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East West Bancorp Reports 185% Increase in Earnings Per Share from Prior Year to $0.37 for First Quarter 2011 and Increase in Annual Dividend to $0.20 Per Share

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

East West Bancorp Reports 185% Increase in Earnings Per Share from Prior Year to $0.37 for First Quarter 2011 and Increase in Annual Dividend to $0.20 Per Share16:45 EDT Tuesday, April 26, 2011 PASADENA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- East West Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, the financial bridge between the U.S. and Asia, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2011. For the first quarter of 2011, net income was $56.1 million or $0.37 per dilutive share. In the first quarter, East West increased profitability $31.2 million or 125% and increased earnings per dilutive share $0.24 or 185% from the prior year period. “East West's solid results for the first quarter of 2011 with net income of $56.1 million or $0.37 per share reflect strong performance across the Bank,” stated Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West. “Throughout the organization we have performed well, increasing loan and deposit market share and increasing profitability. During the first quarter of 2011, non-covered commercial and trade finance loan balances grew 10% to a record $2.2 billion and core deposits grew 3% to a record $9.1 billion.” “As we look towards the future, there are many opportunities for East West to expand market share and grow our business. We are confident that we can take advantage of these opportunities to increase our earnings power in 2011 and beyond. For the last several quarters, East West has posted strong growth in our non-covered commercial and trade finance loan portfolios, improved credit quality, and increased deposits while maintaining strong discipline on operating expenses.” Ng concluded, “We are pleased to announce that our strong balance sheet and profitability has allowed us to increase our annual dividend rate from $0.04 to $0.20 per share. East West is focused on active capital management, utilizing our capital to support strong organic growth while also providing a strong return to our shareholders.” 2011 Quarterly Results Summary             For the three months ended,   Dollars in millions, except per share March 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 March 31, 2010 Net income $ 56.1 $ 56.3 $ 24.9 Net income available to common shareholders* 54.4 32.2 18.8 Earnings per share (diluted)* 0.37 0.22 0.13   Return on average assets 1.07 % 1.10 % 0.49 % Return on average common equity 10.50 % 6.28 % 4.71 %   Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 15.9 % 15.7 % 18.9 % Total risk-based capital ratio 17.7 % 17.5 % 20.9 %   *Q4 2010 EPS and net income available to common shareholders included a noncash charge of $18.7 million or $0.13 per dilutive share related to the repurchase of preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury.     First Quarter 2011 HighlightsStrong First Quarter Earnings– For the first quarter 2011, net income was $56.1 million or $0.37 per share. Earnings per share grew $0.02 or 6% from the fourth quarter of 2010, excluding the noncash charge of $18.7 million or $0.13 per dilutive share in the fourth quarter of 2010 resulting from accelerated discount accretion on the repurchase of the preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury.1C&I Loan Growth of 10% Quarter to Date – Quarter to date, non-covered commercial and trade finance loans grew $200.5 million or 10% to $2.2 billion. Record Deposit Growth – Total deposits grew to a record $16.4 billion, a $795.3 million or 5% increase from December 31, 2010. Core deposits grew to a record $9.1 billion as of March 31, 2011, an increase of $231.1 million or 3% from December 31, 2010. Provision for Loan Losses Down 11% from Q4 2010, Down 65% from Q1 2010 – Provision for loan losses declined to $26.5 million, a decrease of $3.3 million or 11% from the prior quarter and a decrease of $49.9 million or 65% from the first quarter of 2010. Net Charge-offs Down 11% from Q4 2010, Down 46% from Q1 2010 – Net charge-offs declined to $34.2 million, a decrease of $4.1 million or 11% from the prior quarter and a decrease of $29.7 million or 46% from the first quarter of 2010. Nonperforming Assets Down 3% to 0.89% of Total Assets – Nonperforming assets decreased to $188.3 million, or 0.89% of total assets. This is the sixth consecutive quarter East West has reported a nonperforming assets to total assets ratio under 1.00%, and represents a decrease in nonperforming assets of 3% from the fourth quarter of 2010. Return on Common Equity Improves to 10.5% – We have improved our return to common shareholders by 67% to 10.50% from 6.28% in the fourth quarter. Efficiency Ratio Improves 4% to 43.14% – Noninterest expenses, excluding prepayment penalties on FHLB advances and net of amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC, declined $7.5 million or 7% from the fourth quarter of 2010 to $93.3 million for the first quarter of 2011, resulting in an efficiency ratio of 43.14% for the quarter.1Management Guidance The Company is providing guidance for the second quarter of 2011 and the full year of 2011. