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East West Bancorp Reports Net Income for First Quarter 2012 of $68 Million, Up 21% from Prior Year and Earnings Per Share of $0.45, Up 22% from Prior Year

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

East West Bancorp Reports Net Income for First Quarter 2012 of $68 Million, Up 21% from Prior Year and Earnings Per Share of $0.45, Up 22% from Prior Year16:45 EDT Tuesday, April 17, 2012 PASADENA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- East West Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, the financial bridge between the United States and Greater China, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2012, net income was $68.1 million or $0.45 per dilutive share. East West increased first quarter net income by $12.0 million or 21% and increased earnings per dilutive share $0.08 or 22% from the prior year period. “East West is pleased to report strong earnings of $68.1 million or $0.45 per share for the first quarter of 2012,” stated Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West. “Earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 was 5% higher than the prior quarter and 22% higher than the prior year. This increase in earnings is reflective of healthy, profitable and prudent growth in our loan and deposit portfolios, which has resulted in a strong net interest margin of 4.21% and a reduced cost of deposits down to 0.47%. During the first quarter, we grew our noncovered loans by $211.9 million or 2%, and increased core deposits by $256.2 million or 2% to a record $10.6 billion. This growth in core deposits was fueled by an increase in demand deposits to a record $3.7 billion, or 21% of our total deposits as of March 31, 2012.” Ng continued, “For the past two years our credit quality has steadily improved and as a result, credit costs have declined. During the first quarter, net charge-offs declined to $10.3 million, an improvement of 70% from the first quarter of 2011. Net charge-offs decreased while we also reduced nonperforming assets to $167.1 million or 0.77% of total assets as of March 31, 2012.” “Earlier in the year, the Board of Directors approved a $200 million stock repurchase plan and increased the dividend to $0.40 per year. These actions were taken due to the strength of our balance sheet, capital levels and core profitability. As we continue to build our business and execute on our strategy as the premier financial bridge between East and West, I am confident that East West can increase our core profitability and market share, and return strong value to our shareholders for the remainder of 2012 and beyond,” concluded Ng. Quarterly Results Summary     For the three months ended, Dollars in millions, except per share March 31, 2012     December 31, 2011     March 31, 2011 Net income $ 68.1 $ 66.2   $ 56.1 Net income available to common shareholders 66.4 64.5 54.4 Earnings per share (diluted) 0.45 0.43 0.37   Return on average assets 1.26 % 1.20 % 1.07 % Return on average common equity 12.01 % 11.54 % 10.50 %   Net interest margin, adjusted(1) 4.21 % 4.13 % 3.94 % Cost of deposits 0.47 % 0.55 % 0.66 % Efficiency ratio 44.07 % 43.81 % 43.14 %   First Quarter 2012 HighlightsStrong First Quarter Earnings – For the first quarter of 2012, net income was $68.1 million or $0.45 per dilutive share. Net income grew 3% or $1.9 million from the fourth quarter of 2011 and 21% or $12.0 million from the first quarter of 2011. Earnings per dilutive share grew 5% or $0.02 from the fourth quarter of 2011 and 22% or $0.08 from the first quarter of 2011. Solid Return on Common Equity of 12.0% – For the first quarter of 2012, our return on common equity increased to 12.0% from 11.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 10.5% in the first quarter of 2011. Repurchase of 4.6 Million Shares of Common Stock – During the first quarter of 2012, we repurchased 4.6 million shares of our common stock at a weighted average price of $22.14 per share. Strong Loan Growth – Quarter to date, noncovered loans grew $211.9 million or 2%. This growth was largely due to increases in single family, and commercial and trade finance loans, which grew $156.5 million or 9% and $96.1 million or 3%, respectively. Strong Core Deposit Growth – Core deposits increased $256.2 million or 2% to a record $10.6 billion or 61% of total deposits. Demand deposits increased $197.3 million or 6% quarter to date to a record $3.7 billion. Cost of Funds Down 8 bps from Q4 2011 and Down 26 bps from Q1 2011 – The cost of funds improved 8 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2011 and 26 basis points from the first quarter of 2011 to 0.75% for the first quarter of 2012. Our cost of deposits improved 8 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2011 and 19 basis points from the first quarter of 2011 to 0.47% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net Charge-offs Down 53% from Q4 2011, Down 70% from Q1 2011 – Net charge-offs declined to $10.3 million, a decrease of $11.5 million or 53% from the prior quarter and a decrease of $23.9 million or 70% from the first quarter of 2011. Nonperforming Assets Down to 0.77% of Total Assets – Nonperforming assets decreased to $167.1 million, or 0.77% of total assets at March 31, 2012, a $7.8 million or 4% decrease from December 31, 2011 and a $21.2 million or 11% decrease from March 31, 2011. Management Guidance The Company is providing guidance for the second quarter and full year of 2012. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the full year of 2012 will range from $1.78 to $1.82, or an increase of 11% to 14% from 2011. Also, this updated guidance for the full year 2012 is an increase of $0.04 per dilutive share from our previously released guidance. Management currently estimates that fully diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012 will range from $0.43 to $0.45 per dilutive share. This EPS guidance for the second quarter of 2012 is based on the following assumptions: Stable balance sheet A stable interest rate environment and an adjusted net interest margin of approximately 3.90% to 4.00%1 Provision for loan losses of approximately $15 to $20 million for the quarter Total noninterest expense of approximately $100 million for the quarter, net of amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC Effective tax rate of approximately 36% Balance Sheet Summary At March 31, 2012, total assets equaled $21.7 billion compared to $22.0 billion at December 31, 2011. Average earning assets decreased $93.5 million to $19.5 billion for the first quarter of 2012, compared to the prior quarter. The decrease in total assets and average earning assets was primarily attributable to a decrease in investment securities which decreased $365.9 million during the first quarter of 2012, largely resulting from the sale of $259.4 million of investment securities. This decrease in investment securities was partially offset by growth in the noncovered loan portfolio and an increase in cash and cash equivalents. Total loans receivable at March 31, 2012 equaled $14.5 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2011. During the first quarter non-covered loan balances increased 2% or $211.9 million to $10.8 billion at March 31, 2012. The increase in noncovered loans during the first quarter was driven by growth in single family loans, commercial and trade finance loans, and consumer loans which increased 9% or $156.5 million, 3% or $96.1 million, and 5% or $29.0 million, respectively. Covered LoansCovered loans totaled $3.7 billion as of March 31, 2012, a decrease of $239.4 million or 6% from December 31, 2011. The decrease in the covered loan portfolio was primarily due to payoffs and paydown activity, as well as charge-offs. The covered loan portfolio is comprised of loans acquired from the FDIC-assisted acquisitions of United Commercial Bank (UCB) and Washington First International Bank (WFIB) which are covered under loss share agreements with the FDIC. During the first quarter of 2012, we recorded a net decrease in the FDIC indemnification asset and receivable included in noninterest income of $(5.4) million, largely due to continued improved credit performance of the UCB portfolio as compared to our original estimate. Deposits and BorrowingsAt March 31, 2012, total deposits equaled $17.3 billion as compared to $17.5 billion at December 31, 2011 and $16.4 billion at March 31, 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, we continued to execute our strategy to grow low-cost, commercial deposits while reducing our reliance on time deposits. Core deposits increased to a record $10.6 billion at March 31, 2012, or an increase of $256.2 million or 2% from December 31, 2011. The strong increase in core deposits during the first quarter of 2012 was largely driven by an increase in noninterest-bearing demand deposits which increased by $197.3 million or 6% to a record $3.7 billion. Time deposits decreased by $370.7 million or 5% from December 31, 2011 to $6.8 billion at March 31, 2012. