The Board of Directors of First National Bank Alaska (OTCQX:FBAK) announced the bank’s unaudited net income for second quarter 2020 was $14.6 million, or $4.60 per share. The bank’s net income for the period compares to net income of $13.1 million, or $4.12 per share, for the same period in 2019. Unaudited year-to-date net income was $28.7 million, or $9.07 per share. This compares to net income of $26.6 million, or $8.39 per share for the same period in 2019.
"Like most other banks across the nation, we are seeing rapid changes in consumer and business behaviors that will likely leave permanent marks across the financial services spectrum, such as the increasing adoption of digital services,” said Chair and CEO Betsy Lawer. "First National’s success has always reflected the success of Alaskans as they rise up to meet and adapt to quickly evolving circumstances. While it’s difficult to predict what’s yet to come, the bank’s strength lies in our experienced team’s ability not just to adapt, but also to transform our business processes and services to leverage the power of change. I think our 2020 performance to date provides the evidence to support that and I’m very proud of the hard-working team.”
Net interest and loan fee income for second quarter 2020 was $37.9 million, an increase of 13.0% from second quarter 2019. This improvement was driven by an increase in average earning assets of $223.9 million during the second quarter. Total assets increased $734.9 million year-to-date, to reach $4.59 billion at June 30, 2020. Gross loans increased $305.3 million to $2.31 billion during the quarter. The bank demonstrated its commitment to Alaskans by participating in the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (SBA PPP). The bank originated 2,156 unique SBA PPP loans totaling $329.7 million with an average weighted origination fee of 3.70%. Deposits and repurchase agreements increased $682.8 million to $3.94 billion during the quarter on unspent PPP funds and CARES Act resources to Native tribes and government entities and other deposit growth attributed to increased savings behavior.
Customers were further supported through modification of existing loan terms. Loan modifications through June 30, 2020 totaled $394.4 million, or 19.87% of total loans, excluding SBA PPP loans. Modification to interest-only payments accounted for more than 80% of the modifications, with interest-only periods ranging from three to fourteen months. Modifications were concentrated in commercial real estate loans, supporting our customers facing economic pressures in the rental and leasing sectors, and hotel and food service industries.
At June 30, 2020, delinquent loans from 30 to 89 days were $15.6 million, 0.78% of outstanding loans excluding SBA PPP loans, an increase of $9.8 million from March 31, 2020. Nonperforming loans were $13.4 million, 0.67% of outstanding loans excluding SBA PPP loans, an increase of $3.0 million from the prior quarter. In response to the economic uncertainty and elevated delinquency and loan modification activity, the allowance for loan losses was increased in second quarter by $2.0 million to $21.6 million, 0.93% of total loans (1.09% of loans excluding SBA PPP), resulting in an increased provision for loan loss expense of $1.8 million over second quarter 2019.
Noninterest income for second quarter 2020, excluding realized investment gains and losses, increased 6.1% from second quarter 2019 on elevated mortgage loan origination driven by the significant decrease in market interest rates in March. Noninterest expenses for second quarter 2020 increased 4.8% as compared to second quarter 2019 on increases in salary and benefit expenses. The efficiency ratio improved to 52.24% compared to 53.71% in 2019 on revenue growth and strong overall expense management.
The blended yield on interest-earning assets decreased to 3.87% from 4.14% for the six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, with the addition of the PPP 1% interest loans and other repricing assets. The cost to fund earning assets for the same six-month comparative periods decreased faster to 0.15% from 0.46%. As a result, the net interest margin year to date improved to 3.72% compared to 3.69% in 2019. Return on assets through June 30, 2020 was 1.43%, comparable to prior year. Return on equity of 10.06% for the first half of 2020 decreased from 10.22% in the first half of 2019 on an increase in total shareholders’ equity of $14.2 million to $590.0 million. Book value per share as of June 30, 2020 was $186.26, compared with $168.73 and $172.91 as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The bank tier 1 leverage capital ratio remains above well capitalized at 12.72% as of June 30, 2020, as compared to 13.76% as of December 31, 2019.
Lawer added, "These are unprecedented times, but our community bank entered the pandemic well-positioned to serve the banking needs of Alaskans just as we have for nearly a century. Our strong liquidity, capital position, operating metrics and heroic statewide employee team have enabled us to effectively manage the banking risks and serve our valuable customers—friends and neighbors—during these challenging times.”
First National Bank Alaska files a quarterly financial report with the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council. Our latest Consolidated Report of Condition and Income (Call Report) is filed by the 30th of the month following quarter-end and is subsequently posted at www.FNBAlaska.com > Financial Reports and at www.OTCMarkets.com.