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the full year of 2011 will range from $1.47 to $1.50 per dilutive share or an increase of approximately 77% to 81% from 2010. Additionally, management has increased the 2011 full year guidance from our previously released guidance by approximately $0.02 per dilutive share. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2011 will range from $0.35 to $0.37 per dilutive share. This EPS guidance for the second quarter is based on the following assumptions: Stable balance sheet A stable interest rate environment and an adjusted net interest margin between 4.00% and 4.10% Provision for loan losses of approximately $24 million to $28 million Total noninterest expense of approximately $95 million to $100 million, net of amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC Effective tax rate of approximately 35% Balance Sheet Summary At March 31, 2011, total assets increased 2% to $21.1 billion compared to $20.7 billion at December 31, 2010. Average earning assets increased 3% to $18.7 billion for the quarter-ended March 31, 2011, compared to $18.1 billion for the quarter-ended December 31, 2010. The increase in total assets and average earning assets was fueled by our strong deposit growth during the quarter of 5% or $795.3 million. Loans receivable at March 31, 2011 totaled $13.7 billion, reflecting no change from December 31, 2010. During the first quarter, non-covered loan balances increased 2% or $185.3 million to $9.1 billion at March 31, 2011. The increase in non-covered loans was primarily driven by increases in commercial and trade finance loans of 10% or $200.5 million and single family loans of 7% or $82.3 million, partially offset by decreases in commercial real estate, multifamily, land and construction loans. Additionally, as of March 31, 2011, we classified $303.7 million of loans as held for sale, primarily comprised of government guaranteed student loans. Covered Loans Covered loans totaled $4.6 billion as of March 31, 2011, a decrease of $201.1 million during the first quarter. The decrease in the covered loan portfolio was mainly due to paydowns, payoffs and charge-off activity. The covered loan portfolio is primarily comprised of loans acquired from the FDIC-assisted acquisition of United Commercial Bank (UCB) which are covered under loss share agreements with the FDIC. After active management of the portfolio for over a year, we resolved many problem loans and during the fourth quarter of 2010 we concluded that the credit quality is better than originally estimated. As such, we lowered the credit discount on the UCB covered loan portfolio resulting in an increase in interest income over the life of the loans. Correspondingly, with the lowered credit discount, the expected reimbursement from the FDIC under the loss sharing agreement also decreased, resulting in amortization on the FDIC indemnification asset over the life of the indemnification asset, which is recorded as a charge to noninterest income. The net decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset resulting from loan disposition activity, recoveries and amortization of the indemnification asset was $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. In total, the net decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable recorded in noninterest income (loss) was $(17.4) million for the first quarter of 2011. The net decrease of $26.9 million discussed above was partially offset by an increase in the FDIC receivable of $9.5 million due to reimbursable expense claims. During the first quarter we incurred $11.9 million in expenses on covered loans and other real estate owned, 80% or $9.5 million of which is reimbursable from the FDIC. Deposits and Borrowings Deposit balances increased to a record $16.4 billion at March 31, 2011, a 5% or $795.3 million increase from $15.6 billion at December 31, 2010. During the quarter, total core deposits increased to a record $9.1 billion, or an increase of 3% or $231.1 million and time deposits increased to $7.3 billion, or an increase of 8% or $564.2 million. The strong increase in core deposits during the first quarter was primarily driven by a significant increase in noninterest-bearing demand deposits. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits increased by 10% or $275.3 million for the first quarter of 2011. The strong increase in time deposits in the first quarter of 2011 was primarily due to the success of our Chinese New Year retail deposit campaign. As of March 31, 2011, FHLB advances totaled $793.6 million, a decrease of 35% or $420.5 million from December 31, 2010. During the first quarter of 2011, East West paid off maturing FHLB borrowings and also prepaid $216.9 million of FHLB advances at an average cost of 2.80%, incurring a prepayment penalty of $4.0 million, which is included in noninterest expense. These actions were taken to better position the balance sheet, reducing borrowing costs and improving net interest margin in the coming quarters. First Quarter 2011 Operating ResultsNet Interest Income The core net interest margin, excluding the net impact to interest income of $26.9 million resulting from the loan disposition activity and amortization of the indemnification asset, totaled 3.94% for the quarter, compared to 4.43% in the fourth quarter of 2010.1 The decline in our net interest margin from the previous quarter is primarily related to a decrease in cashflow on covered loans resulting from a decrease in disposition and prepayment activity. Additionally, due to the strong deposit growth during the quarter, excess liquidity was deployed into lower yielding short-term investments. Although our net interest margin remains strong, similar to many banks, we are experiencing some net interest margin compression from the extended low interest rate environment. As such, the Company took actions in the first quarter and will take additional steps in future quarters to minimize this impact. In the first quarter of 2011, East West prepaid $216.9 million of FHLB advances at an average cost of 2.80%. The prepayment of these FHLB advances will result in an improvement to our net interest margin of approximately 3 basis points in future quarters. In addition, as discussed above, low-cost core deposit growth remains strong. Our average cost of deposits remains low at 0.66% for the first quarter of 2011 a decrease from 0.67% for the fourth quarter of 2010 and 0.93% for the first quarter of 2010. East West will continue to look for opportunities to minimize our cost of funds and maximize our yield through redeployment of excess liquidity into higher interest-earning assets. Noninterest Income The Company reported total noninterest income for the first quarter of 2011 of $11.0 million, compared to a noninterest loss of $17.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a noninterest loss of $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. The noninterest losses in the prior quarter and the prior year period were due to a net decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable of $36.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $43.6 million in the first quarter of 2010. Total fees and other operating income increased to $19.0 million for the first quarter of 2011, an increase from both the fourth quarter of 2010 and first quarter of 2010 as detailed below:                 Quarter EndedQuarter EndedQuarter Ended % Change ($ in thousands) March 31, 2011     December 31, 2010     March 31, 2010 (Yr/Yr)   Branch fees $ 7,754 $ 7,681 $ 8,758 -11 % Letters of credit fees and commissions 3,044 3,323 2,740 11 % Ancillary loan fees 1,991 2,101 1,689 18 % Other operating income   6,234   5,187   2,527 147 % Total fees & other operating income $ 19,023 $ 18,292 $ 15,714 21 %   Other operating income increased 20% or $1.0 million during the first quarter due to increases in foreign exchange income and other fee income. Also included in noninterest income for the first quarter of 2011 were gains on sales of loans of $7.4 million, from the sale of student loans and SBA loans and a net gain on sales of investment securities of $2.5 million. Noninterest Expense Noninterest expense totaled $106.8 million for the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of 6% or $7.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2010, and a decrease of 23% or $32.1 million from the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in noninterest expense was primarily due to declines in credit cycle costs and integration related expenses. Compared to the prior quarter, other real estate owned expense decreased $6.2 million, loan related expenses decreased $3.4 million, legal expenses decreased by $1.1 million, consulting expenses decreased $686 thousand, and other operating expenses decreased by $3.9 million. These improvements were offset by an increase in deposit insurance premiums of $3.8 million and prepayment penalties on FHLB advances of $4.0 million during the first quarter of 2011. In the first quarter, we incurred $11.9 million in expenses on covered loans and other real estate owned for which we expect that 80% or $9.5 million will be reimbursed by the FDIC. Of the $9.5 million of expenses reimbursable by the FDIC, $6.5 million is related to net writedowns and expenses on other real estate owned, and $3.0 million is related to legal and other loan related expenses. Noninterest expense excluding amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC and the prepayment penalty on FHLB advances totaled $93.3 million for the first quarter of 2011.1 A summary of the noninterest expenses for the first quarter 2011, compared to the fourth quarter 2010, is detailed below:               Quarter EndedQuarter Ended ($ in thousands) March 31, 2011     December 31, 2010 Total noninterest expense: $ 106,789 $ 113,743 Amounts to be reimbursed on covered assets (80% of actual expense amount) 9,483 12,958 Prepayment penalties for FHLB Advances   4,022       - Noninterest expense excluding reimbursement amounts and prepayment penalty on FHLB Advances $ 93,284     $ 100,785   Management anticipates that in the second quarter of 2011, noninterest expense will be approximately $95 million to $100 million, net of amounts reimbursable from the FDIC. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 35.2% compared to 34.3% in the prior quarter. 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 Quality East West continues to proactively manage credit, resulting in further improvements in all key asset quality metrics. Nonperforming assets, excluding covered assets, decreased by $6.5 million or 3% to $188.3 million or 0.89% of total assets. In addition, for the sixth consecutive quarter, both net charge-offs and the provision for loan losses have declined. The provision for loan losses was $26.5 million for the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of 11% compared to the previous quarter and a decrease of 65% compared to the first quarter of 2010. Total net charge-offs decreased to $34.2 million for the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of 11% from the previous quarter and a decrease of 46% compared to the previous year as detailed below:                   For the three months ended, % Change   ($ in thousands) March 31, 2011     December 31, 2010     March 31, 2010 Yr/Yr Net charge-offs $ 34,219 $ 38,344 $ 63,929 -46 % Provision for loan losses $ 26,506 $ 29,834 $ 76,421 -65 %   Management expects that the provision for loan losses will continue to decrease and range from $24 million to $28 million for the second quarter of 2011 and $95 million to $100 million for the full year 2011. Notwithstanding the improvements in credit noted above, we have maintained a strong allowance for non-covered loan losses at $220.4 million or 2.50% of non-covered loans receivable at March 31, 2011. This compares to an allowance for non-covered loan losses of $230.4 million or 2.64% of non-covered loans at December 31, 2010 and $250.5 million or 2.93% of outstanding loans at March 31, 2010. Capital Strength             Capital Strength(Dollars in millions)March 31, 2011Well CapitalizedRegulatoryRequirementTotal Excess AboveWell CapitalizedRequirement   Tier 1 leverage capital ratio 9.3 % 5.00 % $ 871 Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 15.9 % 6.00 % 1,180 Total risk-based capital ratio 17.7 % 10.00 % 913 Tangible common equity to tangible asset 8.0 % N/A N/A Tangible common equity to risk weighted assets ratio 13.9 % 4.00 % * 1,175   *As there is no stated regulatory guideline for this ratio, the SCAP (Supervisory Capital Assessment Program) guideline of 4.00% tangible common equity has been used.   During the fourth quarter of 2010, East West repurchased $306.5 million of preferred stock issued under the U.S. Treasury Capital Purchase Program and in the first quarter of 2011, East West repurchased all outstanding warrants issued to the U.S. Treasury in connection with this program for $14.5 million. Even after the repayment of TARP, our capital ratios remain very strong. As of the end of the first quarter of 2011, our Tier 1 leverage capital ratio totaled 9.3%, our Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio totaled 15.9% and our total risk-based capital ratio totaled 17.7%. East West exceeds well capitalized requirements for all regulatory guidelines by over $800 million. The Company is focused on active capital management and remains committed to maintaining strong capital levels that exceed regulatory requirements, while also supporting balance sheet growth, and providing a strong return to our shareholders. In line with these priorities, the Board of Directors has approved an increase in our annual common stock dividend rate from $0.04 per share to $0.20 per share. The increase in the dividend rate will be effective for the second quarter of 2011. Dividend Payout East West's Board of Directors has declared second quarter dividends on the common stock and Series A Preferred Stock. The common stock cash dividend of $0.05 is payable on or about May 24, 2011 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2011. The dividend on the Series A Preferred Stock of $20.00 per share is payable on May 1, 2011 to shareholders of record on April 15, 2011. Conference Call East West will host a conference call to discuss first quarter of 2011 earnings with the public on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. PDT/ 11:30 a.m. EDT. The public and investment community are invited to listen as management discusses first quarter results and operating developments. The following dial-in information is provided for participation in the conference call: Local call within the US – (877) 317-6789; Call within Canada – (866) 605-3852; International call – (412) 317-6789. A listen-only live broadcast of the call also will be available on the investor relations page of the company's website at www.eastwestbank.com. About East West East West Bancorp is a publicly owned company with $21.1 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 a representative office in 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, 2010 (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.1 See reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure to this non-GAAP financial measure in the tables below.             EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)   March 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010 Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,492,922 $ 1,333,949 $ 1,380,263 Short-term investments 140,585 143,560 257,656 Securities purchased under resale agreements 768,369 500,000 380,000 Investment securities 2,930,976 2,875,941 2,191,527 Loans receivable, excluding covered loans (net of allowance for loan losses of $220,402, $230,408 and $250,517) 8,870,177 8,650,254 8,250,808 Covered loans, net   4,599,757     4,800,876     5,220,721   Total loans receivable, net 13,469,934 13,451,130 13,471,529 Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve stock 203,760 210,090 227,409 FDIC indemnification asset 717,260 792,133 980,950 Other real estate owned, net 15,580 21,865 6,907 Other real estate owned covered, net 142,416 123,902 78,354 Premiums on deposits acquired, net 76,332 79,518 86,351 Goodwill 337,438 337,438 337,438 Other assets   851,454     831,011     900,792   Total assets $ 21,147,026   $ 20,700,537   $ 20,299,176     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Deposits 16,436,598 $ 15,641,259 $ 14,606,702 Federal Home Loan Bank advances 793,643 1,214,148 1,769,452 Securities sold under repurchase agreements 1,081,019 1,083,545 1,032,511 Subordinated debt and trust preferred securities 235,570 235,570 235,570 Other borrowings 11,090 10,996 52,752 Accrued expenses and other liabilities   431,189     401,088     296,400   Total liabilities 18,989,109 18,586,606 17,993,387 Stockholders' equity   2,157,917     2,113,931     2,305,789   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 21,147,026   $ 20,700,537   $ 20,299,176   Book value per common share $ 13.96 $ 13.67 $ 13.09 Number of common shares at period end 148,638 148,543 147,908   Ending BalancesMarch 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010 Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 1,201,311 $ 1,119,024 $ 961,397 Real estate - multifamily 949,034 974,745 997,325 Real estate - commercial 3,339,592 3,392,984 3,572,003 Real estate - land 220,135 235,707 317,880 Real estate - construction 254,614 278,047 415,247 Commercial 2,183,819 1,983,355 1,444,717 Consumer   670,529     733,526     830,717   Total loans receivable held for investment, excluding covered loans 8,819,034 8,717,388 8,539,286 Loans held for sale 303,673 220,055 17,540 Covered loans, net   4,599,757     4,800,876     5,220,721   Total loans receivable 13,722,464 13,738,319 13,777,547 Unearned fees, premiums and discounts (32,128 ) (56,781 ) (55,501 ) Allowance for loan losses on non-covered loans   (220,402 )   (230,408 )   (250,517 ) Net loans receivable $ 13,469,934 $ 13,451,130 $ 13,471,529   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 2,951,793 $ 2,676,466 $ 2,289,933 Interest-bearing checking 808,070 757,446 628,759 Money market 4,362,483 4,457,376 3,844,378 Savings   984,552     984,518     982,616   Total core deposits 9,106,898 8,875,806 7,745,686 Time deposits   7,329,700     6,765,453     6,861,016   Total deposits $ 16,436,598 $ 15,641,259 $ 14,606,702               EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)   Quarter Ended   March 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010   Interest and dividend income $ 254,335 $ 292,195 $ 318,703 Interest expense   (45,501 )   (45,633 )   (56,979 ) Net interest income before provision for loan losses 208,834 246,562 261,724 Provision for loan losses   (26,506 )   (29,834 )   (76,421 ) Net interest income after provision for loan losses 182,328 216,728 185,303 Noninterest income (loss) 11,041 (17,279 ) (8,451 ) Noninterest expense   (106,789 )   (113,743 )   (138,910 ) Income before benefit for income taxes 86,580 85,706 37,942 Provision for income taxes   30,509     29,357     13,026   Net income 56,071 56,349 24,916 Preferred stock dividend and amortization of preferred stock discount   (1,715 )   (24,109 )   (6,138 ) Net income available to common stockholders $ 54,356 $ 32,240 $ 18,778 Net income per share, basic $ 0.37 $ 0.22 $ 0.17 Net income per share, diluted $ 0.37 $ 0.22 $ 0.13 Shares used to compute per share net income: - Basic 146,837 146,625 109,961 - Diluted 153,334 147,524 146,865     Quarter Ended   March 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010 Noninterest income (loss): Branch fees $ 7,754 $ 7,681 $ 8,758 Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable (17,443 ) (36,043 ) (43,572 ) Net gain on sales of loans 7,410 6,265 - Letters of credit fees and commissions 3,044 3,323 2,740 Net gain on sales of investments 2,515 5,244 16,111 Impairment loss on