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Report of Foreign Issuer (6-k)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Long Form of Press Release

 

Commission File Number 1-11414

 

BANCO LATINOAMERICANO DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR, S.A.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)

 

FOREIGN TRADE BANK OF LATIN AMERICA, INC.

(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)

 

Business Park Torre V, Ave. La Rotonda, Costa del Este

P.O. Box 0819-08730

Panama City, Republic of Panama

(Address of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F x   Form 40-F ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):

Yes ¨ No x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):

 

Yes¨ No x

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: October 18, 2019

 

  FOREIGN TRADE BANK OF LATIN AMERICA, INC.
  (Registrant)
   
   
    By: /s/ Ana Graciela de Méndez
     
    Name: Ana Graciela de Méndez
    Title: CFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLADEX ANNOUNCES PROFIT FOR THE THIRD QUARTER 2019 OF $20.4 MILLION, OR $0.52 PER SHARE;

YEAR TO DATE PROFIT OF $64.0 MILLION, OR $1.62 PER SHARE

 

PANAMA CITY, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, October 18, 2019

 

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (NYSE: BLX, “Bladex”, or “the Bank”), a Panama-based multinational bank originally established by the central banks of 23 Latin-American and Caribbean countries to promote foreign trade and economic integration in the region, today announced its results for the third quarter (“3Q19”) and nine months (“9M19”) ended September 30, 2019.

 

The consolidated financial information in this document has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

 

(US$ million, except percentages and per share
amounts)
    9M19        9M18       3Q19       2Q19       3Q18  
Key Income Statement Highlights                                        
Net Interest Income ("NII")   $ 82.6     $ 81.8     $ 26.7     $ 27.9     $ 27.3  
Fees and commissions, net   $ 10.3     $ 11.8     $ 2.8     $ 5.1     $ 3.7  
Total revenues   $ 95.2     $ 93.5     $ 29.5     $ 33.6     $ 30.1  
Impairment loss on financial instruments   $ (2.4 )   $ (58.8 )   $ (0.6 )   $ (0.8 )   $ (55.1 )
Gain (impairment loss) on non-financial assets   $ 0.5     $ (7.7 )   $ 0.5     $ 0.0     $ (4.8 )
Operating expenses   $ (29.4 )   $ (36.5 )   $ (9.0 )   $ (10.6 )   $ (10.9 )
Profit (loss) for the period   $ 64.0     $ (9.6 )   $ 20.4     $ 22.3     $ (40.7 )
Profitability Ratios                                        
Earnings per Share ("EPS") (1)   $ 1.62     $ (0.24 )   $ 0.52     $ 0.56     $ (1.03 )
Return on Average Equity (“ROAE”) (2)     8.5 %     -1.2 %     8.0 %     9.0 %     -15.5 %
Return on Average Assets (“ROAA”)     1.36 %     -0.20 %     1.34 %     1.43 %     -2.58 %
Net Interest Margin ("NIM") (3)     1.77 %     1.74 %     1.77 %     1.81 %     1.74 %
Net Interest Spread ("NIS") (4)     1.19 %     1.26 %     1.19 %     1.22 %     1.20 %
Efficiency Ratio (5)     30.9 %     39.1 %     30.4 %     31.4 %     36.0 %
Assets, Capital, Liquidity & Credit Quality                                        
Commercial Portfolio (6)   $ 6,217     $ 6,305     $ 6,217     $ 6,209     $ 6,305  
Investment Portfolio   $ 85     $ 93     $ 85     $ 88     $ 93  
Total assets   $ 6,681     $ 6,561     $ 6,681     $ 6,576     $ 6,561  
Total equity   $ 1,009     $ 989     $ 1,009     $ 1,003     $ 989  
Market capitalization (7)   $ 790     $ 827     $ 790     $ 825     $ 827  
Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio (8)     21.1 %     17.8 %     21.1 %     20.4 %     17.8 %
Total assets / Total equity (times)     6.6       6.6       6.6       6.6       6.6  
Liquid Assets / Total Assets (9)     14.4 %     11.7 %     14.4 %     12.8 %     11.7 %
Credit-impaired loans to Loan Portfolio (10)     1.11 %     2.08 %     1.11 %     1.16 %     2.08 %
Total allowance for losses to Commercial Portfolio (11)     1.67 %     2.26 %     1.67 %     1.70 %     2.26 %
Total allowance for losses to credit-impaired loans (times) (11)     1.7       1.2       1.7       1.6       1.2  

 

3Q19 & 9M19 Highlights

 

· Bladex’s quarterly profit of $20.4 million in 3Q19 was 150% higher YoY, attributable to lower impairment losses on financial instruments and other assets, along with lower operating expenses. The 8% profit decrease QoQ was mainly driven by lower structuring and syndication fees as well as Net Interest Income (“NII”).

 

· Profit for the 9M19 was $64.0 million, compared to a $9.6 million loss for 9M18, primarily resulting from lower impairment losses, improved performance in top line revenues (+2% YoY) and lower operating expenses (-20% YoY).

 

 

 

 

 

 

· NII totaled $26.7 million for the 3Q19 (-5% QoQ; -2% YoY), with Net Interest Margin (“NIM”) of 1.77% (-4bps QoQ; +3bps YoY). Quarterly decrease was mainly due to the Bank’s asset-liability interest rate gap position and lower average lending volumes. NII and NIM for 9M19 reached $82.6 million and 1.77%, respectively, a 1% and 3bps increase YoY.

 

· Fees and commissions income totaled $2.8 million in 3Q19 and $10.3 million for the 9M19. Quarterly decreases were primarily related to the uneven nature of the syndication business. The 13% decrease YoY was the result of lower fee income from the letters of credit business.