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company prepaid $20.0 million of FHLB advances carrying an effective interest rate of 2.43%, incurring a prepayment penalty of $1.3 million, which is included in noninterest expense. Also in the first quarter, the Company modified $300.0 million of fixed rate FHLB advances into adjustable rate, reducing the effective interest rate on these borrowings from 2.27% to 1.36%. These proactive actions to reduce the cost of FHLB advances resulted in a decrease in the carrying balance of FHLB advances to $394.7 million at March 31, 2012. Additionally, during the quarter the Company modified $200.0 million of long-term repurchase agreements, reducing the rate on these agreements by 86 basis points. First Quarter 2012 Operating ResultsNet Interest IncomeNet interest income, adjusted for the net impact of covered loan dispositions, remained stable and totaled $204.2 million for the first quarter, an increase of $173 thousand from $204.0 million in prior quarter.1 The core net interest margin, excluding the net impact to interest income of $14.7 million resulting from covered loan activity and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset, totaled 4.21% for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 8 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2011 and an increase of 27 basis points from the first quarter of 2011.1 Although interest income, adjusted for the net impact of covered loan dispositions, decreased $4.5 million or 2% to $239.3 million in the first quarter as compared to prior quarter, correspondingly, interest expense decreased $4.7 million or 12% from the prior quarter to $35.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, resulting in a net increase to adjusted net interest income of $173 thousand. The cost of funds decreased 8 basis points from 0.83% in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 0.75% in the first quarter of 2012. The reduction in interest expense and the cost of funds is primarily due to management's proactive actions to reduce high-cost time deposits and due to the strong growth in demand deposits during the quarter. During the first quarter, the Company reduced both the balance of time deposits by 5% and also the average cost of time deposits, which decreased from 1.01% in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 0.88% in the first quarter of 2012. In addition, the average rate for other interest-bearing deposits also declined during the first quarter of 2012, resulting in an overall reduction in the cost of deposits of 8 basis points to 0.47% from 0.55% in the prior quarter. Further, the decrease in total interest expense in the first quarter of 2012 also stemmed from the prepayment and restructuring of FHLB advances and securities sold under long-term repurchase agreements as discussed earlier in this earning release. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company prepaid $20.0 million in FHLB advances and modified $300.0 million of FHLB advances and $200.0 million of long-term repurchase agreements. Management expects to maintain a relatively stable net interest margin and expects the adjusted net interest margin to be approximately 4.00% for the second quarter and remainder of 2012. Noninterest Income & ExpenseThe Company reported total noninterest income for the first quarter of 2012 of $21.7 million, an increase from $937 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. The increase in noninterest income from the prior quarter and prior year is primarily attributable to a decrease in the net reduction of the FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable. Branch fees, letter of credit and foreign exchange income, loan fees and other operating income also increased and totaled $21.6 million in the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $19.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. In addition, included in noninterest income for the first quarter of 2012 were gains on sales of loans of $5.2 million, and gains on sales of investment securities of $483 thousand. A summary of these fees and other income for the first quarter of 2012, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2011, is detailed below:     Quarter Ended     % Change ($ in thousands) March 31, 2012     December 31, 2011     March 31, 2011 (Yr/Yr)   Branch fees $ 8,294 $ 8,072 $ 7,754 7 % Letters of credit fees and foreign exchange income 6,071 5,504 4,970 22 % Ancillary loan fees 2,008 2,228 1,991 1 % Other operating income   5,222   1,431   4,308 21 % Total fees & other operating income $ 21,595 $ 17,235 $ 19,023 14 %   Noninterest expense totaled $114.8 million for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $8.