PacWest Bancorp Announces Results For The Fourth Quarter Of 2012 And Calendar Year 2012

Fourth Quarter of 2012 Highlights
  • Net Earnings of $19.9 Million or $0.54 Per Diluted Share
  • Return on Average Assets and Equity of 1.44% and 13.51%
  • Net Interest Margin at 5.49%
  • Credit Loss Reserve at 2.37% of Net Non-Covered Loans and Leases and 184% of Non-Covered Nonaccrual Loans and Leases
  • Noninterest-Bearing Deposits at 41% and Core Deposits at 83% of Total Deposits

Calendar Year 2012 Highlights
  • Net Earnings of $56.8 Million or $1.54 Per Diluted Share
  • Return on Average Assets and Equity of 1.04% and 10.01%
  • Core Deposit Growth of $212.4 Million

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PacWest Bancorp (Nasdaq:PACW) today announced net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $19.9 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to net earnings for the third quarter of 2012 of $16.1 million, or $0.43 per diluted share and net earnings of $56.8 million for calendar year 2012, or $1.54 per diluted share, compared to $50.7 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, for calendar year 2011.

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial disclosures for tangible common equity; pre-tax earnings before net credit costs, securities gains and losses, acquisition and integration costs, and debt termination expense, which we refer to as "adjusted earnings before income taxes"; and efficiency ratios adjusted to exclude FDIC loss sharing income, securities gains and losses, OREO expenses, acquisition and integration costs, and debt termination expense. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operational performance and to enhance investors' overall understanding of such financial performance. Given the use of tangible common equity amounts and ratios is prevalent among banking regulators, investors and analysts, we disclose our tangible common equity ratio in addition to equity-to-assets ratio. Also, as analysts and investors view adjusted earnings before income taxes as an indicator of the Company's ability to absorb credit losses, we disclose this amount in addition to pre-tax earnings. We disclose the adjusted efficiency ratio as it shows the trend in recurring overhead-related noninterest expense relative to recurring net revenues. Please refer to the tables at the end of this release for a presentation of performance ratios in accordance with GAAP and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the GAAP financial measures.

The comparability of financial information is affected by our acquisitions. Operating results include the operations of acquired entities from the dates of acquisition. The operations of American Perspective Bank ("APB"), Celtic Capital Corporation ("Celtic") and Pacific Western Equipment Finance ("EQF") have been included since their respective acquisition dates of August 1, 2012, April 3, 2012, and January 3, 2012.

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS  
   
  Three Months Ended
  December 31, September 30,
  2012 2012
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Financial Highlights:    
Net earnings   $ 19,892  $ 16,088
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.54  $ 0.43
Adjusted earnings before income taxes (1)  $ 33,865  $ 33,437
Annualized return on average assets 1.44% 1.16%
Annualized return on average equity 13.51% 11.16%
Net interest margin 5.49% 5.58%
Efficiency ratio 60.7% 67.6%
Adjusted efficiency ratio (2) 55.7% 56.5%
     
At Quarter End:    
Allowance for credit losses to non-covered loans and leases, net of unearned income (3) 2.37% 2.46%
Allowance for credit losses to non-covered nonaccrual loans and leases (3)  184% 203%
Equity to assets ratios:    
PacWest Bancorp Consolidated 10.78% 10.55%
Pacific Western Bank 11.93% 11.97%
Tangible common equity ratios:    
PacWest Bancorp Consolidated 9.21% 8.98%
Pacific Western Bank 10.38% 10.42%
     
(1) Represents pre-tax earnings excluding net credit costs, securities gains and losses, and acquisition and integration costs. See GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation table.
(2) Excludes FDIC loss sharing income, securities gains and losses, OREO expenses, and acquisition and integration costs. See GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation table.
(3) Non-covered loans exclude loans covered by loss sharing agreements with the FDIC.

The most significant items causing the $3.8 million quarter-over-quarter increase in net earnings were: (a) the $1.7 million decline in after-tax net credit costs (provisions, loss sharing expense and OREO expense for both covered and non-covered portfolios); (b) the fourth quarter after-tax gain on sale of securities of $719,000; (c) the $644,000 increase in after-tax gain on sale of leases; (d) the $585,000 decline in after-tax acquisition and integration costs; and (e) after excluding OREO and acquisition and integration costs, the $467,000 after-tax decline in noninterest expenses attributed mostly to the cost savings realized from the third quarter branch sale. 

Net credit costs on a pre-tax basis are shown in the following table:

  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2012 2012 2012 2011
  (In thousands)
         
Provision (negative provision) for credit losses on non-covered loans and leases  $ --  $ (2,000)  $ (12,000)  $ 13,300
Non-covered OREO expense, net  316  1,883  4,150  7,010
Total non-covered net credit costs  316  (117)  (7,850)  20,310
         
Provision (negative provision) for credit losses on covered loans  (4,333)  (141)  (819)  13,270
Covered OREO expense (income), net  (461)  4,290  6,781  3,666
   (4,794)  4,149  5,962  16,936
Less: FDIC loss sharing income (expense), net  (6,022)  (367)  (10,070)  7,776
Total covered net credit costs  1,228  4,516  16,032  9,160
         
Total net credit costs  $ 1,544  $ 4,399  $ 8,182  $ 29,470

The provision for credit losses for the fourth quarter had two components: no provision for non-covered loans and leases and a $4.3 million negative provision for covered loans. The fourth quarter non-covered provision for credit losses of zero was based on our allowance methodology which considers the level and trends of net charge-offs, nonaccrual and classified loans and leases, and the migration of loans and leases into various risk classifications. The covered loans negative credit loss provision was driven by increases in expected cash flows on covered loan pools compared to those previously estimated and cash recoveries.

Matt Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We had an exceptional fourth quarter and year. Our fourth quarter earnings of $19.9 million contributed to our solid capital base. Credit quality continues to improve, and our reserve coverage ratios are strong. Although we resisted competing for term real estate loans at low rates and long durations, we had $28.3 million of solid growth in our C&I and lease portfolios during the fourth quarter."

Mr. Wagner continued, "In 2012 we made great strides. We completed the acquisitions of Pacific Western Equipment Finance, Celtic Capital Corporation and American Perspective Bank. These three acquisitions contributed $3.7 million to fourth quarter net earnings and $9.7 million to calendar 2012 net earnings. We increased our quarterly dividend to $0.25 per share resulting in a current dividend yield of 3.90%. And in November, we announced the pending acquisition of First California Financial Group. Although our priority in 2013 will be the completion of the First California merger and integration of its operations, we will continue to focus on improving profitability, making and or renewing quality and profitable loans with good customers, and building new relationships."

Vic Santoro, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "Our overall profitability derives from our net interest margin and expense control. The NIMs we posted during 2012, including the fourth quarter NIM of 5.49%, have been driven by our finance company acquisitions, accelerated accretion on covered loans, the debt repayments we made in the first quarter, and successful efforts to manage deposit costs. We enhanced our profitability through cost management, with the most recent action being the third quarter branch sale, which resulted in fourth quarter cost savings of $1.5 million. Our ability to sustain earnings, which on an adjusted basis were $33.9 million for the fourth quarter, along with our $589 million capital base allows us to take advantage of growth opportunities as they arise."
YEAR TO DATE RESULTS  
  Year Ended
  December 31,
  2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Financial Highlights:    
Net earnings   $ 56,801  $ 50,704
Diluted earnings per share  $ 1.54  $ 1.37
Adjusted earnings before income taxes (1)  $ 128,241  $ 117,574
Return on average assets 1.04% 0.92%
Return on average equity 10.01% 9.92%
Net interest margin 5.52% 5.26%
Efficiency ratio 72.4% 61.2%
Adjusted efficiency ratio (2) 57.6% 58.9%
     
(1) Represents pre-tax earnings excluding net credit costs, securities gains and losses, acquisition and integration costs, and debt termination expense. See GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation table. 
(2) Excludes FDIC loss sharing income, securities gains and losses, OREO expenses, acquisition and integration costs, and debt termination expense. See GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation table.

