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East West Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2010 Earnings of $24.9 Million; Strong Credit Quality with Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets Down to 0.89%

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

East West Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2010 Earnings of $24.9 Million; Strong Credit Quality with Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets Down to 0.89%16:15 EDT Tuesday, April 27, 2010 PASADENA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- East West Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, one of the nation's premier regional banks, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2010. For the first quarter of 2010, net income was $24.9 million or $0.13 per diluted share. “East West's first quarter net income of $24.9 million was driven by our expanded earnings power,” stated Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West. “In the first quarter, the provision for loan losses decreased by 45% and our net interest margin expanded to 4.02% excluding yield adjustments. Credit indicators have improved substantially. As of March 31, 2010, nonperforming assets to total assets was down to 0.89% and charge-offs for the quarter decreased 51%. Further, the allowance for loan losses to total loans is a strong 2.93%.” Ng stated, “I am pleased to report that the full integration of United Commercial Bank (UCB) was completed on schedule. We successfully converted all remaining UCB systems last week. The acquisition of UCB has provided a tremendous opportunity for East West to increase profitability and expand our market footprint. During the first quarter of 2010, we successfully grew deposits $201.7 million, excluding the impact of brokered deposits. We strategically reduced brokered deposits by $582.6 million in the first quarter and grew deposits through our expanded retail and commercial networks. While the economy and many of our competitors still face challenges, East West is in a strong financial condition and we are confident that we can continue to produce both near and long-term gains for our customers and shareholders.” “Further, I am pleased to welcome two new members to our board, Iris S. Chan and Paul H. Irving. Iris and Paul both bring to our board a deep and diverse understanding of the financial services industry. We look forward to their guidance and influence as we expand our commercial banking platform, serving markets both domestically and abroad,” concluded Ng. First Quarter 2010 HighlightsFirst Quarter Earnings– For the first quarter 2010, net income was $24.9 million, an increase of $47.4 million over a net loss of $22.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2009. The increase in net income was driven by our larger asset size and increased earnings power. Net Interest IncomeImproved – Net interest income for the first quarter increased to $261.7 million, a $182.0 million increase over the first quarter of 2009. The net interest margin for the first quarter of 2010 increased to 5.92%, compared to 2.74% in the first quarter of 2009. Excluding the impact of yield adjustments, the net interest margin for the first quarter was 4.02%. See reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure to this non-GAAP financial measure in the tables attached. Credit Quality Stabilized – Provision for loan losses decreased substantially to $76.4 million for the quarter, a decrease of 45% or $63.6 million from the prior quarter. Similarly, net charge-offs decreased to $63.9 million for the quarter, a decrease of 51% or $66.7 million from the prior quarter. Total nonperforming assets at March 31, 2010 remained low at $181.3 million, or 0.89% of total assets, a decrease of $105.3 million or 37% from March 31, 2009. Allowance for Loan Losses Strengthened – The allowance for loan losses increased to $250.5 million, a $55.1 million or 28% increase year over year. The allowance for loan losses to gross non-covered loans was 2.93% at March 31, 2010, compared to 2.42% at March 31, 2009. The allowance to nonaccrual loans ratio improved to 143.62% as of March 31, 2010, compared to 78.81% as of March 31, 2009. Deposit Growth – Total deposits, excluding brokered deposits increased $201.7 million during the first quarter. During the first quarter, we reduced brokered deposits by $582.6 million. Core deposits increased $656.9 million during the quarter to $7.7 billion as of March 31, 2010. The cost of deposits decreased to 0.93% for the first quarter, an improvement from 1.81% in the first quarter of 2009. Capital Strengthened – As of March 31, 2010, East West's Tier 1 risk-based capital and total risk-based capital ratios improved to 18.9% and 20.9%, significantly higher than the well capitalized requirement of 6% and 10%. On March 28, 2010, all $335.0 million of our Mandatory Convertible Cumulative Non-Voting Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series C (Series C preferred stock) was converted into common stock after a shareholder vote. The Series C preferred stock was issued in November 2009, in conjunction with the acquisition of UCB. Management Guidance The Company is providing guidance for the second quarter of 2010. