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NewStar Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

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New funded loan volume of $250 million drove net loan growth of $53 million

Adjusted net income was $3.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share

GAAP net income was $3.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share

Net interest margin increased to 4.28% powered by improving loan yields

Credit profile improved as credit costs moderated and NPAs declined 14%

Continued to execute balance sheet initiatives, adding funding capacity and refinancing legacy commercial mortgage portfolio

Book value per share increased $0.11 to $11.15

BOSTON, Aug. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NewStar Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:NEWS), a specialized commercial finance company, today reported adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2011 of $3.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $3.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, which reflected $0.2 million after-tax non-cash equity compensation expense related to the 2006 IPO.

"Adjusted net income (loss)" and other non-GAAP financial measures used in this release are defined under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" on page 5. Reconciliations between GAAP and adjusted (non-GAAP) measures can be found in the attached financial tables.

"New funded loan volume was $250 million in the quarter, which was our best performance since 2007 and puts us on pace to reach $1 billion for the full year. Our net interest margin also improved as spreads on new loans were accretive to our overall portfolio yield and we reduced non-accruing assets by 14%," said Tim Conway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Book value per share increased by another $0.11 to $11.15 as our financial results also continued to improve. Although credit costs remained somewhat elevated in the quarter, our operating results were solid and our credit profile continued to improve. We also made further progress on developing additional funding sources, which provide us more financial flexibility and support accelerating loan volumes," he concluded.Loan Credit Quality

The provision for credit losses decreased to $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Approximately $6.0 million of additional specific reserves were established in the second quarter of 2011, down slightly from $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2011.

The allowance for credit losses decreased to $78.0 million, or 4.46% of loans and 72% of NPLs, at June 30, 2011, compared to $85.7 million, or 5.02% of loans, at March 31, 2011.

Four new loans totaling $21.6 million were placed on non-accrual status in the second quarter of 2011 and loans totaling $29.3 million were returned to performing status.

Non-accruing loans declined 13% from the first quarter of 2011. At June 30, 2011, loans with an aggregate outstanding balance of $109.0 million, net of charge-offs, were on non-accrual status compared to loans with an aggregate outstanding balance of $125.1 million, net of charge-offs, at March 31, 2011. Non-performing assets, net of charge-offs, specific reserves and other adjustments were $111.8 million, or 36% of their aggregate face amount, as of June 30, 2011.

Non-accrual loans with an outstanding balance of $86.3 million as of June 30, 2011 were also delinquent loans.

Net charge-offs were $10.0 million, or 2.30% of loans on an annualized basis, in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $5.3 million, or 1.44% of loans on an annualized basis, in the first quarter of 2011.

Recognized a loss of $3.4 million on certain equity interests retained in connection with workouts of impaired loans. Loss was recognized as a component of non-interest income. 

The Company owned an interest in one property, which was included in other real estate owned ("OREO") as of June 30, 2011. It was valued at $2.8 million, net of a $0.6 million write-down taken in the second quarter.  Funding and Capital

Completed a new $68 million credit facility (repurchase agreement) with Macquarie Bank backed primarily by a portfolio of legacy commercial real estate loans.

Amended a credit facility with Wells Fargo as of July 12, 2011, increasing the size from $75 million to $125 million and extending the effective maturity by approximately three years.

Called the Class B notes of our 2009-1 CLO as of August 1, 2011 as the Class A notes fully amortized early due to higher than expected loan collateral prepayments.   

Balance sheet leverage increased to 2.4x as of June 30, 2011, compared to 2.3x as of March 31, 2011, due primarily to the addition of the new facility with Macquarie Bank.

Total cash and equivalents as of June 30, 2011 were $159.3 million, of which $49.4 million was unrestricted. Unrestricted cash increased from approximately $36.2 million at March 31, 2011 and restricted cash increased from approximately $90.9 million to $109.9 million.Managed and Owned Loan Portfolios

Total funded loan origination volume for the second quarter of 2011 was $250 million compared to $160 million in the first quarter.

Asset-based lending and equipment finance businesses originated $31.1 million, or 17.6% of new loan volume retained on the balance sheet.

The composition of the owned loan portfolio continued to reflect a focus on senior debt with 96% invested in 1st lien senior secured loans at June 30, 2011.

The managed loan portfolio was $2.3 billion as of June 30, 2011 (up from $2.2 billion as of March 31, 2011), reflecting the net impact of new loan origination, partially offset by prepayments and scheduled amortization of existing loans, as well as charge-offs.

Assets managed for the NCOF were $471.3 million at June 30, 2011, up slightly from March 31, 2011.

The owned loan portfolio increased by $52.5 million to $1.8 billion as of June 30, 2011 compared to March 31, 2011.

The owned loan portfolio continued to be balanced across industry sectors and highly diversified by issuer. As of June 30, 2011, no outstanding borrowings by a single issuer represented more than 1.6% of total loans outstanding, and the ten largest issuers comprised approximately 10.9% of the loan portfolio.Net Interest Income / Margin

Net interest income before provision for credit losses increased to $20.0 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $18.4 million for the first quarter of 2011.

Net interest margin widened to 4.28% for the second quarter of 2011 compared to 4.03% for the first quarter of 2011 due primarily to increases in loan portfolio yield from new loans and repricings, as well as lower levels of non-performing assets.

Adjusting for the impact of non-performing loans, the loan portfolio yield would have been 44 bps higher and net interest margin would have been 4.72%.    Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income was a loss of $0.8 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to a loss of $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2011. 