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2011 and $8.0 million from the first quarter of 2011. Noninterest expense, excluding amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances, totaled $101.3 million for the first quarter of 2012.1 A summary of the noninterest expense for the first quarter 2012, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2011, is detailed below:     Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012     December 31, 2011     March 31, 2011 Total noninterest expense: $ 114,763 $ 106,672 $ 106,789 Amounts to be reimbursed on covered assets (80% of actual expense amount) 12,122 8,551 9,483 Prepayment penalties for FHLB advances   1,321   -   4,022 Noninterest expense excluding reimbursable amounts and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances $ 101,320 $ 98,121 $ 93,284   Total noninterest expense for the first quarter, excluding amounts to be reimbursed by the FDIC and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances, increased $3.2 million or 3% from the fourth quarter of 2011 to $101.3 million. The increase in noninterest expense was largely due to an increase in compensation and employee benefits of $5.3 million or 13% in the first quarter of 2012, as compared to the prior quarter. This increase in compensation and employee benefits was primarily due to a reduced offset to compensation expense from deferred loan costs due to a decrease in origination volume and also an increase in payroll taxes. Credit cycle costs including other real estate owned expense, loan related expense, and legal expense totaled $22.5 million for the first quarter 2012, as compared to $21.9 million for the fourth quarter 2011 and $17.9 million for the first quarter of 2011. Of the total credit cycle costs incurred in the first quarter, $15.2 million related to covered loans and real estate owned for which we expect that 80% or $12.1 million is reimbursable by the FDIC. Management anticipates that for the second quarter of 2012, noninterest expense will total approximately $100.0 million, net of amounts reimbursable from the FDIC. The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 36.8% as compared to 35.9% 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 During the first quarter of 2012, East West significantly reduced both net charge-offs and nonperforming assets. Total net charge-offs decreased to $10.3 million for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of 53% or $11.5 million from the previous quarter and a decrease of 70% or $23.9 million compared to the prior year. Gross charge-offs totaled $16.8 million and recoveries totaled $6.5 million for the first quarter of 2012. Additionally, nonaccrual loans excluding covered loans, decreased to $120.8 million as of March 31, 2012. The total nonperforming assets excluding covered assets, to total assets ratio was under 1.00% for the tenth consecutive quarter with nonperforming assets of $167.1 million or 0.77% of total assets at March 31, 2012. The provision for loan losses was $18.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of 10% or $1.9 million from the prior quarter, and a decrease of 32% or $8.4 million as compared to the first quarter of 2011. Our provision for loan losses has declined for several quarters as a result of credit quality improvement. East West continues to maintain a strong allowance for noncovered loan losses at $214.3 million or 2.04% of noncovered loans receivable at March 31, 2012. This compares to an allowance for noncovered loan losses of $209.9 million or 2.04% of noncovered loans at December 31, 2011. Capital Strength(Dollars in millions)             March 31, 2012Well CapitalizedRegulatoryRequirementTotal Excess AboveWell CapitalizedRequirement   Tier 1 leverage capital ratio 9.5 % 5.0 % $ 965 Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 15.1 % 6.0 % 1,224 Total risk-based capital ratio 16.7 % 10.0 % 900 Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio 8.4 % N/A N/A Tangible common equity to risk weighted assets ratio 13.3 % N/A N/A   Our capital ratios remain very strong. As of March 31, 2012, our Tier 1 leverage capital ratio totaled 9.5%, our Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio totaled 15.1% and our total risk-based capital ratio totaled 16.7%. East West exceeds well capitalized requirements for all regulatory guidelines by $900 million or more. The Company is focused on active capital management and is committed to maintaining strong capital levels that exceed regulatory requirements while also supporting balance sheet growth and providing a strong return to our shareholders. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company repurchased 4.6 million shares of common stock at an average cost of $22.14 per share, or $100.9 million in total. Under the repurchase program authorized by East West's Board of Directors earlier in the year, management has the authority to repurchase up to a total of $200.0 million of the Company's common stock. 