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BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

August 10, 2009 | About:
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BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. (BBX) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-06-30.

BankAtlantic is a fed.-charteredfed.-insured savings bank which provides traditional retail banking services & a full range of commercial banking products & related financial services.The principal business of BankAtlantic is attracting checking & savings deposits from the public & general business customers & using these deposits to originate commercial real estate & business loansres. real estate loans & consumer loansto purchase wholesale res. loans from 3rd parties & to make other permitted investments. BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. has a market cap of $65.6 million; its shares were traded at around $5.83 with and P/S ratio of 0.1. BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 1.4% over the past 5 years.

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The increase in BankAtlantics net loss during the 2009 quarter compared to the same 2008 quarter primarily resulted from a $9.8 million decline in net interest income, $5.1 million of lower revenues from service charges on deposits and a $9.4 million reduction in income tax benefits. The increase in BankAtlantics net loss was partially offset by lower non-interest expenses related primarily to managements expense reduction initiatives. The substantial decline in net interest income reflects managements decision to reduce asset balances and wholesale borrowings in order to improve BankAtlantics liquidity position and regulatory capital ratios. As a consequence, BankAtlantics average earnings assets declined by $639.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009 compared to the same 2008 period. The decline in revenues from service charges mainly reflects lower customer overdraft fees recognized during 2009 compared to 2008 due primarily to an increase in customer average deposit balances and fewer transaction accounts generating fees during the 2009 quarter compared to the 2008 quarter. BankAtlantic recognized income tax benefits in the 2008 quarter associated with its net loss while during the 2009 quarter, BankAtlantic increased its deferred tax valuation allowance for the income tax benefits associated with that quarters net loss. BankAtlantic incurred significantly lower non-interest expenses during the 2009 quarter compared to the same 2008 period. In response to adverse economic conditions, BankAtlantic, during 2008 and the first six months of 2009, reduced expenses with a view towards increasing operating efficiencies. These operating expense initiatives included workforce reductions, consolidation of certain back-office facilities, sale of five central Florida stores, renegotiation of vendor contracts, outsourcing of certain back-office functions and other targeted expense reduction efforts. These expense reductions were partially offset by higher FDIC insurance premiums, including a $2.4 million FDIC special assessment in June 2009. BankAtlantics provision for loan losses was $36.0 million for the 2009 quarter compared to $37.8 million for the 2008 quarter. The provision during 2009 primarily related to charge-offs and loan loss reserves associated with our consumer, residential and commercial real estate loan portfolios. The 2008 provision mainly resulted from reserves and charge-offs associated with our commercial residential loan portfolio.

The increase in the Parent Companys net loss during the 2009 quarter compared to the same 2008 quarter primarily resulted from an $8.4 million decline in securities activities, net and a $2.7 million decrease in income tax benefits partially offset by a $1.9 million decline in the provision for loan losses and a $0.5 million reduction in net interest expenses. The lower net interest expense reflects a decline in interest expense on junior subordinated debentures associated with a significant decline in the three-month LIBOR interest rate from June 2008 to June 2009. The lower revenues from securities activities, net reflect $8.2 million of realized and unrealized gains on Stifel securities partially offset by $1.1 million of securities impairments for the 2008 quarter compared to a net loss from securities activities during the 2009 quarter of $1.4 million from equity securities impairments. The Parent Company recognized a $2.7 million income tax benefit in the 2008 quarter while no income tax benefit was recognized during the 2009 quarter due to an increase in the deferred tax valuation allowance. The $1.9 million improvement in the provision for loan losses reflects lower charge-offs associated with non-performing loans transferred from BankAtlantic to an asset work-out subsidiary of the Parent Company in March 2008.

The increase in BankAtlantics net loss during the 2009 period compared to the same 2008 period primarily resulted from a $16.1 million decline in net interest income, $10.5 million of lower revenues from service charges on deposits and a $20.4 million reduction in income tax benefits. The increase in BankAtlantics net loss was partially offset by higher securities gains and lower non-interest expenses.

The net interest margin declined as yields on average interest earning assets declined faster than the interest rates on average interest-bearing liabilities. The interest earning asset yield declines were primarily due to lower interest rates during the current period and changes in the earning asset portfolio mix from higher yielding residential loans and residential mortgage backed securities to lower yielding commercial and consumer loans. During the six months ended June 30, 2009, interest rates on residential mortgage loans were at historical lows which resulted in increased residential loan refinancings and the associated early repayments of existing residential loans during the period. Additionally, BankAtlantic sold $190.6 million of mortgage backed securities during the six months ended June 30, 2009. As a consequence, the ratio of residential loans and residential mortgage-backed securities to total earning assets changed from 57.2% residential loans and residential mortgage-backed securities for the 2008 quarter to 51.2% for the 2009 quarter. The lower interest rate environment during the 2009 quarter had a significant impact on commercial, small business and consumer loan yields, as a majority of these loans have adjustable interest rates indexed to prime or LIBOR. The prime interest rate declined from 5.25% at March 31, 2008 to 3.25% at June 30, 2009, and the average three-month LIBOR rate declined from 2.78% at June 30, 2008 to 0.60% at June 30, 2009. Yields on earning assets were also adversely affected by the discontinuation of FHLB stock dividends. BankAtlantic received $1.1 million of FHLB stock dividends during the three months ended June 30, 2008, but received no dividends during the same 2009 period.

The decline in interest bearing deposit rates was partially offset by a shift in deposit mix to a greater proportion of higher cost deposits. The increase in certificate accounts reflects higher average brokered deposit account balances. Deposits which BankAtlantic receives in connection with its participation in the CDARS program from other participating CDARS institutions are included in BankAtlantics financial statements as brokered deposits. Average brokered deposits increased from $43.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008 to $232.5 million during the same 2009 period, representing 5.51% of total deposits as of June 30, 2009.

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