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2010 will range from $0.13 to $0.17 per diluted share. This EPS guidance is based on the following assumptions: Flat balance sheet growth A stable interest rate environment and a net interest margin between 4.00% and 4.10%, excluding the impact of yield adjustments Provision for loan losses of approximately $50 million to $65 million for the quarter Reduction in noninterest expense from first quarter of 2010 of 25% to 27% Effective tax rate of approximately 34% Balance Sheet Summary At March 31, 2010 total assets were $20.3 billion compared to $20.6 billion at December 31, 2009, and $12.6 billion at March 31, 2009. Gross loans at March 31, 2010 totaled $13.8 billion compared to $14.1 billion at December 31, 2009. Covered loans totaled $5.2 billion as of the end of the first quarter, compared to $5.6 billion at the end of 2009. Average earning assets for the first quarter of 2010 equaled $17.9 billion, 12% higher than the fourth quarter of 2009, due to the acquisition of United Commercial Bank on November 6, 2009. During the first quarter, we actively reduced brokered deposits by $582.6 million while we grew deposits from our retail network and commercial customers by $201.7 million. These combined actions resulted in total deposits of $14.6 billion as of March 31, 2010, compared to $15.0 billion at December 31, 2009. The brokered deposits paid down were largely time deposits and were the primary driver for the decrease in time deposits of $1.0 billion to $6.9 billion as of March 31, 2010. Core deposits increased $656.9 million during the quarter, increasing to $7.7 billion at March 31, 2010. Average total deposits for the first quarter were $14.6 billion, 19% higher than the fourth quarter of 2009. The average cost of deposits for the first quarter of 2010 was 0.93%, down from 1.81% in the first quarter of 2009. As of March 31, 2010, FHLB advances totaled $1.8 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2009. During the first quarter, East West prepaid $379.1 million in FHLB advances with an average cost of 4.26% and paid a prepayment penalty of $9.9 million, which is included in noninterest expense. East West also accessed $350.0 million in FHLB advances during the first quarter, at a lower average cost of 0.70%. These actions were taken to better position the balance sheet and reduce future borrowing costs. The average cost of funds equaled 1.28%, down from 2.44% in the prior year period. First Quarter 2010 Operating ResultsNet Interest Income Net interest income for the first quarter increased to $261.7 million, a $182.0 million or a 228% increase over the first quarter of 2009. The net interest margin for the first quarter increased to 5.92%, up 318 basis points from 2.74% in the prior year period. Included in net interest income is $81.3 million of discount accretion on early payoffs and recoveries on covered loans, which is offset by a corresponding $43.6 million net reduction in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable. In the first quarter of 2010, East West took several actions to better position the balance sheet and reduce our sensitivity to future interest rate risk. East West sold $599.7 million in fixed rate investment securities to mitigate the impact of future interest rate increases. As a result of the sale of these securities, East West recorded a gain of $16.1 million. As previously discussed, East West also prepaid higher cost FHLB advances during the first quarter. Additionally, East West unwound reverse repurchase agreements totaling $150.0 million and recorded a termination gain of $2.5 million during the first quarter as a yield adjustment. The adjustments to net interest income are summarized in the table below: Reconciliation of Net Interest Income to Adjusted Net Interest Income   Quarter Ended March 31,2010 Interest   Yield Net interest income and net interest margin $ 261,724   5.92 % Less yield adjustment related to: Covered loan disposition and recoveries 81,343 Reverse repurchase agreement termination gain   2,536 Total yield adjustments $ 83,879     Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding yield adjustments $ 177,845 4.02 % For the first quarter, the adjusted net interest margin excluding the yield adjustments shown in the table above increased to 4.02%, an increase of 128 basis points