Net earnings for 2012 were $56.8 million, an increase of $6.1 million compared to 2011.  The drivers of improved profitability in 2012 include: higher net interest income from lower funding costs ($8.0 million after tax) and lower net credit costs (provisions, loss sharing expense and OREO expense for both covered and non-covered portfolios) from improved credit quality ($12.3 million after tax). These items were offset by the 2012 debt termination expense ($13.1 million after tax) and higher noninterest expense in 2012 from acquisition activity ($5.1 million after tax).

Highlights are as follows:

  • Higher net interest income of $13.8 million ($8.0 million after-tax) is attributed mostly to a decrease in interest expense from both lower volume and rate of interest-bearing liabilities.
  • Lower provision for credit losses of $39.4 million ($22.8 million after tax); the provision on non-covered loans is lower by $25.3 million ($14.7 million after tax) and the provision on covered loans is lower by $14.1 million ($8.1 million after tax). These declines are due to improving credit quality.
  • Other credit related costs and loss sharing contract activities reduced net earnings by $19.2 million ($11.1 million after tax); this amount includes lower net FDIC loss sharing income of $17.8 million ($10.4 million after tax), higher net covered OREO expense of $3.1 million ($1.8 million after tax), the $1.1 million ($647,000 after tax) other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) loss on a covered security, and lower non-covered OREO expense of $2.8 million ($1.7 million after tax).
  • Noninterest income includes $2.8 million ($1.6 million after tax) related to gain on sale of leases, $1.2 million ($719,000 after tax) related to gain on sales of securities, and the $297,000 ($172,000 after tax) gain on sale of branches; there were no such items in 2011.
  • $22.6 million ($13.1 million after tax) of debt termination expense incurred in the first quarter of 2012 on the repayment of $225 million in fixed-rate term FHLB advances and the early redemption of $18.6 million in trust-preferred securities; there was no such item in 2011.
  • Higher acquisition and integration costs of $3.5 million ($2.0 million after tax) related to the Company's three acquisitions completed in 2012 and the proposed acquisition of First California Financial Group announced on November 6, 2012.  
  • Excluding debt termination costs, OREO costs, and acquisition and integration costs, noninterest expense increased $5.3 million ($3.1 million after tax) attributed mostly to higher compensation and overhead costs for the acquired operations; these increases were offset by lower insurance assessments, lower CDI amortization expense, and lower other professional services expense.

BALANCE SHEET CHANGES

At December 31, 2012, gross non-covered loans and leases totaled $3.0 billion and the covered loan portfolio was $517.3 million. The gross non-covered loan and lease portfolio decreased $3.6 million for the quarter, net of a $28.3 million increase in leases and commercial loans. During the fourth quarter, our regional presidents reported that loans having balances of $1.0 million or more refinanced by other lenders totaled approximately $57 million. We chose not to compete on these refinancings because of the low rates and long durations offered by the other lenders. The covered loan portfolio declined $50.1 million due to repayments and resolution activities. 

The following table presents the changes in non-covered gross loans and leases for the periods indicated:

  Three Months Year
  Ended Ended
Non-Covered Gross Loans and Leases: December 31, 2012
   (In thousands) 
Beginning of period  $ 3,053,081  $ 2,812,105
APB acquisition  --   197,279
Celtic acquisition  --   54,963
EQF acquisition  --   140,959
Loan sales  --   (18,404)
Net decline  (3,576)  (137,397)
End of period  $ 3,049,505  $ 3,049,505

Total liabilities declined $79.9 million during the fourth quarter due to lower total deposits. Total deposits decreased $78.2 million during the fourth quarter to $4.7 billion at December 31, 2012. Core deposits declined $36.2 million during the fourth quarter due mostly to a decrease of $67.8 million in noninterest-bearing demand deposits, offset by increases of $20.1 million and $13.7 million in money market deposits and interest checking deposits. Time deposits declined $42.0 million during the fourth quarter to $820.3 million at December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2012, core deposits totaled $3.9 billion, or 83% of total deposits at that date. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits were $1.9 billion at December 31, 2012 and represented 41% of total deposits at that date. 

The following table presents the changes in deposits for the periods indicated:
  Three Months Year
  Ended Ended
Total Deposits: December 31, 2012
   (In thousands) 
Beginning of period  $ 4,787,348 (1)  $ 4,577,453
APB acquisition  --     219,564
Branch sale  --     (125,222)
Growth (decline) in core deposits  (36,213) (1)  212,429
Growth (decline) in time deposits  (42,014)    (175,103)
End of period  $ 4,709,121    $ 4,709,121
       
(1) Includes a $120 million deposit received at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and withdrawn in October 2012.

SECURITIES AVAILABLE-FOR-SALE

The following table presents the components, yields, and durations of our securities available-for-sale as of the date indicated:
  December 31, 2012
   Amortized   Carrying   Book   Duration 
Security Type  Cost   Value   Yield   (in years) 
  (Dollars in thousands)
Residential mortgage-backed securities:        
Government agency and government-sponsored enterprise pass through securities  $ 774,677  $ 807,842 1.93%  3.6
Government agency and government-sponsored enterprise collateralized mortgage obligations  99,956  101,694 0.80%  3.0
Covered private label collateralized mortgage obligations  36,078  44,684 10.20%  3.9
Municipal securities (1)  339,547  348,041 2.69%  6.7
Corporate debt securities   42,014  42,365 3.85%  13.4
Other securities  6,389  10,759  --  --
Total securities available-for-sale (1)  $ 1,298,661  $ 1,355,385 2.33%  4.6
         
(1) The tax equivalent yield was 4.29% and 2.73% for municipal securities and total securities available-for-sale, respectively.

COVERED ASSETS

As part of the Los Padres and Affinity acquisitions we entered into loss sharing agreements with the FDIC that cover a substantial portion of losses incurred after the acquisition dates on covered loans and other real estate owned, and in the case of the Affinity acquisition, certain investment securities. A summary of covered assets is shown in the following table as of the dates indicated:
  December 31, September 30, December 31, 
Covered Assets 2012 2012 2011
   (In thousands) 
Loans, net  $ 517,258  $ 567,396  $ 703,023
Investment securities   44,684  45,887  45,149
Other real estate owned, net   22,842  26,374  33,506
Total covered assets   $ 584,784  $ 639,657  $ 781,678
       
Percentage of total assets 10.7% 11.5% 14.1%

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income declined by $1.2 million to $69.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $70.8 million for the third quarter of 2012 due primarily to a decrease in interest income on loans and leases. The $1.3 million decline in interest income on loans and leases was due to lower early lease repayments and lower volume of nonaccrual loans returning to accrual status. Interest expense declined by $253,000 due mostly to lower rates on money market deposits and lower average time deposits.  

Net interest income increased by $13.8 million to $276.5 million during 2012 compared to 2011. This change was due primarily to a $13.0 million decrease in interest expense and an $872,000 increase in interest on investment securities.   Interest expense on deposits decreased $7.4 million due to lower rates on all interest-bearing deposits and lower average time deposits.  Interest expense on borrowings declined $4.4 million due to lower average borrowings and a lower average rate on such borrowings; we repaid fixed-rate term FHLB advances at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and replaced a portion of those advances with lower cost overnight FHLB advances that were repaid during the third quarter. Interest expense on subordinated debentures decreased $1.2 million due to the March 2012 redemption of $18.6 million in fixed-rate trust preferred securities. Interest income on investment securities increased $872,000 due to portfolio purchases. 

NET INTEREST MARGIN

Our net interest margin ("NIM") for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 5.49%, a decrease of nine basis points from the 5.58% reported for the third quarter of 2012.  