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 $0.10 is payable on or about May 24, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2012. The dividend on the Series A Preferred Stock of $20.00 per share is payable on May 1, 2012 to shareholders of record on April 15, 2012. Conference Call East West will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2012 earnings with the public on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 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 $21.7 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 banks headquartered in California. East West is a premier bank focused exclusively on the United States and Greater China markets and operates over 130 locations worldwide, including in the United States 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, 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 StatementsCertain matters set forth herein (including any exhibits hereto) constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including forward-looking statements relating to the Company's current business plans and expectations regarding future operating results. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, local, regional, national and international economic, political or industry conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers; our ability to attract deposits and other sources of liquidity; continued deterioration in values of real estate in California and other states where our bank makes loans, both residential and commercial; our ability to manage the loan portfolios acquired from FDIC-assisted acquisitions within the limits of the loss protection provided by the FDIC; changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers; changes in the level of non-performing assets, reserve requirements, and charge-offs; the effect of changes in laws, regulations, and accounting standards, and related costs of these changes; inflation, interest rate, securities market and monetary fluctuations; changes in the competitive environment among financial and bank holding companies and other financial service providers; changes in our organization, management; the adequacy of our enterprise risk management framework; the ability to manage our growth and the effect of acquisitions we may make and the integration of acquired businesses and branching efforts; our success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing items and other factors set forth in the Company's public reports including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and particularly the discussion of risk factors within that document.1   See reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP financial measure in the tables attached.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)             March 31, 2012December 31, 2011March 31, 2011 Assets   Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,665,854 $ 1,431,185 $ 1,492,922 Short-term investments 177,576 61,834 140,585 Securities purchased under resale agreements 650,000 786,434 768,369 Investment securities 2,706,720 3,072,578 2,930,976 Loans receivable, excluding covered loans (net of allowance for loan losses of $214,253, $209,876 and $220,402) 10,545,656 10,340,391 8,870,177 Covered loans, net   3,683,698     3,923,142     4,599,757   Total loans receivable, net 14,229,354 14,263,533 13,469,934 Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock 178,144 184,409 203,760 FDIC indemnification asset 457,265 511,135 710,162 Other real estate owned, net 46,343 29,350 15,580 Other real estate owned covered, net 55,586 63,624 142,416 Premiums on deposits acquired, net 64,317 67,190 76,332 Goodwill 337,438 337,438 337,438 Other assets   1,181,185     1,159,957     858,552   Total assets $ 21,749,782   $ 21,968,667   $ 21,147,026     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Deposits $ 17,338,569 $ 17,453,002 $ 16,436,598 Federal Home Loan Bank advances 394,719 455,251 793,643 Securities sold under repurchase agreements 995,000 1,020,208 1,081,019 Long-term debt 212,178 212,178 235,570 Other borrowings - - 11,090 Accrued expenses and other liabilities   526,019     516,285     431,189   Total liabilities 19,466,485 19,656,924 18,989,109 Stockholders' equity   2,283,297     2,311,743     2,157,917   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 21,749,782   $ 21,968,667   $ 21,147,026   Book value per common share $ 15.19 $ 14.92 $ 13.96 Number of common shares at period end 144,871 149,328 148,638   Ending BalancesMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011March 31, 2011 Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 1,953,123 $ 1,796,635 $ 1,201,311 Real estate - multifamily 916,753 933,168 949,034 Real estate - commercial 3,454,641 3,487,866 3,339,592 Real estate - land and construction 322,233 344,500 474,749 Commercial 3,238,605 3,142,472 2,183,819 Consumer   612,758     583,785     670,529   Total noncovered loans receivable, excluding loans held for sale 10,498,113 10,288,426 8,819,034 Loans held for sale 280,830 278,603 303,673 Covered loans, net   3,683,698     3,923,142     4,599,757   Total loans receivable 14,462,641 14,490,171 13,722,464 Unearned fees, premiums and