United Community Financial Corp. :UCFC-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : February 1, 2017

United Community Financial Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of United Community Financial Corp. – First Defiance Financial Corp., FFD Financial Corporation, New York Community Bancorp, Inc. and TFS Financial Corporation (FDEF-US, FFDF-US, NYCB-US and TFSL-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 21.98 million, Net Earnings of USD 5.03 million.
  • Net interest income margins widened from 64.61% to 75.31% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 13.75% compared to same period last year and 1.58% from previous period, total deposits changed 5.52% compared to same period last year and 2.85% 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) 21.98 22.19 21.85 20.31 22.43
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -1.98 21.44 11.83 9.14 33.98
Earnings (mil) 5.03 5.12 5.29 3.3 4.31
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 16.67 24.15 29.02 -10.01 51.34
Net Margin (%) 22.86 23.06 24.21 16.24 19.21
EPS 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.07 0.09
Return on Equity (%) 7.95 8.02 8.37 5.32 7.06
Return on Assets (%) 0.92 0.96 1.02 0.65 0.87

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

UCFC-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -1.98% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that UCFC-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -0.92% and earnings by -1.76% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by the following factors: (1) Year-on-year improvements in net interest income margins from 64.61% to 75.31% and (2) improvement in loan loss provisions. As a result, net interest income after provisions margins improved from 60.63% to 68.51% compared to the same period last year. Loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 9.02% this period and 6.16% a year ago.

Net Interest Income Margin Versus Loan Loss Provisions Margin

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High Risk; High Reward Loans, Risky Loan Portfolio, Conservative Loan Portfolio, Safer Loan Portfolio
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 improvement in net interest income margins was influenced by both the relative increase in the levels of net loan assets and the level of total deposits as a percentage of equity. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 13.75% compared to the same period last year and 1.58% from the previous period. Total deposits changed 5.52% compared to the same period last year and 2.85% from the previous period.

Margins

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating margins from 28.06% to 35.33% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 31.75%, compared to 28.06% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History
EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables

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Company Profile

United Community Financial Corp. operates as a financial holding company. The company provides retail and business banking products and services through Home Savings & Loan Co. The bank’s primary lending activity is the origination of conventional residential real estate loans secured by real estate located in Home Savings primary market area. It originates commercial real estate, commercial and industrial loans, and various types of consumer loans, including home equity loans, loans secured by savings accounts, motor vehicles, boats and recreational vehicles and unsecured loans. Investment activity classified upon acquisition as available for sale, held to maturity or trading. The bank offers various deposit products, including regular passbook savings accounts, demand deposits, individual retirement accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts and certificates of deposit. The company was founded in February 1998 and is headquartered in Youngstown, OH.

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