The NIM is impacted by several items that cause volatility from period to period. The effects of such items on the NIM are shown in the following table for the periods indicated:
       Year 
   Three Months Ended   Ended 
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
Items Impacting NIM Volatility 2012 2012 2012
  Increase (Decrease) in NIM
Accelerated accretion of acquisition discounts resulting from covered loan payoffs 0.13% 0.12% 0.16%
Nonaccrual loan interest 0.01% 0.04% 0.01%
Unearned income and acquisition accounting adjustment on the early repayment of leases 0.03% 0.14% 0.05%
Celtic loan portfolio premium amortization (0.01)% (0.04)% (0.03)%
Total 0.16% 0.26% 0.19%

The following table presents the loan yields and related average balances for our non-covered loans, covered loans, and total loan portfolio for the periods indicated:
       Year 
   Three Months Ended   Ended 
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2012 2012 2012
  (Dollars in thousands)
Yields:      
Non-covered loans and leases 6.83% 7.01% 6.82%
Covered loans 9.81% 9.49% 9.66%
Total loans and leases 7.30% 7.44% 7.33%
       
Average Balances:      
Non-covered loans and leases  $ 3,026,121  $ 2,977,708  $ 2,935,420
Covered loans  539,514  587,929  612,949
Total loans and leases  $ 3,565,635  $ 3,565,637  $ 3,548,369

The loan yield is impacted by the same items which cause volatility in the NIM. The following table presents the effects of these items on the total loan yield for the periods indicated:
       Year 
   Three Months Ended   Ended 
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
Items Impacting Loan Yield Volatility 2012 2012 2012
  Increase (Decrease) in Loan Yield
       
Accelerated accretion of acquisition discounts resulting from covered loan payoffs 0.16% 0.16% 0.21%
Nonaccrual loan interest 0.02% 0.06% 0.02%
Unearned income and acquisition accounting adjustment on the early repayment of leases 0.05% 0.21% 0.07%
Celtic loan portfolio premium amortization (0.01)% (0.06)% (0.04)%
Total 0.22% 0.37% 0.26%

The yield on average loans and leases decreased 14 basis points to 7.30% for the fourth quarter of 2012 from 7.44% for the third quarter of 2012. This was due mainly to lower lease interest income from the decline in early lease payoffs. Total income from early lease payoffs was $466,000 in the fourth quarter and $1.9 million in the third quarter. Income from early lease payoffs for 2012 was $2.4 million. Accelerated accretion of acquisition discounts from covered loan payoffs totaled approximately $1.5 million in the fourth and third quarters increasing the loan yields each by 16 basis points. 

The cost of total interest-bearing liabilities declined three basis points to 0.56% for the fourth quarter of 2012. All-in deposit cost declined 2 basis points to 0.25% during the fourth quarter of 2012 from 0.27% for the third quarter of 2012. Such declines are due to lower rates on average money market and time deposits. 

The NIM for the year ended December 31, 2012 was 5.52%, an increase of 26 basis points from 5.26% for last year. The increase was due to lower funding costs and a higher yield on loans and leases, offset by lower average loans and a lower return on the securities portfolio.     

The yield on average loans and leases increased 40 basis points to 7.33% for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to 6.93% for last year, due mainly to the addition of Celtic's and EQF's higher-yielding loan and lease portfolios. All-in deposit cost declined 16 basis points to 0.29% for 2012 compared to last year. The cost of interest-bearing deposits declined 22 basis points to 0.48% due to lower rates on all interest-bearing deposits and a shift in the deposit mix to lower cost interest-bearing checking, money market and savings deposits from higher cost time deposits. The cost of total interest-bearing liabilities declined 33 basis points to 0.66% due to the reduction in the cost of interest-bearing deposits and the first quarter of 2012 repayment of $225.0 million in fixed-rate term FHLB advances and the redemption of $18.6 million in fixed-rate trust preferred securities.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income decreased by $3.6 million to $2.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $5.7 million for the third quarter of 2012.  The change was due to lower FDIC loss sharing income offset in part by higher gains on sales of leases and securities.   

The fourth quarter includes net FDIC loss sharing expense of $6.0 million compared to third quarter net FDIC loss sharing expense of $367,000; such change was due mostly to higher amortization of the FDIC loss sharing asset, higher covered loan recoveries, and lower covered OREO write-downs during the fourth quarter.   Gain on sale of leases increased $1.1 million to $1.2 million and relates mostly to the sale of one lease. We sold $43.9 million in available-for-sale MBS securities for a $1.2 million gain; such securities were identified as generally having higher volatility than the broader portfolio and were sold as part of our portfolio management activities.

The following table presents the details of FDIC loss sharing income (expense), net for the periods indicated:

  Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
  December 31, September 30, Increase  December 31, Increase 
  2012 2012 (Decrease) 2012 2011 (Decrease)
  (In thousands)
FDIC Loss Sharing Income (Expense), Net:          
Gain (loss) on FDIC loss sharing asset (1)  $ 303  $ (593)  $ 896  $ (582)  $ 16,490  $ (17,072)
FDIC loss sharing asset amortization, net  (3,740)  (2,488)  (1,252)  (10,658)  (5,661)  (4,997)
Loan recoveries shared with FDIC (2)  (2,180)  (640)  (1,540)  (4,905)  (5,513)  608
Net reimbursement (to) from FDIC for covered OREO activity (3)  (409)  3,350  (3,759)  5,164  2,416  2,748
Other-than-temporary impairment loss on covered security  --  --  --  892  --  892
Other  4  4  --  19  44  (25)
FDIC loss sharing income (expense), net   $ (6,022)  $ (367)  $ (5,655)  $ (10,070)  $ 7,776  $ (17,846)
             
(1) Includes increases related to covered loan loss provisions and decreases for write-offs for covered loans expected to be resolved at amounts higher than their carrying value.
(2) Represents amounts to be reimbursed to the FDIC for covered loans resolved at amounts higher than their carrying values.
(3) Represents amounts to be reimbursed to the FDIC for gains on covered OREO sales and due from the FDIC for covered OREO write-downs.

Noninterest income declined by $15.5 million to $15.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $31.4 million for last year. The change was due mainly to a decrease in net FDIC loss sharing income of $17.8 million, a $1.1 million OTTI loss on one of our covered private label CMOs, and a $1.0 million decline in service charges on deposit accounts. These decreases were offset, in part, by $4.0 million of gains on sales of leases and securities; there were no such gains in 2011. FDIC loss sharing income, net, decreased due mainly to lower provisions for credit losses on covered loans and higher amortization of the FDIC loss sharing asset, offset by higher net covered OREO costs.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense decreased by $8.1 million to $43.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $51.7 million for the third quarter of 2012. Covered OREO expense decreased $4.8 million due to lower write-downs of $4.8 million. Non-covered OREO expense decreased $1.6 million due to lower write-downs of $2.2 million offset partially by lower gains on sale of non-covered OREO of $672,000. Acquisition and integration costs decreased $1.0 million; fourth quarter costs represent mostly professional fees related to the pending First California acquisition while the third quarter expense related to the APB acquisition including severance, systems conversion and professional fees, and accruals for the closures of two Pacific Western Bank offices at the time of the APB acquisition. When OREO and acquisition and integration costs are excluded from noninterest expense, such costs decrease $805,000; this decrease is attributed mostly to the cost savings realized from the third quarter sale of 10 branches.

Noninterest expense includes (a) amortization of time-based restricted stock, which is included in compensation, and (b) intangible asset amortization. Amortization of restricted stock totaled $1.4 million for each of the fourth and third quarters of 2012.  Intangible asset amortization totaled $1.2 million and $1.7 million for the fourth and third quarters of 2012, respectively.

Noninterest expense increased by $31.7 million to $211.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $180.0 million for last year. The increase was due mostly to $22.6 million in debt termination expense incurred in the first quarter of 2012 for the early repayments of FHLB advances and trust preferred securities. No such expense was incurred in the prior year. Excluding the debt termination expense, noninterest expense increased $9.1 million.   Noninterest expense for APB, Celtic and EQF totaled $15.1 million since their acquisition dates, and the increase in acquisition and integration costs totaled $3.5 million. Covered OREO expense increased by $3.1 million due mostly to lower gains on sales of $4.8 million offset by lower write-downs of $1.5 million. Non-covered OREO expense decreased $2.8 million due to higher gains on sales of $1.5 million and lower write-downs of $1.2 million. Other expense categories declined as follows (amounts exclude the acquisition activity previously described):  (a) intangible asset amortization declined $2.7 million due to certain intangibles being fully amortized; (b) insurance and assessments decreased $1.9 million due to the revised deposit insurance assessment formula; and (c) other professional services declined $1.2 million due to lower legal fees for litigation on loans and to lower fees for our outsourced internal audit function.

