Cincinnati,, Ohio, UNITED STATES

CINCINNATI, OHIO, April 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati (the FHLB) today released unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. The FHLB expects to file its first quarter 2015 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about May 7, 2015.

Operating Results and Profitability

▪ For the first quarter, net income was $61 million and return on average equity (ROE) was 4.97 percent. This compares to net income of $57 million and ROE of 4.51 percent for the same period of 2014.
▪ The higher net income and ROE in the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014 resulted primarily from an improvement in non-interest income. The increase in non-interest income was mostly due to gains on derivatives and hedging activities.

Balance Sheet Highlights

▪ Total assets at March 31, 2015 were $98.9 billion, which was a decrease of $7.7 billion (seven percent) from year-end 2014. Mission Asset Activity – comprising major activities with members including Advances, Letters of Credit, and the Mortgage Purchase Program – was $91.2 billion at March 31, 2015, a decrease of $4.2 billion (four percent) from year-end 2014.
▪ The balance of investments at March 31, 2015 was $24.7 billion, a decrease of $1.3 billion (five percent) from year-end 2014.
▪ Capital adequacy substantially exceeded all minimum regulatory requirements. On March 31, 2015, GAAP capital stood at $5.0 billion, an increase of $0.1 billion (one percent) from year-end 2014. The GAAP and regulatory capital-to-assets ratios were 5.05 percent and 5.13 percent, respectively, at March 31, 2015.

Housing and Community Investment

▪ The FHLB contributed $7 million in the first quarter of 2015 to the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) pool of funds to be awarded to members in 2016. Since the AHP's inception, the FHLB has awarded $550 million in subsidies towards the creation of over 71,000 units of affordable housing.


The FHLB paid its stockholders a cash dividend on March 19, 2015 at a 4.00 percent annualized rate, which was 3.74 percentage points above the first quarter average 3-month LIBOR.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati is a AA+ rated regional wholesale cooperative bank. The FHLB raises private-sector capital from member-stockholders and, with 11 other Federal Home Loan Banks (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 FHLB also funds community investment programs that help its members create affordable housing and promote community economic development. The FHLB has 700 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 FHLB'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 FHLB'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 FHLB undertakes no obligation to update any such statements.


  March 31, 2014   December 31, 2013 Percent Change 
 Total assets  $    98,909  $    106,640  (7)    %
 Advances (principal)  66,615  70,299  (5)
 Mortgage loans held for portfolio (principal)  7,060  6,796  4
 Total investments  24,665  26,007  (5)
 Consolidated Obligations:      
 Discount Notes  45,628  41,232  11
 Bonds  46,927  59,217  (21)
 Total Consolidated Obligations  92,555  100,449  (8)
 Mandatorily redeemable capital stock  62  63  (2)
 Capital stock  4,302  4,267  1
 Total retained earnings  707  689  3
 Total capital  4,993  4,939  1
 Regulatory capital (1)  5,071  5,019  1
 Capital-to-assets ratio (GAAP)  5.05    %  4.63    %  
 Capital-to-assets ratio (Regulatory) (1)  5.13  4.71  

                                                              Three Months Ended March 31,

  2014   2013 Percent Change 
 Total interest income  $           226  $    229  (2)    %
 Total interest expense               148        152  (3)
 Net interest income                78          77  -
 Non-interest income                 8         4  NM
 Non-interest expense                 18          17  4
 Affordable Housing Program assessments                 7           7  5
Net income  $            61  $      57  7
 Return on average equity            4.97%       4.51%  
 Return on average assets            0.24       0.23  
 Net interest margin            0.31       0.31  
 Annualized dividend rate            4.00       4.00  
Average 3-month LIBOR            0.26       0.24  


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