from 2.74% in the prior year period. Noninterest Income During the first quarter we recorded impairment losses on investment securities of $4.8 million on pooled trust preferred securities. These securities are held available for sale and recorded on the balance sheet at fair value. Any difference in the book balance and the fair value of the securities is reflected in the other comprehensive income section of stockholders' equity. As of March 31, 2010, the fair value of these securities was written down to $2.1 million. During the first quarter, we recorded a $43.6 million decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable, primarily related to early payoffs on covered loans. We also recorded an $8.1 million adjustment related to the fair value of investments obtained from the acquisition of UCB. Excluding the impact of the decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable of $43.6 million, gains on sales of investment securities of $16.1 million, the fair value adjustment on investment securities of $8.1 million, and impairment charges on investment securities of $4.8 million, noninterest income for the first quarter totaled $15.7 million, a $5.2 million or a 50% increase as compared to the first quarter of 2009. The increase was primarily due to the realization of a full quarter of income from the acquisition of UCB. See reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure to this non-GAAP financial measure in the tables attached. Noninterest Expense Noninterest expense totaled $138.9 million for the first quarter of 2010. The increase in noninterest expense in the first quarter was primarily due to the recognition of a full quarter of expenses from UCB, prepayment penalties on prepaid FHLB advances and integration costs related to the acquisition of UCB that are not expected to be ongoing expenses in future quarters, as shown in the table below: Reconciliation of Noninterest Expense to Recurring Noninterest Expense (In thousands)   Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010 Noninterest Expense: $ 138,910 Prepayment penalty for FHLB advances 9,932 Expenses related to the integration of UCB Compensation and employee benefits 6,240 Other integration expenses   3,664 Total integration costs related to the acquisition of UCB that are not expected to be ongoing expenses in future quarters 9,904 REO expense for UCB covered assets, reimbursable from the FDIC   11,092 Non interest expense excluding prepayment penalty on FHLB advances, integration costs related to the acquisition of UCB, and reimbursable REO expenses $ 107,982 Compensation and employee benefits increased to $50.8 million, a $33.7 million increase from the first quarter of 2009 resulting from the acquisition of UCB. Included in this amount is $6.2 million in compensation and severance expense that is not expected to be incurred in future quarters. The other integration related expenses of $3.7 million were largely due to consultant fees, legal fees and other expenses incurred in the first quarter related to the UCB integration and are expected to not be incurred in future quarters. Under the loss share agreement with the FDIC, 80% of eligible expenses on covered assets are reimbursable from the FDIC. In the first quarter, we incurred $13.9 million in expenses on covered REO assets, 80%, or $11.1 million of which we expect to be reimbursed by the FDIC. Further, as discussed above, East West prepaid $379.1 million in FHLB advances and paid a prepayment penalty of $9.9 million. In addition to the expenses noted in the table above, management expects further operating efficiencies in future quarters of 2010. Management anticipates that in future quarters of 2010, noninterest expense will be reduced by 25% to 27% from the first quarter of 2010 to $102.0 million to $104.0 million. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 34.33% compared to 37.47% in the prior year period. The effective tax rate is reduced from the statutory tax rate primarily due to the utilization of tax credits related to affordable housing investments. Credit Management As previously discussed by management, both the provision for loan losses and the net charge-offs peaked in the third quarter of 2009 and have declined in each subsequent quarter. Management believes that the provision for loan losses and net charge-offs will continue to decrease for the remainder of 2010 and range from $50.0 million to $65.0 million for the second quarter of 2010. The provision for loan losses was $76.4 million for the first quarter of 2010, a decrease of $63.6 million or 45% compared to the previous quarter and a decrease of $1.6 million or 2% from the first quarter of 2009. Net charge-offs fell to $63.9 million for the first quarter, a decrease of $66.7 million or 51% from the previous quarter