Amortization of restricted stock totaled $5.7 million and $7.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Intangible asset amortization totaled $6.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $8.4 million for last year.

CREDIT QUALITY      
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011
   (Dollars in thousands) 
Non-Covered Credit Quality Metrics:      
Allowance for credit losses   $ 72,119  $ 75,012  $ 93,783
Nonaccrual loans and leases  39,284  36,985  58,260
Classified loans and leases (1)  101,019  96,898  185,560
Performing restructured loans  106,288  112,834  116,791
Net charge-offs (for the quarter)  2,893  1,019  2,752
Allowance for credit losses to loans and leases, net of unearned income  2.37% 2.46% 3.34%
Allowance for credit losses to nonaccrual loans and leases 184% 203% 161%
Nonperforming assets to loans and leases, net of unearned income, and other real estate owned 2.37% 2.41% 3.73%
       
(1) Classified loans and leases are those with a credit risk rating of substandard or doubtful.

Our non-covered loans and leases at December 31, 2012, include $298.5 million in loans and leases acquired in our 2012 acquisitions and that were initially recorded at their estimated fair values.   The fair value amounts at which these loans were initially recorded included an estimate of their credit losses; therefore, the allowance takes into consideration those loans whose credit quality has deteriorated since the acquisition.  At December 31, 2012, $1.0 million of our allowance for credit losses applies to such loans and leases. When these loans and leases are excluded from the total of non-covered loans and leases, the coverage ratio of our allowance for credit losses increases to 2.58% at December 31, 2012.  The comparable ratio at September 30, 2012 was 2.76%. 

Credit Loss Provisions

The Company recorded a negative provision for credit losses of $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to a negative provision for credit losses of $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 as follows:
  Three Months Ended 
  December 31, September 30, Increase 
  2012 2012 (Decrease)
  (In thousands)
Provision (Negative Provision) for Credit Losses on:      
Non-covered loans and leases  $ --  $ (2,000)  $ 2,000
Covered loans  (4,333)  (141)  (4,192)
Total provision (negative provision) for credit losses   $ (4,333)  $ (2,141)  $ (2,192)

The provision level on the non-covered portfolio is generated by our allowance methodology and reflects historical and current net charge-offs, the levels of nonaccrual and classified loans and leases, the migration of loans and leases into various risk classifications, and the level of outstanding loans and leases. Based on such methodology, there was no fourth quarter provision. 

The provision or negative provision for credit losses on the covered loans results from, respectively, decreases or increases in expected cash flows on covered loans compared to those previously estimated.

Non-covered Nonaccrual Loans and Other Real Estate Owned

Non-covered nonperforming assets include non-covered nonaccrual loans and leases and non-covered OREO and totaled $72.9 million at December 31, 2012 compared to $74.3 million at September 30, 2012. The ratio of non-covered nonperforming assets to non-covered loans and leases and non-covered OREO decreased to 2.37% at December 31, 2012 from 2.41% at September 30, 2012.  The following table presents our non-covered nonaccrual loans and leases and accruing loans and leases past due between 30 and 89 days by portfolio segment and class as of the dates indicated:
  Nonaccrual Loans and Leases (1) Accruing and 
  December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 30 - 89 Days Past Due (1)
    % of   % of December 31, September 30,
    Loan   Loan 2012 2012
  Balance Category Balance Category Balance Balance
  (Dollars in thousands)
Real estate mortgage:            
Hospitality  $ 6,908 3.8%  $ 6,993 5.9%  $ --  $ --
SBA 504  2,982 5.5%  1,330 2.4%  955  2,926
Other  15,929 0.9%  9,031 0.5%  1,408  --
Total real estate mortgage  25,819 1.3%  17,354 0.9%  2,363  2,926
Real estate construction:            
Residential  1,057 2.2%  1,063 2.5%  --  --
Commercial  2,715 3.3%  3,885 3.5%  --  1,301
Total real estate construction  3,772 2.9%  4,948 3.2%  --  1,301
Commercial:            
Collateralized  2,648 0.6%  7,180 1.7%  166  12
Unsecured  2,019 2.9%  2,055 2.4%  138  --
Asset-based   176 0.1%  176 0.1%  --  --
SBA 7(a)   4,181 16.5%  4,433 17.0%  313  210
Total commercial  9,024 1.1%  13,844 1.8%  617  222
Leases  244 0.1%  420 0.3%  357  --
Consumer   425 1.9%  419 2.0%  15  23
Total non-covered loans and leases  $ 39,284 1.3%  $ 36,985 1.2%  $ 3,352  $ 4,472
             
(1) Excludes covered loans.          

The $2.3 million increase in non-covered nonaccrual loans and leases during the fourth quarter was attributable to (a) additions of $9.3 million, (b) other reductions, payoffs and returns to accrual status of $5.2 million, and (c) charge-offs of $1.8  million. There were no foreclosures of non-covered nonaccrual loans during the fourth quarter.

Below is a summary of the ten largest lending relationships on nonaccrual status, excluding SBA-related loans, as of the date indicated:

Nonaccrual  
 Amount   
December 31,  
2012 Description
(In thousands)  
   
$ 6,908 Two loans, each secured by a hotel in San Diego County, California. The borrower is paying according to the restructured terms of each loan. (1) 
   
3,480 Two loans, one of which is secured by an office building Clark County, Nevada; and one of which is secured by an office building in Maricopa County, Arizona. (2) 
   
 2,354 This loan is secured by a strip retail center in Riverside County, California. The borrower is paying according to the restructured terms of the loan. (1)
   
 1,877 This loan is secured by a strip retail center in Clark County, Nevada. (2) 
   
 1,790 This loan is unsecured and has a specific reserve for 100% of the balance. (1) 
   
 1,706 This loan is secured by two industrial buildings in San Diego County, California. (1)
   
 1,245 This loan is secured by land in Riverside County, California. (2) 
 1,199   Two loans, one of which is secured by an apartment building in San Diego County, California; and one of which is secured by an office building in San Diego County, California. (1)
   
 1,194 This loan is secured by three industrial buildings in Riverside County, California. (1)
   
 1,046 This loan is secured by a multi-tenant industrial building in Riverside County, California. (1)
   
 $ 22,799 Total
   
(1) On nonaccrual status at September 30, 2012
(2) New nonaccrual in fourth quarter of 2012

The following table presents the details of non-covered and covered OREO as of the dates indicated:
  December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
  Non-   Non-   Non-  
  Covered Covered  Covered Covered  Covered Covered 
Property Type OREO OREO OREO OREO OREO OREO
  (In thousands)
Commercial real estate   $ 1,684  $ 11,635  $ 1,684  $ 18,500  $ 23,003  $ 15,053
Construction and land development   31,888  6,708  33,911  6,807  24,788  15,461
Multi-family  --  4,239  --  939  --  --
Single family residences  --  260  1,738  128  621  2,992
Total OREO, net  $ 33,572  $ 22,842  $ 37,333  $ 26,374  $ 48,412  $ 33,506

The following table presents non-covered and covered OREO activity for the period indicated:
  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2012
  Non-Covered Covered  Total
  OREO OREO OREO
  (In thousands)
Beginning of period  $ 37,333  $ 26,374  $ 63,707
Foreclosures  --  7,963  7,963
Provision for losses  (401)  (366)  (767)
Reductions related to sales  (3,360)  (11,129)  (14,489)
End of period  $ 33,572  $ 22,842  $ 56,414
       
Net gain on sale  $ 365  $ 879  $ 1,244

REGULATORY CAPITAL MEASURES ARE ABOVE THE WELL-CAPITALIZED MINIMUMS

PacWest and its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Western Bank, each remained well capitalized as of the date indicated as shown in the following table:
  December 31, 2012
  Well  Pacific PacWest
  Capitalized Western Bancorp
  Requirement Bank Consolidated
Tier 1 leverage capital ratio  5.00% 9.78% 10.53%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio  6.00% 14.10% 15.17%
Total risk-based capital ratio 10.00% 15.36% 16.43%
Tangible common equity ratio N/A 10.38% 9.21%

ABOUT PACWEST BANCORP

PacWest Bancorp ("PacWest") is a bank holding company with $5.5 billion in assets as of December 31, 2012, with one wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Western Bank ("Pacific Western"). Through 67 full-service community banking branches, Pacific Western provides commercial banking services, including real estate, construction and commercial loans, to small and medium-sized businesses. Pacific Western's branches are located throughout California in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo and Ventura Counties. Through its subsidiaries, BFI Business Finance and Celtic Capital Corporation, and its divisions First Community Financial and Pacific Western Equipment Finance, Pacific Western also provides working capital financing and equipment leasing to growing companies located throughout the United States, with a focus on the Southwestern U.S., primarily in Arizona, California, Utah and Texas. Additional information regarding PacWest Bancorp is available on the Internet at www.pacwestbancorp.com . Information regarding Pacific Western Bank is also available on the Internet at www.pacificwesternbank.com .

