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Form 10-Q for EASTERN VIRGINIA BANKSHARES INC


14-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

We present management's discussion and analysis of financial information to aid the reader in understanding and evaluating our financial condition and results of operations. This discussion provides information about the major components of our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity and capital resources. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes to the Interim Consolidated Financial Statements presented elsewhere in this report and the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements presented in the 2011 Form 10-K. Operating results include those of all our operating entities combined for all periods presented.

The Company provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking services including commercial, consumer and real estate loans. We complement our lending operations with an array of retail and commercial deposit products and fee-based services. Our services are delivered locally by well-trained and experienced bankers, whom we empower to make decisions at the local level, so they can provide timely lending decisions and respond promptly to customer inquiries. Having been in many of our markets for over 100 years, we have established relationships with and an understanding of our customers. We believe that, by offering our customers personalized service and a breadth of products, we can compete effectively as we expand within our existing markets and into new markets.

Internet Access to Corporate Documents

Information about the Company can be found on the Company's investor relations website at http://www.evb.org. The Company posts its annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports, definitive proxy materials and any amendments to those documents as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC. All such filings are available at no charge. The information on the Company's website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or incorporated into any other filings the Company makes with the SEC.


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Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that are not historical facts may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Company's future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Company that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, expenses, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statements of plans, objectives and expectations of the Company or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services, the performance or disposition of portions of the Company's asset portfolio, the payment of dividends or the ability to realize deferred tax assets; (iii) statements of future economic performance; (iv) statements regarding the impact of the Written Agreement on our financial condition, operations and capital strategies, including strategies related to payment of dividends on the Company's outstanding common and preferred stock and to payment of interest on the Company's outstanding Junior Subordinated Debentures related to the Company's trust preferred debt; (v) statements regarding the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; (vi) statements regarding the effect of future sales of investment securities or foreclosed properties; (vii) statements regarding the Company's liquidity; (viii) statements of management's expectations regarding future trends in interest rates, real estate values, and economic conditions generally and in the Company's markets; (ix) statements regarding future asset quality, including expected levels of charge-offs; (x) statements regarding potential changes to laws, regulations or administrative guidance; and (xi) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believes", "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "targeted," "continue," "remain," "will," "should," "may" and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

our ability and efforts to assess, manage and improve our asset quality;

the strength of the economy in our target market area, as well as general economic, market, political or business factors;

changes in the quality or composition of our loan or investment portfolios, including adverse developments in borrower industries, decline in real estate values in our markets, or in the repayment ability of individual borrowers or issuers;

the effects of our adjustments to the composition of our investment portfolio;

the impact of government intervention in the banking business;

an insufficient allowance for loan losses;

our ability to meet the capital requirements of our regulatory agencies;

changes in laws, regulations and the policies of federal or state regulators and agencies;

adverse reactions in financial markets related to the budget deficit of the United States government;

changes in the interest rates affecting our deposits and our loans;

the loss of any of our key employees;

changes in our competitive position, competitive actions by other financial institutions and the competitive nature of the financial services industry and our ability to compete effectively against other financial institutions in our banking markets;

our potential growth, including our entrance or expansion into new markets, the opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by us and the need for sufficient capital to support that growth;

changes in government monetary policy, interest rates, deposit flow, the cost of funds, and demand for loan products and financial services;

our ability to maintain internal control over financial reporting;

our ability to raise capital as needed by our business;

our reliance on secondary sources, such as Federal Home Loan Bank advances, sales of securities and loans, federal funds lines of credit from correspondent banks and out-of-market time deposits, to meet our liquidity needs;


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our ability to comply with the Written Agreement, which requires us to designate a significant amount of resources to complying with the agreement and may have a material adverse effect on our operations and the value of our securities;

possible changes to our Board of Directors, including in connection with deferred dividends on our Capital Purchase Program preferred stock; and

other circumstances, many of which are beyond our control.

All of the forward-looking statements made in this report are qualified by these factors, and there can be no assurance that the actual results anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, us or our business or operations. You should refer to risks detailed under Item 1A. "Risk Factors" included in the 2011 Form 10-K and otherwise included in our periodic and current reports filed with the SEC for specific factors that could cause our actual results to be significantly different from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements.