 

· Efficiency Ratio improved to 30% in 3Q19 (-1pt. QoQ; -6pts. YoY) and 31% for 9M19 (-8pts. YoY), as operating expenses decreased to $9.0 million in 3Q19 (-15% QoQ; -17% YoY) and to $29.4 million in 9M19 (-20% YoY). The reduction YoY was mainly due to lower salaries and other personnel-related expenses, together with other cost savings.

 

· 3Q19 and 9M19 annualized Return on Average Equity (“ROAE”) were 8.0% and 8.5%, respectively. The Bank’s capitalization remained solid with a Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio of 21.1%, on higher asset quality allocation and a shift to a lower country risk mix exposure in our Commercial Portfolio.

 

· Credit-impaired Loans, also referred to as Non-Performing Loans or NPL, decreased to $61.8 million at the end of 3Q19, representing 1.1% of total Loan Portfolio balances. 3Q19 NPL levels compare to $64.7 million, or 1.2% of total Loan Portfolio at the end of 2Q19, and to $119.0 million, or 2.1%, at the end of 3Q18. Total allowance for credit losses increased to 1.7 times NPL balances for 3Q19.

 

· End-of-period Commercial Portfolio balances remained stable QoQ at $6.2 billion at the end of 3Q19 (-1% YoY). Average balances were $6.0 billion for the 9M19 (stable YoY) and $5.9 million for the 3Q19 (-2% QoQ and YoY).

 

CEO’s Comments

 

Mr. N. Gabriel Tolchinsky, Bladex’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The global economy in 2019 is on course for its weakest year of growth since the financial crisis, weighed down by tensions that have significantly slowed international trade. Given this macroeconomic context, we are, once again, downgrading our economic and trade growth expectations for Latin America, for both 2019 and 2020.

 

Today, we are expecting 0.2% economic growth for the Region - down from 0.6% at the end of the second quarter. Trade is expected to grow just 1.0% - down from 2.6% growth we were expecting at the end of the second quarter. But these tepid growth prospects mask significant disparities in economic performance between countries. Large countries like Mexico and Argentina are experiencing uncertainty that has some of its roots in lower foreign investment flows which are a key driver of economic growth. On the other hand, countries like Colombia and Brazil are experiencing a pick-up in consumer demand that is supporting their economies despite low commodity prices and weak international trade. In other words, slow or no growth in the developed world, which have resulted from protectionist measures on trade, and commodity prices, are having an uneven impact on the Region. Some countries are better prepared to withstand the prevailing environment.

 

Against this backdrop, we continue to analyze the risk/reward function at the country level, to adjust our portfolio accordingly and to maintain a vigilant credit underwriting posture.

· Our credit portfolio is robust, with a slight decrease in credit impaired loans and a reduction in our watch list category.
· Our credit reserve coverage and Tier I capital ratio remain strong.
· Our book of business is solid, we are identifying new prospects, increasing share of wallet with our existing clients and structuring value-added transactions.
· Our pipeline of syndicated and structured transactions tied to Latin American integration is also solid and should help us continue to increase our medium-term loan portfolio.
· On the cost side, our recurrent expenses continue to decline.

 

The management of Bladex - as well as its Board of Directors - remains cautiously optimistic for our business for the remainder of 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Bank’s activities are managed and executed in two business segments, Commercial and Treasury. The business segment results are determined based on the Bank’s managerial accounting process as defined by IFRS 8 – Operating Segments, which assigns consolidated statement of financial positions, revenue and expense items to each business segment on a systemic basis.

 

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Commercial Business Segment encompasses the Bank’s core business of financial intermediation and fee generation activities developed to cater to corporations, financial institutions and investors in Latin America. The extensive array of products and services include the origination of bilateral short- and medium-term loans, structured and syndicated credits, loan commitments, letter of credit contingencies such as issued and confirmed letters of credit, stand-by letters of credit, guarantees covering commercial risk, and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances. Profits from the Commercial Business Segment include (i) net interest income from loans; (ii) fees and commissions from the issuance, confirmation and negotiation of letters of credit, guarantees and loan commitments, and through loan structuring and syndication activities; (iii) gain on the sale of loans generated through loan intermediation activities, such as sales in the secondary market and distribution in the primary market; (iv) recovery (impairment loss) on financial instruments, such as loans at amortized cost and loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, as well as impairment loss in other non-financial assets; and (v) direct and allocated operating expenses.

 

As of September 30, 2019, Commercial Portfolio balance totaled $6.2 billion, stable compared to $6.2 billion as of June 30, 2019, and a 1% decrease compared to $6.3 billion as of September 30, 2018. Average Commercial Portfolio balances were $6.0 billion for the 9M19 (stable YoY), and $5.9 billion for the 3Q19, which resulted in a 2% decrease QoQ and YoY.

 

 

 

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The Bank’s traditional client base of financial institutions represented 55% of the total Commercial Portfolio at the end of 3Q19, compared to 56% a quarter ago and 52% a year ago. The portfolio continued to be well diversified across corporate sectors, with total oil and gas exposure (integrated & downstream) at 12% of the total Commercial Portfolio at the end of 3Q19, down from 14% a year ago, and the remaining sectors at 5% or lower.

 

As of September 30, 2019, 76% of the Commercial Portfolio was scheduled to mature within a year, of which 53% represented trade finance transactions, compared to 79% and 56%, respectively, a quarter ago, and 75% and 60%, respectively, a year ago.

 

Geographically, the Bank’s largest country exposure remained in Brazil at 17% of the total Commercial Portfolio, compared to 16% and 19% a quarter and year ago, respectively, of which 85% was with financial institutions at the end of 3Q19 and 2Q19 compared to 65% a year ago. Mexico remained the second largest country exposure, with 14% of the total Commercial Portfolio, stable QoQ and YoY. Exposure in Argentina was further reduced to 4% of the total Commercial Portfolio at the end of 3Q19, compared to 6% a quarter ago and 9% a year ago. The Bank continued improving the quality of its credit origination, focusing its growth in top rated countries in the Region, where it was able to take advantage of good risk/return opportunities, such as in Chile and Colombia, which increased to 11% and 13% of the total Commercial Portfolio, respectively, up from 8% and 11% a quarter ago, and 3% and 12% a year ago. In addition, exposure to other top rated countries outside of Latin America, which relates to transactions carried out in the Region, was also increased to 5% of total portfolio at the end of the 3Q19.