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking information about PacWest that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of the Company. We caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, implied or projected by, such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: failure to obtain regulatory or other required approvals; an inability to achieve expected cost savings in the amounts or timeframes discussed if at all, or the costs associated with transactions or the time needed to complete transactions being greater than expected;  lower than expected revenues; credit quality deterioration or a reduction in real estate values could cause an increase in the allowance for credit losses and a reduction in net earnings; increased competitive pressure among depository institutions; the Company's ability to complete future acquisitions, successfully integrate such acquired entities, or achieve expected beneficial synergies and/or operating efficiencies within expected time-frames or at all; settlements with the FDIC related to our loss-sharing arrangements from the Los Padres Bank and Affinity Bank acquisitions; the possibility that personnel changes will not proceed as planned; the cost of additional capital is more than expected; a change in the interest rate environment reduces net interest margins; asset/liability repricing risks and liquidity risks; pending legal matters may take longer or cost more to resolve or may be resolved adversely to the Company; general economic conditions, either nationally or in the market areas in which the Company does or anticipates doing business, are less favorable than expected; environmental conditions, including natural disasters, may disrupt our business, impede our operations, negatively impact the values of collateral securing the Company's loans and leases or impair the ability of our borrowers to support their debt obligations; the economic and regulatory effects of the continuing war on terrorism and other events of war, including the conflicts in the Middle East; legislative or regulatory requirements or changes adversely affecting the Company's business; changes in the securities markets; regulatory approvals for any capital activities cannot be obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; and, other risks that are described in PacWest's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or if any of the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements proves to be incorrect, PacWest's results could differ materially from those expressed in, implied or projected by such forward-looking statements. PacWest assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements.

For a more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties, investors and security holders are urged to read PacWest Bancorp's annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other reports filed by PacWest with the SEC. The documents filed by PacWest with the SEC may be obtained at PacWest Bancorp's website at www.pacwestbancorp.com or at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov . These documents may also be obtained free of charge from PacWest by directing a request to: PacWest Bancorp c/o Pacific Western Bank, 275 North Brea Boulevard, Brea, CA 92821. Attention: Investor Relations. Telephone 714-671-6800.

PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES      
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS       
(Unaudited)      
       
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011
  (In thousands, except per share and share data)
ASSETS      
Cash and due from banks  $ 89,011  $ 89,370  $ 92,342
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions  75,393  71,036  203,275
Total cash and cash equivalents  164,404  160,406  295,617
       
Non-covered securities available-for-sale  1,310,701  1,311,324  1,281,209
Covered securities available-for-sale  44,684  45,887  45,149
Total securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value   1,355,385  1,357,211  1,326,358
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost  37,126  40,923  46,106
Total investment securities  1,392,511  1,398,134  1,372,464
       
Non-covered loans and leases, net of unearned income  3,046,970  3,050,891  2,807,713
Allowance for loan and lease losses  (65,899)  (69,142)  (85,313)
Total non-covered loans and leases, net  2,981,071  2,981,749  2,722,400
Covered loans, net  517,258  567,396  703,023
Total loans and leases, net  3,498,329  3,549,145  3,425,423
       
Non-covered other real estate owned, net  33,572  37,333  48,412
Covered other real estate owned, net  22,842  26,374  33,506
Total other real estate owned, net  56,414  63,707  81,918
       
Premises and equipment, net  19,503  18,064  23,068
FDIC loss sharing asset  57,475  72,640  95,187
Cash surrender value of life insurance  68,326  67,900  67,469
Goodwill   79,866  79,592  39,141
Core deposit and customer relationship intangibles, net  14,723  15,899  17,415
Other assets  112,107  113,015  110,535
Total assets  $ 5,463,658  $ 5,538,502  $ 5,528,237
       
LIABILITIES      
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits  $ 1,939,212  $ 2,006,996  $ 1,685,799
Interest-bearing deposits  2,769,909  2,780,352  2,891,654
Total deposits  4,709,121  4,787,348  4,577,453
Borrowings  12,591  17,996  225,000
Subordinated debentures  108,250  108,250  129,271
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities  44,575  40,822  50,310
Total liabilities  4,874,537  4,954,416  4,982,034
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (1)  589,121  584,086  546,203
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 5,463,658  $ 5,538,502  $ 5,528,237
       
(1) Includes net unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale, net  $ 32,900  $ 40,015  $ 22,803
       
Book value per share  $ 15.74  $ 15.61  $ 14.66
Tangible book value per share  $ 13.22  $ 13.06  $ 13.14
       
Shares outstanding (includes unvested restricted shares of 1,698,281 at December 31, 2012; 1,718,019 at September 30, 2012; and 1,675,730 at December 31, 2011)  37,420,909  37,420,025  37,254,318
         
         
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS       
(Unaudited)          
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Interest income:          
Loans and leases  $ 65,455  $ 66,711  $ 61,684  $ 260,230  $ 260,143
Investment securities   8,173  8,346  9,107  35,657  34,785
Deposits in financial institutions   74  66  122  228  356
Total interest income   73,702  75,123  70,913  296,115  295,284
           
Interest expense:          
Deposits   3,039  3,292  4,103  13,271  20,649
Borrowings   228  210  1,782  2,656  7,071
Subordinated debentures   832  850  1,255  3,721  4,923
Total interest expense   4,099  4,352  7,140  19,648  32,643
Net interest income  69,603  70,771  63,773  276,467  262,641
           
Provision for credit losses:          
Non-covered loans and leases  --  (2,000)  --  (12,000)  13,300
Covered loans  (4,333)  (141)  4,122  (819)  13,270
Total provision for credit losses  (4,333)  (2,141)  4,122  (12,819)  26,570
Net interest income after provision for credit losses   73,936  72,912  59,651  289,286  236,071
           
Noninterest income:          
Service charges on deposit accounts  3,063  3,108  3,326  12,852  13,829
Other commissions and fees   2,025  2,123  1,864  8,126  7,616
Gain on sale of leases  1,242  132  --  2,767  --
Gain on sale of securities   1,239  --  --  1,239  --
Other-than-temporary impairment  loss on covered security  --  --  --  (1,115)  --
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance   300  304  337  1,264  1,443
FDIC loss sharing income (expense), net  (6,022)  (367)  2,667  (10,070)  7,776
Other income  210  382  60  809  762
Total noninterest income   2,057  5,682  8,254  15,872  31,426
           
Noninterest expense:          
Compensation   23,269  23,812  21,597  94,967  86,800
Occupancy   6,773  6,964  7,137  28,113  28,685
Data processing   2,272  2,310  2,132  9,120  8,964
Other professional services   2,200  2,019  1,946  8,367  8,986
Business development   684  635  609  2,538  2,321
Communications   637  652  640  2,523  3,011
Insurance and assessments   1,270  1,398  1,590  5,284  7,171
Non-covered other real estate owned, net  316  1,883  1,714  4,150  7,010
Covered other real estate owned, net  (461)  4,290  226  6,781  3,666
Intangible asset amortization   1,176  1,678  1,836  6,326  8,428
Acquisition and integration  1,092  2,101  600  4,089  600
Debt termination  --  --  --  22,598  --
Other expenses  4,297  3,915  3,442  16,806  14,351
Total noninterest expense   43,525  51,657  43,469  211,662  179,993
           