Alaskan-owned and -operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and branches in 18 communities throughout the state, and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world. In 2020, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the "Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the fifth year in a row. In 2019, American Banker recognized First National as a "Best Bank to Work For” for the second year in a row and Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the state’s top three financial institutions in the ADN "Best of Alaska” Awards. First National was also recognized as the most admired company in the state by MSN.com and received the Rita Sholton Large Business of the Year Award from the Alaska Chamber.
Visit FNBAlaska.com for more information about Alaska’s largest locally owned bank and access to efficient and secure online banking services. First National Bank Alaska is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
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Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), an innovator in automotive vision systems, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eye-Net Mobile Ltd., will start a pilot project with a multi-billion-dollar multinational Japanese electronics company to test its Eye-Net™ Protect cellular-based V2X (vehicle-to-everything) accident prevention solution. This is the second pilot project the Company announced this month, following the announcement about a pilot project with a multi-billion-dollar global Japanese technology company to test Eye-Net Mobile's solution.
The pilot project will be used to validate and evaluate the software development kit (SDK) configuration of the Eye-Net solution and its technical specifications. Upon successful evaluation, the Japanese electronics company, which implements hundreds of thousands of units of advanced dashboard cameras (dashcams) every year, may proceed to integrate the Eye-Net solution into its dashcams.
According to recent reports by Grand View Research, the global dashboard camera market size is expected to reach around $7.5 billion by 2027. An estimated 36.1 million dashcams were sold in 2019, more than 10 million of which were advanced dashcams. Advanced dashboard cameras come with parking motion detection, GPS support, and Wi-Fi connectivity. These features, coupled with government regulations and increasing awareness regarding vehicle safety, are expected to drive demand for advanced dashcams in the coming years.
"This second pilot project is a vote of confidence from another Japanese company, that reinforces our market penetration strategy, targeting the smart devices and services market, including dashcams, head-up displays, wearable devices, navigation aids, and IoT platforms,” said Dror Elbaz, COO & Deputy CEO of Eye-Net Mobile. "We decided to focus on the Japanese market, which is often characterized by early adopters of new technologies and innovations, enabling quick market penetration. Concentrating on one geographic region will help us to achieve a critical mass of Eye-Net Protect users in a defined area, thus increasing the chance of preventing accidents and saving lives.”
The Eye-Net Protect V2X solution is designed to protect the most vulnerable road users in real time—including pedestrians, cyclists, scooter drivers and car drivers—by providing collision alerts when the road users have no direct line of sight. An SDK configuration allows Eye-Net Mobile to integrate its solution with leading location-based products such as wearable devices, dashboard cameras, navigation aids, infotainment systems, third-party applications and other smart devices.
For more information about Eye-Net Mobile, please visit www.eyenet-mobile.com, or follow the Company’s LinkedIn page, Eye-Net Mobile; Twitter, @EyeNetMobile1; and Instagram channel, Eyenetmobile1, the contents of which are not incorporated into this press release.
Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015, is a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of sensors systems for the automotive industry. Through the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Foresight Automotive Ltd. and Eye-Net Mobile Ltd., Foresight develops both "in-line-of-sight” vision systems and "beyond-line-of-sight” cellular-based applications. Foresight’s vision sensor is a four-camera system based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing, and sensor fusion. Eye-Net Mobile’s cellular-based application is a V2X (vehicle-to-everything) accident prevention solution based on real-time spatial analysis of clients’ movement.
The company’s systems are designed to improve driving safety by enabling highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts. Foresight is targeting the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle markets and predicts that its systems will revolutionize automotive safety by providing an automotive-grade, cost-effective platform and advanced technology.
For more information about Foresight and its wholly owned subsidiary, Foresight Automotive, visit www.foresightauto.com, follow @ForesightAuto1 on Twitter, or join Foresight Automotive on LinkedIn.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal securities laws. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, Foresight is using forward-looking statements in this press release when it discusses the pilot project with the Japanese electronics company, that upon successful evaluation, the Japanese electronics company may proceed to integrate the Eye-Net solution into its dashboard cameras, the size of the dashboard camera market, the potential of the company’s products, and the company’s market penetration strategy. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on Foresight’s current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties, and actual results, performance or achievements of Foresight could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release.
The forward-looking statements contained or implied in this press release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Foresight's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 31, 2020, and in any subsequent filings with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Foresight undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. References and links to websites have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release. Foresight is not responsible for the contents of third party websites.
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