We caution you that the above list of important factors is not all inclusive. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this report, and we may not undertake steps to update these forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of any circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions. Those accounting policies with the greatest uncertainty and that require our most difficult, subjective or complex judgments affecting the application of these policies, and the likelihood that materially different amounts would be reported under different conditions, or using different assumptions, are described below.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The Company establishes the allowance for loan losses through charges to earnings in the form of a provision for loan losses. Loan losses are charged against the allowance when we believe that the collection of the principal is unlikely. Subsequent recoveries of losses previously charged against the allowance are credited to the allowance. The allowance represents an amount that, in our judgment, will be adequate to absorb any losses on existing loans that may become uncollectible. Our judgment in determining the level of the allowance is based on evaluations of the collectability of loans while taking into consideration such factors as trends in delinquencies and charge-offs, changes in the nature and volume of the loan portfolio, current economic conditions that may affect a borrower's ability to repay and the value of collateral, overall portfolio quality and review of specific potential losses. This evaluation is inherently subjective because it requires estimates that are susceptible to significant revision as more information becomes available. For more information see the section titled "Asset Quality" within this Item 2.

Impairment of Loans

The Company considers a loan impaired when, based on current information and events, it is probable that the Company will be unable to collect the scheduled payments of principal and interest when due, according to the contractual terms of the loan agreement. The Company does not consider a loan impaired during a period of insignificant payment shortfalls if we expect the ultimate collection of all amounts due. Impairment is measured on a loan by loan basis for real estate (including multifamily residential, construction, farmland and non-farm, non-residential) and commercial loans by either the present value of expected future cash flows discounted at the loan's effective interest rate, the loan's obtainable market price, or the fair value of the collateral if the loan is collateral dependent. Large groups of smaller balance homogeneous loans, representing consumer, one to four family residential first and seconds and home equity lines, are collectively evaluated for impairment. The Company maintains a valuation allowance to the extent that the measure of the impaired loan is less than the recorded investment. Troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs") are also considered impaired loans. A TDR occurs when the Company, for economic or legal reasons related to the borrower's financial condition, grants a concession (including, without limitation, rate reductions to below-market rates, payment deferrals, forbearance, and, in some cases, forgiveness of principal or interest) to the borrower that it would not otherwise consider. For more information see the section titled "Asset Quality" within this Item 2.


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Impairment of Securities

Impairment of securities occurs when the fair value of a security is less than its amortized cost. For debt securities, impairment is considered other-than-temporary and recognized in its entirety in net income if either
(i) the Company intends to sell the security or (ii) it is more likely than not that the Company will be required to sell the security before recovery of its amortized cost basis. If, however, the Company does not intend to sell the security and it is not more likely than not that the Company will be required to sell the security before recovery, the Company must determine what portion of the impairment is attributable to a credit loss, which occurs when the amortized cost basis of the security exceeds the present value of the cash flows expected to be collected from the security. If there is no credit loss, there is no other-than-temporary impairment. If there is a credit loss, other-than-temporary impairment exists, and the credit loss must be recognized in net income and the remaining portion of impairment must be recognized in other comprehensive income. For equity securities, impairment is considered to be other-than-temporary based on the Company's ability and intent to hold the investment until a recovery of fair value. Other-than-temporary impairment of an equity security results in a write-down that must be included in net income. The Company regularly reviews each investment security for other-than-temporary impairment based on criteria that include the extent to which cost exceeds market price, the duration of that market decline, the financial health of and specific prospects for the issuer, the Company's best estimate of the present value of cash flows expected to be collected from debt securities, the Company's intention with regard to holding the security to maturity and the likelihood that the Company would be required to sell the security before recovery.

Other Real Estate Owned

Real estate acquired through, or in lieu of, foreclosure is held for sale and is stated at the lower of cost or estimated fair market value of the property, less estimated disposal costs, if any. Any excess of cost over the estimated fair market value less costs to sell at the time of acquisition is charged to the allowance for loan losses. The estimated fair market value is reviewed periodically by management and any write-downs are charged against current earnings.

Goodwill

Goodwill is not amortized but is subject to impairment tests on at least an annual basis or earlier whenever an event occurs indicating that goodwill may be impaired. In assessing the recoverability of the Company's goodwill, all of which was recognized in connection with the acquisition of branches in 2003 and 2008, we must make assumptions in order to determine the fair value of the respective assets. Major assumptions used in the impairment analysis were discounted cash flows, merger and acquisition transaction values (including as compared to tangible book value), and stock market capitalization. The Company completed the annual goodwill impairment test during the fourth quarter of 2011 and determined there was no impairment to be recognized in 2011. If the underlying estimates and related assumptions change in the future, the Company may be required to record impairment charges.

