%. While the investment in leases remained relatively flat, the average yield earned on leases decreased by 116 basis points to 8.03%. The decline in investment income for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 included both a decline in average yield of 41 basis points to 2.59% and 22% decline in average investment balances to $129.4 million. For the nine months ended March 31, 2011, interest expense on deposits and borrowings decreased by $1.3 million to $2.7 million, reflecting a 5% decrease in average balances and a 61 basis point decrease in average rates paid. During the first nine months of fiscal 2011, the Company’s provision for credit losses was $1.0 million compared to a provision of $350,000 during the first nine months of fiscal 2010. The higher provision in 2011 is consistent with the 19% growth in total risk assets during the year and change in credit profile of the combined lease and loan portfolios.

Non-interest income of $7.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 was unchanged from the first nine months of fiscal 2010. Excluding the gains realized on the sale of investment securities from both periods, non-interest income was up 31% for the nine months ended March 31, 2011. The increase in other income related to higher profits from the sale and re-lease of property on lease transactions reaching the end of term, offset in part by lower income from the sale of leases.

Non-interest expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 of $3.1 million were up 8% from $2.9 million reported for the third quarter of the prior year, while non-interest expenses for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 increased 4% to $9.1 million, compared to $8.7 million reported for the first nine months of the prior year. The increase in expenses during both periods is due primarily to higher compensation expenses recognized related to the sales organization.

Commenting on the results, Patrick E. Paddon, President and Chief Executive Officer, indicated, "CalFirst Bancorp’s results for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 show the benefit of the expansion of the commercial loan and lease participation activities, while we still struggle to directly originate as much volume as we would like. Lease transactions of $125.3 million booked during the nine months ended March 31, 2011 were up 30% from the prior year, and included $35.8 million of lease purchases. Commercial loans booked of $73.9 million were up from $9.2 million added during the first nine months of fiscal 2010, and contributed to total loan and lease assets booked in the first nine months increasing 89% to $199.2 million. For the third quarter, lease bookings of $27.8 million were up 22% while loan bookings increased 7% to $5.7 million. The net investment in lease receivables of $207.2 million at March 31, 2011 is 16% above the level at June 30, 2010, while the commercial loan portfolio of $97.0 million is up 48% from $65.4 million at June 30, 2010.

“During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, total new lease and loan originations were 22% below the third quarter of the prior year, although nine-month cumulative originations are up 30%. The estimated backlog of approved lease and loan commitments of $105 million at March 31, 2011 is up from $95 million at December 31, 2010 and 22% above March 31, 2010. Approximately 38% of fiscal 2011 originations represented commercial loan participation commitments, but loans represent only 15% of third quarter originations and 17% of backlog. While the commercial loan market has been less favorable, as previously indicated, CalFirst Bank’s primary regulator advised the Bank to limit the scope and volume of its commercial loan business pending the receipt of the regulator’s no objection to the Bank’s continued development of the commercial loan portfolio. The Bank still has not received the written determination of no objection to the Bank’s plan and as a result, the ability of the Bank to continue to expand its commercial loan portfolio is unclear and subject to restrictions imposed by its regulator. The Company cannot predict when or how this issue may be resolved, but currently does not expect commercial loan growth to continue at the pace realized during the first nine months of fiscal 2011.”

California First National Bancorp is a bank holding company with leasing and bank operations based in Orange County, California. California First Leasing Corporation leases and finances capital assets through a centralized marketing program designed to offer cost-effective leasing alternatives. California First National Bank (“CalFirst Bank”) is a FDIC-insured national bank that gathers deposits using telephone, the Internet, and direct mail from a centralized location, and provides lease financing and commercial loans to businesses and organizations nationwide.

This press release contains forward-looking statements which involve management assumptions, risks and uncertainties. The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements.” If management assumptions prove to be incorrect or risks or uncertainties materialize, the Company’s actual results could differ materially from the results forecast in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof. For further discussion regarding management assumptions, risks and uncertainties, readers should refer to the Company’s 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the 2011 quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

CALIFORNIA FIRST NATIONAL BANCORP
 

Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited)

(000's except per share data)
 
      Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
  2011         2010   2011         2010
 
Direct finance and loan income $ 5,992 $ 5,519 $ 16,844 $ 17,002
Investment and interest income   914   1,066   2,509   3,740
Total direct finance, loan and interest income 6,906 6,585 19,353 20,742
 
Interest expense on deposits and borrowings   881   1,094   2,668   3,922
 
Net direct finance, loan and interest income 6,025 5,491 16,685 16,820
Provision for credit losses   250   -   1,025   350
Net direct finance, loan and interest Income

after provision for credit losses

5,775

5,491

15,660

16,470
 
Non-interest income
Operating and sales-type lease income 333 373 1,578 1,393
Gain (loss) on sale of leases, loans and leased property 1,780 1,022 2,527 1,508
Gains (loss) recorded on investment securities 940 - 2,342 3,436
Other fee income – net   190   197   590   681
Total non-interest income 3,243 1,592 7,037 7,018
 
Gross profit 9,018 7,083 22,697 23,488
 
Non-interest expenses
Compensation and employee benefits 2,261 2,035 6,464 6,186
Occupancy 238 232 712 698
Professional services 136 126 377 374
Other general and administrative   460   485   1,503   1,450
Total non-interest expenses   3,095   2,878   9,056   8,708
 
Earnings before income taxes 5,923 4,205 13,641 14,780
 
Income taxes   2,266   1,609   5,218   5,654
 
Net earnings $ 3,657 $ 2,596 $ 8,423 $ 9,126
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.36 $ 0.25 $ 0.82 $ 0.90
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.35 $ 0.25 $ 0.81 $ 0.89
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding 10,301 10,204 10,276 10,187
Diluted number of common shares outstanding 10,394 10,316 10,368 10,294
 
 

CALIFORNIA FIRST NATIONAL BANCORP
 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(000’s)
 
ASSETS       March 31, 2011       June 30, 2010
 

Cash and short term investments

$

85,451

$

73,988

Investment securities

67,482

71,974

Net receivables

4,490

2,302

Property for transactions in process

19,684

26,845

Net investment in leases

221,230

192,385

Commercial loans

97,010

65,409

Income tax receivable

3,054

3,816

Other assets

2,251

2,546

Discounted lease rentals assigned to lenders
 

9,972
 

14,337

 

$

510,624

$

453,602

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Accounts payable

$

2,316

$

905

Income taxes payable, including deferred taxes

23,959

17,233

Deposits

262,090

205,922

Borrowings

10,000

10,000

Other liabilities

6,220

6,657

Non-recourse debt
 

9,972
 

14,337

Total liabilities

314,557

255,054

Stockholders' Equity
 

196,067
 

198,548

 

$

510,624

$

453,602

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