NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 5, 2016) - First American International Corp. (OTCQB: FAIT) ( (the "Company"), the holding company for First American International Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income available to shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 of $507,000. Earnings per share available to common shareholders were $0.23 per share, both basic and diluted.

Net Income and Results of Operations

The Company today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 of $507,000, or $0.23 per share, basic and diluted, after deduction of $198,000 in Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP") costs, consisting of preferred stock dividends ($85,000) and discount accretion ($113,000). This compares to net income of $117,000, or $0.05 per share, basic and diluted, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, also after deduction of TARP dividends and discount accretion. The Company also reported a return on average assets of 0.30% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to 0.08% for the same period in 2015 and a return on average equity of 3.89% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to 0.88% for the same period in 2015.

The increase in earnings is due principally to a year-over-year decrease in non-interest expense of $686,000, or 10.7%, and an increase in net interest income of $531,000, or 10.3%, which was offset partially by a year-over-year increase in provision for loan losses of $367,000 and a decrease in non-interest income of $318,000.

"I am very pleased that our efforts to grow earnings and reduce operating expenses are starting to show positive results. I am also optimistic that we can continue to grow earning assets while controlling expenses. Although, this optimism is tempered by the impact the prolonged low interest rate environment, competition and regulatory burdens are having on net interest margin and profitability," said Mark Ricca, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Net Interest Income
Net interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2016, before provision for loan losses, was $5.7 million, an increase of $532,000, or 10.3%, from the prior year.

The increase in net interest income is attributable principally to an increase in average interest earning assets of $110.0 million, or 20.2%, from $545.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $655.7 million in the same period in 2016, partially offset by an increase in interest expense from an increase in average interest bearing liabilities of $71.9 million, or 17.8%, from $403.0 million in the 2015 quarter to $474.9 million in 2016. Earnings were also negatively impacted by a 31 basis point decrease in net interest margin from 3.77% for the three months ended March 31, 2015 to 3.46% for the same period in 2016.

Interest income increased by $830,000, or 13.5%, to $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $6.1 million in the same quarter in 2015. The yield earned on loans declined 57 basis points to 4.83% for the first quarter of 2016 from 5.40% in 2015. The decrease was principally due to the continued low interest rate environment and competition, resulting in the Bank originating new loans at lower rates than the existing portfolio. Average commercial real estate loans outstanding increased $85.5 million, including a $49.0 million loan participation purchase at a net yield of 3.32%, and average residential loans outstanding increased $37.1 million for the first quarter compared to the prior year quarter.

The average volume of securities decreased from $102.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $78.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, as repayments were redeployed into loans. The average yield on securities increased by 34 basis points due to the Bank investing in more intermediate term investments, while also allowing lower yielding municipal bonds to roll off. The net effect of the decrease in volume and the increase in yield was a $52,000 decrease in interest earned on securities during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015.

Interest expense increased during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015 by $299,000, or 30.1%. The average cost of deposits increased 7 basis points to 0.81% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter of 2015. This was mostly due to a change in the deposit mix. The average balance of certificates of deposit, our highest cost deposit category, increased by $37.2 million, from $193.6 million in 2015 to $230.8 million in 2016. The average rate paid on certificates of deposit increased by 2 basis points from 1.07% in 2015 to 1.09% in 2016. The average balance of money market deposit accounts and savings decreased by $17.4 million, from $138.1 million in 2015 to $120.6 million in 2016 with the average rate paid remaining the same at 0.29%.

Provision for Loan Losses
In the quarter ended March 31, 2016, the Company made a $367,000 provision for loan losses, which was attributable to the increased loan portfolio. The Company made no provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2015. Management believes the existing $9.2 million allowance, aggregating 1.69% of total loans, is appropriate.

Non-interest Income
Non-interest income was $1.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, a decrease of $318,000, or 17.9%, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly due to a decrease of $236,000 in non-deposit investment income, which is principally caused by a regulatory change reducing the earnings the Bank can receive on the sale of certain investments.