 

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The following graphs illustrate the geographic distribution of the Bank’s Commercial Portfolio, highlighting the portfolio´s risk diversification by country and across industry segments:

 

 

 

Refer to Exhibit IX for additional information relating to the Bank’s Commercial Portfolio distribution by country, and Exhibit XI for the Bank’s distribution of loan disbursements by country.

 

(US$ million)   9M19     9M18     YoY (%)     3Q19     2Q19     3Q18     QoQ (%)     YoY (%)  
Commercial Business Segment:                                                                
Net interest income   $ 82.3     $ 81.4       1 %   $ 26.9     $ 27.6     $ 26.4       -2 %     2 %
Other income     11.5       12.2       -6 %     3.4       5.5       4.3       -38 %     -20 %
Total revenues     93.8       93.7       0 %     30.4       33.1       30.7       -8 %     -1 %
Impairment loss on financial instruments     (2.7 )     (58.9 )     95 %     (0.9 )     (0.8 )     (55.1 )     -20 %     98 %
Gain (impairment loss) on non-financial assets     0.5       (3.7 )     114 %     0.5       0.0       (0.8 )     n.m.       163 %
Operating expenses     (22.5 )     (28.1 )     20 %     (7.0 )     (8.1 )     (8.6 )     14 %     18 %
Profit for the segment   $ 69.2     $ 3.0       2211 %   $ 22.9     $ 24.2     $ (33.8 )     -5 %     168 %

 

"n.m." means not meaningful.

 

 

2019 Third Quarter and Year-to-Date Commercial Business Segment’s results were $22.9 million (-5% QoQ; +168% YoY) and $69.2 million (up from $3 million a year ago), respectively. The quarterly Profit reduction was mainly attributable to lower fee income derived from the uneven syndication business and from lower NII on decreased average lending volumes, partially offset by a 14% decrease in operating expenses. Lower impairment losses on financial instruments and other assets, together with the reduction in operating expenses, mostly resulted in YoY Profit increases compared to the 3Q18 and 9M18.

 

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TREASURY BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Treasury Business Segment focuses on managing the Bank’s investment portfolio and the overall structure of its assets and liabilities to achieve more efficient funding and liquidity positions for the Bank, mitigating the traditional financial risks associated with its balance sheet, such as interest rate, liquidity, price and currency risks. Interest-earning assets managed by the Treasury Business Segment include liquidity positions (cash and cash equivalents), and security instruments related to the investment management activities, consisting of securities at fair value through other comprehensive income (“OCI”) and investment securities at amortized cost (“Investment Portfolio”). The Treasury Business Segment also manages the Bank’s interest-bearing liabilities, which constitute its funding sources, mainly deposits, short- and long-term borrowings and debt.

 

Profit from the Treasury Business Segment includes net interest income derived from the above mentioned treasury assets and liabilities and related net other income (net results from derivative financial instruments and foreign currency exchange, gain (loss) per financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss, gain (loss) per financial instruments at fair value through OCI, and other income), release (impairment loss) on financial instruments, and direct and allocated operating expenses.

 

Liquidity balances totaled $963 million at the end of 3Q19, up from $843 million at the end of 2Q19 and $765 million at the end of 3Q18, of which 99% were deposits placed with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As of these quarter-end dates, liquidity balances to total assets represented 14.4%, 12.8% and 11.7%, respectively, while the liquidity balances to total deposits ratio was 33.8%, 28.0% and 27.5%, respectively.

 

The Investment Portfolio balances totaled $85 million as of September 30, 2019, down from $88 million as of June 30, 2019, and $93 million as of September 30, 2018. As of these dates, the Investment Portfolio accounted for 1% of total assets, mostly consisting of readily-quoted Latin American securities, and of which 71% represented sovereign or state-owned risk at the end of the 3Q19, compared to 78% a quarter ago and 77% a year ago (refer to Exhibit X for a per-country risk distribution of the Investment Portfolio).

 

On the funding side, deposit balances totaled $2.9 billion at the end of 3Q19, compared to $3.0 billion a quarter ago, and compared to $2.8 billion a year ago. As of these dates, deposits represented 52%, 55% and 51% of total funding sources, respectively. The majority of the deposits are placed by central banks or designees (i.e.: Class A shareholders of the Bank), representing 62%, 64% and 74% of total deposits at the same dates, respectively. Short- and medium-term borrowings and debt totaled $2.6 billion, which represented a 9% QoQ increase and an 1% YoY decrease, on the bond issuance in the Mexican capital markets during the quarter. Weighted average funding costs reached 3.09% in 3Q19 and 3.24% in 9M19, down 19bps from the previous quarter on lower average LIBOR-based market rates, and up 20bps from 3Q18 and 62bps from 9M18, mainly reflecting the yearly increase on LIBOR-based market rates.

 

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(US$ million)     9M19     9M18     YoY (%)       3Q19     2Q19     3Q18     QoQ (%)       YoY (%)  
Treasury Business Segment:                                                                
Net interest income   $ 0.3     $ 0.3       -10 %   $ (0.3 )   $ 0.4     $ 0.9       -178 %     -133 %
Other income (expense)     1.1       (0.5 )     311 %     (0.6 )     0.2       (1.4 )     -407 %     62 %
Total revenues     1.4       (0.2 )     n.m.       (0.8 )     0.5       (0.6 )     -255 %     -40 %
Release (impairment loss) on financial instruments     0.3       0.0       568 %     0.3       (0.0 )     0.0       n.m.       n.m.  
Operating expenses     (6.9 )     (8.4 )     17 %     (2.0 )     (2.4 )     (2.3 )     18 %     14 %
Loss for the segment   $ (5.2 )   $ (8.5 )     39 %   $ (2.5 )   $ (1.9 )   $ (2.9 )     -31 %     14 %

 

"n.m." means not meaningful.

