FHLBank Cincinnati Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

Cincinnati,, Ohio, UNITED STATES

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati (FHLBank) today released unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. During the second quarter, the FHLBank's financial condition remained strong. The FHLBank continued to 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:

  • For the second quarter, net income was $55 million and return on average equity (ROE) was 6.03 percent. This compares to net income of $38 million and ROE of 4.28 percent for the same period of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, net income was $112 million and ROE was 6.26 percent, compared to net income of $80 million and ROE of 4.53 percent for the same period of 2011. The most significant contributors to the increase in net income in the quarter-to-date and year-to-date periods of 2012 were the realized gains from the sales of certain mortgage-backed securities and satisfaction of the FHLBank's REFCORP obligation in June 2011.
  • Total assets at June 30, 2012 were $67.5 billion, an increase of $7.1 billion (12 percent) from year-end 2011. Total assets in the first six months of 2012 averaged $63.9 billion, a decrease of $5.5 billion (8 percent) from the same period of 2011.
  • The balance of Mission Asset Activity -- comprising major activities with members including Advances, Letters of Credit, and the Mortgage Purchase Program -- was $46.8 billion at June 30, 2012, an increase of $5.9 billion (15 percent) from year-end 2011. Most ($5.6 billion) of the growth was due to Advance borrowings by two members.
  • Capital adequacy continued to substantially exceed all minimum regulatory capital requirements. On June 30, 2012, GAAP capital, which included $488 million of total retained earnings, stood at $3.7 billion or 5.54 percent of total assets.
  • Stockholders were paid a cash dividend on June 21, 2012 at a 4.25 percent annualized rate, which was 3.78 percentage points above the second quarter average 3-month LIBOR. Earnings were sufficient to pay this dividend level and also increase the amount of total retained earnings in the second quarter by $21 million.
  • The FHLBank contributed $6 million during the second quarter of 2012 and $13 million in the first six months of 2012 to the Affordable Housing Program pool of funds to be awarded to members in 2013. In more than 20 years of partnering with members and housing organizations, the FHLBank has awarded $460 million through this program for the creation of more than 60,000 housing units for low and very-low income citizens.

Advance balances have generally trended downward since 2008 due to the weak economy, significant liquidity being provided to financial institutions by the federal government, and substantial increase in the money supply. The growth in 2012 has been largely limited to increased usage by a small number of large-asset members. The FHLBank cannot predict if this trend will continue. However, the FHLBank would expect to see a sustained increase in Advance demand across its entire membership base when one or more of the following occur: the economy experiences a sustained improvement; the Federal Reserve System's monetary policy tightens; or the government's liquidity programs wind down.

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
June 30, 
Six Months Ended
June 30, 
   2012 2011 2012 2011
ROE 6.03% 4.28% 6.26% 4.53%
ROE spread to average 3-month LIBOR 5.56% 4.02% 5.77%  4.24%

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 increase in operating results and profitability for the 2012 periods compared to the 2011 periods resulted primarily from the following favorable factors, which more than offset the combined effect of several unfavorable factors:  

  • An increase in realized gains ($23 million in both the three- and six-month comparisons) from the clean-up sales of certain mortgage-backed securities. Each of the securities sold had less than 15 percent of the original acquired principal remaining and were sold under the FHLBank's periodic clean-up process.
  • The FHLBank System's REFCORP obligation was satisfied at the end of the second quarter of 2011. REFCORP, which had been recorded as a reduction to net income, was replaced with an allocation of 20 percent of net income to a separate restricted retained earnings account under the Joint Capital Enhancement Agreement. This change had a favorable impact to net income of $9 million and $19 million in the three- and six-month comparisons, respectively.
  • The FHLBank called a significant amount of high-cost debt (Consolidated Bonds) before their final maturities throughout 2011 and the first two quarters of 2012 and replaced them with new debt at substantially lower rates. By contrast, there were fewer principal paydowns of mortgage assets, allowing the FHLBank to maintain higher yielding mortgages.
  • Average spreads between LIBOR-indexed assets (mostly Advances) and short-term Discount Note debt were wider in the last quarter of 2011 and first two quarters of 2012 because of, among other reasons, concerns over the financial turmoil in Europe which has increased the rates at which financial institutions are willing to lend to one another as indicated by LIBOR. The FHLBank uses Discount Notes to fund a large amount of LIBOR-indexed assets.