Earnings before income taxes   32,468  26,937  24,436  93,496  87,504
Income tax expense   (12,576)  (10,849)  (10,553)  (36,695)  (36,800)
Net earnings   $ 19,892  $ 16,088  $ 13,883  $ 56,801  $ 50,704
           
Basic and diluted earnings per share  $ 0.54  $ 0.43  $ 0.38  $ 1.54  $ 1.37
           
           
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES          
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEETS AND YIELD ANALYSIS         
(Unaudited)          
         
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Average Assets:          
Loans and leases, net of unearned income  $ 3,565,635  $ 3,565,637  $ 3,562,766  $ 3,548,369  $ 3,755,190
Investment securities  1,364,457  1,377,016  1,309,931  1,373,640  1,100,869
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions  116,406  101,491  186,147  87,600  136,447
Federal funds sold  --   --   --   2  -- 
Average interest-earning assets  5,046,498  5,044,144  5,058,844  5,009,611  4,992,506
Other assets  458,520  478,428  463,328  468,024  492,577
Average total assets  $ 5,505,018  $ 5,522,572  $ 5,522,172  $ 5,477,635  $ 5,485,083
           
Average liabilities:          
Interest checking deposits  $ 512,322  $ 522,551  $ 488,783  $ 515,767  $ 491,145
Money market deposits  1,257,094  1,248,723  1,229,387  1,219,457  1,227,482
Savings deposits  156,838  160,843  157,617  159,888  150,837
Time deposits  839,783  885,181  1,003,939  889,146  1,077,930
Average interest-bearing deposits  2,766,037  2,817,298  2,879,726  2,784,258  2,947,394
Borrowings  21,126  22,700  225,011  98,787  225,542
Subordinated debentures  108,250  108,250  129,319  112,015  129,432
Average interest-bearing liabilities  2,895,413  2,948,248  3,234,056  2,995,060  3,302,368
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits  1,977,999  1,956,929  1,702,543  1,870,088  1,627,729
Other liabilities  46,081  43,786  46,777  45,145  43,996
Average total liabilities  4,919,493  4,948,963  4,983,376  4,910,293  4,974,093
Average stockholders' equity  585,525  573,609  538,796  567,342  510,990
 Average liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 5,505,018  $ 5,522,572  $ 5,522,172  $ 5,477,635  $ 5,485,083
           
Average deposits   $ 4,744,036  $ 4,774,227  $ 4,582,269  $ 4,654,346  $ 4,575,123
           
Yield on:          
Average loans and leases 7.30% 7.44% 6.87% 7.33% 6.93%
Average investment securities 2.38% 2.41% 2.76% 2.60% 3.16%
Average interest-earning deposits 0.25% 0.26% 0.26% 0.26% 0.26%
Average interest-earning assets 5.81% 5.92% 5.56% 5.91% 5.91%
           
Cost of:          
Average deposits/all-in deposit cost (1) 0.25% 0.27% 0.36% 0.29% 0.45%
Average interest-bearing deposits 0.44% 0.46% 0.57% 0.48% 0.70%
Average borrowings 4.29% 3.68% 3.14% 2.69% 3.14%
Average subordinated debentures 3.06% 3.12% 3.85% 3.32% 3.80%
Average interest-bearing liabilities 0.56% 0.59% 0.88% 0.66% 0.99%
           
Net interest rate spread (2) 5.25% 5.33% 4.68% 5.25% 4.92%
Net interest margin (3) 5.49% 5.58% 5.00% 5.52% 5.26%
           
(1) Cost of average deposits/all-in deposit cost is calculated as annualized interest expense on deposits divided by average deposits.
(2) Net interest rate spread is calculated as the yield on average interest-earning assets less the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.
(3) Net interest margin is calculated as annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
           
           
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES          
LOAN CONCENTRATION             
(Unaudited)            
             
  December 31, 2012
  Total Loans Non-Covered Loans Covered Loans
    % of   % of   % of
  Amount Total Amount Total Amount Total
  (Dollars in thousands)
Real estate mortgage:            
Hospitality  $ 184,032 5%  $ 181,144 6%  $ 2,888  --
SBA 504  54,158 1%  54,158 2%  --  --
Other  2,234,701 61%  1,682,368 55%  552,333 94%
Total real estate mortgage  2,472,891 67%  1,917,670 63%  555,221 94%
Real estate construction:            
Residential  54,291 1%  48,629 1%  5,662 1%
Commercial  98,888 3%  81,330 3%  17,558 3%
Total real estate construction  153,179 4%  129,959 4%  23,220 4%
             
Total real estate loans  2,626,070 71%  2,047,629 67%  578,441 98%
             
Commercial:            
Collateralized  467,779 13%  453,176 14%  14,603 2%
Unsecured  70,484 2%  69,844 2%  640  --
Asset-based   239,430 7%  239,430 8%  --  --
SBA 7(a)   25,325 1%  25,325 1%  --  --
Total commercial  803,018 23%  787,775 25%  15,243 2%
Leases (1)  174,373 5%  174,373 6%  --  --
Consumer   23,081 1%  22,487 1%  594  --
Foreign  17,241 0%  17,241 1%  --  --
Total gross loans  $ 3,643,783 100%  3,049,505 100%  594,278 100%
Less:            
Unearned income       (2,535)    --  
Discount      --    (50,951)  
Allowance for loan and lease losses    (65,899)    (26,069)  
Total net loans      $ 2,981,071    $ 517,258  
             
(1) Excludes leases in process of $1.7 million.          
           
           
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES          
NON-COVERED LOAN CONCENTRATION           
REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE LOANS          
(Unaudited)            
             
  December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
    % of    % of    % of 
Loan Category Amount Total Amount Total Amount Total
  (Dollars in thousands)
Commercial real estate mortgage:            
Industrial/warehouse  $ 315,096 16.4%  $ 329,287 17.1%  $ 367,494 18.5%
Retail  271,412 14.2%  255,669 13.3%  286,691 14.5%
Office buildings  304,096 15.9%  284,920 14.8%  290,074 14.6%
Owner-occupied  195,170 10.2%  196,812 10.2%  226,307 11.4%
Hotel   181,144 9.4%  118,189 6.1%  144,402 7.3%
Healthcare  102,816 5.4%  113,827 5.9%  131,625 6.7%
Mixed use  51,294 2.7%  47,404 2.5%  53,855 2.7%
Gas station  29,632 1.5%  28,563 1.5%  33,715 1.7%
Self storage  29,688 1.5%  19,489 1.0%  23,148 1.2%
Restaurant  16,755 0.9%  16,651 0.9%  22,549 1.1%
Land acquisition/development  21,922 1.1%  21,988 1.1%  14,015 0.7%
Unimproved land  13,173 0.7%  11,089 0.6%  1,369 0.1%
Other  172,273 9.0%  278,475 14.3%  206,504 10.4%
Total commercial real estate mortgage  1,704,471 88.9%  1,722,363 89.3%  1,801,748 90.9%
             
Residential real estate mortgage:            
Multi-family  103,742 5.4%  86,190 4.5%  93,866 4.7%
Single family owner-occupied  46,125 2.4%  37,700 2.0%  32,209 1.6%
Single family nonowner-occupied  12,789 0.7%  7,165 0.4%  19,341 1.0%
HELOCs  50,543 2.6%  47,966 2.5%  35,300 1.8%
Other  -- 0.0%  27,506 1.3%  --  --
Total residential real estate mortgage  213,199 11.1%  206,527 10.7%  180,716 9.1%
             
Total gross non-covered real estate mortgage loans  $ 1,917,670 100.0%  $ 1,928,890 100.0%  $ 1,982,464 100.0%
           
           
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES          
COVERED LOAN CONCENTRATION           
REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE LOANS          
(Unaudited)            
             