 

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2019 Treasury Business Segment’s losses were $2.5 million (-31% QoQ; +14% YoY) and $5.2 million (+39% YoY), respectively. The quarterly decrease was mainly associated to lower other income related to the Bank’s results on its hedging positions and to lower NII from the impact of decreasing LIBOR-based market rates on the Bank’s asset-liability interest rate gap position. The improvements YoY were mainly associated to releases in the provisions on financial instruments and improve other income, reflecting the results on the Bank’s hedging positions and YTD gain on sale of financial instruments. In addition, operating expenses continued its reduction trend on a quarterly and Year-to-Date basis.

 

NET INTEREST INCOME AND MARGINS

 

(US$ million, except percentages)     9M19     9M18     YoY (%)       3Q19     2Q19     3Q18     QoQ (%)       YoY (%)  
Net Interest Income                                                                
Interest income   $ 209.6     $ 184.4       14 %   $ 65.5     $ 70.5     $ 65.0       -7 %     1 %
Interest expense     (127.0 )     (102.6 )     -24 %     (38.9 )     (42.6 )     (37.7 )     9 %     -3 %
Net Interest Income ("NII")   $ 82.6     $ 81.8       1 %   $ 26.7     $ 27.9     $ 27.3       -5 %     -2 %
                                                                 
Net Interest Margin ("NIM")     1.77 %     1.74 %     2 %     1.77 %     1.81 %     1.74 %     -2 %     1 %

 

 

NII for the 3Q19 totaled $26.7 million (-5% QoQ; -2% YoY), with NIM of 1.77% (-4bps QoQ; +3bps YoY). Quarterly decrease was mainly related to the impact of decreasing LIBOR-based market rates on the Bank’s asset-liability interest rate gap position and lower average lending volumes.

 

NII and NIM for 9M19 reached $82.6 million and 1.77%, respectively. The 1% and 3bps increase YoY, respectively, were mainly attributable to the net positive effect of increasing average LIBOR-based market rates throughout the period with respect to the year before, as the Bank’s narrow interest rate gap structure benefitted from the short-term nature of its loan portfolio, which allows an agile pass through of increasing rates in its liabilities to its asset base. This net positive effect was partially offset by decreased average liability deposit balances, impacting overall funding costs.

 

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FEES AND COMMISSIONS

 

Fees and Commissions, net, includes the fee income associated with letters of credit and the fee income derived from loan structuring and syndication activities, together with loan intermediation and distribution activities in the primary market, and other commissions, mostly from other contingent credits, such as guarantees and credit commitments, net of fee expenses.

 

(US$ million)     9M19     9M18     YoY (%)       3Q19     2Q19     3Q18     QoQ (%)       YoY (%)  
Letters of credit fees     6.9       8.3       -17 %     2.3       2.4       2.5       -4 %     -7 %
Loan structuring and distribution fees     2.9       2.9       -1 %     0.5       2.4       0.9       -80 %     -48 %
Other commissions, net     0.5       0.5       -4 %     0.0       0.3       0.3       -99 %     -99 %
Fees and Commissions, net   $ 10.3     $ 11.8       -13 %   $ 2.8     $ 5.1     $ 3.7       -45 %     -24 %

 

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2019 Fees and Commissions income totaled $2.8 million and $10.3 million, respectively. The quarterly decreases of 45% QoQ and 24% YoY were primarily related to the uneven syndication business, with one syndicated transaction closed in 3Q19, versus two a quarter ago and one a year ago. The 13% decrease YoY was mostly impacted by lower fee income from the letters of credit business.

 

PORTFOLIO QUALITY AND TOTAL ALLOWANCE FOR LOANS, LOAN COMMITMENTS AND FINANCIAL GUARANTEE CONTRACT LOSSES

 

(US$ million, except percentages)   30-Sep-19     30-Jun-19     31-Mar-19     31-Dec-18     30-Sep-18  
Allowance for loan losses                                        
Balance at beginning of the period   $ 103.3     $ 102.3     $ 100.8     $ 139.3     $ 85.8  
Provisions (reversals)     0.5       0.9       1.6       (1.3 )   $ 53.6  
Write-offs, net of recoveries     (2.4 )     0.0       0.0       (37.2 )     0.0  
End of period balance   $ 101.4     $ 103.3     $ 102.3     $ 100.8     $ 139.3  
                                         
Allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses                                        
Balance at beginning of the period   $ 2.6     $ 2.7     $ 3.3     $ 3.2     $ 1.7  
Provisions (reversals)     0.1       (0.1 )     (0.6 )     0.1       1.6  
End of period balance   $ 2.7     $ 2.6     $ 2.7     $ 3.3     $ 3.2  
                                         
Total allowance for losses (loans and loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses)   $ 104.1     $ 105.8     $ 105.0     $ 104.1     $ 142.5  
                                         
Total allowance for losses to Commercial Portfolio     1.67 %     1.70 %     1.75 %     1.65 %     2.26 %
Credit-impaired loans to Loan Portfolio     1.11 %     1.16 %     1.18 %     1.12 %     2.08 %
Total allowance for losses to credit-impaired loans (times)     1.7       1.6       1.6       1.6       1.2  

 

 

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The total allowance for credit losses on the Commercial Portfolio totaled $104.1 million, or 1.67% of the portfolio at September 30, 2019, compared to $105.8 million, or 1.70%, respectively, a quarter ago, and compared to $142.5 million, or 2.26%, respectively, a year ago. The $1.7 million QoQ decrease was mostly associated to the write-off of an NPL against its individually allocated allowances for expected credit losses, partially offset by higher net provision requirements driven by the collectively assessed allocation segment (IFRS Stage 2) based on lifetime expected credit losses.

