CINCINNATI, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati (FHLBank) today released unaudited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The FHLBank continued to effectively fulfill its mission by providing readily available and favorably priced wholesale funding to its member financial institutions, supporting its commitment to affordable housing, and paying stockholders a competitive dividend return on their capital investment. Highlights include:
Operating Results and Profitability
The spread between ROE and short-term interest rates, for which the FHLBank uses a proxy of 3-month LIBOR, is a market benchmark the FHLBank believes stockholders use to assess the competitiveness of return on their capital investment.
|Three Months Ended December 31,||For The Year's Ended December 31,|
|ROE Spread to Average 3-Month LIBOR||5.90||3.96||5.77||3.55|
The FHLBank continued to provide competitive returns to stockholders' capital investment. Consistent with experience over the last several years, ROE was significantly above 3-month LIBOR resulting in the spread to that index being wider than the historical average.
The $97 million increase in net income and the 2.31 percentage point increase in ROE in 2012 over 2011 resulted from the following favorable factors:
Assets and Mission Asset Activity
The ending balance of Mission Asset Activity was $71.3 billion at December 31, 2012 compared to $40.9 billion at year-end 2011.
The principal balance of Advances increased $25.8 billion (93 percent) from year-end 2011 to end 2012 at $53.6 billion. Average Advance principal balances in 2012 were $32.3 billion, an increase of 13 percent from 2011. The increase in the ending and average balances of Advances was primarily driven by the borrowings of a new large-asset member. Advance growth with many other members continued to be limited by the tepid economic expansion and significant amounts of liquidity available to members as a result of the actions of the Federal Reserve System. The FHLBank cannot predict if current economic trends or current government policies will continue. An increase in Advance demand across the membership base would be expected when the economy experiences a sustained improvement or if changes in government policy reduce other sources of liquidity available to our members.
The principal balance of mortgage loans held for portfolio (the Mortgage Purchase Program) was $7.4 billion at December 31, 2012, a decrease of $0.4 billion (five percent) from year-end 2011. In 2012, the FHLBank purchased $2.3 billion of principal balances, while principal paydowns totaled $2.7 billion. The year-over-year reduction in principal balance reflected the relatively high nominal amount of principal paydowns and the need to manage the amount of purchases within a regulatory constraint.
The balance of investments at December 31, 2012 was $20.0 billion, a decrease of $2.0 billion (nine percent), from year-end 2011. Average investment balances in 2012 totaled $25.7 billion, a decrease of 14 percent from the same period of 2011. These changes were primarily in short-term liquidity investments, the balances of which were affected by the FHLBank's liquidity needs, the availability of acceptable net spreads, the number of eligible counterparties that met the FHLBank's unsecured credit risk criteria, and the growth in Advances.
The investment balance at the end of the year included $12.8 billion of mortgage-backed securities and $7.2 billion of short-term liquidity instruments. All of the FHLBank's mortgage-backed securities currently held are issued and guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or a U.S. government agency. Short-term liquidity instruments include investments secured with collateral, unsecured investments purchased from highly rated counterparties, and investments with counterparties directly or effectively guaranteed by the U.S. government.
The FHLBank believes that its net liquidity position remained strong during 2012, as did its overall ability to fund operations through Consolidated Obligation issuances at acceptable interest costs. The System had uninterrupted access on favorable terms to the capital markets for its debt issuances and funding needs.
Average market risk exposure was moderate during 2012, well within the FHLBank's policy limits, and consistent with the normal historical range. During the third quarter of 2012, market risk to higher interest rates was moderately elevated compared to historical positioning. At the end of 2012, the exposure had returned to within the normal historical range.
Residual credit risk exposure from offering Advances, purchasing investments, and executing derivative transactions was limited. Consistent with previous years, the FHLBank required no loss reserve for Advances and considered no investments to be other-than-temporarily impaired at December 31, 2012. The FHLBank believes its policies and procedures related to credit underwriting, Advance collateral management, and transactions with investment and derivative counterparties continue to mitigate these risks.
Residual credit risk exposure in the mortgage loan portfolio continued to be moderate and manageable. The allowance for credit losses in the Mortgage Purchase Program was $18 million and $21 million at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The lower allowance for credit losses was primarily a result of improvements in the housing market related to home prices and delinquency trends; these were partially offset by an adjustment for the estimated collectability on supplemental mortgage insurance policies held due to potential non-performance of mortgage insurers.
