May 1, 2012
At the Bank
On Friday, April 20, 2012, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced our unaudited First Quarter 2012 Operating Highlights. I am proud to state that we have started 2012 off on the right foot, in stride with our very solid 2011 performance. We have continued to perform well because of our commitment to focusing on being an advances bank for our members, providing you with the liquidity you need when you need it. And as our results reflect, this is clearly the model that works.
In the first quarter of 2012, our net income was $101.9 million, an increase of $30.9 million, or 43.6 percent, from net income of $71.0 million for the first quarter of 2011. Return on average equity (“ROE”) for the quarter was 8.17 percent, compared to an ROE of 5.74 percent for the first quarter of 2011. Our advances increased by $1.2 billion in the quarter, and were $72.1 billion as of March 31, 2012.
As of March 31, 2012, our total assets were $95.7 billion, a decrease of $2.0 billion, or
2.0 percent, from total assets of $97.7 billion as of December 31, 2011. As of March 31, 2012, our total capital was $5.2 billion, an increase of $156 million, or 3.1 percent, from $5.0 billion as of December 31, 2011. In addition, our unrestricted retained earnings increased during the quarter by $24 million to $746 million as of March 31, 2012. The Bank also grew its restricted retained earnings by $20.4 million in the quarter to $44.4 million as of March 31, 2012. At March 31, 2012, the Bank met its regulatory capital-to-assets ratios and liquidity requirements.
A vote on the first quarter 2012 dividend is expected to take place at the meeting of your Board of Directors scheduled for May 17, 2012, and the distribution of that dividend is expected to take place on May 18, 2012.
In March, the American Bankers Association held its annual Government Relations Summit in Washington. This annual event provides a valuable opportunity to meet with our elected officials and tell the important story of the local lenders who promote competition and drive job growth and economic development at the ground level, and the Home Loan Banks that support this responsible community lending. The Government Relations Summit saw tremendous participation from our region, and I thank all of you who attended for taking the time to tell your story. As our policymakers continue to grapple with solutions for our economic recovery, they could benefit from looking to the example our district’s bankers put forth every day: responsible lending focused on strengthening communities. Our members do this every day, and do it well.
And as we continue to move towards economic recovery, it is a focus on responsible, appropriate lending that will get us there. In the run-up to the economic crisis of 2008, we saw far too many Wall Street players cause market instability with their wild speculation and irresponsible products, all aimed at the short-term gain. We must make sure any policies the Administration, Congress and our regulators develop are aimed at providing long-term stability and support. The Home Loan Banks have provided this stability and support for 80 years, and we are proud to remain a reliable source of funding for the local lender.
Alfred A. DelliBovi
President and CEO
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