 

Credit-impaired Loans, also referred as Non-Performing Loans or NPL, decreased to $61.8 million at the end of 3Q19, representing 1.1% of total Loan Portfolio balances. The lower levels of NPL compare to $64.7 million, or 1.2% of total Loan Portfolio at the end of 2Q19, and $119.0 million, or 2.1%, at the end of 3Q18. Total allowance for losses increased at 1.7 times NPL balances for 3Q19 versus 1.6 times in 2Q19 and 1.2 times in 3Q18.

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

      9M19     9M18     YoY (%)       3Q19     2Q19     3Q18     QoQ (%)       YoY (%)  
Operating expenses                                                                
Salaries and other employee expenses     17.8       21.4       -17 %     5.7       5.8       5.2       -3 %     8 %
Depreciation of equipment and leasehold improvements     2.1       1.0       122 %     0.7       0.7       0.3       3 %     130 %
Amortization of intangible assets     0.5       1.0       -49 %     0.2       0.2       0.3       -16 %     -52 %
Other expenses     9.0       13.2       -32 %     2.4       3.8       5.0       -36 %     -51 %
Total Operating Expenses   $ 29.4     $ 36.5       -20 %   $ 9.0     $ 10.6     $ 10.9       -15 %     -17 %
Efficiency Ratio     30.9 %     39.1 %     -21 %     30.4 %     31.4 %     36.0 %     -3 %     -16 %

 

 

Operating expenses decreased to $9.0 million in 3Q19 and $29.4 million in 9M19. The quarterly decreases of 15% QoQ and 17% YoY were mainly associated to lower other operating and miscellaneous expenses. The 20% reduction YoY for 9M19 was mainly due to lower salary and employee-related expenses resulting from personnel restructuring in 2018, together with other cost savings.

 

Efficiency Ratio improved to 30% in 3Q19 (-1pt. QoQ; -6pts. YoY) and 31% in 9M19 (-9pts. YoY), on lower levels of operating expenses and higher YTD total revenues.

 

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CAPITAL RATIOS AND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

The following table shows capital amounts and ratios as of the dates indicated:

 

(US$ million, except percentages and shares outstanding)   30-Sep-19     30-Jun-19     30-Sep-18     QoQ (%)     YoY (%)  
Tier 1 Capital (8)   $ 1,009     $ 1,002     $ 990       1 %     2 %
Risk-Weighted Assets Basel III (8)   $ 4,780     $ 4,902     $ 5,574       -2 %     -14 %
Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio (8)     21.1 %     20.4 %     17.8 %     3 %     19 %
Total equity   $ 1,009     $ 1,003     $ 989       1 %     2 %
Total equity to total assets     15.1 %     15.2 %     15.1 %     -1 %     0 %
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) ("OCI")   $ (2 )   $ (3 )   $ 2       33 %     -211 %
Total assets / Total equity (times)     6.6       6.6       6.6       1 %     0 %
Shares outstanding (in thousand)     39,602       39,602       39,539       0 %     0 %

 

The Bank’s equity consists entirely of issued and fully paid ordinary common stock, with 39.6 million common shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019. At the same date, the Bank’s ratio of total assets to total equity remained stable at 6.6 times, and the Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio increased to 21.1%, as risk-weighted assets decreased by 2% QoQ and 14% YoY on higher asset quality allocation and the shift of the Commercial Portfolio’s mix composition towards improved country risk exposures.

 

RECENT EVENTS

 

§ Quarterly dividend payment: The Bank’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved a quarterly common dividend of $0.385 per share corresponding to the third quarter 2019. The cash dividend will be paid on November 19, 2019, to shareholders registered as of October 29, 2019.

 

Notes:

 

- Numbers and percentages set forth in this earnings release have been rounded and accordingly may not total exactly.

 

- QoQ and YoY refer to quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year variations, respectively.

 

Footnotes:

 

1) Earnings per Share (“EPS”) calculation is based on the average number of shares outstanding during each period.

 

2) ROAE refers to return on average stockholders’ equity which is calculated on the basis of unaudited daily average balances.

 

3) NIM refers to net interest margin which constitutes to Net Interest Income (“NII”) divided by the average balance of interest-earning assets.

 

4) NIS refers to net interest spread which constitutes the average yield earned on interest-earning assets, less the average yield paid on interest-bearing liabilities.

 

5) Efficiency Ratio refers to consolidated operating expenses as a percentage of total revenues.

 

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6) The Bank’s “Commercial Portfolio” includes gross loans (or the “Loan Portfolio”), loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, such as issued and confirmed letters of credit, stand-by letters of credit, guarantees covering commercial risk and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

7) Market capitalization corresponds to total outstanding common shares multiplied by market close price at the end of each corresponding period.

 

8) Tier 1 Capital is calculated according to Basel III capital adequacy guidelines and is equivalent to stockholders’ equity excluding certain effects such as the OCI effect of the financial instruments at fair value through OCI. Tier 1 Capital ratio is calculated as a percentage of risk-weighted assets. Risk-weighted assets are estimated based on Basel III capital adequacy guidelines.

 

9) Liquid assets refer to total cash and cash equivalents, consisting of cash and due from banks, and interest-bearing deposits in banks, excluding pledged deposits and margin calls. Liquidity ratio refers to liquid assets as a percentage of total assets.

 

10) Credit-impaired loans are also commonly referred to as Non-Performing Loans or NPL. Loan Portfolio refers to gross loans, excluding interest receivable, the allowance for loan losses, and unearned interest and deferred fees.