Retirement Plan

The Company has historically maintained a defined benefit pension plan. Effective January 28, 2008, the Company took action to freeze the plan with no additional contributions for a majority of participants. Employees age 55 or greater or with 10 years of credited service were grandfathered in the plan. No additional participants have been added to the plan. The plan was again amended on February 28, 2011, to freeze the plan with no additional contributions for grandfathered participants. Benefits for all participants have remained frozen in the plan since such action was taken. Effective January 1, 2012, the plan was amended and restated as a cash balance plan. Under a cash balance plan, participant benefits are stated as an account balance. An opening account balance was established for each participant based on the lump sum value of his or her accrued benefit as of December 31, 2011 in the original defined benefit pension plan. Each participant's account will be credited with an "interest" credit each year. The interest rate for each year is determined as the average annual interest rate on the 2 year U.S. Treasury securities for the month of December preceding the plan year. The interest credit for the 2012 plan year will be approximately 0.76%. Plan assets, which consist primarily of mutual funds invested in marketable equity securities and corporate and government fixed income securities, are valued using market quotations. The Company's actuary determines plan obligations and annual pension expense using a number of key assumptions. Key assumptions may include the discount rate, the estimated return on plan assets and the anticipated rate of compensation increases. Changes in these assumptions in the future, if any, or in the method under which benefits are calculated may impact pension assets, liabilities or expense.


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Accounting for Income Taxes

Determining the Company's effective tax rate requires judgment. In the ordinary course of business, there are transactions and calculations for which the ultimate tax outcomes are uncertain. In addition, the Company's tax returns are subject to audit by various tax authorities. Although we believe that the estimates are reasonable, no assurance can be given that the final tax outcome will not be materially different than that which is reflected in the income tax provision and accrual.

For further information concerning accounting policies, refer to Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," under the heading "Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Executive Overview

Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. is committed to delivering strong long-term earnings using a prudent allocation of capital, in business lines where we have demonstrated the ability to compete successfully. During the first nine months of 2012, the national and local economies showed limited signs of recovery with the main challenges continuing to be persistent unemployment above historical levels and uneven economic growth. Macro-economic and political issues continue to temper the global economic outlook and as such the Company remains cautiously optimistic regarding the limited signs of improvement seen in our local markets. Despite this, the Company believes that our local markets are poised for stronger growth in the coming months and years than the economic recovery in our markets in recent periods. As previously disclosed, the Company has established a plan to improve our operating performance and strengthen our balance sheet by focusing on asset quality issues, containing our noninterest expenses and lowering our cost of funding. During the first nine months of 2012, the Company has been successful in the execution of this plan. With the close of the third quarter of 2012, the Company is not only reporting its seventh straight quarter of net income, but its fifth straight quarter of improved net income. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company's net income increased by 76.1% and 112.7%, respectively, when compared to the same periods one year earlier. Even with these improvements, the Company's earnings remain constrained due to the protracted low-interest rate environment, credit quality issues and a lack of loan demand resulting from the challenging economic climate, all of which contribute to compressing the Company's net interest margin. The Company's number one initiative has been and will continue to be improvement in asset quality. The Company had another strong quarter liquidating our troubled assets, reducing our classified assets and improving our overall asset quality. The Company continues to be aggressive in the liquidation of troubled assets and that approach is evident with the overall reduction of nonperforming assets by 12.5% in the third quarter of 2012 and 48.7% year to date through a combination of successful workouts and write-downs of previously identified impaired loans. The Company's Special Assets Division, which was formed in the second quarter of 2011 and works closely with our Executive Management Asset Quality Committee, has worked tirelessly in formulating workout strategies and conducting assets dispositions. Despite our aggressive approach in liquidating troubled assets, the Company's allowance for loan losses remains healthy producing a ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans of 172.37% at September 30, 2012 compared to 79.12% at December 31, 2011, and 152.99% at June 30, 2012. Additionally, the Company was able to reduce its ratio of nonperforming loans to total loans at September 30, 2012 to 1.82%, compared to 4.15% at December 31, 2011 while also reducing its ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets at September 30, 2012 to 1.83%. With a modest economic outlook consisting of slow growth, elevated unemployment and low interest rates in the near term the Company continues to believe the primary drivers behind our continued improvement include focusing on asset quality issues, containing noninterest expenses and lowering our cost of funding while maintaining adequate levels of liquidity, reserves for credit losses and capital.