investment securities (464 ) (6,340 ) (4,799 ) Ancillary loan fees 1,991 2,101 1,689 (Loss) gain on acquisition - (4,697 ) 8,095 Other operating income   6,234     5,187     2,527   Total noninterest income (loss) $ 11,041 $ (17,279 ) $ (8,451 )   Noninterest expense: Compensation and employee benefits $ 38,270 $ 39,001 $ 50,779 Occupancy and equipment expense 12,598 13,051 11,944 Loan related expenses 3,099 6,503 2,997 Other real estate owned expense 10,664 16,879 18,012 Deposit insurance premiums and regulatory assessments 7,191 3,416 11,581 Prepayment penalties for FHLB advances 4,022 - 9,932 Legal expense 4,101 5,186 2,907 Amortization of premiums on deposits acquired 3,185 3,237 3,384 Data processing 2,603 2,441 2,482 Consulting expense 1,626 2,312 2,141 Amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships 4,525 2,915 3,037 Other operating expense   14,905     18,802     19,714   Total noninterest expense $ 106,789 $ 113,743 $ 138,910               EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands)(unaudited)   Average BalancesQuarter Ended   March 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010 Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 1,161,336 $ 1,091,042 $ 931,318 Real estate - multifamily 961,770 969,801 1,071,910 Real estate - commercial 3,379,191 3,430,009 3,601,112 Real estate - land 229,901 250,530 356,908 Real estate - construction 278,668 297,558 449,272 Commercial 2,056,781 1,834,920 1,472,451 Consumer   1,055,534     992,408     731,771   Total loans receivable, excluding covered loans 9,123,181 8,866,268 8,614,742 Covered loans   4,695,964     4,866,915     5,369,328   Total loans receivable 13,819,145 13,733,183 13,984,070 Investment securities 2,818,703 2,876,561 2,185,875 Earning assets 18,741,052 18,144,027 17,940,933 Total assets 20,894,782 20,467,482 20,398,717   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 2,708,842 $ 2,649,912 $ 2,222,104 Interest-bearing checking 771,626 756,741 636,039 Money market 4,386,100 4,275,692 3,464,234 Savings   971,313     957,781     992,186   Total core deposits 8,837,881 8,640,126 7,314,563 Time deposits   7,139,530     6,664,058     7,315,789   Total deposits 15,977,411 15,304,184 14,630,352 Interest-bearing liabilities 15,609,601 15,004,890 15,763,168 Stockholders' equity 2,153,460 2,416,463 2,293,712     Selected RatiosQuarter Ended   March 31, 2011December 31, 2010March 31, 2010 For The Period Return on average assets 1.07 % 1.10 % 0.49 % Return on average common equity 10.50 % 6.28 % 4.71 % Interest rate spread (2) 4.32 % 5.18 % 5.73 % Net interest margin (2) 4.52 % 5.39 % 5.92 % Yield on earning assets (2) 5.50 % 6.39 % 7.20 % Cost of deposits 0.66 % 0.67 % 0.93 % Cost of funds 1.01 % 1.03 % 1.28 % Noninterest expense/average assets (1) 1.82 % 2.10 % 2.40 % Efficiency ratio (3) 43.14 % 44.77 % 49.03 %   (1) Excludes the amortization of intangibles, amortization and impairment loss of premiums on deposits acquired, amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances.   (2) 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, amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances, divided by the aggregate of net interest income before provision for loan losses and noninterest income, excluding items that are non-recurring in nature.                           EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.QUARTER TO DATE AVERAGE BALANCES, YIELDS AND RATES PAID (In thousands) (unaudited)   Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2011     March 31, 2010AverageAverageVolume     Interest     Yield (1)     Volume     Interest     Yield (1)   ASSETSInterest-earning assets: Short-term investments and interest bearing deposits in other banks $ 995,484 $ 2,740 1.12 % $ 1,289,964 $ 3,541 1.11 % Securities purchased under resale agreements 898,122 4,270 1.90 % 259,319 6,263 9.66 % Investment securities (2) 2,818,703 18,857 2.68 % 2,185,875 20,190 3.75 % Loans receivable 9,123,181 114,911 5.11 % 8,614,742 122,028 5.74 % Loans receivable - covered 4,695,964 112,615 9.73 % 5,369,328 165,916 12.53 % Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stocks   209,598         942     1.80 %       221,705         779     1.41 % Total interest-earning assets   18,741,052         254,335     5.50 %       17,940,933         318,717     7.20 %   Noninterest-earning assets: Cash and due from banks 272,112 324,655 Allowance for loan losses (236,196 ) (253,482 ) Other assets   2,117,814     2,386,611   Total assets $ 20,894,782   $ 20,398,717       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYInterest-bearing liabilities: Checking accounts 771,626 648 0.34 % 636,039 614 0.39 % Money market accounts 4,386,100 5,975 0.55 % 3,464,234 7,966 0.93 % Savings deposits 971,313 732 0.31 % 992,186 1,142 0.47 % Time deposits 7,139,530 18,627 1.06 % 7,315,789 23,726 1.32 % Federal Home Loan Bank advances 1,014,009 5,778 2.31 % 2,035,825 9,005 1.79 % Securities sold under repurchase agreements 1,080,240 12,017 4.45 % 1,028,698 12,541 4.88 % Subordinated debt and trust preferred