Non-interest Expenses
Non-interest expenses were $5.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to $6.4 million in 2015, a decrease of $686,000, or 10.7%. The decrease is mainly due to a decrease in occupancy expenses of $191,000, loan related expenses of $186,000 and other professional fees of $161,000.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets at March 31, 2016 were $695.1 million, an increase of $118.0 million, or 20.4%, versus March 31, 2015. Total loans receivable were $545.1 million at March 31, 2016, an increase of $128.5 million, or 30.8%, compared to one year earlier. The increase is due principally to a $92.3 million increase in commercial mortgage loans, which includes $49.0 million of loan participations at a net yield of 3.32% purchased in December 2015, and an increase of $38.9 million of adjustable rate 1-4 family mortgage loans.

Overnight investments increased by $25.0 million, or 126.2%, to $44.8 million, while investment securities decreased by $23.7 million, or 23.9%, to $75.6 million. The increase in overnight investments is principally the result of a successful Chinese New Year certificate of deposit campaign. The Bank expects to gradually deploy these funds into loans.

Fixed assets held for sale at March 31, 2015 were $12.9 million. This represented the value of the building at 135 Bowery, New York, NY which was sold during the third quarter of 2015. The Company expects to recognize a $750,000 additional gain in connection with the sale of the property. That amount is being held in escrow pending satisfaction of conditions that the Company believes will be satisfied during the second quarter of 2016. 

Asset Quality
Asset quality continued to improve as non-performing loans declined by 44.8% at March 31, 2016 to $3.2 million, compared to $5.7 million one year earlier. Total delinquent loans declined by 62.7% to $1.6 million at March 31, 2016, compared to $4.4 million at March 31, 2015. The Company monitors delinquent loans closely and continues to work on improving asset quality on an overall basis. The allowance for loan losses was $9.2 million, or 1.69% of total loans at March 31, 2016, compared to $8.3 million, or 1.99%, at March 31, 2015.

Deposits increased by $69.7 million, or 16.1%, from $432.0 million at March 31, 2015 to $501.6 million and were utilized to fund loan portfolio growth. Certificates of deposit were $253.6 million, an increase of $66.1 million, or 35.3%. Demand deposits increased $22.0 million, or 21.0%, compared to March 31, 2015. Savings and money market accounts decreased $18.3 million, or 13.4%. NOW accounts decreased $212,000, or 6.8%.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLBNY") borrowings increased by $50.0 million, or 80.6% to $112.0 million, $45.0 million of which occurred during the fourth quarter of 2015 and $5 million of which occurred during the first quarter of 2016. The $45.0 million borrowing is for a three-year term at 1.59% and was incurred in connection the Bank's purchase of $49.0 million in loan participations. Total FHLBNY borrowings at March 31, 2016 mainly consist of three year, five year and seven year term borrowings at a higher rate than deposits to help provide a cost-effective source of funding and to help the Bank manage interest rate risk. The remaining borrowings of $7.2 million consist of the Company's trust preferred securities transaction originated in 2004.

Stockholders' Equity
Stockholders' equity was $68.9 million, or 9.91% of total assets, at March 31, 2016, a $1.2 million, or 1.8%, increase from March 31, 2015. The increase was due mainly to retained net income.

Subsequent Events

In connection with ongoing productivity improvements and reducing branch open days from seven-days a week to six-days a week at five branches, the Company will eliminate a number of full-time and part-time positions in the second quarter of 2016. The Company will incur a severance benefit charge of approximately $225,000 during the second quarter and expects to realize on an annualized basis approximately $1 million in compensating and benefit savings. Because the Bank has at least two branches in Chinatown, Manhattan; Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing Queens, customers will still be able to conveniently bank seven days a week in these core neighborhoods.

About First American International Corp.

First American International Corp. is the holding company for First American International Bank, a community development financial institution ("CDFI") and a minority depository institution ("MDI") with eight full service branches, including offering consumer and business banking and loan products and services, and non-deposit insured investment products and services, serving principally the Chinese-American communities in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City.

See accompanying unaudited financial data tables for additional information.

The information contained herein is intended to provide the reader with historical information about the financial results of First American International Corp. It is not intended to provide forward looking statements or projections of future results. A variety of factors could cause actual results and experiences to differ materially from historical results and anticipated results based on historical results.