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company successfully completed the execution of two business objectives. On September 7, 2012, the Company closed its Bowling Green branch located in Caroline County. The branch closure decision was based on several factors including the branch location, which was outside our traditional retail footprint, the inability to successfully grow the branch due to local economic conditions, and our continuing strategy to reduce our noninterest expenses. The Company actively analyzes its branch retail network and as such other changes to our branch retail network could occur in the future. Additionally, the Company finalized the sale of its $2.8 million credit card loan portfolio. This sale was completed to decrease risk exposure and compliance burdens, and we will continue offering our customers credit card products with many additional features and benefits in an evolving competitive marketplace through a services agreement with a third party bank. Our senior management and board continue to evaluate various strategies that we believe will best position our Company for long-term success.


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The Company's results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 continue to be driven by the overall compression of its margins, the elevated levels of the provision for loan losses, FDIC insurance premiums, professional and collection/repossession expenses related to past due loans and nonperforming assets, and losses on the sale and valuation adjustments of other real estate owned. Sales of available for sale securities to adjust the composition of the Company's investment portfolio during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 generated gains of $135 thousand and $3.5 million, respectively. In addition, the sale of our credit card loan portfolio during the three months ended September 30, 2012 generated a gain of $197 thousand. Despite higher net charge-offs during the first nine months of 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011, the provision for loan losses during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was down from the same periods in 2011. This was due to improvements seen in some of the Company's credit quality metrics, including continued decreases in the level of past due loans and nonperforming assets, and other factors, which are reflective of slowly improving economic conditions. Although the amount of provision declined, the Company's provision for loan losses remains elevated compared to historical levels as we continue to experience historically high levels of nonperforming assets and charge-offs and aim to maintain an appropriate allowance for potential future loan losses. The Company believes the investments it has made since 2010 to reduce nonperforming assets and enhance our internal monitoring systems will significantly enhance the long-term credit quality of our loan portfolio and properly position us to deliver stronger earnings as we move forward once the economic climate improves.

As we first reported in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for March 31, 2011, the Company has taken actions to preserve capital by deferring its regular quarterly cash dividend with respect to its Series A Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock (the "Preferred Stock") which the Company issued to the United States Department of Treasury in connection with the Company's participation in the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program in January 2009. On August 15, 2012, the Company deferred its seventh consecutive dividend on the preferred stock issued to the Treasury. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had accumulated $2.1 million for dividends on the preferred stock. If dividends on the preferred stock have not been paid for an aggregate of six quarterly dividend periods or more, whether or not consecutive, the authorized number of directors on the Company's board automatically increases by two. In such a case, the Treasury (or the then current holders of the preferred stock) has the right, voting as a class, to elect two directors to the Company's board at the next annual meeting (or at a special meeting called for that purpose) and at every subsequent annual meeting until all owed and unpaid dividends on the preferred stock have been paid. In April 2012, the Treasury assigned an observer to attend the Company's board meetings, in part to determine whether and how to exercise this right, but to date the Treasury has not yet exercised this right. The Company has notified the Treasury that it is deferring the November 15, 2012 dividend on the preferred stock.

As previously disclosed, on February 17, 2011, the Company and the Bank entered into a Written Agreement with the FRB and the SCC. The purpose of this agreement is to formally document the common goal of the Company, the Bank and the regulatory agencies to maintain the financial soundness of the Company and the Bank. This agreement contains many of the steps that the Company had already initiated during 2010 and 2011 to address its deteriorating asset quality and associated challenges brought on during the economic recession. Among other things, the agreement addresses improving board oversight of the management and administration of the Company's operations, including improving credit risk management processes, lending and credit administration processes, the quality of the loan and asset portfolios and processes to manage the quality of these portfolios, and the balance of and processes related to loan loss reserves. To date, the Company and the Bank have met all of the deadlines for taking actions required by the FRB and the SCC under the terms of the Written Agreement. The Company has established the RCOC to oversee the implementation of certain corrective actions necessary to improve the operations and financial results of the Company in light of findings from a prior regulatory examination and to comply with the Written Agreement. On behalf of the Company's Board of Directors, the RCOC acts to ensure that the Bank cures the noted deficiencies. The RCOC continues to meet at least once a quarter as the remediation process progresses. Management believes, as of September 30, 2012, that the Company and Bank are in full or substantial compliance with the terms of the Written Agreement. For further information concerning the Written Agreement, refer to Item 1. "Financial Statements," under the heading "Note 14. Formal Written Agreement."

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