  December 31, 2012 June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
    % of    % of    % of 
Loan Category Amount Total Amount Total Amount Total
  (Dollars in thousands)
Commercial real estate mortgage:            
Industrial/warehouse  $ 26,205 4.7%  $ 26,510 4.4%  $ 33,755 4.6%
Retail  96,659 17.4%  94,437 15.5%  113,289 15.4%
Office buildings  53,674 9.7%  66,657 11.0%  77,767 10.6%
Owner-occupied  17,301 3.1%  20,164 3.3%  24,837 3.4%
Hotel   2,888 0.5%  2,903 0.5%  2,944 0.4%
Healthcare  8,568 1.5%  14,350 2.4%  16,851 2.3%
Mixed use  2,919 0.5%  5,728 0.9%  7,733 1.1%
Gas station  5,131 0.9%  5,141 0.8%  6,001 0.8%
Self storage  48,937 8.8%  50,110 8.3%  52,793 7.2%
Restaurant  1,686 0.3%  1,723 0.3%  2,532 0.3%
Unimproved land  493 0.1%  966 0.2%  1,752 0.2%
Other  14,141 2.6%  13,803 2.3%  14,887 2.0%
Total commercial real estate mortgage  278,602 50.1%  302,492 49.9%  355,141 48.3%
             
Residential real estate mortgage:            
Multi-family  169,601 30.6%  191,736 31.6%  250,633 34.0%
Single family owner-occupied  78,960 14.2%  80,360 13.3%  95,248 12.9%
Single family nonowner-occupied  20,309 3.7%  23,266 3.8%  25,624 3.5%
Mixed use  2,474 0.4%  2,858 0.5%  2,918 0.4%
HELOCs  5,275 1.0%  5,712 0.9%  6,794 0.9%
Total residential real estate mortgage  276,619 49.9%  303,932 50.1%  381,217 51.7%
             
Total gross covered real estate mortgage loans  $ 555,221 100.0%  $ 606,424 100.0%  $ 736,358 100.0%
       
       
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES      
NON-COVERED LOAN CONCENTRATION TREND    
(Unaudited)          
           
  December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
Loan Segment 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011
  (In thousands)
Real estate mortgage   $ 1,917,670  $ 1,928,890  $ 1,828,777  $ 1,896,052  $ 1,982,464
Real estate construction   129,959  152,748  129,107  118,304  113,059
Commercial   787,775  772,768  701,044  665,441  671,939
Leases (1)  174,373  161,934  153,793  153,845  --
Consumer   22,487  20,615  17,151  15,826  23,711
Foreign:          
Commercial   15,567  14,679  15,507  16,747  19,531
Other, including real estate   1,674  1,447  1,510  2,005  1,401
Total gross non-covered loans and leases   $ 3,049,505  $ 3,053,081  $ 2,846,889  $ 2,868,220  $ 2,812,105
           
(1) Does not include leases in process of $1.7 million, $15.1 million, $12.3 million and $13.8 million at December 31, 2012, September 30, 2012, June 30, 2012 and March 31, 2012.
         
         
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES        
COVERED LOAN CONCENTRATION TREND        
(Unaudited)          
           
  December 31,  September 30,  June 30,  March 31,  December 31, 
  2012 2012 2012 2012 2011
   (In thousands) 
Real estate mortgage   $ 555,221  $ 606,424  $ 650,997  $ 699,653  $ 736,358
Real estate construction   23,220  26,595  32,125  41,191  46,918
Commercial   15,243  16,900  18,954  20,889  25,610
Consumer   594  618  659  686  735
Total gross covered loans  594,278  650,537  702,735  762,419  809,621
Less: discount  (50,951)  (52,437)  (62,323)  (66,312)  (75,323)
Less: allowance for loan losses  (26,069)  (30,704)  (31,463)  (35,810)  (31,275)
Total covered loans, net  $ 517,258  $ 567,396  $ 608,949  $ 660,297  $ 703,023
     
     
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES    
NON-COVERED NONCLASSIFIED AND CLASSIFIED LOANS AND LEASES
(Unaudited)      
       
  December 31, 2012
  Nonclassified Classified Total
  (In thousands)
Real estate mortgage:      
Hospitality  $ 168,489  $ 12,655  $ 181,144
SBA 504  48,372  5,786  54,158
Other  1,633,448  48,920  1,682,368
Total real estate mortgage  1,850,309  67,361  1,917,670
Real estate construction:      
Residential  46,591  2,038  48,629
Commercial  77,503  3,827  81,330
Total real estate construction  124,094  5,865  129,959
Commercial:      
Collateralized  440,187  12,989  453,176
Unsecured  66,947  2,897  69,844
Asset-based   235,075  4,355  239,430
SBA 7(a)   18,888  6,437  25,325
Total commercial  761,097  26,678  787,775
Leases  174,129  244  174,373
Consumer   21,616  871  22,487
Foreign  17,241  --  17,241
Total non-covered loans and leases  $ 2,948,486  $ 101,019  $ 3,049,505
       
  September 30, 2012
  Nonclassified Classified Total
  (In thousands)
Real estate mortgage:      
Hospitality  $ 105,417  $ 12,772  $ 118,189
SBA 504  48,971  6,112  55,083
Other  1,715,968  39,650  1,755,618
Total real estate mortgage  1,870,356  58,534  1,928,890
Real estate construction:      
Residential  39,774  2,978  42,752
Commercial  102,098  7,898  109,996
Total real estate construction  141,872  10,876  152,748
Commercial:      
Collateralized  417,379  15,651  433,030
Unsecured  84,374  2,961  87,335
Asset-based   225,700  701  226,401
SBA 7(a)   19,117  6,885  26,002
Total commercial  746,570  26,198  772,768
Leases  161,514  420  161,934
Consumer   19,745  870  20,615
Foreign  16,126  --  16,126
Total non-covered loans  $ 2,956,183  $ 96,898  $ 3,053,081
       
Note: Nonclassified loans and leases are those with a credit risk rating of either pass or special mention, while classified loans and leases are those with a credit risk rating of either substandard or doubtful.
       
       
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES      
ALLOWANCE FOR CREDIT LOSSES ROLLFORWARD     
AND NET CHARGE-OFF RATIOS FOR       
NON-COVERED LOANS AND LEASES (1)       
(Unaudited)          
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands)
           
Allowance for credit losses, beginning of period   $ 75,012  $ 78,031  $ 96,535  $ 93,783  $ 104,328
Loans charged-off:          
Real estate mortgage   (1,789)  (1,118)  (321)  (7,680)  (10,180)
Real estate construction   --  (492)  (1,048)  (492)  (6,886)
Commercial  (1,865)  (492)  (2,105)  (4,580)  (10,072)
Leases  (28)  --  --  (28)  --
Consumer   (32)  (25)  (43)  (290)  (1,422)
Total loans charged off   (3,714)  (2,127)  (3,517)  (13,070)  (28,560)
Recoveries on loans charged-off:        
Real estate mortgage   381  845  164  1,598  513
Real estate construction   14  11  4  49  1,025
Commercial  368  218  508  1,600  1,668
Consumer   58  32  19  137  1,394
Foreign   --  2  70  22  115
Total recoveries on loans charged off   821  1,108  765  3,406  4,715
Net charge-offs  (2,893)  (1,019)  (2,752)  (9,664)  (23,845)
Provision for credit losses  --  (2,000)  --  (12,000)  13,300
Allowance for credit losses, end of period   $ 72,119  $ 75,012  $ 93,783  $ 72,119  $ 93,783
           
Annualized net charge-offs to average loans and leases 0.38% 0.14% 0.39% 0.33% 0.81%
           
(1) Applies only to non-covered loans and leases.      
     
