Bank Mutual Corp. :BKMU-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : January 20, 2017

Bank Mutual Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 25.71 million, Net Earnings of USD 4.08 million.
  • Net interest income margins narrowed from 73.41% to 71.82% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 11.66% compared to same period last year and 0.91% from previous period, total deposits changed 3.85% compared to same period last year and -0.13% from previous period.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as from one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income (See complete table at the end of this report):

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 25.71 25.99 25.1 24.29 23.45
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 9.64 10.65 9.28 5.27 -2.36
Earnings (mil) 4.08 4.45 3.95 4.47 3.69
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 10.51 33.15 10.03 25.89 -3.76
Net Margin (%) 15.86 17.14 15.73 18.42 15.73
EPS 0.09 0.1 0.09 0.1 0.08
Return on Equity (%) 5.67 6.19 5.53 6.35 5.3
Return on Assets (%) 0.62 0.68 0.61 0.71 0.59

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

Compared to the same period last year, BKMU-US‘s change in revenue was close to the amount of its change in earnings. It remains to be seen how the rest of its peer group’s results will turn out and if BKMU-US‘s performance is a sign of any major shift in the composition of market share in this sector. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -1.06% and earnings by -8.44% compared to the previous period.

Earnings Growth Analysis

BKMU-US‘s earnings rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in net interest income margins or any loan loss improvement activities in its operations. Net interest income margins were 71.82% compared to 72.00% in the immediate last period. Net interest income after provisions margins were 67.89% this period compared to 66.63% in the previous period. In addition, loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 5.48% this period and -5.92% a year ago.

Net Interest Income Margin History
Loan Loss Provisions Margin History

Net Loans and Total Deposits

A financial institution’s core operations represented by Net Interest Income and Net Interest Income after Provisions are dependent on both the growth and quality of its deposits as well as the growth and quality of its loans. A firm could boost its interest income in the short-term by just increasing its loan assets with less concern about their quality – but this would eventually lead to greater loan loss provisions. Similarly a drive to increase deposits could result in higher interest expenses and eventually effect the firm’s equity. It is thus important to understand net interest income performance in context to loan loss provisions, loan assets and deposits.

Loan Assets Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)
Total Deposits Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)

The firm’s decline in net interest income margins came despite the relative increase in the levels of net loan assets. In addition, total deposits as a percentage of equity went from 6.43% to 6.51%. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 11.66% compared to the same period last year and 0.91% from the previous period. Total deposits changed 3.85% compared to the same period last year and -0.13% from the previous period.

Margins

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating margins from 24.59% to 26.39% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 26.39%, compared to 24.59% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Bank Mutual Corp. operates as a holding company. The firm, through its subsidiary, Bank Mutual provides banking and financial services. Its primary business is community banking, which includes attracting deposits from and making loans to the general public and private businesses, as well as governmental and non-profit entities. Its loan portfolio consists of loans to both commercial and retail borrowers. Loans to commercial borrowers include loans secured by real estate such as multi-family properties, non-residential commercial properties and construction and development projects secured by these same types of properties, as well as land, in addition, commercial loans include loans to businesses that are not secured by real estate. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

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