Non-interest income in the second quarter of 2011 consisted primarily of a $3.4 million loss on certain equity interests retained in connection with various workouts, partially offset by a $0.5 million gain on the repurchase of debt, $0.6 million of asset management income, $0.4 million of unused fees on revolving credit commitments, and $0.3 million of agency fees.Expenses

Operating expenses increased to $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2011 due primarily to higher loan workout costs.

The Company had 85 full-time employees as of June 30, 2011.Income Taxes

Deferred tax asset increased to $48.5 million as of June 30, 2011 from $48.2 million as of March 31, 2011. The increase in the deferred tax asset was driven primarily by differences in the timing of when credit costs and equity compensation expenses are recognized according to GAAP and when they are deductible for income tax. 

Approximately $31.3 million and $13.6 million of the deferred tax asset as of June 30, 2011 were related to our allowance for credit losses and equity compensation, respectively.Book Value

Book value per share was $11.15 at the end of the second quarter 2011 up from $11.04 at the end of the prior quarter primarily due to net income for the quarter and the amortization of equity compensation into stockholders' equity.Share Count

Average diluted shares outstanding were 53.3 million shares for the quarter consistent with the prior quarter. Total outstanding shares at June 30, 2011 were 50.4 million compared to 50.5 million at March 31, 2011.

Repurchased 186,827 shares of common stock at an average price of $9.42 during the second quarter of 2011.Conference Call and Webcast

NewStar will host a webcast/conference call to discuss the results today at 10:00 am Eastern Time. All interested parties are invited to participate via telephone or webcast, which will be hosted through the Investor Relations section at www.newstarfin.com. Please visit the website to register for the webcast and test your connection prior to the call. You can also access the conference call by dialing 877-755-7419 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial 973-200-3080. All callers should reference "NewStar Financial."   

For convenience, an archived replay of the call will be available through August 6, 2011 by dialing 800-642-1687. International callers should call 706-645-9291. For all replays, please use the passcode 82071317. The audio replay will also be available through the Investor Relations section at www.newstarfin.com.            About NewStar Financial

NewStar Financial (Nasdaq:NEWS) is a specialized commercial finance company focused on meeting the complex financing needs of companies and private investors in the middle market. The Company specializes in providing senior secured debt financing options to mid-sized companies to fund working capital, growth strategies, acquisition and recapitalization, as well as equipment purchases. NewStar originates loans and leases directly through a team of experienced, senior bankers and marketing officers organized around key industry and market segments. The Company targets 'hold' positions of up to $35 million and selectively underwrites or arranges larger transactions for syndication to other lenders.

NewStar is headquartered in Boston MA and has regional offices in Darien CT, Chicago IL, Dallas TX, Los Angeles CA, and Philadelphia, PA. For more detailed transaction and contact information, please visit our website at www.newstarfin.com. 

The NewStar Financial, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4044Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, strategic plans, objectives, future performance, financing plans and business, including our anticipated origination volume for 2011. As such, they are subject to material risks and uncertainties, including our limited operating history; the general state of the economy; our ability to compete effectively in a highly competitive industry; and the impact of federal, state and local laws and regulations that govern non-depository commercial lenders and businesses generally.

More detailed information about these risk factors can be found in NewStar's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including Item 1A ("Risk Factors") of our 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by the Risk Factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10‑Q. NewStar is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. NewStar plans to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 with the SEC on or before August 9, 2011 and urges its shareholders to refer to that document for more complete information concerning NewStar's financial results.Non-GAAP Financial Measures

References to "adjusted net income" and "adjusted earnings per share" mean net income or earnings per diluted share, respectively, as determined under GAAP, excluding the following items: compensation expense related to restricted stock grants made since our inception as a private company, including equity awards made in connection with the initial public offering; including the impact on our effective tax rate. GAAP requires that these items be included in net income. NewStar management uses "adjusted net income" and "adjusted earnings per share" to make operational and investment decisions, and NewStar believes that they provide useful information to investors in their evaluation of our financial performance and condition. Excluding the financial results and expenses incurred in connection with the compensation expense related to restricted stock grants made since our inception as a
private company, eliminates unique amounts that make it difficult to assess our core performance and compare our period‑over‑period results. A reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income is included on page 7 of this release. 

Adjusted return on average assets means adjusted net income divided by average assets for the period. Adjusted return on average equity means adjusted net income divided by average equity for the period. Adjusted efficiency ratio means operating expenses determined in accordance with GAAP less compensation expense related to restricted stock grants made since our inception as a private company. The adjusted ratios exclude unique expenses that make it difficult to assess our core performance and compare our period-over-period results.

A reconciliation of our adjusted financial measures to their GAAP equivalents is included on page 7 of this release. NewStar's adjusted financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP and may be different from, or inconsistent with, non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

 

 

 

 

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 Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

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 June 30,March 31,December 31,June 30,

($ in thousands)2011201120102010Assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 49,380

$ 36,163

$ 54,365

$ 39,970

Restricted cash

 109,942

 90,927

 178,364

 146,648

Investments in debt securities, available-for-sale

 17,117

 4,049

 4,014

 4,022

Loans held-for-sale, net

 11,565

 19,090

 41,386

 10,624

Loans and leases, net

 1,646,070

 1,594,998

 1,590,331

 1,700,354

Deferred financing costs, net

 13,287

 13,773

 15,504

 19,486

Interest receivable

 7,819

 7,450

 6,797

 7,629

Property and equipment, net

 927

 1,034

 879

 843

Deferred income taxes, net

 48,502

 48,236

 48,093

 54,905

Income tax receivable

 1,718

 2,966

 5,435

 10,731

Other assets

 22,525

 17,530

 29,798

 21,600Total assets

$ 1,928,852

$ 1,836,216

$ 1,974,966

$ 2,0
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