securities 235,570 1,571 2.67 % 235,570 1,547 2.63 % Other borrowings   11,212         153     5.46 %       54,827         438     3.20 % Total interest-bearing liabilities   15,609,600         45,501     1.18 %       15,763,168         56,979     1.47 %   Noninterest-bearing liabilities: Demand deposits 2,708,842 2,222,104 Other liabilities 422,880 119,733 Stockholders' equity   2,153,460     2,293,712   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 20,894,782   $ 20,398,717     Interest rate spread 4.32 % 5.73 %   Net interest income and net interest margin $ 208,834 4.52 % $ 261,738 5.92 %   Net interest income and net interest margin, adjusted (3) $ 181,908 3.94 % $ 198,790 4.49 %   (1) Annualized. (2) Amounts calculated on a fully taxable equivalent basis using the current statutory federal tax rate. (3) Amounts exclude the net impact of covered loan dispositions of $26.9 million and $60.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and repurchase agreement termination gain of $2.5 million for March 31, 2010.                                       EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.QUARTERLY ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES RECAP(In thousands)(unaudited)   Quarter Ended3/31/2011     12/31/2010     3/31/2010LOANS Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 234,633 $ 244,186 $ 238,833 Allowance for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit (758 ) (1,043 ) (808 ) Provision for loan losses 26,506 29,834 76,421   Net Charge-offs: Real estate - single family 928 1,770 3,426 Real estate - multifamily 2,178 5,048 4,860 Real estate - commercial 4,603 13,557 8,201 Real estate - land 8,931 8,942 26,828 Real estate - residential construction 7,273 (212 ) 11,642 Real estate - commercial construction 620 3,086 2,029 Commercial 8,660 5,981 6,368 Consumer   1,027         172         575   Total net charge-offs (recovery)   34,220         38,344         63,929   Allowance balance, end of period (3) $ 226,161       $ 234,633       $ 250,517     UNFUNDED LOAN COMMITMENTS AND LETTERS OF CREDIT: Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 9,952 $ 8,909 $ 8,119 Provision for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit   758         1,043         808   Allowance balance, end of period $ 10,710       $ 9,952       $ 8,927   GRAND TOTAL, END OF PERIOD $ 236,871       $ 244,585       $ 259,444     Nonperforming assets to total assets (1) 0.89 % 0.94 % 0.89 % Allowance for loan losses on non-covered loans to total gross non-covered loans held for investment at end of period 2.50 % 2.64 % 2.93 % Allowance for loan losses on non-covered loans and unfunded loan commitments to total gross non-covered loans held for investment at end of period 2.62 % 2.76 % 3.04 % Allowance on non-covered loans to non-covered nonaccrual loans at end of period 127.59 % 133.24 % 143.62 % Nonaccrual loans to total loans (2) 1.26 % 1.26 % 1.27 %   (1) Nonperforming assets excludes covered loans and covered REOs. Total assets includes covered assets. (2) Nonaccrual loans excludes covered loans. Total loans includes covered loans. (3) Included in the allowance is $5.8 million and $4.2 million related to covered loans as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively. This allowance is related to drawdowns on commitments that were in existence as of the acquisition dates and therefore, are covered under the loss share agreements with the FDIC. Allowance on these subsequent drawdowns is accounted for as part of our general allowance.                       EAST WEST BANCORP, INCTOTAL NON-PERFORMING ASSETS, EXCLUDING COVERED ASSETS(in thousands)(unaudited)AS OF MARCH 31, 2011Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ DaysDelinquentUnder 90+DaysDelinquentTotalNonaccrualLoansREO AssetsTotalNon-PerformingAssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 10,585 $ - $ 10,585 $ 441 $ 11,026 Real estate - multifamily 9,101 4,320 13,421 184 13,605 Real estate - commercial 41,494 5,027 46,521 3,966 50,487 Real estate - land 11,053 10,064 21,117 9,856 30,973 Real estate - residential construction 15,664 1,000 16,664 92 16,756 Real estate - commercial construction 9,329 20,390 29,719 775 30,494 Commercial 18,003 14,954 32,957 180 33,137 Consumer   1,755   -   1,755   86   1,841 Total$116,984$55,755$172,739$15,580$188,319   AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2010Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ DaysDelinquentUnder 90+DaysDelinquentTotalNonaccrualLoansREO AssetsTotalNon-PerformingAssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 7,059 $ 355 $ 7,414 $ 556 $ 7,970 Real estate - multifamily 9,687 7,695 17,382 468 17,850 Real estate - commercial 48,096 7,962 56,058 3,566 59,624 Real estate - land 8,138 20,761 28,899 16,180 45,079 Real estate - residential construction - 22,341 22,341 92 22,433 Real estate - commercial construction 14,198 3,347 17,545 780 18,325 Commercial 8,235 14,436 22,671 223 22,894 Consumer   620   -   620   -   620 Total$96,033$76,897$172,930$21,865$194,795   AS OF MARCH 31, 