discounts (19,034 ) (16,762 ) (32,128 ) Allowance for loan losses on non-covered loans   (214,253 )   (209,876 )   (220,402 ) Net loans receivable $ 14,229,354 $ 14,263,533 $ 13,469,934   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 3,690,131 $ 3,492,795 $ 2,951,793 Interest-bearing checking 967,772 971,179 808,070 Money market 4,668,156 4,678,409 4,362,484 Savings   1,237,190     1,164,618     984,552   Total core deposits 10,563,249 10,307,001 9,106,899 Time deposits   6,775,320     7,146,001     7,329,699   Total deposits $ 17,338,569 $ 17,453,002 $ 16,436,598   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(In thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)               Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011March 31, 2011   Interest and dividend income $ 254,050 $ 268,904 $ 254,335 Interest expense   (35,132 )   (39,830 )   (45,501 ) Net interest income before provision for loan losses 218,918 229,074 208,834 Provision for loan losses   (18,100 )   (20,000 )   (26,506 ) Net interest income after provision for loan losses 200,818 209,074 182,328 Noninterest income 21,740 937 11,041 Noninterest expense   (114,763 )   (106,672 )   (106,789 ) Income before provision for income taxes 107,795 103,339 86,580 Provision for income taxes   39,712     37,133     30,509   Net income 68,083 66,206 56,071 Preferred stock dividend and amortization of preferred stock discount   (1,714 )   (1,714 )   (1,715 ) Net income available to common stockholders $ 66,369 $ 64,492 $ 54,356 Net income per share, basic $ 0.46 $ 0.44 $ 0.37 Net income per share, diluted $ 0.45 $ 0.43 $ 0.37 Shares used to compute per share net income: - Basic 145,347 147,332 146,837 - Diluted 151,996 153,761 153,334     Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011March 31, 2011 Noninterest income: Branch fees $ 8,294 $ 8,072 $ 7,754 Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset and FDIC receivable (5,418 ) (20,441 ) (17,443 ) Net gain on sales of loans 5,179 1,432 7,410 Letters of credit fees and foreign exchange income 6,071 5,504 4,970 Net gain on sales of investment securities 483 2,880 2,515 Impairment loss on investment securities (99 ) (169 ) (464 ) Ancillary loan fees 2,008 2,228 1,991 Other operating income   5,222     1,431     4,308   Total noninterest income: $ 21,740 $ 937 $ 11,041   Noninterest expense: Compensation and employee benefits $ 46,409 $ 41,068 $ 38,270 Occupancy and equipment expense 13,518 12,729 12,598 Loan related expenses 4,481 6,788 3,099 Other real estate owned expense 10,865 10,697 10,664 Deposit insurance premiums and regulatory assessments 3,992 4,077 7,191 Prepayment penalties for FHLB advances 1,321 - 4,022 Legal expense 7,173 4,407 4,101 Amortization of premiums on deposits acquired 2,873 2,924 3,185 Data processing 2,464 2,068 2,603 Consulting expense 1,467 1,053 1,626 Amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships 4,466 2,914 4,525 Other operating expense   15,734     17,947     14,905   Total noninterest expense $ 114,763 $ 106,672 $ 106,789   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands)(unaudited)     Average Balances     Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012     December 31, 2011     March 31, 2011 Loans receivable Real estate - single family $ 1,878,028 $ 1,655,379 $ 1,161,336 Real estate - multifamily 931,252 937,841 961,770 Real estate - commercial 3,482,459 3,475,800 3,379,191 Real estate - land and construction 349,953 370,577 508,569 Commercial 3,180,433 3,073,612 2,056,781 Consumer   858,087     777,201     1,055,534   Total loans receivable, excluding covered loans 10,680,212 10,290,410 9,123,181 Covered loans   3,853,488     4,048,407     4,695,964   Total loans receivable 14,533,700 14,338,817 13,819,145 Investment securities 2,962,521 3,166,140 2,818,703 Earning assets 19,523,046 19,616,560 18,741,052 Total assets 21,690,453 21,837,593 20,894,782   Deposits Noninterest-bearing demand $ 3,546,201 $ 3,448,119 $ 2,708,842 Interest-bearing checking 962,967 953,668 771,626 Money market 4,665,731 4,514,598 4,386,100 Savings   1,183,325     1,126,647     971,313   Total core deposits 10,358,224 10,043,032 8,837,881 Time deposits   6,845,350     7,233,069     7,139,530   Total deposits 17,203,574 17,276,101 15,977,411 Interest-bearing liabilities 15,317,571 15,556,295 15,609,601 Stockholders' equity 2,305,716 2,300,991 2,153,460     Selected RatiosQuarter EndedMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011March 31, 2011 For The Period Return on average assets 1.26 % 1.20 % 1.07 % Return on average common equity 12.01 % 11.54 % 10.50 % Interest rate spread 4.31 % 4.42 % 4.32 % Net interest margin 4.51 % 4.63 % 4.52 % Yield on earning assets 5.23 % 5.44 % 5.50 % Cost of deposits 0.47 % 0.55 % 0.66 % Cost of funds 0.75 % 0.83 % 1.01 % Noninterest expense/average assets(1) 1.97 % 1.83 % 1.82 % Efficiency ratio(2) 44.07 % 43.81 % 43.14 % (1)   Excludes the amortization of intangibles, amortization of premiums on deposits acquired, amortization of investments in affordable housing partnerships and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances. (2) Represents noninterest expense, excluding the amortization of intangibles, amortization 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, 2012March 31, 2011AverageAverageVolumeInterestYield(1)VolumeInterestYield(1)   ASSETSInterest-earning assets: Due from banks and short-term investments $ 1,048,672 $ 6,532 2.51 % $ 995,484 $ 2,740 1.12 % Securities purchased under resale agreements 794,791 4,314 2.18 % 898,122 4,270 1.90 % Investment securities available-for-sale 2,962,521 21,232 2.88 % 2,818,703 18,857 2.68 % Loans receivable 10,680,212 125,675 4.73 % 9,123,181 114,911 5.11 % Loans receivable - covered 3,853,488 95,364 9.95 % 4,695,964 112,615 9.73 % Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock   183,362     933 2.05 %   209,598     942 1.80 % Total interest-earning assets   19,523,046     254,050 5.23 %   18,741,052     254,335 5.50 %   Noninterest-earning assets: Cash and cash equivalents 270,875 272,112 Allowance for loan losses (223,181 ) (236,196 ) Other assets   2,119,713     2,117,814   Total assets $ 21,690,453   $ 20,894,782       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYInterest-bearing liabilities: Checking accounts 962,967 688 0.29 % 771,626 648 0.34 % Money market accounts 4,665,731 4,001 0.34 % 4,386,100 5,975 0.55 % Savings deposits 1,183,325 582 0.20 % 971,313 732 0.31 % Time deposits 6,845,350 14,893 0.88 % 7,139,530 18,627 1.06 % Federal funds purchased 8,932 2 0.11 % 232 - 0.00 % Federal Home Loan Bank advances 431,776 2,142 1.99 % 1,014,009 5,778 2.31 % Securities sold under repurchase agreements 1,006,816 11,722 4.68 % 1,080,240 12,017 4.45 % Long-term debt 212,178 1,102 2.09 % 235,570 1,571 2.67 % Other borrowings   -     - -     10,980     153 5.57 % Total interest-bearing liabilities   15,317,075     35,132 0.92 %   15,609,600     45,501 1.18 %   Noninterest-bearing liabilities: Demand deposits 3,546,201 2,708,842 Other liabilities 521,461 422,880 Stockholders' equity   2,305,716     2,153,460   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 21,690,453   $ 20,894,782     Interest rate spread 4.31 % 4.32 %   Net interest income and net interest margin $ 218,918 4.51 % $ 208,834 4.52 %   Net interest income and net interest margin, adjusted(2) $ 204,209 4.21 % $ 181,908 3.94 % (1)   Annualized. (2) Amounts exclude the net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset of $14.7 million and $26.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.QUARTERLY ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES RECAP(In thousands)(unaudited)       Quarter Ended3/31/2012     12/31/2011     3/31/2011LOANS Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 216,523 $ 218,172 $ 234,633 Allowance for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit (1,778 ) 197 (758 ) Provision for loan losses 18,100 20,000 26,506   Net Charge-offs (Recoveries): Real estate - single family 1,295 1 928 Real estate - multifamily 795 3,787 2,178 Real estate - commercial 4,342 5,443 4,603 Real estate - land and construction 3,590 12,923 16,824 Commercial 222 (426 ) 8,660 Consumer   80     118     1,027   Total net charge-offs   10,324     21,846     34,220   Allowance balance, end of period(3) $ 222,521   $ 216,523   $ 226,161     UNFUNDED LOAN COMMITMENTS AND LETTERS OF CREDIT: Allowance balance, beginning of period $ 11,000 $ 11,197 $ 9,952 Provision for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit   1,778     (197 )   758   Allowance balance, end of period $ 12,778   $ 11,000   $ 10,710   GRAND TOTAL, END OF PERIOD $ 235,299   $ 227,523   $ 236,871     Nonperforming assets to total assets(1) 0.77 % 0.80 % 0.89 % Allowance for loan losses on non-covered loans to total gross non-covered loans held for investment at end of period 2.04 % 2.04 % 2.50 % 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 2.16 % 2.15 % 2.62 % Allowance on non-covered loans to non-covered nonaccrual loans at end of period 177.36 % 144.11 % 127.59 % Nonaccrual loans to total loans(2) 0.83 % 1.00 % 1.26 % (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 $8.3 million, $6.6 million, and $5.8 million related to covered loans as of March 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and March 31, 2011, 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 the general allowance.   