and an increase of $4.4 million from the first quarter of 2009. The levels of nonperforming assets have also continued to improve. Total nonperforming assets totaled $181.3 million as of March 31, 2010 or 0.89% of total assets compared to $286.6 million or 2.28% of total assets at March 31, 2009. Nonperforming assets as of March 31, 2010 included nonaccrual loans totaling $174.4 million and REO assets totaling $6.9 million. The allowance for loan losses increased to $250.5 million or 2.93% of non-covered loans receivable at March 31, 2010, compared to $195.5 million or 2.42% of outstanding loans at March 31, 2009. All loans acquired from UCB were recorded at estimated fair value as of the acquisition date. East West entered into loss sharing agreements with the FDIC that covers future losses incurred on nearly all the UCB legacy loans. Under the terms of the agreement, the FDIC will absorb 80% of losses and share in 80% of recoveries on the first $2.05 billion and absorb 95% of losses and share in 95% of recoveries exceeding $2.05 billion. As of March 31, 2010, we believe no allowance is required for the UCB covered loans. Capital StrengthCapital Strength(Dollars in millions)           March 31, 2010Well CapitalizedRegulatoryRequirementTotal Excess AboveWell CapitalizedRequirement   Tier 1 leverage capital ratio 10.2 % 5.00 % $ 1,037 Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 18.9 % 6.00 % 1,391 Total risk-based capital ratio 20.9 % 10.00 % 1,172 Tangible common equity to tangible asset 7.61 % N/A N/A Tangible common equity to risk weighted assets ratio 14.1 %*   4.00 %*   1,083   As there is no stated regulatory guideline for this ratio, the SCAP guideline of 4.00% tangible common equity has been used. See reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure to this non-GAAP financial measure in the tables attached. East West has always been committed to maintaining strong capital levels. As of the end of the first quarter of 2010, our Tier 1 leverage capital ratio increased to 10.2%, Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio increased to 18.9% and total risk-based capital ratio increased to 20.9%. East West exceeds well capitalized requirements for all regulatory guidelines by over $1 billion. On March 25, 2010, the Company's stockholders approved the conversion of the Series C preferred stock into common stock. The conversion occurred on March 28, 2010. During the fourth quarter of 2009, we issued $165 million in common stock and $335 million in Series C preferred stock in conjunction with the acquisition of UCB. Dividend Payout East West Bank's Board of Directors has declared second quarter dividends on the common stock and Series A Preferred Stock. The common stock cash dividend of $0.01 is payable on or about May 24, 2010 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2010. The dividend on the Series A Preferred Stock of $20.00 per share is payable on May 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on April 15, 2010. About East West East West Bancorp is a publicly owned company with $20.3 billion in assets and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “EWBC”. The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, East West Bank, is one of the largest independent commercial banks headquartered in California with over 130 locations worldwide, including the U.S. markets of California, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington. In Greater China, East West's presence includes a full service branch in Hong Kong and representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei. Through a wholly-owned subsidiary bank, East West's presence in Greater China also includes full service branches in Shanghai and Shantou and representative offices in Beijing and Guangzhou. For more information on East West Bancorp, visit the Company's website at www.eastwestbank.com. Forward-Looking StatementsThis release may contain forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in East West Bancorp's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009 (See Item I -- Business, and Item 7 -- Management's Discussion and Analysis of Consolidated Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. These factors include, but are not limited to: the effect of interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; competition in the financial services market for both deposits and loans; EWBC's ability to efficiently incorporate acquisitions into its operations; the ability of borrowers to perform as required under the terms of their loans; effect of additional provisions for loan losses; effect of any goodwill impairment, the ability of EWBC and its subsidiaries to increase its customer base; the effect of regulatory and legislative action, including California tax legislation and an announcement by the state's Franchise Tax Board regarding the taxation of Registered Investment Companies; and regional and general economic conditions.Actual results and performance in future periods may be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this release. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. East West expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in the Bank's expectations of results or any change in event.EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)         March 31, 2010December 31, 2009% Change Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,180,735 $ 835,141 41 Short-term investments 457,184 510,788 (10 ) Securities purchased under resale agreements 380,000 227,444 67 Investment securities 2,191,527 2,564,081 (15 ) Loans receivable, excluding covered loans (net of allowance for loan losses of $250,517 and $238,833) 8,250,808 8,246,685 0 Covered loans   5,220,721     5,598,155   (7 ) Total loans receivable, net 13,471,529 13,844,840 (3 ) Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve stock 227,409 217,002 5 FDIC indemnification asset 980,950 1,091,814 (10 ) Other real estate owned, net 6,907 13,832 (50 ) Other real estate owned covered, net 78,354 44,273 77 Premiums on deposits acquired, net 86,351 89,735 (4 ) Goodwill 337,438 337,438 0 Other assets   900,792     782,824   15 Total assets $ 20,299,176   $ 20,559,212   (1 )   Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Deposits $ 14,606,702 $ 14,987,613 (3 ) Federal Home Loan Bank advances 1,769,452 1,805,387 (2 ) Securities sold under repurchase agreements 1,032,511 1,026,870 1 Subordinated debt and trust preferred securities 235,570 235,570 0 Other borrowings 52,752 67,040 (21 ) Accrued expenses and other liabilities   296,400     152,073   95 Total liabilities 17,993,387 18,274,553 (2 ) Stockholders' equity   2,305,789     2,284,659   1 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 20,299,176   $ 20,559,212   (1 ) Book value per common share $ 13.09 $ 14.47 (10 ) Number of common shares at period end 147,908 109,963 35   Ending BalancesMarch 31, 2010December 31, 2009% Change Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 961,497 $ 930,840 3 Real estate - multifamily 1,000,584 1,025,849 (2 ) Real estate - commercial 3,576,027 3,606,179 (1 ) Real estate - land 328,037 370,394 (11 ) Real estate - construction 415,247 458,292 (9 ) Commercial 1,444,717 1,512,709 (4 ) Consumer   830,717     624,784   33 Total loans receivable, excluding covered loans 8,556,826 8,529,047 0 Covered loans   5,220,721     5,598,155   (7 ) Total loans receivable 13,777,547 14,127,202 (2 ) Unearned fees, premiums and discounts (55,501 ) (43,529 ) 28 Allowance for loan losses   (250,517 )   (238,833 ) 5 Net loans receivable $ 13,471,529 $ 13,844,840 (3 )   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 2,289,933 $ 2,291,259 (0 ) Interest-bearing checking 628,759 667,177 (6 ) Money market 3,844,378 3,138,866 22 Savings   982,616     991,520   (1 ) Total core deposits 7,745,686 7,088,822 9 Time deposits   6,861,016     7,898,791   (13 ) Total deposits $ 14,606,702 $ 14,987,613 (3 )   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)         Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010December 31, 2009March 31, 2009   Interest and dividend income $ 318,703 $ 283,639 $ 144,923 Interest expense   (56,979 )   (61,770 )   (65,242 ) Net interest income before provision for loan losses 261,724 221,869 79,681 Provision for loan losses   (76,421 )   (140,001 )   (78,000 ) Net interest income after provision for loan losses 185,303 81,868 1,681 Noninterest (loss) income (8,451 ) 420,838 13,794 Noninterest expense   (138,910 )   (93,472 )   (51,406 ) Income (loss) before benefit for income taxes 37,942 409,234 (35,931 ) Provision (benefit) for income taxes   13,026     149,504     (13,465 ) Net income (loss) $ 24,916 $ 259,730 $ (22,466 ) Preferred stock dividend and amortization of preferred stock discount   (6,138 )   (6,129 )   (8,743 ) Net income (loss) available to common stockholders $ 18,778 $ 253,601 $ (31,209 ) Net income (loss) per share, basic $ 0.17 $ 2.49 $ (0.50 ) Net income (loss) per share, diluted $ 0.13 $ 1.96 $ (0.50 ) Shares used to compute per share net loss: - Basic 109,961 101,924 62,998 - Diluted 146,865 130,346 62,998   Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010December 31, 2009March 31, 2009 Noninterest (loss) income: Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable $ (43,572 ) $ (23,338 ) $ - Impairment loss on investment securities (4,799 ) (45,775 ) (200 ) Net gain on sale of investment securities 16,111 4,545 3,521 Branch fees 8,758 7,863 4,793 Gain on acquisition of United Commercial Bank 8,095 471,009 - Letters of credit fees and commissions 2,740 2,570 1,854 Ancillary loan fees 1,689 