 

11) Total allowance for losses refers to allowance for loan losses plus allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses.

 

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements of expected future developments within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements in this press release include the growth of the credit portfolio, including the trade portfolio, the increase in the number of the Bank’s corporate clients, the trend of lending spreads, changes in activities engaged in by the Bank that are derived from the Bank’s client base, anticipated operating results and return on equity in future periods, including income derived from the Treasury Business Segment, and changes in the financial and performance strength of the Bank. These forward-looking statements reflect the expectations of the Bank’s management and are based on currently available data; however, actual performance and results are subject to future events and uncertainties, which could materially impact the Bank’s expectations. Among the factors that can cause actual performance and results to differ materially are as follows: the anticipated changes in the Bank’s credit portfolio; the continuation of the Bank’s preferred creditor status; the impact of increasing/decreasing interest rates and of the macroeconomic environment in the Region on the Bank’s financial condition; the execution of the Bank’s strategies and initiatives, including its revenue diversification strategy; the adequacy of the Bank’s allowance for expected credit losses; the need for additional allowance for expected credit losses; the Bank’s ability to achieve future growth, to reduce its liquidity levels and increase its leverage; the Bank’s ability to maintain its investment-grade credit ratings; the availability and mix of future sources of funding for the Bank’s lending operations; potential trading losses; the possibility of fraud; and the adequacy of the Bank’s sources of liquidity to replace deposit withdrawals. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

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ABOUT BLADEX

 

Bladex, a multinational bank originally established by the central banks of Latin-American and Caribbean countries, began operations in 1979 to promote foreign trade and economic integration in the Region. The Bank, headquartered in Panama, also has offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States of America, and a Representative License in Peru, supporting the regional expansion and servicing its customer base, which includes financial institutions and corporations.

 

Bladex is listed on the NYSE in the United States of America (NYSE: BLX), since 1992, and its shareholders include: central banks and state-owned banks and entities representing 23 Latin American countries; commercial banks and financial institutions; and institutional and retail investors through its public listing.

 

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

 

There will be a conference call to discuss the Bank’s quarterly results on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. New York City time (Eastern Time). For those interested in participating, please dial (800) 311-9401 in the United States or, if outside the United States, (334) 323-7224. Participants should use conference ID# 8034, and dial in five minutes before the call is set to begin. There will also be a live audio webcast of the conference at http://www.bladex.com. The webcast presentation will be available for viewing and downloads on http://www.bladex.com.

 

The conference call will become available for review on Conference Replay one hour after its conclusion, and will remain available for 60 days. Please dial (877) 919-4059 or (334) 323-0140, and follow the instructions. The replay passcode is: 66717091.

 

For more information, please access http://www.bladex.com or contact:

 

Mrs. Ana Graciela de Méndez

Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +507 210-8563

E-mail address: amendez@bladex.com

 

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EXHIBIT I

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

  AT THE END OF,    

 

  (A)     (B)     (C)     (A) - (B)           (A) - (C)        
    September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     CHANGE     %     CHANGE     %  
    (In US$ thousand)                          
Assets                                                        
                                                         
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 981,484     $ 869,500     $ 792,952     $ 111,984       13 %   $ 188,532       24 %
                                                         
Securities and other financial assets, net     96,958       104,080       99,441       (7,122 )     (7 )     (2,483 )     (2 )
                                                         
Loans     5,554,259       5,570,574       5,724,518       (16,315 )     (0 )     (170,259 )     (3 )
Interest receivable     40,031       44,982       44,426       (4,951 )     (11 )     (4,395 )     (10 )
Allowance for loan losses     (101,425 )     (103,283 )     (139,318 )     1,858       2       37,893       27  
Unearned interest and deferred fees     (13,715 )     (15,062 )     (7,357 )     1,347       9       (6,358 )     (86 )
Loans, net     5,479,150       5,497,211       5,622,269       (18,061 )     (0 )     (143,119 )     (3 )
                                                         
Customers' liabilities under acceptances     86,407       71,091       24,232       15,316       22       62,175       257  
Derivative financial instruments - assets     3,730       1,397       3,391       2,333       167       339       10  
                                                         
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net     22,569       22,513       6,692       56       0       15,877       237  
Intangibles, net     1,474       1,417       1,798       57       4       (324 )     (18 )
Investment properties     0       0       2,289       0       n.m. (*)     (2,289 )     (100 )
Other assets     9,420       8,345       7,694       1,075       13       1,726       22  
                                                         
Total assets   $ 6,681,192     $ 6,575,554     $ 6,560,758     $ 105,638       2 %   $ 120,434       2 %
                                                         
Liabilities                                                        
                                                         
Demand deposits   $ 145,530     $ 69,655     $ 78,131     $ 75,875       109 %   $ 67,399       86 %
Time deposits     2,705,940       2,944,833       2,699,404       (238,893 )     (8 )     6,536       0  
      2,851,470       3,014,488       2,777,535       (163,018 )     (5 )     73,935       3  
Interest payable     6,813       8,078       10,765       (1,265 )     (16 )     (3,952 )     (37 )
Total deposits     2,858,283       3,022,566       2,788,300       (164,283 )     (5 )     69,983       3  
                                                         
Securities sold under repurchase agreements     56,065       28,231       39,767       27,834       99       16,298       41  
Borrowings and debt, net     2,626,040       2,405,151       2,661,555       220,889       9       (35,515 )     (1 )
Interest payable     13,589       9,948       23,427       3,641       37       (9,838 )     (42 )
                                                         
Customers' liabilities under acceptances     86,407       71,091       24,232       15,316       22       62,175       257  
Derivative financial instruments - liabilities     13,398       20,801       26,394       (7,403 )     (36 )     (12,996 )     (49 )
Allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses     2,675       2,554       3,219       121       5       (544 )     (17 )
Other liabilities     15,634       12,697       4,913       2,937       23       10,721       218  
                                                         