2010Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ DaysDelinquentUnder 90+DaysDelinquentTotalNonaccrualLoansREO 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 14,227 21,436 - 21,436 Consumer   1,218   234   1,452   -   1,452 Total$108,359$66,068$174,427$6,907$181,334       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, 2011 Stockholders' Equity $ 2,157,917 Less: Preferred Equity (83,027 ) Goodwill and other intangible assets   (423,138 ) Tangible common equity $ 1,651,752     Risk-weighted assets   11,921,804     Tangible Common Equity to risk-weighted assets   13.9 %   As ofMarch 31, 2011 Total assets $ 21,147,026 Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets   (423,138 ) Tangible assets $ 20,723,888     Tangible common equity to tangible asset ratio 8.0 %   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, 2011 Noninterest income (loss) $ 11,041 Add: Impairment loss on investment securities 464 Less: Net gain on sales of investments (2,515 ) Net gain on sales of loans (7,410 ) Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable   17,443   Operating noninterest income (non-GAAP) $ 19,023       Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2010 Noninterest income (loss) $ (8,451 ) Add: Impairment loss on investment securities 4,799 Less: Net gain on sales of investments (16,111 ) Gain on acquisition (8,095 ) Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable   43,572   Operating noninterest income (non-GAAP) $ 15,714         EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(In thousands)(Unaudited)   Operating noninterest expense 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. These are noninterest expense line items that are non-core in nature. Operating noninterest expense excludes such non-core noninterest expense line items. The Company believes that presenting the operating noninterest expense provides more clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the core noninterest expense amounts.   Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2011 Total noninterest expense: $ 106,789 Amounts to be reimbursed on covered assets (80% of actual expense amount) 9,483 Prepayment penalties for FHLB advances   4,022 Noninterest expense excluding reimbursement amounts and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances $ 93,284   Quarter EndedDecember 31, 2010 Total noninterest expense: $ 113,743 Amounts to be reimbursed on covered assets (80% of actual expense amount)   12,958 Noninterest expense excluding reimbursement amounts $ 100,785               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. The net interest margin includes amounts that are non-core in nature. As such, the Company believes that presenting the net interest income and net interest margin excluding such non-core items provides additional clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the core net interest income and net interest margin, comparability to prior periods and the ongoing performance of the Company.   Quarter Ended March 31, 2011 Average Volume     Interest     Yield (1) Total interest-earning assets $ 18,741,052 $ 254,335 5.50 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 208,834 4.52 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset (26,926 ) Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding   net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 181,908   3.94 %     Quarter Ended December 31, 2010 Average Volume     Interest     Yield (1) Total interest-earning assets $ 18,144,027 $ 292,195 6.39 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 246,562 5.39 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset (43,783 ) Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding   net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 202,779   4.43 %     Quarter Ended March 31, 2010 Average Volume     Interest     Yield (1) Total interest-earning assets $ 17,940,933 $ 318,717 7.20 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 261,738 5.92 % Less yield adjustment related to: Net impact of covered loan dispositions (60,412 ) Reverse repurchase agreement termination gain   (2,536 ) Total yield adjustment (62,948 ) Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding   net impact of covered loan dispositions $ 198,790   4.49 %   (1) Annualized.       EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(In thousands)(Unaudited)   Dilutive EPS excluding the noncash impact resulting from the repurchase of preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury 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. The Company believes that presenting the Non-GAAP dilutive EPS provides more clarity to the users of financial statements.   Quarter EndedDecember 31, 2010 GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.22 Impact of noncash charge resulting from the repurchase of preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury   0.13 Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $ 0.35 East West Bancorp, Inc.Irene Oh, Chief Financial Officer(626) 768-6360