1,474 2,229 Other operating income   2,527     2,490     1,597   Total noninterest (loss) income $ (8,451 ) $ 420,838 $ 13,794   Noninterest expense: Compensation and employee benefits $ 50,779 $ 29,983 $ 17,108 Other real estate owned expense 18,012 2,624 7,031 Occupancy and equipment expense 11,944 10,268 7,391 Deposit insurance premiums and regulatory assessments 11,581 9,123 3,325 Prepayment penalty for FHLB advances 9,932 2,370 - Amortization of premiums on deposits acquired 3,384 2,609 1,125 Amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships 3,037 7,929 1,760 Legal expense 2,907 3,168 1,778 Data processing 2,482 2,279 1,142 Consulting expense 2,141 6,256 448 Other operating expense   22,711     16,863     10,298   Total noninterest expense $ 138,910 $ 93,472 $ 51,406   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.QUARTERLY ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES RECAP(In thousands)(unaudited)     Quarter Ended3/31/2010   12/31/2009   9/30/2009   6/30/2009   3/31/2009LOANS Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 238,833 $ 230,650 $ 223,700 $ 195,450 $ 178,027 Allowance for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit (808 ) (1,161 ) (1,051 ) 1,442 (1,008 ) Provision for loan losses 76,421 140,000 159,244 151,422 78,000 Impact of desecuritization - - - 9,262 -   Net Charge-offs: Real estate - single family 3,426 7,083 8,034 14,058 3,832 Real estate - multifamily 4,860 8,425 7,231 2,256 1,624 Real estate - commercial 8,201 13,305 23,105 12,472 2,790 Real estate - land 26,828 20,390 39,988 33,183 12,523 Real estate - residential construction 11,642 48,919 32,535 30,634 16,347 Real estate - commercial construction 2,029 21,355 23,051 28,602 1,977 Commercial 6,422 5,789 14,956 11,577 18,146 Trade finance (54 ) 2,569 2,256 774 1,032 Consumer   575     2,821     87     320     1,298   Total net charge-offs (recovery)   63,929     130,656     151,243     133,876     59,569   Allowance balance, end of period $ 250,517   $ 238,833   $ 230,650   $ 223,700   $ 195,450     UNFUNDED LOAN COMMITMENTS AND LETTERS OF CREDIT: Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 8,119 $ 6,958 $ 5,907 $ 7,349 $ 6,341 Provision for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit   808     1,161     1,051     (1,442 )   1,008   Allowance balance, end of period $ 8,927   $ 8,119   $ 6,958   $ 5,907   $ 7,349   GRAND TOTAL, END OF PERIOD $ 259,444   $ 246,952   $ 237,608   $ 229,607   $ 202,799     Nonperforming assets to total assets(1) 0.89 % 0.91 % 1.84 % 1.49 % 2.28 % Allowance for loan losses to total gross non-covered loans at end of period 2.93 % 2.80 % 2.74 % 2.62 % 2.42 % Allowance for loan losses and unfunded loan commitments to total gross non-covered loans at end of period 3.03 % 2.90 % 2.82 % 2.69 % 2.51 % Allowance to non-covered nonaccrual loans at end of period 143.62 % 137.91 % 112.82 % 137.94 % 78.81 % Nonaccrual loans to total loans(2) 1.27 % 1.23 % 2.43 % 1.90 % 3.08 %   (1) Nonperforming assets excludes covered loans and REOs. Total assets includes covered assets. (2) Nonaccrual loans excludes covered loans. Total loans includes covered loans.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INCTOTAL NON-PERFORMING ASSETS, EXCLUDING COVERED ASSETS(in thousands)(unaudited)   AS OF MARCH 31, 2010   Total Nonaccrual Loans       90+ DaysDelinquent   Under 90+ DaysDelinquentTotal Nonaccrual Loans   REO AssetsTotalNon-PerformingAssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 13,673 $ - $ 13,673 $ - $ 13,673 Real estate - multifamily 12,444 4,780 17,224 712 17,936 Real estate - commercial 28,484 4,127 32,611 2,979 35,590 Real estate - land 27,077 32,266 59,343 2,007 61,350 Real estate - residential construction 3,188 782 3,970 379 4,349 Real estate - commercial construction 15,066 9,652 24,718 830 25,548 Commercial 7,209 13,722 20,931 - 20,931 Trade Finance - 505 505 - 505 Consumer   1,218   234   1,452   -   1,452 Total$108,359$66,068$174,427$6,907$181,334   AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2009Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ DaysDelinquentUnder 90+ DaysDelinquentTotal Nonaccrual LoansREO AssetsTotalNon-PerformingAssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 3,262 $ - $ 3,262 $ 264 $ 3,526 Real estate - multifamily 10,631 - 10,631 2,118 12,749 Real estate - commercial 11,654 18,450 30,104 5,687 35,791 Real estate - land 27,179 42,666 69,845 4,393 74,238 Real estate - residential construction 17,179 - 17,179 540 17,719 Real estate - commercial construction - 17,132 17,132 830 17,962 Commercial 8,002 16,765 24,767 - 24,767 Trade Finance - - - - - Consumer   114   146   260   -   260 Total$78,021$95,159$173,180$13,832$187,012   AS OF MARCH 31, 2009Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ DaysDelinquentUnder 90+ DaysDelinquent   