The primary unfavorable factor that partially offset the favorable factors was a sharp increase in net amortization expense of purchase premiums on mortgage assets and of premium/discounts and concession costs on Consolidated Obligations. This amortization expense increased $20 million and $23 million in the three- and six-month comparisons, respectively, mainly due to mortgage amortization. Recognition of net amortization has been large during periods when mortgage rates trended downward, including the first six months of 2012.

Assets and Mission Asset Activity

The ending balance of Mission Asset Activity was $46.8 billion at June 30, 2012 compared to $40.9 billion at year-end 2011.

The principal balance of Advances increased $6.8 billion (24 percent) from year-end 2011 to end the second quarter at $34.6 billion. Average Advance principal balances in the first six months of 2012 totaled $29.0 billion, an increase of three percent from the same period of 2011. The increase in the ending balance of Advances was primarily driven by the borrowings of a small number of large-asset members, one of which became a member during the second quarter.

The principal balance of mortgage loans held for portfolio (the Mortgage Purchase Program) was $8.0 billion at June 30, 2012, an increase of $0.2 billion (three percent) from year-end 2011. In the first six months of 2012, the FHLBank purchased $1.4 billion of mortgage loans, while principal paydowns totaled $1.2 billion.

The balance of investments at June 30, 2012 was $23.4 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion (six percent), from year-end 2011. The increase reflected normal periodic variation in holdings of short-term liquidity investments. The investment balance at the end of the quarter included $10.9 billion of mortgage-backed securities and $12.5 billion of 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 investments are purchased from highly rated counterparties.

Risk Exposure

The FHLBank believes that its net liquidity position remained strong in the first six months of 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.

Market risk exposure was moderate in the first six months of 2012, well within the FHLBank's policy limits, and consistent with 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 June 30, 2012. The FHLBank believes its policies and procedures related to credit underwriting, Advance collateral management, and transactions with investment and derivative counterparties continue to appropriately 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 $20 million and $21 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Capital Stock and Retained Earnings

The GAAP capital-to-assets ratio at June 30, 2012 was 5.54 percent, while the regulatory capital-to-assets ratio was 5.95 percent. Both ratios were well above the regulatory required minimum of 4.00 percent. Regulatory capital includes mandatorily redeemable capital stock accounted for as a liability under GAAP. The dollar amounts of GAAP and regulatory capital increased five percent and four percent, respectively, between year-end 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Total retained earnings were $488 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $44 million (ten percent) from year-end 2011. Total retained earnings comprised $454 million unrestricted and $34 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 745 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.

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


  June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011 Percent change
Total assets   $67,466 $60,397 12%
Advances (principal)  34,602 27,839 24
Mortgage loans held for portfolio (principal)   7,955 7,752  3
Total investments   23,359 21,941  6
Consolidated Obligations:       
   Discount Notes   30,539  26,136 17
   Bonds  31,319  28,855 9
   Total Consolidated Obligations  61,858  54,991 12
Mandatorily redeemable capital stock  265  275 (4)
Capital stock   3,259  3,126 4
Total retained earnings  488  444 10
Total capital   3,738  3,559 5
Regulatory capital (1)  4,012  3,845 4
Capital-to-assets ratio (GAAP)   5.54%  5.89%  
Capital-to-assets ratio (Regulatory) (1)  5.95%  6.37%  


  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,   
  2012 2011 Percent
2012 2011 Percent
Total interest income  $212 $263  (20)  $458  $540  (15)
Total interest expense  159  197  (19)  325  403  (20)
Net interest income  53  66  (21)  133  137  (2)
Provision for credit losses  --  1  (100)  1  4  (62)
Other income  22  --  NM  21  4  NM
Other expense  14  13  1  28  28  2
AHP and REFCORP  6  14  (54)  13  29  (55)
Net income  55  38  44  112  80  41
Return on average equity  6.03%  4.28%    6.26%  4.53%  
Return on average assets  0.34%  0.22%    0.35%  0.23%  
Net interest margin  0.33%  0.39%    0.42%  0.40%  
Annualized dividend rate  4.25%  4.50%    4.38%  4.50%  
Average 3-month LIBOR  0.47%  0.26%    0.49%  0.29%  

(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).

CONTACT:John Byczkowski, FHLBank Cincinnati
         513-852-7085 (office) or 513-382-7615 (cell)
         Email: johnb@fhlbcin.com