Capital Stock and Retained Earnings
The GAAP capital-to-assets ratio at December 31, 2012 was 5.56 percent, while the regulatory capital-to-assets ratio was 5.84 percent. Both ratios were well above the regulatory required minimum of 4.00 percent but were lower than year-end 2011's ratios due to an increase in financial leverage resulting from the Advance growth. Regulatory capital includes mandatorily redeemable capital stock accounted for as a liability under GAAP. The amounts of GAAP and regulatory capital increased $978 million and $914 million, respectively, between year-end 2011 and 2012, resulting from members' capital stock purchases to support Advance growth and additional retained earnings.
Total retained earnings were $538 million at December 31, 2012, an increase of $94 million (21 percent) from year-end 2011. Total retained earnings comprised $479 million unrestricted and $59 million restricted. The FHLBank believes that the amount of total retained earnings is sufficient to protect against impairment risk of capital stock and to provide the opportunity for dividend stability.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati is a AA+ rated regional wholesale cooperative bank. The FHLBank raises private-sector capital from member-stockholders and, with 11 other FHLBanks in the FHLBank System, issues high-quality debt in the worldwide capital markets in order to provide members with competitive services (primarily Advances, a readily available, low-cost source of funds) and a competitive return on their capital investment through quarterly dividends. The FHLBank also funds community investment programs that help its members create affordable housing and promote community economic development. The FHLBank has 742 member-stockholders located in the Fifth FHLBank District of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The FHLBank System was chartered in 1932 by the U.S. Congress to promote housing finance. Each FHLBank is wholly owned by its member institution stockholders.
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This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could affect the FHLBank's financial condition and results of operations. These include, but are not limited to, the effects of economic and financial conditions, legislative or regulatory developments concerning the FHLBank System, financial pressures affecting other FHLBanks, competitive forces, and other risks detailed from time to time in the FHLBank's annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak as of the date made and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results or developments could differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, and the FHLBank undertakes no obligation to update any such statements.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
Dollars in millions
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET ITEMS
|December 31, 2012||December 31, 2011||Percent Change|
|Total Assets||$ 81,562||$ 60,397||35%|
|Mortgage loans held for portfolio (principal)||7,366||7,752||(5)|
|Total Consolidated Obligations||75,186||54,991||37|
|Mandatorily redeemable capital stock||211||275||(23)|
|Total Retained Earnings||538||444||21|
|Regulatory Capital (1)||4,759||3,845||24|
|Capital-to-assets ratio (GAAP)||5.56%||5.89%|
|Capital-to-assets ratio (Regulatory) (1)||5.84%||6.37%|
|Three Months Ended December 31,||For the Years Ended December 31,|
|2012||2011||Percent Change (2)||2012||2011||Percent Change (2)|
|Total Interest Income||$ 231||$ 240||(4) %||$ 921||$ 1,011||(9) %|
|Total Interest Expense||140||172||(19)||613||762||(20)|
|Net Interest Income||91||68||35||308||249||24|
|Provision for Credit Losses||--||7||(92)||1||12||(88)|
|Other (loss) Income||(4)||(2)||(89)||13||(5)||NM|
|AHP and REFCORP||7||5||57||27||37||(25)|
|Net Income||$65||$40||62||$ 235||$ 138||70|
|Return on Average Equity||6.22%||4.44%||6.20%||3.89%|
|Return on Avrage Assets||0.36%||0.25%||0.35%||0.21%|
|Net Interest Margin||0.51%||0.42%||0.46%||0.37%|
|Annualized Dividend Rate||4.75%||4.00%||4.44%||4.25%|
|Average 3-Month LIBOR||0.32%||0.48%||0.43%||0.34%|
(1) Regulatory capital includes capital stock, mandatorily redeemable capital stock (classified as a liability) and retained earnings.
(2) Amounts used to calculate the change column are based on dollars in thousands. Accordingly, recalculations based upon the disclosed amounts (millions) may not produce the same results. Changes of 100% or greater are shown as "NM" (not meaningful).
John Byczkowski, FHLBank Cincinnati 513-852-7085 (office) or 513-382-7615 (cell) email:
Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Cincinnati,, Ohio, UNITED STATES
John Byczkowski, FHLBank Cincinnati 513-852-7085 (office) or 513-382-7615 (cell) email:
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