Total liabilities   $ 5,672,091     $ 5,573,039     $ 5,571,807     $ 99,052       2 %   $ 100,284       2 %
                                                         
Equity                                                        
                                                         
Common stock   $ 279,980     $ 279,980     $ 279,980     $ 0       0 %   $ 0       0 %
Treasury stock     (59,669 )     (59,669 )     (61,076 )     0       0       1,407       2  
Additional paid-in capital in excess of value assigned of common stock     119,920       119,477       119,523       443       0       397       0  
Capital reserves     95,210       95,210       95,210       0       0       0       0  
Regulatory reserves     136,019       136,019       108,781       0       0       27,238       25  
Retained earnings     439,385       434,111       444,959       5,274       1       (5,574 )     (1 )
Other comprehensive income (loss)     (1,744 )     (2,613 )     1,574       869       33       (3,318 )     (211 )
                                                         
Total equity   $ 1,009,101     $ 1,002,515     $ 988,951     $ 6,586       1 %   $ 20,150       2 %
                                                         
Total liabilities and equity   $ 6,681,192     $ 6,575,554     $ 6,560,758     $ 105,638       2 %   $ 120,434       2 %

 

(*) "n.m." means not meaningful.

 

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EXHIBIT II

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS

(In US$ thousand, except per share amounts and ratios)  

 

    FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED                          
    (A)     (B)     (C)     (A) - (B)           (A) - (C)        
    September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     CHANGE     %     CHANGE     %  
Net Interest Income:                                                        
Interest income   $ 65,514     $ 70,530     $ 65,020     $ (5,016 )     (7 )%   $ 494       1 %
Interest expense     (38,856 )     (42,599 )     (37,724 )     3,743       9       (1,132 )     (3 )
                                                         
Net Interest Income     26,658       27,931       27,296       (1,273 )     (5 )     (638 )     (2 )
                                                         
Other income:                                                        
Fees and commissions, net     2,815       5,128       3,692       (2,313 )     (45 )     (877 )     (24 )
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net     (169 )     63       (1,445 )     (232 )     (368 )     1,276       88  
Other income, net     217       512       564       (295 )     (58 )     (347 )     (62 )
Total other income, net     2,863       5,703       2,811       (2,840 )     (50 )     52       2  
                                                         
Total revenues     29,521       33,634       30,107       (4,113 )     (12 )     (586 )     (2 )
                                                         
Impairment loss on financial instruments     (612 )     (811 )     (55,134 )     199       25       54,522       99  
Gain (impairment loss) on non-financial assets     500       0       (4,841 )     500       n.m. (*)     5,341       110  
                                                         
Operating expenses:                                                        
Salaries and other employee expenses     (5,651 )     (5,829 )     (5,213 )     178       3       (438 )     (8 )
Depreciation of equipment and leasehold improvements     (724 )     (705 )     (315 )     (19 )     (3 )     (409 )     (130 )
Amortization of intangible assets     (160 )     (191 )     (336 )     31       16       176       52  
Other expenses     (2,434 )     (3,826 )     (4,987 )     1,392       36       2,553       51  
Total operating expenses     (8,969 )     (10,551 )     (10,851 )     1,582       15       1,882       17  
                                                         
Profit (loss) for the period   $ 20,440     $ 22,272     $ (40,719 )   $ (1,832 )     (8 )%   $ 61,159       150 %
                                                         
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:                                                        
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.52     $ 0.56     $ (1.03 )                                
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.52     $ 0.56     $ (1.03 )                                
Book value (period average)   $ 25.52     $ 25.21     $ 26.43                                  
Book value (period end)   $ 25.48     $ 25.31     $ 25.01                                  
                                                         
Weighted average basic shares     39,602       39,553       39,540                                  
Weighted average diluted shares     39,602       39,553       39,540                                  
Basic shares period end     39,602       39,602       39,539                                  
                                                         
PERFORMANCE RATIOS:                                                        
Return on average assets     1.34 %     1.43 %     -2.58 %                                
Return on average equity     8.0 %     9.0 %     -15.5 %                                
Net interest margin     1.77 %     1.81 %     1.74 %                                
Net interest spread     1.19 %     1.22 %     1.20 %                                
Efficiency Ratio     30.4 %     31.4 %     36.0 %                                
Operating expenses to total average assets     0.59 %     0.68 %     0.69 %                                

 

(*) "n.m." means not meaningful.

 

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EXHIBIT III

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS

(In US$ thousand, except per share amounts and ratios)

 

    FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED              
    (A)     (B)     (A) - (B)        
    September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     CHANGE     %  
Net Interest Income:                                
Interest income   $ 209,598     $ 184,376     $ 25,222       14 %
Interest expense     (126,989 )     (102,601 )     (24,388 )     (24 )
                                 
Net Interest Income     82,609       81,775       834       1  
                                 
Other income:                                
Fees and commissions, net     10,293       11,783       (1,490 )     (13 )
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net     650       (1,262 )     1,912       152  
Other income, net     1,674       1,209       465       38  
Total other income, net     12,617       11,730       887       8  
                                 
Total revenues     95,226       93,505       1,721       2  
                                 
Impairment loss on financial instruments     (2,365 )     (58,836 )     56,471       96  
Gain (impairment loss) on non-financial assets     500       (7,729 )     8,229       106  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Salaries and other employee expenses     (17,791 )     (21,390 )     3,599       17  
Depreciation of equipment and leasehold improvements     (2,120 )     (957 )     (1,163 )     (122 )
Amortization of intangible assets     (515 )     (1,011 )     496       49  
Other expenses     (8,978 )     (13,177 )     4,199       32  
Total operating expenses     (29,404 )     (36,535 )     7,131       20  
                                 