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.TOTAL NON-PERFORMING ASSETS, EXCLUDING COVERED ASSETS(In thousands)(unaudited)AS OF MARCH 31, 2012     Total Nonaccrual Loans             90+ Days Delinquent     Under 90+ Days Delinquent   Total Nonaccrual Loans   REO AssetsTotal Non-Performing AssetsLoan Type   Real estate - single family $ 3,735 $ - $ 3,735 $ 6,591 $ 10,326 Real estate - multifamily 8,067 10,399 18,466 2,766 21,232 Real estate - commercial 39,605 3,449 43,054 23,190 66,244 Real estate - land and construction 38,909 530 39,439 13,084 52,523 Commercial 8,848 4,082 12,930 297 13,227 Consumer   3,174   -   3,174   415   3,589 Total$102,338$18,460$120,798$46,343$167,141   AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ Days Delinquent   Under 90+ Days Delinquent   Total Nonaccrual Loans   REO AssetsTotal Non-Performing AssetsLoan Type Real estate - single family $ 5,055 $ - $ 5,055 $ 5,882 $ 10,937 Real estate - multifamily 11,306 6,889 18,195 609 18,804 Real estate - commercial 38,046 6,885 44,931 8,014 52,945 Real estate - land and construction 36,090 27,618 63,708 14,285 77,993 Commercial 6,843 4,394 11,237 74 11,311 Consumer   2,506   -   2,506   486   2,992 Total$99,846$45,786$145,632$29,350$174,982   AS OF MARCH 31, 2011Total Nonaccrual Loans90+ Days Delinquent   Under 90+ Days Delinquent   Total Nonaccrual Loans   REO AssetsTotal Non-Performing AssetsLoan 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 and construction 36,046 31,454 67,500 10,723 78,223 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   EAST WEST BANCORP, INC.GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION(In thousands)(unaudited) The tangible common equity to risk weighted assets and tangible common equity to tangible assets ratios are non-GAAP disclosures. 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 assets ratio 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 assets ratios.   As ofMarch 31, 2012 Stockholders' equity $ 2,283,297 Less: Preferred equity (83,027 ) Goodwill and other intangible assets   (407,834 ) Tangible common equity $ 1,792,436     Risk-weighted assets   13,464,719     Tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets ratio   13.3 %   As ofMarch 31, 2012 Total assets $ 21,749,782 Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets   (407,834 ) Tangible assets $ 21,341,948     Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio 8.4 %   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 operating noninterest expense provides more clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the core noninterest expense amounts.     Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012     December 31, 2011     March 31, 2011 Total noninterest expense: $ 114,763 $ 106,672 $ 106,789 Amounts to be reimbursed on covered assets (80% of actual expense amount) 12,122 8,551 9,483 Prepayment penalties for FHLB advances   1,321   -   4,022 Noninterest expense excluding reimbursable amounts and prepayment penalties for FHLB advances $ 101,320 $ 98,121 $ 93,284   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 income on covered loans includes amounts that are non-core in nature. As such, the Company believes that presenting the net interest income on covered loans excluding such non-core items provides additional clarity to the users of financial statements regarding the covered loan yield, comparability to prior periods and the ongoing performance of the Company.     Quarter Ended March 31, 2012 Average Volume     Interest     Yield(1) Loans receivable - covered $ 3,853,488 $ 95,364 9.95 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset   (14,709 ) Covered loans excluding net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 80,655   8.42 %   Quarter Ended December 31, 2011 Average Volume Interest Yield(1) Loans receivable - covered $ 4,048,407 $ 109,498 10.73 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset   (25,038 ) Covered loans excluding net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 84,460   8.28 % (1)   Annualized. 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, 2012 Average Volume     Interest     Yield(1) Total interest-earning assets $ 19,523,046 $ 254,050 5.23 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 218,918 4.51 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset   (14,709 ) Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 204,209   4.21 %   Quarter Ended December 31, 2011 Average Volume Interest Yield(1) Total interest-earning assets $ 19,616,560 $ 268,904 5.44 % Net interest income and net interest margin $ 229,074 4.63 % Less net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset   (25,038 ) Net interest income and net interest margin, excluding net impact of covered loan dispositions and amortization of the FDIC indemnification asset $ 204,036   4.13 %   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 % (1)   Annualized. East West Bancorp, Inc.Irene Oh, 626-768-6360Chief Financial Officer