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Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Announces Third Quarter 2017 Operating Results

/EIN News/ -- SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco today announced that its net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $81 million, compared with net income of $291 million for the third quarter of 2016.

The $210 million decrease in net income primarily reflected a gain on settlements of $240 million (after netting certain legal fees and expenses) in the prior-year period relating to the Bank's private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (PLRMBS) litigation. The decrease in net income also reflected a voluntary charitable contribution of $10 million made by the Bank during the third quarter of 2017 for the Quality Jobs Fund, a donor-advised fund established to support quality job growth and small business expansion, as well as a voluntary contribution of $1.1 million to the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to offset the impact on the AHP assessment of the expense related to the charitable contribution. These decreases in net income were partially offset by a $23 million increase in net interest income related to higher average balances of interest-earning assets, combined with a higher net interest margin.

During the first nine months of 2017, total assets increased $17.6 billion, to $109.5 billion at September 30, 2017, from $91.9 billion at December 31, 2016, primarily reflecting an increase in period end advance balances, which increased to $61.6 billion at September 30, 2017, from $49.8 billion at December 31, 2016. In addition, investments increased $4.8 billion, to $45.8 billion at September 30, 2017, from $41.0 billion at December 31, 2016, primarily reflecting an increase in Federal funds sold.

Accumulated other comprehensive income increased by $197 million during the first nine months of 2017, to $308 million at September 30, 2017, from $111 million at December 31, 2016, primarily as a result of improvement in the fair value of PLRMBS classified as available-for-sale.

As of September 30, 2017, the Bank was in compliance with all of its regulatory capital requirements. The Bank’s total regulatory capital ratio was 5.8%, exceeding the 4.0% requirement. The Bank had $6.4 billion in permanent capital, exceeding its risk-based capital requirement of $2.0 billion. Total retained earnings as of September 30, 2017, were $3.2 billion.

Today, the Bank’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the capital stock outstanding during the third quarter of 2017 at an annualized rate of 7.00%. The quarterly dividend rate is consistent with the Bank's dividend philosophy of endeavoring to pay a quarterly dividend at a rate between 5% and 7% annualized. The quarterly dividend will total $55 million, including $7 million in dividends on mandatorily redeemable capital stock that will be reflected as interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Bank expects to pay the dividend on November 13, 2017.

Financial Highlights
(Dollars in millions)
Selected Balance Sheet Items at Period End Sept 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016  
Total Assets $109,503     $91,941    
Advances   61,629       49,845    
Mortgage Loans Held for Portfolio, Net   1,774       826    
Investments1   45,775       40,986    
Consolidated Obligations:        
Bonds   72,266       50,224    
Discount Notes   29,902       33,506    
Mandatorily Redeemable Capital Stock   342       457    
Capital Stock - Class B - Putable   2,815       2,370    
Unrestricted Retained Earnings2   2,664       888    
Restricted Retained Earnings2   562       2,168    
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss)   308       111    
Total Capital   6,349       5,537    
Selected Other Data at Period End Sept 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016  
Regulatory Capital Ratio3   5.83   %   6.40   %

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
Selected Operating Results for the Period Sept 30, 2017   Sept 30, 2016   Sept 30, 2017   Sept 30, 2016  
Net Interest Income $146     $123     $424     $363    
Other Income/(Loss)   (4 )     241       92       403    
Other Expense   51       39       170       112    
Affordable Housing Program Assessment   10       34       37       69    
Net Income $81     $291     $309     $585    
Selected Other Data for the Period                
Net Interest Margin4   0.55   %   0.51   %   0.57   %   0.54   %
Operating Expenses as a Percent of Average Assets   0.14       0.15       0.14       0.15    
Return on Average Assets   0.30       1.20       0.41       0.86    
Return on Average Equity   5.19       21.05       7.03       15.19    
Annualized Dividend Rate5   7.00       9.17       7.69       8.70    
Average Equity to Average Assets Ratio   5.84       5.71       5.89       5.63    
1.  Investments consist of Federal funds sold, interest-bearing deposits, trading securities, available-for-sale securities, held-to-maturity securities, and securities purchased under agreements to resell.
2.  In July 2017, the Bank’s Board of Directors approved the transfer of all amounts classified as restricted retained earnings, other than the amounts related to the Joint Capital Enhancement Agreement, to unrestricted retained earnings.
3.  This ratio is calculated as regulatory capital divided by total assets. Regulatory capital includes retained earnings, Class B capital stock, and mandatorily redeemable capital stock (which is classified as a liability), but excludes accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss). Total regulatory capital as of September 30, 2017, was $6.4 billion.
4.  Net interest margin is net interest income (annualized) divided by average interest-earning assets.
5.  Dividend rates reflect the dividends declared, recorded, and paid during the relevant periods.

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco 
The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco delivers low-cost funding and other services that help member financial institutions make home mortgage loans to people of all income levels and provide credit that supports neighborhoods and communities. The Bank also funds community investment programs that help members create affordable housing and promote community economic development. The Bank’s members are headquartered in Arizona, California, and Nevada and include commercial banks, credit unions, industrial loan companies, savings institutions, insurance companies, and community development financial institutions.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to the Bank’s dividend philosophy and dividend rates. These statements are based on our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. These statements may use forward-looking terms, such as “endeavoring,” “will,” and “expects,” or their negatives or other variations on these terms. The Bank cautions that by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk or uncertainty and that actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements or could affect the extent to which a particular objective, projection, estimate, or prediction is realized, including future dividends. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the application of accounting standards relating to, among other things, the amortization of discounts and premiums on financial assets, financial liabilities, and certain fair value gains and losses; hedge accounting of derivatives and underlying financial instruments; the fair values of financial instruments, including investment securities and derivatives; future operating results; and other-than-temporary impairment of investment securities. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Amy Stewart, (415) 616-2605

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