Profit (Loss) for the period   $ 63,957     $ (9,595 )   $ 73,552       767 %
                                 
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:                                
Basic earnings per share   $ 1.62     $ (0.24 )                
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.62     $ (0.24 )                
Book value (period average)   $ 25.40     $ 26.41                  
Book value (period end)   $ 25.48     $ 25.01                  
                                 
Weighted average basic shares     39,566       39,544                  
Weighted average diluted shares     39,566       39,544                  
Basic shares period end     39,602       39,539                  
                                 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS:                                
Return on average assets     1.36 %     -0.20 %                
Return on average equity     8.5 %     -1.2 %                
Net interest margin     1.77 %     1.74 %                
Net interest spread     1.19 %     1.26 %                
Efficiency Ratio     30.9 %     39.1 %                
Operating expenses to total average assets     0.63 %     0.77 %                

  

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EXHIBIT IV

 

CONSOLIDATED NET INTEREST INCOME AND AVERAGE BALANCES

 

    FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED  
    September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  
    AVERAGE           AVG.     AVERAGE           AVG.     AVERAGE           AVG.  
    BALANCE     INTEREST     RATE     BALANCE     INTEREST     RATE     BALANCE     INTEREST     RATE  
      (In US$ thousand)  
INTEREST EARNING ASSETS                                                                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 658,220       3,757       2.23 %   $ 678,793       4,181       2.44 %   $ 608,989     $ 3,129       2.01 %
Securities at fair value through OCI     12,143       110       3.56       16,159       155       3.79       15,728       150       3.73  
Securities at amortized cost (1)     73,351       653       3.48       72,231       634       3.47       77,939       599       3.01  
Loans, net of unearned interest     5,247,195       60,994       4.55       5,424,563       65,560       4.78       5,517,471       61,142       4.34  
                                                                         
TOTAL INTEREST EARNING ASSETS   $ 5,990,909     $ 65,514       4.28 %   $ 6,191,745     $ 70,530       4.51 %   $ 6,220,127     $ 65,020       4.09 %
                                                                         
Allowance for expected credit losses on loans     (99,476 )                     (102,002 )                     (84,958 )                
Non interest earning assets     167,755                       152,828                       119,272                  
                                                                         
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 6,059,188                     $ 6,242,572                     $ 6,254,441                  
                                                                         
                                                                         
INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES                                                                        
Deposits     2,692,159     $ 16,692       2.43 %     2,820,686     $ 18,896       2.65 %   $ 2,904,153     $ 16,767       2.26 %
Securities sold under repurchase agreement and short-term borrowings and debt     891,872       8,361       3.67       1,030,652       9,851       3.78       934,653       7,094       2.97  
Long-term borrowings and debt, net (2)     1,338,207       13,803       4.04       1,284,312       13,852       4.27       1,268,857       13,863       4.28  
                                                                         
TOTAL INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES   $ 4,922,239     $ 38,856       3.09 %   $ 5,135,650     $ 42,599       3.28 %   $ 5,107,663     $ 37,724       2.89 %
                                                                         
Non interest bearing liabilities and other liabilities   $ 126,214                     $ 109,618                     $ 101,796                  
                                                                         
TOTAL LIABILITIES     5,048,453                       5,245,268                       5,209,459                  
                                                                         
EQUITY     1,010,735                       997,304                       1,044,982                  
                                                                         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 6,059,188                     $ 6,242,572                     $ 6,254,441                  
                                                                         
NET INTEREST SPREAD                     1.19 %                     1.22 %                     1.20 %
                                                                         
NET INTEREST INCOME AND NET INTEREST MARGIN           $ 26,658       1.77 %           $ 27,931       1.81 %           $ 27,296       1.74 %

 

 

(1)  Gross of the allowance for losses relating to securities at amortized cost.

(2)  Includes lease liabilities, net of prepaid commissions.

     Note: Interest income and/or expense includes the effect of derivative financial instruments used for hedging.                        

 

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EXHIBIT V

CONSOLIDATED NET INTEREST INCOME AND AVERAGE BALANCES  

 

    FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED  
    September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  
    AVERAGE           AVG.     AVERAGE           AVG.  
    BALANCE     INTEREST     RATE     BALANCE     INTEREST     RATE  
      (In US$ thousand)    
INTEREST EARNING ASSETS                                                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 737,277       13,295       2.38 %   $ 683,109     $ 9,293       1.79 %
Securities at fair value through OCI     16,079       515       4.22       16,220       416       3.38  
Securities at amortized cost (1)     76,222       1,979       3.42       72,780       1,605       2.91  
Loans, net of unearned interest     5,406,703       193,809       4.73       5,497,234       173,062       4.15  
                                                 
TOTAL INTEREST EARNING ASSETS   $ 6,236,282     $ 209,598       4.43 %   $ 6,269,343     $ 184,376       3.88 %
                                                 
Allowance for expected credit losses on loans     (100,127 )                     (84,378 )                
Non interest earning assets     151,287                       122,176                  
                                                 
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 6,287,442                     $ 6,307,141                  
                                                 
                                                 
INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES                                                
Deposits   $ 2,724,034     $ 53,281       2.58 %   $ 3,084,876     $ 47,160       2.02 %
Securities sold under repurchase agreement and short-term borrowings and debt     1,102,044       30,411       3.64       913,032       19,962       2.88  
Long-term borrowings and debt, net (2)     1,337,621       43,297       4.27       1,167,928       35,479       4.01  
                                                 
TOTAL INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES   $ 5,163,699     $ 126,989       3.24 %   $ 5,165,837     $ 102,601       2.62 %
                                                 
Non interest bearing liabilities and other liabilities   $ 118,927                     $ 97,072                  
                                                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES     5,282,626                       5,262,909                  
                                                 
EQUITY     1,004,816                       1,044,232