First American International Corp.  
Financial Highlights (unaudited)  
    (in thousands)  
Balance Sheet Items   3/31/2016     3/31/2015  
Cash and cash equivalents                
  Cash and due from banks - noninterest bearing   $ 5,324     $ 5,623  
  Due from banks - interest bearing     44,828       19,815  
  Federal funds sold     948       623  
      Total cash and cash equivalents     51,100       26,061  
Time deposits with banks     3,947       3,456  
  Securities available for sale     47,874       80,289  
  Securities held to maturity     27,776       19,110  
      Total securities     75,650       99,399  
  Loans held for sale     982       1,176  
  Real estate - commercial     221,375       129,029  
  Real estate - residential     323,995       285,129  
  Commercial and industrial     227       2,701  
  Consumer and installment     383       661  
  Unearned loan fees     (850 )     (844 )
    Loans receivable, gross     545,130       416,676  
    Allowance for loan losses     (9,223 )     (8,290 )
      Loans, net     535,907       408,386  
Bank premises and equipment     7,070       7,747  
Fixed assets held for sale     -       12,928  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock     5,674       3,426  
Accrued interest receivable     2,387       2,231  
Mortgage servicing rights     7,351       7,256  
Other assets     5,072       5,064  
        Total Assets   $ 695,140     $ 577,131  
Demand deposits   $ 127,143     $ 105,112  
NOW accounts     2,903       3,115  
Money market and savings     117,980       136,288  
Certificate of deposit     253,591       187,451  
  Total deposits     501,617       431,965  
Borrowings     112,000       62,000  
Junior subordinated debentures     7,217       7,217  
Accrued interest payable     1,160       1,037  
Accounts payable and other liabilities     4,246       7,234  
    Total Liabilities     626,240       509,454  
Stockholders' equity     68,901       67,678  
        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 695,140     $ 577,131  
First American International Corp.  
Financial Highlights (unaudited)  
    ($in thousands except per share data)  
Summary Income Statement   For the quarter ended  
    3/31/2016     3/31/2015  
Interest income   $ 6,963     $ 6,133  
Interest expense     1,290       991  
  Net interest income     5,673       5,141  
Provision for loan losses     367       -  
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses     5,306       5,141  
Non-interest income     1,454       1,771  
Non-interest expenses     5,714       6,400  
    Income before income taxes     1,046       513  
Income taxes     341       204  
    Net income   $ 705     $ 309  
Less: Preferred Stock Dividends and Discount Accretion     198       192  
    Net Income Available to Shareholders   $ 507     $ 117  
    Quarter ended  
Performance ratios (unaudited)   3/31/2016     3/31/2015  
Return (net income on average assets)     0.42 %     0.21 %
Return available to common on average assets     0.30 %     0.08 %
Return on average net worth     3.88 %     0.56 %
Average interest earning assets/bearing liabilities     107.66 %     106.94 %
Net interest rate spread     3.16 %     3.51 %
Net interest margin     3.46 %     3.77 %
Yield on Loans     4.83 %     5.40 %
Average Cost of Deposits     0.81 %     0.74 %
Net interest income after provision/total expense     92.86 %     80.33 %
Non-interest income to total revenue     17.27 %     22.41 %
Non-interest expense to total revenue     67.89 %     80.97 %
Non- interest expense to average assets     0.85 %     1.10 %
Net Worth and Asset Quality Ratios                
Average net worth to average total assets     7.75 %     9.07 %
Total net worth to assets end of period     9.91 %     11.73 %
Non-performing assets to total assets     0.46 %     0.99 %
Non-performing loans to total loans     0.58 %     1.38 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans     1.69 %     1.99 %
Allowance for loan losses to NPLs     291.32 %     144.51 %
Capital, Book Value and Earnings Per Share                
Risk based total capital ratio (Bank)     18.03 %     21.16 %
Tier 1 risk based capital (Bank)     16.77 %     19.90 %
Leverage ratio (Bank)     12.07 %     12.51 %
Book value per share basic   $ 24.11     $ 23.75  
Diluted EPS available to Common Shareholders   $ 0.23     $ 0.05  

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact
Neil Hecht
Chief Financial Officer
(718) 567-8788 Ext 1388