East West Bancorp reports net income for second quarter 2017

East West Bancorp reports net income for second quarter 2017 of $118.3 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.81

Pasadena, California – July 20, 2017 – East West Bancorp, Inc. (“East West” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, the financial bridge between the United States and Greater China, today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2017. For the second quarter of 2017, net income was $118.3 million or $0.81 per diluted share. Second quarter 2017 return on average assets was 1.36%, return on average equity was 13.05% and tangible return on average tangible equity1 was 15.30%.

“Second quarter results continued East West’s positive momentum from the first quarter. In the second quarter of 2017, total loans grew $732 million or 11% annualized to a record $27.2 billion from $26.5 billion as of March 31, 2017. Total deposits grew $611 million or 8% annualized to a record $31.2 billion as of June 30, 2017 from $30.5 billion at the end of the previous quarter,” stated Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West.

“East West’s balance sheet growth during the quarter, augmented by the positive impact of rising short-term interest rates on our loan portfolio, resulted in net interest income growth of 7% and net interest margin expansion of 16 basis points linked quarter,” continued Ng. “For the second quarter of 2017, the yield on our loan portfolio expanded by 17 basis points from the prior quarter, compared to a modest increase in the cost of deposits of four basis points.”

“In addition, our strong operating performance was supported by stable asset quality. Quarter over quarter, nonperforming assets declined by 8%, to 0.37% of total assets. The allowance for loan losses to loans held-for-investment increased to 1.02%, in part due to annualized net recoveries of four basis points for the quarter. In summary, second quarter results were consistent with East West’s track record of delivering long-term shareholder value through attractive growth and profitability,” concluded Ng.


About East West

East West Bancorp, Inc. is a publicly owned company with total assets of $35.9 billion and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “EWBC”. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, East West Bank, is one of the largest independent banks headquartered in California. East West is a premier bank focused exclusively on the United States and Greater China markets and operates over 130 locations worldwide, including in the United States markets of California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas and Washington. In Greater China, East West’s presence includes full service branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shantou and Shenzhen, and representative offices in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Taipei and Xiamen. For more information on East West, visit the Company’s website at www.eastwestbank.com.

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