Total Nonaccrual LoansREO AssetsTotalNon-PerformingAssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 18,515 $ 634 $ 19,149 $ 671 $ 19,820 Real estate - multifamily 9,863 - 9,863 887 10,750 Real estate - commercial 12,465 42,724 55,189 4,240 59,429 Real estate - land 63,052 6,233 69,285 17,934 87,219 Real estate - residential construction 28,433 14,196 42,629 13,278 55,907 Real estate - commercial construction 28,604 - 28,604 - 28,604 Commercial 16,798 5,000 21,798 1,236 23,034 Trade Finance 177 - 177 270 447 Consumer   839   482   1,321   118   1,439 Total$178,746$69,269$248,015$38,634$286,649   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.QUARTER TO DATE AVERAGE BALANCES, YIELDS AND RATES PAID (In thousands) (unaudited)             Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010   March 31, 2009AverageAverageVolume   Interest   Yield(1)   Volume   Interest   Yield(1)   ASSETSInterest-earning assets: Short-term investments and interest bearing deposits in other banks $ 1,289,964 $ 3,541 1.11 % $ 731,573 $ 2,976 1.65 % Securities purchased under resale agreements 259,319 6,263 9.66 % 50,000 1,250 10.00 % Investment securities(2) 2,185,875 20,190 3.75 % 2,703,259 29,465 4.42 % Loans receivable 8,933,204 122,028 5.54 % 8,197,173 110,816 5.48 % Loans receivable - covered 5,050,866 165,916 13.32 % - - - Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stocks   221,705       779   1.41 %     120,040       506   1.69 % Total interest-earning assets   17,940,933       318,717   7.20 %     11,802,045       145,013   4.98 %   Noninterest-earning assets: Cash and due from banks 324,655 122,899 Allowance for loan losses (253,482 ) (186,058 ) Other assets   2,386,611     759,363   Total assets $ 20,398,717   $ 12,498,249     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYInterest-bearing liabilities: Checking accounts 636,039 614 0.39 % 361,569 393 0.44 % Money market accounts 3,464,234 7,966 0.93 % 1,487,178 5,694 1.55 % Savings deposits 992,186 1,142 0.47 % 410,232 702 0.69 % Time deposits 7,315,789 23,726 1.32 % 4,815,018 30,284 2.55 % Federal Home Loan Bank advances 2,035,825 9,005 1.79 % 1,285,070 13,877 4.38 % Securities sold under repurchase agreements 1,028,698 12,541 4.88 % 998,583 11,872 4.76 % Subordinated debt and trust preferred securities 235,570 1,547 2.63 % 235,570 2,417 4.10 % Other borrowings   54,827       438   3.20 %     2,445       3   0.49 % Total interest-bearing liabilities   15,763,168       56,979   1.47 %     9,595,665       65,242   2.76 %   Noninterest-bearing liabilities: Demand deposits 2,222,104 1,238,551 Other liabilities 119,733 123,085 Stockholders' equity   2,293,712     1,540,948   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 20,398,717   $ 12,498,249     Interest rate spread 5.73 % 2.22 %   Net interest income and net interest margin $ 261,738 5.92 % $ 79,771 2.74 %   Net interest income and net interest margin adjusted(3) $ 177,859 4.02 %   (1) Annualized (2) Amounts calculated on a fully taxable equivalent basis using the current statutory federal tax rate. (3) Amounts exclude yield adjustment related to covered loan disposition and recoveries of $81,343 and repurchase agreement termination gain of $2,536 for March 31, 2010.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands)(unaudited)         Average BalancesQuarter EndedMarch 31, 2010December 31, 2009March 31, 2009 Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 939,379 $ 908,095 $ 506,753 Real estate - multifamily 1,071,910 1,037,460 692,885 Real estate - commercial 3,723,940 3,610,640 3,465,505 Real estate - land 356,908 398,109 582,649 Real estate - construction 465,196 586,883 1,232,235 Commercial 1,644,100 1,446,695 1,179,183 Consumer   731,771     516,951     228,377   Total loans receivable, excluding covered loans 8,933,204 8,504,833 8,197,173 Covered loans   5,050,866     3,479,519     -   Total loans receivable 13,984,070 11,984,352 8,197,173 Investment securities 2,185,875 2,638,943 2,703,259 Earning assets 17,940,933 15,948,521 11,802,045 Total assets 20,398,717 17,563,329 12,498,249   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 2,222,104 $ 1,953,781 $ 1,238,551 Interest-bearing checking 636,039 523,519 361,569 Money market 3,464,234 2,671,917 1,487,178 Savings   992,186     775,834     410,232   Total core deposits 7,314,563 5,925,051 3,497,530 Time deposits   7,315,789     6,375,919     4,815,018   Total deposits 14,630,352 12,300,970 8,312,548 Interest-bearing liabilities 15,763,168 13,450,563 9,595,665 Stockholders' equity 2,293,712 1,921,591 1,540,948     Selected RatiosQuarter EndedMarch 31, 2010December 31, 2009March 31, 2009 For The Period Return on average assets 0.49 % 5.92 % -0.72 % Return on average common equity 4.71 % 75.27 % -11.69 % Interest rate spread(2) 5.73 % 5.24 % 2.22 % Net interest margin(2) 5.92 % 5.52 % 2.74 % Net interest margin adjusted(4) 4.02 % 3.67 % 2.74 % Yield on earning assets(2) 7.20 % 7.06 % 4.98 % Cost of deposits 0.93 % 1.11 % 1.81 % Cost of funds 1.28 % 1.59 % 2.44 % Noninterest expense/average assets(1) 2.40 % 1.83 % 1.55 % Efficiency ratio(3) 58.45 % 48.42 % 51.80 % (1) Excludes the amortization of intangibles, amortization and impairment loss of premiums on deposits acquired, impairment loss on goodwill, amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships and prepayment penalty for FHLB advances. (2) December 31 and March 31, 2009 yields on certain securities have been adjusted upward to a "fully taxable equivalent" basis in order to reflect the effect of income which is exempt from federal income taxation at the current statutory tax rate. (3) Represents noninterest expense, excluding the amortization of intangibles, amortization and impairment loss of premiums on deposits acquired, investments in affordable housing partnerships and prepayment penalty for FHLB advances, divided by the aggregate of net interest income before provision for loan losses, excluding nonrecurring adjustments and noninterest income, excluding impairment loss on investment securities and gain on acquisition and the decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable. (4) Amounts exclude yield adjustment related to covered loan disposition and recoveries of $81,343 and repurchase agreement termination gain of $2,536 for March 31, 2010 and yield adjustment related to covered loan disposition of $74,439 for December 31, 2009.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(In thousands)(Unaudited)   The tangible common equity to risk weighted asset and tangible common equity to tangible asset ratios is a non-GAAP disclosure. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide supplemental information regarding the Company's performance to provide additional disclosure. As the use of tangible common equity to tangible asset is more prevalent in the banking industry and with banking regulators and analysts, we have included the tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets and tangible common equity to tangible asset ratios.   As ofMarch 31, 2010 Stockholders' Equity $ 2,305,789 Less: Preferred Equity (369,095 ) Goodwill and other intangible assets   (423,788 ) Tangible common equity $ 1,512,906     Risk-weighted assets $ 10,745,792   Tangible Common Equity to risk-weighted assets   14.1 %   As ofMarch 31, 2010 Total assets $ 20,299,176 Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets   (423,788 ) Tangible assets $ 19,875,388     Tangible common equity to tangible asset ratio 7.61 %   Operating noninterest income is a non-GAAP disclosure. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide supplemental information regarding the Company's performance to provide additional disclosure. There are noninterest income line items that are non-core in nature. Operating noninterest income excludes such non-core noninterest income line items. The Company believes that presenting the operating noninterest income provides more clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the core noninterest income amounts.   Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010 Noninterest (loss) income $ (8,451 ) Add: Impairment loss on investment securities 4,799 Net gain on sale of investment securities (16,111 ) Gain on acquisition of United Commercial Bank (8,095 ) Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset   43,572   Operating noninterest income (non-GAAP) $ 15,714     EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(In thousands)(Unaudited)   The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide supplemental information regarding the Company's performance to provide additional disclosure. For the first quarter of 2010, the quarter to date net interest income and net interest margin includes a yield adjustment of $81,343 related to covered loan disposition and recoveries and repurchase agreement termination gain of $2,536. These amounts are nonrecurring in nature. As such, the Company believes that presenting the net interest income and net interest margin excluding these nonrecurring items provides additional clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the core net interest income and net interest margin.   Quarter Ended March 31, 2010 Average Volume   Interest   Yield Total interest-earning assets $ 17,940,933   $ 318,717   7.20 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 261,724 5.92 % Less yield adjustment related to: Covered loan disposition and recoveries 81,343 Reverse Repurchase agreement termination gain   2,536 Total yield adjustment $ 83,879     Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding yield adjustment $ 177,845 4.02 %