     
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES    
ALLOWANCE FOR CREDIT LOSSES, NONPERFORMING   
ASSETS AND CREDIT QUALITY RATIOS FOR     
NON-COVERED LOANS AND LEASES    
(Unaudited)      
  December 31, September 30, December 31, 
  2012 2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands)
Allowance for loan and lease losses (1)  $ 65,899  $ 69,142  $ 85,313
Reserve for unfunded loan commitments (1)  6,220  5,870  8,470
Total allowance for credit losses  $ 72,119  $ 75,012  $ 93,783
       
Nonaccrual loans and leases (2)   $ 39,284  $ 36,985  $ 58,260
Other real estate owned (2)  33,572  37,333  48,412
Total nonperforming assets  $ 72,856  $ 74,318  $ 106,672
       
Performing restructured loans (1)  $ 106,288  $ 112,834  $ 116,791
       
Allowance for credit losses to loans and leases, net of unearned income 2.37% 2.46% 3.34%
Allowance for credit losses to nonaccrual loans and leases 183.6% 202.8% 161.0%
Nonperforming assets to loans and leases, net of unearned income, and other real estate owned 2.37% 2.41% 3.73%
Nonperforming assets to total assets 1.33% 1.34% 1.93%
Nonaccrual loans and leases to loans and leases, net of unearned income 1.29% 1.21% 2.07%
       
(1) Applies to non-covered loans.      
(2) Excludes covered nonperforming assets.      
         
         
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES        
DEPOSITS        
(Unaudited)        
         
  December 31, September 30, December 31,  
Deposit Category 2012 2012 2011  
  (Dollars in thousands)  
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits (1)  $ 1,939,212  $ 2,006,996  $ 1,685,799  
Interest checking deposits  513,389  499,734  500,998  
Money market deposits  1,282,513  1,262,406  1,265,282  
Savings deposits  153,680  155,871  157,480  
Total core deposits  3,888,794  3,925,007  3,609,559  
Time deposits under $100,000  274,622  291,450  324,521  
Time deposits of $100,000 and over  545,705  570,891  643,373  
Total time deposits  820,327  862,341  967,894  
Total deposits   $ 4,709,121  $ 4,787,348  $ 4,577,453  
         
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits as a percentage of total deposits 41% 42% 37%  
Core deposits as a percentage of total deposits 83% 82% 79%  
         
(1) The September 30, 2012 balance includes a $120 million deposit received at quarter-end. Such funds were withdrawn in October 2012.  
         
         
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES        
TIME DEPOSITS        
(Unaudited)        
  December 31, 2012
  Time  Time     
  Deposits Deposits Total  
  Under  $100,000 Time   
Maturity $100,000 or More Deposits Rate
  (Dollars in thousands)
Due in three months or less  $ 75,069  $ 148,125  $ 223,194 1.08%
Due in over three months through six months  73,080  142,467  215,547 1.58%
Due in over six months through twelve months  64,765  133,572  198,337 0.97%
Due in over 12 months through 24 months  48,078  87,269  135,347 0.94%
Due in over 24 months  13,630  34,272  47,902 1.06%
Total   $ 274,622  $ 545,705  $ 820,327 1.16%
       
       
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES      
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS      
(Unaudited)          
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
Adjusted Earnings Before Income Taxes 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (In thousands)
Earnings before income taxes  $ 32,468  $ 26,937  $ 24,436  $ 93,496  $ 87,504
Plus: Total provision for credit losses  (4,333)  (2,141)  4,122  (12,819)  26,570
Non-covered OREO expense, net  316  1,883  1,714  4,150  7,010
Covered OREO expense, net  (461)  4,290  226  6,781  3,666
Other-than-temporary impairment loss on covered security  --  --  --  1,115  --
Acquisition and integration costs  1,092  2,101  600  4,089  600
Debt termination expense  --  --  --  22,598  --
Less: FDIC loss sharing income         
(expense), net  (6,022)  (367)  2,667  (10,070)  7,776
Gain on sale of securities  1,239  --  --  1,239  --
Adjusted earnings before  income taxes  $ 33,865  $ 33,437  $ 28,431  $ 128,241  $ 117,574
   
   
  Three Months Ended Year Ended  
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
Adjusted Efficiency Ratio 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands)
Noninterest expense  $ 43,525  $ 51,657  $ 43,469  $ 211,662  $ 179,993
Less: Non-covered OREO expense, net  316  1,883  1,714  4,150  7,010
Covered OREO expense, net  (461)  4,290  226  6,781  3,666
Acquisition and integration costs  1,092  2,101  600  4,089  600
Debt termination expense  --  --  --  22,598  --
Adjusted noninterest expense  $ 42,578  $ 43,383  $ 40,929  $ 174,044  $ 168,717
           
Net interest income  $ 69,603  $ 70,771  $ 63,773  $ 276,467  $ 262,641
Noninterest income  2,057  5,682  8,254  15,872  31,426
Net revenues  71,660  76,453  72,027  292,339  294,067
Less: FDIC loss sharing income         
(expense), net  (6,022)  (367)  2,667  (10,070)  7,776
Gain on sale of securities  1,239  --  --  1,239  --
Other-than-temporary impairment loss on covered security  --  --  --  (1,115)  --
Adjusted net revenues  $ 76,443  $ 76,820  $ 69,360  $ 302,285  $ 286,291
           
Base efficiency ratio (1) 60.7% 67.6% 60.4% 72.4% 61.2%
Adjusted efficiency ratio (2) 55.7% 56.5% 59.0% 57.6% 58.9%
           
(1) Noninterest expense divided by net revenues.      
(2) Adjusted noninterest expense divided by adjusted net revenues.    
       
       
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES      
GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS      
(Unaudited)        
         
    December 31, September 30, December 31,
Tangible Common Equity 2012 2012 2011
    (Dollars in thousands)
PacWest Bancorp Consolidated:      
Stockholders' equity    $ 589,121  $ 584,086  $ 546,203
Less: Intangible assets    94,589  95,491  56,556
Tangible common equity  $ 494,532  $ 488,595  $ 489,647
         
Total assets    $ 5,463,658  $ 5,538,502  $ 5,528,237
Less: Intangible assets    94,589  95,491  56,556
Tangible assets    $ 5,369,069  $ 5,443,011  $ 5,471,681
         
Equity to assets ratio   10.78% 10.55% 9.88%
Tangible common equity ratio (1) 9.21% 8.98% 8.95%
         
Book value per share    $ 15.74  $ 15.61  $ 14.66
Tangible book value per share (2)  $ 13.22  $ 13.06  $ 13.14
Shares outstanding    37,420,909  37,420,025  37,254,318
         
Pacific Western Bank:        
Stockholders' equity    $ 649,656  $ 660,693  $ 625,494
Less: Intangible assets    94,589  95,491  56,556
Tangible common equity  $ 555,067  $ 565,202  $ 568,938
         
Total assets    $ 5,443,484  $ 5,520,998  $ 5,512,025
Less: Intangible assets    94,589  95,491  56,556
Tangible assets    $ 5,348,895  $ 5,425,507  $ 5,455,469
         
Equity to assets ratio   11.93% 11.97% 11.35%
Tangible common equity ratio (1) 10.38% 10.42% 10.43%
         
(1) Calculated as tangible common equity divided by tangible assets.    
(2) Calculated as tangible common equity divided by shares outstanding.    
         
PACWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES        
EARNINGS PER SHARE CALCULATIONS        
(Unaudited)          
           
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
  2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Basic Earnings Per Share:          
Net earnings   $ 19,892  $ 16,088  $ 13,883  $ 56,801  $ 50,704
Less: earnings allocated to unvested restricted stock (1)  (678)  (574)  (470)  (1,845)  (2,072)
Net earnings allocated to common shares  $ 19,214  $ 15,514  $ 13,413  $ 54,956  $ 48,632
           
Weighted-average basic shares and unvested restricted stock outstanding  37,420.3  37,413.2  37,260.8  37,369.5  37,141.5
Less: weighted-average unvested  restricted stock outstanding  (1,704.8)  (1,712.8)  (1,712.8)  (1,685.4)  (1,650.7)
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding   35,715.5  35,700.4  35,548.0  35,684.1  35,490.8
           
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.54  $ 0.43  $ 0.38  $ 1.54  $ 1.37
           
Diluted Earnings Per Share:          
Net earnings allocated to common shares  $ 19,214  $ 15,514  $ 13,413  $ 54,956  $ 48,632
           
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding  35,715.5  35,700.4  35,548.0  35,684.1  35,490.8
           
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.54  $ 0.43  $ 0.38  $ 1.54  $ 1.37
           
(1) Represents cash dividends paid to holders of unvested restricted stock, net of estimated forfeitures, plus undistributed earnings amounts available to holders of unvested restricted stock, if any.
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